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(Digital Spy)   Fifteen actors whose one-scene appearance in a movie stole the entire show. Yes, Christopher Walken's watch moment from Pulp Fiction is on here   (digitalspy.com) divider line 113
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2013-09-28 07:34:53 PM  
Great to see Dean Stockwell make the list, He also stole the movie Tucker with his portrayal of Howard Hughes.
 
2013-09-28 07:42:01 PM  
I wouldn't say that Walken stole the entire movie of Pulp Fiction.
 
2013-09-28 07:43:53 PM  
Martin Scorsese's scene in Taxi Driver? Really? I never thought that it added anything to the movie.
 
2013-09-28 07:46:29 PM  
They forgot:

practicallyhistorical.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-09-28 07:46:50 PM  
I'm not sure all of those qualify as "one" scene. William Hurt's performance in "A History of Violence" seemed to be longer than one scene.

And would this qualify?

1630revellodrive.files.wordpress.com

I can't remember how much he was in that movie other than the next-to-last segment.
 
2013-09-28 07:50:02 PM  
Does Bill Murray count in Zombieland? Was that technically one scene?

Best "no f*cking way" in recent memory is Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan. Different type of scene stealing, but TOO funny for casting.
 
2013-09-28 07:53:44 PM  
 
2013-09-28 08:01:49 PM  
Good to know I'm not the only JK Simmons fan.
 
2013-09-28 08:07:16 PM  
Glad to see Baldwin and Beatty there. The former a no-brainer, but because it was 3+ decades ago I was afraid the latter might not make the list.
 
2013-09-28 08:13:25 PM  
Only other one I can think of that should have been there is Donnie Wahlberg in The Sixth Sense.
 
2013-09-28 08:14:49 PM  
Not really a show stealer, but the Eli Wallach cameo as the liquor store owner in "Mystic River" was a welcome bit of comic relief in an otherwise dark movie.
 
2013-09-28 08:39:50 PM  
i881.photobucket.com

My favorite one scene Walken.
 
2013-09-28 08:45:45 PM  
I like how they not only have each image on a separate slide, but you need to click again just to read the caption.
 
2013-09-28 08:52:50 PM  
www.hotflick.net

Favorite scene in the movie outside of that other one
 
2013-09-28 08:53:25 PM  

DrPainMD: They forgot:

[practicallyhistorical.files.wordpress.com image 259x194]


He had 2 scenes, so not list eligible.
 
2013-09-28 08:57:50 PM  

alwaysjaded: [i881.photobucket.com image 300x127]

My favorite one scene Walken.


Good call.

/eggplant
 
2013-09-28 08:59:55 PM  

alwaysjaded: [i881.photobucket.com image 300x127]

My favorite one scene Walken.


You could add Brad Pitt and Gary Oldman for that movie.
 
2013-09-28 09:23:34 PM  

vernonFL: I wouldn't say that Walken stole the entire movie of Pulp Fiction.


This. It was an excellent scene in an excellent movie, but it didn't steal the whole film.
 
2013-09-28 09:27:16 PM  
I have to nominate Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder.
 
2013-09-28 09:41:03 PM  

Skyrmion: I have to nominate Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder.


More than one scene, I think.
 
2013-09-28 09:42:00 PM  
076dd0a50e0c1255009e-bd4b8aabaca29897bc751dfaf75b290c.r40.cf1.rackcdn.com
Mortimer, we're back.
filmdope.com
 
2013-09-28 09:46:45 PM  

Khellendros: Skyrmion: I have to nominate Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder.

More than one scene, I think.


Whoops, you're right.

I fail.
 
2013-09-28 09:55:38 PM  

fusillade762: I'm not sure all of those qualify as "one" scene. William Hurt's performance in "A History of Violence" seemed to be longer than one scene.

And would this qualify?

[1630revellodrive.files.wordpress.com image 666x360]

I can't remember how much he was in that movie other than the next-to-last segment.


