100 Years at the Movies

by Chuck Workman


Part 2

Facts and Commentary:

  • This short film, 100 Years at the Movies (1994), a Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Production, was compiled by film-maker Chuck Workman to celebrate "100 Years at the Movies" for the 1994 Academy Awards show.
  • It was nine minutes long and included a montage of clips from at least 225 movies.
  • Earlier, Workman had directed a film titled Precious Images (1986), with short clips from films of 50 years of cinematic history.
  • The list below attempted to identify (as accurately as possible), in detail, the many short clips that were included in the film.


100 Years at the Movies
(in rough chronological order)
(Links are to "Greatest Films" reviews)

1954 - On the Waterfront

  • On the Waterfront (1954) - in the back seat of a taxicab, Marlon Brando (as has-been boxer Terry Malloy) speaking the immortal dialogue to Rod Steiger (as his older brother Charley): "I coulda had class, I coulda been a contender, I coulda been somebody..."
  • The Misfits (1961) - Clark Gable (as aging rodeo hand Gay Langland) struggling at the end of a rope holding a wild horse, with Marilyn Monroe (as new girlfriend Roslyn Taber) battling him to let go
  • Stalag 17 (1953) - William Holden (as Nazi POW Sefton), with black eye, rising from cot in prison barracks
  • A Star is Born (1954) - Judy Garland (as wife Vicki Lester of James Mason as alcoholic film star Norman Maine) proudly announcing onstage at the Shrine Theatre: "Hello everybody - this is - Mrs. Norman Maine"
  • Mister Roberts (1955) - Henry Fonda (as Lt. Doug Roberts, chief cargo officer of a supply ship) on deck of the "Reluctant" in naval uniform
  • Giant (1956) - James Dean (as newly-wealthy oil magnate Jett Rink) climbing oil tower
  • High Noon (1952) - high crane shot of Gary Cooper (as abandoned Marshal Will Kane) alone in dusty street waiting for four gunslingers
  • A Place in the Sun (1951) - Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift (as lovers Angela Vickers and George Eastman) in an intimate moment
  • From Here to Eternity (1953) - Burt Lancaster (as Sergeant Milt Warden) and Deborah Kerr (as adulterous wife Karen Holmes) embracing on a Hawaiian beach with the foaming surf flowing over them
  • To Catch A Thief (1955) - the kissing-fireworks scene (symbolically orgasmic) between Grace Kelly (as vacationing Frances Stevens) and Cary Grant (as jewel cat burglar John Robie)
  • Funny Face (1957) - Audrey Hepburn (as fashion model Jo Stockton) wearing hat while crying and holding Pekinese dog
  • Hud (1963) - Paul Newman (as womanizing cowboy Hud Bannon)
  • Pat and Mike (1952) - Spencer Tracy (as sports promoter Mike Conovan) commenting on Katharine Hepburn (as outdoorsy athlete Pat Pemberton) as she walked across a golf course green: "There's not much meat on 'er, but what's there is cherce"
  • The Asphalt Jungle (1950) - Marilyn Monroe (as sexy 'niece' Angela Phinlay to Louis Calhern as corrupt attorney Alonzo Emmerich), reclining and looking up from couch
  • Dr. No (1962) - the first screen appearance of James Bond - Agent 007, with Sean Connery introducing himself at a card table while lighting his cigarette and gambling against Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson): "Bond, James Bond"
  • Roman Holiday (1953) - Audrey Hepburn (as escaped Princess Ann), waking relaxed and peaceful in the apartment of street-smart American newspaperman Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), and wearing his oversized pajamas
  • True Grit (1969) - John Wayne (as one-eyed, tough US Marshal 'Rooster' Cogburn) riding horse with reins in mouth while shooting pistol
  • Doctor Zhivago (1965) - Omar Sharif (as poet/physician Yuri Zhivago)

