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Top 20 Movie Shootouts by Barbecue Bros
July 26, 2007, 10:59 am
Filed under: lists, movies


Not “shout-outs” like I originally misread. This has some pretty good scenes listed, including shootouts from L.A. Confidential, Boondock Saints, Scarface, The Professional, The Matrix, Hardboiled and a bunch of westerns I haven’t seen. I really like the inclusion of Grosse Pointe Blank:

18. Grosse Pointe Blank (1997): The Home Invasion
The pure action in this scene may not rank up there with the some of the others on this list, but the end of “Grosse Pointe Blank” mixes comedy and action into a perfect blend of movie enjoyment. Where else will you find Dan Aykroyd and Hank Azaria in a gun battle? Where else will you see someone shoot a guy then hit him with a pan then shoot him again then hit him with the pan again? It just doesn’t happen in any other action movie but it’s what makes this scene classic. Aykroyd’s Grocer, the back-stabbing hit man who wants to unionize, is the perfect foil for John Cusack’s independent-minded Martin Blank.

There isn’t any tension during this scene because we spend most of it laughing. Even the characters don’t seem particularly worried about their safety and are almost completely aware of the ridiculousness of what’s going on. Director George Armitage captures the look and movement of a Hollywood action movie in some shots but never betrays the comedy of the film to do it. The mood is always light and playful despite the fact that people are dying left and right. What really makes it though is how it ends. Blank is out of bullets and Grocer thinks he has him dead to rights. They both come out of their hiding spots and as Grocer yells “Popcorn!” Blank smashes a television over his head. It’s absolutely fantastic and I still laugh about it.



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