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RealityChuck
04-24-2011, 09:29 PM
Everyone knows the scene of Jack Nicholson ordering toast in the diner (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wtfNE4z6a8). Thing is, the vast majority of filmgoers who know the scene have never seen the movie it appeared in: Five Easy Pieces.

Similarly, the scene where Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wtfNE4z6a8) and where he dances with the hat rack (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJvGxTKGFHA#t=01m33s), but most people have not seen the movie they were in: Royal Wedding*

What other movies are famous for a particular scene or scene, but which are not usually seen in their entirety?


*Trivia alert -- Fred's love interest in the film was Winston Churchill's daughter IRL>

Lamar Mundane
04-24-2011, 09:33 PM
The scene on the Odessa Steps in The Battleship Potemkin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps-v-kZzfec) is one of the most famous in the history of film, but not one person in a hundred who know that scene have seen the film.

Don Draper
04-24-2011, 09:39 PM
The scene from Casablanca in which Rick (Bogart) says "Play it again, Sam!"

Everyone "knows" this line from the film, many people have "repeated" it in a Bogart-like accent, but actually - Rick doesn't say it! He says "If you can play it for her, you can play it for me. So play it!"

Equipoise
04-24-2011, 10:07 PM
The scene on the Odessa Steps in The Battleship Potemkin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps-v-kZzfec) is one of the most famous in the history of film, but not one person in a hundred who know that scene have seen the film.
Yep, that's what I came in to say. I'd seen that scene either as a clip or referenced (such as in the movie The Untouchables) dozens of times, but I'd never seen the film itself until last month when the Music Box in Chicago showed a new print with a new recording of the original score. It was so great to see on the big screen. The whole movie is good and that's not even the most tension-filled and exciting sequence, just the easiest to show and reference.

Other movies I've seen in the past year in the theater that would fit into this category are Metropolis and the 9-hour version of Shoah, both very worth watching in their entirety.

Sir Prize
04-24-2011, 10:16 PM
Rosebud (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jipboWI9uiE)
You talking to me? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e9CkhBb18E)

Son of a Rich
04-24-2011, 10:17 PM
I'll bet most people have seen Harold Lloyd hanging from the clock hands but don't know what movie it comes from.

sqweels
04-24-2011, 10:25 PM
Although it's less true now than when I was a kid, I don't think a lot of people have see Freaks and yet are familiar with the bit where they go, "One of us! One of us! Gooble-gobble gooble-gobble!".

I do think any kind of film buff would have see Casablanca, though.

sqweels
04-24-2011, 10:37 PM
How about the scene where they're running in the surf in Chariots of Fire?

Or Marlon Brando yelling "Stella!" in A Streecar Named desire.

Rosebud (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jipboWI9uiE)
You talking to me? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e9CkhBb18E)
Again, I'd hate to think of Citizen Kane or Taxi Driver as examples of films that are "not usually seen".

Mahaloth
04-24-2011, 10:43 PM
Rosebud (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jipboWI9uiE)


People haven't seen Citizen Kane? I doubt that one.

astorian
04-24-2011, 11:18 PM
How many people could name "that movie where James Cagney shoves a grapefruit in that dame's face"?

Since the OP mentions one Nicholson film, how about Jack's "Heeeeres Johnny" scene in "The Shining"?

Horatio Hellpop
04-24-2011, 11:37 PM
More people alive now have seen That's Entertainment than have seen most of the movies excerpted in it.

Beyond that, there's the chess scene in The Seventh Seal.

Tom Scud
04-24-2011, 11:52 PM
Hitler melting down in Downfall.

Tarwater
04-25-2011, 12:01 AM
People haven't seen Citizen Kane? I doubt that one.

Do you really? I'd be shocked if people hadn't seen Taxi Driver because it's a film by Martin Scorsese, one of the greatest living American filmmakers. He's still producing films, so his oeuvre is still relevant to today's movie-goers. Orson Welles, on the other hand, has been dead for more than a quarter of a century, and his last major film was made nearly 40 years ago. Citizen Kane is a black and white film released in the 1940s. It's seen by serious film-watchers and people who enjoy watching old classic American films. Those type of people are not in the majority. The whole rosebud thing has been circulating in pop culture for awhile now. It's such a mainstay that I'd surprised to meet somebody who hadn't been exposed to it in some way.

