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So in the Reviewing Forum we were just talking about favorite action scenes in Cameron movies, and I thought, let's take that back into RAH-land. Heinlein always strikes me as a master of the written medium, i.e., using techniques that work best or only in the literary form. For example: The unwritten ambiguity of the identity of J.S. Bach when recovering from the operation: impossible to do in a movie. There are other, better, examples that I don't have to hand of Heinlein really leveraging the written word.

But... Heinlein's strength with that form means that he doesn't have (IMHO) a lot of visually dramatic action scenes. Not, I hasten to add, anything I perceive as lacking. Still, in the spirit of the question in the other forum, what would you peg as the greatest action scene in a Heinlein book... the kind of thing that gets your blood racing, would be the most riveting on the big screen, etc?


Thu Dec 17, 2009 10:07 pm
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Sam turning to face the attacking centaurs. (Starman Jones.)

Joe Straczynski said that the greatest story in human history is Horatius, and no one ever tires of the retelling. I'd concur. This is Heinlein's take.

Second choice: Kip throwing the malted in Ace Quiggle's face. Best closing line in any of his stories.

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Thu Dec 17, 2009 10:49 pm
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Yep. Along those lines, then, I submit: the last stand of Joe and Gail Greene. Also Friday's flight from the colony ship.


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PeterScott wrote:
<snip>Still, in the spirit of the question in the other forum, what would you peg as the greatest action scene in a Heinlein book... the kind of thing that gets your blood racing, would be the most riveting on the big screen, etc?

The first chapter of Starship Troopers -- I don't think, though, it was intended to be read as techno-porn. I think it was supposed to make those duck-and-cover kids of 1959 nauseous as well as excited.


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Post Re: Heinlein action scenes
Mike making the cops disappear from the bottom of Jubal's pool

The Warden's proctors' raid on the insurrectionist meeting

Thorby burning the raider ship

Petronius Arbiter going postal on Belle and Miles

Lorenzo Smythe grimly slicing up the body in the bathtub

Jim and Frank skating thousands of miles on the frozen Martian canals

Lummox consumes the neighbor's dog

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JackKelly wrote:
Petronius Arbiter going postal on Belle and Miles


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Definately good Ole Pete mashing Miles and Bele!

The escape from the "centaurs" in Starman Jones

The Starship Troopers deploying from the capsule tubes

Most of Gay Deceiver's attack runs!

The attack upon and defence of Time HQ in TCWWTW

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Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:38 am
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For me it's the sword dual Oscar has with with Cyrano in the tower (Glory Road)


Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:37 pm
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Ah, thank you Mr. Doten:

NickDoten wrote:
For me it's the sword dual Oscar has with with Cyrano in the tower (Glory Road)


I had been wracking my brain for a scene in Heinlein that I genuinely would love to see dramatized because of its thrilling action elements. Whether it's Mercutio and Tybalt, Inigo Montoya and the Dread Pirate Roberts, or Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, you really can't beat a good sword fight.

I'd love to see Oscar and Cyrano's duel on the screen.

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it may take a couple of army vets to appreciate a good sword fight ! ;)


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