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The Top 10 Bar Scenes on Film: Casablanca, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark & Goodfellas

Casablanca Renault Rick 300x226 The Top 10 Bar Scenes on Film: Casablanca, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark & GoodfellasPart 2 Coming Soon…  Classic Western Shoutouts…

By Jim Barlieb, Jeremy Thomson, Joe Casey, Ari Hyman, Pat Smith, Don Corino, Paul Reiter, Tim Rodgers and Matt Goldstein

1.  Casablanca: 

Inspector Renault and his police crew storm into Rick’s Café to shut down the bar.  As Humphrey Bogart asks why he is being shut down, Inspector Renault emphatically states, “I’m shocked!  Shocked there’s gambling going on in here.”  Just then, a dealer walks over to the inspector and hands him his winnings.  The Inspector says thanks and pockets the money.   

2.  Star Wars: 

The classic cantina scene…  Luke and Obi Wan walk into the bar and a trouble maker threatens Luke’s life for no reason at all.  “I’ll be careful,” Luke explains.  The crazy pig nose alien replies, “you’ll be dead!”  To wit, Obi Wan steps in and the pig nose alien throws the young Luke to the side and tries to shoot the Jedi master.  Obi Wan of course whips out the light saber and slices an arm off.  The best part of the Cantina scene however is when Greedo, a bounty hunter for Jabba the Hut, pulls a gun out on Han Solo asking him for the money owed to Jabba the Hut.  Han explains, “Tell Jabba I have the money.”  When Greedo ask for Han to give him the money, Han explains, “Well, I don’t have the money with me.”  Greedo wants to take Han back to Jabba.  Meanwhile, Han fires a gun from under the table and blows Greedo away after he replies, “Over my dead body.”      

raidersofthelostark karen allen 300x199 The Top 10 Bar Scenes on Film: Casablanca, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark & Goodfellas3.  Raiders of the Lost Ark: 

The scene starts when Marion Ravenwood, the bar owner, played by Karen Allen, crushes a local Nepalese bar patron in a shot drinking contest.  There is nothing hotter than a woman drinking shots of liquor!  As Ravenwood closes up the bar, in walks Indiana Jones, the man who broke her heart 10 years earlier.  Ravenwood punches Indiana right in the face.  Indiana came to Nepal to find Ravenwood and get a priceless medallion that her father left her.  The medallion also might be a key to finding the Ark of the Covenant.  Of course, Indiana was followed by the Nazi’s and leads the evil empire right to the medallion.  The Nazi’s then unsuccessfully try to negotiate for the medallion.  They begin to rough her up and threaten to burn her.  Indiana walks back into the bar.  All hell breaks lose.  Fist fights, shoot outs and Ravenwood pumping some lead into the muscle.  The bar is on fire and everyone is dead besides Indiana and Ravenwood, they escape with the medallion. 

billy batts1 300x225 The Top 10 Bar Scenes on Film: Casablanca, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark & Goodfellas4.  Goodfellas: 

Home from jail and ready to party, Billy Bats starts breaking Tommy’s balls about his shine box and how Tommy used to shine shoes and make the shoes look like ‘fuckin mirrors.’  An insulted Tommy replies, “no more shines Billy.  I said no more shines.  Maybe you didn’t here about it, you been away a long time, they didn’t go up there and tell ya.  I don’t shine shoes anymore.”  Billy tells Tommy to relax and that he just breakin’ his balls a little bit.  “Sometimes you don’t sound like you’re kidding, ya know?  There’s a lot of people around,” Tommy replies.  They both apologize to each other.  Billy waits a few seconds, takes a sip of Cognac and says, “Now go home and get your fuckin shine box!”  An enraged Tommy is removed from the bar only to comeback later and murder Billy Bats. 

