/ What's your fave Arnie film
The Terminator, of course. Eerily perfect casting.
Terminator is one of my fave films of all times, and Arnie is perfect as the eponymous protagonist, but did he actually act in the film?
His role as Coriolanus in the 1959 RSC production is surely his finest hour.......sorry, goy Arnie mixed up with Olivier there..easy mistake as i'm sure you'll agree!
Drop you a PM re Sunday.
Seriously, I thought he was good in both the first and second Terminator and in Predator.
"GET TO THE CHOPPER"
EETS NAAdA TOOMAH!
The Last Action Hero. MASSIVELY misunderstood.
In terms of Arnie actually trying to act in a halfway-intelligent film (as these things go), I would agree with Total Recall but also throw a late entry into the mix - The Sixth Day, very underrated.
Interestingly neither Total Recall nor The Sixth Day particularly needed a musclebound action hero in the lead role, but they somehow worked as Arnie vehicles.
Those citing The Terminator are missing the point of the OP. It is an excellent film, but hardly Arnie's finest hour! He's given very little to do, and is rather wooden in it. He's a lot better in the first sequel, as he has material to play with.
OP I'll disagree with Predator. It is a decent film, and way better than Commando, but I think Commando works better for Arnie as it has a humourous sense of its own silliness, and Arnie plays with that quite visibly. Predator suffers from trying to shovel in some Arnie wisecracks which are pretty inappropriate (notably in the opening assault scene "Knock knock" and "Stick around"...and later with the pointless "you are one ugly motherfukcer" - just doesn't work as well as the classic "I lied" in Commando)
Bollocks to all that.
True Lies wins it easily (I still think The Last Action Hero is a better film, given that it doesn't have a central section centred on the deliberate psychological torture of the hero's wife instigated and performed by the hero...but Arnie is great in True Lies!)
Ok, i'll lay it on the table, mine is the early 80 "Raw Deal" run close by....no pun intend, "The Runnig Man".
His second best is governor of California!
I must admit to liking some of his later films, where he tried to 'act' such as end of days, but i agree that the roles could've been filled by A.N Other and had a similar/greater impact.
Total Recall/Running Man/ Predator are still the best though!
The Running Man is appalling, as is End of Days (and don't get me wrong, I love Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, the fact that Miriam Margoyles is one of only two women to have thrown Arnie across a room on screen, and the fact that Arnie's character has the ludicrous name "Jericho Kane")
I just remembered Twins, he was in fact very good in that.
I have never seen Junior or Kindergarten Cop, and would like to keep things that way.
Your argument about "A.N. Other" doesn't work. Total Recall and The Terminator would arguably have been better with A. N. Other (logically, in The Terminator, there is no good reason that the cyborgs developed by SkyNet have big fleshy biceps, as their strength comes from the robotic skeleton - remember that Lance Henrikson was in the running for The Terminator role and may have made more sense in the role...and Arnie had already done Conan so his effect on 80s cinema was assured somewhat anyway)
Never seen Raw Deal (not early, it is from 1987 so comes after Conan, Terminator and Commando, and is from the same year as Predator, not sure if Predator came before it though).
What is good about it? It sounds rubbish aside from the fact that Kathryn Harrold is the female lead.
predator is my favourite .on the dvd there is a great section on how the film was made ..probably better than the film actually .arnie lost about 2 stone from the beginning of the film till the end.
some great quotes too .one in particular was when arnie threw a machete at a baddie and came out with a typical arnie quip of "stick around"!
undoubtably one of the finest actors in the history of film .shakespeare awaits surely.
"Romeo ,Romeo ...get to the chopperrr !"
> Bollocks to all that.
Yeah! True Lies is ace.
But so are lots of the others
Either Total Recall (triple-tits ftw), Commando or Terminator 2 for me
That said he's still a crap actor compared to most, and being able to act like a cybernetic organism isnt the most demanding role.
Predator and terminator are probably his best films for me, but most of the films he did were pretty watchable, I can think of one I really didnt like.
You are forgetting his Hamlet sequence in The Last Action Hero
"To be, or not to be....
NOT to be"
(throws flaming axe at bad guys)
> The Last Action Hero. MASSIVELY misunderstood.
Yeah quite a lot of fun in a self aware sort of way, not sure why it gets such a bad rap.
Total Recall or Commando
"Iyffe got to saffe chennie..."
His best line must surely be in Conan 2 when he's being ministered to by the princess......
P. "Does nothing ever hurt you Conan?
C, "only pain".
I also enjoyed his performance in 2012 as governor of california suddenly getting swept away in a catastrophe seconds after reassuring the populace that all is well.
you know,its very strange; no one has mentioned "Jingle all the way" yet...
> you know,its very strange;
No it isn't
> you know,its very strange; no one has mentioned "Jingle all the way" yet...
Nothing to see here, move along now.
"See you at the party Richter..."
Hercules starring Arnold Strong.
True Lies is fun. The bit with the Harrier Jump Jet...
Oh man I forgot all about Red Sonja!
What's with all you people and violent films?
Has nobody else seen the classic Twins or Kindergarten Cop?
And the uber-classic Jingle all the way.
That Arnie is a versatile actor.
(withdraws toungue from cheek)
No mention of Red Sonia?
I like True Lies, Conan the Barbarian and Predator - and Commando for the whole silliness of it :-)
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Terminator 2, 1, Predator, Commando all in first place at a tie.
/end of thread.
> The Running Man is appalling, as is End of Days (and don't get me wrong, I love Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, the fact that Miriam Margoyles is one of only two women to have thrown Arnie across a room on screen, and the fact that Arnie's character has the ludicrous name "Jericho Kane")
> I just remembered Twins, he was in fact very good in that.
> I have never seen Junior or Kindergarten Cop, and would like to keep things that way.
> Your argument about "A.N. Other" doesn't work. Total Recall and The Terminator would arguably have been better with A. N. Other (logically, in The Terminator, there is no good reason that the cyborgs developed by SkyNet have big fleshy biceps, as their strength comes from the robotic skeleton - remember that Lance Henrikson was in the running for The Terminator role and may have made more sense in the role...and Arnie had already done Conan so his effect on 80s cinema was assured somewhat anyway)
When I saw the thread title, Total Recall immediately came to mind - and I'm sticking with that. True Lies is a super film but I'd forgotten Arnie was even in it - how can you remember anyone other than Jamie Lee ;-).
Terminator - he may have been wooden but it's such a memorable role.
Kindergarten Cop - You may be pleasantly surprised. It really isn't that bad. I may have a copy on DVD somewhere so if I do I'll stick it in my rucksack for the next time I bump into you at a wall :-).
I would be happy to see Kindergarten Cop as it has Penelope Ann Miller in it when she was about 30. I don't know why I made that comment above! I must have meant Jingle All The Way.
As for the fellow who said KG isn't violent, I HAVE seen the opening Arnie action scene from it and it was pretty violent!
Jingle all the Way - aye. Not good.
One of my ex's was obsessed with Arnie, I've not got 100s of Arnie quotes running round my head!
There is a Arnie flash soundboard floating around the interweb which alwys makes me smile.
Anyhows, End of Days is great, but I think True Lies is prob the best, well until I watch anyother one anyway.
"Do you know Miranda ? Never heard of the bitch ! *WHACK*"
My vote is Terminator.
Two incomparably great lines.
One is to the landlord who calls through the door that his room stinks.
The other is
"I'll be back".
I use them both virtually every day ...
Mrs 09 says Predator and I tend to agree with her.
> Anyhows, End of Days is great
Really? Seriously? I just didn't get it at all. The Sixth Day was way better (in terms of "later-period Arnold")
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