Mainstream Movies - Hollywood Answers The Call!|
Alfred Hitchcock uses the Loo.
Welcome, you will find a large collection of
scenes from mainstream films and television.
All of these scenes have
one thing in common.... The Bathroom.
I've always wonder what makes a great toilet scene in a movie, but
I've never been able to find a database or resource on the web that
dealt with this particular subject....
I've decided to put an alphabetical listing of toilet scenes that
appear in mainstream movies. I'm starting off with movies I have seen,
but to really get this list large, I need time so bare with me.
Famous People have been caught.
Drew Barrymore, Jon Voight, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler, Matthew Broderick, Sharon Stone, Mike Myers, Meg Ryan, Adam Sandler, Courtney Love, Kevin Costner, Eddie Murphy,
John Belushi, Jodie Foster, Val Kilmer, Martin Sheen, Jessica Alba, Demi Moore, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Juliette Lewis, Brad Pitt, Heather Graham, Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Lopez, Rain Phoenix, Alicia Silverstone, Linda Blair, Nicole Kidman all have one thing in common.... They have pee'd on screen.
Doesn't anybody close the bathroom door anymore?
Not in Hollywood, it seems. By now we're used to
bubble baths, exploding toilets and even weirder bathroom scenes in the
movies. They've become, excuse us, fixtures on the screen.
You can be pretty sure something's up when the
action on screen -- in TV or the movies -- moves into the bathroom.
There are three possible outcomes. Something heartwarming is about to
happen (the bubble bath in "Pretty Woman") something personal is about
to be revealed about a character (Jack Nicholson's obsessive-compulsive
hand washing in "As Good As It Gets") or something really bad is about
to happen ("Psycho"). How times have changed since the "do not disturb"
sign came off the bathroom door.
The water closet was generally located offscreen, a place that Hollywood movie stars rarely seemed to feel the need to visit.
As screen gods and goddesses, perhaps they were beyond the call of nature. Movies were escapism, and there is hardly anything less escapist than the toilet.
So, perhaps it's appropriate that it took a Catholic filmmaker, Alfred Hitchcock, to bring the bathroom into the cinematic mainstream for the first time -- in Psycho (1960), the granddaddy of all great plumbing movies.
And in Psycho, Hitchcock at last unveiled the loo on Hollywood's silver screen, and
America's cinematic toilet taboo was finally broken. ' Rubello quotes screenwriter Joseph Stephano on the subject of primal-screen
plumbing: "I told Hitch 'I would like Marion to tear up a piece of paper and flush it down the toilet and SEE that toilet.
Can we do that?' Hitch said, 'I'm going to have to fight them on it.' I thought if I could begin to unhinge audiences by showing a toilet flushing -- we all suffer from
peccadillos from toilet procedures -- they'd be so out of it by the time of the shower murder, it would be an absolute
killer. I thought [about the audience], 'This is where you're going to begin to know what the human race is all about.
We're going to start by showing you the toilet and it's only going to get worse.' We were getting into Freudian stuff
and Hitchcock dug that kind of thing, so I knew we would get to see that toilet on-screen.'' Just the sight of the
flushing toilet was considered shocking enough to mildly unsettle and disorient audiences of the day.|
Embarrassed by our plumbing.
Kids, of course (before they're toilet trained and taught to fear and loathe what goes on in the bathroom),
just love getting naked and peeing and pooping and farting. It feels good and it's funny. It's no wonder, then,
that our culture is rife with bathroom humor that appeals to the pre-seven-year-old (before the so-called "age of reason")
-- as well as the naughty post-pubescent -- in all of us. We're all a bit squeamish and embarrassed by our plumbing --
not only the pipes in our houses and apartments but particularly the messy, fleshy, leaky ducts of our own bodies. Farts,
incontinence, enemas, catheters, colostomies, prostate operations, masturbation, menstruation, douches -- like many taboos,
they're usually dealt with either as horror stories or comedy (or both): "plumbing problems," "bathroom humor,''
"jokes for the john.'' As Freud might put it, plumbing, like jokes (and movies), offer a direct pipeline to the
Movies Flush With Bathroom Scenes.
It wasn't until the early '70s that the toilet became a punch line -- and even then it was just as a noise.
"It was like a big comedy breakthrough when you heard the toilet flush on 'All in the Family,' " Gottlieb says.
"The Brady Bunch Movie," the spoofamatic movie masterpiece of 1995, pokes direct fun at the prudery that ruled Sitcomland back in the '70s,
including "The Brady Bunch" series. The potty joke comes when a neighbor describes the mystery of the Brady household:
"I was over there once. One bathroom for nine people . . . and I never did see a toilet.
"Leave It to Beaver" in the late '50s and early
'60s is credited with showing the first toilet on TV. Now the bathroom
is mainstream, from ads to pop music.
The laughter leavens (or intensifies) the horror,
shame, embarrasment, and vulnerability we feel about sexual or
excremental "bathroom behavior'' -- whether it's the ill-timed fart attacks in innumerable movies, from the
bean-eating campfire cowboys in Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks, 1974) or the flatulent Great Dane in "10''
(Blake Edwards, 1979); the Jaws-like turd in the swimming pool in Caddyshack (Harold Ramis, 1980);
the sounds of Leslie Nielsen relieving himself at length, amplified by a pubic -- er,
public -- address system in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (David Zucker, 1988); Peter Sellars'
disastrous toilet encounters at a chic Hollywood affair in The Party (Blake Edwards, 1968); ...
And although countless movies have shown people getting their
heads flushed in the john as a form of punishment or humiliation, sometimes it's played for laughs -- as in The
Worst Toilet in Scotland (showing just how low a junkie will sink) in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting (1996); or Mike
Myers fighting off a nasty restroom assassin in Jay Roach's Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997); or
the Nihilists (Flea and Peter Stormare) "warning" The Dude (Jeff Bridges), before pissing on his rug, in the Coen
brothers' The Big Lebowski (1998).....The list goes on.