The Dennis Hopper Poll

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what a weird career - tons of good stuff, but nothing he particularly carried on his own merits. I think my favorite may actually be the first thing I ever saw him in - River's Edge.

Poll Results

Blue Velvet (1986) .... Frank Booth 10
River's Edge (1986) .... Feck 4
O.C. and Stiggs (1985) .... Sponson 2
The Last Movie (1971) .... Kansas 2
True Romance (1993) .... Clifford Worley 2
Red Rock West (1992) .... Lyle from Dallas 2
Waterworld (1995) .... Deacon 1
Space Truckers (1996) .... John Canyon 1
Super Mario Bros. (1993) .... King Koopa 1
Easy Rider (1969) .... Billy 1
Jesus' Son (1999) .... Bill 1
Out of the Blue (1980) .... Don Barnes 1
Giant (1956) .... Jordan Benedict III 1
Reborn (1981) .... Rev. Tom Hartley 0
Wild Times (1980) (TV) .... Doc Holliday 0
Flores del vicio, Las (1979) .... Chicken 0
King of the Mountain (1981) .... Cal 0
Apocalypse Now (1979) .... Photojournalist 0
Black Widow (1987) .... Ben Dumers 0
Neil Young: Human Highway (1982) .... Cracker 0
Rumble Fish (1983) .... Father 0
Running Out of Luck (1987) .... Video Director 0
Hoosiers (1986) .... Shooter 0
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) .... Lieutenant 'Lefty' Enright 0
Riders of the Storm (1986) .... The Captain 0
My Science Project (1985) .... Bob Roberts 0
Slagskämpen (1984) .... Miller 0
White Star (1983) .... Kenneth Barlow 0
The Osterman Weekend (1983) .... Richard Tremayne 0
Ordre et la sécurité du monde, L' (1978) .... Medford 0
Couleur chair (1978) .... Mel 0
Queen of Blood (1966) .... Paul Grant 0
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) .... Dave Hastings 0
Tarzan and Jane Regained... Sort of (1964) .... Unbilled double for Tarzan 0
The Thirteen Most Beautiful Boys (1964) 0
Night Tide (1961) .... Johnny Drake 0
Key Witness (1960) .... William 'Cowboy' Tomkins 0
The Young Land (1959) .... Hatfield Carnes 0
From Hell to Texas (1958) .... Tom Boyd 0
The Story of Mankind (1957) .... Napoleon Bonaparte 0
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) .... Billy Clanton 0
I Died a Thousand Times (1955) .... Joe 0
The Trip (1967/II) .... Max 0
Cool Hand Luke (1967) .... Babalugats 0
Apprentis sorciers, Les (1977) .... A spy 0
Amerikanische Freund, Der (1977) .... Tom Ripley 0
Mad Dog Morgan (1976) .... Daniel Morgan 0
Tracks (1976) .... 1st Sgt. Jack Falen 0
Kid Blue (1973) .... Bickford Waner 0
Crush Proof (1972) 0
The Other Side of the Wind (1972) 0
True Grit (1969) .... Moon 0
Panic in the City (1968) .... Goff 0
Hang 'Em High (1968) .... The Prophet 0
The Glory Stompers (1968) .... Chino 0
Rebel Without a Cause (1955) .... Goon0
Straight to Hell (1987) .... I.G. Farben 0
Memory (2006/II) .... Max Lichtenstein 0
Unspeakable (2002) .... Warden Earl Blakely 0
Knockaround Guys (2001) .... Benny Chains 0
L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve (2001) .... Captain Elsworth 0
Choke (2001) .... Henry Clark 0
Ticker (2001) .... Alex Swan 0
Held for Ransom (2000) .... JD 0
Luck of the Draw (2000) .... Giani Ponti 0
The Spreading Ground (2000) .... Det. Ed DeLongpre 0
Bad City Blues (1999) .... Cleveland Carter 0
The Venice Project (1999) .... Roland/Salvatore 0
Leo (2002) .... Horace 0
The Piano Player (2002) .... Robert Nile 0
The Night We Called It a Day (2003) .... Frank Sinatra 0
10th & Wolf (2006) .... Matty Matello 0
Tainted Love (2006) .... Marcus Roa 0
Land of the Dead (2005) .... Kaufman 0
The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005) .... El Niño 0
Americano (2005) .... Riccardo 0
Hoboken Hollow (2005) .... Sheriff Greer 0
House of 9 (2005) .... Father Duffy 0
Out of Season (2004) .... Harry Barlow 0
The Keeper (2004) .... Krebs 0
Legacy (2004) .... CHP Officer 0
Straight Shooter (1999) .... Frank Hector 0
Edtv (1999) .... Henry 'Hank' Pekurny 0
Chasers (1994) .... Doggie 0
Boiling Point (1993/I) .... Rudolph 'Red' Diamond 0
Eye of the Storm (1991) .... Marvin Gladstone 0
The Indian Runner (1991) .... Caesar 0
Paris Trout (1991) .... Paris Trout 0
Sunset Heat (1991) .... Carl Madson 0
Catchfire (1990) .... Milo 0
Flashback (1990) .... Huey Walker 0
Chattahoochee (1989) .... Walker Benson 0
Blood Red (1989) .... William Bradford Berrigan 0
Speed (1994) .... Howard Payne 0
Search and Destroy (1995) .... Dr. Luther Waxling 0
Carried Away (1996) .... Joseph Svenden 0
The Prophet's Game (1999) .... Vincent Swan 0
Lured Innocence (1999) .... Rick Chambers 0
Meet the Deedles (1998) .... Frank Slater 0
Michael Angel (1998) .... Lewis Garou 0
Road Ends (1997) .... Sheriff Ben Gilchrist 0
The Blackout (1997) .... Mickey Wayne 0
The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (1997) .... Frankie 0
The Good Life (1997) .... Mr. Golf 0
Top of the World (1997/I) .... Charles Atlas 0
Basquiat (1996) .... Bruno Bischofberger 0
The Pick-up Artist (1987) .... Flash Jensen 0

