On-Screen Cliches – The Dramatic Walk-Off

If you watch a lot of movies, you will soon pick up on certain devices that are used over and over again, like a car that won’t start when the killer is closing in on the main character. One of the cliches that I’ve noticed is often used during a dramatic scene between two characters. Usually, the characters are at odds with each other and the scene is tense, filled with a lot of dialogue. Inevitably, Character #1 will end the conversation and then dramatically walk away from the confrontation. However, just before he/she leaves the room, Character #2 will stop Character #1′s exit with one last word. You might see this play out in an FBI office when the young, brash agent starts to walk away from his supervisor. Just before getting to the door the supervisor will say, “Agent Pearson.” At which point, the young agent will turn around. The two lock eyes for a moment and the supervisor adds, “Be careful out there.”

What other movie/TV cliches have you noticed?

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3 Responses to “On-Screen Cliches – The Dramatic Walk-Off”

  1. Brett McArdle says:

    People walking away from explosions (see: Man on Fire, Wolverine). As if the superheated bomb fragments couldn't possibly hurt them.

  2. Clint Till says:

    Speaking of explosions, most structures that blow up in movies actually blow up several times, just so the editor can show it to you from every possible angle.

  3. Brett McArdle says:

    I'm pretty sure I heard that the hospital that was blown up in Dark Knight by the Joker was a Chicago building already slated to be demolished. The crew offered to do it, and the city said ok.

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