Make a DVD Chain

Here’s the rules:

  1. Take any movie from your DVD collection.

  2. Name another movie from your collection, that features the same actor.

  3. Name another movie you own that has another actor from the second movie.

  4. Repeat steps 2-3 until you can’t.

  5. For trilogies and other sequels (Star Wars, LOTR, Lethal Weapon) you can only use a second movie for three consecutive actors if the first and last actors are not in the same movie. For example, you can go from Gary Busey to Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon I, and then from Gibson to Joe Pesci in Lethal Weapon II, but you can’t go from Busey to Gibson to Danny Glover.


I have Monty Python and the Holy Grail featuring Michael Palin.
I also have Time Bandits with Michael Palin and Sean Connery.
Connery --> Harrison Ford --> Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Ford --> Anthony Daniels --> Return of the Jedi.
Daniels --> Christopher Lee --> Revenge of the Sith.
Lee --> Orlando Bloom --> Fellowship of the Ring.
Bloom --> Pirates of the Caribbean.

I have no DVDs with any other actors from Pirates, so my chain is done.

How far can you get?

I have 4 DVDs. No links at all between them.

What do I win?

(Note to sciurophobic: Get “Coupling” Seasons 1-3. While it was a TV show, it adds to your chain and great stuff too.)

I have “Oklahoma” and “Carousel” which both feature Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.
Victor Spinnetti was in “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Help!” and “Magical Mystery Tour.”
After that, I got nothin’.

“Galaxy Quest” has Justin Long
Justing Long is in “Dodgeball” with Vince Vaugn
Vince Vaugh -> Jeremy Piven in “Old School”
Jeremy Piven -> anyone else in “PCU”

That’s all I got.

John Cusack in ‘High Fidelity’
Cusack —> Joan Cusack in ‘Grosse Point Blank’
Cusack —> Jack Black in ‘School of Rock’
Black —> Fred Willard in ‘Anchorman’
Willard —> Parker Posey in ‘Best in Show’
Posey —> Ben Affleck in ‘Dazed and Confused’
Affleck —> Jason Lee in ‘Dogma’
Lee —> Frances McDormand in ‘Almost Famous’
McDormand —> Robert Downey Jr. in ‘Wonder Boys’
Downey Jr. —> Tommy Lee Jones in ‘US Marshals’
Lee Jones —> Harrison Ford in ‘The Fugitive’
Ford —> Allison Janney in ‘Six Days, Seven Nights’ (I didn’t want to admit I own this, haha)
Janney —> I’m stuck.

That is a bad representation of the movies I own. I own even cooler ones that those, hah.

Dang, I can never resist playing these things.

Rushmore has Bull Murray
Murray with Ben Stiller in The Royal Tennenbaums
Stiller with Vince Vaughn in Dodgeball
Vaughn with Ron Livingston in Swingers
Livingston with Steven Root in Office Space
Root with John Turturro in O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Turturro with Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski
Bridges with David Warner in TRON
Warner with Kathleen Turner in The Man With Two Brains (I had to look that one up)
Turner with Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Hoskins with Ian Holm in Brazil
Holm with Ewan McGregor in A Life Less Ordinary
McGregor with Samuel Jackson in Attack of the Clones
Jackson with Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park
Goldblum with Michael Gambon in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Gambon with Alan Rickman in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban
Rickman with Sigourney Weaver in Galaxy Quest
Weaver with John Hurt in Alien
Hurt with (the voice of) David Hyde Pierce in Hellboy
Hyde Pierce with John Ratzenberger in A Bug’s Life
Ratzenberger with Holly Hunter in The Incredibles
Hunter with Nicholas Cage in Raising Arizona
Cage with Brian Cox in Adaptation
Cox with Ian McKellan in X-Men 2
McKellan with a ton of people in The Lord of the Rings

and I’m stopping there, although I’m afraid I could probably keep going. Either I own too many DVDs, or it’s cheating to play with the imdb open, or both.