Walking down the street about 10-15 minutes in, putting his umbrella in the bin to trigger the hit on the ALHS. At the ALHS asking the girl to move away from the window before she gets shot by the "postman". Talking to Atwood about not having hit Condor. In the lift with Condor, running after him and pulling out the scope to read the numberplate on the fleeing car. In the hotel painting his miniatures when Condor calls him. In Atwood's house, and then the following scene you referenced.

/yes, it's one of my favourites
 
2013-09-28 09:59:34 PM  

SilentStrider: Only other one I can think of that should have been there is Donnie Wahlberg in The Sixth Sense.


Best thing he's done so far.

I'm glad that these lists finally picked up on Scorsese in Taxi Driver, as I'd gotten tired or mentioned it.
 
2013-09-28 10:00:02 PM  
The Rock's scene in Reno:911 Miami popped into my head

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H53kBYo1Jx8
 
2013-09-28 10:01:05 PM  
A pretty good list, really.
 
2013-09-28 10:08:33 PM  
As a fan of military movies, I'd nominate Ted Danson in Saving Private Ryan and David Morse in the Hurt Locker.
 
2013-09-28 10:08:54 PM  
List fails without Sean Connery in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
 
2013-09-28 10:11:04 PM  
Lieutenant Hurwitz?

i260.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-28 10:13:07 PM  

alwaysjaded: My favorite one scene Walken.


My second favorite monologue in a movie

/Quint's "Indianapolis" scene in Jaws is obviously #1
 
2013-09-28 10:14:48 PM  

Khellendros: More than one scene, I think.


Should we get the key grip to punch him in the face?
 
2013-09-28 10:26:10 PM  

Skyrmion: I have to nominate Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder.


I never got the love of this character. Over the top, ham-fisted portrayal.
But, I feel this way with most, if not all of Tom's work.
Stacee Jaxx indeed.


Meh.
 
2013-09-28 10:27:27 PM  

SurfaceTension: alwaysjaded: My favorite one scene Walken.

My second favorite monologue in a movie

/Quint's "Indianapolis" scene in Jaws is obviously #1


Quint is # 1, but Pesci's ranting meltdown in JFK is brilliant.
 
2013-09-28 10:32:44 PM  
Depp in 21 jump street. Made the whole thing legitimate, on top of being funny
 
2013-09-28 10:34:25 PM  
Wolverine in XMen First Class.
 
2013-09-28 10:41:49 PM  
List is missing Bob Saget's cameo in Half Baked.
 
2013-09-28 10:52:38 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: List fails without Sean Connery in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.


I'll also nominate Dom DeLuise in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
 
2013-09-28 10:55:00 PM  

mediablitz: Does Bill Murray count in Zombieland? Was that technically one scene?

Best "no f*cking way" in recent memory is Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan. Different type of scene stealing, but TOO funny for casting.


Have any regrets?

Garfield, maybe.
 
2013-09-28 10:56:42 PM  
Teen 'the world isn't as sophisticated as me' movie, but I saw it at age 17. Glory Daze. Matthew mcconahy as the alcoholic car salesman.
 
2013-09-28 11:06:00 PM  
Wasn't Sinatra in Cannonball Run II?
 
2013-09-28 11:11:06 PM  
Yeaaaahhh, not giving that site that many clicks.
 
2013-09-28 11:11:16 PM  
Ben Vereen in "All That Jazz" doesn't qualify because he's shown on a TV screen in the background a couple of times.  Damn shame.  He was amazing in that.
 
2013-09-28 11:33:01 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: SilentStrider: Only other one I can think of that should have been there is Donnie Wahlberg in The Sixth Sense.

Best thing he's done so far.


He also did great work in Band of Brothers. I just wish he would just put the whole NKOTB crap to rest.
 
2013-09-28 11:44:44 PM  
Gene Hackman in Young Frankenstein.
 
2013-09-28 11:46:34 PM  

r1niceboy: As a fan of military movies, I'd nominate Ted Danson in Saving Private Ryan and David Morse in the Hurt Locker.


