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August 21, 2013 1:08 PM   Subscribe

Grantland writers put in their two cents on the all-time great drinking scenes in TV and movies (Available on Youtube Edition).

Conversation has already begun on Grantland writer Jonah Keri's Twitter feed about unacceptable oversights. For example:

Tombestone
Swingers
And a whole subgenre of scenes between Bunk and McNulty.
posted by dry white toast (51 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
My Favorite Year
posted by Lorin at 1:18 PM on August 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


No mention of Jaws? Pah.
posted by Paragon at 1:20 PM on August 21, 2013 [15 favorites]


Sometimes I'll still yell "BISTARAI!" when someone claims I've had one too many ...
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 1:20 PM on August 21, 2013 [3 favorites]


Withnail & I

not found on page? (╯◉Д◉)╯︵ ┻━┻
posted by mwhybark at 1:23 PM on August 21, 2013 [17 favorites]


How can you possibly make a list like this scene from Jaws?
posted by wabbittwax at 1:25 PM on August 21, 2013


Commentary track, THE THING.
posted by Artw at 1:26 PM on August 21, 2013 [6 favorites]




I'll tread lightly here and venture a link to a relevant supercut I created six years ago: Getting Drunk and Losing All Your Money... At The Movies.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 1:30 PM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


WE ARE MULTIMILLIONAIRES
posted by thecaddy at 1:35 PM on August 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


There's a lot of good drunk scenes in The Wire. McNulty pissing on the tracks when a train is approaching, Bunk drunk and guilty after cheating on his wife burning his clothes, puking cops outside an Irish bar during an dead cop's wake, it just goes on.
posted by planetesimal at 1:51 PM on August 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


This list cannot be "all-time," because it lacks the club scene from Teacher's Pet. No actor now living can do a desperate, sweating stupor like Clark Gable.
posted by Iridic at 1:52 PM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


There was a great drinking montage in Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels as well.
posted by Hoopo at 1:52 PM on August 21, 2013


In all my years of barhopping in New York, how come I never met a single Marion Ravenwood?

Because they're out hunting rare treasures in the field, duh!
posted by The Whelk at 2:08 PM on August 21, 2013


The World End: "It isn't a celebration of getting drunk."
posted by Artw at 2:09 PM on August 21, 2013


Aren't we forgetting Withnail and I?
posted by Artw at 2:13 PM on August 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh, I see mwhybark has it covered.
posted by Artw at 2:13 PM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]




Eh, they're missing Jackie Chan in Drunken Master. I mean, it's got "Drunken" right in the title.
posted by FJT at 2:33 PM on August 21, 2013 [4 favorites]


A youtube search for (Dolohov drinks an entire bottle of rum) does not pull the clip. It's in episode number one (or possibly two) of War and Peace 1972 mini-series. He does it in one horrifying long gulp.

Don't ever get in a drinking contest with a Russian.
posted by bukvich at 2:34 PM on August 21, 2013


Perhaps the drinking scene from Das Boot has passed under their sonar, yes?
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 2:40 PM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


120 minutes of Barfly. Yes I am aware that it's only 90 minutes long. Whats it to ya?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:46 PM on August 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


Trees Lounge.
The part of leaving las Vegas when he's dancing thru the aisles of the liquor store.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:47 PM on August 21, 2013 [3 favorites]




Father Mulcahy gets drunk and gives temperance speech to camp at request of Frank Burns ftw. "Let me quote....Leviticus 10"
posted by mcstayinskool at 2:53 PM on August 21, 2013


I mean, it's got "Drunken" right in the title.

Was hoping to see one of my favorite kung fu scenes of all time. Clicked. Was not disappointed.
posted by vverse23 at 3:03 PM on August 21, 2013


My choices from the world of TV
1. M*A*S*H: Henry Blake's farewell party
2. WKRP: On-air drunk driving test
3. Andy Griffith Show: Barney gets into some hard cider

Honorable mention to Barney Miller and the Brownie Episode for a different kind of intoxication.
posted by rocket88 at 3:10 PM on August 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


There has never been a better portrayal of a drunk in cinema than Susan Tyrrell's performance in Fat City. There probably never will be.
posted by dobbs at 3:19 PM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Days of Wine and Roses, the greenhouse scene. About two minutes in. Still the best.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 3:59 PM on August 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


"Drinking. I know drinking." (NSFW, Language) More still drunk the next morning than currently drinking, but I think it counts.
posted by melgy at 4:17 PM on August 21, 2013




Bob Newhart Show, Thanksgiving Episode.
posted by JimInLoganSquare at 4:38 PM on August 21, 2013


If they did this for smoking, half of the clips would include Helen Mirren. Have you seen that woman hold a cigarette? She does more lighting up and casually coating her lungs with tar in a single scene than most actors do in an entire film.
posted by adipocere at 4:52 PM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Whisky Galore!
The Great Escape - 4th of July

I'm totally drunk right now btw
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 5:14 PM on August 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


Never thought of it but Fat City would make a great double bill with Barfly. You'd need Tylenol and a hot shower afterwards though.
posted by octothorpe at 5:28 PM on August 21, 2013


Withnail & I

the absence of which on the Grantland list has me wondering why I would ever bother visiting that site. Like posting a list of the greatest home run hitters of all time and omitting Babe Ruth.
posted by philip-random at 5:39 PM on August 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


Maybe it's been ruined by idiots?
posted by Artw at 5:49 PM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


(Though, in my mind, like Monty Python, it remains glorious regardless.)
posted by Artw at 5:50 PM on August 21, 2013


Withnail and I, yeah.

My favorite would be the scene in Life Is Sweet where Stephen Rea and Jim Broadbent get snockered at the pub while trying to remember the lineup of the 1960-61 double-winning Tottenham Hotspur side. And Timothy Spall getting so drunk in another scene that he smashes up his restaurant and passes out in a chip van. I mean, come ON.
posted by Fnarf at 6:02 PM on August 21, 2013


It's minor by comparison, but I love the party scene at the beginning of Hitchcock's Notorious in which Ingrid Bergman delivers the line "Don't be silly. The important drinking hasn't started yet."
posted by .kobayashi. at 6:16 PM on August 21, 2013


My advice to you is to start drinking heavily. Can't believe no one mentioned Animal House yet.
posted by pappy at 7:08 PM on August 21, 2013


Lee Marvin's horse in Cat Ballou - tops!

Lee Marvin made a great drunk, even without a horse.
posted by aryma at 7:10 PM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


No mention of Barfly?
posted by karlos at 7:57 PM on August 21, 2013


None at all, nor will there ever be, anywhere.
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 8:09 PM on August 21, 2013


Withnail isn't about drinking, it is drinking... overlooking it is kind of a criminal act
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:54 AM on August 22, 2013




The part of leaving las Vegas when he's dancing thru the aisles of the liquor store.

Actually, I think most of that movie counts, at least as I remember it.
posted by A dead Quaker at 3:12 AM on August 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


That episode of the 700 Club where Pat Robertson got drunk and confessed allegiance to Satan.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 6:06 AM on August 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Battlestar Galactica counts.
posted by ersatz at 6:50 AM on August 22, 2013


Blackadder - 'Beer'
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:50 AM on August 22, 2013 [2 favorites]




Foster Brooks basically wrote the book
posted by philip-random at 12:05 AM on August 23, 2013


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