Kind of a physical negotiation is underway

What are the best negotiation scenes from movies? Everyone goes for “My offer is this…nothing” from II, but I’ll take this one:

That, my friends, is how you use the bully pulpit.

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    Wag says:

    I don’t know about movie negotions scenes, but you’ve hit the nail in the head with the greatest all time musical negotiation ever with this post title.

    “Well usually around 2:30 in the morning you’ve ended up taking advantage of yourself.”

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    dmsilev says:

    “There ain’t no sanity clause” is sadly prophetic.

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    Mojotron says:

    How much you got?”

    edit: it’s a very one-sided negotiation.

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    Feudalism Now! says:

    Higgs Boson’s Mate has the correct movie scene for this situation. “Anyone else want to negotiate?” although godfather II does have a more nuanced approach.

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    Keith G says:

    Technically, by definition, that is not how one uses a bully pulpit.

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    Doug Milhous J says:


    One of my all-time favorite albums.

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    Hawes says:

    Johnny Casper and Leo in the opening of Miller’s Crossing. Or for that matter, later in the movie, when Bernie pleads for his life.

    Negotiation or ultimatums?

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    WereBear says:

    I feel Faye Dunaway wiz robbed because her Crawford impersonation was Too Good. So Iove this clip.

    However, best “won that negotiation” scene has to be Hopper pissing off Walken enough to get killed before he cracks from True Romance.

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    The Dangerman says:

    I have Obama’s opening position for Boehner and McConnell this afternoon:

    …I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my Obamacare. And you will know my name is the President when I lay My vengeance upon thee.


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    grape_crush says:

    Not a movie, but Walt’s final negotiation with Gretchen and Elliott was pretty kickass.

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    gogol's wife says:


    I was introduced to this Joan Crawford/Faye Dunaway clip the other day in one of DougJ’s threads, and I LUUURVE it! Somehow I’ve managed not to ever see this movie. I’ll have to rectify that.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    I am a very bad person: I have never seen any of the complete Godfather movies. Guess it’s time to fix that.

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    Luthe says:

    I know it’s from everyone’s least favorite Star Wars movie, but the quote is apt:

    Anakin: When I got to them we got into aggressive negotiations.
    Padmé: Aggressive negotiations? What’s that?
    Anakin: Ah, well, it’s negotiations with a lightsaber.

    Time for Obama to go Mace Windu on these fuckers.

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    Botsplainer says:

    Teabaggers are Khan and Obama is Kirk in TWOK. Khan has shot the shit out of the Enterprise and is smugly awaiting Genesis data, telling Kirk he has no choice but to trust Khan.

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    shelly says:

    Addie Loggins: Imogene, what do you suppose Miss Trixie’d do if somebody offered her $25 to put out.

    Imogene: Ooo Wee! You crazy? For that much money, that woman’d drop her pants down in the middle of the road!

    Addie: If you help me get rid of Miss Trixie I’ll give you enough money to get back home.

    Imogene: How much?

    Addie: Thirty dollars

    Imogene: (smiling) When do we start?

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    Anoniminous says:

    But isn’t kinda fun to watch the GOP flail around as they realize they don’t own the patent on the No Negotiation, No Compromise tactic?

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    MattF says:

    Faye Dunaway is just great. I saw Barfly in my drinking days, and let me tell you, it rang a bell– several bells, actually.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @gogol’s wife: I think this is Film 101 week for a lot of us.

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    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:
    I remembered that as a cheesy movie, but my memory fell utterly short of the truth.

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    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    5th Element: Negotiation.

    That one’s definitely my favorite.

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    Joel says:

    Pretty much anything involving the Bobs from Office Space.

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    KXB says:

    Not a negotiation scene, but a scene that effectively shows what happens when the boss is upset at an underling not remembering his place:

    The Untouchables – Dinner scene

    But, the Tea Party seems to have adopted the Daffy Duck strategy.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Comrade Mary: I and II are classic movies. You should see them.

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    Shinobi (@shinobi42) says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: Where did he learn to negotiate?

    Best ever!

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    Joel says:

    On a more serious note:

    If you and I walk into Carl’s tomorrow and claimed the other killed Dwight Pederson, who do you think he’d believe? You? A forty year old, unemployed high school dropout who is proud when people call him the town drunk? Or me? I’ve got a job, Lou. I don’t get drunk and shout obscenities at my wife in public.

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    YellowJournalism says:


    Also, this one sums up the Republican attitude quite nicely, ironically via Alec Baldwin: God Complex

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    Keith P. says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: That’s the exact one that popped into my head. Awesome that it is the first one someone else mentioned.

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    Gravenstone says:

    At work, so no youtube linkage, but I’ve always liked the scene from Branagh’s “Henry V” where he’s dictating his terms to the town of Harfleur

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    Rommie says:

    I’m hoping Boner and Turtle get the full Wonka, but we’ll see.

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    drkrick says:

    @Comrade Mary: The “negotiation” scene notwithstanding, it’s never a good time to fix not seeing Godfather III.

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    Doug Milhous J says:


    Great movie. Billy Bob at his finest.

