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  1. Carlos Mendoza

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    This seems to be one of Hollywoods cliches that is appearing in more and more movies, but one that I really like!
    It is a line of the movie's protagonists lined up shoulder to shoulder, walking together, in slow motion, with no sound other than music. (The slow motion and Music are really important)
    Please help me compile a list of movies that feature this cinematic device.
    My thought is that it originated in "Resevoir Dogs", (let me know if you've seen it in an earlier film)
    I have also seen it:
    Armageddon
    Mystery Men
    Tombstone
    Road Trip
    John Carpenters Vampires
    and, most Recently, Monsters Inc.
     
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    Well, theres a top-quality use of this in the Buffy episode 'Fool For Love' where Spike and co. walk away from a burning town. While you're looking at the general use of this, the subset of there being an almighty explosion in the background is pretty common as well.
     
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    It's probably not the first time the shot was used, but The Right Stuff seems to be where everyone is cribbing it from.
     
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    the subset of there being an almighty explosion in the background is pretty common as well.
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    That's Right! And when you said that, you triggered the memory of another:
    Add "Con Air" to the list.
     
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    but The Right Stuff seems to be where everyone is cribbing it from.
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    I remember a scene like this in "The Right Stuff", but I couldn't remember if it was slo-motion or not. If it is, then it was definitely before Resevoir Dogs.
    I'll add it to the list. Thanks.
     
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    It originally appeared in "The wild bunch", without the slow motion though.
    Actually, if you listen to the commentary track for Vampires just as Woods & Co start walking toward the house, Carpenter cays something like "This is the wild bunch walking" or something like that...
    In fact, now that I've thought about it, I think Tarantino has said as well that the opening of Reservois dogs was inspired by The wild bunch. But if you notice in Reservoir dogs, there is also closeups of every character as they walk toward the screen, which was not done in the wild bunch. Apparantly Tarantino watched a pan & scan version of the wild bunch when he got the inspiration for this, and the closeups was a result of some creative panning & scanning which he brought with him in his movie.
    Also the practice of having the camera panning from left to right and back as characters are talking have also been said to have been a result of many a young aspiring director watching classic dialogue scenes pan & scan'ed, then copying that look in their own movies.
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    Just about ANY John Woo film
     
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    This also happens in Swingers. They make a reference to Reservoir Dogs in the previous scene.
     
  9. Carlos Mendoza

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    This also happens in Swingers
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    I had not remembered that one! And the movie is so "Money!"
    Also, a friend tells me that it is done in "The Craft" also, but I haven't seen that movie to confirm.
     
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    I havent seen Monsters, Inc yet but from the preview it looks like they are making fun of it....I could be wrong though hehe =)
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    They kind of make fun of this type of shot in "Miss Congeniality", when Sandra Bullock comes out with a bunch of FBI guys after her beuaty salon treatment.
    /Mike
     
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    A Clockwork Orange
     
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    What?? Nobody mentioned "Road Trip" or "Armageddon"? [​IMG]
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    What?? Nobody mentioned "Road Trip" or "Armageddon"?
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    I mentioned both when I started the thread. I love how the Nerd trips and stumbles during this scene in "Road Trip".
     
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    There's a really funny one in The Firm, when Tom Cruise tells Jeanne Tripplehorn about the true natue of the law firm.
     
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    There's a really funny one in The Firm, when Tom Cruise tells Jeanne Tripplehorn about the true natue of the law firm.
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    Which reminds me of another movie axiom: Tom cruise loves to RUN in his movies, or somehow have a scene where he moves very swiftly, when his character becomes UPSET:
    In Risky Business, he rides his bike very fast.
    In The Firm, he runs
    In Far and Away, he runs
    In Days of Thunder, he drives his car like a madman
    In A Few Good Men, he runs through the rain
    Any others?
     
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    rushmore...during the montage of clubs that max was in, early in the film.
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    Desperado does it too.
     

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