1962 - Lawrence of Arabia

  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - Peter O'Toole (as enigmatic title character T.E. Lawrence) admiring his new flowing white Bedouin robe and headdress on the top of the train
  • A Hard Day's Night (1964) - hysterical Fab Four - Beatles fans
  • Jailhouse Rock (1957) - Elvis "the Pelvis" Presley (as con Vince Everett) - shaking during a performance
  • Lolita (1962) - the first view of Sue Lyon (as precocious nymphet, bikini-clad Lolita - Dolores Haze) looking up while sporting a broad-brimmed, feathered straw hat and heart-shaped plastic sunglasses as she lies on a backyard blanket
  • Dr. Strangelove, Or: (1964) - Slim Pickens (as Major Kong) riding a nuclear warhead named "Hi There!" like a rodeo cowboy riding a bucking bronco, while waving and fanning his Stetson cowboy hat and howling wildly toward oblivion: "YAHOO!! YAHOO!!"
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) - Paul Newman (as Butch Cassidy) and Robert Redford (as the Sundance Kid) jumping in tandem off a ledge at the edge of a steep rock canyon into the river far below, exclaiming on the way down: "Ohhh . . . s - h - i - i - i - i - i - t !"
  • West Side Story (1961) - the daring, high-stepping opening dance sequence of the Jets (composed of white teens, led by brown-haired, All-American type Riff (Russ Tamblyn)) - an exhilarating, inventive, visual ballet of pirouettes, vigorous athletic moves, and running jumps on the pavement - bearing their gang's name in chalk
  • The Sound of Music (1965) - with a sweeping aerial view of Julie Andrews (as happy and joyous Maria, a novice Salzburg Austrian nun) singing "The Hills Are Alive" while twirling open-armed on a high green meadow in the Austrian Alps
  • Psycho (1960) - the ending close-up of Anthony Perkins (as mother-possessed, insane hotel manager Norman Bates) sitting still and staring out into space in his box-like jail cell and looking slightly up toward the camera
  • Funny Girl (1968) - the opening sequence of Barbra Streisand (as entertainer Fanny Brice) singing "Don't Rain on My Parade" next to the front railing of a tugboat heading out in choppy New York City's Harbor near the Statue of Liberty
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - the great transitional sequence of an 'enlightened' ape, in slow-motion, flinging his weapon - a fragmented piece of the bone - exultantly and jubilantly into the air; it flies and spins upwards, twisting and turning end-over-end, instantly dissolving into a white, orbiting space satellite from Earth
  • The Great Escape (1963) - Steve McQueen (as Allied POW loner Virgil "Cooler King" Hilts) pulling up next to a prison fence on a motorcycle

1969 - Easy Rider

  • Easy Rider (1969) - Peter Fonda (as Wyatt/Captain America), and Dennis Hopper (as hippie Billy) and football-helmeted passenger Jack Nicholson (as lawyer George Hanson) cruisin' cross-country down the highway on motorcycles, with arms outstretched [segment 1]
  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) - Katharine Hepburn (as mother-in-law to-be Christina Drayton) stating: "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?"
  • Rosemary's Baby (1968) - Ruth Gordon (as nosey, over-solicitous, and garrulous neighbor Minnie Castevet) in a ludicrously distorted fish-eye view through neighbor Rosemary's (Mia Farrow) security door peephole
  • Easy Rider (1969) - Gold football-helmeted Jack Nicholson (as lawyer George Hanson) smiling/laughing [segment 2]
  • Woodstock (1970) - crowds of concert musicgoers on Yasgur's farmland in upper state NY, as viewed from helicopter
  • M*A*S*H (1970) - airborne army helicopter with initials MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) carrying wounded soldier
  • Patton (1970) - the unforgettable opening shot of George C. Scott (as fierce American General Patton) in front of an enormous red and white-striped US flag, addressing the troops in a memorable six-minute pep-talk monologue
  • Midnight Cowboy (1969) - Jon Voight (as stud Joe Buck) newly-arrived on NYC's streets, donning cowboy hat, and walking down the street gaping at tall buildings
  • Don't Look Back (1967) - a documentary view of the man behind the music, folk singer Bob Dylan, displaying two flashcards: "Chew Gum, No" and "The Vandals Took All the Handles"
  • The Last Picture Show (1971) - Royal Theater marquee, the only 'picture show' palace soon to close in the small town of Anarene, Texas