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    Aaron Morrow says:

    “This deal is getting worse all the time.”

    “It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world… but for Wales?” (If the whole movie is about negotiation, then it counts.)

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    bobbo says:

    She lost in the end.

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    Alex S. says:


    Wow, that’s suprisingly self-conscious for the prequels.

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    Sad_Dem says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: That’s the one I came to mention.

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    Dead Ernest says:

    @Doug Milhous J: and @Wag

    Chiming in with an atypical (for me);
    Yes, me too! Because I like Waits & that album so very much, and delight in the rare occurrence of having a ‘tribe’ to join in with*.

    *also in the much larger, albeit less satisfying ‘tribe,’ of folks who cheerfully end sentences with propositions.

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    @Comrade Mary: Don’t bother with the third,

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    mai naem says:

    This is easy. The scene in Mississippi Burning in the shack where the big intimidating black guy threatens to cut off the Klansman’s scrotum. That’s the scene in Spanish

    This one’s in English but you the scene starts a couple of minutes in

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    YellowJournalism says:

    @bobbo: Yeah, but she made “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” and “Mildred Pierce,” and Faye Dunaway played her in a movie, so she still wins in the end.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    @drkrick: There are a couple of movies I will never watch and that’s one of them. What makes that one a little weird is that I already own it as part of the boxed set.

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    kindness says:

    I nominate ‘The Godfather’: Make him an offer he can’t refuse.

    Really what would you put in Lindsey Graham’s bed to make him completely freak out (and let us be adult and not say a woman).

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    WereBear says:

    @gogol’s wife: Thing is, Crawford became famous for “women’s movies,” as they used to be known. Like Bette Davis, she starred in melodramas with women driven crazy by unrequited… you know, drives. They were hugely popular for decades (probably ended their reign in the fifties) and I love them to this day.

    Mommie Dearest was actually a reboot of that kind of movie, with Faye Dunaway inhabiting Joan Crawford, who was driven crazy by poverty, sexual abuse, and ambition unbecoming her sex. The fact that it became a camp classic proves my thesis.

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    raven says:

    I won second place in the Steak Raffle!!!!~!

    The Brothers of Alpha Sigma Phi Beta Gamma Chapter would like to thank everyone who participated in our fund raiser and announce the winners of the Omaha Steak Raffle.

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    raven says:

    @Hawes: “Look inside your haaartttttttt!”

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    Waldo says:

    I like to imagine Harry Reid as King Leonidas from “300”.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    You know what they called “women’s pictures” in the Pre-Code era?


    Which reminds me, I’m way behind and really gotta get my Love Me Tonight post up about Chevalier.

    ETA: IOW, in the Pre-Code era, dramas about women’s issues weren’t ghettoized into “women’s pictures.” They were just dramas meant for everyone to see.

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    WereBear says:

    @Mnemosyne: Oh, of course. “Women” were a different species, per Code.

    Will check out blog later!

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    Kass says:

    A bit long, but fabulous, from “Michael Clayton”:

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    Mnemosyne says:


    They show Three on a Match pretty often on TCM — I’ll keep an eye on the calendar and try to alert people. Ann Dvorak plays a nice, well-bred middle-class girl who becomes a thrill-seeing drug addict who leaves her kind, wealthy husband just ’cause. And she’s not presented as a villain.

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    WereBear says:

    @Mnemosyne: I remember that one!

    Yes, without TCM, such pickings would be very slim.

    I adore early Stanwyk pics for the same reasons. They are tough girls who, win or lose, play their hearts out.

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    Hal says:


    Damn, beat me to it.

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    Gordon, the Big Express Engine says:


    Love Bernie Mac

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    piratedan says:

    For me it was The Warriors where Swan and Fox chat up the boss of the Orphans and decide that “they’re not gonna hide who they are just because some whore shakes her ass”…..

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    Tone in DC says:

    @The Dangerman:

    …I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my Obamacare. And you will know my name is the President when I lay My vengeance upon thee.

    Oh AYUH.

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    Simeon says:

    I always loved this scene from Braveheart:

    William Wallace: Here are Scotland’s terms. Lower your flags, and march straight back to England, stopping at every home to beg forgiveness for 100 years of theft, rape, and murder. Do that and your men shall live. Do it not, and every one of you will die today.

    Cheltham: You are outmatched. You have no heavy cavalry. In two centuries no army has won without–.

    William: I’m not finished. Before we let you leave, your commander must cross that field, present himself before this army, put his head between his legs, and kiss his own ass.

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    Z says:

    Right here, the end of Fletch Lives. May our negotiations end the same way.

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    FRANCH says:

    @grape_crush: Congressman Boehner, if we’re gonna go that way, you’re gonna need a much bigger knife.

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    kdbart says:

    Boss Jim Gettys meeting with Charles Foster Kane at Kane’s mistress’ apartment when he asks him to drop out of the Governor’s race.

    Boss Jim Gettys: You’re the greatest fool I’ve ever known, Kane. If it was anybody else, I’d say what’s going to happen to you would be a lesson to you. Only you’re going to need more than one lesson. And you’re going to get more than one lesson.

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