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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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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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