Top ten memorable scenes: #2 No Country for Old Men

by Toby Woollaston

The coin toss scene with Javier Bardem is perhaps the most talked about scene in the Coen’s excellent No Country for Old Men. As with many films directed by the Coen brothers there are so many superb scenes to choose from. However, the palpable tension in the “waiting in a motel room with a shotgun” scene is by far the most memorable for me. No music, no dialogue … this scene is so tense you could literally hear a pin drop. Again Roger Deakins shows what a master of cinematography he is. I’ll let this excellent scene do the talking. You can see it below: