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Who else has shouted at something on screen?

Once when I was a teenager, I was channel surfing and came across an episode of Three's Company from the show's first season. My father came into the room and saw Norman Fell and said "get that s.o.b. off my screen!" He did not like the Ropers and was a fan of Mr. Furley (Don Knotts). My sister ran off with the remote and he was forced to get out of his recliner to change the channel.

Another time, a few years later, I was in a movie theater at the Hancock Building in downtown Chicago. I went to see GHOST. There is a scene where Whoopi Goldberg leans in to kiss Demi Moore. As this is about to happen an old lady shouts out in the dark "oh my god, they aren't really going to kiss are they?!" Just then Patrick Swayze's image appears in Whoopi's place and he's the one that we see plant one on Demi's lips. I thought someone was going to have to call the ambulance because that lady a few rows over nearly had a coronary.

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1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

Who else has shouted at something on screen?

Once when I was a teenager, I was channel surfing and came across an episode of Three's Company from the show's first season. My father came into the room and saw Norman Fell and said "get that s.o.b. off my screen!" He did not like the Ropers and was a fan of Mr. Furley (Don Knotts). My sister ran off with the remote and he was forced to get out of his recliner to change the channel.

Another time, a few years later, I was in a movie theater at the Hancock Building in downtown Chicago. I went to see GHOST. There is a scene where Whoopi Goldberg leans in to kiss Demi Moore. As this is about to happen an old lady shouts out in the dark "oh my god, they aren't really going to kiss are they?!" Just then Patrick Swayze's image appears in Whoopi's place and he's the one that we see plant one on Demi's lips. I thought someone was going to have to call the ambulance because that lady a few rows over nearly had a coronary.

My mom and I were more upset when SPOILER  Carl (Tony Goldwyn) tried to put the moves on a grieving Molly with ghost Sam watching on. Bad enough Carl was responsible for Sam's death, he had to move in on the guy's lady while she's still in mourning? We were both satisfied when Carl got what he deserved in the end.

In regards to THREE'S COMPANY, my siblings were the exact opposite...they adored the Ropers but loathed Mr. Furley. I had no opinion on the matter since I was never a fan of the show.

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I've been known to do it if there is a question on a game show about movies that has stumped the contestant.

There has probably been some time I did it with a theatrical film, but I can't remember any specific times right offhand. I normally am very quiet while I watch films.

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My older sister has been known to comment out loud during films while watching them in a theater.

Once, we saw SUNSET BLVD. Near the beginning, when Joe Gillis approaches Norma Desmond's mansion and stops momentarily to look in the lighted window, my sister growled "Don't go in there, Man."

Another time, we saw REBECCA. In one of the scenes in which Mrs. Danvers is cruelly comparing Mrs. de Winter to the deceased Rebecca de Winter, my sister rather loudly says "B****." 😄

Both instances drew giggles from the other audience members.

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2 hours ago, Aritosthenes said:

I HAVE been known to do so

  (Summer) Olympics Especially. Politics on more than one occasion. Ditto for certain scenes in some films. 

I've been known to thrown in my two cents at the TV whenever my dad has it on a channel when two or more political analysists are talking on an issue.

Whenever I see a character in a film or show I really like getting screwed, I have been known to badmouth out loud the person doing the backstabbing.

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Okay, here's one.

Every time I've watched that bigoted little southern creep spit in Gregory Peck's face in that Mockingbird flick, I ALWAYS yell out, "PUNCH that freakin' little twerp RIGHT in his freakin' MOUTH, Atticus!"

(...yeah yeah, I know the whole idea is because he doesn't, that supposedly makes him "the bigger man"...but I STILL say, PUNCH the freakin' little twerp, DUDE!!!)

LOL

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3 minutes ago, Dargo said:

Okay, here's one.

Every time I've watched that bigoted little southern creep spit in Gregory Peck's face in that Mockingbird flick, I ALWAYS yell out, "PUNCH that freakin' little twerp RIGHT in his freakin' MOUTH, Atticus!"

(...yeah yeah, I know the whole idea is because he doesn't, that makes him "the bigger man"...but I STILL say, PUNCH the freakin' little twerp, DUDE!!!")

LOL

That is a great example of wanting to yell out at a really hateful character.

