Discussion in 'Community' started by Zaz, Jul 19, 2005.
It's a smart caper film with smart people.
Who never do any background checks on their employers.
I thought they DID and it came up clean until Bishop spoke with the Russian "diplomat" and saw their old KGB files?
I thought they never checked out the building (which was demolished), but that's hardly SOP.
No. I don't think they did. In one scene, Crease says, "Two government agents waltz right and and you just buy it?!"
Besides, the Sneakers really didn't have any reason not to check them, because the pay for the job they offered was quite substantial.
Did anyone ever get the joke at the beginning and end of the film? In an opening scene at the bank, a night watchman is watching an old movie on TV, and the character in that movie says, "And I opened that black box, and there was nothing there." Which is the same thing Ben Kingsley does at the end of the Sneakers movie.
Sneakers, heh, the only thing I really remember about this was the blind guy driving a truck/van.
..oh yeah, "Sneakers" is one of my favourites, too.
Such an underrated film. I've shown it to SO many people who had never even heard of it before, and they come away loving it..
"My voice is my passport VERIFY"
Next: "Chaplin" (1992)
This must have been a very difficult film to cast, because the cast is very large, and the story is a true one, so you are casting people that the audience actually knows. I thought they did a very good job, most of the time.
Robert Downey Jr. .... Charles Spencer 'Charlie' Chaplin
Geraldine Chaplin .... Hannah Chaplin
Paul Rhys .... Sydney Chaplin
John Thaw .... Fred Karno
Moira Kelly .... Hetty Kelly/Oona O'Neill
Anthony Hopkins .... George Hayden
Dan Aykroyd .... Mack Sennett
Marisa Tomei .... Mabel Normand
Penelope Ann Miller .... Edna Purviance
Kevin Kline .... Douglas Fairbanks
Maria Pitillo .... Mary Pickford
Milla Jovovich .... Mildred Harris
Kevin Dunn .... J. Edgar Hoover
Deborah Moore .... Lita Grey (as Deborah Maria Moore)
Diane Lane .... Paulette Goddard
Nancy Travis .... Joan Barry
James Woods .... Joseph Scott
P.H. Moriarty .... Workhouse Official
David Duchovny .... Rollie Totheroh
David Totheroh .... Cameraman
Jack Totheroh .... Cameraman
Jack Ritschel .... William Randolph Hearst
Heather McNair .... Marion Davies
I thought Marisa Tomei and Dan Ackroyd were good choices for Mabel Normand and Mack Sennett (Ackroyd and Sennett are both Canadian, for one thing). Kevin Kline makes a surprisingly effective Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. But Diane Lane is not quite up to Paulette Goddard's charm. Geraldine Chaplin, for a lot of reasons, is an effective Hannah Chaplin. As is Nancy Travis as Joan Barry (both women were schizophrenic).
Downey Jr. was brilliant in this film. And it also features John Barry's best score, for my money.
Next: "Heat" (1995)
Very large cast, several of whom have become very famous indeed in the last ten years: Robert DeNiro; Al Pacino; Val Kilmer; Diane Venora; Amy Brenneman; Ashley Judd; Mykelti Williamson; Wes Studi; Dennis Haysbert; William Fichtner; Natalie Portman; Hank Azaria; and Jeremy Piven.
Xander Berkely is also in one scene. And Ted Levine kind of changed his image (from whacked out serial killer to ultra-business like cop). Great cast.
Excellent movie,combining the two was a great idea.
We should also hit Crimson Tide at one point. I saw the opening credits on TV the other day and couldn't believe how many much-more-famous-later people there were...
Okay, then, "Crimson Tide" (1995)
The cast included: Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, George Dzundza, Viggo Mortensen, James Gandolfini, Rick Schroder, Steve Zahn, Ryan Philippe, and Jason Robards.
You have to set an example even in the face of stupidity. Now everyone who reads comic books knows that the Kirby Silver Surfer is the only TRUE Silver Surfer, now am I right or wrong?
One of my favorite lines.
Tony Scott has an eye for young talent. Along with Crimson Tide, take a look at the casts for True Romance, Enemy of the State, The Fan, The Last Boy Scout, and Beverly Hills Cop II. Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro, James Gandolfini, Jack Black, Chris Rock, Halle Berry, John C. Reilly, Seth Green, & Barry Pepper have all had small parts in Scott's films and gone on to bigger work. When you watch a Tony Scott film keep an eye on the bit players because most likely you'll be seeing them in the near future.
Another Michael Mann film:
"The Insider" (1999)
The cast included Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall, Lindsey Crouse, Debi Mazar, Colm Feore, Michael Gambon, Gina Gershon, Rip Torn, Pete Hammill, Michael Moore, and Wings Hauser.
Pacino, Crowe, Plummer and Venora were all at the absolute top of their games. Plummer's best performance maybe, defintely CRowe's and Pacino is as good as anything he's done before. Brilliant movie.
I forgot Michael Moore was in it I guess . . . who did he play?
What he always plays: himself. Though it was a pretty mediocre performance.
Better than Gladiator?
My God, only by about a million miles. There's something to be said for underplaying and yet he knows when to really hit it. The final decision and the ride to the courthouse are the finest moments of Crowe's career. He only got the Oscar for Gladiator because he didn't get it for Insider.
I've gotta agree that this is Crowe's best performance to date, better than A Beautiful Mind or Gladiator. The overall cast is excellent, especially Pacino and Plummer, and Crowe blows them all away. I saw on imdb that Mann also considered Val Kilmer. I wonder what such a role would have done for Kilmer's career.
Next: "Reversal of Fortune" (1990)
The cast included: Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Ron Silver, Annabelle Sciorra, Uta Hagen, Fisher Stevens, Christine Baranski, Felicity Huffman, Malachy McCourt and Julie Hagerty.
Irons was great. I'd forgotten a lot of those other people.
Next: "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle" (1992)
The cast of this movie included: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Campbell Scott, Matthew Broderick, Peter Gallagher, Jennifer Beals, Andrew McCarthy, Wallace Shawn Martha Plimpton, Sam Robards, Lili Taylor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nick Cassavetes, Heather Graham, Steven Baldwin, Rebecca Miller, Stanley Tucci, Keith Carradine, Jon Favreau, Cindi Lauper and Tom Robbins.
Directed by Alan Rudolph, who is sort of a poor-man's Robert Altman. Like Altman, he seems to have uncanny ability to get actors to act in his movies for very little. Whether they are well cast or not is another question. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Campbell Scott, two actors not famed for lightness, charisma, or humour, as Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley? Matthew Broderick as Charlie McArthur? (An example of undercasting rather than miscasting). Lili Taylor as Edna Ferber? Keith Carradine as Will Rogers? Jon Favreau as Elmer Rice? The man's mad.
Next: "Sleepy Hollow" (1999)
The cast included: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien, Jeffrey Jones, Christopher Lee, Richards Griffiths, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Gough, Lisa Marie, Christopher Walken, and Martin Landau.
Good cast although I didn't really care for the movie.
Gotta love seeing so many Sith in one place.