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Griff

Best Film Performance By An Actor / Actress

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Humphrey Bogart..................African Queen

Peter O'toole..............Lawrence of Arabia

John Hurt..............The Elephant Man

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Robert deNiro................99% of his roles but especially Taxi Driver

Dustin Hoffman.............Midnight Cowboy

Steve McQueen............Papillon

There are really too many notable performances

to be able to choose just three and I'm not even

a movie buff.

Edited by rondeco

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Tough one Griff, there have been many good performances, these three stick in my mind for some reason.

Actors:

Walter Matthau - Charley Varrick 

James Cagney - Angels With Dirty Faces

Gene Hackman - French Connection

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Alan Rickman's Sheriff of Nottingham against Costner's dire Robin Hood in Prince of Thieves.

Apparently Costner had quite a lot of Rickman's performance cut from the final edit so as it didn't look so obvious who could and who couldn't act! :biggrin: It didn't work Kev!

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Meryl Streep - Sophie's Choice

Vivien Leigh - A Streetcar Named Desire

Agnes Moorehead - Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte

Bette Davis - Of Human Bondage (1934)

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Yep, Rickman was superb. Can't stand Costner, never have, never will

I heard that Costner was well pissed that Alan Rickman totally stole the film off him.

Rickman's line..........................".....and make the stitches small"........was one of many memorable lines!!

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Griff said:
Can't stand Costner, never have, never will

What if he came round to your house and gave you £100? :biggrin:

There is no changing you Griff, WTF has Kevin Costner ever done to you? :huh:

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MarkF said:

What if he came round to your house and gave you £100? :biggrin:

There is no changing you Griff, WTF has Kevin Costner ever done to you? :huh:

WTF does it matter to you that I think Costner is a big headed overrated actor and not fit to lick Rickman's boots

Agree though about Night of the Hunter

Could you see Costner playing the Mitchum role!!!!!!! :partytime:

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Of recent times, Christian Bale in The Machinist. This lad is very dedicated to his art!

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Although technically employed as an actor, Kevin Costner clearly isn't one. Unless the definition of "acting" is walking on to a set, speaking a few lines, then walking off again. I thought he was OK in No Way Out and JFK because his natural woodenness perfectly suited those particular roles :laugh:

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He seems to have two expressions............pained and very pained, just as I have when I've seen him

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Jack Nicholson “One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"

Stanley Baker “Zulu"

Michael Clarke Duncan "The Green Mile" (makes it all the sadder that his other performances are total dross)

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Robert DeNiro - Awakenings

Bill Murray - Lost in translation

Kevin Spacey - Usual Suspects

And Humphrey Bogart in many films but esp The Maltese Falcon

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pg tips said:

Err.... this pile of crap is more than enough reason :biggrin:

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Must admit that I liked "Waterworld" too, not a masterpiece granted but not the complete pile of poo that the critics made it out to be either ...... nothing wrong with having Mad Max on water :biggrin:. I thought his next post-apocalypse film "The Postman" was dire though. He was excellent in the comparatively recent western "Open Range" but, again, not as good as his co-star - Robert Duvall this time. Didn't like Costner's Robin Hood because he was in it - Morgan Freeman & Alan Rickman were good though.

Christian Bale was good in the "Machinist" & (when he was much younger) "Empire Of The Sun". While I thought that Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey & Russell Crowe were all excellent in "L.A. Confidential". Guy Pearce was superb in "Memento" too - he's come a long way since Neighbours!!

How about Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront" or Martin Sheen in "Apocalypse Now", Al Pacino in "Carlito's Way", Jack Nicholson in "As Good As It Gets" or "Prizzi's Honor" or "The Witches Of Eastwick", Robert Carlyle &/or Ewan McGregor in "Trainspotting", Dustin Hoffman in "Midnight Cowboy" or "Rain Man" or "Marathon Man" or "Papillon" or "The Graduate"?

I think that there really are too many good performances out there for me to be able to pick just three :)

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Al Pacino in "Carlito's Way"

Yes, a cracking film too, there were two fantastic performance in that film, the other from Sean Penn. The woman was rubbish.

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Modern films I know & both by the same director, but:

Al Pacino & Robert De Niro - Heat.

Just love the way they played the characters off against each other.

Brian Cox - Manhunter

Did not have a huge amount of screentime in the film; but played a very convincing part IMO.

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Tony Curtis :jawdrop1: No, not on his own, but with Jack Lemmon in Some Like it Hot and Burt Lancaster in Sweet Smell of Success.

Kirk Douglas in Ace in the Hole

Robert Mitchum (again) in Cape Fear

Al Pacino (again) in Sea of Love

James Stewart, out of character in The Naked Spur

Clint Eastwood in a rare outing as the "bad guy" in Beguiled

A couple of Alan Clarke films: Gary Oldman in The Firm and Tim Roth in Made in Britain

And some more girlies :biggrin:

Rebecca de Mornay in The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

Cate Blanchett in The Missing

Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion

Alison Steadman in Abigail's Party

Keep an eye open for a couple of youngsters: Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds) and Jenna Boyd (The Missing) who look promising; if Hollywood doesn't ruin them!

Imagine Kevin Costner in a production of The Invisible Man! He'd be brilliant in that :laughing2dw:

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