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mmmmm i was going to concur but he murders an unarmed Travolta on the toilet...and really only because he was shitty to him in the bar.
He killed Travolta because Travolta had been lying in wait to kill him. If he hadn't killed him, Travolta would have come after him, or even if kneecapped he would have revealed that Butch was still in town. It would have been stupid not to take him out.
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He killed Travolta because Travolta had been lying in wait to kill him. If he hadn't killed him, Travolta would have come after him, or even if kneecapped he would have revealed that Butch was still in town. It would have been stupid not to take him out.
I didn't exactly get all that from Willis. What I did get was..."Awwwww lookie here." BRRBRBRBRBBRBRAPPPPPP

And he did it pretty quickly for a guy who has never murdered someone.


Yes, He's got a code. But its a little twisted. 'Punchie'=dead.

But leaving a man behind to die from oogedy boogedy? No. Not on his watch.
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Another: "Trainspotting."
Disagree with this one. Both the main character and his way-too-young GF were flawed but likeable.
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One of my favorite movies, which the whole world seems to loathe, is 'Pennies From Heaven' - Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters, 1981. I think poor Ms. Peters' character is so tragic you really don't like what a bad turn her life took in that movie, and so she is unlikeable.
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The first ones that come to mind are all David Mamet works:

Glengarry Glen Ross
Heist
House of Games


I leave off The Spanish Prisoner because while he's not terribly likable, Joe is likable enough.

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Old 02-26-2020, 03:36 PM
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Dang, Willis killed Travolta when the toaster-and-poptart surprised him, kind of fun payback for Travolta calling him "Punchy", or was it "Slappy"? Someone with a better memory will chime in.

Kill Bill.

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The exchange in question:

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[Butch comes up beside Vincent at the bar]
Butch You lookin at something, friend?
Vincent You ain't my friend, Palooka.
Butch What's that?
Vincent I think you heard me just fine, Punchy.
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Nice chimein', friend.

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Though I prefer this exchange, to be honest:

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Turk Malloy Watch it, bud.
Virgil Malloy Who you calling bud, pal?
Turk Malloy Who you calling pal, friend?
Virgil Malloy Who you calling friend, jackass?
Turk Malloy Don't call me a jackass.
Virgil Malloy I just did call you a jackass.
From a movie that definitely doesn't qualify for this thread.

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Old 02-26-2020, 05:35 PM
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OK, come on, what movie was that?

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Godfather
Gone With the Wind

Two great movies about despicable people.

I disagree about Robocop. Both Murphy and Lewis are fine, and Miurphy-as-Robo is a fine honorable "person". Everyone else with more than one line of dialog, however...
I came in to mention GWTW. Even the so called nice people thought it was okay to OWN people. I did kind of like Belle Watling, but her role was so small.

If you read the book you'd like Melanie even less than in the movie. She thought it was fine that Scarlett offered Ashley a job, because then they wouldn't have to move north, and her kid wouldn't have to go to school with "pickaninnies."
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Any movie where Harvey Keitel is considered to be the ''most likeable" of the characters (i.e. "Reservoir Dogs") probably qualifies for this thread.

Oo, also "Taxi Driver".

"Miller's Crossing" is the first movie I thought of in connnection with the OP.

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Thee seems to be a lot of confusing [this person did bad things] with [this person is unlikable] in this thread.
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I'm surprised Payback isn't in the responses.

I think the only three people who weren't despicable human beings were the pickpocket victim, the pawn shop clerk, and the waiter apologizing for the rejected credit card. Even the bartender was a self-absorbed prick.

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Pretty much everyone in Uncut Gems, except maybe Adam Sandler's girlfriend.
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Any movie where Harvey Keitel is considered to be the ''most likeable" of the characters (i.e. "Reservoir Dogs") probably qualifies for this thread.



Oo, also "Taxi Driver".



"Miller's Crossing" is the first movie I thought of in connnection with the OP.
Mr. Orange was a likable guy.
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Disagree with this one. Both the main character and his way-too-young GF were flawed but likeable.
And Ewan Bremner's character is hugely flawed but also hugely likable. The main character's parents are doing their very best and not doing too bad, considering. The guy who dies of AIDS is just an ordinary bloke. Almost everyone in it is likeable except Begbie.
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I'm surprised Payback isn't in the responses.

I think the only three people who weren't despicable human beings were the pickpocket victim, the pawn shop clerk, and the waiter apologizing for the rejected credit card. Even the bartender was a self-absorbed prick.

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Starring Rip Torn?
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OK, come on, what movie was that?

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The Clooney version of Ocean's Eleven.
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Thee seems to be a lot of confusing [this person did bad things] with [this person is unlikable] in this thread.
I agree, for example I found Leonard in Memento very likeable even though he set himself up to continually murder drug dealers named John G (or sometimes James G). He seems quite likeable in his conversations with people that he's not being attacked by.
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The Room. No character in this movie is even remotely close to likeable. But I only "like" this movie because it is so incredibly cringeworthy. It is so cringeworthy that I have never been able to watch it continuously from beginning to end. I have to stop and rest about every 10 minutes or so.
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Eastwood is, ostensibly, the victim here, but he's none too likable while he's working his way through the ladies of the school, IYKWIM.
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The Beguiled

Eastwood is, ostensibly, the victim here, but he's none too likable while he's working his way through the ladies of the school, IYKWIM.
He's about likeable right up to when he's done singing so...1:22 into the movie.
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Is anyone likable in "Burn After Reading"? It's been a while since I've seen it, but IIRC all the main characters are hilariously self-centered.
That was brilliant. I just about bust a gut at the expression of Brad Pitt's character, slurping at his soda with that straw in his mouth.

(Sorry, don't know how to "multi-quote.") American Beauty was mentioned upthread. The daughter and her boyfriend next door seemed likable, given their age and circumstances.

How about Citizen Kane? I don't remember any likable characters, although it's been a while since I last watched it.
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Just watched it: The Favourite.
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I'm surprised Payback isn't in the responses.

I think the only three people who weren't despicable human beings were the pickpocket victim, the pawn shop clerk, and the waiter apologizing for the rejected credit card. Even the bartender was a self-absorbed prick.

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Starring Rip Torn?
Hmmm?! What?!

I'm thinking of the 1999 Mel Gibson flick based on a Donald E. Westlake novel called The Hunter.

And, while I normally like Director's Cuts better, I found I prefer the theatrical edition better.

My friends and I liked it because Lucy Liu steals the show as Pearl. But while I certainly have no dislike of dominatrices or BDSM (quite the contrary!) Pearl's unlikable flaw is that she just doesn't know when to stop being an abusive bitch.

--G!
It just occurred to me that Val probably learned about the Chows from Pearl.

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