Scene Stealer – Two Weeks


Forget the remade Total Recall (2012) and stick with the classic of 1990.  A film which shouldn’t need any introductions, nor should the scene below:

A satisfying thunk.  Permission to enter Mars granted.  The camera then focuses on a lady wearing distinctly different clothing conversing with a Mars Customs Officer – nothing strange or remarkable there.  Only when we hear and see her response to an average question does the scene become memorable and impressive.  Such a groundbreaking scene of Quaid’s (Schwarzenegger) infiltration into Mars steals the film entirely.  From comic appeal (the Officer’s quizzical expression and reaction); audience confusion (why on earth is she pulling at her mouth?) and bad-guy realisation (Ironside is always sure to steal a scene in himself) all collaborate to make this scene the classic that it is.

And that’s without mentioning the special effects reveal and a talking, exploding head.  All in one scene.

Disagree with the choice of scene?  Do you think there’s a better one?  Tell us in the comments below.


WRITER/DIRECTOR: Philip K. Dick (short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”; Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon, Jon Povill (screen story)/Paul Verhoeven
STARS: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside
RUNTIME: 1hr53


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