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« : January 06, 2007, 09:47:21 AM »

I would have to say that the three greatest of all time are:

James Stewart as Jefferson Smith in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington



Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront



Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver


I'm sure most of you have seen these films, as they're all fairly popular from a movie buff's point of view. What did you think of their performances, and what would you say are the best ever?

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« #1 : January 06, 2007, 11:14:28 AM »

All good choices rrpower. I would include the following in my list :

Rod Steiger - In The Heat Of The Night

Tom Berrenger - Platoon

Richard Harris - Man In The Wilderness

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« #2 : January 06, 2007, 11:53:20 AM »

Paul Muni in "Scarface"



Walter Huston in "Treasure of the Sierra Madre"



and Warren Oates in "Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia"




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« #3 : January 06, 2007, 01:07:47 PM »

Uh? Can't find Tuco anywhere....Is this the Leone board?


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« #4 : January 06, 2007, 01:10:13 PM »

My Top 3(or 4)

I'm also going to take warren oates in alfredo garcia



James Coburn In Pat Garrett and billy the kid


Paul Newman In The Hustler/Hud(i can't decide)



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« #5 : January 06, 2007, 02:09:18 PM »

Uh? Can't find Tuco anywhere....Is this the Leone board?
Tuco certainly fit the role, but I wouldn't consider it an "amazing performance" in comparrison to those mentioned.

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« #6 : January 06, 2007, 03:17:45 PM »

Everyone's entitled to his opinion. Tuco belong here but as it is already been mentioned I'll go with other 3:

Anna Magnani in Visconti's Bellissima

Walter Chiari in Risi's Il giovedý

Vittorio De Sica in his own L'oro di Napoli.



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« #7 : January 06, 2007, 03:46:01 PM »

Amazingly RRpower I've not seen one of the films you've mentioned.  :-\

For me:

1) Peter O'Toole - Lawrence of Arabia
2) Paul Scofield - A Man for All Seasons
3) Alec Guinness - Bridge on the River Kwai

Eli as Tuco's pretty high on my list, and would definitely be number one if he were the lead character in the movie.



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« #8 : January 06, 2007, 05:34:36 PM »

These are the greatest perfomances for B-Films:

Samuel L.Jackson-Snakes on a Plane

Peter Weller-Robocop

Jean Claude Van Damm-Universal Soldier

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« #9 : January 06, 2007, 05:47:08 PM »

Tuco...... I thought this was off topic.

Tuco would be up there for me too.

here are three more in one film:

Isabella Rosillini, Dennis Hopper & Dean Stokwell in Blue Velvet their rolls of a lifetime:





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« #10 : January 06, 2007, 05:59:51 PM »

If  had to choose the greatest performance in an american movie (and never had the chance to watch it undubbed) is Cagney's in White Heat. His reaction in the mess-room to the news his mother's dead is unparalleled for intensity and crescendo  even in the numerous psychotic characters we had from the '70's on. De Niro is the main specialist and Travis Bickle comes near to this: but Cagney is number one in my book.


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« #11 : January 06, 2007, 08:34:20 PM »

Amazingly RRpower I've not seen one of the films you've mentioned.  :-\

For me:

1) Peter O'Toole - Lawrence of Arabia
2) Paul Scofield - A Man for All Seasons
3) Alec Guinness - Bridge on the River Kwai

Eli as Tuco's pretty high on my list, and would definitely be number one if he were the lead character in the movie.
Guinness only once?

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« #12 : January 06, 2007, 08:36:28 PM »

I would have to say that the three greatest of all time are:

James Stewart as Jefferson Smith in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington



Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront



Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver


I'm sure most of you have seen these films, as they're all fairly popular from a movie buff's point of view. What did you think of their performances, and what would you say are the best ever?
I'm a fan of De Niro in Taxi Driver.  Surprise, surprise.  I'll have to think a while though for GREATEST performance of all time though. 

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« #13 : January 07, 2007, 11:26:18 AM »

I may as well post some honorable mentions.

Male Performances


Dustin Hoffman as Ratso in Midnight Cowboy


Jack Nicholson as Randle Patric McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in Downfall


James Dean as Jim Stark in Rebel Without A Cause


Paul Newman as Luke Jackson in Cool Hand Luke



Child Performances

Enzo Staiola as Bruno in The Bicycle Thief


Christian Bale as Jim Graham in Empire of the Sun


Female Performances


Louis Fletcher as Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


Grace Kelly as Lisa Carol Fremont in Rear Window


Even more honorable mentions, without the pictures

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To KIll A Mockingbird
Humphrey Bogart as Carlie Allnut in The African Queen
Humphrey Bogart as Fred C. Dobbs in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull
Clint Eastwood as Blondie in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Henry Fonda as Frank in Once Upon A Time In The West
Christopher Walken as Nick in The Deer Hunter
John Hurt as John Merrick in The Elephant Man
Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather
Claudia Cardinale in Once Upon A Time In The West

Phew. That's about it for this time.

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« #14 : January 15, 2007, 09:16:19 PM »

I wasn't a big fan of "Downfall"...can't really remember what I thought of individual acting performances though

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