If Ted Danson's scene in SPR "stole" or otherwise was the best thing about that movie to you, then you really really really watched that movie wrong.
 
2013-09-29 12:07:43 AM  
Internet's latest punching bag Ben Afleck in Boiler Room.

Not really a hard movie to steal.  But he did it quite well.
 
2013-09-29 12:07:47 AM  
Technically it is two scenes, but man, Bill Murray killed it in Space Jam.
 
2013-09-29 12:14:21 AM  
dvdmedia.ign.com
 
2013-09-29 12:15:31 AM  
Personally, I'd go w/ Steve Martin in the Muppet Movie as the sarcastic waiter.

/Don't you want to smell the bottle cap?
 
2013-09-29 12:20:34 AM  
Frederic Forrest in Falling Down.
 
2013-09-29 12:21:12 AM  
Steven Seagal in Executive Decision.

/All standard issue combat movie with Seagal about to start breaking limbs and then...whoops no more Seagal.
 
2013-09-29 12:27:12 AM  

Scaevola: Quint is # 1, but Pesci's ranting meltdown in JFK is brilliant.


I love the part just prior to the monologue where Brody looks at his appendix scar and decides not to mention it. Cracks me up every time.
 
2013-09-29 12:35:43 AM  
Alfred Molina inBoogie Nights

Nope. it was the Chinese kid throwing the firecrackers
 
2013-09-29 12:50:09 AM  

log_jammin: Nope. it was the Chinese kid throwing the firecrackers


*Hand up to face as if telling a secret* He's chinese!
 
2013-09-29 01:11:54 AM  

theflatline: [dvdmedia.ign.com image 410x232]


Looking back, could you make a top 5 list of just Bill Murray? Zombieland comes into play here too
 
2013-09-29 01:16:06 AM  

TheManofPA: theflatline: [dvdmedia.ign.com image 410x232]

Looking back, could you make a top 5 list of just Bill Murray? Zombieland comes into play here too


Love his turn in Zombieland. Charlie's Angels is the next movie I'm thinking of.
 
2013-09-29 01:33:14 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: Wasn't Sinatra in Cannonball Run II?


Yes he was
 
2013-09-29 01:53:03 AM  
Tom Jones - Mars Ackacks
 
2013-09-29 01:53:18 AM  
melitasu.com
 
2013-09-29 02:01:10 AM  

DigitalCoffee: Tom Jones - Mars Ackacks


didn't Tom Jones have a fairly sizable role in that movie?
 
2013-09-29 02:13:42 AM  
Mahhhhh!!    Meatloaf!
 
2013-09-29 02:45:22 AM  
Mark Hamill in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back


www.starwarped.net
 
2013-09-29 02:46:30 AM  

Uncle Pooky: DigitalCoffee: Tom Jones - Mars Ackacks

didn't Tom Jones have a fairly sizable role in that movie?


Yes he did, pretty much the whole Las Vegas portion of the movie.
 
2013-09-29 03:14:13 AM  

DigitalCoffee: Tom Jones - Mars Ackacks


I'm going to guess you intentionally misspelled the name of this movie and I'm going to call it one of the most awesome misspellings of all-time.

Bravo, sir.
 
2013-09-29 03:20:28 AM  
For the folks being rigorous about the "one-scene" criterion, this is from the caption to the Ned Beatty /  Network slide:

"Making your mark against Peter Finch's towering performance as Howard "I'm mad as hell" Beale is no mean feat, but Beatty was deservedly Oscar nominated for his two-scene turn as a network executive who explains to Beale - in a brilliantly manipulative play appeal to his mania - that the world is run by corporations. "There is no America," he explains, "there is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and AT&T and DUPont, Dow, Union Cabide and Exxon."


/ writer had  one job
 
2013-09-29 03:23:12 AM  

fusillade762: I'm not sure all of those qualify as "one" scene. William Hurt's performance in "A History of Violence" seemed to be longer than one scene.

And would this qualify?

