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The Number 13 in Movies/Television

The symbolism of the number 13 is probably the best known of any number.

 

13 Days

 

1408 – The number 1408 when added up is 13.  The number is the room number of a haunted hotel room.

 

Airplane – The plane docks at Gate 13.

 

Alien – Standard suggests the use of N-13 sticks to blow up aliens.

 

American Beauty – Ricky states, “It’s called G-13”.  He is referring to a genetically engineered type of pot.

 

Batman – 13 people die from contaminated products created by the Joker.

 

Battlestar Galactica – Earth is the 13th lost colony.

 

Believer – On screen title “13 YEARS LATER”.

 

The English Patient – The onscreen title reads “November 13, 1942”.

 

Entrapment – “13 Days until the end of the World” is scrawled on a sheet of paper.

 

The Fugitive – Gerard states, “Route 13 east”.

 

Friday the 13th series

 

Midnight Express – Bell states, “He got raped something bad in Section 13”.

 

Minority Report – Anderson states, “At 1:13 the two Precrime officers”.

 

Return To Me – The onscreen title states “INT. TUNER BOWLING – LANE 13 – NIGHT”.

 

Resident Evil – Red Queen states, “the infection would have spread to cover the United States within 13 days”.

 

Rush Hour – The clock on the wall reads 7:13.

 

Rushmore – Max states, “I hear about your science fair project on Action 13 the other day”.  Action 13 is a TV channel.

 

Spartan – “Rule #13: Every night you will be told where to Meet.  If Surrounded by

 

Superior Force”.  One of the rules soldiers of the future follow.

 

Star Wars – George Lucas is the creator of Star Wars.  The number 1138 (1+1+3+8) shows up in several episodes of Star Wars.  THX 1138 is the title of the first film of George Lucas.

 

The Time Machine – The dial of the time machine stops on “13 September 1917”.

 

Thirteen Ghosts – The use of the number 13 is clearly related to its supernatural significance and as opposed to the number 12 as in the 12 signs in astrology.

 

THX 1138 – This is the first film George Lucas ever made and 1+1+3+8 = 13.  As mentioned this number also shows up in his best know series of films, Star Wars.  Man states “command 13”.

 

You’ve Got Mail – Channel 13 does a special.

 

X-Files – 13:58 is on the digital display of an explosive device.

 

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