OT: Now how about your most unforgettable movie SCENES?

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Future Shock has a great movie thread going...but how about individual (or closely related) scenes? Good or bad...what's unforgettable?

Just a few to start us off -- these all really grabbed me emotionally -- somehow:

The last scene from "West Side Story;" the restaurant scene from "When Harry Met Sally;" the last scene from "Runaway Train" (hint: not any sort of train crash); the scene from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" where Indiana Jones takes over the army truck (after catching up to it on horseback); the scene from "The Deer Hunter" where DiNiro and the other guy (I forget who) were forced to play russian roulette; the scene at the end of "Sleepless in Seattle," on the Empire State Building; the scenes near the end of "The Color Purple" where the sisters finally see each other again.

I know I've got much more...this is just offa the top of my head...

-- eve (eve_rebekah@yahoo.com), May 15, 2000


"Blade Runner" scene where a 'replicant' (off-world, non-human type) is being questioned about his 'Mother'...

"Let me tell you 'bout my Mother"...as he lets loose with a pocket cannon at the questioner...who gets blown out the window.

-- (Cyber@Squat.com), May 15, 2000.

"Jaws", the shark going into the boat.

-- Peter Errington (petere@ricochet.net), May 15, 2000.

Eve, I agree with you on Runaway Train-another movie that not many people saw, but is very rich psychologically-very allegorical. For those that have not seen it, see it.

I can think of a million scenes, eventually, but the one that comes to mind right this second is the murder suicide in Full Metal Jacket- The trainee that flips out and kills the drill sargeant-The look of pure evil on that actors face is unforgettable.

Also, thought of another, the farewells at the end of Dances with Wolves, especially the indian warrior with whom Kevin Costner had the conflict-still brings tears to my mind thinking about it.

-- FutureShock (gray@matter.think), May 15, 2000.

The moment in Ghost when Dimi M realizes Patrick S is making communication (with a little help from Whoopie).

-- fauna (#@*.ed), May 15, 2000.

James Bond: "Do you expect me to talk?"

Goldfinger: "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!"

Ouch. (It'd be worse than a ferret in your skivvies; 'nuff said.)

-- I'm Here, I'm There (I'm Everywhere@so.beware), May 15, 2000.

It is in "Freaks" (1932), the most unforgettable movie ever made, at the climax: the attack of the freaks on Hercules and Cleopatra.

-- Unreel (cometo@tention.net), May 15, 2000.

The first 20 minutes of Private Ryan.

-- Lars (lars@indy.net), May 15, 2000.


I was going to say what you said : )

Also, when the boy, bicycle, and alien go up in the air at the end of ET-I remember standing up and cheering, even though I was legally an adult by then!

-- FutureShock (gray@matter.think), May 15, 2000.

For sheer beauty, for the effect it has upon me - the opening sequence of the movie Contact. For those of you who didn't catch it on the 'big screen', what a shame.

I use meditation in my spiritual practice. One of the byproducts of the techniques I use is expansion of consciousness. I occasionally visualize the opening sequence of Contact during meditation  that of traveling out from earth past the outer planets of this solar system. Its a beautiful thing!

-- Bingo1 (howe9@shentel.net), May 15, 2000.

Mmmm. Juicy Fruit.

-- semper paratus (here_with@my.pals), May 15, 2000.

Or, more recently, in It's a Beautiful Life, when the father gets up and starts "translating" German. What a moment.

-- semper paratus (here_with@my.pals), May 15, 2000.


"The Deer Hunter", even though the 'russian roulette' scene made me extremely emotional..the one that really got to me was when he (DiNiro) didn't shoot the deer.

"The Color Purple", the one that got to me was when the sisters were seperated..I cried my eyes out..sniff!


"Jaws", the scene when the shark gets the little boy on the raft..and the mother goes nuts..gave me huge goosebumps!


the murder suicide in Full Metal Jacket- The trainee that flips out and kills the drill sargeant-The look of pure evil on that actors face is unforgettable. Yep, that's the one that did it for me too!


"Saving Private Ryan"...when the mother is at the sink and sees a car coming up the road..she goes out to the porch and when the priest and the military person get out of the car...she just sits down and begins to cry. I lost it and started bawling.

