You know, like when one guy in one car "takes" on the other guy in another car "athwart" the alleyway in a deadly chicken-play and whoever "flinches" first is the "loser/pussy". Such scenes are present in Last Action Hero, Sense8 and a lot of other 80s and 90s action movies. I know there's a "proper" name for such scenes I just can't seem, for the love of me, to remember it.

  • What research have you done?
    – Marv Mills
    Commented Jul 10, 2015 at 11:34
  • This may be better suited for Movies&TV SE. Commented Jul 10, 2015 at 11:41
  • I did a thorough google search. Nothing useful came up.
    – user74809
    Commented Jul 10, 2015 at 11:52
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    It's been known to teenagers for decades as "a game of chicken".
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jul 10, 2015 at 11:53
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    @user74809, SHOWDOWN certainly makes sense. Why not make it an answer (for the benifit of other users).
    – Misti
    Commented Jul 10, 2015 at 13:55

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The game is called chicken.

The name "chicken" has its origins in a game in which two drivers drive towards each other on a collision course: one must swerve, or both may die in the crash, but if one driver swerves and the other does not, the one who swerved will be called a "chicken," meaning a coward Wikipedia

Adjective sense of "cowardly" is at least as old as 14c. (compare hen-herte "a chicken-hearted person," mid-15c.). As the name of a game of danger to test courage, it is first recorded 1953. Etymology Online

  • Ah, I just remembered it. Such scenes are called SHOWDOWN scenes in filmmaker's parlance! But thanks anyways
    – user74809
    Commented Jul 10, 2015 at 13:02

just remembered!!

It's called SHOWDOWN sequence(scene). After an action sequence/scene (a chase) comes a showdown sequence (a sequence, for example, where two brinkmen put on a chicken play(as it is known in film jargon) or in other words where two guys play "chicken" with each others to see who pussies out.

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    "Showdown" covers a broader range of confrontations, not necessarily involving "playing chicken". It could be a fist fight, eg. And the classical "showdown" is the gunfight where it's not a matter of not "flinching" first, but rather being a quicker draw and better aim than the other guy.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jul 10, 2015 at 16:32

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