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What are some great unspoken parts of movies or tv shows?

Asked by ubersiren (15193points) January 2nd, 2010

An example would be Kramer sliding in the door on Seinfeld. Another (and one of my favorites) is the part in Wayne’s World where Garth is pretending to wield a pistol with the car mechanic’s drill and accidentally puts a huge scratch on a car. My husband likes to act that out every time he uses his drill.

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Siren's avatar

How about Bette Davis looking into the camera in a crazed manner when she finally loses it at the end of the movie and the media is swarming her down the staircase?

gailcalled's avatar

Which Davis movie? “All About Eve”? (swarm is an intransitive verb.)

Austinlad's avatar

Hey, siren, good example. Except it was Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Blvd”

ccrow's avatar

@ubersiren So, is your car covered w/big scratches??? ;-)

Austinlad's avatar

You want a perfect example? The last 3 minutes of “Michael Clayton” when the camera simply holds on George Clooney’s face in the back of a cab.

gailcalled's avatar

Tom Cruise playing his air guitar in some unmemorable movie. He was in shirt, briefs and socks.

Siren's avatar

@Austinlad: Thanks! Yes, Gloria Swanson it was.

Siren's avatar

@gailcalled: All The Right Moves

Siren's avatar


swarm is an intransitive verb

I’m being colloquial, dear ;) Sometimes good grammar is very boring. Let’s move on.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Actually, it’s Risky Business
Unless I’m missing something here

Siren's avatar

@absalom: you’re right of course.

J0E's avatar

Yes, Kramer sliding in has got to be one of my favorites.

Austinlad's avatar

I love being in threads about movies. :-)

Trillian's avatar

I always LOVED when Sigourney Weaver demonstrated to the Queen in Aliens what her flame thrower could do. She then pointed it at an egg and looked up at the Queen. I’d say that the rule about communication being , what is it, 96 % non verbal is made abundantly clear in those brief moments.

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

How about Slim Pickens sniffing the air around the campfire in Blazing Saddles?

toomuchcoffee911's avatar

Every time Jim looks at the camera in The Office.

Sampson's avatar

When Danny rides his bike through the halls in The Shining.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Charlie Chaplins dance with the globe in “The Great Dictator”.

Cruiser's avatar

The opening scene in 2001 A Space Odyssey in the dawn of man scene where the “ape is thrashing the other enemy ape and triumphantly throws the thigh bones he was using as a club in the air.

ucme's avatar

The scene on the staircase in De Palmas The Untouchables. Silence is golden. In the right places it cranks up the tension more than any dialogue ever could.

stemnyjones's avatar

The end of Requiem for a Dream where the old woman, who was lively and heart warming at the beginning of the movie, is sitting with her friends, white-haired and barely alive, because of the drugs and electroshock therapy that she got throughout the movie.

When her friends leave and start crying, it always brings me to tears.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Cruiser-I see that every year at my mother-in-law’s on Thanksiving ;)

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

@stemnyjones I’d forgotten that one. Heart-rending. +GA

stemnyjones's avatar

I also kind of liked on Avatar when the natives would link up to the ground and do their little native dance and it lit up like a heartbeat in the earth. That was pretty cool.

Cruiser's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille So do I only now she throws an empty wine bottle in the air!!

Naked_Homer's avatar

John Bellushi smashing the guitar on the staircase in Animal house.

Berserker's avatar

All the mock disclaimers in the ending credits of Xena Warrior Princess.

Rude_Bear's avatar

I recall an episode of the Twilight Zone where Agnes Moorehead plays a prairie/frontier woman who’s attic is invaded by monsters from space…. She conveys everything the woman is feeling without saying a word.

ubersiren's avatar

@Rude_Bear : Yes! I know exactly what you’re talking about, and I actually forgot that her entire part was unspoken! Good god, I love the Twilight Zone. Perfect example!

Bluefreedom's avatar

The end of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” where the Native American man euthanizes Jack Nicholson and then throws the large fixture through the window and escapes the mental ward into the night.

bandit77's avatar

DON CORLEONE having a heart attack in the garden in the first godfather movie

woodcutter's avatar

@Sueanne Tremendous – Classic

Dr_Dredd's avatar

@Naked_Homer Yeah, that was a great scene! I also loved the part when D-Day “played” a song by tapping himself on the throat.

For my pick, I’d have to choose the scene in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles when John Candy was listening to music while driving. He pantomimes playing the piano like Ray Charles on the dashboard. It’s one of my all-time favorites.

Grisaille's avatar

The entire first half of Wall*E was great.

Towards the end of the original Alien director’s cut, there’s a scene where Ripley kills one of her colleagues. It’s entirely silent, and you just see a close up of Weaver… a very subtle movement of her facial muscles gives the audience the impression that her entire psyche has taken a major shift.


As BF said, the ending of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was fantastic.

A central character dies in Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles without ceremony, dramatic monologue or such cliche at the start of an episode. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s the most realistic, beautiful death I’ve ever seen in media.

I’m sure I can think of others. They’ll come to me, soon.

Aethelwine's avatar

Halloween has one of my favorite unspoken parts. Michael Meyers sitting up after Laurie stabbed him in the eye. This part terrified me the first time I watched the movie.

Ansible1's avatar

The Silence of the Lambs – the end scene where Agent Starling is in the pitch black basement and the camera is in the POV of Buffalo Bill as he’s following her wearing night vision goggles

The Dark Knight – The Joker walking outside the hospital as the explosions are going off

Aethelwine's avatar

The Usual Suspects- When Kujan realizes that Verbal made up the entire story. Keyser Söze.

Austinlad's avatar

Here’s another one. Woody Allen’s face at the end of “Manhattan” as Muriel Hemingway tells him she’s leaving the country for a period of time to study acting, and that he should trust she’ll be back. We (the audience) know they’ll never get back together and from the look on his face, we know HE knows it, too. I’m always moved by Woody’s wordless reaction to her “Trust me” speech.

stemnyjones's avatar

Oh, @Ansible1 reminded me… the scene where Hannibal Lector is eating the guys brains!

JustAnother's avatar

The dance scene near the end of ‘Napoleon Dynamite’. In the like, one of the best must be the pig-sheepherding scene near the close of ‘Babe’. Gotta love that as soon as the gate comes to a very slow close/click, the audience erupts with applause, and the judge reluctantly holds up his 10? or was it a 5? sign. Whatever it was, that scene was great.

stemnyjones's avatar

Another great one is at the end of Crash when the middle eastern guy shoots at the mexican guy, the little girl jumps in front of him and they both think he shot the daughter. The mexican guy grabs her and hugs her tight and is just sobbing, then she looks up at him and tells him the ‘magic cloak’ he gave her worked.

The guy had bought blanks instead of bullets.

Everyone should see that movie, btw.

Sampson's avatar

@stemnyjones Yes, everyone should see it. But you just ruined the best part for those that haven’t!

AshlynM's avatar

At the end of Titanic, when Rose and Jack say nothing on the staircase and kiss and the camera pans up to the ceiling.

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