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"The Catcher in the Rye" in popular culture.

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"The Catcher in the Rye" in popular culture.
Movies:
In The Collector (1965), which is based on the John Fowles novel, Clegg cannot understand why Miranda likes the novel among her other tastes.
In Annie Hall (1977), Woody Allen says that he only has books with the word death or dying in them. Diane Keaton holds a copy of The Catcher in the Rye and says, "What about this one?
In The Shining (1980), Wendy is seen reading the novel, a foreshadowing of alienation similar to that of Holden.
In the 1993 film Six Degrees of Separation, the impostor Paul gives an analysis on the novel in a monologue.
In Singles (1992), Linda describes her ideal man as "the perfect combination of Mel Gibson and Holden Caulfield and the sexual revolution would just sweep us both away."
In Jerry Maguire (1996), Jerry publishes a memo the cover of which he claims has a resemblance to the cover of The Catcher in the Rye.
In Chasing Amy (1997) and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), both by Kevin Smith, there are characters named Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards, the latter of whom is named after Ed Banky, the gym teacher in the novel.
In Conspiracy Theory (1997), Mel Gibson's character is programmed to buy the novel whenever he sees it, though he has never actually read it.
In Rushmore (1998), the protagonist named Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), who was based on Holden Caulfield, has similar characteristics and interests as Holden does.
Chasing Holden (2001) is named after Holden Caulfield.The protagonist Neil relates his life to Holden's, skips class to go to New York City, goes on a road trip to New Hampshire to find J. D. Salinger, and contemplates killing Salinger with a gun
In The Good Girl, protagonist Thomas Worther calls himself Holden and is seen reading the novel. Incidentally, Thomas Worther is portrayed by actor Jake Gyllenhaal, whose production company, Nine Stories Productions, is named after Nine Stories by Salinger
The film Chapter 27 focuses on John Lennon's murderer, Mark David Chapman, the 3 days leading up to it, and his obsession with the novel. The film "The Killing of John Lennon" also revolves around Chapman and the book.
Music
Aesop Rock's song "Save Yourself" contains the line "Naw man it wasn't me, it was Holden Caulfield, brother / I just read and pulled the trigger."
The Ataris' song "If You Really Want to Hear About It" takes its title from the novel's opening sentence. The final lines paraphrase those of the book with "Don't ever tell anyone anything or else you'll wind up missing everybody." Several other specific references are made within the lyrics.
The Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution's song "Here's to Life" references Holden Caulfield by stating: "Holden Caulfield is a friend of mine, we go drinking from time to time", and later addresses Caulfield's author, J.D. Salinger: "Hey there, Salinger, what did you do? Just when the world was looking to you to write anything that meant anything, you told us you were through. And it's been years since you passed away, but I see no plaque and I see no grave, and I can't help believing you wanted it that way."
Clem Snide, in their song "End of Love" reference the book in the line "And the first thing every killer reads / is Catcher in the Rye."
Everlast's song "So Long" contains the line "So with a tear in his eye, he's gonna catch 'em in the rye."
Five Iron Frenzy's song "Superpowers"contains the line "Sometimes I feel I'm Holden Caulfield, sometimes Jack Kerouac."
Green Day's song "Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?" is based on how frontman Billie Joe Armstrong could relate to Holden Caulfield as an outcast.
Lyte Funky Ones' song "6 Minutes" contains the line "Sometimes I feel like the Catcher in the Rye/ Sometimes I wish that I could catch her eye/ Sometimes I wish that I could be that guy".
The Offspring's song "Get It Right" contains the line "Like Holden Caulfield, I tell myself; There's got to be a better way."
Books
In The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan, there is a chapter called "My Girlfriend Is In Love With Holden Caulfield" in which the narrator's girlfriend compares him to Holden.
Frank Portman novel King Dork is centered around 'life-changing' books, The Catcher in the Rye most prominently. The protagonist is arguably a Holden Caulfield-esque outcast, but at the same time hates The Catcher in the Rye.
Charles Bukowski's novel Ham on Rye is said to be a response to The Catcher in the Rye.
Lawrence Block wrote a novel called Burglar in the Rye (1999) in his series on burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr. The plot focuses on an auction of writer's letters and Bernie works to track down the character based on J. D. Salinger.
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