Shakey Mo Collier, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 23:02 (fourteen years ago) link

Not hard to predict what will win. I voted Red Rock West.

What about as a director? I've only seen Out of the Blue and The Last Movie besides Easy...

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 14:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Red Rock West for me too, although Speed was tempting.

(Brad Dourif's hair and Dean Stockwell much scarier in BV)

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 14:22 (fourteen years ago) link

you forgot to include the liberty mutual ads

sunny successor, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 14:38 (fourteen years ago) link


Mark Clemente, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 14:44 (fourteen years ago) link

blue velvet * american friend * easy rider


jhøshea, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 14:45 (fourteen years ago) link

Hopper-directed movies have parts that are better than the whole: specifically the visuals and soundtrack for both Colors and The Hot Spot.

Eazy, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 14:46 (fourteen years ago) link

i've seen only a handful of these films, but he was pretty incredible in blue velvet.

Mark Clemente, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 14:46 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm gonna say True Romance.

Eazy, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 14:48 (fourteen years ago) link

hopper's performance in waterworld convinced my parents that the whole movie was a comedy rather than bad sci-fi

mookieproof, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 15:26 (fourteen years ago) link

Out of the Blue is pretty great - I think that may be the only film he's directed that I've seen. Funny stuff happened when the hippies tried to "be down" with the punks (see also: "Human Highway"!!)

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 15:52 (fourteen years ago) link

presumed winner = Blue Velvet...?

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 15:53 (fourteen years ago) link

one wd think.

Actually, 'deep' character comedy is roughly what he does best, whatever the context.

isn't Kid Blue the one where he plays Billy the Kid? and Night Tide has a good reputation.

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 15:55 (fourteen years ago) link

picking a "worst" out of these films is almost as hard as picking a "best"... Space Truckers vs. Super Mario vs. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2...

Space Truckers really is some kind of apotheosis of incredibly shitty sci-fi filmmaking. Debbie Mazar spends the whole movie in a plastic bikini while Hopper bellows lines like "No one jacks my load!" at space trucks full of genetically modified pigs.

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 16:00 (fourteen years ago) link

he's pretty uninspired in meet the deedles (understandably, and it appears they didn't pay enough for him to stand up), but you do get to see him digitally floating on the top of Old Faithful.

da croupier, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 16:08 (fourteen years ago) link

space truckers sounds awesome, though

da croupier, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 16:09 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm probably going to be the goofball who votes for King Koopa.

There was a movie where he played Sinatra!?

Alex in Baltimore, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 16:28 (fourteen years ago) link

presumably OLD Sinatra

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 16:29 (fourteen years ago) link

I am the guy who voted for Space Truckers

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 16:38 (fourteen years ago) link

someone had to do it

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 16:40 (fourteen years ago) link

I saw his part in Hoboken Hollow and thought it said, "Pam Grier."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 16:41 (fourteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 23:01 (fourteen years ago) link

man, his career's had quite a rough patch since Waterworld

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 23:12 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't think I've seen or have even heard of a single film of his since then (except for Edtv I guess)

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 23:12 (fourteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Thursday, 27 September 2007 23:01 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...
eleven months pass...

Actor Dennis Hopper hospitalized

Zeno, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 21:21 (twelve years ago) link

got the RIP thread and my zingers ready.

Roman Polanski now sleeps in prison. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 30 September 2009 21:37 (twelve years ago) link

he seems like an asshole and actually kind of a dolt but a pretty charismatic actor no?

also nobody voted for it but he is great in
Amerikanische Freund, Der (1977) .... Tom Ripley

amateurist, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 21:39 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah a great movie too even though it's pretty far afield from the way I think of the novel.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 21:53 (twelve years ago) link

six months pass...
two weeks pass...

Just watched that Middle Word In Life montage... well worth your time

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 23 April 2010 22:29 (eleven years ago) link

My Science Project was robbed.

