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2008/08/31 06:58:27 (permalink)

Big Cast Movies

I saw one of my favorite movies last night, 'How the West was Won'(1962). It has a ton of top rate actors in the cast; some playing less than significant roles. While Debbie Reynolds was the main character, there were about 20 big name stars in the cast. I can only think of two other movies that had such extensive casts ('It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World'(1963) & 'The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming'(1966)). These two movies are comedies and the large casts were part of the fun.

Are there any other movies that had such large casts? Could Hollywood make one of these movies today with the actors that are working today?
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    MiamiDon
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 07:16:57 (permalink)
    The Longest Day (1962)


    Eddie Albert ... Col. Thompson
    Paul Anka ... U.S. Army Ranger
    Arletty ... Madame Barrault
    Jean-Louis Barrault ... Father Louis Roulland
    Richard Beymer ... Schultz
    Hans Christian Blech ... Maj. Werner Pluskat
    Bourvil ... Mayor of Colleville

    Richard Burton ... Flight Officer David Campbell
    Wolfgang Büttner ... Maj. Gen. Dr. Hans Speidel

    Red Buttons ... Pvt. John Steele
    Pauline Carton ... Maid

    Sean Connery ... Pvt. Flanagan
    Ray Danton ... Capt. Frank
    Irina Demick ... Janine Boitard (as Irina Demich)
    Fred Dur ... U.S. Army Ranger major
    Fabian ... U.S. Army Ranger
    Mel Ferrer ... Maj. Gen. Robert Haines

    Henry Fonda ... Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
    Steve Forrest ... Capt. Harding
    Gert Fröbe ... Sgt. Kaffekanne
    Leo Genn ... Brig. Gen. Edwin P. Parker Jr.
    John Gregson ... British Padre
    Paul Hartmann ... Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt
    Peter Helm ... Young GI
    Werner Hinz ... Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
    Donald Houston ... RAF pilot at flight base
    Jeffrey Hunter ... Sgt. (later Lt.) John H. Fuller (as Jeff Hunter)
    Karl John ... Gen. Wolfgang Hager
    Curd Jürgens ... Maj. Gen. Gunther Blumentritt (as Curt Jürgens)
    Alexander Knox ... Maj. Gen. Walter Bedell Smith
    Peter Lawford ... Lord Lovat
    Fernand Ledoux ... Louis
    Christian Marquand ... Cmdr. Philippe Kieffer (commando leader)
    Dewey Martin ... Pvt. Wilder

    Roddy McDowall ... Pvt. Morris
    Michael Medwin ... Pvt. Watney

    Sal Mineo ... Pvt. Martini

    Robert Mitchum ... Brig. Gen. Norman Cota
    Kenneth More ... Capt. Colin Maud
    Richard Münch ... Gen. Erich Marcks

    Edmond O'Brien ... Gen. Raymond D. Barton
    Leslie Phillips ... Royal Air Force officer
    Wolfgang Preiss ... Maj. Gen. Max Pemsel
    Ron Randell ... Joe Williams
    Madeleine Renaud ... Mother Superior
    Georges Rivière ... Sgt. Guy de Montlaur (as Georges Riviere)
    Norman Rossington ... Pvt. Clough

    Robert Ryan ... Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin
    Tommy Sands ... U.S. Army Ranger

    George Segal ... U.S. Army Ranger
    Jean Servais ... RAdm. Janjard

    Rod Steiger ... Destroyer commander
    Richard Todd ... Maj. John Howard
    Tom Tryon ... Lt. Wilson
    Peter van Eyck ... Lt. Col. Ocker (as Peter Van Eyck)

    Robert Wagner ... U.S. Army Ranger
    Richard Wattis ... British Paratrooper
    Stuart Whitman ... Lt. Sheen
    Georges Wilson ... Alexandre Renaud

    John Wayne ... Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 08:23:44 (permalink)
    "Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood", gets my vote for most cameos by aging film actors and comedians. It's fun to watch it and try to spot them all. Check the link for the complete cast: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075436/fullcredits#cast
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 09:15:14 (permalink)
    Don, of course, "The Longest Day"; how could I forget that one. After careful thought, I'd assume "The Great Escape" (1963) would also fit. The closest thing nowadays is probably the Ocean's 11,12 & 13 movies. The original "Ocean's Eleven" (1960) had a good cast as well.

    Ruby, thanks for the tip; I never did see that one. I'll put it on my list.

