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Added by Stehako on 19 Jan 2010 09:46
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Best One-Scene-Only Performances

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as Craps Player in Hard Eight (1997)


Shaka lacka doo, baby!

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as X in "JFK" (1991)


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as Captain Koons "Pulp Fiction" (1994)



as Vincenzo Coccotti "True Romance" (1993)

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"Glengarry Glen Ross"


They went 7 for 7 in the cast of acting greats, and Baldwin's only scene is the best of the film:

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"Taxi Driver"


Scorsese shows up a lot of times in his films; but this is his most memorable scene.

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"Up in the Air" (2009)



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Simmons comes in and gives a very well-written script true heart with only one scene that could be the best of the whole film.
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"The Good Shepherd" (2006)


He hadn't acted in ten years, and still only did one scene for his friend, Bob.

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http://www.zimbio.com/watch/jTt4GAxdJ5N/Good+Shepherd+Scene+People+Make+Wars/Drama


"A Bronx Tale" (1993)



Pesci shows up at the end it's worth the wait.
[Begins at 3:15]

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"Vacation"


Candy as security guard: Classic!

Go to this link to see the film clip and Start at 1:28

http://www.izlese.org/national-lampoon-s-vacation-part-9-of-10-full-movie1.html
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as Casey Becker in "Scream" (1996)


Possibly the best intro to a scary/horror film:

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as The Diamond Dealer in "The Counselor" (2013)



It's a long scene at the beginning of a film filled with long scenes. Ganz is captivating and truly gets us psyched for what's to come.
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as The Wolf in "Pulp Fiction" (1994)

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as Louise Schumacher in "Network" (1976)

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as Chazz Reinhold in "Wedding Crashers" (2005)





and "The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard" (2009)

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as Priest Vallon in "Gangs of New York" (2002)


He doesn't say much, but what he says is solid and his presence is enough to make this list.

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as Mrs. Miller in "Doubt" (2008)



One of the best examples of this list. She comes in, the scene starts as any other, and then you're blown away by the end, with her performance (and Streep is great as always)
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"Inglourious Basterds" (2009)



Sometimes a powerful performance doesn't require a lot of words. While Waltz is brilliant with his speech Menochet is right there with him as the silent farmer that requires you to feel for him and creates the intensity few can match with such few words.

Unfortunately this is just a short snippet of the scene:


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as Arthur Jensen in "Network" (1976)


Starts right away, ends at 5:30

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"Boogie Nights"


Starts at 1:00

Brilliant performance, with the aid of firecrackers

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as Chuckles The Clown in "Toy Story 3" (2010)

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as Mirjana in "The Hunting Party" (2007)


As basically the only female role in this criminally underseen film, she builds on the ever-growing insanity involved in this underdog media/war film. And she is hot, as always!

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as Billy Batts in "Goodfellas" (1990)




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as Peter Browning in "Inception" (2010)

In a film filled with stars you might think Berenger showing up for only one scene he might get lost, but not in this case, my friends.
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As Mr. Mertle in "The Sandlot" (1993)

ENDS at 4:35

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"Inglourious Basterds" (2009)



Unfortunately the scene is unavailable; but here is an interview with Meyers and a few seconds from the scene.



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as Mink in "Miller's Crossing" (1990)



I really wish I had this clip. It's a fast-talking character in Buscemi's earlier days. Although he's only in one scene he is talked about throughout the film and one of the most important characters.
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as Copperhead in "Kill Bill Vol. 1"



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as The Salesman in "Sin City" (2005)



I wouldn't normally put Hartnett on such a list; but the intro to Sin City is so cool, that even he couldn't ruin it. Good job, buddy. Technically he shows up again, at the end, but it's an extension of the same scene.


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Role Models (2008)





She temps, she gets naked and she fulfills a fantasy, all in about two minutes.

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as The Architect in "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003)



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as Erroll Flynn in "The Aviator" (2004)



Law playing a gay movie star who throws punches and eats other people's peas. Brilliant.

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as Wells in "Absence of Malice" (1981)



Check out both parts, if you'd like to see the whole scene played out.

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as Maynard Finch in "Up in the Air" (2009)

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as The Stranger in "The Big Lebowski" (1998)



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as George Noyce in "Shutter Island" (2010)

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as Frank in "Seeking a Friend at the End of the World" (2012)

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as Wilford in "Snowpiercer" (2014)

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as Rachel Solonzo #2 in "Shutter Island" (2010)

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UPDATED FEBRUARY 2011

"They only signed up for one scene, and that's all they needed, to make an impact" - Me




In no particular order

With the recent, "Up in the Air" (filled with these: Simmons, Elliott, Galifianakis, etc) and other 2009 films, I thought I'd create a list highlighting those performances that were more than just a cameo and simply so memorable or powerful you might not realize the actor/actress was in only one scene.
Some are powerful performances, some are simply very memorable, some are lengthy and some are quite short.


Enjoy!

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Comments

Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Apr 13 2:02
Great list and great cameos!

May I suggest one? Jerry Lewis in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. Lots of well deserving cameos there, but Lewis is the best of them all! No lines, but what a JERK! Funny as hell!
Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Apr 13 11:46
This is a great list, but it lacks possibly the best one. Michael Parks as Esteban Vihaio in Kill Bill: Vol. 2.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flpxujAPNYE&feature=related
Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Apr 13 14:35
good list, but i have to admit: i thought of viola at the moment i saw the name of the list. if you didn't include her, it wouldn't have my vote. =]

and i have some suggestions. what about judi dench in shakespeare in love and johnny depp in before night falls? i'm not quite sure if they got one-scene-only, but as far as i remember...

oh, and it's nice to see that you didn't forget beatrice straight!
Posted: 7 years, 4 months ago at Jul 26 14:37
great and creative list, good job
Posted: 7 years ago at Dec 7 22:03
Nice. I agree with most of these.
Posted: 7 years ago at Dec 8 1:45
Harry Dean Stanton in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) is one that comes to mind.
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at May 8 0:04
Fantastic idea, and a great list putting it all together.
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at May 8 0:05
@diabolical dr voodoo to be fair, that movie is practically completely composed of cameos... you could pick a handful from that movie alone
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jun 28 3:04
What awesome list, congratz

Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jul 14 14:38
I reckon Harvey Keitel deserves number 1 as Mr. Wolf in Pulp Fiction! OUTSTANDING but underrated performance.
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Aug 3 23:07
Willam Hurt in A History of Violence
Hal Holbrook in Into The Wild
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Nov 11 4:33
In Aviator, Jude Law plays Errol Flynn!
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Jan 2 19:36
Adrien Brody as Salvator Dalì in Midnight in Paris
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecYvVTfVCPk

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