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Risky Business (1983)
6
2.74%
Rain Man (1988)
22
10.05%
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
38
17.35%
A Few Good Men (1992)
19
8.68%
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
13
5.94%
Jerry Maguire (1996)
31
14.16%
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
5
2.28%
Magnolia (1999)
48
21.92%
The Last Samurai (2003)
20
9.13%
Other
17
7.76%
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best Tom Cruise performance

Old 08-06-04, 09:49 AM
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Magnolia without a doubt.
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Originally posted by Rivero
It's Best Performance, not Favorite Role or Fave Cruise flick.

I would certainly rank that performance ahead of several of the choices here, but, hey, it's your poll.
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other....Color of Money or Mission Impossible
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I voted Born. I haven't seen Magnolia, I think I'm going to rent that one soon.
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I've gotta go with Born on the Fourth of July... By a longshot... I think Charles Taylor of Salon nails it though, in yesterday's column on Cruise's acting talent...

http://www.salon.com/ent/feature/200...ise/index.html

first page only...

How Does Tom Cruise Rate?
After three decades on-screen, who should we compare him to? Redford, Cooper or Johnny Depp? My choice: Troy Donahue.

Aug. 5, 2004
By Charles Taylor

Despite what any of us may think of Tom Cruise, we've all had to get used to seeing him two or three times a year. At first because he was in those big hit movies that you went to because everyone else did ("Risky Business," "Top Gun"), then because he was working with directors and actors whose work you wanted to see.

Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money" marked the beginning of Tom Cruise's being taken seriously. Without that movie, he very likely would have never worked with the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Stone or Stanley Kubrick. Cruise didn't seem out of place in "Rainman" or "Eyes Wide Shut," though, mainly because everything else in them was lousy, too. And sometimes he even seemed right for a role. In Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July," Cruise's particular self-involvement as an actor dovetailed with the self-involvement of the movie's subject, paraplegic Vietnam vet Ron Kovic.

But then there came times when Cruise was up against actors at the top of their game. He was like a pompadoured mosquito taking the focus off Paul Newman in "The Color of Money." And in his climactic scene in "Magnolia," crying over his dying father, played by Jason Robards, I almost felt sorry for Cruise; there he was, shaking and crying and emoting, and Robards, playing comatose, completely outacted him.

At a certain point -- maybe because I stopped expecting anything from Cruise -- he stopped seeming so annoying. He worked so hard in "Jerry Maguire" that he almost succeeded in making the character believable. At the least, he put himself in the service of the movie, and his conviction that it was worth doing (whether it was or not) marked one of the only times Cruise seemed like part of a team rather than a grandstander. In "Mission: Impossible," he was well used as something like a human action figure. Brian De Palma's film was an essay on the pride of being a professional in a faceless corporate world, and there was something ironic about having a star who had seemed to embody the facelessness of current movies at the center of it. By using Cruise as a character who represented a dedication to craft as the enemy of corporate anonymity, De Palma was being both sly and subversive -- using Cruise as a weapon against the studio suits who adored him.

Cruise is, of course, hugely famous and popular and rich, but to those of us for whom the word "star" still connotes something both mysterious and identifiable, Cruise has never seemed like one. He's a virtual star, a cipher star. His specialty has been a sort of vacuous intensity, characterized by glaring eyes and slight, cocksure nods of the head as he delivers his lines, usually with the ghost of a smirk on his face. Cruise's acting is all display; he doesn't connect with the people sharing the screen with him. There's no give-and-take, none of the sense of actors discovering each other, playing with each other, challenging each other.


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Oddly enough, as someone who is no real fan, I'm really looking forward to his work in Collateral. Maybe it's just the hair.
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I voted for Rain Man, with Magnolia getting a sharp second.... And why not count Top Gun? A performance is a performance.
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Originally posted by scroll2b
And why not count Top Gun? A performance is a performance.
Thats like having a DeNiro poll and leaving out Taxi Driver, but keeping in Rocky & Bullwinkle.
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I went with INTERVIEW because most people didn't think he would be able to pull Lestat off and he did with flying colors IMHO. BORN/4th JULY was great too, obviously because he got an Oscar nomination. I liked both roles because he just disappeared into character instead of playing Tom Cruise as Tom Cruise, which seems to be most of his movies, which is why I don't watch a lot of "Tom Cruise" movies.
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I clicked on Magnolia, but I also think he was very good in Born on the Fourth of July.
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Although I'm not a huge fan of the movie itself, I think he did his best job in Magnolia.
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I've got to go for Collateral.
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Top Gun
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MINORITY REPORT.
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Man, you can't beat his line in Magnolia -

Respect the bleep... and tame the bleep! Tame it!
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Why isn't Top Gun listed? He did a hell of a job in that flick. It has nothing to do with favorite movie
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Born on the Fourth hands down...Magnolia a close second.
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Originally posted by DeGalon
I clicked on Magnolia, but I also think he was very good in Born on the Fourth of July.
ditto
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Rain Man got my vote.
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Jerry Maguire got my vote.
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"Show me the MONEY!"
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I'd say Minority Report or Vanilla Sky or Collateral are the best ones NOT mentioned on that list.

Otherwise the top five for me are: Born of the Fourth of July, Interview with the Vampire, Eyes Wide Shut, Magnolia, The Last Samurai..

Yeah, I know Jerry Maguire was good too, but it's not my favorite.
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Magnolia

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Minority Report.
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Magnolia to me.

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Time to dust off this sucker.

Best Non-Listed Performance-Collateral
Best Listed-Jerry Maguire
FAVORITE Cruise Movie-War of the Worlds

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