I wanted to do more than shout at him though, I wanted to jump through the screen and help Boo Radley save Jem and Scout from that monsterous bigot who was willing to kill innocent children to spite someone who is a much more enlightened and better man than the odious Mr. Ewell could ever hope to be.

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1 hour ago, sagebrush said:

My older sister has been known to comment out loud during films while watching them in a theater.

Once, we saw SUNSET BLVD. Near the beginning, when Joe Gillis approaches Norma Desmond's mansion and stops momentarily to look in the lighted window, my sister growled "Don't go in there, Man."

Another time, we saw REBECCA. In one of the scenes in which Mrs. Danvers is cruelly comparing Mrs. de Winter to the deceased Rebecca de Winter, my sister rather loudly says "B****." 😄

Both instances drew giggles from the other audience members.

Oh yeah, sagebrush. Good one here.

However, instead of calling Danvers that, whenever I watch Fontaine stand there and take what Judith Anderson is dishin' out to her in that scene...

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...MY reaction is more like, "GEEZ, young woman! GROW a pair why doncha, and TELL that ugly housekeeper that YOU'RE now the damn "lady of the manor" and if she doesn't like it, THERE'S the freakin' DOOR!"

(...yeah yeah, once again I KNOW this wouldn't be "in keeping" with her mousey little character nor be at all conducive to the story's narrative, but STILL I say...well, you know) ;)

 

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2 minutes ago, Dargo said:

Oh yeah, sagebrush. Good one here.

However, instead of calling Danvers that, whenever I watch Fontaine stand there and take what Judith Anderson is dishin' out to her in that scene...

Rebecca-2.jpg?sha=c623b3551ea92f07

...MY reaction is more like, "GEEZ, young woman! GROW a pair why doncha, and TELL that ugly housekeeper that YOU'RE now the damn "lady of the manor" and if she doesn't like it, THERE'S the freakin' DOOR!"

(...yeah yeah, once again I KNOW this wouldn't be "in keeping" with her mousey little character, but STILL I say...well, you know) ;)

 

If I had been Joan in this scene I would have been like "Oh yeah, somebody's going to go out this window but it sure as hell isn't going to be me!"P.;)

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No doubt, I've done it from time to time, but nothing specific comes to mind at the moment. Two instances in theaters I do remember. I recall a couple of gals sitting behind me while watching Cujo. They were really into it, kept yelling "No, don't get out of the car!!" and then, with much anxiety, "Get back in the car!!" 😄

I recall a group of Star Wars geeks who talked to each other throughout one of the Star Wars films, I can't remember which. This was many years ago. I was sufficiently far from them in the theater that they didn't bother me, but this one girl who sat behind them waited until the film was over and shouted at them "Thank you for talking non-stop through the whole movie!!"    These guys looked shocked. One of them had his jaw dropped, as if he couldn't believe anyone would have minded what they did.

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4 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Who else has shouted at something on screen?

Once when I was a teenager, I was channel surfing and came across an episode of Three's Company from the show's first season. My father came into the room and saw Norman Fell and said "get that s.o.b. off my screen!" He did not like the Ropers and was a fan of Mr. Furley (Don Knotts). My sister ran off with the remote and he was forced to get out of his recliner to change the channel.

Another time, a few years later, I was in a movie theater at the Hancock Building in downtown Chicago. I went to see GHOST. There is a scene where Whoopi Goldberg leans in to kiss Demi Moore. As this is about to happen an old lady shouts out in the dark "oh my god, they aren't really going to kiss are they?!" Just then Patrick Swayze's image appears in Whoopi's place and he's the one that we see plant one on Demi's lips. I thought someone was going to have to call the ambulance because that lady a few rows over nearly had a coronary.

I occasionally get really fed up with these overlong commercials like the ones with ice-T, jimmie walker and joe namath.

they are inhuman torture especially four or five times during a movie. I wanna shout GET THE **** OFF MY SCREEN!

 

 

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Just now, NipkowDisc said:

I occasionally get really fed up with these overlong commercials like the ones with ice-T, jimmie walker and joe namath.

they are inhuman torture especially four or five times during a movie. I wanna shout GET THE **** OFF MY SCREEN!

 

 

I so agree with this. Especially with Walker and Namath.

Every time they come on, we push the mute button on the remote. You can only hear "It's freeeeeee!" so many times.

