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#1 of 577 OFFLINE   Vickie_M

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Posted December 05 2002 - 11:36 AM

The nomination, seconding and thirding process is CLOSED.

The LEAD character tourney is in this thread.


The SUPPORTING character tourney is in this thread.



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Inspired by Dome's earlier thread, and Ron's review of The King of Comedy talking about Rupert Pupkin, I decided to do a movie character tourney. I'm sure it's been done before, perhaps several times, but, hey, why not?

I'm just looking for interesting characters, Lead or Supporting. What's the line...there are no small characters, only small actors? Sometimes a character can make an impression with just a quick cameo. I'm thinking the difference between, say, the Oracle in The Matrix and Neo in The Matrix. To pit one against the other doesn't seem quite fair. The Lead and Supporting categories will be separate, with separate voting.

The line between Lead and Supporting can be a fine one, and I wouldn't expect anyone to time appearances with a stopwatch. Use your own judgment. I'll put them into whatever category you say. I know that sometimes a character who appears only briefly can be the most important character in the film, but I'd still put those in "Supporting."

Sometimes, an inanimate object can be a major character too. I'll accept things like the briefcase in Pulp Fiction (would be Supporting, since you only see it a few short times) or the Ring in LOTR:FOTR (would be Lead, since it's shown several times, and well, there's the title and all).

This tourney isn't really about the actors who play the role. If the character is a good one, it's due to the skills of the actor, the writer and the director (and sometimes the editor), but this isn't a tourney about those people, just the characters themselves. Still, it can be helpful, especially in the Supporting category, to visualize the character, so PLEASE PROVIDE THE ACTOR'S NAME. Quotes from the character or a short description are MORE than welcome and will be used once the tourney starts.





Please give nominations roughly in this format:

Category (Lead or Supporting) - Name of character (Movie title) - Name of actor. Quote or description of character if possible.

For instance,

Lead:
Neo (The Matrix) - Keanu Reeves - "I know Kung-Fu"

Supporting:
The Oracle (The Matrix) - Gloria Foster - "You're cuter than I thought. I can see why she likes you."



I'll keep a running list as I update, so scroll down to see the most recent, then make note of posts after that to see who's been nominated but not added yet. I'll post a list of complete nominees here before voting.


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Posted December 05 2002 - 11:44 AM

Scarlett O'Hara (Gone With the Wind - big)
Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs - big, although his actual screentime is relatively small)
Baptiste Debureau (Children of Paradise - big)
Clive Candy (The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp - big)
Hedwig Robinson (Hedwig and the Angry Inch - big)

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Posted December 05 2002 - 11:48 AM

Good idea!

Harry Lime - The Third Man - small
Harry Powell - The Night of the Hunter - big
Fred C. Dobbs - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - big
Don Lope de Aguirre - Aguirre: The Wrath of God - big
Cody Jarrett - White Heat - big


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Posted December 05 2002 - 12:03 PM

Colonel Ives (RAVENOUS- big)

John Ryder (THE HITCHER- big)

Snake Plissken (ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and LA- big)

Nix (LORD OF ILLUSIONS- big)

Betty Elms/Diane Selwyn (MULHOLLAND DR.- big)


I would have nominated Ash from the EVIL DEAD films, but I figured someone else probably would, so I chose someone else. Also, if you've seen MULHOLLAND DR., you know how it is, so I hope my nom there is okay. If not, let me know. Posted Image

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Posted December 05 2002 - 12:07 PM

Han Solo (Star Wars, big)
Nikita (La Femme Nikita, big)
Mathilda (The Professional, big)
Amelie (Amelie, big)
Gandalf (LOTR, big)

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Posted December 05 2002 - 12:08 PM

Quote:
Betty Elms/Diane Selwyn (MULHOLLAND DR.- big)

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Posted December 05 2002 - 12:26 PM

"Wolf" Larsen (The Sea Wolf, big)
Scratch (The Devil and Daniel Webster, like Rain's Hannibal Lector nom, relatively modest screentime, but enormously big presence in the drama of the film)
Chuck Tatum (The Big Carnival, big)
J.J. Hunsecker (Sweet Smell of Success, big)
Andrew Wyke (Sleuth, big)

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Posted December 05 2002 - 12:30 PM

Marge Gunderson (Fargo - big)
Norman Bates (Psycho 1960 - big)
Mona Demarkov (Romeo is Bleeding - big)
Bridget Gregory/Wendy Kroy (The Last Seduction - big)
Patrick Bateman (American Psycho - big)

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Posted December 05 2002 - 12:33 PM

Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark-big)
Jack Torrence (The Shining-big)
Quint (Jaws-big)
Terminator (The Terminator-big)
Jeff Spicoli (Fast Times at Ridgemont High-big)
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#10 of 577 OFFLINE   Vickie_M

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Posted December 05 2002 - 12:37 PM

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Diane Selwyn (MULHOLLAND DR.- big) ... if you've seen MULHOLLAND DR., you know how it is, so I hope my nom there is okay. If not, let me know.


