Greatest Movie
Entrances of All-Time


1966-1969


The Greatest Movie Entrances of All-Time
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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966, It.)

Tuco / Angel Eyes / Blondie

Sergio Leone's spaghetti western was the third and final segment of the Dollars (or "The Man With No Name") Trilogy, after A Fistful of Dollars (1964, It.) and For a Few Dollars More (1965, It.). This great western was set during the Civil War in the mid-1860s. The film's opening sequence included a 25 minute introduction to its three main characters: Tuco "the Ugly" (Eli Wallach), Sentenza/"Angel Eyes" or "the Bad" (Lee Van Cleef), and Joe/"Blondie" or "the Good" (Clint Eastwood).

The stylized Western, considered a pre-quel to the two other films in the trilogy, opened with a classic shoot-out scene involving three bounty hunters, who converged on a desolate ghost-town. They went into one of the buildings, guns blazing. Their target, Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez, known as "The Ugly" (Eli Wallach), shot two of the men dead (and lethally wounded the third), burst through the front window, and escaped on horseback.

The next scene took place a few miles away, where a brutal and sadistic gunman known as "Angel Eyes" (Lee Van Cleef) rode up - and was seen in close-up. He entered a family's hacienda, sat down and wordlessly helped himself to a prepared meal. He questioned ex-Confederate soldier Stevens (Antonio Casas) about his knowledge of a missing case of stolen Confederate gold coins. He received $1,000 to kill his employer, Baker. Then, after killing Stevens and his eldest son, Angel Eyes also murdered Baker by shooting him through his pillow.

"Angel Eyes" - "The Bad" (Lee Van Cleef)

In a third introductory segment, Tuco was captured by another group of bounty hunters, but then rescued by "Blondie" (Clint Eastwood), who came upon the group, with his back to the camera. With a quick draw, The Stranger blasted the three bandits. He had a distinctive look - tan trenchcoat, flat-brimmed hat, dark shirt. The fast-draw gunman turned in Tuco for a $2,000 reward. But then when the condemned bandit Tuco was about to be executed by hanging, "Blondie" shot the noose-rope around his neck, freed Tuco, rode to freedom with him, and split the reward money. Tuco exclaimed after their successful scam: "There are two kinds of people in the world, my friend: Those with a rope around their neck, and the people who have the job of doing the cutting."

In the next scene, Tuco was again about to be hanged to death - now with a $3,000 reward after his capture. Angel Eyes watched as the scam was repeated, and knew that he would escape with a "protective angel" looking out for him ("A golden-haired angel watches over him"). The rescue was repeated, although this time, "Blondie" wanted out of their partnership, left Tuco in the desert 70 miles from town without a horse, and rode off, bemoaning: "Such ingratitude, after all the times I've saved your life."



Tuco "The Ugly"
(Eli Wallach)




"Blondie" or "The Good"
(Clint Eastwood)

The Graduate (1967)

Mrs. Robinson

Young and alienated recent college grad Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) stared into his fish tank's glass in his upstairs bedroom - away from celebratory party-goers for his own graduation party, composed of his parents' friends who were lauding him for his college achievements as "an award-winning scholar." He had retreated there, embarrassed when his activities were being publically recounted from his yearbook: "Captain of the cross country team, Head of the debating club, Associate editor of the college newspaper in his junior year, Managing editor in his senior year..."

A black-clad Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), the wife of his father's business partner, was first seen in the living room, eyeing him from afar. In the next instance, she burst into his bedroom door in the same frame. They both appeared behind the pane of aquarium glass - she had followed him there, explaining that she was looking for the bathroom ("Oh, I guess this isn't the bathroom, is it?"), but her interest in him belied her excuse. He rose and told her twice: "It's, uh, down the hall...the bathroom's down at the end of the hall," but she entered the room uninvited anyway, and asked how he was doing.

After intruding, she basically proceeded to ignore him, sat down, and requested an ashtray, and then made a snide comment about why he wouldn't have an ashtray: "Oh, yes, I forgot. The track star doesn't smoke."

Looking upset, she asked if it was "a girl" that was his main problem - but Ben admitted that he was "disturbed about things" in general and would rather be alone. She briefly left the room, but then returned, and insisted that he drive her home because her husband had already left with their car. She refused to drive herself with his keys, because she admitted that she couldn't drive the foreign manual shift in his Alfa Romeo sports car, his main graduation present. Although he agreed to take her ("Let's go!"), she tossed his keys into the fish tank where he fished them out before they left together.

This was the start of her memorable seduction of him.


First View of Mrs. Robinson


You Only Live Twice (1967)

Ernst Stavro Blofeld

In two previous James Bond films, the master-mind head of SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, Extortion), a world-wide terrorist organization, was always portrayed with menace, but with face unseen while petting his white Persian cat in his lap.

The character was previously played by uncredited Anthony Dawson in From Russia With Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965), but now was portrayed by British character actor Donald Pleasence.

