Examining the “Community of 2” Against the World in Classic Films


Back in 1974 when reviewing The Tamarind Seed (see previous posts for music reference), Movietone’s Kathleen Murphy came up with the phrase ‘community of two‘ to describe the a particular genre of movie. In her rather long-winded summation:


The last bastion of stability and decency resides in the community of two, lovers whose loyalty and commitment to each other may momentarily transcend—but is ultimately and perfunctorily done in by—Cold War games. The games themselves have grown overly familiar and predictably nihilistic: means are expended to achieve ends that possess reality only to those unknown bookkeepers who keep track of the debits and assets of international espionage. … The system kills—by moral attrition, or violently, physically—but always the abstraction of international security is best preserved by a terrible and wasteful expenditure of human resources


Now that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but it got me thinking about other movies where it’s two people (either romantically involved or friends) against the world. So, without further ado, here’s my ‘community of two’ pictures (in no particular order), with a few chosen clips – feel free to weigh in with suggestions in the comments section:


Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Midnight Cowboy Florida Fantasy


True Romance (1993)

True Romance final scene


Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (1969)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) - Blaze of Glory Scene (5/5) | Movieclips


Natural Born Killers (1994)

Warden Dwight McClusky - last scenes , Natural Born Killers (1994)


The Pelican Brief (1993)

Pelican brief clip 2


Telefon (1977)

Telefon (1977) - Charles Bronson - Lee Remick


Logan’s Run (1976)


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)


Papillon (1973)

Never Coming Back | Papillon | Warner Archive


Cutter’s Way (1981)

Cutter's Way - the end


Leon (1994)

Leon The Professional Playing The Game


Bonnie & Clyde (1967)

Bonnie And Clyde (1967) Official Trailer #1 - Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway Movie



Thelma & Louise (1991)

Geena Davis after sex with Brad Pitt - Thelma and Louise



Bladerunner (1982)


Blade Runner (1982) CLIP - Ending Scene (HD) Harrison Ford Movie


Hot Fuzz (2007)

Hot Fuzz (2007) - Final Battle Scene Part 2


Midnight Run (1998)

Midnight Run: Fistofobia



Thunderbolt & Lightfoot (1974)

Paul Williams - Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Where Do I Go from Here)



Tango & Cash (1989)

Best scene from Tango & Cash



The Terminator (1984)

The Terminator 1984 'His name is Connor ' HD Clip 12 23



Any that I might have missed? And no, I don’t include Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (2010), but thanks all the same…

Stephen Arnell

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