Greatest Film Scenes
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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Tootsie (1982)

In director Sydney Pollack's cross-dressing comedy:

  • agent George Fields' (director Sydney Pollack) advice to difficult unemployable actor Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) about why he was being dropped from The Iceman Cometh: "Nobody will hire you...nobody in Hollywood wants to work with you, either!" and his advice: "You're too much trouble. Get some therapy"
  • the first appearance of Michael dressed in drag as Dorothy Michaels on a crowded street (seen in extreme telephoto) after George insisted no one would hire him, to soon be cast on the daytime soap opera Southwest General
  • his continuing marvelous cross-dressing impersonation of no-nonsense, alter-ego female Dorothy Michaels
  • the scene of Michael when caught by insecure Sandy Lester (Teri Garr) dressed in nothing but skimpy black briefs when he went to try on her clothes, and then pretended he wanted to have sex with her: ("Sandy... I want you")
  • the scene of soap actress April Page (Geena Davis in her film debut), startling Dorothy by wearing nothing but skimpy underwear (later, in a classic moment, Dorothy made a funny Freudian slip and told her: "What kind of mother would I be if I didn't give my girls tits... tips?")
  • the scene of Dorothy coming onto his agent George Fields
  • the character of Les (Charles Durning in an against-type role) - the widower father of beautiful co-worker and soap star Julie Nichols (Oscar-winning Jessica Lange), who fell in love with Dorothy
  • the near-'lesbian' kiss and love scene between Julie and Dorothy
  • the live episode performance when Michael revealed his true identity by tearing off his wig and eyelashes to prove it - to the stunned shock of almost everyone (including his roommate Jeff's (Bill Murray) comment: "That's one nutty hospital")
  • his final confession to Julie: ("I was a better man with you, as a woman, than I ever was with a woman as a man")

Top Gun (1986)

In director Tony Scott's jingoistic action film:

  • the dogfights of fliers with enemy MIG planes over the Indian Ocean, and arrogant, hot-shot fighter pilot Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell's (Tom Cruise) boasting about flying upside down in order to give the enemy pilot the finger: "I was inverted"
  • the many sensational aerobatic flying sequences as part of the training of the US Navy's elite (Top Gun) Fighter Weapon School, Miramar Naval Air Station near San Diego
  • Maverick's famous catchphrase: "I feel the need, the need for speed"
  • the scene of Maverick's buzzing the tower
  • his competition with Lt. Tom 'Iceman' Kazanski (Val Kilmer), who assured 'Maverick': "You can be my wingman anytime"
  • Maverick's love affair with pretty civilian consultant-instructor Charlotte 'Charlie' Blackwood (Kelly McGillis) while the entire film was basically about male bonding and machismo (high-fives, shower scenes)
  • the emotional scene of the death of Lt. Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards) in Maverick's arms following a tailspin and botched ejection

Top Hat (1935)

In director Mark Sandrich's Depression-Era musical/dance classic (with an Irving Berlin score) - a tale of mistaken identity:

  • the early scene of Jerry Travers' (Fred Astaire) disturbing hotel room tap-dance "No Strings" - in which he slapped the walls - that upset sleeping Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) in a room below
  • his ability to put both Dale and Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton) back to sleep
  • the delightfully dreamy song-dance: "Isn't This a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain)?" in a sheltering band shell during a rain shower
  • the backdrop of an art-deco Venice with fabulous sets
  • Jerry's firing of his cane as a gun to creatively shoot down his chorus during "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" (Astaire's signature number)
  • the most memorable Astaire-Rogers duet ever -- Gershwin's "Cheek to Cheek" (with the famous opening lyric "Heaven, I'm in Heaven...") with Rogers dancing in a gown made of shedding ostrich feathers

Topaz (1969)

In Alfred Hitchcock's political/spy thriller:

  • the thought-provoking epilogue sequence - the headlines of a newspaper proclaiming the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis, then a superimposed montage of characters followed by the final image of the newspaper discarded on a park bench near the Arc de Triomphe

