The 15 best movie interrogation scenes of all time (with video)

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It takes good cops and bad cops alike to make a good interrogation scene work. Movie history is littered with loose-canon detectives and unorthodox strategies for getting tight-lipped suspects to talk, and whether the scenes make you laugh at Harold and Kumar or cry because you’re watching James Bond get his scrotum smashed, they do tend to hold your attention.

From a little lighthearted bathroom-stall drowning to straight-up torture and other illegal behaviors, these are the question-and-answer sessions that get our hearts pounding. And until Pearl makes a full-length version of her “Good Cop, Baby Cop” short, this is our list of the best interrogation scenes moviedom has to offer.

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15. “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay” (2008)

Ron Fox (Rob Corddry) just can’t accept that Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) might love America, so he instead chooses to believe that they work for North Korea and Al Quaeda, which means they have to go to Guantanamo Bay. Post-9/11 humor isn’t always the easiest thing to pull off, but this scene broke the ice for the pair’s second movie outing together, and Corddy plays his part for all its worth.

14. “True Romance” (1993)

Written by Quentin Tarantino, “True Romance” is many things: a crime film, a chase film, a dark comedy. But it also has one of the funniest interrogation scenes of all time, courtesy of none other than Brad Pitt, an actor not typically associated with initiating laughter. In the scene, a group of mobsters arrive at an apartment looking for their drugs and instead only find lazy stoner Floyd (Pitt), roommate to the guy who may lead them to the goods. There’s a bloodier interrogation scene earlier in the movie with Dennis Hopper, but this one wins for being so damn quirky (and for blasting Soundgarden).

13. “Brazil” (1985)

Of all the scenes on our list, this is the only one featuring a guy who gets threatened with a lowered credit rating if he doesn’t cooperate. Director Terry Gilliam created the a cult legend in “Brazil,” and the creepy baby mask and epic zip-line rescue in this scene make it one of his most memorable.

12. “Casino Royale” (2006)

Daniel Craig debuted as James Bond with a convincing performance opposite actor Mads Mikkelsen. The torture scene where Le Chiffre (Mikkelsen) whacks Bond repeatedly where the sun don’t shine remains one of the most uncomfortable moments in Bond history, though. If you didn’t realize that the Bond franchise was entering a new era, you did after watching Craig take this beating.

11. “There’s Something About Mary” (1998)

Ben Stiller handily wins “Best Accidental Confession” for the way he responds to police when he unknowingly admits to killing a hitchhiker that he picked up. Unfortunately for his character Ted, the mistake lands him in a world full of pain when he goes on to inadvertently claim responsibility for even more killings. “There’s Something About Mary” is crammed full of hilariously well-acted scenes, but this is easily one of the best.

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The Reel Deal

Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans

Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

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Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was narrated by Robert Evans and based on his memoir of the same name. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

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Paramount Pictures

Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

Wag The Dog
New Line Cinema

Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

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20th Century Film Corp

Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

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Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

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Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

Everett Collection
Everett Collection

In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

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With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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