Once he had captured James Bond, a British 007 agent who was attempting to impersonate a SPECTRE astronaut about to launch from a rocket site hidden in a hollowed-out volcano on a remote island in Japan, Blofeld peered from behind one of his men and introduced himself:

Allow me to introduce myself. I am Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

He revealed himself as a bald, scar-faced (through his right eye), Mao tunic-wearing megalomaniac. Bond mentioned how he had lived through a fake assassination attempt in Hong Kong: "This is my second life." Blofeld threatened: "You only live twice, Mr. Bond."


Barbarella (1968)

Barbarella

In the opening credits sequence of this erotic science-fiction fantasy, an inflight and weightless, 41st century Barbarella (Jane Fonda), wearing a protective dark spacesuit, began a slow striptease while floating in mid-air. She first removed her gloves (to reveal beautifully-manicured fingers and hands) and then her leggings.

Her face appeared after a tinted shield over her helmet slowly lowered. When her helmet was removed and she shook her full head of hair, white letters were let loose to spell her name.

Further letters for the credits were released as more coverings were freed from her body.

By the end of the credits when the screen read: "DIRECTED BY ROGER VADIM," she was completely naked with the letters often strategically dancing around or coalescing to try and mask her private parts.






Barbarella (1968)

The Black Queen

The evil and cold lesbian Black Queen (Anita Pallenberg) also made a memorable entrance, disguised as a one-eyed wench (with twirling knives for each hand and an eyepatch).

She saved Barbarella (Jane Fonda) from two rapists by stabbing them in the back. She then greeted Barbarella as Pretty-Pretty:

Hello, Pretty-Pretty... Do you want to come and play with me? For someone like you, I charge nothing. You're very pretty, Pretty-Pretty.

Funny Girl (1968)

Fanny Brice

Director William Wyler's musical romantic comedy-biopic was a loose retelling of the life story of Broadway and film star and comedienne Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand in her film debut, in a reprise of her Broadway role).

In the brief opening set in NYC, to introduce the main star character, a figure in a leopard-skin-patterned outfit walked up to the street-side marquee of the New Amsterdam Theatre, where the "Ziegfeld Follies" show starring Fanny Brice was featured. After a moment of reflection upon herself, she proceeded to the backstage entrance and delivered her famous line as she turned and looked into a mirror: "Hello, gorgeous." A tear welled up in her left eye.

She then proceeded to an entryway onto the large stage, and looked out into an empty auditorium. She played a few notes on a piano (the opening to "People"), then hit a chaotic grouping of keys to create a dissonant sound. Standing at center stage, she remembered applause and then pretended that she was shooting at an invisible audience with an imaginary machine gun. Then, she sat down in one of the red velvet seats in the third row.

Emma walked onto the stage and called out, "Miss Fanny?" Fanny responded: "Down here, Emma, third row." Emma had come in early to tidy up and heard that Fanny was there. Fanny explained why she was seated in the audience: "The one place in the theatre I've never sat. Maybe things look different from here." Fanny revealed that she was "nervous, happy, scared, excited." Fanny was impressed when Emma told her that the show's producer was patiently waiting for her in her dressing room: "Mr. Ziegfeld wants to see you. When you feel like it, he says. He'll be waiting in his office." This line cued the film's major flashback to Fanny's youth and humble beginnings.





("Hello, gorgeous")

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

The First Zombie

In this zombie film's opening, Johnny (Russell Streiner) had just taken his slightly neurotic and edgy sister Barbra (Judith O'Dea) to visit their mother's grave in a remote cemetery. When Barbra nervously continued to admit a phobia of cemeteries and the dead, and they placed flowers on the grave, Johnny playfully taunted her in a creepy voice:

They're coming to get you, Barbra!... They're coming for you, Barbra!... They're coming for you!

He then pointed to what looked like a drunk vagrant shambling among the headstones, and gleefully teased: "Look, there comes one of them now!"

Suddenly, without warning, the "vagrant" who had appeared out of nowhere attacked the pair, trying to eat them. Johnny was killed when he tripped and hit his head hard against the headstone, and Barbra fled to the car with the reanimated, slow-moving living corpse shambling after her.


Once Upon a Time in the West (1968, It./US) (aka C'era una Volta il West)

Harmonica

This epic Italian western from Sergio Leone had one of the most memorable opening sequences of all time. At an isolated and deserted train station (with a pesky fly, dripping ceiling, creaky windmill, and noisy telegraph machine) in Flagstone, Arizona, three unnamed gunman appeared:

  • Snaky (Jack Elam)
  • Woody Strode as Stony (Woody Strode)
  • Knuckles (Al Mulock)

The trio were sent by cold-blooded killer Frank (Henry Fonda) to await the late arrival of a train.

Finally, a mysterious stoic man with no name playing a harmonica (Charles Bronson) was let off the late-arriving train. Snaky casually mentioned that they only had three horses: "Looks like we're shy one horse." Harmonica shook his head in disagreement: "You brought two too many."

After a brief shootout, all three gunmen were killed by Harmonica.