    Notice the common thread that all of these were made in the 60's.
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 09:29:00 (permalink)

    One of my favorites is "Short Cuts" by Robert Altman:

    Andie MacDowell ... Ann Finnigan
    Bruce Davison ... Howard Finnigan
    Jack Lemmon ... Paul Finnigan
    Julianne Moore ... Marian Wyman
    Matthew Modine ... Dr. Ralph Wyman
    Anne Archer ... Claire Kane
    Fred Ward ... Stuart Kane
    Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Lois Kaiser
    Chris Penn ... Jerry Kaiser
    Lili Taylor ... Honey Bush
    Robert Downey Jr. ... Bill Bush
    Madeleine Stowe ... Sherri Shepard
    Tim Robbins ... Gene Shepard
    Lily Tomlin ... Doreen Piggot
    Tom Waits ... Earl Piggot
    Frances McDormand ... Betty Weathers
    Peter Gallagher ... Stormy Weathers
    Annie Ross ... Tess Trainer
    Lori Singer ... Zoe Trainer
    Lyle Lovett ... Andy Bitkower
    Buck Henry ... Gordon Johnson
    Huey Lewis ... Vern Miller

    In fact, there are several Robert Altman films that have big casts. My other favorites are "Nashville", "The Player", and "A Prairie Home Companion".
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 09:38:19 (permalink)
    The 1966 movie "Is Paris Burning" has a big international cast:

    Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Pierrelot - Yvon Morandat
    Charles Boyer ... Docteur Monod
    Leslie Caron ... Françoise Labé
    George Chakiris ... G.I. devant Notre Dame / GI in Tank
    Alain Delon ... Jacques Chaban-Delmas
    Kirk Douglas ... Général Patton / Gen. George S. Patton Jr.
    Glenn Ford ... Général Bradley / Lt. Gen. Omar N. Bradley
    Gert Fröbe ... Général Von Choltitz
    Yves Montand ... Sgt. Marcel Bizien / Sergent tankiste
    Anthony Perkins ... Sergent U.S. / Sgt. Warren
    Simone Signoret ... La patronne du bistrot / Cafe Owner
    Robert Stack ... Général Sibert / Brig. General Wm L. Sibert
    Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Capitaine Serge
    Orson Welles ... Consul Raoul Nordling
    E.G. Marshall ... Intelligence Officer Powell (uncredited)
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 12:04:16 (permalink)
    What about the acting talent assembled for that classic, "The Dirty Dozen"...

    Lee Marvin...Major Reisman
    Ernest Borgnine...General Worden
    Charles Bronson...Joseph Wladislaw
    John Cassavetes...Victor Franko
    Richard Jaeckel...Sergeant Bowren
    Robert Ryan...Col. Everett Dasher-Breed
    Telly Savalas..Archer Maggott
    Donald Sutherland...Vernon Pinkley
    George Kennedy..Major Max Armbruster
    Jim Brown..Robert Jefferson
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 12:13:29 (permalink)
    There's a website where you guys are pulling up the names of everyone in a movie right?
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 12:20:53 (permalink)
    Me thinks they are using IMDB.com
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 12:47:16 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Baah Ben

    There's a website where you guys are pulling up the names of everyone in a movie right?

    Ins't that what Google's for?
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 12:54:25 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by kozel

    Me thinks they are using IMDB.com


    Si.
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 13:22:49 (permalink)
    I thought they had them all memorized.

    I was misinformed !!!!!!

    Quite a few good people in Casablanca as well.
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 14:14:17 (permalink)
    How about "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"? The cast included Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters, Sid Caeser, Mickey Rooney, Terry Thomas, Buddy Hackett, Phil Silvers, Ethel Merman, Jimmy Durante, William Demarest, Dick Shawn, Edie Adams, Jim Backus, Peter Falk, Eddie Rochester Anderson, Jack Benny, Howard Da Silva, Andy Devine, Norman Fell, Stanley Holloway, Buster Keaton, Don Knotts, Carl REiner, Jesse White and Three Stooges. Trying to spot all the cameos is part of the fun in this comedy.
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 15:56:26 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Baah Ben

    There's a website where you guys are pulling up the names of everyone in a movie right?


    Right you are. www.IMDB.com/

    Highlight, copy, and paste.
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 17:02:10 (permalink)
    Thanks cavandre, "The Dirty Dozen" is another. Sandy, I forgot all about "Is Paris Burning" probably because of the international cast. I'll have to rent some of those Altman movies.

