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Old 02-07-03, 12:21 AM
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The greatest three minutes in film

Either

the Gene Kelly solo in the rain in, you guessed it, Singing in the Rain - I just watched this with my 3-year-old son; we were both transfixed

or

the baptism/aria/tying up loose ends sequence in The Godfather - I DID NOT just watch this one with my 3-year-old son.

Other ideas?
Old 02-07-03, 12:26 AM
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(suspecting that this will get promptly moved to Movie Talk)

The asteroid field chase in Empire Strikes Back. 20 years later and it aint been topped.
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This has more to do with movies than DVDs... moving.
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Good thread idea! (though in the wrong forum)

I would say:

The "Damn it feels good to be a gangsta" scene in Office Space.

Or, the walking scene in Reservoir Dogs.
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Saving private ryan... any three minutes out of the whole first 20..
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You people are kidding me.

Everyone knows it's the fight scene between the Man In Black (see, I'm spoiler-friendly!) and Inego in The Princess Bride.

Yes, it narrowly beats out the "Black man in sci-fi/fanasy" scene from Chasing Amy, which in turn leaves the three sex scenes intercut with a football match in Trainspotting in its dust.

Sorry lads, those are the facts... it's not like I chose them.
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That sword fight would be number three on my list...
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The opening shootout in the Killer. Changed my view of action forever. From the moment he shoots the guy at the door till the last bullet is fired that is the greatest 3 minutes of action in cinema.
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"We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold."

Hilarity and brilliance ensues...

K
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Originally posted by RyoHazuki7
The opening shootout in the Killer. Changed my view of action forever. From the moment he shoots the guy at the door till the last bullet is fired that is the greatest 3 minutes of action in cinema.
Excellent choice!!!!!
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The lobby scene in The Matrix.
The murderer reveiling in Scream.
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so many options...

i'll go with "the river scene"
Spoiler:
when Joe Ben is trapped under the log and drowns
in Sometimes A Great Notion.....utterly enthralling.
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Originally posted by Cornelius1047
"We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold."

Hilarity and brilliance ensues...

K
Nice choice.

I would also have to add Michael Corleone in the restaurant in The Godfather. And also, the last 15-20 minutes of Requiem for a Dream.
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Goodfellas

The part where they walk through the kitchen. It's so money baby!!
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Originally posted by DonnachaOne
=Yes, it narrowly beats out the "Black man in sci-fi/fanasy" scene from Chasing Amy[/B]
I still laugh myself silly when I watch this scene.

Hooper: And Jedi's the most insulting installment. Because Vader's beautiful black visage is sullied when he pulls off his mask to reveal a feeble, crusty, old white man! They tryin' to tell us that deep inside we all wants to be white!
Banky: Well, isn't that true?
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Have to go with a couple Clint Eastwood flicks:

Unforgiven - "You just shot an unarmed man."

Good, the Bad and the Ugly - the 3 man showdown
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Omar Sharif's entrance in Lawrence of Arabia

Pretty much any moment in Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Buck Turgidson's six points in Dr. Strangelove

And I also love the Inego/Man in Black fight scene in Princess Bride.
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Got to agree with the showdown from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly being a great clip. The "tying up loose ends" scenes from either of the first two Godfather movies would be on my list as well, though if I had to rate one over the other, it'd be the original. But I think my personal favorite would the last three (okay, maybe fifteen or so) minutes of The Usual Suspects. I know what's coming and I still get chills when I watch that.
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All previous mentions are quite good, so I'll go with a couple of other examples that make me giddy:

The Convent - opening sequence set to Leslie Gore's "You Don't Own Me" - Violent, twisted and wonderfully sick.

An American Werewolf In London - the transformation

Hedwig And The Angry Inch - take your pick: either "Origins Of Love" or "Wig In A Box"
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I could compile a huge list here.

Three from Michael Mann that I have seen again recently:

The flight into the mountains and Alice's final decision on the cliff in Last of the Mohicans; the bank heist spilling into the streets in Heat; the driving range sequence in the Insider.

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Question:

How long is the 'Danny Boy' scene in Miller's Crossing?

Call me a sicko, but I like the 'Singin' In the Rain' sequence in A Clockwork Orange better than the original. Of course, it doesn't work well without the original, so maybe it doesn't count.

Oh yeah, and the scene when HAL dies in 2001.
"Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer trruuueeee..."
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"La Marseillaise" in Casablanca

The first reveal on Orson Welles in The Third Man

I didn't care for the movie as a whole, but the CIA break-in in Mission: Impossible was pretty damn cool.
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The last frantic three minutes of “Requiem For A Dream”
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Damn, DeputyDave beat me to it.
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The opening "Circle of Life" sequence from The Lion King, though it's probably a little longer than 3 minutes

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