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List: Lead Roles Where Character is First Introduced From Behind


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#1 of 17 OFFLINE   rich_d

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Posted January 31 2008 - 08:00 AM

I was watching the film The Thin Man the other day and noticed how the lead character of Nick Charles (William Powell) is introduced to the audience from behind. He is first seen shaking a martini shaker in long view and then the camera comes up directly behind him for a close-up through the crowd.

That got me to thinking about how effective and likeable I find this device and got me thinking about other films which took advantage of this to introduce the lead character (male of female). I then thought of:

Indiana Jones
James Bond
T.R. Devlin (Cary Grant) in Notorious. Also, certainly one of the longest uses of the device as we see the back of his head for quite a while.

So, what other notable lead roles can you add to the list?

#2 of 17 OFFLINE   Brent M

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Posted January 31 2008 - 08:32 AM

Marcellus Wallace(Pulp Fiction)
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#3 of 17 OFFLINE   Bob Spears

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Posted January 31 2008 - 09:09 AM

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Marcellus Wallace(Pulp Fiction)


First one that crossed my mind. Remember he had the bandaid on the back of his head.

#4 of 17 OFFLINE   DavidPla

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Posted January 31 2008 - 09:17 AM

Jack Sparrow
Marty McFly

#5 of 17 OFFLINE   Colin Jacobson

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Posted January 31 2008 - 10:30 AM

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Marcellus Wallace(Pulp Fiction)

He's not a lead character, though...
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#6 of 17 OFFLINE   McBillman

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Posted January 31 2008 - 11:29 AM

Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark

#7 of 17 OFFLINE   Brent M

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Posted January 31 2008 - 12:54 PM

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He's not a lead character, though...


I didn't read the post closely enough to see that he specified "lead" character. He was a mean motherf***er, though, so that's gotta count for something. Posted Image
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#8 of 17 OFFLINE   Zack Gibbs

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Posted January 31 2008 - 01:19 PM

Scarlett Johansson has one of the best "behind" introductions of all time as "Charlotte" in Lost in Translation. Posted Image
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#9 of 17 OFFLINE   Bob Spears

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Posted January 31 2008 - 01:25 PM

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He's not a lead character, though...

It was an ensemble piece.

#10 of 17 OFFLINE   Jeff_CusBlues

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Posted January 31 2008 - 11:58 PM

Many pornos I've seen use this method.

#11 of 17 OFFLINE   Colin Jacobson

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Posted February 02 2008 - 04:17 AM

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It was an ensemble piece.

Which means no lead character. Heck, even among the "lead ensemble" actors, Marcellus was secondary. The "leads" were Samuel L. Jackson - even if the Academy only nominated him for Best Supporting Actor - Travolta and Bruce Willis. Everyone else was supporting...
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Posted February 03 2008 - 09:04 AM

Though, as Morpheus, Laurence Fishburne only received second billing, the first time he is seen in The Matrix is from behind.

#13 of 17 OFFLINE   Dale MA

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Posted February 03 2008 - 11:48 AM

Brando in The Godfather.

#14 of 17 OFFLINE   Nathan V

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Posted February 04 2008 - 10:07 AM

Clint as Blondie in The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly.
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#15 of 17 OFFLINE   rich_d

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Posted February 18 2008 - 11:38 AM

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Scarlett Johansson has one of the best "behind" introductions of all time as "Charlotte" in Lost in Translation. Posted Image

True that.

I thought of another protagonist, Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) in the film, 8 1/2. Even though he is featured from the get-go, we don't see his face until the five minute mark, when he gets up from being examined by a doctor.

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Posted February 22 2008 - 11:07 AM

Andy Garcia in Internal Affairs. (An somewhat obscure film to be sure but I just watched it today on Universal HD).
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Posted February 29 2008 - 06:24 PM

Harvey Keitel in MEAN STREETS. (Keitel is also introduced from behind in a supporting role in PULP FICTION).


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