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And now speaking of "commercials" AND characters in movies who make poor choices (or choices you and I or anyone with any sense at all would never make) and thus is something which will elicit these "yelling at the screen" type of responses in many cases, this has reminded me of the following clever (well okay, at least more clever than 95% of most commercials are anyway) Geico insurance commercial which is currently being run on TV quite a bit, and which plays off this very thought...

 

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I don't watch any "show biz" awards shows, as a rule, but if I happen to catch a bit while cycling by, it makes me groan.  At least, the self-serving, full of themselves, lecturing and hectoring speeches do, should I see any.

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4 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Who else has shouted at something on screen?

Once when I was a teenager, I was channel surfing and came across an episode of Three's Company from the show's first season. My father came into the room and saw Norman Fell and said "get that s.o.b. off my screen!" He did not like the Ropers and was a fan of Mr. Furley (Don Knotts). My sister ran off with the remote and he was forced to get out of his recliner to change the channel.

Another time, a few years later, I was in a movie theater at the Hancock Building in downtown Chicago. I went to see GHOST. There is a scene where Whoopi Goldberg leans in to kiss Demi Moore. As this is about to happen an old lady shouts out in the dark "oh my god, they aren't really going to kiss are they?!" Just then Patrick Swayze's image appears in Whoopi's place and he's the one that we see plant one on Demi's lips. I thought someone was going to have to call the ambulance because that lady a few rows over nearly had a coronary.

This reminds me of a double date I was on. For the life of me, I can't remember the film.

 A dark, rainy scene.  Sounds of the rain beating against the window as the wind howled.  The slow steady creak of a screen door. After hearing a thud, the woman slowly investigates each room. As she enters the library, my friend jumps up and screams "He's behind the door".  Dead silence...then the chuckles start.

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We used to have annual all-night sci-fi festivals in our college-town, and a sportingly sleep-punchy audience can be vocal by 2am.  😄

One year we showed Mario Bava's Planet of the Vampires (1965), in which some of the more experienced smartypants fans of the movie noticed that, due to dodgy English-Italian translations, nobody ever refers to Barry Sullivan's spaceship captain as "Captain"--They not only refer to him by name, but in EVERY line of dialogue in which they address him.  For ninety minutes, we don't get "Captain, what's our heading?", we get "Mark, what's our heading?"..."Mark, take a look at this"...."Mark, there's something out there"...

You should know by now that this was going to cause a sort of drinking-game in the remaining awake members of the audience to shout out a running "...MARK!!" countdown every time the captain's name was mentioned.  Think we got to a hundred or so, before I nodded off.  

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1 hour ago, Dargo said:

Geico insurance commercial which is currently being run on TV quite a bit, and which plays off this very thought..

Ahh ha ha ha, the Jason stand-in takes off his hockey mask and shakes his head in disbelief!

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1 hour ago, jameselliot said:

When I went to Bruce Lee and Sonny Chiba movies, half the audience would scream at the screen. "Look out, Bruce!" "Kill the m............!" And so on.

A friend of mine and I went to see The Klansman at The World theatre in Hollywood, California. Located on the seedier, east end of Hollywood Boulevard near the X Theaters  porno house, it attracted, by this stage in its existence, a rough, "colorful" clientele. 

Among the cast of The Klansman is O.J. Simpson who, during the course of the incendiary melodrama (released during the "Blaxploitation" era), takes on the Ku Klux Klan. Every time "The Juice" picked up a shotgun to open up a can of Whoop-@$$, the predominantly Black audience would whoop 'n holler and stamp their feet so enthusiastically that the entire theatre shook -- felt like an earthquake. Shouts of "Get 'em, O.J.! SHOOT that mutha****** KILL THOSE HONKIES!!!" reverberated throughout the auditorium, drowning out the soundtrack. My friend and I -- who weren't black -- slunk down in our seats, trying to keep a very low profile.

On a not entirely dissimilar note, several years earlier, I went to see a 3D revival of House of Wax at the historic Grauman's Chinese movie theatre. Among the audience was a raucous, boisterous, and very chatty group of African-American lads who took to calling Professor Henry Jarrod (Vincent Price) "Pops." Whenever Jarrod's hideous  "alter ego" appeared, the "Peanut Gallery" would let everyone in the audience know, "Here come Pops!"

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