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9. The Norma Desmond

Sunset Boulevard

Here it’s all about the words. The patter. The killer lines. The first clue that this character is a force to be reckoned with. We’ve named it after Gloria Swanson’s grand Guignol dame in Sunset Boulevard because the way she swats away Joe Gillis’ “You used to be big” faux pas – “I am big. It’s the pictures that got small” – with the indignance of a leopard swatting a fly is timeless. Another fast-mouthed goddess, Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) in His Girl Friday, introduces herself with a visit to her ex husband that establishes her as the heart of the newsroom and someone who's in with everyone and a match for Cary Grant's cunning editor.

A bit less cerebral but just as sassy is Kelly LeBrock’s cyber goddess who announces herself to her makers with a saucy, “So, what would you little maniacs like to do first?” in Weird Science. Less cerebral and less sassy, but just as memorable is the first appearance of Jeff Bridges’ the Dude in The Big Lebowski. He shuffles through a supermarket in his dressing gown while Sam Elliott’s narrator tells us of “a man... I won't say a hero, ‘cause, what’s a hero?” Now, here’s one we can all emulate.
 

 

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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

13
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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