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My Top Five Bruce Dern Films

Tuesday 15 April 2014, 14:54

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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Nebraska is just out on DVD. It was one of my favourite films of last year featuring one of my favourite actors. Here is my list of Bruce’s five best performances.

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    Comment number 1.

    You've got some seriously deep red-tinted glasses there Mark.
    SR has some nice moments but really doesn't stand up to a cold hard stare at its illogicalities.
    Now, if it had featured TALKING bombs... well now THAT would have been more interesting.

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    a fairly safe list, though silent running has always been one of my favourite derns, even allowing for the dated hippy vibe

    of course, no list of the great bruce dern performances should exclude joe dante's the burbs (finally coming to bluray this summer!) in which he plays former military man Lt Rumsfield. This exchange (improvised by Dern) is one of the best moments in the film
    Rumsfield: Klopec, what is that slavic?
    Ruben Klopec: NO!
    Rumsfield: About a nine of the tension scale there Rube!

    He was also great in one of his earlier performances in they shoot horses don't they

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    Totally agree with Coming Home, a great performance in a good film (it would have been great, if Jane Fonda wasn't in it)

    But I have to ask, Where is Walter Hill's The Driver? Dern gives a brilliant performance as the cynical and sardonic anonymous Detective out to hunt and arrest Ryan O Neal's anonymous getaway Driver. The dark comic overtones of Dern's performance saves the film from being another tired genre piece.

    Also John Frankenheimer's Black Sunday where Dern plays a brainwashed American soldier who plans to go through with a terrorist attack at the Super Bowl. Again a brilliant and unhinged performance, Damien Lewis should send Dern a bill.

    The reason why I mentioned these two performances is because they could have easily been card board cut roles, but Dern's talent shines through and he gives these characters more layers then you could possibly imagine.

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    Comment number 5.

    I quite enjoy Family Plot. It starts off pretty bad with the fortune teller thing at the beginning, but it ends up being quite fun I think. It isn't as bad as its made out to be.


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