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Old 01-06-2010, 02:33 PM
Running gags

Another thread (the Michael Beihn hand biting one) gave me inspiration to open up a new thread regarding running gags, since that's where the aforementioned thread kind of trailed off to (or did it?). So this is devoted to those series of films done by whomever that feature running gags:

-Obviously, we'll start off with the Michael Biehns hand biting fetish in James Cameron's films.

-Shooting stars in Steven Spielberg films.

-Wilhelm Scream in the Star Wars movies

-"I've got a bad feeling about this." from Star Wars

-Indiana Jones' hat being rescued at the last moment in all of the Indy flicks

-Someone mentioned something about a Star Wars reference in every Indy flick...although I can only think of 'Club Obi Wan' in TOD.

-Steve Buscemi's characters in every Coen film leading up to The Big Lebowski (he never shut up in any other Coen film, until Walter tells him to constantly "shut the fuck up" in The Big Lebowski.

-"Come with me if you want to live" from all of the Terminator movies



Anything else?
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Old 01-06-2010, 06:52 PM
-Bill Paxton dying

-Jeff Daniels getting shot
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Old 01-06-2010, 07:53 PM
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-Steve Buscemi's characters in every Coen film leading up to The Big Lebowski (he never shut up in any other Coen film, until Walter tells him to constantly "shut the fuck up" in The Big Lebowski.

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***SPOILERS FOR MILLER'S CROSSING, BARTON FINK, FARGO, THE BIG LEBOWSKI, RAGING BULL, GOODFELLAS, CASINO***




Heh, I hadn't thought of that. The Buscemi running gag I knew of from Miller's Crossing to The Big Lebowski (less his bit part in Hudsucker) was he was always being killed and his remains increasingly destroyed/minimized. In Miller's Crossing he's shot in the head, in Barton Fink he's presumed burned up in a fire, in Fargo he's memorably forced through a wood chipper, and in The Big Lebowski he's cremated. After that, I guess they had to give his body a break, though he does get manhandled in Tuileries. Just can't catch a break from those brothers.

It's not quite running, but it's kind of a gag that in Reservoir Dogs, he refuses to tip and then he shows up in Pulp Fiction as a surly waiter.

In each Scorsese movie featuring either of them, Frank Vincent and Joe Pesci viciously beat one another. In Raging Bull, Pesci continually slams Vincent's head into the car door after attacking him, in GoodFellas Pesci knifes, punches, kicks, shoots, knifes again, and shoots again Vincent before burying him in a field, then Vincent gets his revenge in Casino where he beats him to death with a baseball bat and buries him alive in the desert.

John Landis always works in the phrase "See you next wednesday" into his films, a line from 2001: A Space Odyssey's video chat. It's usually in the form of a movie poster or on a movie marquee. Probably most notable for its appearance behind Jamie Lee Curtis in her famous topless scene in Trading Places, but I think he's slipped it into everything he's done, even the Thriller video.
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Old 01-07-2010, 01:05 AM
Yeah, Quentin mentioned the Buscemi/Coen gag that I was referring to in that other thread. He doesn't talk that much in Barton Fink, although he introduces himself a couple too many times.

Sam Raimi's car is in, I think, all of his movies.
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Old 01-07-2010, 01:24 AM
Judi Dench being a tawdry little minx.
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Old 01-07-2010, 03:32 AM
Troma's Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D Car Crash footage is perhaps my favorite running gag in all of cinema.
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:30 AM
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-Someone mentioned something about a Star Wars reference in every Indy flick...although I can only think of 'Club Obi Wan' in TOD.
-In Raiders of the Lost Ark, there's a hieroglyphic of C-3P0 and R2-D2 in the Well of the Souls (where the Ark is):



-You mentioned Club Obi-Wan in Temple of Doom

-In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the music playing in the room Donovan's wife comes out of (to tell him that he's neglecting his guests) is the Imperial March. Kind of like a little foreshadowing really .

-in the 4th Indy flick, Indy says "I've got a bad feeling about this," towards the end of the movie.
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Old 01-07-2010, 04:54 PM
http://johnrozum.blogspot.com/2008/0...star-wars.html


Very interesting indeed in regards to the Indy/SW gags.
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Old 01-07-2010, 04:58 PM
I also read that one of the Fratelli Brothers' hat from The Goonies is Indiana Jones' hat, and George Lucas got poopy when he heard Steven Spielberg used it.
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:44 AM
Stan Lee has had a cameo in many of the Marvel superhero movies.
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:56 AM
Does it have to be across someones filmography or in a series?
If not, in Wake In Fright every person that John meets comes up to him and says
"New to the Yabba?" funny seeing the reactions on his face.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:45 PM
Bruce Campbell doing cameos in all the Spider-Man films.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:03 PM
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-Bill Paxton dying
Cameron has only killed him once, in Aliens. -_-
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:10 PM
I know this isn't a running gag, but since Michael Biehn was mentioned, is it me or has every character he's ever played died? (Hicks survives ALIENS, but then the sequel came along...)

Another running gag I enjoyed was in OCEAN'S ELEVEN, where Brad Pitt is eating something in almost every scene.
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Old 01-13-2010, 01:00 AM
the presence of oranges leading to impending doom in The Godfather series.
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Old 01-13-2010, 01:15 AM
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Cameron has only killed him once, in Aliens. -_-
I'm pretty sure he died in the original Terminator.
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Old 01-13-2010, 01:18 AM
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the presence of oranges leading to impending doom in The Godfather series.
And subsequently, the Wire.
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:29 PM
"Snake Plissken?... i thought you were dead"


"Snake Plissken?... i thought you were taller"
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