    And the second part of my question, "Could Hollywood make one of these movies today with the actors that are working today?" Or is it all special effects, animation and high paid personalities?

    "How the West was Won" had Debbie Reynolds, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Carroll Baker, Richard Widmark, Harry Morgan, Walter Brennen, Karl Malden, Eli Wallach, George Peppard, Lee J Cobb, Agnes Moorehead, Raymond Massey, Robert Preston, Thelma Ritter, Andy Devine and it was all narrated by Spenser Tracy. Imagine getting that many of today's top talent to work on the same production other than an animated feature.
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/09/03 22:17:59 (permalink)
    I'd say the 1956 'Around the World in 80 Days' is the granddad of the big-cast movie, but then there are oddities like 'The Story of Mankind', directed by Irwin Allen who went on to other types of disaster movies.
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/09/04 11:26:26 (permalink)
    The cast for Midway wasn't too shabby, either!

    Charlton Heston ... Capt. Matthew Garth
    Edward Albert ... Ens. Thomas Garth
    Henry Fonda ... Adm. Chester W. Nimitz
    James Coburn ... Capt. Vinton Maddox
    Glenn Ford ... Rear Admiral Raymond A. Spruance
    Hal Holbrook ... Cmdr. Joseph Rochefort
    Toshirô Mifune ... Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto (as Toshiro Mifune)
    Robert Mitchum ... Vice Adm. William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr.
    Cliff Robertson ... Cmdr. Carl Jessop
    Robert Wagner ... Lt. Cmdr. Ernest L. Blake
    Robert Webber ... RAdm. Frank J. 'Jack' Fletcher
    Ed Nelson ... RAdm. Harry Pearson
    James Shigeta ... Vice Adm. Chuichi Nagumo
    Monte Markham ... Lt. Cmdr. Maxwell F. Leslie
    Christopher George ... Lt. Cmdr. Clarence Wade McClusky
    Kevin Dobson ... Ens. George H. Gay
    Glenn Corbett ... Lt. Cmdr. John C. Waldron
    Gregory Walcott ... Capt. Elliott Buckmaster
    Pat Morita ... RAdm. Ryunosuke Kusaka
    Erik Estrada ... Pilot Ramos
    Tom Selleck ... Aide to Capt. Cyril Simard
    Larry Csonka ... Cmdr. Delaney
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/09/04 12:38:26 (permalink)
    Here are two more with almost half the Hollywood stars of the day.

    Sandy already mentioned Robert Altman, so here's the cast from the great film M.A.S.H. (courtesy of imdb.com):