My latest experience was watching "The Sixth Sense". I won't give any parts away for those who haven't seen it...but the one that got to me was when the father watched the video tape...tore my heart out!!!

-- Peg (not@really.necessary), May 15, 2000.

Hmmm...one of them would have to be the scene in "The Long Kiss Goodnight" when this skilled assassin who has amnesia (played by Geena Davis) discovers that she is quite adept at using a knife while cutting up veggies for dinner. {giggle} she was convinced that she must have been a chef before her accident, and then in a veggie- chopping frenzy, hurls a knife across the room where it pins an apple to the wall. Good stuff! =)

In the movie Platoon, there is a scene where a soldier is beating to death with the butt of his gun, a very old man who can barely walk. I think the old guy was blind too. I had to turn the movie OFF! Way too intense for me, I just couldn't watch that.

-- cin (cin@cin.cin), May 15, 2000.

Near the end of "Titanic", when all of the people are climbing up on the back of the ship. One guy falls off and hits his head on the propeller on the way down, making a big "clunk" sound. I think I was the only one in the whole theatre laughing my ass off. But then, I love the 3 Stooges too. :-)

-- Hawk (flyin@hi.again), May 15, 2000.

"Blazing Saddles" campfire scene.

-- Hawk (flyin@hi.again), May 15, 2000.

In the movie "Network", people in N.Y. hanging their heads out their windows screaming "I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!" Classic.

-- Gia (laureltree7@hotmail.com), May 15, 2000.


I'll name the movie, you come up with the scene:

Rebel Without A Cause

The Godfather

The Crying Game


The English Patient

-- flora (***@__._), May 15, 2000.

You said inforgettable right?

Well, when I was a kid, I happened to watch a scene of the movie Apocalypse Now, where some people with machetes were hacking away at a live caribou. It was almost howling and falling onto it's knees. And I wondered if that was real, and how could anything so horrible as that happen on camera. I still get nightmares and day terrors thinking about that sight. I wish I could forget it. =*(

-- cin (cin@cin.cin), May 15, 2000.

On the 'lighter side', did anyone see SLINGBLADE?

Favorite scene was when dude got pushed on floor (he was a country western singer i think) and he started hollerin, in true hillbilly fashion, Fu## ME Linda.

It was truly the funniest movie i've seen since Forest Gump.

Another good scene when Forest Stopped running and his fan club followers stopped and Forest said "Well I think I'm gonna go home now'

I LMAO everytime I think of that one...

-- consumer (shh@aol.com), May 15, 2000.

Hawk, noooooo!!!!!!! tooo funny.

Another one 'throw momma from the train'

"Owen doesnt have any friends cuz hes fat and hes stupid."

what a classic.

-- consumer (shh@aol.com), May 15, 2000.

African Queen - when Mr. Allnutt (Bogart) wakes up to see Katherine Hepburn dumping all his booze into the river. She - so smug, him - ready to slap the snot out of her, but remains a yelling gentleman.

Dumbo - When mama elephant is behind bars and holds Dumbo in her trunk rocking him to that tear jerker music - Stupid, I know, but I cry every time.

-- Susan (susan@hotmail.com), May 16, 2000.

Oh yeah consumer! Forgot about Slingblade! Good all the way through, but my favorite part is at the end after he whacks the bad dude, and he calls 911. "Blah-blah (bad guy's name) says you might want to send a police car, and a hurse too". Lol!!

-- Hawk (flyin@hi.again), May 16, 2000.

When Old Yeller dies,that allways gets me choked up.

-- capnfun (capnfun1@excite.com), May 16, 2000.

Hawk, the campfire scene in Blazing Saddles was great. How about when they were signing up to destroy the town and the KKK members were in line. Remember Cleavon Little's line - "Where dey white women"?

I'll always remember a scene from a movie hardly anyone ever saw called "Radio Flyer" with Tom Hanks. It was about two brothers with a physically abusive father. The boys build an airplane out of a Radio Flyer wagon and assorted parts they collected so they can fly away from the father. The younger brother is about to take off in the wagon when the father shows up about to administer another beating. The mother has alerted the sheriff and he shows up right behind the father. As he takes a swing at the kid, the deputy tackles the father, throws the cuffs on him, and says "You'll never hurt anyone again".