1972 - The Godfather

  • The Godfather (1972) - three segments: Marlon Brando (as godfather Don Corleone) kissing Al Pacino (as successor Michael Corleone); the final scene of the office door symbolically closing on Diane Keaton (as Michael's non-Italian wife Kay); Al Pacino (as young Michael Corleone) dropping his gun after executing his family's sworn enemy Virgil Sollozzo and his bodyguard - corrupt ('bought') police Captain McCluskey
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967) - Warren Beatty (as Clyde Barrow) and Faye Dunaway (as Bonnie Parker) boldly boasting to a dispossessed farmer: "We rob banks"
  • The Godfather, Part II (1974) - three segments: the image of Vito Corleone at Ellis Island in 1901, looking out from his quarantined room where the Statue of Liberty is reflected in the window; Robert DeNiro (as young man Vito Corleone) years later; the ending shot of Al Pacino (as prematurely aging Michael Corleone) - now a ruthless, soul-less, power-mad and paranoid gangster in the year 1959, sitting quietly and introspectively on a Tahoe estate lawn chair as the cold winter approaches
  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975) - Al Pacino (as bank robber Sonny) taunting police outside bank, yelling: "Attica! Attica!"
  • Taxi Driver (1976) - Robert DeNiro (as disturbed veteran Travis Bickle) practicing in front of mirror: "You talkin' to me?..." [segment 1]
  • Chinatown (1974) - Jack Nicholson (as ex-cop and private eye J. J. "Jake" Gittes) in bed with Faye Dunaway (as rich suspect Evelyn Mulwray)
  • Taxi Driver (1976) - Robert DeNiro (as Travis Bickle): "...Well, I'm the only one here" [segment 2]
  • Saturday Night Fever (1977) - John Travolta (as white-suited, black-shirted Tony Manero) on the disco dance floor
  • Airplane! (1980) - Robert Hays (as alcoholic pilot Ted Striker) on dance floor parodying the Saturday Night Fever dancing pose of John Travolta

1976 - Rocky

  • Rocky (1976) - Sylvester Stallone (as small-time boxing hero Rocky Balboa) with hands upraised celebrating early morning, wintry training regimen/workout on steps of Philadelphia art museum to the tune of Bill Conti's rousing "Gonna Fly Now"
  • The French Connection (1971) - the dazzlingly-edited scene of the frantic car pursuit by Gene Hackman (as cop Popeye Doyle), in a car driven below the tracks, after fleeing French smuggler Nicoli (Marcel Bozzufi) in a hijacked, elevated subway train above, barely missing woman with baby carriage
  • Play It Again, Sam (1972) - various segments: Woody Allen (as Humphrey Bogart-obsessed Allan Felix) ripping off coat; fighting with his hair dryer; and his disastrous, fumbling first blind date experience when attempting to be "cool" but ending up swinging his arm wildly, sending an Oscar Peterson record out of its album cover to crash against the wall
  • The Exorcist (1973) - Linda Blair (as 14 year-old demonically-possessed Regan MacNeil) with a 360 degree spinning head
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) - view of a tough motorcycle biker (Meat Loaf as Eddie) rotating, with Tim Curry (as transvestite scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter) observing
  • The Sting (1973) - Paul Newman (as con artist Henry Gondorff) giving his secret warning signal - a flick or swipe of the nose with an index finger
  • All the President's Men (1976) - Robert Redford (as Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward) on the phone investigating Watergate
  • The Way We Were (1973) - Barbra Streisand (as Katie Morosky) touching the hair of Robert Redford (as Hubbell Gardiner) in the film's closing sequence
  • Nashville (1975) - Lily Tomlin (as lonely married gospel singer Linnea Reese) sitting entranced at a table in restaurant listening to Keith Carradine (as womanizing rock singer Tom) as he sings: "I'm Easy"
  • Klute (1971) - Jane Fonda (as stalked Manhattan call girl Bree Daniels)
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) - a closeup of the steely-blue eyes of Henry Fonda (as sadistic cowboy Frank)
  • Star Wars (1977) - Carrie Fisher (as Princess Leia) and Harrison Ford (as Han Solo) shouting "Yahoo!"
  • American Graffiti (1973) - MacKenzie Phillips (as unwelcome pre-teen Carol) spraying car with shaving cream
  • Star Wars (1977) - the climactic Death Star shoot-out, with Mark Hamill (as X-wing rebel pilot Luke Skywalker) during a bombing raid across the surface of the Evil Empire's enormous battle station, exclaiming: "They're coming in too fast!"
  • Apocalypse Now (1979) - the scene of the choreographed Air Cavalry and its swarming and swooping gunner helicopter attack at dawn on a coastal Vietnamese village, with Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries blaring over loudspeakers
  • Jaws (1975) - the frightening and horrifying opening scene of Susan Backlinie (as blonde skinny-dipping Christine "Chrissie" Watkins) gasping as she gets pulled under and dragged helplessly by an unknown sea creature
  • The Black Stallion (1979) - Kelly Reno (as young shipwrecked Alec Ramsey) riding bareback on the Black Stallion, racing across the surf's edge
  • Network (1976) - Peter Finch (as 'mad prophet of the airwaves' newsman Howard Beale) extolling his viewers with his arms outstretched: "I want you to get up now..." [segment 1]
  • Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) - Dustin Hoffman (as new single father Ted Kramer) clapping to encourage Justin Henry (as young son Billy) as he learns to ride his bike
  • Network (1976) - reprise of: "I want you to get up right now and go to the window and stick your head out and yell..." [segment 2]
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) - the climactic sequence at the Devils Tower National Monument when the gigantic, sparkling UFO mother ship hovers above the landing site, witnessed by Richard Dreyfuss (as Roy Neary)
  • Norma Rae (1979) - Sally Field (as cotton mill union organizer Norma Rae) holding up hand-scrawled, cardboard "UNION" sign
  • Network (1976) - reprise: "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" [segment 3]
  • The Turning Point (1977) - Anne Bancroft (as Emma) resentfully throwing a drink in the face of Shirley MacLaine (as DeeDee) during catfight