Torn Curtain (1966)

In Alfred Hitchcock's mid-60s political/spy thriller:

  • the lengthy murder sequence in a farmhouse kitchen involving the difficult killing of a Soviet agent - German "bodyguard" policeman Hermann Gromek (Wolfgang Keiling) by American physicist and secret double agent Prof. Michael Armstrong (Paul Newman) - involving a thrown soup kettle, strangulation, a butcher knife, and finally a cast-iron gas oven to asphyxiate him to death

Total Recall (1990)

In Paul Verhoeven's big-budget, violent science-fiction action thriller based on Philip K. Dick's story We Can Remember it For You Wholesale:

  • the amazing special effects, production and art design
  • the scene of construction worker Doug Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) taking a vacation through a strange travel agency named Rekall, Inc. - a 'virtual' trip to the planet of Mars - with the sales pitch from Bob McClane (Ray Baker) that actually revealed the film's plot ("By the time the trip is over, you get the girl, kill the bad guys and save the entire planet")
  • the early scene in which he defended himself from his treacherous, attacking agent wife Lori (Sharon Stone)
  • the scene of the subway shoot-out in which widescreen scans showed skeletal shapes and weapons
  • the segment in which Doug extracted a large bugging device from his brain via his nostril
  • the scene on Mars in a sleazy red-light district bar when confronted by mutants and a three-breasted hooker named Mary (Lycia Naff)
  • the later scene in which Doug mercilessly shot his conniving wife in the head - with the one-liner: "Consider that a divorce!"
  • the scene in which Quaid appeared to be killed by gunfire from evil mercenary Vilos Cohaagen's (Ronny Cox) thugs - but he laughed and was revealed to be only a deceptive hologram as he shot them from behind
  • the film's ending when Cohaagen, Quaid, and beautiful brunette love interest Melina (Rachel Ticotin) were spewed out into the airless atmosphere of the reddish planet of Mars - and their eyes bulged and faces swelled due to the lack of oxygen
  • the film's ambiguous ending in which the scene faded to a brilliant white as Melina and Quaid kissed -- was everything part of the VR dream vacation implant, or was what he experienced real? Did he get lobotomized, to bring him back to reality?

Touch Of Evil (1958)

In Orson Welles' masterpiece (considered the last classic film noir):

  • the continuous-action, spectacular 3-minute and 20 second tracking crane shot following a car loaded with dynamite crossing the US/Mexico border in the film's credits/opening (appearing only in the 1958 verson, not in the restored version)
  • the newly-married couple Susan and narcotics agent Mike Vargas (Janet Leigh and Charlton Heston) walking to the border crossing and kissing - as the car exploded
  • the first appearance (a low-angled shot) of a grotesque, cigar-smoking, candy-chewing bloated local detective Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles) as he rolled out of his car at the scene of the car bombing
  • the image of acid splashed on a peeling poster on a crumbling wall of stripper performer Zita (an echo of her death in the burning car explosion)
  • the appearance of cigar-smoking Mexican gypsy Tanya (Marlene Dietrich) in a memorable cameo: (To Quinlan: "You're a mess, honey")
  • Susan's scenes of terror - first in a motel room in town by a peeping tom with a flashlight, and then in a deserted motel room as she was attacked by thugs
  • the scene of planted evidence in a bathroom (in the film's second, long unedited scene)
  • Quinlan's chilling killing of Uncle Joe Grandi (Akim Tamiroff) in a hotel room next to a semi-unconscious Susan
  • the gripping climax when Quinlan heard the echo of his own voice as it was recorded on a transmitter held by Mike under a bridge
  • the final image of Quinlan lying dead and floating whale-like in dark canal gutter water and garbage - and Tanya's epitaph for him: "He was some kind of a man"

The Towering Inferno (1974)

In John Guillermin's and Irwin Allen's Best Picture-nominated disaster film classic, an epic film about the world's tallest 138 story Glass Tower - a San Francisco skyscraper - on fire:

