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quozl wrote:
V for Vendetta


Indeed.

Spoiler alert: if you have never watched this movie, do not click on the following excerpt.





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A man searches for his identity, finds it, and then gives it up under duress.
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quozl wrote:
A man searches for his identity, finds it, and then gives it up under duress.



The Bourne Identity.
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Not The Bourne Identity. In this film, there is no memory loss.
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The Unknown?
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The Man Who Knew Too Little?
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No, this movie has at least 2 minutes straight of pure hatred.
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Superman II?
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“I would have made this instrumental, but the words got in the way...” —XTC, “No Language in Our Lungs”
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Nineteen Eighty-Four (either version)?
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I didn't even know there were other versions than the 1984 film!

And yes, you are correct.
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quozl wrote:
I didn't even know there were other versions than the 1984 film!
The 1984 version with John Hurt is fantastic; I saw it in London in 1984, and it was perfect. There's also a 1956 version, which was apparently funded in part by the CIA.

My turn, then?

A Medal of Honor-winning US war hero becomes the secret pawn of treacherous and manipulative forces during a presidential election.

There were two versions of this film, too, again with the same title; I've only seen the older one, so don't know whether this synopsis applies to the newer one or not.
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The Manchurian Candidate?
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The Manchurian Candidate?

Yes indeed. (Did anyone see the remake? Was the synopsis still accurate for it?)

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I never saw it, though I did see parts of it. It seems to follow the same plot from a different angle.

Your clue:

At the top of his game and retired, he's disrespected by an upstart. That drives him back into full gear, to everyone's lament.

Skip that one. John Wick has been done. Give me a bit.

Just to be clear, this is the new clue:

He tries to get a loan to help make his way of life better. But, after a double-cross, he ends up in debt with the bill due. A short stint as a thief doesn't end well, but he makes good on the debt due to a bet.
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MOVIES THAT HAVE BEEN ANSWERED SO FAR:



3:10 to Yuma (various)
9 to 5
12:01
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Trip to the Moon
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
The Adventures of Milo and Otis
Anastasia (1997)
Any Which Way You Can
Apocalypse Now
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Bad Taste
Barton Fink
Batman
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Battle Beyond the Stars
Bedazzled (1967)
Big
The Big Lebowski
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Black Hawk Down
The Black Hole
The Blues Brothers
Breathless (1960)
Broadcast News
Buffalo '66
Bugsy Malone
The Cannonball Run
Carrie (1976)
The Cassandra Crossing
Charade
Corvette Summer
The Count of Monte Cristo
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Crumb
Cube
Dances with Wolves
The Deer Hunter
Do the Right Thing
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Dude, Where's My Car?
Elektra
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
Fantastic Planet [La Planete Sauvage]
Finding Nemo
First Blood
The Fisher King
Flash Gordon
Forbidden Planet
Frankenweenie
Gandhi
Ghostbusters (1984)
The Godfather
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Good Bye, Lenin!
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Gregory's Girl
Gremlins
Hawk the Slayer
Heat
Horse Feathers
Independence Day
Invaders From Mars
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (version inclusive)
The Italian Job (presumably the original?)
It's a Wonderful Life
I Walked With a Zombie
Jaws
John Wick
Kind Hearts and Coronets
La sortie de l'usine Lumière à Lyon (Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory)
The Last Dragon
The Last Starfighter
The Last Supper
Leviathan
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
The Long Kiss Goodnight (twice!)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
The Manchurian Candidate
The Mission
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Moonraker
Miller's Crossing
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Night of the Lepus
On Golden Pond
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Outpost
Play Misty for Me
Primer
The Prince of Egypt
The Princess Bride
Psycho (twice!)
The Rocketeer
Rogue One [Star Wars]
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Run Lola Run
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Short Time
Sleuth (1972)
Smokey and the Bandit
The Snowman [the TV special, not the crappy Michael Fassbender movie]
Some Like It Hot
Speed Racer
Star Wars (A New Hope)
Stop Making Sense
Strangers on a Train
Stripes
The Thing From Another World
This Island Earth
To Live and Die in L.A.
Tootsie
Toto le Heros
Trading Places
Training Day
Unforgiven
V for Vendetta
War of the Buttons (various)
Warrior
When Worlds Collide
White [Three Colors: White]
Wild Strawberries
Willow
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Wise Guys
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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Zootopia
Zulu
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Time for another clue:

Had an underlying political plot, that the main character was embroiled in unwittingly.
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The Hobbit? (We'll go with The Battle of the Five Armies).
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Nope! A few more clues...

Though the main character was a thief, we first see him on the other side of the law.

The version that I'm thinking about was a remake of a lot earlier movie,
though points of the plot are different.


Though not biographical, it is about a historical figure.
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More hints!

A butcher with a cleaver should never underestimate a dandy.

"One must never underestimate the healing power of hatred."

One of the villains was made up, but the actor received an Oscar nomination (for Best Supporting Actor)
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I'm not sure if it's really this hard, or if no one is paying attention to the thread.

The title is alliteration and the name of the primary character. The main character is now a folk hero in his own country, and the primary political concern was set around a Jacobites uprising.
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I'm gonna guess. Rob Roy?
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GreenDude wrote:
I'm gonna guess. Rob Roy?


If it's not, that's a good guess! I remember at the time, being a teenager, I was all about Braveheart and saw Rob Roy as kind of the Volcano to its Dante's Peak. I imagine in retrospect it's probably pretty good and should see it, especially since even at the time I was a Tim Roth fan.
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I'm gonna guess. Rob Roy?

If it's not, that's a good guess! I remember at the time, being a teenager, I was all about Braveheart and saw Rob Roy as kind of the Volcano to its Dante's Peak. I imagine in retrospect it's probably pretty good and should see it, especially since even at the time I was a Tim Roth fan.

It's worthwhile; not my favourite film ever, but solid, with a good cast (discounting only Eric Stoltz's accent). And it includes what is for my money the best swordfight ever put on film.
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GreenDude wrote:
I'm gonna guess. Rob Roy?


That's it! Take it away!


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And it includes what is for my money the best swordfight ever put on film.


I wouldn't say best, but I would say a very good example of one.
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In the face of looming peace, extremist factions on both sides secretly plot to renew hostilities at any cost.
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