Give Cher seven minutes and she will give you the world.
Viola Davis as Mrs. Miller i Doubt (2008)
On screen for just eight minutes, Davis appears in a single scene as Mrs. Miller, mother of a Catholic school’s first black student, Donald Miller.
In her scene, Mrs. Miller meets with the school’s principal, Sister Aloysius Beauvier, who suspects that Anders is being abused by the new priest in the parish. Sister Beauvier is played by Meryl Streep.
Viola Davis was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Doubt.
Zendaya som Chani i Dune (2021)
Fans were shocked when they discovered that Zendaya, who has been heavily promoted as the main character in Dune, was only on screen for seven minutes, “or 4.5% of the movie.”
However, Chani, a Fremen, or native of the desert planet Arrakis, is an essential character; she is accidentally introduced more than halfway into the source material. Zendaya will be far more prominent in Dune‘s (recently confirmed) sequel, which will cover the last half of the novel of the same name.
Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in love (1998)
Judi Dench’s royal performance is about eight minutes long, and she does not waste a single second of it.
When Dench received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance, she joked in her speech of thanks: “I feel for eight minutes on screen, I should only get a little bit of him.”
Nevertheless, they let her bring the entire statue home.
Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger in A nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Englund and director Wes Craven were downright effective when it came to making Freddy Krueger one of the most recognizable horror film villains ever.
Krueger is only on screen for about seven minutes, but for every second he proves that you just do not need that much time to give nightmares to an entire generation.
Jonathan Groff as King George III in Hamilton (Disney + recording, 2020)
With only three short music tracks taking less than eight minutes, Groff establishes King George III as a male child who does not let his hassles get in the way of his desire to crush any opposition to his rule.
His penchant for threats of violence makes him no less fun to watch, and once America wins the War of Independence, he fits perfectly into the role of hasty ex. Of course, Jonathan Groff was nominated for an Emmy for his performance in the recorded Disney + version.
Beatrice Straight as Louise Schumacher in Network (1976)
Kimberly Adair Clark as Honey in The incredible (2004)
With a handful of unusually memorable lines, Honey easily secures his place in Pixar’s (and cinematic) history.
Honey is the real hero in this movie.
Alec Baldwin as Blake in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Baldwin only appears in a single scene, where he repeatedly repeats the line “Always be closing.” The scene lasts a little over eight minutes.
Apparently, David Mamet added Baldwin’s scene to the film, which was an adaptation of his acting because the producers at New Line Cinema wanted an “explosion” with which to start the story.
Billy Crystal and Carol Kane as Miracle Max and Valerie in The princess bride (1987)
This dynamic duo only gets about five minutes of screen time, but Crystal was apparently so funny during his three days on the set that he kept making the cast burst out laughing.
In Cary Elwes’ Memoirs As you wish: Incredible stories from the creation of the princess bride, he wrote: “For three days in a row and ten hours a day, Billy improvised 14th century jokes without saying the same or the same line twice.”
Estelle Reiner as Untitled Diner Protector in When Harry met Sally … (1989)
In just a few words, Estelle Reiner (director Rob Reiner’s mother) established her place in film history.
“I’ll Have What She’s Having” is ranked # 33 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years … 100 Movie Quotes titles.
Bill Murray as Bill Murray in Zombieland (2009)
In a short cameo appearance, Bill Murray plays the critically acclaimed and beloved actor Bill Murray, who disguises himself as a zombie during the apocalypse to live his life undisturbed by the undead.
Which works fine until Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) accidentally shoots him.
Ruby Dee as Mama Lucas in American gangster (2007)
Dee was on screen for “less than ten minutes” as the mother of Denzel Washington’s character, Frank Lucas. Her performance ends with a “climactic blow across her son’s face.”
For this role, Dee was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and she won a Screen Actors Guild Award in the same category.
Meat Loaf as Eddie in Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
He only sticks to a single music track (“Hot Patootie, Bless My Soul”) before being killed by a jealous Dr. Frank-N-Furter, but as soon as he’s gone, he’s deeply missed.
And then he’s just like that for dinner.
Kenneth Tigar as the German old man in The Avengers (2012)
This old German guy excels at being one of the few non-superheroes who tells Loki to go straight to hell, and for that we honor him.
In fact, I like to think that this man is hidden somewhere in this picture.
Gwyneth Paltrow as Beth Emhoff in Infection (2011)
Paltrow’s character, Patient Zero of a Deadly Pandemic (because hey, in 2011 it was all just fun thriller feed), dies within the first 10 minutes of Infection.
Drew Barrymore as Casey Becker in Scream (1996)
Casey lasts only a few seconds 10 minutes before she is brutally murdered at the beginning of the film.
Barrymore spent five days on set to film the scene.
Cher as Ruby Sheridan in Mamma Mia! Here we go again (2018)
Cher is on screen for “seven and a half minutes” as Ruby, who is the mother of Donna (Meryl Streep) and the grandmother of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried).
Fun facts: In real life, Cher is only three years older than Meryl Streep.
David Reale as Glen Coco in Wild girls (2004)
I think Glen Coco is technically not getting time on screen, but he is living forever online (and in our hearts) for this moment:
And finally: James Sie as the Cabbage Trader from Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-8)
The Cabbage Dealer, who only appears in a handful of episodes for a few seconds at a time, is the most unfortunate vegetable seller in the extended Avatar universe.
This is the only post from a TV show, not a movie, but Cabbage Dealer has become one of the most iconic memes from a show that overflows with them, and he can not be named.
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