1980 - Raging Bull

  • Raging Bull (1980) - Robert DeNiro (as boxer Jake LaMotta) with hands up in triumph in the ring
  • Terms of Endearment (1983) - Debra Winger (as daughter Emma Greenaway) running and jumping into the arms of Shirley MacLaine (as widowed mother Aurora)
  • Amadeus (1984) - Tom Hulce (as musical genius composer Amadeus Mozart) finishing as conductor
  • Reds (1981) - Diane Keaton (as US journalist Louise Bryant) hugging Warren Beatty (as American Communist John Reed)
  • Witness (1985) - Harrison Ford (as investigative police detective John Book) and Kelly McGillis (as widowed Amish mother Rachel) sharing a loving look
  • Tootsie (1982) - Dustin Hoffman (as unemployed troubled NY actor Michael Dorsey) walking down a crowded New York street, in drag (as popular soap opera actress Dorothy Michaels) - filmed with telephoto lens
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) - William Shatner (as Admiral James T. Kirk) walking down corridor of the spaceship Enterprise
  • The Right Stuff (1983) - Project Mercury mission astronauts (Scott Glenn as Alan Shepard, Ed Harris as John Glenn, Dennis Quaid as Gordon Cooper, Fred Ward as Gus Grissom, Scott Paulin as Deke Slayton, Charles Frank as Scott Carpenter, and Lance Henriksen as Wally Schirra) walking seven abreast
  • Top Gun (1986) - Tom Cruise (as daring navy pilot Pete Mitchell) and Anthony Edwards (as flying pal Lt. Nick Bradshaw) high-fiving each other near an F-14 Tomcat, with a quick image of a twisting fighter jet
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - Harrison Ford (as archaeologist Indiana Jones) dashing just ahead of a huge, thundering rock boulder tumbling like a giant bowling ball in his direction - perfectly sized to fit the South American cave's passageway
  • Ghostbusters (1984) - NY team of paranormal scientists (Bill Murray as Peter Venkman, Dan Aykroyd as Raymond Stantz, and Harold Ramis as Egon Spengler) turning and firing their ghost-busting weapons in unison
  • Batman (1989) - Michael Keaton (as Batman/Bruce Wayne) flying his Batmobile
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) - Robert Patrick (as villainous T-1000 android) with his head morphing into molten shape - split by a gunshot, then rejoining or rezippering itself
  • Jurassic Park (1993) - Sam Neill (as dinosaur expert Dr. Alan Grant) and the grandchildren (Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello as Lex and Tim) of Richard Attenborough (as Dr. Hammond), running near chicken-like Gallimimus dinosaurs
  • Dances with Wolves (1990) - Kevin Costner (as Union lieutenant John W. Dunbar) riding horseback while chasing buffalo during a hunt
  • JFK (1991) - two images: Jodie Farber (as President's wife Jackie Kennedy) cradling the head of Steve Reed (as JFK) in back of open limousine after he was shot in Dallas; close-up of Kevin Costner (as New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison) flinching at gunshot sound on soundtrack
  • The Last Emperor (1987) - Richard Vuu (as three-year-old Chinese Ching dynasty ruler Pu Yi) running toward yellow curtain in the Forbidden City palace
  • The Killing Fields (1984) - Haing Ngor (as translator Dith Pran - Cambodian friend of Sam Waterston as New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg)
  • Moonstruck (1987) - Cher (as widowed Italian bookkeeper Loretta Castorini) kissing Nicolas Cage (as bakery operator Ronny Cammareri - brother of her fiancee, Danny Aiello as Johnny Cammareri)
  • Driving Miss Daisy (1989) - Morgan Freeman (as faithful black chauffeur Hoke) driving Jessica Tandy (as strong-willed Southern matron Miss Daisy Werthan)
  • Sleepless in Seattle (1993) - Tom Hanks (as widower and single father Sam Baldwin) in parking lot looking at Meg Ryan (as correspondent Annie Reed) standing in street
  • Philadelphia (1993) - Tom Hanks (as AIDS-afflicted Philadelphia lawyer Andrew Beckett) suffering in the advanced stage of the disease (balding, lesions on face, etc.)
  • The Fugitive (1993) - Harrison Ford (as desperate fugitive Dr. Richard Kimble) on the run from authorities
  • Boyz 'N the Hood (1991) - Cuba Gooding, Jr. (as underachieving son Tre Styles) and Laurence Fishburne (as disciplinarian father Furious Styles) hugging each other