Tarwater
04-25-2011, 12:10 AM
To contribute, I'll add Marilyn Monroe's skirt scene from The Seven Year Itch

Joey P
04-25-2011, 12:10 AM
The scene from Casablanca in which Rick (Bogart) says "Play it again, Sam!"

Everyone "knows" this line from the film, many people have "repeated" it in a Bogart-like accent, but actually - Rick doesn't say it! He says "If you can play it for her, you can play it for me. So play it!"

That's not really what this thread is about, that's more for a thread about misquoted movies, even so, I think a lot of people have seen Casablanca.

However, I'll attempt to satisfy both a misquoted movie as well as famous scene from a movie most people haven't seen.
Many people often will misquote The Treasure of The Sierra Madre by saying "Badges, we don't need no steenkin badges", here's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqomZQMZQCQ) the real line.

GIGObuster
04-25-2011, 12:13 AM
Hitler melting down in Downfall.

Ooh, good one. Although I have sen it, the OP is correct with me, I have not seen the movies he mentions but I have seen the scenes.

From the past I think many have seen either the Picket's charge or the attempted rape scenes from "The Birth of a nation" ("The Klansman") 1915. Usually on documentaries that note on the racism from the movie that prevents it from being shown on TV nowadays.

don't ask
04-25-2011, 03:12 AM
Another Brando scene. Ask most people what On the Waterfront is about and they'll say it's a boxing movie because all they know is I could have been a contender (http://www.flixster.com/movie/on-the-waterfront-videos/i-could-have-been-a-contender-10957441).

panache45
04-25-2011, 03:33 AM
Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in drag, in Some Like it Hot.

The futuristic city in Metropolis.

"Fasten Your Seatbelts . . . " from All About Eve. (I could be wrong about whether "most people" have seen this.)

Steophan
04-25-2011, 03:48 AM
Many people often will misquote The Treasure of The Sierra Madre by saying "Badges, we don't need no steenkin badges", here's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqomZQMZQCQ) the real line.

That misquote's used in Blazing Saddles, which a lot of people will have watched. So they're correctly quoting a misquote!

Stoid
04-25-2011, 04:41 AM
Really good call on the Five Easy Pieces, Harold Lloyd and James Cagney films!

Student Driver
04-25-2011, 06:40 AM
A lot of the Nazi rally imagery in Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will shows up in other, newer documentaries, but I doubt too many folks have watched the original.

Annie-Xmas
04-25-2011, 08:17 AM
Tom Cruise's dance in Risky Business. Not only has everyone seen it, it's definitely on the list of most parodied film scenes.

Tom Scud
04-25-2011, 09:01 AM
There are some bad movies with terrible action scenes that a fair number of people have seen now, thanks to the youtube. I'm thinking of this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC2jV8sCv1c) (which has nearly 1.4 million views) and the pommel horse sequence from Gymkata (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPGUZxOCRcs).

Little Nemo
04-25-2011, 09:56 AM
Taking this to a crass level, lots of people have probably seen Phoebe Cates taking off her bikini top without having seen the rest of Fast Times at Ridgemount High.

The same is probably even more true about Chloe Sevigny performing fellatio in The Brown Bunny.

RealityChuck
04-25-2011, 10:01 AM
Most people have seen the image of the [url=http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jalm22zr-80/TPHZ2WibFcI/AAAAAAAABJY/uUzl0WhrxzM/s1600/atriptothemoon.jpg]bullet in the moon's eye from A Trip to the Moon, and the sequence leading up to that has been shown in every documentary about SF films. But the entire film is rarely seen.

It's possible that more people have seen Clark Gable saying, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" than have seen Gone With the Wind.

The "razor in the eye" scene of Un Chien Andalou is the only part of the film that most people have seen.

Mister Rik
04-25-2011, 10:10 AM
That's not really what this thread is about, that's more for a thread about misquoted movies, even so, I think a lot of people have seen Casablanca.

