Half-Shot Contest #4

What film is this half-shot from?

The winner will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

HINT: The film was in color, not black and white. I couldn’t find a color-version of this shot.

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  • DanBuck

    Hey Jeff,

    I’ve been excited about this one, and I’m glad to see a thriller live up to its preview! And I didn’t realize Ejiofor was in it! He was my favorite part of Serenity.

    By the way, I caught MirrorMask and really loved it, especially the “brainstorming/dressing sequence” to the tune of “Close to You.”

    See my thoughts here – http://danbuck.blogspot.com/2006/03/mirrormask-2005-courageous-little-film.html

    Thanks for talking it up at ArtsandFaith.com.

  • Peter T Chattaway

    Oh, and about the music, bits of it reminded me of John Barry, of all things — the way the horns and strings were mixed in some places, in particular. And the horns in one scene had me wondering if they had temp-tracked it with James Horner’s ‘Mutara Nebula’ sequence from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

    So … I must ask … which John McTiernan films were you thinking of? The only one of his films that I have a soundtrack for is Basil Poledouris’s The Hunt for Red October, and nothing in this film reminded me of that.

    FWIW, I just checked McTiernan’s filmography, and the composers he’s worked with are:

    Bill Conti (Nomads, 1986; The Thomas Crown Affair, 1999)

    Alan Silvestri (Predator, 1987)

    Michael Kamen (Die Hard, 1988; The Last Action Hero, 1993; Die Hard with a Vengeance, 1995)

    Basil Poledouris (The Hunt for Red October, 1990)

    Jerry Goldsmith (Medicine Man, 1992; The 13th Warrior, 1999)

    Eric Serra (Rollerball, 2002)

    Klaus Badelt (Basic, 2003)

  • Peter T Chattaway

    Saw it tonight. Liked it. But I have to say I don’t remember the “biggest laugh of the movie” that Chiwetel Ejiofor provoked — what was it?

    Yeah, the script kept us guessing in a fun way. And there are some nice surprises. But I have to say one of the major plot twists never really fooled me; I would say why, but that would be giving it away. And there is a moment near the end that the movie telegraphed right at the start — although, when it came, it seemed to surprise a few people around me, including my wife.

    Ah, the pitfalls of being a professional moviegoer.

  • Neb

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

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  • jonathan

    How about Gandhi?

  • Adam

    “Rosemary’s Baby”??

  • Reuben

    Crimes and Misdemeanors

  • Neil

    Lawrence of Arabia?

  • Cielle Eden

    I give up, because I haven’t seen a whole lot of movies since I starting having kids; i.e., since 1991! But for the rest of you, I don’t think the women is pregnant; look at the “v” of her neckline and go straight down. The position is off. There is something or someone in front of her; whatever it is blends in with her blouse in this B&W photo, making her appear pregnant. She has a dark colored handbag on her left arm. The other person seems to be holding a bag in his/her left arm. My final guess is “A Love Affair to (forget, uh, I mean) Remember.)

  • Cielle Eden

    How about “Niagara”? That blouse is familiar…

  • Cielle Eden

    “The Seven-Year-Itch?” Theese eese VERY frustrating, Jeffrey dah-h-h-link.

  • Cielle Eden

    How many guesses do we get? Is it “Suddenly, Last Summer?”

  • Cielle Eden

    “On Golden Pond.”

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    It’s not a black and white film.

    Hint: It’s more than 20 years old.

    Another hint: The two figures in the frame are the two central characters of the film.

  • Foolish Knight

    An uneducated guess:

    Yi Yi (A One and a Two)?

  • jasdye

    wow, it’s not too late then?

    i’m guessing hero.


    kill bill vol. 1?

    o wait,

    the fist of kung pow!

    yeah, that’s it!

  • Reuben

    Wings of Desire

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  • mark stewart

    Die Hard 2?

  • J. Caution

    A lost scene from Young Frankenstein with a pregnant Teri Garr?

  • jonathan

    Is the movie actually black & white or did you edit the image?

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Nope, nope, nope, and nope.

    Keep at it!

  • Jaysephus

    The Big Lebowski

  • CM

    Raising Arizona?

  • Midsummer

    Penny Seranade?

  • Neb

    The Man in the White Suit? Just a guess…