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Top 10 Dead Movie Sidekicks

by MHofstatter   May 13, 2011 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 5,189
Sidekicks make the world go round. Honestly, where would we be without them? Imagine Lennon without McCartney. Batman without Robin. Barack Obama without Joe Biden. That’s just a world we don’t want to live in. Sometimes, though, you have to face cold, hard facts. Sidekicks don’t live forever…especially in the movies.

10. Al D'andrea

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Source: Columbia Pictures

Clint Eastwood's In the Line of Fire is arguably the best Secret Service film ever made, garnering his villainous co-star John Malkovich an Oscar nomination in the process. In the movie, we follow Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan (Eastwood) and his pursuit of the ambitious assassin, Malkovich's Mitch Leary, ably backed by his partner, Al D'andrea (Dylan McDermott) in the process. Later in the film, Horrigan and D'andrea track down Leary to a Washington, D.C. apartment complex, which then leads them on a rooftop chase. Unfortunately for D'andrea, he gets ahead of himself, thinking he's caught Leary at gunpoint. It's when he decides to boast this fact to Horrigan that he gets distracted and gets one right between the eyes thanks to Leary’s quickness, thus proving that one should never take their eyes off the prize.

9. Theodore Donald "Donny" Kerabatsos

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Source: Gramercy Pictures

There are many memorable characters in the 1998 Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski. Whether it’s Maude, Walter, Jackie Treehorn, or The Dude himself, there's still only one Donny. Memorably played by Coen brothers stalwart Steve Buscemi, our experiences with the well-adjusted, weak-hearted bowler are few and far between. Sadly, when he does speak up he is too often asked lovingly by teammate, Walter, to "shut the f*** up." And shut up he does. Late in the film, faced with an attack by a group of maladjusted nihilists, Donny has an attack of his own. A heart attack, that is, and thus he leaves this earth far too soon. Bowl a strike in heaven, Donny.

8."Bubba" Benjamin Buford Blue

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Source: Paramount Pictures

Stupid is as stupid does. In this case, stupid is getting shot in the chest and letting your buddy make good on your idea, gaining a shrimping boat fortune in the process. In 1994, the hearts and minds of America were filled with the witticisms of one Forrest Gump, but it was his partner in crime “Bubba” (played by Mykelti Williamson) that helped him build his Bubba Gump empire. Upon meeting up in the Army during the Vietnam war, Bubba began to share his vision with Gump for shrimp cocktail, fried shrimp, and well, shrimp everything. They soon became the bestest of friends, each other’s only friends in fact, but sometimes friendships have to come to an end. This time it came to an end in a Southeast Asian jungle on a riverbank amidst a hail of napalm. We salute you, Bubba!

7. Ed

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Source: Universal Studios

In 2004, Shaun of the Dead introduced director Edgar Wright to the film scene, but it also brought us Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, arguably the funniest tag team to come out of the U.K. in years. It's here in Shaun that Frost assumed the role of Ed, the antagonizing best friend to Pegg's Shaun. Both loveable losers, it’s when London takes on a zombie apocalypse that we realize just how strong a friendship this is. Through thick and thin the duo persevere, but like any good zombie movie one of them had to go. Using his dying breaths to help Shaun escape, best friend Ed can only offer his own parting words of wisdom. Those words just happened to be a fart.

6. Ratso Rizzo

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Source: United Artists

Upon taking on the role of con man Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo, Dustin Hoffman played second fiddle to the film's star, Jon Voight, who appears onscreen as the country turned big city mouse, Joe Buck. Together the two navigate the dark and disturbing reality that is New York City, learning that it takes more than just a dream to make it in this world. Throughout the film, the already crippled Rizzo is interminably ill, but his sickness escalates as the story moves forward. Ultimately, the duo flee New York by bus and head down to Miami where Rizzo believes that his life and health will be better. Sadly, Rizzo dies on the ride and never gets to appreciate a warmer climate.

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