    Donald Sutherland ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
    Elliott Gould ... Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre
    Tom Skerritt ... Capt. Augustus 'Duke' Forrest
    Sally Kellerman ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' O'Houlihan
    Robert Duvall ... Maj. 'Frank' Burns
    Roger Bowen ... Lt. Col. Henry Blake
    Rene Auberjonois ... Father Mulcahy
    David Arkin ... SSgt. Wade Douglas Vollmer
    Jo Ann Pflug ... Lt. Maria 'Dish' Schneider
    Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
    Fred Williamson ... Capt. Oliver Harmon 'Spearchucker' Jones
    Michael Murphy ... Capt. Ezekiel 'Me Lai' Marston IV
    Indus Arthur ... Lt. Leslie
    Ken Prymus ... Pvt. Seidman
    Bobby Troup ... SSgt. Gorman
    Kim Atwood ... Ho-Jon
    Timothy Brown ... Cpl. Judson (as Tim Brown)
    John Schuck ... Capt. Walter 'Painless' Waldowski
    Dawne Damon ... Lt. Storch
    Carl Gottlieb ... Capt. 'Ugly John' Black
    Tamara Wilcox-Smith ... Capt. Bridget 'Knocko' McCarthy (as Tamara Horrocks)
    G. Wood ... Brig. Gen. Charlie Hammond
    Bud Cort ... Pvt. Lorenzo Boone
    Danny Goldman ... Capt. Murrhardt
    Corey Fischer ... Capt. Dennis Patrick Bandini
    rest of cast listed alphabetically:
    Rick Neilan ... Hammond's Aide
    Stephen Altman ... Duke's 5-Year-Old Son (uncredited)
    Tommy Brown ... Football Player, 325th Evac. (uncredited)
    Buck Buchanan ... Football Player, 325th Evac. (uncredited)
    Craig Chudy ... Football Player (uncredited)
    Jack Concannon ... Football Player, 325th Evac. (uncredited)
    Michael Consoldane ... Football Player, 325th Evac. (uncredited)
    Cathleen Cordell ... Capt. Peterson, Nurse Corps (uncredited)
    Ben Davidson ... Football Player, 325th Evac. (uncredited)
    James B. Douglas ... Col. Wallace C. Merril (uncredited)
    Tom Falk ... Corporal (uncredited)
    John Fujioka ... Japanese Golf Pro (uncredited)
    Sumi Haru ... Japanese Nurse (uncredited)
    Buck Holland ... Helicopter pilot (uncredited)
    Susan Ikeda ... Japanese Caddie (uncredited)
    Dale Ishimoto ... Korean Doctor (uncredited)
    Jerry Jones ... Motor Pool Sergeant (uncredited)
    Joe Kapp ... Football Player, 325th Evac. (uncredited)
    Ted Knight ... Offstage Dialog (voice) (uncredited)
    Harvey Levine ... 2nd Lieutenant (uncredited)
    Weaver Levy ... Korean Doctor (uncredited)
    Marvin Miller ... Offstage Dialog (voice) (uncredited)
    John Myers ... Football Player, 325th Evac. (uncredited)
    Lloyd Nelson ... Offstage Voice (uncredited)
    Monica Peterson ... Pretty W.A.C. Receptionist (uncredited)
    Masami Saito ... Japanese Caddie (uncredited)
    Samantha Scott ... Nurse / Pin-up Model (uncredited)
    Noland Smith ... Football Player, 325th Evac. 'Superbug' (uncredited)
    Fran Tarkenton ... Football Player, 325th Evac. (uncredited)
    Dianne Turley Travis ... Correspondent (uncredited)
    Johnny Unitas ... Football Player, 325th Evac. (uncredited)
    Sal Viscuso ... P.A. Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
    Hiroko Watanabe ... Japanese Prostitute (uncredited)
    Howard Williams ... Football Player, 325th Evac. (uncredited)
    Tom Woodeschick ... Football Player, 325th Evac. (uncredited)
    Yoko Young ... Japanese Servant (uncredited)

    And another favorite of mine, George Lucas' American Graffiti:Richard Dreyfuss ... Curt Henderson

    Ron Howard ... Steve Bolander (as Ronny Howard)
    Paul Le Mat ... John Milner

    Charles Martin Smith ... Terry 'The Toad' Fields (as Charlie Martin Smith)
    Cindy Williams ... Laurie Henderson

    Candy Clark ... Debbie Dunham
    Mackenzie Phillips ... Carol
    Wolfman Jack ... XERB Disc Jockey
    Bo Hopkins ... Joe Young
    Manuel Padilla Jr. ... Carlos
    Beau Gentry ... Ants

    Harrison Ford ... Bob Falfa
    Jim Bohan ... Officer Holstein
    Jana Bellan ... Budda
    Deby Celiz ... Wendy
    Lynne Marie Stewart ... Bobbie Tucker

    Terence McGovern ... Mr. Bill Wolfe (as Terry McGovern)

    Kathleen Quinlan ... Peg (as Kathy Quinlan)
    Tim Crowley ... Eddie
    Scott Beach ... Mr. Gordon
    John Brent ... Car Salesman
    Gordon Analla ... Bozo
    John Bracci ... Station Attendant
    Jody Carlson ... Girl in Studebaker
    Del Close ... Guy at Bar
    Chuck Dorsett ... Man at Accident (as Charles Dorsett)
    Stephen Knox ... Kid at Accident
    Joe Miksak ... Man at Liquor Store
    George Meyer ... Bum at Liquor Store
    James Cranna ... Liquor Store Thief
    Johnny Weissmuller Jr. ... Badass #1
    William Niven ... Clerk at Liquor Store
    Al Nalbandian ... Hank Anderson
    Bob Pasaak ... Dale
    Chris Pray ... Al
    Susan Richardson ... Judy
    Fred Ross ... Ferber
    Jan Dunn ... Old Woman
    Charlie Murphy ... Old Man
    Ed Greenberg ... Kip Pullman
    Lisa Herman ... Girl in Dodge
    Mark Anger ... Mr. Kroot (as Irving Israel)
    Kay Lenz ... Jane, Girl at Dance (as Kay Ann Kemper)
    Caprice Schmidt ... Announcer at Dance

