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View Poll Results: Bill Duke: Underrated, Overrated, or Just Right?
Underrated 6 31.58%
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Old 07-10-10, 09:51 PM   #1
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Bill Duke: Underrated, Overrated, or Just Right?

Watching "Predator" on DVD earlier this week, I was reminded of how awesome Bill Duke was. It got me thinking, that the man just doesn't get the credit he deserves.

Aside from being an 80s movie badass in "Predator" and "Commando" he's turned up from time to time in movies and TV as a dependable character actor.

Even more surprising to me, was his work as a TV and film director, handling a wide variety of genres ranging from "Deep Cover" and "Hoodlum" to "Sister Act 2" and "Not Easily Broken" (a sappy, but decently made drama).

Frankly, I think the guy deserves a lot more credit than he gets (most people I know only remember him from Commando and Predator).
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Old 07-10-10, 09:55 PM   #2
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Re: Bill Duke: Underrated, Overrated, or Just Right?

Funny you should bring that up. I've been watching Predator on repeat for a while right now...just finished listening to the commentary by McTiernan on the SE DVD. I enjoy it..neat trivia..about the film. ANYWAY....even he says that about Duke. And when I started this marathon of the film...I too thought...damn..he's badass. I don't give him the credit he deserves. Saying that....I hated him in Payback. Such a crap role he has in there. I like him though. I'd like to see him in something now...something...I dunno. With a great dramatic range so that people can give a fuck about him.
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Old 07-10-10, 10:02 PM   #3
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Re: Bill Duke: Underrated, Overrated, or Just Right?

He's a good actor, and I like him, but I don't think he's underrated.
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Old 07-10-10, 10:04 PM   #4
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Re: Bill Duke: Underrated, Overrated, or Just Right?



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Old 07-10-10, 10:07 PM   #5
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Re: Bill Duke: Underrated, Overrated, or Just Right?

Underrated? Not really. Bad-ass? Hell yeah. He was perfectly cast in the role he played for an episode on "Battlestar Galactica".
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Old 07-10-10, 10:19 PM   #6
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I've been watching Predator on repeat for a while right now.
Just out of curiosity, how many times would say you've watch Predator this year? Be honest...
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Old 07-10-10, 10:26 PM   #7
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Re: Bill Duke: Underrated, Overrated, or Just Right?

Can't be overrated since I had to look him up to see exactly who Bill Duke was.

Seriously, I think I've missed most of the films he's been in--it's been a long time since I've seen Predator.
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Old 07-10-10, 11:08 PM   #8
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Re: Bill Duke: Underrated, Overrated, or Just Right?

Really?? A poll for someone most people only know for one movie? He is a bit character actor at best. He is neither over or underrated as most people have no idea who he is. Nothing against him and I hope he is still getting work but...oh nevermind.
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Old 07-10-10, 11:13 PM   #9
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Re: Bill Duke: Underrated, Overrated, or Just Right?

I like him in Predator, but not in Commando.
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Old 07-10-10, 11:20 PM   #10
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Re: Bill Duke: Underrated, Overrated, or Just Right?

He's got a very narrow range, but is effective in his low key understated way.
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Old 07-11-10, 12:11 AM   #11
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Just out of curiosity, how many times would say you've watch Predator this year? Be honest...
well..since Wednesday....7 times to get me into the Predator mood (saw it once w/ commentary). This year overall.....probably 20-25 times?

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I like him in Predator, but not in Commando.
It's been forever since I fully saw Commando...all I vividly remember is Arnold essentially taking out everyone in end of the 3rd act. Everything..got thrown out. I know Duke was in it but...I don't remember him at all.
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Old 07-11-10, 12:14 AM   #12
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well..since Wednesday....7 times to get me into the Predator mood (saw it once w/ commentary). This year overall.....probably 20-25 times?
So you only kinda like it.
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Old 07-11-10, 12:42 AM   #13
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Really?? A poll for someone most people only know for one movie? He is a bit character actor at best. He is neither over or underrated as most people have no idea who he is. Nothing against him and I hope he is still getting work but...oh nevermind.
I would've voted option #4: Who?
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Old 07-11-10, 05:07 AM   #14
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I remember him well in CAR WASH and AMERICAN GIGOLO.
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Old 07-11-10, 05:10 AM   #15
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Re: Bill Duke: Underrated, Overrated, or Just Right?

I think mentioning that he is the director of Sister act 2 pretty much negates any thoughts of him being underrated.
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Old 07-11-10, 05:52 AM   #16
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Re: Bill Duke: Underrated, Overrated, or Just Right?

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He's got a very narrow range, but is effective in his low key understated way.
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Old 07-11-10, 07:05 AM   #17
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I remember him well in CAR WASH and AMERICAN GIGOLO.
I would argue that CAR WASH (1976) was probably his best performance. He played a militant who worked at the car wash and pissed everybody off with his political rants. He's also a homophobe (before that word was invented) who provokes the memorable retort from gay co-worker Antonio Fargas, "I'm more man than you'll ever be and more woman than you'll ever get!"

I remember an AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony in the late '70s or so (sometime after CAR WASH), where Lillian Gish stood up (yes, that Lillian Gish--who else?--the star of BIRTH OF A NATION, 1915) and introduced three student filmmakers who'd gotten some kind of AFI directing fellowship or something. And one of the "students" was none other than Bill Duke!
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Old 07-11-10, 09:51 AM   #18
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I would've voted option #4: Who?
Me too. Until I saw the pic.
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Old 07-11-10, 02:17 PM   #19
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lol. Yeah he was da bomb in Predator and Commando yo.
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Old 07-11-10, 05:21 PM   #20
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Old 07-11-10, 06:11 PM   #21
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Re: Bill Duke: Underrated, Overrated, or Just Right?

He was good in a LOST episode playing Sawyer's warden in prison.

He's a good character actor.
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Old 07-11-10, 10:24 PM   #22
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Re: Bill Duke: Underrated, Overrated, or Just Right?

Really liked him in Payback as one of the dirty cops tailing Gibson.
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So you only kinda like it.
well I think it's most viewed movie of the year for me considering I'm still buying more movies than I should.
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