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Crashing through windows
Topic by: hamano
Posted: October 6, 2006 - 1:35 PM PDT
Last Reply: January 16, 2009 - 8:13 PM PST

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author topic: Crashing through windows
hamano
post #1  on October 6, 2006 - 1:35 PM PDT  
Tell me about your favorite movie scenes where characters crash through windows or glass, so CBenson can make another list... Also, if you've had your computer go wacky thanks to Microsoft Windows you can post your horror stories here.

The most recent one I remember seeing that was any good was in the X-men movie this past summer, when the kid with the wings gave his dad the finger and went soaring off into the blue. It's about a minute and 20 seconds into this trailer.

This exciting fight scene in Tony Jaa's film Tom Yum Goong (The Protector) ended with a bad guy on an ATV going out through a window. It was cool because Jaa wasn't doing his moves aided by special effects.

I don't have any Windoze horror stories because I'm on a Mac. But my daughter learned an important lesson at her school's book fair when she used her allowance to buy a computer game. She didn't notice the "PC only" label and tried to install it on her eMac. I can't return it now because it's open. She'll have to pass it on to one of her friends....

Oh, remember this photo from Hurricane Katrina? I stayed in that Hyatt once, a few years ago...
CBenson
post #2  on October 6, 2006 - 1:53 PM PDT  
Alright, a new list!

Most memorable for me was "The Poseidon Adventure" where the guy falls through the skylight.

woozy
post #3  on October 6, 2006 - 5:10 PM PDT  
Well, this movie pre-dates windows but averting nuclear war by crashing a computer with tic-tac-toe is still a classic.
DHofmann
post #4  on October 6, 2006 - 6:16 PM PDT  
The obligatory Hudsucker Proxy.

Does crashing through ceilings count? Or would that be another list? (A scene in another movie also comes to mind, which was recently debunked on Mythbusters.)
hamano
post #5  on October 6, 2006 - 9:21 PM PDT  
> On October 6, 2006 - 6:16 PM PDT DHofmann wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> (A scene in another movie also comes to mind, which was recently debunked on Mythbusters.)

Actually didn't they CONFIRM that the unamplified human voice can indeed shatter glass?
artifex
post #6  on October 7, 2006 - 4:22 AM PDT  
Going through glass?
Yet another excuse to mention this. Daryl Hannah? :)
Or several Jackie Chan movies. (What was the one with the hydrofoil? That one had falling through hotel skylights I think)
Okay, if you want glass breaking from voices, try this (also counts as running through glass) or this. Or even this.
DHofmann
post #7  on October 9, 2006 - 9:05 PM PDT  
> On October 6, 2006 - 9:21 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Actually didn't they CONFIRM that the unamplified human voice can indeed shatter glass?
> ---------------------------------

Yes, but I was thinking of this movie where Selene (Kate Beckinsale's character) fires a bunch of bullets in a circle in the floor, which falls through to the floor below.

hamano
post #8  on October 10, 2006 - 4:08 AM PDT  
> On October 9, 2006 - 9:05 PM PDT threadjacker wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Yes, but I was thinking of this movie where Selene (Kate Beckinsale's character) fires a bunch of bullets in a circle in the floor, which falls through to the floor below.

Well, you know, Vash the Stampede did that in Trigun YEARS before Selene (although I suspect something similar happened in Looney Tunes cartoons decades before that) and he went through SEVERAL storeys, I believe.
DHofmann
post #9  on October 10, 2006 - 5:01 PM PDT  
Michelle Yeoh crashing through glass
NLee
post #10  on October 11, 2006 - 10:37 AM PDT  
> On October 10, 2006 - 4:08 AM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Well, you know, Vash the Stampede did that in Trigun YEARS before Selene (although I suspect something similar happened in Looney Tunes cartoons decades before that)
> ---------------------------------

Yosemite Sam does this regularly, sixty years ago.

