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Old 16-05-2013, 00:20
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For me it's between..

Agent Rupert Anderson in Mississippi Burning

Little Bill Daggett in Unforgiven

I think the latter would win if pushed.
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Old 16-05-2013, 00:44
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Royal Tenenbaum, without a doubt. Though he's had many classic roles.
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Old 16-05-2013, 04:34
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Lex Luthor.
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Old 16-05-2013, 05:35
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So many great roles to choose from but I'd go for The Conversation.
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Old 16-05-2013, 08:09
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A tricky one this, because starting with Buck Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde , he was excellent in practically everything he did.,
One of the few actors who never disappointed.
A true great imo.

ps maybe Popeye Doyle in both films.
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Old 16-05-2013, 10:21
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So many great roles to choose from but I'd go for The Conversation.
So would I.
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Old 16-05-2013, 10:32
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The Blind Man in Young Frankenstein!

Gene has appeared in some bad films but I've never seen a bad performance. He is one of the greats. Popeye Doyle is a fantastic creation (love both French Connections).
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Old 16-05-2013, 10:33
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One of my absolute favourite actors. I'll watch him in anything but I do have a soft spot for The Quick And The Dead.
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Old 16-05-2013, 12:40
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Ive seen him in twenty plus films but for sheer overblown dramatism and sneering pomposity I'd have to say Lex Luther.
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Old 16-05-2013, 13:39
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I like him as Brill in Enemy of the State.
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Old 16-05-2013, 13:57
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I was just thinking about Gene Hackman the other night while watching some of Mississippi Burning. How he always delivers a great performance whatever the movie is.

I think my favourites would be 'The Poseidon Adventure' and 'The Quick and the Dead' although I'm happy to watch him in anything.
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Old 16-05-2013, 19:17
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The Blind Man in Young Frankenstein!

Gene has appeared in some bad films but I've never seen a bad performance. He is one of the greats. Popeye Doyle is a fantastic creation (love both French Connections).
Very true, he always gives 100%. I've never seen him "phone in" a part like some other actors.
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Old 16-05-2013, 19:26
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I always feel sorry for the other actors 'cos he just goes full-on , in Crimson Tide he's amazing , he makes that film .
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Old 16-05-2013, 19:49
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Same here.
It's what I always think of furst when I think of Gene Hackman

Second film I think of him in is The Royal Tennebaums
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Old 16-05-2013, 20:03
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Even though he says he doesn't like to promote voilence and was wary about doing The Unforgiven I have enjoyed him in his western outings.
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Old 16-05-2013, 21:09
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Definitely as Reverend Scott in The Poseidon Adventure.
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Old 17-05-2013, 15:19
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A very difficult choice, because he's always the best thing about every movie he's in.

But I'd have to say his performance in "The Birdcage". He was utterly hilarious.
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Old 17-05-2013, 16:41
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For an actor best known for his serious roles he really does have a gift for comedy.
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Old 17-05-2013, 22:21
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Young Frankenstein

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD6A2WTW0wM
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Old 18-05-2013, 09:10
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as Popeye Doyle.
Also in The Conversation. I loved his "said the duck" line in Unforgiven - no-one does menacing like Hackman either.
(can only find one with subtitles) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bLR04OkC-I
I can't think of a younger actor with his screen power. Never seen him give a bad performance. Is it true that he always only does one take?
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Old 18-05-2013, 09:17
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No mention of The Firm yet, puts Tim Cruise to shame and makes the film IMO
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Old 18-05-2013, 10:57
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Simply Lex in Superman.
He is evil and yet funny at the same time
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Old 18-05-2013, 12:11
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Definitely as Reverend Scott in The Poseidon Adventure.
Pfft. He didn't even say Mass.

'The Conversation' or 'The Royal Tenenbaums' for me, but he's such a great actor there are many other films that I could pick.

Oh, and I too have a soft spot for 'The Quick & The Dead', it's a very daft film, but he's deliciously evil in it.
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Old 18-05-2013, 12:36
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'Popeye' Doyle, great character.
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Old 18-05-2013, 15:55
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No Way Out ( as Defense Secretary David Brice )

also Lex Luther
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