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    Movie/TV clichés

    Fairly self-explanatory. I would like to nominate these two:

    "It's been too long old friend."

    "We're not so different, you and I."

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    Movie/TV clichés

    If we're including visual cliches: a shot down a long corridor where the ceiling lights go on (or off) in sequence, each accompanied by a 'doosh' sound.

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      #3
      Movie/TV clichés

      'goddamm it, the D.A.'s bustin' my ass'
      'just give me 48 hours, captain'
      'goddamm it, you've got 48 hours'

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        #4
        Movie/TV clichés

        Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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          #5
          Movie/TV clichés

          T'aint no movie. It's Machiavelli.

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            #6
            Movie/TV clichés

            Well, it's in a lot of movies now.

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              #7
              Movie/TV clichés

              You're gonna need a bigger thread.

              (More an in joke than cliche, perhaps, but definitely overused.)

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                #8
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                He's a maverick.

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                  #9
                  Movie/TV clichés

                  stonelephant wrote: He's a maverick.
                  Actually following Mumpo's suggestion and moving beyond quotes - plots:

                  A maverick cop strikes out on his own against orders, looking for the men who killed/raped/kidnapped his wife/daughter/sister.

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                    #10
                    Movie/TV clichés

                    +1 for the maverick cop striking out against his boss. The maverick cop always has to be likeable too.

                    How about the 'X's last-minute race against time to tell Y of their love for them' thing? That seems to be in every rom-com type film ever.

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                      #11
                      Movie/TV clichés

                      There was that recent film starring Woody Harrelson where the maverick cop was thoroughly dislikeable, But I agree that's very much the exception.

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                        #12
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                        Calvert W. McCutcheon wrote: 'goddamm it, the D.A.'s bustin' my ass'
                        'just give me 48 hours, captain'
                        'goddamm it, you've got 48 hours'
                        For the win.

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                          #13
                          Movie/TV clichés

                          "Why Miss Jones... You're Beautiful!" (after female lead removes glasses.)

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                            #14
                            Movie/TV clichés

                            In romantic comedies there's almost always that moment half an hour or so from the end where the romantic leads fall out over a ridiculous misunderstanding before ultimately getting together in time for the end of the film.

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                              #15
                              Movie/TV clichés

                              No sports movie would be complete without the classic training sequence as seen here in Rocky III where the athlete or team are put through their paces to a cheesy musical accompaniment.

                              Typically they start the sequence rusty, with poor technique, out of shape etc. but after a short montage they are transformed into lean, mean sporting machines. Here's another example from the latest Karate Kid.

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                                #16
                                Movie/TV clichés

                                'You're not the first you know'
                                'Sorry?'
                                'You won't be so pretty in a few years, then it'll be someone else..oh, he did't tell you did he, about me, the children'
                                'Excuse me, I need to be somewhere...'

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                                  #17
                                  Movie/TV clichés

                                  El Tel wrote: No sports movie would be complete without the classic training sequence as seen here in Rocky III where the athlete or team are put through their paces to a cheesy musical accompaniment.

                                  Typically they start the sequence rusty, with poor technique, out of shape etc. but after a short montage they are transformed into lean, mean sporting machines. Here's another example from the latest Karate Kid.
                                  You're gonna need a montage!

                                  http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=b7D8E-zvZew

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                                    #18
                                    Movie/TV clichés

                                    Reed John wrote:
                                    Originally posted by El Tel
                                    No sports movie would be complete without the classic training sequence as seen here in Rocky III where the athlete or team are put through their paces to a cheesy musical accompaniment.

                                    Typically they start the sequence rusty, with poor technique, out of shape etc. but after a short montage they are transformed into lean, mean sporting machines. Here's another example from the latest Karate Kid.
                                    You're gonna need a montage!

                                    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=b7D8E-zvZew
                                    They've nailed it!

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                                      #19
                                      Movie/TV clichés

                                      Romantic comedies are an interesting form. The audience knows how it will end within the first few minutes of the film - what's funny, or not, and enjoyable, or not, is seeing how they get there. They're usually crap, but not always.

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                                        #20
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                                        Reed John wrote: Romantic comedies are an interesting form. The audience knows how it will end within the first few minutes of the film - what's funny, or not, and enjoyable, or not, is seeing how they get there. They're usually crap, but not always.
                                        The one with Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep a few years back was all right. Can't remember what it was called. Baldwin stole it; I've realised I don't particularly like the way Meryl Streep does rom com. As Good As It Gets was OK too.

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                                          #21
                                          Movie/TV clichés

                                          Reed John wrote: Romantic comedies are an interesting form. The audience knows how it will end within the first few minutes of the film - what's funny, or not, and enjoyable, or not, is seeing how they get there. They're usually crap, but not always.
                                          That applies to most 19th Century fiction too.

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                                            #22
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                                            I'd give anything for the arrest and prosecution by law of any screenwriter, producer, director and star who consents to film another 'villain who walks away nonchalantly from explosion as it happens behind him' sequence.

                                            When that particular cliche happens, they might as well add the end credit disclaimer 'no original ideas or concepts were used or devised during the making of this film'.

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                                              #23
                                              Movie/TV clichés

                                              ian.64 wrote: I'd give anything for the arrest and prosecution by law of any screenwriter, producer, director and star who consents to film another 'villain who walks away nonchalantly from explosion as it happens behind him' sequence.
                                              Even if they're only one day from retirement?

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                                                #24
                                                Movie/TV clichés

                                                "You just don't get it, do you?"

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                                                  #25
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                                                  This one happens at a films climax: Baddie has good guy #1 held at gunpoint and is about to kill him. You hear a gunshot and you're tricked into thinking for a split second that baddie has killed good guy #1. But no! Baddie slumps to the floor dying rather than gg#1. Then the camera pans to good guy #2 (who we haven't seen for the past 10 minutes of the movie) who we now know shot baddie in the back just in time to save his compadre. Hooray!

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