  • the all-star cast - with the prescient words of SFFD Fire Chief Michael "Mike" O'Hallorhan (Steve McQueen): "You know we got lucky tonight, body count's less than 200. Someday you're gonna kill 10,000 in one of these firetraps"
  • the exciting scene of the rescue of the trapped occupants of the stalled exterior glass-walled scenic elevator

Toy Story (1995)

In the landmark CGI Pixar-Disney film from director John Lasseter - the first feature film made entirely by computer-generation:

  • the bedroom setting of a boy named Andy where toys came to life when humans weren't there, including all the old favorites: (Mr. Potato Head (voice of Don Rickles), Slinky Dog (voice of Jim Varney), Hamm the Pig (voice of John Ratzenberger) and Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts))
  • the instant jealousy and dislike that once-favored, pull-string cowboy toy Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) had for a neophyte toy - the egotistical space-suited action figure Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen), introduced on Andy's birthday: ("The word I am searching for, I can't say because there are pre-school toys present")
  • Buzz's catchphrase: "To infinity, and beyond!"
  • non-flying Woody's continued insistence that Buzz couldn't fly while Buzz took an amazing flight around the room (without actually flying) and remarked: "Can!" -- with Woody's muttered jealous retort: "That wasn't flying! That was falling, with style!"
  • Woody's realization that Buzz was only a toy: "You! Are! A! Toy! You aren't the real Buzz Lightyear! You're - you're an action figure!"
  • the character of mean-spirited, braces-wearing toy abuser and torturer Sid Phillips (voice of Erik von Detten): ("He tortures toys -- just for FUN!")
  • the scene of Woody and Buzz getting trapped inside Sid's house where they encountered "mutant" toys
  • Sid's come-uppance when the toys were animated and came to life to scare him: (Woody: "So play NICE!")
  • Woody and Buzz using a firecracker to catch up to the moving van (Woody: "You''re flying!" Buzz: "This isn't flying! This is falling, with style!")

Toy Story 2 (1999)

In director John Lasseter's superior sequel to the CGI classic:

  • the amazing opening sequence in which Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen) flew through an alien world, defeated thousands of robots at once and was destroyed by his Darth Vader-like arch-nemesis, Emperor Zurg (voice of Andrew Stanton) -- all revealed to be in a video game that dinosaur Rex (voice of Wallace Shawn) was playing
  • Woody's (voice of Tom Hanks) nightmare of being discarded and thrown into the garbage after having his arm torn
  • the scene of Woody's theft by greedy Toy Barn owner Al McWhiggin (voice of Wayne Knight) during a garage sale
  • the scene of Woody's fellow toys attempting to safely cross a busy street to rescue him
  • Woody's finding that he was a collector's item - part of a set of toys called the Roundup Gang, that included a cowgirl named Jessie (voice of Joan Cusack), a horse named Bullseye and a prospector named Stinky Pete (voice of Kelsey Grammer), and the fact that he starred in a black-and-white TV puppet show in the '50s called Woody's Roundup
  • the enchanting sequence in which The Cleaner fixes Woody to pristine condition
  • the appearance of dozens of Barbies partying, featuring Tour Guide Barbie (voice of Jodi Benson)
  • the scene of Buzz's visit to the "Buzz Lightyear" aisle in Roy's Toy Barn
  • Jessie's heartbreaking story - told in flashback - of being abandoned under a bed by former owner Emily (to the Oscar-nominated ballad "When She Loved Me" sung by Sarah McLachlan)
  • Woody's choice - to live forever as an exhibit in a Tokyo toy museum or to face inevitable death as a child's toy -- with his decision made when his television counterpart sang: "You've Got a Friend In Me"
  • the revelation of Stinky Pete's villainy with his angry speech betraying his jealousy and bitterness about never being bought nor cared about
  • Woody's rescue of Jessie from an airplane bound for Tokyo
  • the finale in which the penguin squeeze toy Wheezy (voice of Joe Ranft) belted out, Vegas-style (with Robert Goulet's voice): "You've Got a Friend In Me", accompanied by a trio of Barbie backup singers

