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Sparsely Cast Movies

Let’s limit movies with 1-3 cast in its entirety. No supporting characters with crucial spoken lines onscreen outside of these 1-3 cast members. How did these actors sustain interest or did they sustain interest? Was it a plot gimmick or did it aid the storyline e.g. part of the plot.

I really enjoyed Gravity (2013) with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. But Clooney’s character was gone for most of the movie. The film could’ve dragged on and given the heavy handed Hollywood treatment like other existential space movies in the past, but it didn’t and that’s partly why it worked. Bullock’s performance also held our attention.

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by Anonymousreply 6004/11/2021

I know you said limit of three, but Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf.

by Anonymousreply 103/29/2021

‘Night Mother, two hander play adapted for the screen with Spacek and Bancroft in the roles. They may have added other characters, but it’s essentially them.

by Anonymousreply 203/29/2021

R1 I haven’t seen that movie, how many characters are there? Let’s hear about why it could fit as a sparsely cast film category anyway, if it’s as good as you think it is.

by Anonymousreply 303/29/2021

Closer. Excellent performances. May be the only film to ever pare down Julia Roberts. Beautiful English men. Portman out of nowhere proves herself a fine actress.

by Anonymousreply 403/29/2021

Cast Away! Its basically one character. Who gives a shit about Helen Hunt?

by Anonymousreply 503/29/2021

Passengers with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.

Sci-Fi. Very interesting concept. Well done, w tiny cast.

by Anonymousreply 603/29/2021

Moon with Sam Rockwell

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by Anonymousreply 803/29/2021

Closer was better onstage with Natasha Richardson in the Roberts role and Anna Friel in the Portman role.

There was an interesting film from 1969 called Hell In The Pacific with Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune as two WWII soldiers/enemies stranded on an island.

by Anonymousreply 903/29/2021

R1--- Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, George Segal, Sandy Dennis.

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by Anonymousreply 1003/29/2021

Blue Lagoon

by Anonymousreply 1103/29/2021

Z for Zachariah's a decent flick featuring Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine. All do a wonderful job in their roles.

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by Anonymousreply 1203/29/2021

Liv Ullmann's Miss Julie with Colin Farrell, Jessica Chastain and Samantha Morton

Gus van Sant's Gerry with Matt Damon and Casey Affleck

by Anonymousreply 1303/29/2021

Persona. There’s the actress, the nurse, blind husband, nurse manager, and son.

by Anonymousreply 1403/29/2021

The Maids, a film of the Genet play with Glenda Jackson and Susannah York.

All Is Lost, with Robert Redford.

by Anonymousreply 1503/29/2021

Clue has a small (and outstanding) cast but not 1-3

by Anonymousreply 1603/29/2021

Sleuth - Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine

by Anonymousreply 1703/29/2021

Give 'Em Hell, Harry, 1975. One cast member -- James Whitmore playing Harry Truman. Movie with the smallest number of cast members who were nominated for an Oscar - 1.

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by Anonymousreply 1803/29/2021

"The World, the Flesh and the Devil"

I'm blanking on the name of the film but it starred Sam Waterston, John Heard and Liv Ullmann. Very angst-filled, lots of end of the world discussion, IIRC.

by Anonymousreply 1903/29/2021

Here's my quibble about WAOVW? Isn't there a bartender in there somewhere when they go out for a drink? I don't think he says anything and there is no credit, but I seem to recall a fifth person. Cannot confirm because I just cannot watch that movie again.

by Anonymousreply 2003/29/2021

“I’m your number one fan”. Talking about Misery of course.

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by Anonymousreply 2103/29/2021

I think "Stranger Than Paradise" (1984) only has the three actors - John Lurie, Richard Edson and Eszter Baslint. What a great movie!

by Anonymousreply 2203/29/2021

[quote] Bullock’s performance also held our attention.

It did? Gee, that's not how I remember it.

by Anonymousreply 2303/29/2021

William Wyler's The Collector (1965) A bit of a cheat there are 4 speaking parts but there are 2 main characters and 2 supporting who have 1 scene each. A man (Terrence Stamp) kidnaps a beautiful student (Samantha Eager) and keeps her locked in his basement. Tense psychological thriller along the lines of Misery but not campy. The 2 leads took Best Actor and Actress at Cannes, Eager won the Golden Globe for Best Actress-Drama and the film received 3 Oscar nods for Best Actress, Best Director and adapted screenplay and it should have been a Best Picture nominee.

by Anonymousreply 2403/29/2021

R9 Should put that in the sparsely cast play’s list

by Anonymousreply 2503/29/2021

My Dinner with Andre

by Anonymousreply 2603/29/2021

I don’t know if it counts because it’s a short only lasting 30 minutes, but last year Almodavar released the Human Voice based on the Genet play staring just Tilda Swinton. Would love to see it if anyone knows where it’s a available.

