There's a trope of heroes walking towards the camera in slow motion, shoulder-to-shoulder.

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What was the first movie where this kind of shot was used?

  • Reservoir dogs?
    – Dredd
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 20:11
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    Common wisdom says that The Right Stuff (1983) was the trope codifier. Not sure how true that is though. Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 21:30
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    From tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PowerWalk , it is The Magnificent Seven (1960) but i haven't found the scene yet Commented Jun 26, 2015 at 17:53
  • One of the more famous movie slo-mos is the Chariots of Fire title sequence, but it's not exactly what you're after (they're all running close together).
    – Walt
    Commented Jul 10, 2015 at 12:02
  • @TroyAndAbed A 'Power Walk' is not necessarily in slo-mo, though. I don't even think the scene from 'The Right Stuff' is in slo-mo (which is weird since it's in slo-mo whenever it's parodied), they're just walking casually.
    – Walt
    Commented Jul 10, 2015 at 13:46

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An early and highly influential example must be the Droogs' walk in slow-motion side by side toward the camera (set to Alex's voiceover and a Rossini piece) in Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971). Ironically, our 'heroes' are a gang of sociopaths and a vicious slow-motion fight breaks out midscene, which is juxtaposed with the classical music. This will later echo in the Reservoir Dogs title sequence, depicting another uniformly-dressed gang of criminals in a slo-mo walk set to music, which perhaps hints at their fate. Here's the Clockwork Orange scene (starting at 0:28):

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