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

In Best Director-winning John Huston's tale of avarice among gold prospectors in Mexico (based upon B. Traven's novel):

  • in Tampico, drifter Fred C. Dobbs' (Humphrey Bogart) thrice-asked request to a white-suited American (an early cameo by director John Huston): "Hey mister, could you stake a fellow American to a meal?"
  • old and grizzly prospector Howard's (Walter Huston) recounting of tales of gold-seeking to greedy gold seeker Dobbs at the flophouse
  • the scene of gleeful Howard's dancing of a jig upon the discovery of gold and his exclamation: "Up there!"
  • the scene of Mexican bandits confronting the gold-seekers when Dobbs asked where their Federales badges were - and Gold Hat's (Alfonso Bedoya) answer: "Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!"
  • the demise of the crazed and paranoid Dobbs - his confrontation with the bandits and his death scene
  • in the conclusion, crazy Howard's ironic, last bitter but boisterous laugh with youthful Curtin (Tim Holt) as he recognized the cosmic humor in how the gold dust blew back into the desert sand; he exclaimed: "The gold has gone back to where we found it!..."

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

In director Elia Kazan's coming of age drama (his first feature film):

  • the scene in a tenement window in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn in which improvident Irish singing waiter Johnny Nolan (Oscar-winning James Dunn) told his young 13 year-old daughter Francie (Special Oscar-winning Peggy Ann Garner) that she needn't worry that the neighbors had killed a tree nearby, with an optimistic tone: ("They didn't kill it, why they could cut that old tree right down to the ground and a root would push up someplace else in the cement. You wait until springtime, my darlin', you'll see")
  • the Christmas-time, bedtime scene when Johnny - a loser due to his drinking and irresponsibility - encouraged Francie's aspirations to grow up and be a writer, then watched her fall asleep, faced the truth and decided to go find a real job - and never came home again

The Trial (1962, Fr/W.Germ/It.) (aka Le Procès)

In Orson Welles' psychological drama - an adaptation of Franz Kafka's novel:

  • the stunningly directed, visually-rich, imaginative and surreal nightmare surrounding a persecuted clerk named Joseph K (Anthony Perkins) - confronted by police and told he had been placed on trial for an undefined, never-explained crime

Triumph of the Will (1935, Germ.) (aka Triumph Des Willens)

In Leni Riefenstahl's influential yet infamous propagandistic documentary film that glorified Hitler and his regime:

  • the spectacular scenes of the Nazi leader's 1934 Nuremberg rally/convention held for his political party
  • the remarkable visual scene of the god-like descent of Hitler's plane from the clouds
  • his climactic speech to cheering throngs of followers
  • the final image of a swastika super-imposed on marching soldiers

TRON (1982)

In Walt Disney Production's visually-astonishing, state of the art (at its time) landmark film with Wendy Carlos' unique score, the first true CGI-animated film:

  • computer programmer/hacker Kevin Flynn/Clu (Jeff Bridges) literally transported ('digitalized'), by malevolent Master Control Program or "MCP" (voice of David Warner), into the grid-lined, neon-glowing, 3-D pixelized world inside an evil corporation's mainframe ENCOM computer where programs lived and worked
  • such astounding scenes as the breathtaking, gladiatorial competitive race in the arena - the light cycle sequence between curved racing pods
  • the startling, brain-spewing death of evil overlord Sark (Warner) killed by gladiator/hero Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) in a duel
  • the dramatic kiss between Flynn and feminine computer programmer Yori (Cindy Morgan) before Flynn sacrificed himself by jumping into the MCP beam
  • the final liberation of the system (causing landscapes to burst out in full luminous intensity and color)

True Grit (1969)

In Henry Hathaway's classic modern-day western:

  • the image of fat, US Marshal "Rooster" Cogburn (Oscar-winning John Wayne) with a patch over one eye
  • the memorable scene of his encounter with 'Lucky' Ned Pepper (Robert Duvall) - challenging him with his reins in his teeth: "Fill your hand, you son of a bitch" after being called a "one-eyed fat man"

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