3x3: broken glass

We discuss our favorite uses of broken glass in movies at the 1:08 mark of the Qt3 Movie Podcast of Hardcore Henry.

Kelly Wand
3. The Godfather
2. The Lost World: Jurassic Park

  1. Die hard

Tom Chick
3. Punch-Drunk Love
2. Interstellar

  1. The Ninth Configuration

3. Mission: Impossible
2. Blade Runner

  1. Constantine

What are your favorite uses of broken glass in movies? Listen to the show to hear us hold forth on our picks, and to hear Dingus read a bunch of listener picks.

Send in your picks for the next topic to [email protected].

Return of the Living Dead 3. Terrible movie, but Melinda Clarke’s glass-decorated punk zombie is awesome.

Virtuosity - Always thought it was cool how SID 6.7 regenerates by absorbing glass. Here’s the glass-laden climax.

Police Story - Jackie Chan earns his paycheck.

Dang, Bandersnatch beat me to Police Story. Anyways:

Earthquake, aka How to Make a Disaster Epic on the Cheap

Alien Resurrection

Falling Down: D-Fens’ glasses.

Honorable mention - Foul Play: Maybe doesn’t count because the bottle doesn’t break till it hits the floor, but that’s exactly what makes it so amusing. BONK!

Oh man, The Ninth Configuration! Thanks for the reminder, Tom. I truly love that film. Added to Netflix queue.

Shattered with Tom Berenger and Bob Hoskins, where the shattered glass is all about his (new) life shattering as he remembers what he forgot due to amnesia.

While its not a movie I submit for honorable mention the Twilight Zone episode, Time Enough at Last, starring Burgess Meredith.

Oh and for movies, The Matrix, in the opening chase scene where Trinity escapes from the Agents by making an impossible jump and diving through a closed window, finishing with the shattered phone booth scene.

Shattered Glass.

Am I doing this right?

Does the giant crystal ship/device that Dr. Manhattan created on Mars count as glass? If so, then that.

Goodfellas – Mazel Tov!
Do the Right Thing – Mookie starts a riot

The Natural - Roy Hobbs puts one into the lights

The Terminator - He was probably on PCP. Broke every bone in his hand and wouldn’t feel it for hours.

Couldn’t find a picture of him actually punching out the window.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez takes a shortcut out of a barbershop.

Darkman - Larry Drake wants to know something from Liam Neeson, but I can’t remember what it was. What I do remember is one of his thugs grabbing Liam and smashing his face through a series of glass paned cabinets. In signature Sam Raimi style, the shot is from the interior of the cabinet and pans to the right (inside the cabinet) as we see Liam himself getting his head put through each one in sequence. Sam originally wanted Bruce Campbell to star, and I imagine he laughed gleefully when he thought about filming this scene that way. Alas, it was not to be, and Liam got the honour.

A Christmas Story - At the climax of this holiday classic, Ralphie, dogged in his pursuit of a Red Ryder BB gun, rebuffed numerous times with “you’ll shoot your eye out,” finally has his prize in hand a promptly shoots his eye out. Luckily, his glasses deflect the shot into his cheek, but they fall aside when he is knocked to the ground. While blindly searching for the glasses, he steps on them. “Pulverized,” he states. As a kid with glasses, I identified with this kind of disaster and was fearful of parental retribution. In my youth, glasses cost hundreds of dollars and looked terrible. Nowadays, I buy them on the internet for 30 bucks a piece and step on a pair a week.

Runners up: Do The Right Thing (garbage can through the window), The Breakfast Club (Emilio Estevez somehow shatters a window by screaming), Terminator 2 (Miles opens the vault and starts to explain to John how to open the intricate glass case for the Terminator arm, and John just pushes it to the floor, breaking it)

Hmm… I guess Terminator 2 is my third one, now that I’ve typed that out. That actor has a bunch of great moments as Miles, his death scene, in particular.

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

  2. Goldfinger

  3. The Wizard of Oz - The Cowardly Lion takes a dive.

Dang, I love me some Baseball movies. Probably more than regular Baseball. The soundtrack and sparks and bloody uniform and everything in this is so great.

I’m down with any Wizard of Oz pick, but you’ve got to sell us on these two. I don’t remember specific scenes. Drive em like you stole em.

There’s that bit in Enemy at the Gates where a piece of broken glass falls from the roof of an abandoned factory and the reflection from it lets the enemy sniper see the good guy, does that count?

Also on the subject of glass, in French, the movie Die Hard is called Piège de Crystal (The Crystal Trap), presumably because the literal translation sounds way too much like “die with an erection”.

I’m still listening to the podcast, but I remembered a movie tonight that puts all your other choices to shame. You will weep when you realize this could have been your choice. You are all invalid by comparison.

The greatest example of broken glass in film is the hall of mirrors fight at the climax of Enter the Dragon.

Oh, if we’re also including broken mirrors…

I’m not crazy about including mirrors in this topic, since we already did one on reflections in the Catfish podcast, but I don’t think I took mirrors off the table so my objection won’t stand up in 3x3 court.

That said, your post only makes me think of The Lady from Shanghai. Which I must thank you for, as I really like that movie, and when it comes to that whole “hall of mirrors” thing, is pretty hard to beat. Although I kind of love how Woody Allen honors it with the climactic scene in Manhattan Murder Mystery.


“I’m aiming at you lover. Of course killing you is killing myself. It’s the same thing.”

Come people, it’s Jaws 3.