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Poll: Memorable One-Scene Characters

One scene, one single scene can be enough for a character to leave a huge impact on the viewers*, even become one of the most memorable and enjoyable aspects of the film, even earn the actor an Oscar nomination... and in some exceptional cases, a win.

So, which of these one-scene movie characters was, given the short amount of screen time AND the intensity of the performance, the most memorable?

After voting, you might discuss the list here

*some of them managed to sneak into one little scene (or two) but they hardly spoke in them and whether a scene or a 'sequence', they're all known for one moment of the film, little in time but big in the impact.

Make Your Choice

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    Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

    BLAKE
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    Kevin Costner and Donald Sutherland in JFK (1991)

    MR. X
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    Bill Bolender in The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

    ELMO BLATCH
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    Alex Rocco in The Godfather (1972)

    MOE GREENE
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    Christopher Walken in Pulp Fiction (1994)

    CAPTAIN KOONS
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    Matthew McConaughey in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

    MARK HANNA
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    Ned Beatty in Network (1976)

    MR. JENSEN
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    William Hurt in A History of Violence (2005)

    RICHIE CUSACK
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    Dean Stockwell in Blue Velvet (1986)

    BEN
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    Viola Davis in Doubt (2008)

    MRS. MILLER
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    Vanessa Redgrave in Atonement (2007)

    OLDER BRIONY
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    Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse in Singin' in the Rain (1952)

    DANCER
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    Sylvia Miles in Midnight Cowboy (1969)

    CASS
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    Christopher Walken in True Romance (1993)

    VINCENZO COCCOTTI
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    Beatrice Straight in Network (1976)

    MRS. SCHUMACHER
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    Badja Djola in Mississippi Burning (1988)

    AGENT MONK
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    Robert Duvall in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

    BOO RADLEY
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    Charlie Sheen in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

    BOY IN POLICE STATION
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    Billy Crystal and Carol Kane in The Princess Bride (1987)

    MIRACLE MAX & VALERIE
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    Chris Tucker in Jackie Brown (1997)

    BEAUMONT LIVINGSTON

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