Of course, it helps that he can fire hundreds of bullets from his six-shooters without reloading.
Yowanda
post #11  on October 11, 2006 - 12:27 PM PDT  
How about in The Great Muppet Caper when Miss Piggy crashes through the stained glass on her motorcycle? I remember having a glass from Mcdonalds or some place depicting this when I was younger.
underdog
post #12  on October 11, 2006 - 4:41 PM PDT  
Wasn't there some gratuitous glass window-crashing in Foul Play? ...In the prolonged climax when Goldie and Chevy take someone's truck to race to the Opera, then crash it into a restaurant, before then stealing a limo ("Kojak, bang bang!")

DLeonard
post #13  on October 12, 2006 - 5:16 PM PDT  
What about that moment in Body Heat when William Hurt breaks through the window to get at Kathleen Turner.
Cinenaut
post #14  on October 13, 2006 - 9:00 PM PDT  
Perhaps the finest example of cinematic defenestration takes place in Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth. It involves a high rise's plate glass window, Buck Henry, a couple of guys wearing motorcycle helmets and a dumbell. It's hilarious and disturbing in turns.



...and of course, just as one might surmise, a Google search for "defenestrate buck henry" yields a Wikipedia article that includes a list of defenestration movies.
hamano
post #15  on October 13, 2006 - 9:24 PM PDT  
> On October 6, 2006 - 9:52 AM PDT CBenson wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Oh, that's just great - I would miss the turducken discussion. The next thing you are going to tell me is that I missed my chance to use defenestrate in a discussion.

Sorry CB. You have now missed your chance to become the FIRST person to use "defenestrate" appropriately in a GreenCine discussion thread. You could still try using it though.

At least now I can finally post this link which Cinenaut just mentioned.
Yowanda
post #16  on October 14, 2006 - 10:28 AM PDT  
I just thought of another one - TV this time. In "The Train Job" episode of Firefly, Mal gets thrown threw a "glass" window of a pub. But its really just a holograph, and it disappears when he goes thru and then reappears. Not exactly a crash, but an interesting futuristic interpretation.
Yowanda
post #17  on October 14, 2006 - 10:30 AM PDT  
And I thought of that BEFORE I read the wikipedia entry. I actually just watched that episode a couple days ago.
woozy
post #18  on October 14, 2006 - 10:15 PM PDT  
> On October 13, 2006 - 9:24 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Sorry CB. You have now missed your chance to become the FIRST person to use "defenestrate" appropriately in a GreenCine discussion thread. You could still try using it though.
>
Shouldn't the term be "efenestrate" or "transfenestrate"? "defenestrate" sounds like having a window removed.

...... does google search....

...*rats*...

Well, a minor (reallllllly minor) quibble: defenestration is the act of throwing someone or something out a window; not nescessarily through a window. One might assume before movies defenestration presumed an open window. (e.g. a wife defenestrating her husbands clothes, clearing debris from the upstairs of a house, emptying chamber pots, escaping from the early return of a husband, etc.)

Sidenote, "interfenestration" is the space between windows (de-interfenestration would really hurt!) or the art of arranging windows.

> On October 14, 2006 - 10:28 AM PDT Yowanda wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I just thought of another one - TV this time. In "The Train Job" episode of Firefly, Mal gets thrown threw a "glass" window of a pub. But its really just a holograph, and it disappears when he goes thru and then reappears. Not exactly a crash, but an interesting futuristic interpretation.
>
> ---------------------------------

That was really funny. I liked the "electronic paper" of the maps, train plans, and wanted posters as well.

Eoliano
post #19  on October 15, 2006 - 12:04 AM PDT  
A Home at the Edge of the World: tragically, when Bobby's older brother dies after running through a plate glass window in the first act.
weezy
post #20  on January 16, 2009 - 5:24 PM PST  
I just found this post and am stoked to respond because I just watched ROBOCOP! Where in one fight scene along a man goes through 4 panes of glass!!

If you played a drinking game where you must drink every time someone goes through a window in this movie, it might even stack up with the "drink whenever anyone gets a body part exploded off in Rambo" game.
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