[1630revellodrive.files.wordpress.com image 666x360]

I can't remember how much he was in that movie other than the next-to-last segment.


ol' gormsby:

Walking down the street about 10-15 minutes in, putting his umbrella in the bin to trigger the hit on the ALHS. At the ALHS asking the girl to move away from the window before she gets shot by the "postman". Talking to Atwood about not having hit Condor. In the lift with Condor, running after him and pulling out the scope to read the numberplate on the fleeing car. In the hotel painting his miniatures when Condor calls him. In Atwood's house, and then the following scene you referenced.

/yes, it's one of my favourites


One of mine to. Get all melty with Redford in his up-collar peacoat. James Grady's book is very, very good too, though it's six days there.
 
2013-09-29 03:29:09 AM  
Alec Baldwin

[stopped_reading_there.jpg]

/fail
 
2013-09-29 03:30:56 AM  
Much better than Scorcese in  Taxi Driver:

www.cinemadebuteco.com.br
 
2013-09-29 03:31:53 AM  

runcible spork: One of mine too.



FTFM
 
2013-09-29 05:11:18 AM  
Russell Sams as Dick in Rules of Attraction. Seems not many people liked that movie. I thought it was great. And Richard, though it was only a couple short scenes, was funny and weird and awesome.
 
2013-09-29 05:59:02 AM  
Steve Buscemi begging for his life in the woods in Miller's Crossing was a scene stealer for sure.

Not a bad list all in all.
 
2013-09-29 06:03:14 AM  

DigitalCoffee: [076dd0a50e0c1255009e-bd4b8aabaca29897bc751dfaf75b290c.r40.cf1.rackcd n .com image 720x352]
Mortimer, we're back.
[filmdope.com image 320x240]


This X1000
 
2013-09-29 07:58:05 AM  

Skyrmion: Khellendros: Skyrmion: I have to nominate Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder.

More than one scene, I think.

Whoops, you're right.

I fail.




www.mediabistro.com
 
2013-09-29 07:59:45 AM  
Hayek, From Dusk til Dawn
 
2013-09-29 08:15:56 AM  

Uncle Pooky: r1niceboy: As a fan of military movies, I'd nominate Ted Danson in Saving Private Ryan and David Morse in the Hurt Locker.

If Ted Danson's scene in SPR "stole" or otherwise was the best thing about that movie to you, then you really really really watched that movie wrong.


It was one of the moments where the captain was presented with challenges to his notion that the mission was a bad one, and therefore, was very important. Understated, definitely, but certainly vital.
 
2013-09-29 08:53:19 AM  

Skyrmion: I have to nominate Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder.


I'd forgotten how hilarious he is in that.
 
2013-09-29 08:55:12 AM  
Melinda Dillon in Slap Shot.
 
2013-09-29 09:03:57 AM  
If you're going to pick just one from Network, you gotta go with Beatrice Straight, who actually won an Oscar for the one role she was in.  I'm too lazy to look this up now, but as I recall, she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the least amount of screen time, about 6 minutes.  But that speech was probably one of the best things I've ever heard about the plight of the cheated-upon wife.

But, then again, Ned Beatty is incredible in that.  I bet Rupert Murdoch has given that speech word-for-word to executives and on-air talent of Fox News.
 
2013-09-29 09:07:14 AM  

r1niceboy: As a fan of military movies, I'd nominate Ted Danson in Saving Private Ryan.


Interesting cameo, but I wouldn't call it 'stealing the show'. (Dennis Farina also dropped in for a short scene in that movie)
 
2013-09-29 09:09:51 AM  

Pentaxian: Gene Hackman in Young Frankenstein.


Excellent call.
 
2013-09-29 09:11:20 AM  
I know it's not an Oscar-worthy movie, but I'm partial to JT Walsh's scene in Outbreak.
 
2013-09-29 10:01:40 AM  

IlGreven: I know it's not an Oscar-worthy movie, but I'm partial to JT Walsh's scene in Outbreak.


A government official that has read, understood and gives a damn about the Constitution? Yep, Hollywood.
 
