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Old 03-24-2019, 04:51 PM
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greatest entrances in movie history


The definition of "entrance" is is an appearance of a character in a movie that has an immediate impact, and it is the first time you see the character. Examples-

Rita Hayworth in Gilda. The first time you see her is a close-up with her throwing back her hair. Orson Wells in The Third Man, appearing out of the shadows.


In the Peter O'Toole thread, which lead to this, What Exit mentioned these-

On the Gilda scale I would include Honeychile Rider in Dr. No, Jinx (Halle Berry) in Die Another Day and Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Willy Wonka and his tumble has to make the list as does Quint and his finger nails in Jaws.


And re Peter O'Toole, in the Stunt Man, in the opening scene on the bridge when the helicopter comes down.
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In the Peter O'Toole thread, which lead to this, What Exit mentioned these-
Not O'Toole's entrance, but Omar Sharif's first appearance in Lawrence of Arabia is one of the most suspenseful in movie history. It takes several minutes.

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These are common in James Bond movies.

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I came in here to mention Willy Wonka, but I see the OP has already included him.
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Not O'Toole's entrance, but Omar Sharif's first appearance in Lawrence of Arabia is one of the most suspenseful in movie history. It takes several minutes.
Good answer!

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This site tends to be SF-heavy, so I tried to think of a non-SF reference to say before Darth Vader, but I'm not thinking of it quickly, so Darth Vader.
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This site tends to be SF-heavy, so I tried to think of a non-SF reference to say before Darth Vader, but I'm not thinking of it quickly, so Darth Vader.
I forgot a rule. No aliens, monsters. Humans only

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I've always loved Kenneth Branagh's entrance as Henry V. Great use of light and shadow, that very tall door, the way all the proud and powerful English lords and nobles bow their heads as the King walks past, and of course the wonderful Patrick Doyle score.
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Indiana Jones in Raiders. No dialogue. You see him from behind and in profile, but don't see his face until he uses his bullwhip and then steps into the light.
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I've always loved Kenneth Branagh's entrance as Henry V. Great use of light and shadow, that very tall door, the way all the proud and powerful English lords and nobles bow their heads as the King walks past, and of course the wonderful Patrick Doyle score.
Great choice.

How about Harmonica (Charles Bronson) in Once Upon a Time in the West.
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Whelp, glad I previewed before posting. Darren Garrison said Darth Vader already, and it was quickly disallowed.
What about animated characters? Say for instance the introductory scene of Taarna the Taarakian in Heavy Metal(human, parallel universe)
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Orson Welles inThe Third Man.

Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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Darn it. Barad-dur got a better entrance than most humans ever get.
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Orson Welles inThe Third Man.

Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.


Darn it. Barad-dur got a better entrance than most humans ever get.
what the hell, anything is allowed.
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Leatherface in texas chainsaw massacre. I think this was his first appearance.

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Darth Vader.

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John Wayne in Stagecoach. He shows up with the mesas of Monument Valley behind him and the camera zooms in, as John Ford says, "This is a movie star."

Chico and Harpo in Duck Soup And Groucho in A Night at the Opera

Richard Gere as Billy Flynn in Chicago. I love the fake out.
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A towering man striding into view while clad in body armor has a lot going for him. Anthony Hopkins, though, did it as a little guy just standing there in a prison cell.
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Very clever. Expands the possibilities. Does the narration of "We were somewhere on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold" in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" count? Or "Call me Ishmael" in Moby Dick, with Gregory Peck, which I just saw.

I rule that they do.

Not related to that, but I thought of one, in Apocalypse Now - "Saigon. Shit. I'm still only in Saigon."
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Very clever. Expands the possibilities. Does the narration of "We were somewhere on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold" in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" count? Or "Call me Ishmael" in Moby Dick, with Gregory Peck, which I just saw.

I rule that they do.

Not related to that, but I thought of one, in Apocalypse Now - "Saigon. Shit. I'm still only in Saigon."
ETA. That is another thread. Greatest narrations in movie history.
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What about ol' King Kong?

Karloff as Frankenstein's monster.

The spider in the basement in "Incredible Shrinking Man."


Kong-ninja'd, rats!

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Kong-ninja'd, rats!
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Okay.

The shark in Jaws.
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The shark in Jaws.
The head in Jaws.
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How about Harmonica (Charles Bronson) in Once Upon a Time in the West.
For that matter, Frank's entrance is pretty good, revealing as it does that Henry Fonda is going to be the heavy.
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The head in Jaws.
Characters, not dead heads. No, I remember that, saw the movie when I was 14 or so. To this day, I have never been scared so much by a movie.
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...the camera following a a tumblin' tumbleweed, then heading into a supermarket, while Sam Elliott sets the tone with his absent-minded narration, until we see The Dude, wearing sunglasses, sandals, an open bathrobe, pair of shorts and a bowling shirt, about to buy some half-and-half (by check) for his beloved White Russians..
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I've always loved Kenneth Branagh's entrance as Henry V. Great use of light and shadow, that very tall door, the way all the proud and powerful English lords and nobles bow their heads as the King walks past, and of course the wonderful Patrick Doyle score.
Come to that, I’ve always thought Derek Jacobi’s Chorus had a great entrance in the Prologue to Act I. Lights a match for the “muse of fire” lines, then flips a guillotine switch to light up a prop-strewn backstage when telling the audience

For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings,
Carry them here and there; jumping o'er times,
Turning the accomplishment of many years
Into an hour-glass:


The Chorus’s Prologue is the only passage of Shakespeare that I’ve ever committed to memory, since I left school.
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Bette Davis in The Letter (1940):

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Tatsuya Nakadai in The Sword of Doom (1966):

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Ron Ely as Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)

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...the camera following a a tumblin' tumbleweed, then heading into a supermarket, while Sam Elliott sets the tone with his absent-minded narration, until we see The Dude, wearing sunglasses, sandals, an open bathrobe, pair of shorts and a bowling shirt, about to buy some half-and-half (by check) for his beloved White Russians..
Good post/username combo there.

Been a while since I've seen it but I Nicholas Cage in "Snakeyes" springs to mind.
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