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Best Improvised Movie Scenes

In honor of the improvised "Like Crazy," see top movie improv scenes, from "Taxi Driver" to "Casablanca."

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“Here’s Johnny!”

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THE SHINING (1980)

The last Stanley Kubrick entry on our list comes from his classic 1980 horror film The Shining. Adapted from the Stephen King novel of the same name, it earned a spot in Martin Scorsese’s top 11 horror films of all time. The movie initially received mixed critical reviews upon its release and was even nominated for two Razzie Awards, including worst director (Kubrick) and worst actress (Shelley Duvall). However, it’s since emerged as a horror classic. Kubrick was rumored to have terrorized Duvall on set, and she became so overwhelmed by stress that her hair started to fall out. In the film’s most famous scene, Jack Nicholson's character, who had worked as a volunteer fire marshal, chops down the door separating him from his wife (Duvall), pokes his head through the crack, and screams, “Heeeere’s Johnny!”—an homage to Ed McMahon’s introduction of Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. Nicholson improvised the line, and Kubrick enjoyed it so much he left it in the final cut.

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