2013-09-29 10:09:24 AM  
Ned Beatty. Leaving satisfied.
 
2013-09-29 10:23:50 AM  

r1niceboy: As a fan of military movies, I'd nominate Ted Danson in Saving Private Ryan and David Morse in the Hurt Locker.


Or how about Nathan Fillon as the wrong Private Ryan? :)

I disagree with the Vanessa Redgrave/Briony bit from Atonement. The character was so freaking unredeemable that the "twist" was frankly stupid. James McAvoy was excellent in the film.

One hit wonders, how about David Bowie in The Prestige as Nikola Tesla?
 
2013-09-29 10:30:47 AM  
www.movieactors.com
 
2013-09-29 10:34:13 AM  
www.empireonline.com
 
2013-09-29 10:58:50 AM  

Life_is_a_carnivore: Skyrmion: I have to nominate Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder.

I never got the love of this character. Over the top, ham-fisted portrayal.
But, I feel this way with most, if not all of Tom's work.
Stacee Jaxx indeed.


Meh.


It was over the top and ham fisted, which is completely against type for Cruise.  That made it shocking when you realized who was under the bald cap, absurd to think that this character is Tom freaking Cruise, and in multiple scenes so ineligible for this list.
 
2013-09-29 11:05:38 AM  
William Hurt's "performance" in A History of Violence was an unnecessary stain on an otherwise very good film.  He totally took me out of the moment when he arrived, and was annoyingly inept and wooden in his performance.  I have no idea why he would even remotely be considered for that list.
 
2013-09-29 11:10:55 AM  

runcible spork: runcible spork: One of mine too.

FTFM


That too, is one of mine.

FTFY

/For the grammar nazis.
 
2013-09-29 11:25:19 AM  

Savage Belief: runcible spork: runcible spork: One of mine too.

FTFM

That too, is one of mine.

FTFY

/For the grammar nazis.



I self-nazied upthread, but thank you.
 
2013-09-29 11:26:30 AM  
Oh wait, I see you noticed that, too.

/ ay
 
2013-09-29 11:32:55 AM  

quatchi: Steve Buscemi begging for his life in the woods in Miller's Crossing was a scene stealer for sure.

Not a bad list all in all.


No love for John Turturro's turn as a Buddy Holly impersonating sub-par waiter in Pulp Fiction?
 
2013-09-29 11:34:58 AM  
Twelve Internet Points to whomever recognizes the baseball player and the movie.
 
2013-09-29 11:36:34 AM  
oopsie
www.troma.com
 
2013-09-29 11:36:37 AM  
www.blouinartinfo.com
 
2013-09-29 11:49:10 AM  
s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-09-29 11:50:11 AM  
cdn.mos.totalfilm.com
 
2013-09-29 11:52:09 AM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-09-29 01:19:55 PM  
Pretty much stole Fast Times at Ridgemont High:

www.wanderingschmuck.com
 
2013-09-29 01:22:01 PM  

elvindeath: Pretty much stole Fast Times at Ridgemont High:

[www.wanderingschmuck.com image 520x527]


It seems almost like she was only in it for that one scene, but she was actually a main character.
 
2013-09-29 02:03:45 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Wasn't Sinatra in Cannonball Run II?


Technically. However, it is so obvious that his performance was shot separtely and edited (poorly) into the movie that you had to wonder if that was supposed to be the joke. Then you remember what a festering pile of shiat the rest of the movie is.
 
2013-09-29 02:31:19 PM  

thamike: quatchi: Steve Buscemi begging for his life in the woods in Miller's Crossing was a scene stealer for sure.

Not a bad list all in all.

No love for John Turturro's turn as a Buddy Holly impersonating sub-par waiter in Pulp Fiction?


That was Buscemi.
 
2013-09-29 03:02:48 PM  

thisisyourbrainonFark: thamike: quatchi: Steve Buscemi begging for his life in the woods in Miller's Crossing was a scene stealer for sure.

Not a bad list all in all.