However, I'll attempt to satisfy both a misquoted movie as well as famous scene from a movie most people haven't seen.
Many people often will misquote The Treasure of The Sierra Madre by saying "Badges, we don't need no steenkin badges", here's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqomZQMZQCQ) the real line.

That misquote's used in Blazing Saddles, which a lot of people will have watched. So they're correctly quoting a misquote!

And Weird Al Yankovic's UHF (http://youtu.be/gx6TBrfCW54)

RTFirefly
04-25-2011, 10:26 AM
Everyone knows the scene of Jack Nicholson ordering toast in the diner (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wtfNE4z6a8). Well, not quite everyone - when I clicked on that link just now was the first time I'd ever seen it.

Shoeless
04-25-2011, 12:41 PM
Meg Ryan's diner-gasm in "When Harry Met Sally".

joebuck20
04-25-2011, 01:20 PM
The scene where a house frame falls over Buster Keaton, but a strategically placed window frame keeps him from getting hurt. It's from Steamboat Bill Jr.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsyRhRR5Iu4

JohnT
04-25-2011, 01:24 PM
Ooh, good one. Although I have sen it, the OP is correct with me, I have not seen the movies he mentions but I have seen the scenes.

From the past I think many have seen either the Picket's charge or the attempted rape scenes from "The Birth of a nation" ("The Klansman") 1915. Usually on documentaries that note on the racism from the movie that prevents it from being shown on TV nowadays.

Except for that BoaN was shown on TCM last week.

Sitnam
04-25-2011, 01:25 PM
"Stella!"

JohnT
04-25-2011, 01:26 PM
It's possible that more people have seen Clark Gable saying, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" than have seen Gone With the Wind.

I would say it's certain, as the set of people who have seen that scene includes the subset of people who have seen the whole movie. ;)

kevja
04-25-2011, 01:38 PM
Deliverance (1972). I think more people associate to the type of people in the movie ("backwoods/hillbillies") and the rape sceen than have seen the movie.

Rhythmdvl
04-25-2011, 01:38 PM
Probably not exactly in line with the OP but...

I bet a lot of people watching Zero Hour (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q__vuyH1JEI)would have this awful feeling of déjà vu.

KneadToKnow
04-25-2011, 01:46 PM
You talking to me? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e9CkhBb18E)

Forgive me if this is wrong, but I'm going to assume you aren't aware that DeNiro was copying Alan Ladd from Shane in that scene.

Taxi Driver is very well-known. Shane, apparently, is less-so.

Max the Immortal
04-25-2011, 05:31 PM
Before I watched The Shining, I had already seen about 90% of its scenes parodied in some fashion.

Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
04-25-2011, 06:25 PM
Except for that BoaN was shown on TCM last week.Yeah, I'd say it has more to do with the fact that a) it's ancient, b) it's B&W, and c) it's silent (kinda all three go together in this case). Anyway, I think most programming types would consider that demographic poison.

silenus
04-25-2011, 06:29 PM
A lot of the Nazi rally imagery in Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will shows up in other, newer documentaries, but I doubt too many folks have watched the original.

Doing my best to correct this, TotW is assigned viewing in my AP Euro class.

Ludovic
04-25-2011, 06:56 PM
I bet a lot of people watching Zero Hour (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q__vuyH1JEI)would have this awful feeling of déjà vu.At work so can't click on link, but your title reminded me of Zero Wing, which was a video game and not a movie, but which fits the thread otherwise for its All Your Base intro.

Rhythmdvl
04-25-2011, 07:16 PM
Did you like the movie Airplane! ? (Have you ever been in a Turkish prison?)

Click the link when you can.

Morbo
04-25-2011, 07:36 PM
Speaking of Airplane, how about the "kissing in the sand" scene in From Here To Eternity?

Sir T-Cups
04-25-2011, 07:48 PM
Speaking of Airplane, how about the "kissing in the sand" scene in From Here To Eternity?

According to their commentary and trivia track they did that scene BEFORE Here to Eternity.

