Prepetually remembered motions.
October 26, 2010 9:18 AM   Subscribe

Help me identify a movie or tv show based on a half-remembered scene involving a bar patron ordering whiskey and water.

So I remember this one scene very clearly but can't remember what movie or TV show it's from. The patron goes to the bar and orders whiskey and water, then he stops the bartender and says: "Whiskey" holding up his hand (not sure if left or right) with his index finger and thumb about three inches apart "and water" moving them closer to a half inch apart.

Sadly Google gesture search hasn't been invented yet and I wish to know where this scene is from so I can at least credit correctly this in-joke between me and my friends (none of whom can recall where I saw it either). Double bonus points if you can find a video.
posted by 1f2frfbf to Media & Arts (21 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Not sure, but sounds like it could easily be from the movie "Barfly."
posted by peewinkle at 9:20 AM on October 26, 2010

In Ocean's 11 (2001), Danny Ocean orders "Whiskey and whiskey" using similar hand movements (IIRC).
posted by sexymofo at 9:25 AM on October 26, 2010

Yes, it's Oceans 11. He's at a table with Julia Roberts, orders the drink, and then Andy Garcia shows up.
posted by dirtdirt at 9:31 AM on October 26, 2010

I believe the movie Skin Deep, with John Ritter, has a similar example. It also has the great quote to the cocktail waitress, "Either make more trips or bring me a bigger glass."
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:39 AM on October 26, 2010

Yep, George Clooney as Danny Ocean. Here's someone asking what his order means.
posted by Happy Dave at 10:09 AM on October 26, 2010

Response by poster: I don't think it's Ocean's Eleven. I remember it as "whiskey and water" and him explicitly calling the bartender back to clarify. I just rewatched that scene and he states his order as "whiskey and whiskey" right off the bat. The hand motion, however, is exactly what I'm talking about. So maybe I'm completely off.

I don't think I've ever seen Skin Deep, but I'm adding to my Netflix account to check.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 11:20 AM on October 26, 2010

I don't think I've ever seen Skin Deep, but I'm adding to my Netflix account to check.

Well, umm ... about that ... it's not a very good movie, so I don't recommend wasting two hours on it. Just a few good lines and John Ritter doing some of his physical humor schtick.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:37 AM on October 26, 2010

I know exactly the scene you're talking about and I have no idea where it's from either. Not super helpful, although I know I have never seen "Skin Deep" so I doubt it's from that. I'm picturing a world-weary type who had a bad day or knows he's going to have a bad night placing this order. Hmmmm... I'll start asking around because this is going to bug me more than those happy meal cats.
posted by dogmom at 1:04 PM on October 26, 2010

Out of Sight? Also Clooney.
posted by fshgrl at 4:29 PM on October 26, 2010

I know this scene!! Give me some time, and I'll come up with it...
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 11:58 AM on October 27, 2010

Grrrr! I can picture the scene... Movie is 10-20 years old. I think it's a famous tough guy (Clint Eastwood? Robert DeNiro?) meeting someone at the bar.

After a brief search, I found reference to a site I can't access:
Supposedly, you can search for dialogue.
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 12:34 PM on October 27, 2010

I may have it.

Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Is that right?
posted by Sutekh at 4:53 PM on October 27, 2010

And here's the clip:

posted by Sutekh at 4:59 PM on October 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

Not so fast, Sutekh...
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 5:17 PM on October 27, 2010

Response by poster: Wow, this trope is apparently far more common than I thought. Sadly I haven't found the scene that plays in my head yet.

Bill Murray (somewhat appropriately) seems to play the trope completely backwards.

DiNiro's face seems strangely familiar, could be him, maybe Harvey Keitel? Any more ideas?
posted by 1f2frfbf at 7:41 AM on October 28, 2010

I keep picturing this happening in The Sting, but can't place it better than that. Newman? Shaw?
posted by fish tick at 10:47 AM on October 28, 2010

I'm pretty sure it's not The Sting.

Gah! This is killing me!! I'll have to check a backup source...
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 7:11 PM on October 28, 2010

Well... I've pinged my two biggest movie trivia friends, and they have nothing. One has never heard of the scene, the other thinks it sounds kind of familiar. I was so sure before, but now...

I thought earlier that the Ocean's Eleven scene was an homage to the one in question. But now I'm thinking maybe it's false memory.
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 11:13 AM on November 1, 2010

That Clooney one with the horses? Michael Clayton?

People mentioning Clooney makes me unable to get him out of my head :)

I have seen this, recently - the scene described - but can't recall who it was in what...

For some reason I don't think it was G.Clooney...
posted by DrtyBlvd at 12:20 AM on November 16, 2010

Not that it will be a chore to rewatch it :)
posted by DrtyBlvd at 12:21 AM on November 16, 2010

Well, here's George Clooney in Syriana saying "Whiskey. Whiskey.", but it's visually not what you're after.

I found it using the search engine in this FPP. Maybe you'll have more luck than me.
posted by Happy Dave at 6:08 AM on November 30, 2010

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