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Best Character Entrances... EVER.

Kimberl​y Kenobi

about 4 years ago

Just watched ‘The Boat That Rocked’ & particularly enjoyed the entrance of Gavin Cavanagh played by Rhys Ifans.

It got me thinking of other great character entrances, the best I’ve ever seen has to be Giancarlo Giannini as Pasqualino Frafuso aka Pasqualino Settebelleze from Lina Wertmuller’s classic ‘Seven Beauties’.

What are some of your favourites?

Salem Kapsask​i

about 4 years ago

-Judex with bird-mask in Judex.
-Christopher Lee in Director’s cut of The Wicker Man
-Jean Seberg in Breathless
-Peter Lorre in M

Dennis...Brian

about 4 years ago

Orson Welles in The Third Man
Brooke Shields in Just You and me Kid
Bo Derek in 10

raphael​a

about 4 years ago

LOLITA

Brennan

about 4 years ago

Malcolm McDowell in If…. is the first one that comes to mind. I’d also say McDowell in A Clockwork Orange, but does that first close-up of him count as an entrance?

jsaez

about 4 years ago

Bette Davis in “The Letter.” She literally comes out shooting. it’s grand.

Brad S.

about 4 years ago

Cary Grant in Notorious
Darth Vader in Star Wars
Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs
Kevin Spacey in Seven
Lukas Haas in Brick

Curtis

about 4 years ago

Stay Puff Marshmellowman in Ghostbusters

Dr. Szell

about 4 years ago

Dominique Sanda’s in The Conformist. Fabulous.

Frank P. Tomasul​o, Ph.D.

about 4 years ago

John Wayne in STAGECOACH.

ORIN INCANDE​NZA

about 4 years ago

Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface.

ORIN INCANDE​NZA

about 4 years ago

Also, just because I’m a sucker for the entrance of sultry female characters, I’ll have to include Cybil Shepherd in Taxi Driver.

christo​pher sepesy

about 4 years ago

Since this is listed under the Seven Beauties label, how about Giancarlo Giannini in Seven Beauties?

When he does the toe lift in his squeaky shoes as his fourth-rate Casanova, he never fails to make me laugh.

RLS In Mubiland

about 4 years ago

Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider. In my mind now, his appearance saved the film from becoming slight and cliched. Also, it was nice to see someone who could truly act make a screen appearance and liven things up. Dialogue and the storyline brightened up considerably when he appeared – and go kind of downhill fast when he ‘leaves’. After the jailhouse scenes, who could forget him sitting around the campfire with his stories?

For female characters – the luscious, very young Lauren Bacall as Slim in Hawks’ To Have and To Have Not.


“Just put your lips together – and blow”

Uli Cain, Cinefidel¹³

about 4 years ago

John Turturro as Bernie in Miller’s Crossing. We’d already heard so much about him, and the here he is, confirming at least half the opinions of him.

Roman Petrov

about 4 years ago

Omar Sharif in “Lawrence of Arabia”

Joseph

about 4 years ago

I second Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia and Orson Welles in The Third Man.

Jonny

about 4 years ago

EVER? kramer. there are so many to choose from.

Brennan

about 4 years ago

Ulicain, I agree. Turturro, when he arrives, embodies every preconception we have about Bernie and more. He humanizes an abstraction.

christo​pher sepesy

about 4 years ago

As per The Third Man, Welles says he agreed to play ‘Harry Lime’ because of that entrance. He felt it was the greatest gift to any actor to have that kind of introduction.

He often told a story about a play he had seen where the main character was a “Mr. Wu,” but you never saw him until after the intermission. The dialogue was rife with lines about him, though — “We must wait for Mr. Wu,” “I wonder what Mr. Wu will have to say about this?,” etc. Just before the curtain fell on the first act, the audience would see a mysterious, lone figure far in the distance crossing a bridge. And then all during the intermission they would be commenting on how great the actor playing Mr. Wu was because of all the great build-up.

Patapon

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about 4 years ago

MARK HAS 50 WORDS FOR SNOW

about 4 years ago

“To Have and Have Not” is playing at the Astor Theatre during the next few weeks! Six Bogie films in three weeks!

Great character entrance: Tuco (Eli Wallach) in “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”!

Lydian

about 4 years ago

I loved the entrance of Joaquin Phoenix’s character in ‘We Own The Night’…maybe it’s because I love Blondie’s Heart of Glass

witkacy

about 4 years ago

How about Margaret Hamilton’s re-appearance under new guise as the Wicked Witch of the West, in The Wizard of Oz?

Kyle Chiba

about 4 years ago

Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda, and Jason Robards characters entrances in Once Upon a Time in the West. Clint Eastwoods entrance in For a Few Dollars More is great too, when the rain starts pouring, I love it. De Niro in the ring in the opening of Raging Bull is pretty great too.

MARK HAS 50 WORDS FOR SNOW

about 4 years ago

“Big Trouble In Little China”…

The Three Storms and David Lopan.

Kyle Chiba

about 4 years ago

“Big Trouble In Little China”

Awesome!

Kimberl​y Kenobi

almost 4 years ago

Rewatched Inglourious Basterds today & The Bear’s entrance is phenomenal.

Noldie

almost 4 years ago

Inigo Montoya’s “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” It’s great in the book, “The Princess Bride” too… and played to perfection.

Strider “The Fellowship of the Ring”. Period. Better in the book, but the film was good… just needed the background music to be a TAD bit more ominous.

ann e.

almost 4 years ago

Liz and Dick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?