That being said....who the hell as seen From Here to Eternity other than that scene?

PSXer
04-25-2011, 07:49 PM
I think the "You're out of order!" scene is pretty famous, but that the movie And Justice For All is not as widely known.


Question: we see it parodied all the time, the scene of a drunkard at the bar asking for another drunk only to be told "you've had enough" and he replied with "I'll tell you when I've had enough!"

Is this something specific being parodied or is it just a common trope?

LC Strawhouse
04-25-2011, 07:56 PM
Lots of people know quotes from the Al Pacino freakout scenes in And Justice for All and Dog Day Afternoon ("I'm out of order, you're out of order...") but those remain pretty obscure movies. (ETA - PSXer just beat me to it)

People also think that every zombie movie was about "Brains!!!" but only one movie had that going on, Return of the Living Dead

TreacherousCretin
04-25-2011, 08:01 PM
Forgive me if this is wrong, but I'm going to assume you aren't aware that DeNiro was copying Alan Ladd from Shane in that scene.

Taxi Driver is very well-known. Shane, apparently, is less-so.

WOW. I didn't know that. And I've seen Shane, although it was a very long time ago.

Morbo
04-25-2011, 08:32 PM
Just thought of another one: "I'm mad as Hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore!"

panamajack
04-25-2011, 09:10 PM
According to their commentary and trivia track they did that scene BEFORE Here to Eternity.

That being said....who the hell as seen From Here to Eternity other than that scene?

I saw it recently for the first time ... and was rather surprised that it wasn't really a romance at all. (It has as much similarity to On the Waterfront as to any romance).

I think Jimmy Cagney's "Made it, ma! Top of the world!" counts, although it's not a super famous scene. Still, the number of people who've seen White Heat is fairly small.

I don't know anyone who's watched Soylent Green all the way through, but a lot of people know what it's made of. (At least as many know probably only know it from this SNL sketch (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xd0ql6_phil-hartman-soylent-green_fun)).

Rhythmdvl
04-25-2011, 09:20 PM
WOW. I didn't know that. And I've seen Shane, although it was a very long time ago.

Maybe you saw Shaft. DeNiro is a bad mother-

kunilou
04-25-2011, 09:28 PM
Claudette Colbert sticks out a shapely leg while hitchhiking in It Happened One Night.

I never even thought that was the funniest scene in the movie.

shantih
04-25-2011, 09:43 PM
Maybe you saw Shaft. DeNiro is a bad mother-

You shut your mouth!

Invisible Chimp
04-25-2011, 10:11 PM
Some Charlie Chaplin: the end speech from The Great Dictator, the dancing rolls from The Gold Rush, and the automated food tray or the gibberish dance from Modern Times.

The opening speech from Patton with George C. Scott in front of the giant American flag.

JohnT
04-26-2011, 10:49 AM
According to their commentary and trivia track they did that scene BEFORE Here to Eternity.

That being said....who the hell as seen From Here to Eternity other than that scene?

I have. Hell, I've seen the vast majority of the films in this thread.

A scene that I've watched dozens of times w/o having seen the original movie is Mel Gibson rousing up the troops in Braveheart.

TreacherousCretin
04-26-2011, 11:01 AM
I have. Hell, I've seen the vast majority of the films in this thread.

Same here.

clarkstar
04-26-2011, 12:52 PM
Everyone knows the scene of Jack Nicholson ordering toast in the diner (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wtfNE4z6a8). Thing is, the vast majority of filmgoers who know the scene have never seen the movie it appeared in: Five Easy Pieces.

Similarly, the scene where Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wtfNE4z6a8) and where he dances with the hat rack (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJvGxTKGFHA#t=01m33s), but most people have not seen the movie they were in: Royal Wedding*

What other movies are famous for a particular scene or scene, but which are not usually seen in their entirety?


*Trivia alert -- Fred's love interest in the film was Winston Churchill's daughter IRL>

i've never seen any of those scenes

Gadarene
04-26-2011, 01:28 PM
Marlon Brando could've been a contender in On the Waterfront.

Steophan
04-26-2011, 01:36 PM
Marlon Brando could've been a contender in On the Waterfront.

