Scenes That I Love: Christopher Walken In Pennies From Heaven


PENNIES FROM HEAVEN, Christopher Walken, 1981. © MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection

Today, we wish a happy birthday to the one and only Christopher Walken! And what better way to do that than with a little song and dance?

Walken only has one big scene in the 1981 film, Pennies From Heaven, but it’s a showstopper. In this satirical and downbeat musical, he plays Tom, a stylish pimp who seduces a school teacher named Eileen (Bernadette Peters) by singing, tap dancing, and stripping on a bar. Director Herbert Ross did five takes of the scene and, each time, Walken performed the entire dance without stopping once. This is a scene that, in my opinion, shows that Christopher Walken is more than just a character actor with a unique way of speaking. At his best, he’s a force of nature.

One response to “Scenes That I Love: Christopher Walken In Pennies From Heaven

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