The best British film moments – as voted by the public The best British film moments – as voted by the public
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The best British film moments – as voted by the public

In honour of the reopening of the iconic Vue West End, we’re celebrating the Best of British film.

We’ve just reopened our flagship West End venue after a luxurious £6.6 million revamp. Come down to Leicester Square and swan through the new foyer, sit back in our fully recliner leather seats, grab a drink at our new bar and immerse yourself in pin-sharp Dolby Atmos. Not sure what to catch? Here’s some inspiration.

To mark the occasion, we polled the public on their favourite British movie moments of all time. Without further ado…

Let’s have a look at some of those in closer detail...

5. The famous cue card scene – Love Actually (2003)

Few film scenes have been parodied quite as much as Mark’s use of giant cue cards to profess his love for his best friend’s wife. Inspired by Bob Dylan's video for Subterranean Homesick Blues, the scene has been spoofed by bloggers and brands and, most recently, by comedian Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton on SNL.

4. ‘He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy” - Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

To say that the UK was reverberating with people reciting ‘He’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy’ on opening weekend of Monty Python’s Life of Brian would be a complete understatement. Eric Idle’s hag-like performance is as bonkers as it is perfect. Comedy doesn’t come much more quotable than this. This short moment sums up what Monty Python is all about. Brilliant!

3. The final battle – Zulu (1964)

More than fifty years on, epic British war drama Zulu still has the power to stir emotions – and according to the British public, the final battle scene remains its most powerful scene of all. The sound of thousands of Zulu warriors lifting their voices in collective chanting before being defeated by the British is not just a poignant reminder of British history; it’s a testament to the spirit of the human endeavour.

 

2. The ‘Hot Stuff’ dance scene – The Full Monty (1997)

No one could call The Full Monty subtle but this scene is surely one of the most understated moments in cinematic history. The beauty is in the unpredictability – who would have thought six lads in a dole queue would start throwing shapes at the sound of Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff? Fans may be surprised to learn that the producers planned on cutting this because they thought it was too unrealistic but test audiences convinced them otherwise.

 

1. ‘You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!' – The Italian Job (1969)

Screeching in at number one is a line with so much gravitas that it earned itself a starring role in the 2012 Summer Olympics. There are loads of great lines in crime caper The Italian Job (including the final line, “Hang on lads; I’ve got a great idea”), but this one remains the most memorable of Michael Caine’s entire career. We reckon it was the combination of Caine’s accent and his outraged delivery that did it.

What do you think of the results? Have your say about the best of British on Facebook and Twitter – we’d love to know what moments would’ve made your list.

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