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How To Make A Movie Entrance
10 ways to an unforgettable intro

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How To Make A Movie Entrance | 8. The Show-Off
8. The Show-Off

The Ringo Kid’s first appearance in Stagecoach, John Wayne’s big intro in Westerns, shows what you’re up against here. Questions you need to ask yourself include: Do I have a weathered cool that will intimidate all comers? Can I twirl a Winchester rifle without shooting myself? Do people call me ‘The Duke’? If the answer to any of these is “no”, move on to John Preston (Christian Bale) and his door-surfing, gun-kata’ering intro in Equilibrium. He may be unsmiling but on the inside there’s an almighty God-I’m-Good party going on, something Gene Wilder’s eccentric candy baron can probably relate to in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. We’re not saying that pretending to be disabled is a good idea, but it does seem to work for Wonka. Nicolas Cage’s entrée into erotic thriller Zandalee is also a thing of magnificent self-awarelessness.

Then there’s Mr Huit à La Banque himself, James Bond in Dr No. Britain’s finest shows some metaphor leg – there’s a glimpse of hand here, a bit of back there – before delivering his killer “Bond, James Bond” introduction, all while owning a game of baccarat. Like 007, Quint makes a seriously confident entrance in Jaws. Notice how he makes a hideous scratching sound with his nails and a blackboard, and the way he has the room eating out of his salty hands with his knowledge of marine biological and a big shark he drew when no-one was looking. Our advice? Grow long nails and buy an encyclopaedia.
 

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1 Sharif Ali
Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia More

Posted by TheFlyingDeLorean on Saturday March 23, 2013, 09:52

2 Entrance of the King!
Aragorn's introduction in the Fellowship of the ring is my all time favourite. Bathed in shadows and smoke, his eyes lighting up under the pipe embers, amazing and very very cool. More

Posted by spaniel on Friday March 22, 2013, 16:03

3 Horatio shade moment!!
Mel Gibson a la Mad Max, you get to see his gloves and shades racing in his car until the big reveal as he jumps out of the car and pulls of his shades.Also got to mention Mick Dundee tearing into the bar wrestling a stuffed croc...Amazing entrance More

Posted by namelessdemon on Thursday March 21, 2013, 17:24

4 Fight Club
Airplane diagrams. That is all. More

Posted by Evolved As One on Wednesday March 20, 2013, 19:45

5 Apocalypse Now
I think Brando's Kurtz should get a mention in the "Harry's Way" section More

Posted by Dr Science on Tuesday March 19, 2013, 18:00

6 Raising Arizona
Hi dreams of the arrival of Leonard Smalls. A big wall of flames. A bunny dies. More

Posted by Dr Science on Tuesday March 19, 2013, 17:56

7 Dolph Lungdren in The Expendables
"WARNING SHOT!" Technically not a movie entrance, but an excellent entrance to the villains nonetheless. More

Posted by Evolved As One on Monday March 18, 2013, 15:20

8 Marla Singer. Fight Club.
"This is cancer, right?" Clasic. More

Posted by Jasper_29 on Monday March 18, 2013, 12:21

9 Who can top...?
....swooping in at the last second and catching the love your life as she falls from a skyscraper and then catching a falling helicopter in your other hand, aka: the Superman. More

Posted by damooc on Monday March 18, 2013, 03:23

10 Harry Lime
The Third Man all the way! My all-time favourite movie moment. More

Posted by Mr Gittes on Sunday March 17, 2013, 20:06

11 Rhett!
Surely the King of Hollywood's grand-camera-swoop-down-the-stairs entrance in Gone with the Wind deserves a mention? More

Posted by Ijustknow on Saturday March 16, 2013, 20:08

12 More recent...
Just a suggestion, how about Captain Jack Sparrow's entrance in Curse of the Black Pearl? Sinking ship (which you are not aware of to start with) and a great music score...brilliant. PS Also a fan of Blades entrance at the nightclub, hacking up vampires to Confusion by New Order! More

Posted by simonjrking on Saturday March 16, 2013, 10:24

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There's the Dynamic Entry: when the characters come down from the sky More

Posted by bubblybubbles on Saturday March 16, 2013, 06:39

14 How about....
The chair swivel? (a la Bond villain) Can't think of loads of instances, but it seems a classic to have someone reveal by spinning 180 in their leather swivel chair! Duh, DUH, DUHHHH! More

Posted by TheColumnist on Friday March 15, 2013, 16:26


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