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What's your favorite Robin Williams movie?

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Hovenaut's picture

O Captain, my Captain...

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CC's picture

Dead Poets society was filmed at a school near mine in DE, (st. Andrews).  Many of the little kids in the movie are my classmates as they needed kids to do the group scenes.  A good friend of mine to this day, Owen, is th little boy crying at the beginning of the movie when the parents were dropping the kids off. The scene where the kid committed suicide was filmed in my neighborhood in Wilmington (Westover Hills). Williams would stay and talk to the kids parents etc during the filming.  We still talk about it to this day.  Class act.

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Hovenaut's picture

That must have been exciting to have the movie shot nearby...love the scenery throughout, DE was a great choice for location.

I always thought that while his performance in Good Will Hunting was worthy of his Oscar win, his work on DPS was just as excellent.

Thanks for sharing, CC.

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CC's picture

It was exciting but at the time I was just a kid and didn't really understand who Williams was other than Mork.  It's wild to think that the little kids in that move are now 38-40 years old with kids that age now.  Time flies, I don't idolize Hollywood types but Williams came to fame when was a kid and has remained there ever since.  There aren't many actors with that type of talent or staying power.  Of course DPS was my favorite Williams movie.

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TMac's picture

Hook 

There are many good options

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Buckeye80's picture

The Genie in Aladdin.....so funny as a kid....stole the show.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Yes. His best roles were in "regular" dramas (e.g., Good Will Hunting) and comedies (e.g., Mrs. Doubtfire). He was an excellent actor, underrated in his early years. 

The best movie he was in, though - if we're judging them within their own categories (animated family/kids comedies) - was Aladdin. IMO, Aladdin is top 20 all-time in one of the few categories in which Hollywood still excels. And Williams was very good in it.

R.I.P.

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1MechEng's picture

I would also nominate Aladdin. He made the movie watchable for both kids and their parents. Without him as Genie, it's just another animated movie.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

I never would have watched Aladdin if not for my kids, but I actually think that it was very well done. Williams's genie character definitely stole the show, but several other characters were pretty sharp as well - e.g., Jafar, the Sultan, etc. The writing was funny. I can't stand musicals, but the musical bits weren't obnoxious. 

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Fear The Elf's picture

I was 9 when Aladdin came out. I don't think I've laughed as hard in a theater since.

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Burnsy's picture
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OHIOklahoma's picture

Second Mrs. Doubtfire!

buckguyfan1's picture

Probably not this one, but damn he was funny.

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dancorona5's picture

I gotta go with Hook

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apack614's picture

Either Mrs. Doubtfire or Patch Adams

"If we worked half as hard as our band, we'd be champions." - Woody Hayes

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Young_Turk's picture

So sad to see he died.  

I love Fisher King, The Best of Times and World according to Garp.  

So very sad.

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FitzBuck's picture

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Wilkins78's picture

Awakenings, DPS, Patch Adams, GWH,... too many good ones to choose.

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MordenoftheSith's picture

Patch Adams

If you only knew the POWER of the Dark Side.

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clogan1032's picture

Clearly more people need to watch The Fisher King.  

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Young_Turk's picture

Couldn't agree more.  Beautiful story.  

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JLBNYC's picture

yep - that was my vote. But thats more for Terry Gilliam than Robin Williams (though Robin Williams was great in that role).

Barnsey69's picture

All great movies, but I would vote for Mork & Mindy, just because I am ancient enough to remember watching his genius for the first time. Very tragic indeed...don't be sad peeps, get some help if you're feeling lost.

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brandonbauer87's picture

Either Jack or Jumanji. They may not be very good movies, but I really liked both as a kid. 

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awarren84's picture

Jumanji for sure!

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labuck's picture

Jumanji was fantastic. A kids movie that he made into a movie adults could enjoy.

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blocko330's picture

Jack or Hook

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crusher's picture

Has no one seen the movie The Best of Times? It's one of the funniest football movies I've ever seen. If you've never seen it you have to check it out.

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Normal Buck's picture

"When he was a pr*ck, Reno Hightower was the best gd quarterback in South Kern County!"

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crusher's picture

At halftime of the 2007 NC game I looked at my brother in total disgust and said, "I hope Troy Smith comes out in his white shoes like Reno Hightower." It was the last thing I remembered before I drank myself into a coma.

