Sunday, January 08, 2006

Favorite Fight Scenes

Here are some of my favorite movie fight scenes in no particular order:

Giant . . . Bic Benedict vs. "Sarge" in Sarge's Diner.
They Live . . . "Nada" vs. "Frank" in the alleyway.
Bad Day at Black Rock . . . McCreedy vs. Coley in Sam's Bar & Grill.
Gardens of Stone St. Hazard vs. Angelica Huston's boyfriend at the cocktail party.
The Duellists, D'Hubert vs. Ferraud (Round II, fought in the Stables)
Aliens, Ripley vs. the Queen
The Princess Bride, Westley vs. Inigo Montoya
The Matrix Neo vs. Agent Smith
Fists of Fury Cheng-Chao An vs. Yin-Chieh Han
Rocky, Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed
Brotherhood of the Wolfe, Mani vs. Gypsy Thugs
Blade Blade vs. Everybody in the Vampire Club
Predator, "Dutch" Schaeffer vs. the Predator
The Challenge, Rick Murphy vs. Hideo
The Godfather, Santino Corleone vs. Carlo Rizzi
Hard Times, Cheney vs. Jim Henry
A Bronx Tale, Mobsters vs. Bikers
From Russia With Love, James Bond vs. Grant
Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones vs. Giant Bald Nazi
The Adventures of Robin Hood, Robin Hood vs. Sir Guy of Guisborne
The Quiet Man, Sean Thornton vs. Squire Danaher
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, King Arthur vs. Black Knight
Rob Roy, Rob Roy v. Archibald Cunningham
Troy, Achilles v. Hector

One which isn't on the list is "Saving Private Ryan, Pvt. Mellish vs. German Infantryman." That's not a "fight scene." It's terrifying and the first piece of art I've seen that viscerally suggests to me the obscenity of war. But it's not an entertaining "fight scene" so it's not on the list.

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