"Tony Scott's films were generally box office successes, though he was never nominated for an Academy Award and received little critical praise." -- Wikipedia. With the passing of Tony Scott in August 2012, the world lost easily one of the best action film directors it has ever seen. As the younger brother to the more famous Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien), Tony may never have received the same level of fame as his sibling, but you can be damned sure his movies touched your life -- if may in a more subtle and lasting way than the "prestige" pictures they competed against.Below are seven of the finest scenes he ever gave us.
Submarine movies are not easy to film -- these are cramped spaces with necessarily bad lighting and an excruciating lack of compelling mis en scene (which is why so much of The Hunt For Red October takes place outside). Here, despite these handicaps, Scott gives us one of the finest moments in both Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington's careers.
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Quentin Tarantino's dialogue is still never subtle, but back in his unproven days, it was downright grating. It'd be very easy for this scene -- in which Dennis Hopper uses anecdotal racism to goad Christopher Walken into murdering him -- to feel forced, or crass, or stupid, but in the hands of Scott, the whole thing is just sublime.When you watch it, you'll be uncomfortable, but in the best way possible.
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It's not often you see such a well balanced clash of masculinity. There's a whole lot of man happening in this scene -- the hypermasculine NSA agents with something to prove, the (in this film) normally calm Will Smith on the verge of snapping, and the crotchety, old Gene Hackman angry at all these kids on his lawn. It also gave us one of the most memorable lines from a Scott film:"You've ruined my whole life!"
"Your life? What life? You live in a f--king jar!"
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