1994 - Schindler's List

  • Schindler's List (1993) - Liam Neeson (as humane entrepreneur Oskar Schindler) looking back
  • Film unknown - view of Broadway trolley car
  • Ben Hur (1959) - reprise of chariot race [segment 5]
  • The Wind (1928) - Lillian Gish (as oppressed wife Letty) looking through window, raising right hand to glass
  • Queen Christina (1933) - Greta Garbo (as 17th century Swedish Queen Christina) hugging pillow

Some images are viewed in the two 00's of the superimposed "100" Years at the Movies:

  • National Velvet (1944) - Elizabeth Taylor (as young Velvet Brown) riding her horse "Pie" preparing for the big Grand National Steeplechase race
  • Sergeant York (1941) - Gary Cooper (as farmer Alvin York), originally a pacifist, serving heroically with the AEF in WWI in Europe, and becoming the most decorated hero of the war by singlehandedly capturing a German position
  • Gilda (1946) - one of filmdom's most famous entrances - Rita Hayworth (as hedonistic, flirtatious, auburn-haired femme fatale Gilda) with her famous hair flip - she throws back her head and tosses around her thick mane of hair while responding sexily when George Macready (as her new casino-owning husband Ballin Mundson) introduces her to Glenn Ford (as gambler and right-hand man Johnny Farrell)
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) - Alec Guinness (as British Colonel Nicholson) marching and leading his regiment of defeated British troops in formation into a Japanese POW camp in Burma during WWII, to the sounds of the whistled "Colonel Bogey March"
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) - the famous barn-raising sequence (choreographed by Michael Kidd) with three brothers athletically leap-frogging and dancing towards three town lasses
  • Some Like It Hot (1959) - Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis (as musicians Jerry/Daphne and Joe/Josephine) struggling in drag while walking next to a train bound for Florida, escaping mobsters by masquerading as members of Sweet Sue's all-girl band
  • East of Eden (1955) - James Dean (as discontented Cal Trask, the "bad" son of Raymond Massey, as Salinas valley lettuce farmer Adam Trask)
  • The Searchers (1956) - the dramatic scene in which John Wayne (as vengeful Ethan Edwards) cradled Natalie Wood (as niece Debbie Edwards), finding her after a long, multi-year search and telling her: "Let's go home, Debbie"
  • Love Story (1970) - Ali McGraw (as Radcliffe music student Jenny Cavalleri) and Ryan O'Neal (as Oliver Barrett IV) in front of a window displaying winter scene
  • Oliver! (1968) - "Consider Yourself" song, sung by Jack Wild (as the Artful Dodger) to Mark Lester (as young orphan Oliver Twist)
  • Ghost (1990) - Whoopi Goldberg (as channeling psychic Oda Mae Brown) in gold gown sitting up in chair with eyes wide
  • Home Alone (1990) - Macaulay Culkin (as accidentally abandoned Kevin) at top of stairs, shouting "Yes!"
  • E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) - the indelible image of Henry Thomas (as young Elliott) riding his 'flying' bicycle (with alien E.T. in the front basket) silhouetted against a full moon

Closing Credits

  • Butterfly Dance (1897), Annabelle
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