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Short Memorable Performances?

Either an extended cameo or a performance that doesn't quite qualify for a 'supporting actor'.



What are some of your favorites?

Some of mine...

Alec Baldwin - Glengarry Glen Ross (duh!)
Vanessa Redgrave - Atonement
Lee Fierro - Jaws
Gary Oldman- True Romance
Christopher Lee- Sleepy Hollow
Toni Collette- The Hours
John Turturro- To Live and Die in LA
Beatrice Straight- Network (Yeah she won best supporting actress, but was onscreen for 5 minutes 40 seconds)

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Re: Short Memorable Performances?

Originally Posted by JumpCutz View Post
Gary Oldman- True Romance
Don't forget Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken.
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Re: Short Memorable Performances?

Crispin Glover in Wild At Heart ... and I always remember that "same shit happened to me last week man" guy too. Maybe more because of Lynch, than the actor. I don't know.

R. Lee Ermey in ... a lot ... I always remember Full Metal Jacket and the TCM remake (yea yea yea).
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Re: Short Memorable Performances?

Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ View Post
Don't forget Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken.
and brad pitt
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Drew Barrymore - Scream
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Re: Short Memorable Performances?

Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ View Post
Don't forget Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken.
Doh! Only the best scene in the film. I knew I should have thought this through a bit more before posting.
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Re: Short Memorable Performances?

Originally Posted by troystiffler View Post
Crispin Glover in Wild At Heart ... and I always remember that "same shit happened to me last week man" guy too. Maybe more because of Lynch, than the actor. I don't know.

R. Lee Ermey in ... a lot ... I always remember Full Metal Jacket and the TCM remake (yea yea yea).
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Re: Short Memorable Performances?

Harvey Keitel - Pulp Fiction
John Candy - Home Alone
John Turturro - The Big Lebowski
Vincent Price - Edward Scissorhands
Christopher Walken - Pulp Fiction
Kevin Spacey - Se7en
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Re: Short Memorable Performances?

I love all of the ones already mentioned. In addition, off the top of my head...

Jason Bateman in Smokin' Aces
Alec Baldwin in The Departed

And I would be tempted to include Brad Pitt in Burn After Reading, but I guess he had a fairly large role. Just not large enough.
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Jo Van Fleet in EAST OF EDEN (1955). James Dean is curious about the mother who abandoned him in infancy and he's in for quite a shock when, against his father's wishes, he finally goes to see her at the whorehouse she runs. It's a short, powerful scene and Van Fleet won Best Supporting Actress for playing this role.

Peter Lorre in the title role of STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR (1940), often cited as the first bonafide film noir to be produced in Hollywood. Lorre only turns up near the end and his performance recalls his seminal portrayal of the child killer in M (1931).

And let's not forget Lorre's memorable bit as Ugarte in CASABLANCA (1943):
"Do something for me, Rick, do something!"
"I stick my neck out for no one."
And they cart poor Lorre off, never to be heard from again, but not before he's managed to slip Rick (Bogart) the film's "maguffin," the letters of transit later eagerly sought by Rick's former lover, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), for herself and her freedom fighter husband Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid).

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Originally Posted by troystiffler View Post
Crispin Glover in Wild At Heart ... and I always remember that "same shit happened to me last week man" guy too. Maybe more because of Lynch, than the actor. I don't know.
"I'M MAKING MY LUNCH!" has become a sort of in-joke between my friends.

Agreed on the True Romance and Pulp entries, plus Spacey, Baldwin, Turturro, and Bateman (the best part of Aces, I might add).

I'll add:

Cloris Leachman and John Ritter in Bad Santa
Harry Dean Stanton and Isaac Hayes in Escape from New York
Bruce Campbell in Escape from L.A.
Eric Roberts in The Dark Knight
Woody Harrelson in No Country for Old Men
Catherine O'Hara in After Hours
Dan Aykroyd in Into the Night
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Re: Short Memorable Performances?

Peter Dinklage in "The Station Agent".
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Re: Short Memorable Performances?

Harry Dean Stanton in anything.

John Hurt in The Proposition and just about anything else.
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Orson Welles................The Third Man
Michael Shannon...........Revolutionary Road
Rodney Dangerfield........Natural Born Killers
Gene Hackman..............Young Frankenstein
David Cronenberg..........To Die For
Robert Blake.................Lost Highway
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Re: Short Memorable Performances?

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum View Post
Jo Van Fleet in EAST OF EDEN (1955).
She also gives a memorable performance in a brief role as Newman's mother in Cool Hand Luke.
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Bobby Rhodes as Tony the pimp in Demons and Hank the gym instructor in Demons 2. You horror fans know what I mean.
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Scott Glenn - Off Limits; A really good performance from a decent Vietnam film
Sam Jackson - Deep Blue Sea
Willie Nelson - Thief; was an unusual choice for a crime film but he brought something else
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The Club Singer-War of the Gargantuas. She sang a crappy song and...

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Peter Dinklage in "The Station Agent".
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Christopher Walken in Pulp Fiction
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William Hurt in A History of aviolence.

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Punch-Drunk Love
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Ben Affleck - Boiler Room
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Kylie Minogue- Moulin Rouge
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Re: Short Memorable Performances?

Bruce Campbell - Spider Man 2
Jean Reno - La Femme Nikita
Sean Connery - The Untouchables
Sonny Chiba - Kill Bill
Darren Ewing - Troll 2
Maggie Cheung - Ashes of Time
Lisa Eichorn - Cutter's Way
Misty Mundae - The Lost
Bronson Pinchot - Beverly Hills Cop

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