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What's Your Favorite Ernest Borgnine Performance?

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Which Performance Best Demonstrates The Acting Force That Is Ernest Borgnine?

The Wild Bunch - swarthy Western outlaw
0
No votes
The Dirty Dozen - no-nonsense military man
0
No votes
Marty - sweet but lonely schlub
2
14%
Escape From New York - demented cabbie in a futuristic 1998
3
21%
Emperor Of The North - sadistic railroad conductor
2
14%
Ice Station Zebra - Russian spy
1
7%
The Poseiden Adventure - just another one of the doomed
2
14%
The Flight Of The Phoenix - simple man who just can't hack being stranded in the desert
2
14%
Ernest who?
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No votes
Other - please explain below
2
14%
 
Total votes : 14

What's Your Favorite Ernest Borgnine Performance?

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:07 pm

A quick search on the Forum reveals a single, lonely mention of Ernest Borgnine.
I think this needs to be remedied --- and quickly, hence this thread.

I haven't actually decided yet who to vote for.
I could go with Emperor of the North wherein he's fabulously menacing, squaring off against Lee Marvin (at one point, in an axe-fight, no less!)
or Ice Station Zebra wherein he's charming and sweet and possibly a double agent (well, we know he's a double agent, but maybe he's switched back... not even Patrick McGoohan knows for sure!)
or even Escape From New York wherein he's a demented cabbie in a futuristic 1998 (well, he is!)
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Postby meowzamusic » Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:23 pm

I liked him when he was on the Simpsons.
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Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:27 pm

meowzamusic wrote:I liked him when he was on the Simpsons.

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Postby supaunknown » Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:30 pm

I think he saved his best work for Airwolf.

He's awesome.
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Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:33 pm

supaunknown wrote:I think he saved his best work for Airwolf.
His name looks awesome in that cool '80s font, that's for sure!
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Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:34 pm

Leading the Circus Parade in Milwaukee.
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Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:37 pm

So, too re-cap...

When asked what Ernest Borgnine's finest film performance was, Forons have thus far responded with two television shows and a parade.

You guys are geniuses.
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Postby meowzamusic » Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:50 pm

I'm looking at his wikipedia listing and I see that he was in Johnny Guitar. I don't remember him at all and that's one of my favorite films. I saw it in college in a class called "Soap Opera vs Horse Opera."
I've never seen Marty but I suppose someday I should go rent it.
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Postby supaunknown » Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:51 pm

My official vote went for Flight of the Phoenix. He's always great. Hard to pick a fav. I wish he were my Uncle Ernie.
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Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:57 pm

meowzamusic wrote:I'm looking at his wikipedia listing and I see that he was in Johnny Guitar.
And he's awesome in it! But he's just the second-banana tough-guy, so I didn't include it in the poll*. And yeah, Johnny Guitar is one of my favorite movies too.

*Actually, I did include it originally, but you can only have so many poll options... Similarly, his fine performance in Bad Day At Black Rock didn't make the cut because he's hardly a lead player. But he's fantastic, nonetheless.
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Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Nov 16, 2007 1:02 pm

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:So, too re-cap...

When asked what Ernest Borgnine's finest film performance was, Forons have thus far responded with two television shows and a parade.

You guys are geniuses.

Well, fellow genius, look at the title of your thread. No mention of movies, just performances. And you have a poll choice of other, which I voted for.
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Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Fri Nov 16, 2007 1:07 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:
Well, fellow genius, look at the title of your thread. No mention of movies, just performances. And you have a poll choice of other, which I voted for.


Damn thread titles!
They're always tripping me up!
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Postby The Center Square » Fri Nov 16, 2007 1:11 pm

Borgnine in 'The Devil's Rain' shot to the top of my list a while back. ...and overtaking his "Cabbie" role was no easy task.
Shit - Willard, The Poseidon Adventure, etc....
I could never choose one example to reflect the Borgnine force.

I still want to get BORG and NINE tattooed on my knuckles.

mmm Borgnine's Coffee soda. Used to sell that at the Liquor Store
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Postby minicat » Fri Nov 16, 2007 1:12 pm

Clearly, from that list it's "Emperor of the North." But I haven't seen "Devil's Rain" yet. heh.
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Postby Paco » Fri Nov 16, 2007 1:14 pm

Willard, the scene where's he molesting some co-worker in the corner, cranking away on her breasts.
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