I know you love your creative trolling, but confusing Blackadder fabulously written by Ben Elton with Rowan Atkinsons own invention Mr. Bean is on a level far beyond confusing football and cricket, Batman and Magneto or whatever it is you usually try to get people fuming, that I won’t even bite (very much).
Hey, look, I know you Mr. Bean fans are a serious lot, so whatever floats your boat, Hanzii. It was just weird seeing him talk. I thought his whole schtick in those movies was that he was like Inspector Clouseau, but without any dialog.
Oooh, love the Down by Law choice, Mr. Man. I think that was the first (and last!) time that I didn’t find Robert Benigni insufferable.
Stalag 17 - a mole is in the German prison camp, stopping every method of escape. The discovery and punishment of said mole, along with the fole of the hero as scape goat, has me watching this every time it is on. Picking a scene in particular, I’d say the two are the failed escape attempt and the punishment of the spy.
Bad Boys - not the shitty Martin Lawrence vehicle, but the 1983 film starring Sean Penn, Clancy Brown, and Ally Sheedy. I didn’t need Scared Straight growing up, this film with its prison violence in a youth reformatory kept my nose clean for good. For a scene in particular, I’ll opt for Horowitz meeting his fate for seeking revenge.
The Deer Hunter - an already amazing movie sandwiching some of the most brutal prison scenes I’ve seen. It took multiple viewings before I could really grasp the depravity of what the prisoners had to go through and not just sit in shock. Di di mao indeed.
One memorable scene is in the French movie The Prophet where the main character is told to assasinate another inmate. Failing to do so would lead to his own demise, so he’s desperately practicing the killing by trying to put a razor blade inside his mouth and then trying to take it out as quickly as possible.
Another scene that comes to mind is the very last scene in the new Danish movie R. A terrible and powerful scene that had me staring at the screen with a horrified expression on my face as the credits started to roll.
Both The Prophet and R are great prison movies, definitely worth watching. Be warned, though: R is even more depressing than Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.
George C. Scott’s “I believe” speech in Exorcist III would definitely go on my Top 3 list of scenery-chewing moments. He dislocated his lower jaw and swallowed not only the immediate scenery whole but my memory of almost the entire movie aside from it. “…you SON OF A BITCH, I believe…in you.”
Edit: also…how far were they from shore when they shot?
A Finnish movie called Frozen City has a great scene where a prisoner’s family comes to see him and a special family meeting cell has been prepared for them. The prisoner and his ex-wife retreat to to another room and leave the kids to play with toys. They try to have sex but the ex-wife doesn’t have the appetite, so she just ends up giving him a hand job and wiping her hands clean with kitchen tissue. A very realistic, uncomfortably mundane scene.