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  • The best names of movie characters

    My vote goes to:

    "Fender Tremolo"

    The villain in van Damme's movie "Cyborg" which is btw. one of my all-time favourite's. All movie characters' names consist of a mixture of guitar companies and terms around guitars.

    My top 10:

    1. Fender Tremolo

    2. John Rambo

    3. Rooster Cogburn
    (John Wayne - True Grit)

    4. "Snake" Plissken

    5. Daniel LaRusso

    6. Frank Serpico
    (Al Pacino - Serpico)

    7. Obi-Wan Kenobi
    (Sir Alec Guiness - Star Wars)

    8. Alex de Large
    (Clockwork Orange)

    9. Gordon Gekko
    (Michael Douglas - Wall Street)

    10. Marty McFly
    Last edited by Stuka Rudel; 30 Apr 07, 14:49.
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    Ugh Cyborg. Never have I seen a film more embarassing to my gender.

    "Grunt, me got knife, me kill you".

    That film was the lowest point of any film made about a world following a WW3 event. If that is our fate following the end of the world, please don't let me survive.

    Now as for names, the first film to leap into my head was Kelly's Heroes. I am voting in Oddball, a 60s hippie in a sherman tank, in a bank heist war movie.
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    I didn't for a long time either.

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    • #3
      Seven Days in May (1964)
      • Burt Lancaster ... Gen. James Mattoon Scott
      • Kirk Douglas ... Col. Martin 'Jiggs' Casey
      • Fredric March ... President Jordan Lyman
      • John Houseman ... Vice-Adm. Farley C. Barnswell
      • Andrew Duggan ... Col. William 'Mutt' Henderson


      Matoon, Jiggs, Mutt...Just cool names all around.

      And one of the best exchanges of dialogue, this side of Tombstone...
      General James Mattoon Scott: And if you want to talk about your oath of office, I'm here to tell you face to face, President Lyman, that you violated that oath when you stripped this country of its muscles - when you deliberately played upon the fear and fatigue of the people and told them they could remove that fear by the stroke of a pen. And then when this nation rejected you, lost faith in you, and began militantly to oppose you, you violated that oath by not resigning from office and turning the country over to someone who could represent the people of the United States.

      President Jordan Lyman: And that would be General James *Mattoon* Scott, would it? I don't know whether to laugh at that kind of megalomania, or simply cry.

      General James Mattoon Scott: James *Mattoon* Scott, as you put it, hasn't the slightest interest in his own glorification. But he does have an abiding interest in the survival of this country.

      President Jordan Lyman: Then, by God, run for office. You have such a fervent, passionate, evangelical faith in this country - why in the name of God don't you have any faith in the system of government you're so hell-bent to protect?
      Last edited by The Doctor; 30 Apr 07, 14:49.
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      • #4
        Major Benjamin Winnifred Payne'
        The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. -Carl Jung

        Hell is other people. -Jean-Paul Sarte

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        • #5
          1. Doctor Gonzo - Oscar Z. Acostas identity in Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas

          2. Sally "Balls" - Goodfellas( a real guy, too. Pete the Killer was his brother.)

          3. Lt. Col. Kilgore - Apocalypse Now, can you beat that name?

          4. "Skinny" Black - Hustle & Flow(under rated movie with Ludacris)

          5. Gomer Pyle - or is that his REAL name?
          "This life..., you know, "the life." Youíre not gonna get any medals, kid. This is not a hero business; you donít shoot people from a mile a way. You gotta stand right next to them... blow their heads off."

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          • #6
            I'll go ahead and include TV characters.

            No particular order.

            Notch Johnson (Son of the Beach)

            Ted Striker (Airplane and Airplane II)

            Ford Fairlane (Adventures of Ford Fairlane)

            Jake Holman (The Sand Pebbles)

            Maximus Decimus Meridius (Gladiator)

            Fez (That 70s Show)

            Booger (Revenge of the Nerds)

            Buckaroo Banzai (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai)

            Steve-O (Jackass)

            Mongo (Blazing Saddles)

            Captain Barbossa (Pirates of the Caribbean)

            Lt. Jim Dangle (Reno 911)

            Chunk (The Goonies)

            Mal (Firefly, Serenity)

            Han Solo (Star Wars)

            Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

            Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)

            Thornton Melon (Back to School)

            Furious Styles (Boyz in the Hood)

            Animal Mother (Full Metal Jacket)

            Atouk (Caveman)

            Ash (Evil Dead)

            Axel Foley (48 Hours)

            There.
            "Yellowstain!"

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            • #7
              Oh good, if we're doing TV characters, then here are two villains from Doctor Who:

              1) Taron Capel (Robots of Death)

              2) Sharaz Jek (Caves of Androzani).

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              • #8
                Brock Samson
                The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. -Carl Jung

                Hell is other people. -Jean-Paul Sarte

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                • #9
                  "Snake" Plissken? WHo the heck is that?
                  I am a simple man. I am by no means smarter than the average man. I am average...yet genius.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RapierFighter View Post
                    Axel Foley (48 Hours)
                    Eddie Murphy was Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop. In 48 Hours, he was Reggie Hammond.

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                    • #11
                      Correct

                      Originally posted by The Cooler King View Post
                      Eddie Murphy was Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop. In 48 Hours, he was Reggie Hammond.
                      Akeem= Coming to America
                      Billy Ray Valentine "Capricorn" = Trading Places
                      "There is a new sheriff in town and his name is Reggie Hammond, i don't like white people and I hate rednecks" One of the funniest movies.

                      Eddie was one of the best ever....now he does kids movies.

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                      "History does not entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." Dwight D. Eisenhower

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by comm. waffle View Post
                        "Snake" Plissken? WHo the heck is that?
                        Escape from New York...Kurt Russel. He had an eye patch like the Dr S.

                        CD
                        "History does not entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." Dwight D. Eisenhower

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by comm. waffle View Post
                          "Snake" Plissken? WHo the heck is that?
                          Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) in John Carpenter's Escape From New York (1981) and Escape From LA (1996). Ex spec ops troubleshooter.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by creeping death View Post
                            Eddie was one of the best ever....now he does kids movies.
                            Agreed.

                            "Disturbing the peace? I got thrown out of a window! What's the f**kin' charge for getting pushed out of a moving car, huh? Jaywalking?"


                            By the way, I heard they are comming out with another Beverly Hills Cop. There's been an 80s movies revival as of late: Rocky VI, Rambo IV is comming out soon, Die Hard IV, and now Beverly Hills Cop IV.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by kentek View Post
                              Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) in John Carpenter's Escape From New York (1981) and Escape From LA (1996). Ex spec ops troubleshooter.
                              And now maybe in "Escape from Earth" http://www.darkhorizons.com/news06/060807h.php

                              Great name (and song) for a charater: John Shaft (...He's a complicated man/ but no one understands him/ but his woman/...)
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