Great or Overrated? (Volume 5: Actors)
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Here is the next edition of my ever expanding series. Everyone needs to change gears and get back on movies. Here we are dealing with actors. All of these are almost universally admired as some of the best in the business, so do you agree? Are they "great" or "overrated"?
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1. Board Game: Bull Run [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:6195]
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Robert DeNiro: Great or Overrated?

Great. I think that DeNiro is always watchable, and he never fell into the trap of always playing the same character.
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2. Board Game: The Shining [Average Rating:6.89 Unranked]
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Jack Nicholson: Great or Overrated?

Overrated (ever so slightly). I really, really like Jack, but I so miss his early days when he acted with subtlety. It seemed like after he did One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest, he was constantly playing "Crazy Jack" after that. Though he still can reign it in from time to time, I just don't think he is versatile enough anymore. I say bring back the days of Chinatown and Five Easy Pieces.
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Al Pacino: Great or Overrated?

Overrated. I love Pacino so much in the first two Godfather films and much of his work in the seventies, but much like Nicholson, he became a cartoon of himself. He hams it up so much at times that it is embarrassing.
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James Stewart: Great or Overrated?

Great. Yeah I know that Jimmy Stewart voice can be a little annoying, but his diversity as an actor is often overlooked. He did it all. Watch the westerns he made with Anthony Mann to fully appreciate his abililty.
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Marlon Brando: Great or Overrated?

Overrated. I know that he helped modernize acting, but his later years are so horrible that I just have trouble calling him great.
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Paul Newman: Great or Overrated?

Great. I have always loved Paul Newman, and the fact that his career was viable up until his death only gives him bonus points. One of the greatest.
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Tom Hanks: Great or Overrated?

Overrated. I like Tom Hanks just fine, but I never have thought he is as great as his reputation. No major problems for me; he's just not great.
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Henry Fonda: Great or Overrated?

Great. He has been in so great movies, and I always get the feeling that he is a major reason why. His role in The Ox-Bow Incident and his evil turn in Once Upon Time in the West are my two personal favorites.
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James Cagney: Great or Overrated?

Great. Despite my selection of Gangster for this entry, Cagney was really amazingly versatile. Just watch Yankee Doodle Dandy or Mister Roberts. On top of all this, he could dance. Great.
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Denzel Washington: Great or Overrated?

Great. I can't think of a time that I didn't appreciate Denzel's ability in a film. I know he still has some years to go, but barring a complete melt down, he is already solidified as a great actor.
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Daniel Day-Lewis

Great. If not underrated.
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Christian Bale

Great, but a bit overrated.
 
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13. Board Game: The Great Escape [Average Rating:5.56 Unranked]
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Steve McQueen - Great or Overrated?
 
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14. Board Game: If Wishes Were Fishes! [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2077]
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Charles Bronson - Great or Overrated?
 
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Clint Eastwood - Great or Overrated?
 
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16. Board Game: Pink Panther [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
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Peter Sellers - Great or Overrated?
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Sean Connery Great or Overrated?
 
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Laurence Olivier - Great or Overrated?
 
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Kevin Spacey - Great or Overrated?
 
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20. Board Game: Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, The Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Johnny Depp - Great or Overrated?
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Kenneth Branagh - Great or Overrated?
 
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I can't think of any actor I'd go out of my way to see. But I can think of one actor I'd pause the channel surf to watch speak--Morgan Freeman.
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OK...tossing this one up to be shot down...

Tom Cruise - Great or Overrated?
 
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Here's one of my favorites: Bette Davis

Besides that I KNOW she was/is GREAT, it says a lot that she had consistently good roles/films in the era she worked that usually placed only the most beautiful, drop-dead gorgeous women up on the screen.

She was truly a GREAT actress.
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Leonardo DiCaprio - Great or Overrated?

An actor of Titanic proportions, or a sinking disaster? (I'll give my answer tomorrow)
 
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