No love for John Turturro's turn as a Buddy Holly impersonating sub-par waiter in Pulp Fiction?

That was Buscemi.


Look at what I was responding to and slap yourself silly.
 
2013-09-29 03:19:22 PM  

thamike: thisisyourbrainonFark: thamike: quatchi: Steve Buscemi begging for his life in the woods in Miller's Crossing was a scene stealer for sure.

Not a bad list all in all.

No love for John Turturro's turn as a Buddy Holly impersonating sub-par waiter in Pulp Fiction?

That was Buscemi.

Look at what I was responding to and slap yourself silly.


Doh!
 
2013-09-29 04:19:05 PM  

EngineerBoy: [www.movieactors.com image 266x202]


But come the end of this thread, there's gonna be two things true that aren't true now. One, someone's going to post Wilford Brimley from Absence of Malice, and two, I'm gonna have someone's ass in muh briefcase.

/wonderful thing, them subpoenies...
 
2013-09-29 04:20:46 PM  

EngineerBoy: [www.movieactors.com image 266x202]

img.fark.net

There's two things that'll be true come sundown. One is that the U.S. Department of Justice is going to know what in the good Christ, excuse me Angie, is going on.... and the other is I'm going to have someone's ass in my briefcase.

Absolutely stole that whole movie. Awesome actor.
 
2013-09-29 04:21:56 PM  

DiRF: EngineerBoy: [www.movieactors.com image 266x202]

But come the end of this thread, there's gonna be two things true that aren't true now. One, someone's going to post Wilford Brimley from Absence of Malice, and two, I'm gonna have someone's ass in muh briefcase.

/wonderful thing, them subpoenies...


Damnit DiRF...beat me by less than a minute.

/shakes tiny fist
 
2013-09-29 07:43:10 PM  
List (and thread) FAIL! Robert Duvall as Boo Radley in "To Kill A Mockingbird". One scene. No dialogue. And he comes damn close to stealing the movie from Gregory Peck's masterpiece of acting that is Atticus Finch.
 
2013-09-29 08:35:30 PM  

thefatbasturd: List (and thread) FAIL! Robert Duvall as Boo Radley in "To Kill A Mockingbird". One scene. No dialogue. And he comes damn close to stealing the movie from Gregory Peck's masterpiece of acting that is Atticus Finch.


Also (though not a show stealer) his appearence as the creepy old Dad of Karl in Sling Blade. Speaking of Billy Bob Thornton he has a good scene with Kurt Russell in Tombstone as an asshole faro dealer.
 
2013-09-29 09:53:38 PM  

John Buck 41: thefatbasturd: List (and thread) FAIL! Robert Duvall as Boo Radley in "To Kill A Mockingbird". One scene. No dialogue. And he comes damn close to stealing the movie from Gregory Peck's masterpiece of acting that is Atticus Finch.

Also (though not a show stealer) his appearence as the creepy old Dad of Karl in Sling Blade. Speaking of Billy Bob Thornton he has a good scene with Kurt Russell in Tombstone as an asshole faro dealer.


They forgot he was there...
 
2013-09-29 10:39:47 PM  

Your_Huckleberry: John Buck 41: thefatbasturd: List (and thread) FAIL! Robert Duvall as Boo Radley in "To Kill A Mockingbird". One scene. No dialogue. And he comes damn close to stealing the movie from Gregory Peck's masterpiece of acting that is Atticus Finch.

Also (though not a show stealer) his appearence as the creepy old Dad of Karl in Sling Blade. Speaking of Billy Bob Thornton he has a good scene with Kurt Russell in Tombstone as an asshole faro dealer.

They forgot he was there...


Heh. What with your Fark handle that's an apt reply.
 
2013-09-30 08:11:55 AM  
Can't forget Larry Miller sucking up the Richard Gere in Pretty Woman.
www.hotflick.net
 
2013-09-30 08:55:40 AM  
This doesn't fit the "one scene" criteria but I was always impressed how Orson Wells stole the show with such little on-screen time in The Third Man.
 
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