Funny scenes in films without dialogue

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  1. Jeff D Han

    Jeff D Han Supporting Actor

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    Hi guys-

    I don't know if this topic has been brought up, but I was
    watching Fandango and there was a scene with no words that
    had me laughing out loud. It was the sky diving segment.
    The camera angle from the ground up to the plane flying
    past with the nuts and bolts hitting the ground trailing
    after the plane.

    Another hilarious camera shot is from Bound- the tracking
    shot along the phone line from one apartment to the other
    and the camera does a loop around a loop in the cord.

    Anybody got any scenes/segments like this?
     
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    The scene in The Royal Tenenbaums where Luke and Owen Wilson are talking in Owen's place, which features two extremely bizzare paintings. The audience I was with was erupting with laughter.
     
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    The look on John Cleese' face in A Fish Called Wanda when his wife comes home and starts talking to Kevin Kline who has just appeared out of nowhere LOL! He stands there holding the champaign tray and staring blankly into space as they talk.

    Get's me everytime! [​IMG]
     
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    How about an obvious one? The opening shot (after the introductory scroll) in Spaceballs?

    Leo
     
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    Bringing Up Baby, when Katharine Hepburn's dog abscounds with Cary Grant's precious dinosaur fossil!

    [​IMG]
     
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    The scene in The Bird Cage, where Robin Williams (Armand) is teaching Nathan Lane (Albert) how to walk like "man's man" John Wayne. There is a lady sitting in the same restaurant where he is practicing, she never says a word, but the look on her face is just priceless.
     
  7. Joel Stein

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    (I assume you mean scenes within films that have dialogue elsewhere, so Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, even Jacques Tati, etc., wouldn't count.)

    How about Clouseau vs. the lamp in Return of the Pink Panther.

    All Of Me, Steve Martin walking just after Lily Tomlin enters his body.
     
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    That entire scene with the vacuum cleaner was funny as hell.

    So many great scenes without dialogue in those films. Every fight with Clouseau and Kato was classic.
     
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    John Belushi in Animal House. First, sneaking into the dean's office like a secret agent. Second, on the ladder watching the pillow fight, and then giving that great look into the camera before tipping the ladder over and whimpering on the ground.
     
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    Indiana Jones vs. the Swordsman from "Raiders"
     
  11. Lew Crippen

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    I would argue that Tati should count. There is dialogue in his films. And a ton of funny scenes sans dialogue.
     
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    I've always liked the shot in Trading Places where Eddie Murphy's character is receiving an explanation on commodities, he looks at each one in turn that is on the table with a rather blank look as it's being explained to him, then when he reaches the end (and the explanation has ended, hence no dialogue), he looks up and straight into the camera with totally deadpan face.
     

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