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Old 03-20-06, 07:18 PM
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Best old unknown ensemble cast turned into stars?

I'm thinking along the of The Outsiders with a cast of people who got rather large. Well at least became known.

Matt Dillon .... Dallas 'Dally' Winston
Ralph Macchio .... Johnny Cade
C. Thomas Howell .... Ponyboy Curtis
Patrick Swayze .... Darrel 'Darry' Curtis
Rob Lowe .... Sodapop Curtis
Emilio Estevez .... Keith 'Two-Bit' Mathews
Tom Cruise .... Steve Randle
Diane Lane .... Sherri 'Cherry' Valance
Leif Garrett .... Bob Sheldon
Tom Waits .... Buck Merrill
Sofia Coppola .... Little Girl (as Domino)


S.E. Hinton .... Nurse (Author of the book)
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Old 03-21-06, 02:42 AM
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With a few exceptions, mostly the entire Lord of the Rings cast.
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Old 03-21-06, 03:25 AM
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^that doesn't really count though...Christopher Lee and Ian McKellan were already pretty big stars, and Elijah Wood and Sean Astin were huge child stars...I assume these are your few exceptions.

I do think it is one of the best ensemble of charachter actors in recent years with Christopher Lee, John Rhys-Davies, Hugo Weaving, and Ian Holm.
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http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread....light=ensemble
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The Outsiders and the thread that Jake77444 linked to were the first two things to pop into my head when I saw the title of this thread...so this post is entirely worthless, and I'm just going to stop typing now.
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Old 03-21-06, 04:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Cameron
^that doesn't really count though
Yeah, I was stretching...
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Old 03-21-06, 07:24 AM
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Diner was another film that had quite a few unknowns who went on to greater fame:

Kevin Bacon
Mickey Rourke
Steve Guttenberg
Daniel Stern
Ellen Barkin
Paul Reiser
Timothy Daly
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Old 03-21-06, 09:09 AM
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Boiler Room
Giovanni Ribisi
Vin Diesel
Nia Long
Scott Caan
Jamie Kennedy

School Ties (Written by Dick Wolf of Law & Order)
Brendan Fraser
Matt Damon
Chris O'Donnell

Sleepers (Written by Barry Levinson of Homicide)
Ron Eldard
Jason Patric
Brad Pitt

Sports Night (Written by Aaron Sorkin of The West Wing)
Josh Charles
Peter Krause
Felicity Huffman
Joshua Malina (on The West Wing)
Sabrina Lloyd

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Old 03-22-06, 06:06 PM
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High, of course!

Sean Penn
Judge Reinhold
Forrest Whitaker
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Phoebe Cates
Nicolas Cage (credited as Nicolas Coppola)
Eric Stoltz
Anthony Edwards
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Old 03-22-06, 06:13 PM
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I would also like to add THE BIG CHILL.
I don't know if they were already starts, but the very least the cast of this film went on to bigger fame.

Kevin Kline
William Hurt
Glenn Close
Tom Berenger
Jeff Goldblum
JoBeth Williams
Meg Tilly
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Old 03-22-06, 06:44 PM
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I was going to post what AJAX posted....The Big Chill.
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Old 03-22-06, 06:57 PM
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I think the hands down winner is Police Academy 2:

Steve Guttenberg .... Officer Carey Mahoney
Bubba Smith .... Officer Moses Hightower
David Graf .... Officer Eugene Tackleberry
Michael Winslow .... Officer Larvell Jones
Colleen Camp .... Sgt. Kathleen Kirkland
Howard Hesseman .... Capt. Peter 'Pete' Lassard
Bob Goldthwait .... Zed
Julie Brown .... Chloe
Tim Kazurinsky .... Sweetchuck
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Old 03-22-06, 08:05 PM
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I would say X-men is definitely up there as well.
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Old 03-22-06, 08:16 PM
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Corey Haim
Charlie Sheen
Courtney Thorne-Smith
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Star Wars?

Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamil.... plus wasn;t it really Geroge Lucas' coming out party
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Old 03-23-06, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by j123vt_99
Star Wars?

Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamil.... plus wasn;t it really Geroge Lucas' coming out party
Well one out of three isn't bad. Mark and Carrie really didn't go on to become stars although she wrote Postcards from the Edge.
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Old 03-23-06, 02:26 PM
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Top Gun cast was the first one I thought of before clicking on the thread.

A Few Good Men could be added to the list as well.
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LA Confidential and the usual suspects. though there were a few buzz actors and some more known.
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Old 03-24-06, 04:26 PM
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This is obviously some strange usage of the word 'old' that I wasn't previously aware of.
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I'm surprise no one has mentioned:

Patrick Stewart
Liam Neeson
Gabriel Bryne
Helen Mirren

all starring in Excalibur.
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Old 03-24-06, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by j123vt_99
Star Wars?

Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamil.... plus wasn;t it really Geroge Lucas' coming out party
George Lucas enjoys the cock?

Who knew?
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DUNE

Kyle MacLachlan, Sean Young, Richard Jordan, Virginia Madson, Jurgen Prochnow, Patrick Stewart, Alicia Witt, Linda Hunt.

I guess the big names in that movie would've been Jose Ferrer, Dean Stockwell, Max von Sydow and Sting.
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