"She" is an amazing character! I'm going to list her as Diane in the tourney though. I worry about spoilers, even in movies that have been out for a while. If anyone nominates characters from, say, The Crying Game, keep that in mind.


Quote:
Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs - big, although his actual screentime is relatively small)


Scratch (The Devil and Daniel Webster, like Rain's Hannibal Lector nom, relatively modest screentime, but enormously big presence in the drama of the film)


As I said, use your own judgement. I am splitting them as I add them to my worksheet so I won't have to do it later, so I'll put them in whatever category you folks say. Just specify, that's all. I'll put both of these in "big."
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#11 of 577 OFFLINE   Vickie_M

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Posted December 05 2002 - 12:43 PM

Ok, I've definitely decided to split the categories.

To give the little folks a chance to shine, I'm giving 5 more nominations for small roles.

So, 5 nominations for big roles, 5 more nominations for small roles.

SteveGon, one of your nominations was for a small role, so take one more Big nom, and 4 Small.
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#12 of 577 OFFLINE   Kristian

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Posted December 05 2002 - 01:17 PM

Big:

Darth Vader (Star Wars saga)
James Bond (007 series)
Yoda (Star Wars saga)


Small:

Boba Fett (Star Wars saga)
Rosebud (Citizen Kane [might be stretching it a bit, but if "The One Ring" would qualify....])

I'll use my remaining noms a little later.
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#13 of 577 OFFLINE   Bill J

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Posted December 05 2002 - 01:33 PM

Big:
HAL 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey)
E.T. (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial)

Small:
Captain Koons (Pulp Fiction)
Col. Kilgore (Apocalypse Now)

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Posted December 05 2002 - 01:36 PM

Grand Moff Tarkin (Star Wars, small)
"Evacuate? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances."

Jimmie (Pulp Fiction, small)
"'Cause storin' dead niggers ain't my fuckin' business!"

Gollum (LOTR, small)
"It came to me on my birthday...it is mine....my own...my....preciousssss."

Arwen (LOTR, small)
"If you want him, come and claim him!"

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Posted December 05 2002 - 01:40 PM

Big:

Rupert Pupkin - The King of Comedy

Just realized he hadn't been nominated... :b


Gotta think on some small role candidates.

#16 of 577 OFFLINE   Bill J

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Posted December 05 2002 - 01:41 PM

Vickie, please note that I moved Col. Kilgore to the "small" category.

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Posted December 05 2002 - 01:48 PM

Rosebud is fine!

Bill, thank you for posting again. As usual, I'm getting replies via email and am only coming to the thread to post, so I don't see edits.

Steeve, VERY COOL! Your quotes brought those characters to mind immediately. I wish more people would do that, especially in the small categories (hint hint).


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#18 of 577 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted December 05 2002 - 02:04 PM

Big:

Nick Charles - The Thin Man
Mr. Hulot - Mr. Hulot's Holiday
Del Griffith - Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Felix Unger - The Odd Couple
Phil Connors - Groundhog Day

Small:

Stella - Rear Window
Asta - The Thin Man
Uncle Eddie - National Lampoon's Vacation
The Black Bird - The Maltese Falcon
Igor - Young Frankenstein
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#19 of 577 OFFLINE   Dome Vongvises

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Posted December 05 2002 - 02:21 PM

I nominate

Big
Ash (Evil Dead Series)
"Shop smart, shop S Mart!!!"

MacCready (The Thing)
"Why don't we just wait here for a while, and see what happens."

Jack Burton (Big Trouble In Little China)
"When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, looks you crooked in the eye and asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail.""

Guido (8 1/2)

Lt. Colonel Frank Slade (Scent of a Woman)
"HOO WAH!!! Glory, glory halleujah....."

Small

Thomas (Glory)

Seargent Major John Rawlins (Glory)
"We died facing the enemy!!!"

Short Round (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)
"No time for love, Dr. Jones!!!"

The Monster (Young Frankenstein)
"PUTTINONARITZ!!!"

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Posted December 05 2002 - 03:01 PM

Okay, for small roles I nominate:

The Mystery Man (LOST HIGHWAY)


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