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Old 04-17-2006, 01:24 PM
Earl Snake-Hips Tucker Earl Snake-Hips Tucker is offline
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Movie ''hand clapping'' meme

This has come up a number of times, but I'll be danged if I can find any threads on it. Anyway, you know the routine, something happens, and one person starts clapping. Then another. Then more. Then everyone.

IIRC, the *earliest this attested was in "Brubaker" (1980). In the 1974 Roy Campanella biopic "It's Good to Be Alive," there is a similar scene. Toward the end of the movie, after Winfield's Campanella makes his first publica appearance in the baseball stadium. He chokes up after saying a few words. Then, one player starts clapping, then the others, etc.

*Again, I can't be sure since I can't find any of the old threads.
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Old 04-17-2006, 01:49 PM
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The Slow Clap has been identified by Roger Ebert, though it doesn't have its own entry in the Little Movie Glossary.

In his Answer Man column, Ebert published a letter from a reader tracing the evolution of the Slow Clap to Citizen Kane, where Kane attempts to give his wife a curtain call after her wretched opera performance. Unfortunately, as no one joined, I don't think this can be considered the first true Slow Clap.
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Old 04-17-2006, 01:52 PM
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Not Another Teen Movie had a great slowclap story line .
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Old 04-17-2006, 02:37 PM
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Wasn't there a slow clap scene in Rocky IV- after Rocky's victory over Ivan Drago, and he gave that little speech about "if we can do it, maybe all youse can too!", I seem to remember the Gorbachev-esque President standing and starting the slow clap, then the whole politburo joined in, then everyone else in attendance.
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Old 04-17-2006, 02:54 PM
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The godawfullest Slow Clap I ever saw was in the misguided '80s Jackie Chan vehicle The Protector. Jackie is a cop who just Can't Play By the Rules, and after he tells off his captain and gets suspended (or something), he walks back to the squad room, where he is given a Slow Clap by his fellow boys in blue. The movie is already so full of clichés as to be beyond satire; the Slow Clap turns it into something far hokeyer than anything Chan attempted in his HK films.
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Old 04-17-2006, 02:56 PM
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I would definitely call it a trope, rather than a meme.

Anyway, I remember something similar at the end of Harry and Walter Go to New York. That was the mid-70s, and had all the biggest mid-70s names in it.
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Old 04-17-2006, 03:01 PM
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I have seen this enough times to feel that it's a definite cliché. I still can't think of any good examples in my head, though I have a faint feeling that the scene takes place in the end of Cool Runnings.
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Old 04-17-2006, 03:04 PM
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Wasn't there a slow clap scene in Rocky IV- after Rocky's victory over Ivan Drago
Not sure about Rocky V but there was one in Bloodsport.

And, on preview, catus waltz is right about Cool Runnings.
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Old 04-17-2006, 03:06 PM
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I meant IV, of course.
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Old 04-17-2006, 03:10 PM
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I would definitely call it a trope, rather than a meme.
"trope"? Pfft, that's not trendy. You probably still call "foodies" "gourmets".
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Old 04-17-2006, 05:44 PM
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I believe I recall a "slow clap" at the end of Lucas.
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Old 04-17-2006, 05:58 PM
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"trope"? Pfft, that's not trendy. You probably still call "foodies" "gourmets".
Remember my son, as long as you live
That gourmet is not an adjective

...Heed my advice, take to your heels
From the place that boasts of gourmet meals

-Bennett Cerf
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Old 04-17-2006, 07:35 PM
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Wasn't there one after the "luckiest man on the face of the earth" speech in The Pride of the Yankees, from 1942?

If it wasn't The Pride of the Yankees, it was another black-and-white sports movie from that era. Someone makes a speech in the center of a huge, packed, silent stadium. As he walks off, one unseen person somewhere in the stands begins a slow clap. Someone else takes it up, etc., until the entire place is thundering.
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Old 06-23-2006, 07:33 PM
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Just caught one in the second to final episode of Sex and the city, right after Samantha's motivational speech for breast cancer patients.
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Old 06-24-2006, 11:08 AM
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For a second I thought this thread was going to be about the "One person stands and claps, exactly five times, in a sarcastic manner" meme.

(stands and claps exactly five times)

Nice thread, buddy!
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Old 06-24-2006, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
This has come up a number of times, but I'll be danged if I can find any threads on it. Anyway, you know the routine, something happens, and one person starts clapping. Then another. Then more. Then everyone.
Isn't that the way ALL applause begins? Or do you mean a more gradual join-in than typical, spontaneous, enthusiastic applause?
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Old 06-24-2006, 11:29 AM
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The best Slow Clap scene is in an episode of "The King of Queens".

International Parcel Service drive Doug Heffernan is proud, as he is well on his way to breaking a long-standing driver record for number of days "without incident". This engenders much hostility among older drivers, who remember the original record holder fondly, and think Doug is getting too big for his britches. Even his best friend Deacon is miffed, as his own run at the record was thwarted by an action of Doug's.

After a buildup to the obligatory crisis of faith, and a very close call on the record-breaking delivery, Doug walks slowly into IPS headquarters, punches out his time card, and quietly, humbly announces to those assembled, "No incidents".

Deacon stands up sheepishly and begins a Slow Clap. Just as the applause is barely beginning to catch on with one or two other drivers, someone walks in from outside and calls out, "Sandwich Truck!" All clapping ceases immediately and everyone leaves.
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Old 06-24-2006, 11:34 AM
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"trope"? Pfft, that's not trendy. You probably still call "foodies" "gourmets".
Trope and meme mean very different things.
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Old 06-24-2006, 12:10 PM
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There was a great send-up of it in Intolerable Cruelty.
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Old 06-24-2006, 12:15 PM
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Trope and meme mean very different things.
Yeah, chase that bus.
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Old 06-24-2006, 03:04 PM
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Isn't that the way ALL applause begins? Or do you mean a more gradual join-in than typical, spontaneous, enthusiastic applause?
No. This is more of a situation where one single person stands and applauds, while the rest of the audience sits uncomfortably, unsure whether to join. Then after a long uncomfortable moment, one more person joins in. It's still kind of uncomfortable. Then a few more, then a few more, until finally it's the whole audience, at which point, yes, it is like regular applause. But the way it starts is not typical. I hope I explained that well.
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Old 06-24-2006, 03:08 PM
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I don't wish to hijack but it's not worth starting a separate thread:

Has anyone every experienced this phenomenon in person or is it solely a Hollywood scriptwriter concoction?
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Old 06-24-2006, 05:49 PM
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Hollywood fiction.

Just like slapping somebody in the face who's in hysterics to get them to pull themselves together. You ever try THAT one? I seriously, seriously don't recommend it.
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Old 06-24-2006, 06:13 PM
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Not really the same, but this thread reminds me of the great SNL skit "The sarcastically slow clapping family".
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