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by Anonymousreply 2703/29/2021

Some film with Emmanuel Seigner?(Polaski's wife). Takes place mostly on a stage with 2 characters. It's French. Mesmerizing

by Anonymousreply 2803/29/2021

Robinson Crusoe on Mars, or, Three Men and a Monkey

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by Anonymousreply 2903/29/2021

R23 judging by popular consensus and using “our” as reflection of that. Are you one of those people who like to argue (badly) about contextual meanings of pronouns?

by Anonymousreply 3003/30/2021

R28, the Polanski film is Venus In Fur.

by Anonymousreply 3103/30/2021

The Anna Magnani part of "L'amore" (1948), which is just her on the phone the whole time.

by Anonymousreply 3203/30/2021

Steven Knight's LOCKE. 90-minutes of Tom Hardy on a series of phone calls.

by Anonymousreply 3303/30/2021

Steven Spielberg's Duel is (primarily) Dennis Weaver and a truck.

by Anonymousreply 3403/30/2021

L'amore and The Human Voice are based on the same play by Jean Cocteau. Ingrid Bergman performed it on television in 1967. There's also a short film version of it with Rosamund Pike.

by Anonymousreply 3503/30/2021

Rosemund Pike, the Gone Girl? How could she possibly pull off a monologue?

by Anonymousreply 3603/30/2021

Ex Machina

by Anonymousreply 3703/30/2021

Open Water for the majority of the movie.

by Anonymousreply 3803/30/2021

R27 with that staging it could have been a Greenaway film.

by Anonymousreply 3903/30/2021

Responding to a thread about actress Deborah Kerr I said her best performance was in probably in The Innocents (1961) Michael Redgrave appears in the opening scene but, for the rest of the movie there are only 4 speaking parts: Kerr, 2 children and the housekeeper.

by Anonymousreply 4004/01/2021

Secret Honor. Starring Phillip Baker Hall.

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by Anonymousreply 4104/01/2021

Dutchman (1967) Set in a NYC subway car Shirley Knight and Al Freeman Jr. have the only speaking parts the rest of the cast are passengers who do move and partake in some minimal action but only the 2 leads have any dialog.

by Anonymousreply 4204/03/2021

You'll Like My Mother (1972) 5 speaking parts The main part of the film involves 4 characters in a snowbound mansion.

by Anonymousreply 4304/03/2021

The Shining has a lot more than three roles, but the cast outside the leads is limited to walk-ons and a handful of lines,

by Anonymousreply 4404/03/2021

Oh yes- The Others, with Nicole Kidman and two kids. Quite good.

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by Anonymousreply 4504/04/2021

Cries and Whispers. 3 sisters, a maid and Erland Josephson in a flashback.

by Anonymousreply 4604/04/2021

Hell in the Pacific

Starring American actor Lee Marvin and Japanese actor Toshirō Mifune

They are the only two characters in the entire movie, who play two WWII servicemen, one Japanese and one American, stranded on a deserted island in the Pacific during the war.

The general theme is that two men, wartime enemies, must learn to trust each other to survive. There are no subtitles or dubs and little dialog, which creates a realistic portrayal of the challenge of communication throughout the film.

by Anonymousreply 4704/04/2021

[quote]The Shining has a lot more than three roles, but the cast outside the leads is limited to walk-ons and a handful of lines,

Why does this sentence end with a comma? A comma and a period are different.

by Anonymousreply 4804/04/2021

Auto Fellatio (Because They Can) - volumes 1 & 2.

by Anonymousreply 4904/05/2021

The Savage is Loose (1974) 3 characters shipwrecked on an island. 4 actors with 2 actors playing the son at different ages.

by Anonymousreply 5004/07/2021

They Look Like People. It's a very limited main cast. Two friends reunite, one of them is down on his luck and basically homeless and struggling with mental health issues, so the other guy takes him in to help him out. It's a mixture of horror, thriller and drama.

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by Anonymousreply 5104/07/2021

Not necessarily a good film - but Gerry is just Matt Damon and Casey Affleck with little dialogue as they are lost in the desert.

Speaking of Damon - this does not really count since there are well more than 3 to four people, but for the much of the movie, it is just Damon.

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by Anonymousreply 5204/07/2021

R22 you forgot Cecillia Stark as Aunt Lotte in Stranger Than Paradise.

by Anonymousreply 5304/07/2021

R48 'a comma and a period are different'

Anyone can see that. What's your point?

by Anonymousreply 5404/10/2021

The Lighthouse with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, with brief appearances by a mermaid and the ghost of Pattinson’s former boss.

by Anonymousreply 5504/10/2021

R55 Those sound like spoilers to me.

by Anonymousreply 5604/10/2021

[quote]Anyone can see that. What's your point?

Why are you so goddamned DUMB, R54? lol

Educate yourself. Learn the difference between a comma and a period.

by Anonymousreply 5704/11/2021

10 Cloverfield Lane

by Anonymousreply 5804/11/2021

What Happened Was

by Anonymousreply 5904/11/2021

Whoopi Goldberg in The Telephone. Brilliant!

by Anonymousreply 6004/11/2021
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