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I got one.

Revenge of the Nerds. The nerds have just found there house trashed by the Alphas and Gilbert (Anthony Edwards) decides he’s had enough and rushes to the rally to speak his mind. While trying to grab the microphone the Alphas start manhandling him and even ignore the dean when he tells them to stop.

As things look like they are hopeless and Gilbert looks like he’s going to be broken, help arrives. Bernie Casey and a bunch of Tri-Lambda alum show up.

I know it was playing on some stereotypes, but a dozen big, black angry men sure put a crimp on the jocks.

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Commando: Arny has been arrested and taken into custody. The cops are driving off with him when who do they see in the mirror? Rae Dawn Chong, lookin’ sexy as ever. “Hey,” one cop quips to the other, “I think she’s got something for us.” Goddamn right she does. ROCKET LAUNCHER.

JP is still my fav, though.

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Grandpa in The Lost Boys. No contest.

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The Warriors (1979). A blooded, exhausted group of street toughs fight their way home all night through a New York City full of gangs trying to kill them (for a murder they did not commit!). Just when they think they are safely home, they are met by the evil gang that did commit the crime. The Warriors are outnumbered, these new guys are fresh and ready to attack. And then they hear, “Riff!”
See it before the sequel comes out in 2010.

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jonnywarlock said on March 31st, 2009 at 7:37 am

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – Battle for Helm’s Deep (uh, LOTR is action, nu?)

Gandalf: “Rohirrim king fights alone.”
Eomer: “Not alone. ROHIRRIM!”

The impossible downhill charge (by actual CGI cavalry!) was so awesome, the rest of the fight was basically mopping up of the uruk hai horde. The Rohirrim tried this again in the third film… Only to get smacked around by war oliphaunts and the Nazgul.

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It’s gone from failed film to cult hit to overblown reference, but I still love the appearance of Henry The Red’s riders in “Army Of Darkness.” And the post-battle reconciliation scene pastes a big goofy grin on my face every time.

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Hmm. If I have to pick one from LOTR, it’s when the King of the Nazgul gets taken down… by a hobbit and a woman. That scene totally redeems the lack of female characters in the books (the films, of course, beefed up Arwen’s role to make up for this).

Although it’s a bit of a cheesy departure from the book, the scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when Sirius apparates behind Lucien and socks him is excellent. In the book, another good one is when the Order is losing that same battle, and Dumbledore strides in and shuts the Death Eaters down in one move.

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Ted Knight’s arrival at the climax of the Grand Guignol story arc in Starman.

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Skemono – You left out the best part, where you’re wondering why/how the cowed police force rallied to Yagami’s aid when HOLY SHIT IT’S AIZAWA!

AFRO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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Sofa King said on March 31st, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Monster Squad. Dracula’s basically won, he’s about to destroy the only prison that can hold him and kill a little girl to do it…when the Frankenstein’s Monster punks him and impales him on a pointy tombstone. “Bogus!” He was one of the best Dracula’s, in my opinion.

Oddly, I liked the Oliphant charge in ROTK best. Maybe I’m just eeevil.

Ooo, the bull charge in Rundown?

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I’m glad someone mentioned “Countrycide”…

I think my favorite cavalry scene is from Babylon 5… The station is about to get attacked by a fleet of Earth ships, and they are hopeless outnumbered… Until Delenn and a brand new fleet of ships gates in.

“This is Ambassador Delenn of the Minbari. Babylon 5 is under our protection. Withdraw, .. or be destroyed.” [in the White Star!]
“Negative. We have authority here. Do not force us to engage your ship.”
“Why not? Only one human captain has ever survived battle with a Minbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else.”

— Delenn and Captain Drake in Babylon 5:”Severed Dreams”

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I have to back the Great Big Nerd’s pick of the ‘disobeying direct orders’ Pegasus move from Battlestar Galactica. It was just a pitch-perfect cavalry moment: a cunning plan attempted against the odds, they get their hopes up, then get their arses kicked; that beautiful, depressing long shot of Galactica being pounded by the basestars, and what really makes it for me is that the shot pulls out with the sort of visual grammar that says “they’re fucked, look away” (which you believe because, well, it’s BSG and they will shoot the hostage) and then Pegasus’ missiles come on screen and it is such a cavalry moment for a show that rarely gave us them.

And maybe that’s the thing. BSG has the advantage of being serial fiction that beat the audience into assuming that the cavalry won’t come, or that if they do, they’ll break their neck or shoot themselves in the face or something.

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