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Old 06-03-04, 04:23 PM
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What movie has the best cast in cinema history thread! (name the movie)

In discussing "Cop Land" in DVD Talk someone had mentioned it had the best cast in movie history. I don't think so, I just think it was a couple Oscar caliber and mediocre players who gelled in an ensemble due to great script and direction.

But that lead to an interesting topic: what movie do you think has the best cast in movie history?

Name the movie and if you want list the cast.
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"A Bridge Too Far" has an awesome cast, didn't care for the movie though

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Dirk Bogarde .... Lt. Gen. Frederick 'Boy' Browning
James Caan .... SSgt. Eddie Dohun
Michael Caine .... Lt. Col. J.O.E. Vandeleur
Sean Connery .... Maj. Gen. Roy Urquhart
Edward Fox .... Lt. Gen. Brian Horrocks
Elliott Gould .... Col. Robert Stout
Gene Hackman .... Maj. Gen. Stanislaw Sosabowski
Anthony Hopkins .... Lt. Col. John Frost
Hardy Krüger .... Maj. Gen. Ludwig
Ryan O'Neal .... Brig. Gen. James Gavin
Laurence Olivier .... Dr. Jan Spaander
Robert Redford .... Maj. Julian Cook
Maximilian Schell .... Lt. Gen. Wilhelm Bittrich
Liv Ullmann .... Kate Ter Horst
Denholm Elliott .... RAF meteorologist officer
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Some movies have great casts and turn out lousy. However, if you're referring to a movie that turned out well, you can't go wrong with THE GODFATHER:

Marlon Brando
Al Pacino
Robert Duvall
James Caan
Diane Keaton
John Cazale
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True Romance

Sin City
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A Time To Kill and JFK come to mind for me.
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Glenngary Glen Ross

Jack Lemmon .... Shelley (the machine) Levene
Al Pacino .... Ricky Roma
Ed Harris .... Dave Moss
Alan Arkin .... George Aaronow
Kevin Spacey .... John Williamson
Alec Baldwin .... Blake
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Some suggestions:

Lord of the Rings: Trilogy (2001-2003)
Noel Appleby .... Everard Proudfoot
Sean Astin .... Sam Gamgee
Sala Baker .... Sauron
Sean Bean .... Boromir
Cate Blanchett .... Galadriel
Orlando Bloom .... Legolas Greenleaf
Billy Boyd .... Pippin
Marton Csokas .... Celeborn
Megan Edwards .... Mrs. Proudfoot
Michael Elsworth .... Gondorian Archivist
Mark Ferguson .... Gil-Galad
Ian Holm .... Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen .... Gandalf
Christopher Lee .... Saruman
Lawrence Makoare .... Lurtz
Brent McIntyre .... Witch-King
Peter McKenzie .... Elendil
Sarah McLeod .... Rosie Cotton
Dominic Monaghan .... Merry
Viggo Mortensen .... Aragorn
Ian Mune .... Bounder
Craig Parker .... Haldir
Cameron Rhodes .... Farmer Maggot
John Rhys-Davies .... Gimli
Martyn Sanderson .... Gate Keeper
Andy Serkis .... Gollum
Harry Sinclair .... Isildur
Liv Tyler .... Arwen
David Weatherley .... Barliman Butterbur
Hugo Weaving .... Elrond
Elijah Wood .... Frodo Baggins
among others...

Wild Bunch (1969)
William Holden .... Pike Bishop
Ernest Borgnine .... Dutch Engstrom
Robert Ryan .... Deke Thornton
Edmond O'Brien .... Freddie Sykes
Warren Oates .... Lyle Gorch
Jaime Sánchez .... Angel (as Jaime Sanchez)
Ben Johnson .... Tector Gorch
Emilio Fernández .... Gen. Mapache (as Emilio Fernandez)
Strother Martin .... Coffer
L.Q. Jones .... T.C
Albert Dekker .... Pat Harrigan
Bo Hopkins .... Crazy Lee
Dub Taylor .... Rev. Wainscoat
Paul Harper .... Ross
Jorge Russek .... Maj. Zamorra

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Peter Sellers .... Group Captain (G/C) Lionel Mandrake/President Merkin Muffley/Dr. Strangelove
George C. Scott .... Gen. 'Buck' Turgidson
Sterling Hayden .... Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper
Keenan Wynn .... Col. 'Bat' Guano
Slim Pickens .... Maj. T.J. 'King' Kong
Peter Bull .... Russian Ambassador Alexi de Sadesky
James Earl Jones .... Lt. Lothar Zogg
Tracy Reed .... Miss Foreign Affairs
Jack Creley .... Mr. Staines
Frank Berry .... Lt. H.R. Dietrich
Robert O'Neil .... Adm. Randolph
Glenn Beck .... Lt. W.D. Kivel (as Glen Beck)
Roy Stephens .... Frank
Shane Rimmer .... Capt. G.A. 'Ace' Owens
Hal Galili .... Burpelson AFB Defense Team member
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3 right off the top of my head, I'm sure many more will mention them, especially regarding their disappointment with the films despite their strengths:


Around the World in 80 Days- quite possibly the worst Best Picture winner ever. It's still duking it out with The Greatest Show on Earth for the title. Still, it's fun spotting all of the superstars.

