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MacGuffin in cinema

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The microfilm – a clandestine copy of confidential Government documents. The villains are spies trying to smuggle the microfilm out of the United States. Notice that the secret in the microfilm is not important. We know neither what the microfilm contains nor who copied the documents. What matters is that it exists and its value is clearly established.

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A MacGuffin (sometimes McGuffin or maguffin) is "a plot element that catches the viewers' attention or drives the plot of a work of fiction".The defining aspect of a MacGuffin is that the major players in the story are (at least initially) willing to do and sacrifice almost anything to obtain it, regardless of what the MacGuffin actually is. In fact, the specific nature of the MacGuffin may be ambiguous, undefined, generic, left open to interpretation or otherwise completely unimportant to the plot. Common examples are money, victory, glory, survival, a source of power, a potential threat, or it may simply be something entirely unexplained.
The MacGuffin is common in films, especially thrillers. Usually the MacGuffin is the central focus of the film in the first act, and then declines in importance as the struggles and motivations of characters play out. It may come back into play at the climax of the story, but sometimes the MacGuffin is actually forgotten by the end of the film. Multiple MacGuffins are sometimes—somewhat derisively—referred to as plot coupons.

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Comments

Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Oct 3 18:28
Very usefull list!Nice job.
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Oct 4 6:25
General Grievous from Star Wars ep 2!
The Sorceror's Stone from Harry Potter!
All-Spark cube from Transformers!
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Oct 4 6:31
Oh! and The Dragon Scroll from Kungfu panda!

And maybe John Malkovich from Being John Malkovich. :)
Posted: 6 years ago at Nov 21 14:18
You could add the gun in Running Scared that Joey needs to dispose of.
And for teh lulz, the MacGuffin in Duplicity is a good one: The cure for baldness.
Posted: 6 years ago at Nov 21 22:16
Such a nice list!
Posted: 6 years ago at Nov 22 14:57
What about the spinning top from "Inception"?
Posted: 5 years, 12 months ago at Dec 1 9:35
MacGuffins are my favorite.

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