I obsess a little about Blake Snyder’s “save the cat” concept, because I have a bugaboo about exciting movies and novels with tedious or creepy main characters. I tend to defenestrate such things. Books can take that, but DVDs don’t hold up well to sidewalk impact.
So I ripped the “save the cat” scenes from four movies — two Blake mentioned in his book, and two I noticed in favorite movies of mine. They are:
Sea of Love, written by Richard Price.
Heist, written and directed by David Mamet.
Raiders of the Lost Ark, written by Lawrence Kasdan.
I think I’ve beaten this topic to death now, and I promise to move on. (Thanks, Blake. We still miss you.)