I imagine a lot of people know that scene from De Niro quoting it in Raging Bull.

Jackmannii
04-26-2011, 01:38 PM
The Worst Commercial Ever Shot sequence in Putney Swope where the actor sings:

I have a malignancy in my prostate
But when you're in my arms, it's benign

I guess you need to have a flexible definition of "famous scene". :dubious:

astorian
04-26-2011, 03:07 PM
Some Charlie Chaplin: the end speech from The Great Dictator, the dancing rolls from The Gold Rush, and the automated food tray or the gibberish dance from Modern Times.



Actually, the only scene I ever see from "The Great Dictator" is the one where Chaplin is toying with the globe, as if it were a baloon. The movie itself is almost never broadcast on TV, but that one scene is shown constantly in Chaplin retrospectives.

smaje1
04-26-2011, 04:33 PM
I'll bet most people have seen Harold Lloyd hanging from the clock hands but don't know what movie it comes from.

Dude, I totally thought you meant "Christopher Lloyd" and I was like, Hey, everyone has seen Back to the Future!

Guess I haven't seen this Harold Lloyd movie...

Spoke
04-26-2011, 04:51 PM
Taxi Driver is very well-known. Shane, apparently, is less-so.

Speaking of Shane, a lot more people have seen that "Shane,come back" scene than have seen the movie.

Also the Jack Palance "Pick up that gun" scene.

BrotherCadfael
04-26-2011, 07:06 PM
I think Jimmy Cagney's "Made it, ma! Top of the world!" counts, although it's not a super famous scene.This is sort of meta: Almost everyone knows *of* that scene, but very few have seen it, much less the actual movie.

Diogenes the Cynic
04-26-2011, 07:15 PM
You shut your mouth!
He was just talkin' about De Niro.

Diogenes the Cynic
04-26-2011, 07:19 PM
I'm guessing most people have seen Charlie Chaplin making the potatoes dance. I wonder how many have actaually watched The Gold Rush in its entirety.

Invisible Chimp
04-26-2011, 08:15 PM
I'm guessing most people have seen Charlie Chaplin making the potatoes dance. I wonder how many have actaually watched The Gold Rush in its entirety.

I already mentioned this scene in post #51. After seeing your post, I doubled checked to see if I had misremembered. I have seen The Gold Rush and I remembered correctly. As I mentioned in post #51, they were dinner rolls, not potatoes.

Spoke
04-26-2011, 08:52 PM
I already mentioned this scene in post #51. After seeing your post, I doubled checked to see if I had misremembered. I have seen The Gold Rush and I remembered correctly. As I mentioned in post #51, they were dinner rolls, not potatoes.

As an aside, Chaplin stole that gag. Here's Fatty Arbuckle doing it 8 years earlier (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6fxydAUrWc). No doubt Fatty stole it too. (Chaplin did the gag much better, though. I'll give him that.)

AuntiePam
04-26-2011, 09:50 PM
That being said....who the hell as seen From Here to Eternity other than that scene?

It's one of my favorites, but I'm more familiar with pre-1960's movies than current movies anyway. I suck at trivia these days. If Anne Hathaway or Hugh Grant are in the movie, I won't know the title.

I think more people have seen Marlene Dietrich singing "Fawwing in wuv again" (or a parody of it) than have seen the movie.

Saint Cad
04-27-2011, 11:52 AM
Hitler melting down in Downfall.

If there were a contest scored on a ratio of people who have seen the scene / people who have seen the movie, I suspect this would win 1st place.

Invisible Chimp
04-27-2011, 01:07 PM
If there were a contest scored on a ratio of people who have seen the scene / people who have seen the movie, I suspect this would win 1st place.

I saw that movie before that clip became big. My hope is that the popularity of that Hitler clip inspired a lot of people to check out Downfall. It is a great movie.

digs
04-29-2011, 01:27 PM
I saw that movie before that clip became big. My hope is that the popularity of that Hitler clip inspired a lot of people to check out Downfall. It is a great movie.

But why would I want to see a movie where Hitler rants about vuvuzelas?

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