Milk and Cookie Scene !
My favorite part of the movie was the "cookies and milk scene". For reasons unrelated to progression of plot of even the singe scene, Jack Gramm (Al Pachino) asks the other men in the scene if they would care for a cookie. Then asks who would care for a glass a milk, calls his secretary asks for 3 glasses of milk (there are 4 men in the scene and only one has taken a cookie) Frank Parks (William Forsythe) responds "nothing for me Jack" (again 4 people, 3 drinks?) causing Jack to say to his secretary "Shelly bring in two glasses, NO make it three. Maybe you'll have a change of heart." (WTF change of heart on what? wanting milk? The man is an adult.. why would he lie about wanting milk?) So after he orders the milk they begin to talk about a case from the previous night and how it relates to the serial killer he is investigating. The attorney general then begins to try and poke holes in Jacks case against Jon Forester's (Neal McDonough) case. Then right in the middle of the tensest part of the scene Jacks secretary walks in proclaiming "Milk Maid!'' (my favorite part) She then walks in to a very awkward pause, looks at the men, walks to the table and places the milk down in walks out in complete silence! Its 19 seconds of DEAD AIR. nothing is said, just awkward looks as if to say "WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE, AND WHY IS THERE MILK!"
I just love this scene, there is absolutely no reason for the"cookie and milk" dialog to be writin into the script. It doesn't progress anything, doesn't even serve and a devise for a character to change subjects, leave the scene or anything! Its just an awesome 19 seconds of awkward milk tray holding silence!