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Here Are Robin Williams’ 10 Most Underrated Performances

Everyone loved the Oscar-winning actor in Aladdin, Awakenings and Dead Poets Society, but some other great roles have received far too little attention in the wake of his shocking death.

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Kyle Smith

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August 13, 2014 - 11:41 am
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10. Deconstructing Harry (1997)

Williams’ only Woody Allen film is essentially a series of sketches in which Allen works out his demons. Williams is in the film for only a few minutes but he makes them count in a brilliant bit part as Mel, a film actor whose life is such a blur that he has literally gone out of focus. 

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Not sure I would agree with all of them as among his "best" - but that is only personal opinion.

Even he had been the lead - sorry, but Robin Williams could not have saved a Woody Allen movie.
17 weeks ago
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I confess I only read your list to confirm hat you would leave out my favorite little performance of Williams'. Sure enough you did.

That would be his role as the king whose head comes unattached in "Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen." Williams is spectacular, if indescribable; any assessment of his film career should include this film
17 weeks ago
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I really liked him in "The Secret Agent" where he plays a terrorist, he's absolutely frightening as a total fanatic. He has a bomb with him at all times and points out to a police inspector that all he has to do is set off the bomb: "Bits of me will get mixed up with bits of you."
18 weeks ago
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Anyone who saw him at his manic best should not be surprised that he also became depressed. May he rest in peace.
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Yeah great list of overlooked Williams performances. Robot is indeed a wonderful animated film that didn't get the attention it deserved. And The World's Greatest Dad is a brilliant dark comedy, so dark though, but one you will never forget. And yeah if you see this film, you will realize arguably more than any other film of his, it resonates shockingly with his recent death. So of course does What Dreams May Come (but I think this film was terrible, but people either love it or hate it. I hated it).

RV was heavily panned and I only saw it because it was an inflight movie, but Williams was good in it, even if the film was mediocre itself.

As animalCO and johnnyred point out, Popeye (which I loved) and the World According to Garp also deserve to be on the list (but Garp was appreciated when it came out).

Heck but Williams was in a lot of films.

18 weeks ago
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To elaborate (What Dreams May Come), this is the most thought provoking and unusual movie I have ever watched. That's saying a bit for a septugenarian.

The colors and images are stunning - Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, 1999. The story takes you from a storybook first meeting to love, marriage, death, Heaven, suicide, Hell, redemption and finally reincarnation. This is a three hankie ride - joy, then tears then joy and tears together. It moved me as no other film ever.

It has a 7 of 10 rating on IMDB but it got that in a very unusual way. Of the 600+ reviews it was rated either a 10 or a 1. Robin Williams as a superb dramatic actor. Give it a try.



18 weeks ago
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And it is exactly about what he just did. To die, to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death,

what dreams may come,

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause.
17 weeks ago
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Have not seen "Dreams" but now will definitely look.

Your review sounds a lot like what I was going to say for "Being Human," a movie which made me cry because of the painful beauty.

TY for the tip, roylofquist.
18 weeks ago
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Robots has been running on one of the cable channels the past few weeks. A highly underrated animated film that never got the attention it deserved. Williams was a standout in the talented cast of voice actors.
18 weeks ago
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Please consider "What Dreams May Come". Used to be on Netflix, but no longer. It is available on Amazon video.
18 weeks ago
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His best dramatic role, in my opinion.
17 weeks ago
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Robert Altman's 'Popeye' is vastly underrated. William's performance as the shambling, muttering "I yam what I yam" hero was inspired.
18 weeks ago
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Robin Williams did his best to try and save Popeye, he was inspired in the movie, the rest of the cast not so much.

@Tonawanda Shelly Duval played Olive Oyl in Popeye.
18 weeks ago
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I also agree. RW made Popeye believable. And Olive Oyl (was it Spacek?) was equally inspired and magical.
18 weeks ago
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I agree. He was wonderful in that role.
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I haven't seen the movies in years but I loved The World According to Garp.

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Garp is on my top ten all-time list.
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