“Superman” saves New Jersey

I was thinking about references to and quotes about New Jersey in films, and this one from “Superman” (1978) popped immediately into my head:

Tip of the hat to Hackensack.

When he wasn’t busy screaming “Miss Teschmacher!!!” hilariously evil villain Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) reveled in the chaos he created. Unfortunately for him, it frequently backfired… and in this case, Superman kept his promise to Miss Teschmacher (Valerie Perrine) and saved Northern New Jersey from certain annihilation.

If you think about it, “Superman” is a double homage to New Jersey, because its star, Christopher Reeve, lived in Princeton as a child.

What are your favorite Garden State movie references?

1 Comment

  1. shlok said,

    August 2, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Brewster’s millions. Richard Pryor and John Candy play for a minor league in Hackensack, NJ as well.


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