Adam Bruneau, Friday, 23 April 2010 22:35 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

Out Of The Blue is an amazing film

Michael B Higgins (Michael B), Saturday, 8 December 2012 01:26 (eight years ago) link

look @ all that mid-00 shit, god. he mustev been dead broke huh

yea out of the blue is p good

johnny crunch, Saturday, 8 December 2012 01:35 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

I've had Red Rock West for years, finally watched it. I wouldn't rank it alongside Blue Velvet (either film or Hopper's performance), but I enjoyed it. Hopper drifts into Frank Booth II territory now and again, then pulls it back a bit. I love when he starts howling with glee as Cage drives alongside the train. Cage is fairly subdued for him (only one lapse into Cage-like camp: "FUCK MEXICO!!!"), J.T. Walsh great as always. I generally find Lara Flynn Boyle bland, Twin Peaks included (where her blandness fits the character), and I wasn't sure why they laid on the pancake makeup so heavily at one point.

clemenza, Saturday, 16 February 2013 15:04 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Speed holds up well. It played here as part of a Keanu Reeves series--a stretch, I know, but he did provide a funny pre-taped intro. The Winkie's guy from Mulholland Drive is one of the people trapped on the elevator. More Frank Booth from Hopper--he gets off a couple of great laughs. I was looking at the action poll to see how it did, and one post alerted me to something I don't think I fully appreciated at the time: Speed was released exactly seven days before the O.J. chase. That's almost up there with the timing of The China Syndrome.

clemenza, Saturday, 16 March 2013 04:21 (eight years ago) link

three years pass...

This is playing in a first-run theatre here for (only, I'm guessing) a week.

I've still never seen The Last Movie.

clemenza, Sunday, 12 June 2016 22:04 (five years ago) link

Told my friend that "I'm guessing there's like four people there per screening" and that we needed to see this right away before it closed; sure enough, there were four people there tonight during the trailers, with a fifth person walking in just before the film started. Not that I needed one, but another reminder that I'm living in some dream world where this is something of an event and the theatre's packed for a one-night-only screening.

I could spend a few hundred words ridiculing the film, but (so?) I'm glad I saw it. At one point--this is 1971--Hopper seems to speak admiringly of Manson. Later on, as he sits around with about a dozen women who've been flown in by Bert Schneider to satisfy his whims or to take part in The Last Movie or maybe both, it's fairly obvious that Hopper wishes he were Manson--not the killing part, just the group sex and messianic rap sessions. My favourite of Hopper's many ruminations were his thoughts on visiting cities for the first time: once you've been there they're less abstract because, well, now you've been there.

I don't know Hopper's photography very well--from the few pictures you see, it looks like he was very talented.

clemenza, Tuesday, 14 June 2016 01:32 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Kid Blue is a '73 revisionist-western comedy; great ensemble cast, fairly frequent laughs, wobbly tone. Hopper is a train robber who moves to a small Texas town to go straight, labors at barbershop sweeping and chicken beheading. Warren Oates is his new best buddy, who lectures him about the loving ways of the Greeks and then invited him into the bathtub; Ben Johnson is a mean sumbitch sheriff; Peter Boyle a hallucinogenic-taking preacher; elsewhere Janice Rule, Clifton James, Janice Rule, M Emmett Walsh. Directed by James (Son of Fred Mertz) Frawley, whose biggest hit was The Muppet Movie. Gonzo screenplay by Bud Shrake. Saw a lovely 35mm 'scope print. As the L Maltin guide points out, Hopper is too old for the part (about 36, 37).

helpless before THRILLARY (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 July 2016 02:49 (five years ago) link

heh, this is def not "for children"

helpless before THRILLARY (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 July 2016 02:50 (five years ago) link

much respect for nailing the punk lifestyle in "Out of the Blue." Elvis and "Rust Never Sleeps."

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 05:46 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

I have a hard time believing that's worth watching (is it)?

I liked Out of the Blue a lot though

Οὖτις, Friday, 8 September 2017 19:50 (four years ago) link

still love him so much in "My Science Project" (1985)

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 8 September 2017 19:50 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

Kickstarter up for an Out of The Blue restoration.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 20:13 (two years ago) link

film always had a Fassbinder feel to me

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 20:15 (two years ago) link

I saw The Last Movie on the library shelf last night, which i haven't watched in ~20 years. I passed it up in favor of a Garbo-Gable film.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 20:34 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Just saw the Out of the Blue restoration. Wow. It’s a bit schizophrenic as a film, presumabky due to its disjointed production history, but when it gets dark it gets REALLY dark. The final two scenes are the best in the film, it ends on an intense dark high. It’s an amazing Hopper performance. And yes, I can totally see the Fassbinder vibe of it.

Josefa, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 23:23 (one week ago) link

I saw this on late-night TV sometime in the 90s. I found the female lead really at sea, I didn't think she carried the film at all. The most memorable scenes were of Hopper working in the garbage dump, wordlessly contending with oceans of trash.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 00:42 (one week ago) link

I secretly agree with you about the lead. There are scenes where she’s quite awkward and unconvincing, and I tried to write it off as, the dialogue they gave her wasn’t good. (I think the film had two main screenwriters). She’s more naturalistic in other scenes. But Hopper and Sharon Farrell carry the film imo.

Josefa, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 00:57 (one week ago) link

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