Hot!Big Cast Movies

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kozel
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2008/08/31 06:58:27
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?
MiamiDon
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 07:16:57
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
RubyRose
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 08:23:44
"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
kozel
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 09:15:14
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.
Sandy Thruthegarden
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 09:29:00

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".
Sandy Thruthegarden
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 09:38:19
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)
cavandre
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 12:04:16
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
Baah Ben
Filet Mignon
RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 12:13:29
There's a website where you guys are pulling up the names of everyone in a movie right?
kozel
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 12:20:53
Me thinks they are using IMDB.com
cavandre
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 12:47:16
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?
MiamiDon
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 12:54:25
quote:
Originally posted by kozel

Me thinks they are using IMDB.com


Si.
the ancient mariner
Filet Mignon
RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 13:22:49
I thought they had them all memorized.

I was misinformed !!!!!!

Quite a few good people in Casablanca as well.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 14:14:17
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.
Sandy Thruthegarden
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 15:56:26
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.
kozel
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/08/31 17:02:10
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.
Vince Macek
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/09/03 22:17:59
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.
cavandre
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/09/04 11:26:26
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
rongmtek
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/09/04 12:38:26
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)



mbrookes
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/09/04 13:02:05
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!
felix4067
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/09/04 15:23:08
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.
Vince Macek
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2008/09/04 19:06:45
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.
kozel
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2010/04/03 16:33:32
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'?


Vince Macek
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2010/04/03 17:31:30
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?
kozel
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2010/04/04 10:36:16
Vince Macek

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!
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
RE: Big Cast Movies 2010/04/04 13:13:31
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 ...   "  "

 
 
 
kozel
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/03/29 10:30:56
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
post edited by kozel - 2014/03/29 10:36:19
the grillman
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/03/29 11:55:21
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.  
 
 
 
MetroplexJim
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/03/29 12:08:45
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
kozel
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/03/30 06:21:41
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/
MetroplexJim
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/03/30 08:28:40
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.

http://www.tvguide.com/


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!
MetroplexJim
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/03/30 09:50:15
Along with True Romance, The Natural is another favorite of mine that, even though it wasn't a 'purposful' big cast movie a la The Longest Day, nevertheless had a BIG CAST.  Even The Queen Mary had a bit role as the setting for the restaurant scene where "Roy counts his silver".
 
A Robert Towne script directed by Barry Levinson - it doesn't get better than that.  Many literary snobs didn't like the fact that Towne & Levinson changed Malamud's dreary ending; do not count me among them.  The movie was truly magnificent in every way, including sound and cinematography.
ken8038
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/04/01 18:13:36
Surprised nobody has mentioned those disaster movies of the 1970's, such as Airport, The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure. They always had big casts. Granted, mostly B-listers and other actors you had forgotten all about, but it was always fun to spot them in these movies. Still is.
bartl
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/04/01 22:57:57
How about "You Can't Take It With You"? Lionel Barrymore wore a pretty large cast in that one...
 
Bart
EdSails
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/04/02 01:39:50
ken8038

Surprised nobody has mentioned those disaster movies of the 1970's, such as Airport, The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure. They always had big casts. Granted, mostly B-listers and other actors you had forgotten all about, but it was always fun to spot them in these movies. Still is.

Just watched "Airport '79---The Concorde" Saturday night. Big cast, although not as big as the earlier Airport movies had. Campy nowadays-----it had Jammy 'JJ" Walker in a role that seemed more suited for "Airplane"i
BelleReve
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/04/02 15:29:26
Gone Wth the Wind - Vivian Leigh was the least known actress in it, at the time. 
Posiedon Adventure/Towering Inferno
Chinatown - not a lot of actors, but some pretty heavy hitters
harriet1954
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/04/02 16:12:34
EdSails

ken8038

Surprised nobody has mentioned those disaster movies of the 1970's, such as Airport, The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure. They always had big casts. Granted, mostly B-listers and other actors you had forgotten all about, but it was always fun to spot them in these movies. Still is.

Just watched "Airport '79---The Concorde" Saturday night. Big cast, although not as big as the earlier Airport movies had. Campy nowadays-----it had Jammy 'JJ" Walker in a role that seemed more suited for "Airplane"i

 
Ed, my favorite actor, Alain Delon, is in that!

cavandre
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/04/03 08:22:05
While they may not have started as "big cast" movies, both the Harry Potter & Lord of the Rings series have morphed into that genre.
BelleReve
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RE: Big Cast Movies 2014/04/03 13:08:11
ken8038 - sorry, didn't see your post on disaster movies until after -
 
There's a few more - Giant, the Misfits, most of Tennessee Williams' stuff - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly Last Summer, The Long Hot Summer, Streetcar Named Desire(not a large, but impressive cast)