A Clockwork Orange 300x179 The Top 10 Bar Scenes on Film: Casablanca, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark & Goodfellas 5.  Clockwork Orange: 

In the opening scene and the opening shot of the film at the Milk bar, a close up of Alex gives the infamous and evil stare to the camera that is now the face of the legendary Kubrick classic.  “There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie and Dim and we sat in the Korova Milk bar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova Milk Bar sold MilkPlus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence. Our pockets were full of money so there was no need on that score, but, as they say, money isn’t everything.”  Well then Alex, on with the show.  

6.  Inglorious Bastards: 

In WWII German occupied France, a few English spies sit at a bar table with a German officer.  When the English spy, pretending to be German, orders drinks incorrectly and the German officer realizes he is sitting with a table of spies, the life seems to drain from his face.  The German begins to breathe heavily, knowing people and maybe himself, are about to die.  The German let the main English spy know that, just then, he has pointed a Walther pistol right at the Englishmen’s crotch.  The Englishman tells the German that there was already a gun pointed at the German’s crotch as another spy points 2nd gun at the German’s crotch.  They both know they are going to die.  Before drinking  a very expensive scotch, the Englishman asks, “Well if this is it old boy, I hope you don’t mind myself going out speaking of king’s.”  The Englishman stops speaking German and begins speaking English, the language of King’s, the language of Henry the V.  A shootout ensues. 

7.  Trainspotting:

Ya can’t take Begbie anywhere can you?  When the heroin junkies are just trying to relax and have a drink, their crazy psycho friend Begbie throws his drink over the railing on the second floor and walks down the steps and starts a bar brawl. 

8.  Bronx Tale: 

The legendary quote, “Now ya’s can’t leave.”  The voice over Cologido kicks in, “I’ll never forget the looks on their faces, all eight of them.  Their faces dropped.  All the courage and strength was drained right from their bodies.  They had a reputation for breakin’ up bars, but they knew that instant they made a fatal mistake.  This time they walked into the wrong bar.”  With the front door locked, a crew of Italian mobsters come out of the back room and beat the crap out of the biker gang.    

9.  The Shining

10.  Mean Streets

11.  Roadhouse

12. Barfly

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11 comments to The Top 10 Bar Scenes on Film: Casablanca, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark & Goodfellas

  • Hello, just wanted to thank you for your post — you’ve inspired a whole post on my blog (www.thatlou.com). I found your article from Forest Collins of 52 Martinis, with whom I’m co-hosting a drinks treasure hunt at the Louvre. As a result of your post a perfect film which marries a classic bar scene with running through the Louvre is Godard’s 1964 Bande a Part.

    Anyway, thanks!
    Daisy

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  • Mr. Moonboots

    My favorite bar scene of all time has to be when Reggie Hammond, AKA Eddie, turns that honky-tonk bar upside down in 48 Hours. I think it trumps most of this shit.

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  • marcus

    Also carlitos way/ come on man teh scene with Calrito and Klienfeld at teh bar/club with benny blanco/ “who you been with mother fucker, I been with made people, connected people/ You aint like me motherfu*cker you a punk/ go on snatch a purse/

    get at me

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  • marcus

    Tim Rogers well said; dispointed my man Nicky and Ace didnt make the list in casino, when Ace asks the guy if this is his pen…. one lead thing leads to another and nicky stabs the guy in his neck and face about 1000 times… classic. “Didnt matter how big a guy might be, Nicky would take him on/ you beat nicky with fists he comes back with a bat/ you beat nicky with a bat he comes back with a knife, you beat nicky with knife he comes back with a gun, and you beat nicky with a gun, you better killm, because he’ll keep coming back until one of you is dead!

    all in all though solid list Bean/ should have proably consulted with me on this one/ I mean I masterful with it

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    I have to agree with those 2 scenes. You can also use like 3-4 scenes from Scarface in the club.

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  • Tim Rodgers

    Honestly, Goodfellas should be elevated at least over Indiana Jones. Furthermore, does the Billy Bats scene take precedent over the “You’re a funny guy” scene?, (The funny thing is I am supposed to christen his kid this weekend, yeah I’ll christen your kid, I charge $8 grand ya prick”)

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