Lucas, George Easter Egg - George Lucus: Early Movie Reference

In EVERY movie by Mr. Lucas, there is a reference to the title of his first movie, THX-1138 hidden somewhere. I unfortunately do not remember them all from the top of my head.

And no, I mean a hidden reference besides the THX enhanced sound :)

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Contributed By: NightStorm on 07-26-1999
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Bruce writes:
Here are a few movie references I recall: In Star Wars (A New Hope) the cell block in the Death Star that Leia is held in is cell block 1138. In The Empire Strikes Back, General Rieekan says, "Send Rogues ten and eleven to station three-eight." In Phantom Menace one of the battle droids that walks by when the Princess and others are being led out under arrest has 1138 stenciled on his back. In American Grafitti the licence plate number on Milner's deuce coupe was THX 1138. I have read on other pages that when Lucas lived in the San Francisco area his phone number was 849-1138, and the letters THX are letters found on the numbers 849 on a telephone.
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Zyphr80 writes:
In Spaceballs (not a George Lucas, Starwars parody) on one of the walls in the hallway as hey are rescuing the princess, it has the number 8311 on it.
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At Disney World, while you're waiting for Star Tours, an announcement says (something like) "Will the owner of a landrover with vehicle number THX 1138 please move your vehicle? You're parked in a non-hovering zone."
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dlishs writes:
Theres also one in Raiders of the Lost Ark. When Indy is fighting the bald guy the number on the wing of the plane is THX-1138
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Rett_Rollins writes:
This doesn't have anything to do with THX 1138 but. . . If you look closely in Ep.I you will Steven Spielberg's E.T. in the Galactic Senate; there are three of them jumping up and down. Kinda funny.
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1138 works on every Star wars DVD, well the first 3 anyway. Just go to language select (or something like that)and type it in! On Episode 3 it is breakdancing Yoda!
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Dan writes:
If anyone has read the Star Wars: A New Hope book, you will see that Lucas named one of the guards in front of the Millennium Falcon, the one guard who has his armor taken by Luke, THX-1138. The first time I read that I noticed it.
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Meag writes:
hey Jimster, THX 1138 wasn't a robot in Lucas first film, it was a man that wanted to change the system that he lived in( humans were grown not born) And all the people didn't have names they had Codes and the lead charactor's(played by Robert Duvall) code was THX 1138
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esquire writes:
yeah, in the Lucas Arts game "Day of the Tentacle", when your outside of manic mansion, the license plate on the car is THX-1138. Also, the Crazy stamp collector says I have over 1,138 stamps!
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LaptiNek writes:
Hey there! Just for clarification: 1138 of course appears in Episode II, but it is *not* spoken by the droid pilot. My friend Blake actually discovered it during my fifth viewing or so (I have since seen it a total of twelve times in theaters!) and posted it on TheForce.net. I believe he was the first person globally to post it! In any case, 1138 makes its appearance when the film cuts back to Padme lying in the sands, having fallen out of the Republic assault ship in a previous scene. The markings in the sand, ostensibly made by her fall, make out the numbers 1 1 3 8. It's very cool! As far as Return of the Jedi, I don't think anyone has ever found it. Safest bet would be to assume it's hidden in one of the many, many graphical displays. On that note, how about Willow? If it's even in there, I'd imagine it's carved into a wall, or done really creatively (11 soldiers and 38 soldiers, or something like that). Oh well.
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Dean writes:
I have a few more George Lucas film references, which add to this thread: 1. An obscure one this: In 'Star Wars', Princess Leia is in cell number 2187. This was name of the National Film Board of Canada experimental movie that inspired GL as a film student - and reputedly influenced the name "1138". 2. Slightly better known: In the GL produced 1984 film 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom', the opening sequence is in 'Cafe Obi-Wan'. 3. I think everyone knows this: In Francis Ford Coppola's 'Apocalypse Now', Harrison Ford plays Col. G. Lucas (the name is clearly visable on his shirt). FFC's American Zoetrope produced GL's 'American Graffiti' and 'THX 1138'. 4. And finally, a question: 'THX 1138' was developed from GL's student film 'THX 1138:4EB Electronic Labyrinth'. Has anyone spotted the '4EB' in any of GL's later films?
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ThoDownPD writes:
Also, In Phantom Menace, the first battle droid that jar jar pushes over is number 1138
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StonewaterX writes:
Oops! I meant Ep II, not Ep I in my previous comment. Found on a Rush site: ...in Raiders of the Lost Ark when Indiana Jones gets off the Nazi Submarine, there is a voice on the loudspeaker saying, "ein, ein, drei, oct" (German for one-one-three-eight); Lucas' sound system is called "THX", an acronym for Tom Hollman Experiment, {really?! Did George Lucas have a prescient vision of working with Tom Hollman back when he was at USC in the 60's?-Stonewater} in the PC game Outlaws, the number on the train (seen in the opening scene) is 1138...