Mars Attacks!- Nicholson, Brosnan, Close, De Vito, Bening, Short, Parker, Fox, Steiger, Portman, Black, Grier, Applegate, Jones. This cast is so great none of the first names are even needed, everyone knows exactly who these people are. Too bad Burton had to round up the greatest cast he will ever have for the laziest and most half-assed I'm-just-doin-this-shit-for-the-paycheck Film of his career.

True Romance- Pretty decent flick. Fantastic all-star cast. James Gandolfini. Patricia Arquette. Tom Sizemore. Chris Penn. Jack Black(again!). Samuel L. Jackson. Balki Bartokomous. Christopher Walken. Christian Slater. Brad Pitt. That funny white-guy that black filmmakers love to use.....Michael Rapaport. Val Kilmer. Gary Oldman. Dennis Hopper. The only thing cooler than this cast would be if Tarantino somehow jumped into a time-machine, bitch-slapped Tony Scott and took over the reins of this production with this cast and directed this movie with his own original script and original ending. All would be right with the world.
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Heat had a personally satisfying one:

Al Pacino
Robert De Niro
Val Kilmer
Ashley Judd
Tom Sizemore
Jon Voight
Mykelti Williamson
Tom Noonan
Jeremy Piven
Natalie Portman
Henry Rollins
Ricky Harris (Stand up-comedian. Saw him live at Def Jam LA)
Amy Brenneman
Dennis Haysbert
Wes Studi
Tone Loc (One of the best voices ever)
Danny Trejo
Thomas Rosales Jr. (Familiar stunt man)
Ted Levine
Jerry Trimble (Kickboxer!)
William Fichtner
Hank Azaria

JFK is another favorite.
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Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown come to mind for me. Both had outstanding casts.
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Heat, as mentioned above.
Old 06-03-04, 05:25 PM
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Originally posted by Stu 17
Glenngary Glen Ross

Jack Lemmon .... Shelley (the machine) Levene
Al Pacino .... Ricky Roma
Ed Harris .... Dave Moss
Alan Arkin .... George Aaronow
Kevin Spacey .... John Williamson
Alec Baldwin .... Blake
Old 06-03-04, 05:25 PM
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curses you, William Fudd and only two mintues shy of your response...
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The Poseidon Adventure
Oscar winners: Gene Hackman, Red Buttons, Shelley Winters, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Albertson.
Worth mentioning: Leslie Nielsen & Roddy McDowall
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Either of the Ocean's Eleven movies.

Dick Tracy is another one under the "Great Cast/Bad Movie" category.

And I'd like to throw in the Toy Story movies for their great voice casting.
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How about a film that actually uses it's good cast like it should - therefore, films like A Bridge Too Far and Poseidon Adventure are out.

My vote for a great ensemble cast where every actor is used well and appropriately, is Glenn Garry Glennross
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Originally posted by slop101
How about a film that actually uses it's good cast like it should - [/B]
Five words -

The Lord of the Rings
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1996's Hamlet has an impressive cast.
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Red Dragon:

Edward Norton
Harvey Keitel
Ralph Finnes
Anthony Hopkins

Jackie Brown:

Deniro
Jackson
Pam Grier
Keaton
Robert Forster
Birdget Fonda
Michael Bowen

Reservoir Dogs

Chris Penn
Harvey Keitel
Tim Roth
Michael Madsen
Steve Buscemi
Lawrence Tierney
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Sin City

Bruce Willis
Johnny Depp
Clive Owen
Brittany Murphy
Jessica Alba
Benicio Del Toro
Mickey Rourke
Clive Owen
Nick Stahl
Elijah Wood
Josh Hartnett
Maria Bello
Kate Bosworth

Batman Begins

Christian Bale
Michael Caine
Gary Oldman
Tom Wilkinson
Ken Watanabe
Liam Neeson
Morgan Freeman
Katie Holmes
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Magnolia - Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Phillip Hoffman, Phillip Baker Hall, William H. M acy, Alfred Molina, Jason Robards
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Originally posted by Shannon Nutt
Some movies have great casts and turn out lousy. However, if you're referring to a movie that turned out well, you can't go wrong with THE GODFATHER:

Marlon Brando
Al Pacino
Robert Duvall
James Caan
Diane Keaton
John Cazale
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Originally posted by PopcornTreeCt
Sin City

Bruce Willis
Johnny Depp
Clive Owen
Brittany Murphy
Jessica Alba
Benicio Del Toro
Mickey Rourke
Clive Owen
Nick Stahl
Elijah Wood
Josh Hartnett
Maria Bello
Kate Bosworth
I think Rosario Dawson just signed up on it too. And don't leave out Rick Gomez. This guy's a cool actor.
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I always thought A Few Good Men had a powerhouse cast:

Tom Cruise
Jack Nicholson
Demi Moore
Kiefer Sutherland
Kevin Bacon
Kevin Pollak
James Marshall
JT Walsh

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