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GoBucks713's picture

It's a tie between Man of the Year, The Fisher King, Death to Smoochy, , and The World According to Garp. But if I had to pick one it would be The World According to Garp.

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mr.green's picture

The World According to Garp. Today TS stands for Too Soon. 

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IGotAWoody's picture

Yep. Terribly Sad.

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Gametime's picture

Jumanji - seriously, the man was brilliant. RIP

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saluki2007's picture

I completely forgot he was in that.  Of all the list I've seen in the past 16 hours, this is the first time seeing that one mentioned.  

AcrossTheField11's picture

I gotta see about a girl...

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

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Kindell's picture

I know its not a huge part, but I love his part as Dr. Kosevich in the movie 9 months.  " You have a girl. Unless I cut the wrong cord"

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UFest57's picture

Hook...BANGERANG!!!!

Patch Adams was also a good one. 

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Gametime's picture

BANGERANG!!!! (That's probably my favorite of his!)

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

VarsityClubMD's picture

In terms of movies, Awakenings.

But I'm with Barnsey69 above on Mork & Mindy.  My favorite non-Jonathan Winters episode was when Mindy was trying to teach Mork how to drive her Jeep. Mindy: "First, depress the clutch." Mork: "What?" Mindy: "Depress the clutch." Mork: "Clutch, have you seen 'Brian's Song'?"

Comedic genius right there.

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Barnsey69's picture

Right on, classic!

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BierStube's picture

Good Morning Vietnam  ..

Also found this ..

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roamingbuckeye's picture

Hook always gets my vote.  Such a great movie and also an amazing meld of his comedic genius and his serious side.

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BullCityBuckeye's picture

Not his best work, I know, but I loved "Popeye" as a kid. 

R.I.P. 

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Wow. I forgot he was Popeye. I think that was his first movie.

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BierStube's picture

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

The 'town' they built in Malta for the movie still exists and is now a tourist attraction. We visited it a number of years back.

Justanut's picture

Jumanji. I can watch that movie over and over. Mrs. Doubtfire was a close second for me. 

BierStube's picture
Always liked his Snickers commercial

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shaggybuckeye's picture

I'm surprised no one mentioned Bicentennial Man or What Dreams May Come. Both of which would rank right up there with Aladdin and Good Will Hunting for his roles in my eyes.

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southbay's picture

I'm probably the only one here to suggest Insomnia, because it was not a lead role for Williams, but I think his performance was actually that good.  Al Pacino was also very good in that one.

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labuck's picture

Very good. I would agree with this one as well.  He was just a very very talented man.

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Doc's picture

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooood Moooooooooooooooooooooorning Vietnammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!  I've read the vast majority of his "on air" scenes were completely improv spur of the  moment material.  Boy he was funny.  Also a great actor.  My prayers are with his family.

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shadybuck's picture

I've got to go with Jumanji, but I seem to remember Jacob the Liar being pretty good too

...and his work in Aladdin probably doesn't get the credit it deserves

I remember liking the movie Jack (and actually referenced it on sunday), but i don't think the roll was much of a stretch for him LOL

hit_the_couch's picture

Mrs. Doubtfire

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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Squirrel Master's picture

I love so many of his movies. I seriously think he has been my favorite actor. He was by far the best comedic actor to transition to serious movies.

but my favorite, despite how sad and depressing it really is, has got to be What Dreams May Come. It is so hard to watch but he was so good in it. The afterlife in the painting was awesome.

RIP my Captain!

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GoBucks713's picture

Bill Murray is the only actor I can think of that started with Comedy and is amazing in serious roles that is better than Robin Williams, but the two of them are heads and shoulders above the rest. And he sure as F was a better Hunter S Thompson than Johnny Depp.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

My god there really is one person in the world who liked Where The Buffalo Roam!

GoBucks713's picture

Like it?? I love it!! Bill was a more organic Hunter than Johnny.

-The Aristocrats!

gosolow2000's picture

Hook is my favorite movie of his, although it isn't easy to narrow it down to 1 movie.

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DougBuckeye's picture

My all time favorite movie of his was The Survivors with Walter Matthau and Jerry Reed.

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IGotAWoody's picture

"Time out, OK?!!"

"OK, Mr. Honky Mo-Fo... take your best shot!"

I've forgotten about this one, thanks for mentioning it. It's a classic!