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Actually the plate of the Yellow Deuce Coupe in American Graffiti is THX-138, but that's close enough. THX-1138 was the name of the robot in Lucas' first amateur film.
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jwh writes:
The Code for the R2 Phantom Menace DVD egg is 1138
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Mer writes:
As found on IMDB.com regarding Ep. II: The LED lights on the back of the clone trooper helmets display a serial number. Although illegible, they all read "THX 1138". Just thought you'd like to know!
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MrBoNeS writes:
I haven't seen THX-1138 in a while, but my brother insists that the sound at the beginning of Mr. Self Destruct on NIN's Downward Spiral is a sample from the 'batons' in that movie.
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Moonwalker writes:
Also, to see the "yoda dancing" video you have to enter "1138"
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Truman writes:
In his film "Dark Star", John Carpenter, a classmate of George Lucas' at UCLA film school, references THX 1138. In the closing scene, as the astronauts are drifting away from each other and their signals begin to fade, some wreckage from the exploded ship, including a door, which is inscribed "Toilet Tank - THX 1138" floats by. Doolittle uses it to surf to his death in the atmosphere of the planet the crew were supposed to blow up. Both THX 1138 and Dark Star were student films which were expanded to features. I don't know whether this was a friendly bit of rivalry on Carpenter's part or that he really hated the film, but it's hardly complimentary, is it?
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In Episode II, When Count Dooku enters his ship as they are flying off, the droid pilot says 1138.
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I wonder if there is a reference to THX 1138 hidden in this very website? i am going to have a search! also i found a reference in a program from the BBC learning zone, while i was watching a program called "computers don't bite" at school! happy hunting!
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Merlinous writes:
you all missed the mark. In Episode 2 the letters 1138 appear in the neon signs during the crash scene as the bounty hunter is crashing her speeder with Anikan on it. The letters are written in galactic basic which is star wars' own language.
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Darkblade writes:
Also, in a Star Wars Collectible Card Game Card ( a vehicle one) the name of the vehicle is Bespin Motors THX-1138 Spider (or something). In the Star Wars Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook, the number 1138 is on every page, under the page number.
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naganootch writes:
This has nothing to do with 1138 but it has to do with a lucas reference all the same throw in Boogie nights and watch as Buck is trying to sell a stereo to some kid the stereo model number is TK 421, the stormtrooper number in episode 4 who is supposed to be standing guard at the mil. falcon
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StonewaterX writes:
I first noticed the THX-138 license plate in American Grafitti in 1972 and have watched for Mr Lucas' 'signature' ever since but I have yet to discover the 1138 in Ep I, Ep VI (even after multiple viewings), Howard the Duck (I volunteer to sacrifice myself for the common good and find this one), or the rarely seen American Grafitti 2. Another crossover of note is the attachment of a tiny R2-D2 action figure to the mothership in Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind and a tiny shark on the Death Star in Episode IV, the first Star Wars movie.
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I love finding these things. I didn't see this one here, so I thought I'd list it. There is one in "The Force Unleashed." For anyone that's played it, in the Empirical Level, In the room with the glass containers, as soon as you enter, A voice comes over the intercom and says: "Security Breach in sector nine. Subject 1138 has escaped. Set blasters to kill." I don't know why, but it's one of my favorites.
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Gamefan759 writes:
If you also type in that number, in Star Wars 1, 2, and 3 you get bloopers (except for 3, you just get a hip hop Yoda).
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LordShadow writes:
@ Merlinous- the alphabet in the Star Wars Universe is called Aurabesh, the spoken language is Galactic Basic
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Secretduke writes:
One is in Star Wars. Luke says Chewy is from cell block 1138. When he is trying to get the princes. I got this from another egg in films.
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Trapezoid writes:
Also, the reference appears in several of the LucasArts games. It appears in Maniac Mansion and Zak McKraken the most, but it's also in Outlaws on a train.
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Sly Marbo writes:
There is also a reference to THX-1138 in the computer game Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds. Occasionally when you click a stormtrooper, he will reply with; "THX-1138 ready, sir!" (A bit funny that ALL the stormtroopers have the same operating number though...) There is another reference to the operating number TK-421 from Star Wars IV: A New Hope in the computer game Escape from Monkey Island (on a machine of some sort).
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BBQ'd Iguana writes:
I wonder if there are any THX-1138 references in Howard the Duck? If anybody has the stamina to sit through that whole celluloid fiasco please let me know.
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Bob writes:
Where is it in EP II?!!?!?!?! I looked for it everywhere and I couldn't find it!
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