Double-dang. Once I start, I can’t leave it unfinished.

McKellan with Elijah Wood in The Fellowship of the Rings
Wood with Kirsten Dunst in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Dunst with Alfred Molina in Spider-man 2
Molina with Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark
Ford with Mark Hamill in Star Wars
Hamill with Will Ferrell in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Ferrell with Zooey Deschanel in Elf
Deschanel with Frances McDormand in Almost Famous
McDormand with Steve Buscemi in Fargo
Buscemi with Alec Baldwin in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Baldwin with Catherine O’Hara in Beetlejuice
O’Hara with Christopher Guest in Best in Show

and I have to stop there. For real this time.

This should take a while. Forgive many of the spellings, it’s 4 AM and my stomach is killing me.

Mark Hamill in Star Wars
Hamill and Kevin Smith in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Smith and Neve Campbell in Scream 3
Campbell and Bill Murray in Wild Things
Murray and Rick Moranis in Ghostbusters
Moranis and Bill Pullman in Spaceballs
Pullman and Jeff Goldblum in Independance Day
Goldblum and Samuel L Jackson in Jurassic Park
Jackson and Ian McDirmand in Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith
McDirmand and Harrison Ford in The Empire Strikes Back
Ford and Joe Pantoliano in The Fugitive
Pantoliano and Keanu Reaves in The Matrix
Reaves and George Carlin in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Carlin and Salma Hayek in Dogma
Hayek and Robert Patrick in The Faculty
Patrick and Arnold Scwartzaneger in Terminator 2
Scwartzaneger and Nick Stahl in Terminator 3
Stahl and Katie Holmes in Disturbing Behavior
Holmes and Liam Neeson in Batman Begins
Neeson and Alan Rickman in Love Actually
Rickman and Bruce Willis in Die Hard
Willis and Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element
Jovovich and Colin Salmon in Resident Evil
Salmon and Halle Berry in Die Another Day
Berry and Ian McKellan in X-Men
McKellan and John Rhys-Davies in Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring
Rhys-Davies and Alfred Molina in Raiders of the Lost Ark
Molina and Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 2
Maguire and Ted Raimi in Spider-Man
Raimi and Bruce Campbell in Evil Dead II
Campbell and Embeth Davidtz in Army of Darkness
Davidtz and Donald Sutherland in Fallen
Sutherland and Seth Green in The Italian Job
Green and Devon Sawa in Idle Hands
Sawa and Seann William Scott in Final Destination
Scott and Jason Biggs in American Pie

And I’m spent…

This is off the top of my head. I may be able to do better if I look up the names of the bit players:

Ingrid Bergman >> Cary Grant >> Notorious
Grant >> Doris Day >> That Touch of Mink
Day >> Howard Keel >> Calamity Jane
Keel >> Ann Miller >> Kiss Me Kate
Miller >> Peter Lawford >> Easter Parade
Lawford >> Jack Lemmon >> It Should Happen to You
Lemmon >> Henry Fonda >> Mr Roberts
Fonda >> Eric Blore >> The Lady Eve
Blore >> Edward Everett Horton >> Shall We Dance
Horton >> Fred Astarie >> Top Hat
Astaire >> Bing Crosby >> Holiday Inn
Crosby >> Danny Kaye >> White Christmas
Kaye >> Mildred Natwick >> The Court Jester
Natwick >> Maureen O’Hara >> The Quiet Man
O’Hara >> Joanna Barnes >> The Parent Trap
Barnes >> Rosalind Russell >> Auntie Mame
Russell >> Ralph Bellamy >> His Girl Friday
Bellamy >> Irene Dunne >> The Awful Truth
Dunne >> Gail Patrick >> My Favorite Wife
Patrick >> Carole Lombard >> My Man Godfrey
Lombard >> Robert Montgomery >> Mr & Mrs Smith