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OSUStu's picture

Does anyone else remember What Dreams May Come?  It was certainly a depressing movie, but I really enjoyed it and thought it was a great example of Williams' range as an actor.  

The themes of that movie are especially poignant given his suicide.  

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Unky Buck's picture

One of my favorite scenes of any RW movie...

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buckguy10's picture

Hook! Watched that movie so many times as a kid

Buckeyeneer's picture

Little known fact about the movie, Hook: Glenn Close makes a cameo, though dressed as a man, in the Boo Box/Boom Box scene.

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Awakening for sure.  Great movie and the first where Robin played a serious role.  This is where I realized my favorite comic CAN INDEED act!

RIP Mr. Williams...  You will be sadly missed.

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Byaaaahhh's picture

Certainly not his best movie, but I loved Flubber. 

Jasper's picture

The World According to Garp and Death to Smoochy

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Poison nuts's picture

Death to Smoochy - underrated!!!

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edr4225's picture

hook

lets go bucks!!

chadb5646's picture

Patch Adams was one of his finest!

NitroBuck's picture

So sad that he is gone, but glad he did not go out at the same time as Belushi.  Think of the volume of his work we would have missed out on.  It is tough to pick out one film, as he had so many great ones, but my choice would be The World According To Garp.

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Bags5150's picture

Ironically he was one of the last people to see Belushi alive.  I believe they were together the night before Belushi died or that night.

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Oakland Buckeye's picture

Doubtfire no doubt.

JJumanji, Vietnam & Hook close 2nds

IGotAWoody's picture

The World According to Garp. Right outta the gate, the dude showed what a brilliant actor he was.

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Hook...I pretty crap family life and we saw it together at Christmas that year...I think this was the best Christmas we ever had as a family and it this movie always reminds me of it. *sigh* *think happy thoughts* He will be missed. I think the night I get off this deployment, I am watching Hook.

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chirobuck's picture

good will hunting is in my top five favorites of all time so I guess I will go with that but its really hard to narrow it down to just one 

 
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AndyVance's picture

Wow, when you start reading this list, it really boggles the mind just how talented he was - to go from the serious roles he played to being equally great at the kid-centric roles and back again... Truly a genius of his time.

MichiganBuckeye222's picture

Mrs Doubtfire

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UpNorthBuckeye's picture

Patch Adams was my personal favorite with Aladdin right there with it. So hard to rank his work. One Hour Photo was great as well, seeing a side of him we rarely experienced. Still hard to believe...

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FLBuckeye's picture

Patch Adams helped inspire me to become a doctor when I was younger. I'm in the process of applying to medical school right now. Thank you and Rest in Peace Mr Williams. 

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gbdawg's picture

Some of his early stand up as a comedian was classic. RIP

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NitroBuck's picture

Some of his later stand up stuff was excellent too!  RIP indeed!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcnFbCCgTo4

Ferio.  Tego.

Crumb's picture

Hook. The perfect choice for Peter Pan the boy who never grew up.

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coloradobuckeye's picture

RV - One of my favorites... how can you forget the "fecal matter" scene.

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Poison nuts's picture

Good Will Hunting is not only my favorite RW movie, but maybe my favorite movie period. 

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William's picture

Good Will Hunting, not only because he was so brilliant in it, but because it is my favorite movie. What Dreams May Come, Dead Poets' Society, Patch Adams, Jumanji, Aladdin, Hook, the list goes on. The man was brilliant. 

Rocket Man's picture

Jumanji

I didn't go to engineering school to be a 'people person'

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

Patch Adams was always one that I thought was underrated. It's a really good movie if you've never seen it. Other I love are: Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, Good Morning Vietnam, Aladdin...I could go on and on...

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buckeyebfd's picture

He made Aladdin, but on the opposite end of the spectrum would be Insomnia

SilverBullet-98's picture

Patch Adams

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SoDakBuckeyeFan's picture

As far as movies go I have to go with Good Will Hunting. But my personal favorite of his is the Robin Williams Live on Broadway standup special. If you haven't seen it you're missing out. He will be missed. 

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45buckshot's picture

I was talking with my wife, who was a theatre actress, about Robin Williams a few weeks ago. The number of actors who can successfully do comedy and drama you can count on the fingers of one hand. Robin Williams was one of them.

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