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Ned Beatty Dies at 83 - How to Stream His Best Films

Ben Bowman

Ned Beatty was an incredibly versatile force in American cinema. From the moment he burst on the scene as the unfortunate victim of backwoods hillbillies in “Deliverance” to his effective voiceover work as Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear in “Toy Story 3,” Beatty carved out a niche as a go-to actor when you wanted a supporting character to shine. He also played a pivotal role in the ever-more-prescient “Network,” and he was a great bumbling sidekick to Gene Hackman in the wonderful 1978 “Superman: The Movie.”

In a 1977 interview, Beatty explained why he preferred supporting roles. “Stars never want to throw the audience a curveball, but my great joy is throwing curveballs,” he said. “Being a star cuts down on your effectiveness as an actor because you become an identifiable part of a product and somewhat predictable. You have to mind your P’s and Q’s and nurture your fans. But I like to surprise the audience, to do the unexpected.”

He may not have had the look of a leading man, but as soon as he appeared on screen, you knew Ned Beatty was going to bring a top-shelf performance. His range seemed boundless. Ned Beatty died in his sleep of natural causes yesterday.

If you’d like to stream the best of Ned Beatty, here’s where you can see all his landmark performances…

The Best of Ned Beatty

  • トイ・ストーリー3

    2010年6月16日

    アンディがおもちゃで遊んでいたのも今は昔。アンディは大学に入学する年齢になり、カウボーイ人形のウッディたちおもちゃは託児施設に寄付されることになった。しかし、そこに待っていたのは乱暴な子どもたち。ウッディは脱出に成功するものの、アンディの元へ行くか、仲間たちを助けに戻るかの究極の選択を迫られる。

  • Spring Forward

    2000年12月10日

    Trying to put himself back together after serving prison time for robbery, Paul takes a job as a parks employee in a small Connecticut town. His co-worker, Murph, a generation older than Paul, is dealing with his own issues, chiefly the the impending death of his very ill son. After the men have a run-in with local snob Frederickson, Murph’s age and experience starts to temper Paul’s fiery nature, as the younger man begins to embrace his new life.

  • ルディ/涙のウイニング・ラン

    1993年9月17日
  • Back to School

    1986年6月13日

    Self-made millionaire Thornton Melon decides to get a better education and enrolls at his son Jason’s college. While Jason tries to fit in with his fellow students, Thornton struggles to gain his son’s respect, giving way to hilarious antics.

  • スーパーマン

    1978年12月13日

    誰もが知っているアメコミのヒーローを巨費を投じて復活させた超娯楽作。素朴な田舎を背景に少年時代のスーパーマンを描いた、郷愁に満ちた序盤からデイリー・プラネットの記者として活躍する本編に入っても、暖かみを伴った面白さは一瞬たりとも揺らぐ事は無く、悪の天才レックス・ルーサーの陰謀を食い止めるクライマックスまで一気に見せきる。

    Beatty plays the delightful criminal sidekick Otis in one of the best superhero movies of all time.

  • 大統領の陰謀

    1976年4月4日

    ある夜、ウォーターゲート・ビルに侵入した四人の窃盗犯が現行犯逮捕された。単なる強盗と思われたこの事件だが、ワシントン・ポストの記者ボブ・ウッドワードとカール・バーンスタインは数々の疑念、妨害を乗り越え調査を進めていく。そして、これがのちに合衆国大統領ニクソンを失脚させる一大スキャンダルへと発展していくのだった…。

  • Silver Streak

    1976年12月3日

    A somewhat daffy book editor on a rail trip from Los Angeles to Chicago thinks that he sees a murdered man thrown from the train. When he can find no one who will believe him, he starts doing some investigating of his own. But all that accomplishes is to get the killer after him.

  • ネットワーク

    1976年11月1日

    視聴率低下を気に悩んでノイローゼになった、ニュース番組の司会者ビール。しかし彼が番組中に自殺予告をしたことで、視聴率はどんどん上がっていき!? 大手テレビ局を舞台に悪戦苦闘する人間たちの姿を、社会派シドニー・ルメットが鋭く描く。

    If you’ve never seen this groundbreaking masterpiece, now is the time. Beatty plays an intimidating figure who bullies a renegade news anchor into submission. He earned an Academy Award nomination for essentially one scene.

  • Nashville

    1975年6月11日

    The intersecting stories of twenty-four characters—from country star to wannabe to reporter to waitress— connect to the music business in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • 白熱

    1973年8月6日
  • Deliverance

    1972年7月30日

    Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it’s turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they’ll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

    Even if you’ve never seen this terrifying movie, you’ve certainly heard “Squeal like a pig!” in several other movies and shows. This is where that horrific line debuted and Ned Beatty is on the unfortunate receiving end of that command. This one is not for the faint of heart.

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