    Joe Spano ... Vic
    Debralee Scott ... Bob Falfa's Girl
    Ron Vincent ... Jeff
    Donna Wehr ... Carhop
    Cam Whitman ... Balloon Girl
    Jan Wilson ... Girl at Dance

    Suzanne Somers ... Blonde in T-Bird
    rest of cast listed alphabetically:
    Warren Knight ... Herby & The Heartbeats (as Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids)
    Sam McFadin ... Herby & The Heartbeats (as Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids)
    Kris Moe ... Herby & The Heartbeats (as Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids)
    Linn Phillips III ... Herby & The Heartbeats (as Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids)
    George Robinson ... Herby & The Heartbeats (as Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids)
    Linda Christensen ... Girl (uncredited)



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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/09/04 13:02:05 (permalink)
    I'm too lazy to look up and copy the whole cast, but Candy had a slew of stars... as diverse as Ringo Starr and Richard Burton!
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/09/04 15:23:08 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by kozel

    Could Hollywood make one of these movies today with the actors that are working today?


    If you think about it, the actors in question were NOT big names when the movies they were in were made. So yes...Hollywood does it all the time with currently unknown actors. In 30 years we'll be looking back at movies made today and wondering the same thing.
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/09/04 19:06:45 (permalink)
    I've only heard of this one: "The Phynx" from 1970, it's a pop-band/secret agent comedy that sounds like it's got a 'Monkees' vibe to it. The 'stars' were unknowns then and still are, but these are the folks I do recognize:
    Joan Blondell, Martha Raye, Pat McCormick, Rich Little, Busby Berkeley, Xavier Cugat, Ruby Keeler, Joe Louis, Marilyn Maxwell, Maureen O’Sullivan, Harold 'Oddjob' Sakata, Ed Sullivan, Rona Barrett, James Brown, Leo Gorcey, Guy Lombardo, Butterfly McQueen, Richard Pryor, Harland Sanders, Rudy Vallee, Johnny Weissmuller, Edgar Bergen, Dick Clark, Andy Devine, Huntz Hall, George Jessel, Dorothy Lamour, Trini López, Pat O’Brien, Jay Silverheels, Clint Walker, and Sally Struthers.

    If this movie surfaces anywhere I'll have to see it, if only from curiosity.
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2010/04/03 16:33:32 (permalink)
    Without peeking can you name 4 actors that were in both 'It's a Mad Mad Mad World' and 'The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming'?


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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2010/04/03 17:31:30 (permalink)
    kozel

    Without peeking can you name 4 actors that were in both 'It's a Mad Mad Mad World' and 'The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming'?





    Ooo! Ooo! Let's see, Carl Reiner, Jonathan Winters, Paul Ford...Ben Blue?
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2010/04/04 10:36:16 (permalink)
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    kozel

    Without peeking can you name 4 actors that were in both 'It's a Mad Mad Mad World' and 'The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming'?





    Ooo! Ooo! Let's see, Carl Reiner, Jonathan Winters, Paul Ford...Ben Blue?


    Bingo!
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2010/04/04 13:13:31 (permalink)
    Here's one with a sizable cast... The Manchurian Candidate, from 1962:

      Frank Sinatra ... Bennett Marco
      Laurence Harvey ... Raymond Shaw
      Angela Lansbury ... Raymond's mother
      James Gregory ... Sen. John Dierkes Iselin
      Khigh Dhiegh ... Yen Lo
      Janet Leigh ... Eugenie Rose Chaney
      Leslie Parrish ... Jocelyn Jordan
      John McGiver ... Sen. Thomas Jordan
      Henry Silva ... Chunjin
      James Edwards ... Cpl. Allen Melvin
      Douglas Henderson ... Colonel
      Albert Paulsen ... Zilkov
      Madame Spivy ... Berezovo ( lady counterpart )
      Nick Bolin ... Berezovo ( himself )
      Barry Kelley ... Secretary of Defense
      Joe Adams ... Psychiatrist
      Lloyd Corrigan ... Holborn Gaines
      Whit Bissell ... Medical officer
      Mimi Dillard ... Melvin's wife
      Anton van Stralen ... Officer
      John Laurence ... Gossfeld
      Nicky Blair ... Silvers
      Tom Lowell ... Bobby Lembeck
      Richard LaPore ... Ed Mavole
      Irving Steinberg ... Freeman
      John Francis ... Hiken
      William Thourlby ... Little
      Robert Riordan ... Nominee
      Reggie Nalder ... Gomel
      Bess Flowers ... Gomel ( lady counterpart )
      Miyoshi Jingu ... Miss Gertrude
      Anna Shin ... Korean girl
      Helen Kleeb ... Chairlady
      Maye Henderson ... Chairlady
      Mickey Finn ... Reporter
      Richard Norris ... Reporter
      Johnny Indrisano ... Reporter 
      Lou Krugg ... Manager
      Mike Masters ... FBI man
      Tom Harris ... FBI man
      Mariquita Moll ... Soprano
      Robert Burton ... Convention chairman
      Karen Norris ... Secretary
      Jean Vaughn ... Nurse
      Ray Spikers ... Policeman
      Merritt Bohn ... Jiffy
      Frank Basso ... Photographer
      Harry Holcomb ... General
      Julie Payne ... Party guest
      Lana Crawford ... Party guest
      Evelyn Byrd ... Party guest
      Ray Dalley ... Page boy
      Estelle Etterre ... Woman in hotel lobby
      Mary Benoit ...    "   "
      Rita Kenaston ...   "  " 
      Maggie Hathaway ...   "  "
      Joan Douglas ...   "  "
      Frances Nealy ...   "  "
      Evelyn Byrd ...   "  "
      Ralph Gambina ... Man in hotel lobby
      Sam "Kid" Hogan ... Man in hotel lobby
      James Yagi ... Chinese gent in lobby
      Lee Tung Foo ...   "  "
      Raynum Tsukamoto ...   "  "

     
     
     
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/03/29 10:30:56 (permalink)
    The Mel Brooks 1976 movie called 'Silent Movie' would probably qualify too.
     
    Mel Brooks
    Marty Feldman
    Dom DeLuise
    Sid Caesar
    Bernadette Peters
    Chuck McCann
    Charlie Callas
    Henny Youngman
    Barry Levinson
    Burt Reynolds
    James Caan
    Liza Minnelli
    Anne Bancroft
    Marcel Marceau
    Paul Newman
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/03/29 11:55:21 (permalink)
    The Great Escape....Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough;  Charles Bronson, and dozens more.
     
    Forgot about Kelly's Heroes....Eastwood, Savalas, Sutherland, Rickles....and many more.
     
    And another poster mentioned Midway.  Good stuff all around.
     
    Among Westerns, Rio Bravo and Sons of Katie Elder.  
     
     
     
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/03/29 12:08:45 (permalink)
    When Tony Scott directed Quentin Tarantino's first script he probably didn't know that he was creating a 'big cast' movie.  But, oh my; did it ever turn out that way:  True Romance is a classic.
     
    Tarantino, to this day, says this is the best scene he ever wrote: (Language, Violence) 
     
     
      

    post edited by MetroplexJim - 2014/03/30 07:57:41
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/03/30 06:21:41 (permalink)
    Thanks Jim.  Just added that to my watch list.  TV guide has a site where you configure your service and create a watch list to track when content will be broadcast.  I've never seen True Romance; maybe the name never piqued by interest.  Follow the link and create a login.
     
    http://www.tvguide.com/
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    RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/03/30 08:28:40 (permalink)
    kozel

    Thanks Jim.  Just added that to my watch list.  TV guide has a site where you configure your service and create a watch list to track when content will be broadcast.  I've never seen True Romance; maybe the name never piqued by interest.  Follow the link and create a login.

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    The scene above is one of the many 'classics' in that film.  Another involves James Gandolfini (then a little known character actor) and Patricia Arquette (when she was robo-hot) 'confronting' each other.  Holy corkscrew what a scene!  (As it involves male/female violence of an extreme nature, it's a little too edgy for me to copy here). 
     
    I saw it first run in the theater; only years later when I bought the DVD and watched it again did I realize that the 'thug' was Gandolfini!  Later, he credited that scene as 'making his career'.  RIP, James.
     
    The 'big cast' movies were a product of the 'Studio System' that had the 'stars' under contract.  These days, they only happen by accident - as was the case with True Romance having (among many others) Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, and James Gandolfini playing non-cameo bit parts in Tarantino's first script.  In fact, Tarantino wanted to direct his script but he was rejected as being an unknown with no directing experience, so the producers picked the then little-known Tony Scott instead!
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