Memorable ‘Long Single Take’ Scene of Films

Maybe you still confuse about the title of this article above. I’ll tell you for some detail. In a film, I often notice that some scene is shot in long single take. So, there is no an interruption or cutting. Some people say that as an extended take. According to Wikipedia, the extended take is uninterrupted shot in a film which lasts much longer than the conventional editing pace either of the film itself or of films in general.

They take a very long time to set up, and are very easy to mess up. The longer the take, the more pressure is added to get it right. Of course it is very difficult. It needs some rehearsal several times to make it as perfect as possible. There is no one mistake or it must repeat it from the beginning. Here are my list of memorable long single take scene of films. Check these out:

PS: I apologize. Some films don’t have a clip because I can’t find it on youtube.

6.  Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)


From when Shosanna (Mélanie Laurent) is walking into the premiere to say helo to Pvt. Frederick Zoller (Daniel Brühl) and his friends and follow Landa (Christoph Waltz) approaching von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger).

Run time:

1 minute 12 seconds

5.  Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino, 2003)


When a female group band the’s plays “Woo-Hoo” song in the house of Blue Leaves, after Go-Go (Chiaki Kuriyama) return inside, The Bride (Uma Thurman) leaves the door, and then goes down the stairs though the bar, pass the kitchen into the ladies’ room. We can see the camera back to the stairs and follow Sofie Fatale (Julie Dreyfus) to the same path as the bride to the ladies’ room. It ends when there is the ring of Sofie’s cell phone.

Run time:

1 minute 50 seconds

4.  Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004)


When Shaun walks out of his home to the shop to buy some coke. He doesn’t realize that everyone has changes into zombie because he just gets up and still drunk.

Run time:

1 minute 54 seconds

3. Oldboy (Chan-wook Park, 2003)


One of the most real of action sequence. When Dae-su Oh (Min-sik Coi) fights  against 15 bad guys. One hammer versus 15 sticks. That is very awesome.

Run time:

2 minutes 37 seconds

2.  Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)


When Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L Jackson) walk into an apartment to meet their business partner, Marsellus Wallace. A long take happens since they go out of the lift and talk about foot massage etc and it ends when they come in front of the room they are looking for.

Run time:

2 minutes 43 seconds

1. Atonement (Joe Wright, 2007)

I’m so sorry. I can’t show you the clip because of the right thing. But you still can watch the heartbreaking scene here.


This is my most favorite film all the time. And my most favorite scene is an evacuation of soldiers in Dunkirk beach. With a great background score “Elegy forDunkirk” from Dario Marianelli and heartbreaking perform from James McAvoy and (of course) brilliant direction from Joe Wright, this 5 minutes scene makes me speechless. I watched this part more than one hundred times and it still feels magnificent.  My questions are always same. Where were Joe Wright and James McAvoy in the 2007’s Oscar nominee for Best Director and Best Leading Actor? And why didn’t Atonement get Best Picture in Oscar 2007 just like in BAFTA and Golden Globe???

Run time:

4 minutes 53 seconds

 I’m sure that there is still so many other films which have some long take scene that I haven’t watched. Maybe you can tell me:)


 Quote Choice:

(From Atonement -Last Lines-)

Older Briony: So, my sister and Robbie were never able to have the time together they both so longed for… and deserved. Which ever since I’ve… ever since I’ve always felt I prevented. But what sense of hope or satisfaction could a reader derive from an ending like that? So in the book, I wanted to give Robbie and Cecilia what they lost out on in life. I’d like to think this isn’t weakness or… evasion… but a final act of kindness. I gave them their happiness.

One thought on “Memorable ‘Long Single Take’ Scene of Films

  1. Pingback: Oldboy (2003): The First Cut is the Deepest **contains spoilers** | MikesFilmTalk

Leave a Reply :D

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s