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Midwest_Doc Donating Member (548 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:56 AM
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Most Astounding Performance in a Motion Picture?
Last night I watched NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY. Rod Steiger's acting in this film was absolutely astounding. There are other movie roles where the actor takes the character far beyond what is written in the script, for example Peter O'Toole
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Spentastic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:57 AM
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1. Pacino
Scarface. I swear he has a hypnotic quality when he's on form.
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:06 AM
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2. Peter Finch in "Network"
His performance is truly astounding. A great, great performance.
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ima_sinnic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:08 AM
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3. Jessica Lange in Streetcar Named Desire
--by the end, I was wrung out.
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:10 AM
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4. Sam Waterston in "A Captive in the Land"
A film set in the Arcitc, a story of survival-and basically a two man show. Absolutely fabulous and my favorite movie, especially for its message of brotherhood.
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punpirate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:27 AM
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5. John Hurt in...
... 1984.

Best performance of that year, and totally ignored because the film was so damned depressing.
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Atlas Mugged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:42 AM
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6. Hepburn
'A Lion In Winter'

Or...

Kinski 'Aquirre: Wrath Of God'

Or...

Davis 'All About Eve'

Or...

Hawthorne 'The Madness Of King George III'

Or...

Madonna 'Talented Pop Star'
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BigMcLargehuge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:22 AM
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7. Vincent D'nofrio in "The Whole Wide World"
Robert Shaw in "Jaws"
Peter Lorre in "M"
Rosalind Russel in "Auntie Mame"
Leonardo Dicaprio in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:13 AM
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8. James Dean...
..in East of Eden. The scene where he tries to give his father the money he made from his beans is one of the best put to film in my opinion. I know many people don't like Dean's work, but I do.
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:15 AM
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9. Pam Anderson honeymoon video
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:23 AM
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10. On the lighter side: Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean.....
Just because he made what could have been a very ponderous movie into something quite diverting. Disney was involved--let's hope they clean up their act before POTC#2.

And because most of the performances mentioned are angsty & depressing, if impressive.

Although I'm always willing to watch Peter O'Toole chew on the scenery.

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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:32 AM
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12. Even lighter note: "Kerry names Depp as running mate"
Of course, it's from "The Spoof"

I first saw Johnny in that scissors movie, Kerry told reporters, and Ive wanted to run with him ever since.

A source close to the Kerry campaign stated that Kerry believes Depps charm, charisma and intense global popularity is just the thing needed to sway voter support of post-teen females, twenty-something housewives, every woman in middle-aged America and that certain section of guys towards the Democratic ticket in November.


A little silliness amidst the darkness.

www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s2i3375

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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:38 AM
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13. funny you mention this one.
I was just discussing this at the office about 10 minutes ago. I have heard that Keith Richards is going to make a cameo in the next one. I never seen the first one and after looking around on the net, I see that Johnny Depp used Keith as a inspiration for his character.
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:24 AM
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11. Brando in "On The Waterfront"
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:43 AM
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14. F. Murray Abraham in "Amadeus".
Especially in his 'old' scenes'. Masterful. When he says the line "...I swear to you, I never laid a finger on her. Hm-mm." and wags his finger, you'd swear he was a cranky eighty-year old man.
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Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:52 AM
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15. Giulietta Masina in La Strada
Edited on Thu May-06-04 09:54 AM by 56kid
:)

Henry Fonda in Once Upon a Time in the West
Warren Oates in Two Lane Blacktop
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:27 AM
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16. Jim Carrey in "Man on the Moon"
And there's also...

Terence Stamp in "Priscilla Queen of the Desert"
Anthony Hopkins in "The Silence of the Lambs"
Katherine Hepburn in "A Lion in Winter"
Elizabeth Taylor in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
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Insider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:35 AM
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17. michael clarke duncan: the green mile
it was 3/4 thru the movie when i realized that the actor was NOT the character.

saw him on leno after, with that big, warm smile and that sunny disposition and i was 'astounded' fo sho.
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Insider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:37 AM
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18. russell crowe: a beautiful mind
it was 3/4 thru the movie... ROFL

i did not GET russell crowe when i saw gladiator even. but this one blew me away.
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Caution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:41 AM
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19. Anthony Perkins in Psycho and...
Edited on Thu May-06-04 11:41 AM by Caution
Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life
Uma Thurman in Kill Bill Vol. 2
Orson Welles in Citizen Kane
Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now
Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront
Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's
Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot
Kevin Spacey in American Beauty
Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner
Frances McDormand in Fargo
Bill Murray in Rushmore
Chow Yun-Fat in The Killer
Jack Nicholson in Batman
Franka Potente in Run Lola Run
Jim Carrey in The Truman Show
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:44 AM
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20. Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker--
at age 15.

Robert Mitchum portraying cleverly disguised evil in The Night of the Hunter

Renee Falconetti as Joan of Arc in the silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc

Max von Sydow as a talented but despicable human being in Hamsun

Andy Griffith as a good ole boy with a hidden amoral aspect in A Face in the Crowd
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