Once Upon a Time in the West (1968, It./US) (aka C'era una Volta il West)

Frank

An unidentified posse of five men wearing dirty yellow duster topcoats casually slaughtered (in cold-blood) landowner Brett McBain (Frank Wolff) and his entire family at their remote "Sweetwater" farm. The killers had been hired by crippled railroad baron Morton (Gabriele Ferzetti) to eliminate the property owner in order to acquire his prime land (and water source) for the railroad.

It was on the day of a welcoming feast for McBain's newly-arrived bride Jill McBain (Claudia Cardinale) from New Orleans. The dead in the massacre were the patriarch and his son and daughter, all shot outside as they prepared a meal.

At the sound of the deadly rampage, the innocent youngest, freckle-faced son ran out of the house. The darkly-silhouetted killers slowly converged on the sole survivor. Power-hungry, blue-eyed, and ruthless lead killer Frank (Henry Fonda in a cast-against-type role) made a grand entrance with an icy closeup (after a long build-up), as the camera circled around his left side and presented his profile.

One of Frank's men asked about the fate of the newly-orphaned child: "What are we gonna do with this one, Frank?" In response, Frank's faint smile disappeared, and he spit out a brown gob of tobacco juice. He calmly stated: "Now that you've called me by name..." and pulled out his revolver at waist-level. Because his gunman happened to identify Frank "by name," Frank pulled his trigger and the red headed boy was also murdered.

The image cut abruptly to the screeching sounds of a steam-powered train.






2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, UK)

Satellites and Giant Circular Space Station 5

Stanley Kubrick's landmark, science fiction classic was a profound, visionary and astounding film and a tremendous visual experience. The opening "Dawn of Man" segment was separated from the Lunar Journey segment - a jump-cut of four million years, by the associative image of the ape's tossed bone (tool/weapon) that instantly rotated and dissolved into a white, orbiting space satellite from Earth.

Bone Into Satellite
Tossed Bone
US Weapons Satellite

Different kinds of weapons satellites (rectangular and cylindrical) floated by, circling around the globe of Earth. A winged, arrow-shaped spaceship, the Pan American, dart-like space shuttle Orion soared from Earth through space toward the Moon, bound first for Space Station 5 - a wheel-shaped, international way-station or transfer point for passengers traveling on to the lunar surface.

Space Station 5

Images of the giant circular space station revolving and orbiting in space were accompanied by the lyrical Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss. The pace was deliberately slow, emphasizing the vast enormous vistas and the harmonious order of space.



Weapons Satellite (German?)

Weapons Satellite (Chinese?)

Space Shuttle Orion

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Butch Cassidy
The Sundance Kid

This comedy-western was likeably entertaining, charming and amusing - it told of the friendship and camaraderie shared between the two handsome and humorous buddy leads - legendary, turn-of-the-century Western outlaws Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and gunslinger The Sundance Kid (Robert Redford).

In the memorable opening, the screen was filled with an immense close-up of the face of sly, funny, witty, smart-ass, egotistical, and handsome Butch Cassidy [not identified as Butch until later in the film]. He was casing the outside of a modern, high-security bank, for a future bank robbery, and realizing that it was too secure.

Butch's partner was introduced in a similar, sepia-toned sequence filmed in close-up. During a blackjack card game in Macon's Saloon - the dead-panning, silent, dim-witted, mustached, dark-hatted cardsharp 'The Sundance Kid' [also not identified by name until later] was also in large close-up. When Sundance was accused of cheating by his final, sole opponent, he was offended (although ignoring the accusation) yet he kept playing, even when Butch joined him and attempted to interrupt an impending shoot-out.

When the gunman realized the identity of his opponent - that he was up against quick-draw "Sundance," a horrified, dismayed look crossed his face. As they stood facing each other, the gunman humbly apologized to the fearsome killer with a deadly reputation.


On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969, UK)

James Bond

In the first Bond film following the Sean Connery era (of five films from 1962-1967), George Lazenby had to make a striking appearance as the new James Bond.

The pre-title credits sequence opened in Portugal, where the unseen Bond was driving along the coast in his 1969 Aston Martin DBS. He stopped to rescue an unidentified woman (fully clothed) from drowning herself in the surf. After carrying her back to the sand and reviving her, he introduced himself:

Good morning. My name's Bond, James Bond.

But then, after her rescue, two men assaulted Bond by gun and knife-point, and while he fought them off, she escaped. He was left holding the woman's shoes.

He joked with the audience (breaking the "fourth wall") when he said to the camera:

This never happened to the other fellow.



Greatest Movie Entrances of All-Time
(chronological, by film title)
Introduction | 1920s-1935 | 1936-1939 | 1940-1945 | 1946-1949 | 1950-1955 | 1956-1959 | 1960-1965 | 1966-1969
1970-1975 | 1976-1979 | 1980-1985 | 1986-1989 | 1990-1995 | 1996-1999 | 2000-2005 | 2006-Present


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