If you get then chance, rent the movie. I thought it was one of the most thought provoking movies I ever saw.

-- Jim Cooke (JJCooke@yahoo.com), May 16, 2000.

"Empire in (under?) the Sun"

The scene where the boy sings with the Japanese.

And they stop to listen.

Susan, Happy late Mothers Day!

-- ownership (----@--.com), May 16, 2000.

Peg, I vaguely remember that deer scene in the Deer Hunter -- as I recall it was a beautiful scene. But I guess the russian roulette scene was the one that tore me up emotionally and stuck with me. Maybe I'll have to rent that one -- it's been decades... And the Private Ryan Scene -- yes! Did you see the photograph of her boys on the shelf just before she went out the door? And the way she just kind of collapsed...And the Sixth Sense scene with the father's reaction to the videotape was very intense.

flora, yep -- The Crying Game -- well I can't give that one away; let's just say that I remember it well...:) And the Godfather...The wedding scene and the one where they "get" Sonny are the standouts for me.

consumer, Sling Blade -- well, I loved that whole movie. And the Forrest Gump comment was fantastic! Ya got me almost laughing right now, thinking about it.

-- eve (eve_rebekah@yahoo.com), May 16, 2000.

Hawk and Capn; LOL

Ummm hummm? I was just wonderin if you have any canned meat? Uh huh.

What WAS the guys name, (the hillbilly) damn I cant remember. Was it Earl? no, dog gone it!!!!!!!

BTW, I was in Tennesee visiting family when I first saw it and my sisters name is Linda...What a scream...

-- consumer (shh@aol.com), May 16, 2000.

"It's only a flesh wound"

How could we forget the scene in Monty Python and the holy grail where the guy gets chopped up piece by piece!


-- FutureShock (gray@matter.think), May 16, 2000.

The attacking rabbit scene.

-- Uncle Deedah (unkeed@yahoo.com), May 16, 2000.


-- Bingo1 (howe9@shentel.net), May 16, 2000.

Well, post Y2K rollover, I can now empathize with the knights from Camelot who ('member the song?) "eat ham and jam and spam a lot."

-- eve (eve_rebekah@yahoo.com), May 16, 2000.

"What is your favorite color?"

{Different scene, same flick}.

-- flora (***@__._), May 16, 2000.

Oh, you guys -- you did this to me! Now I don't have time to format this, so it may end up running together, but it's right from a MP website...(I'll post the site if there's interest)

THE BRIDGE OF DEATH scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail:


GALAHAD: There it is! ARTHUR: The Bridge of Death! ROBIN: Oh, great. ARTHUR: Look! There's the old man from scene twenty-four! BEDEVERE: What is he doing here? ARTHUR: He is the keeper of the Bridge of Death. He asks each traveller five questions-- GALAHAD: Three questions. ARTHUR: Three questions. He who answers the five questions-- GALAHAD: Three questions. ARTHUR: Three questions may cross in safety. ROBIN: What if you get a question wrong? ARTHUR: Then you are cast into the Gorge of Eternal Peril. ROBIN: Oh, I won't go. GALAHAD: Who's going to answer the questions? ARTHUR: Sir Robin! ROBIN: Yes? ARTHUR: Brave Sir Robin, you go. ROBIN: Hey! I've got a great idea. Why doesn't Launcelot go? LAUNCELOT: Yes. Let me go, my liege. I will take him single-handed. I shall make a feint to the north-east that s-- ARTHUR: No, no. No. Hang on! Hang on! Hang on! Just answer the five questions- - GALAHAD: Three questions. ARTHUR: Three questions as best you can, and we shall watch... and pray. LAUNCELOT: I understand, my liege. ARTHUR: Good luck, brave Sir Launcelot. God be with you. BRIDGEKEEPER: Stop! Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see. LAUNCELOT: Ask me the questions, bridgekeeper. I am not afraid. BRIDGEKEEPER: What... is your name? LAUNCELOT: My name is 'Sir Launcelot of Camelot'. BRIDGEKEEPER: What... is your quest? LAUNCELOT: To seek the Holy Grail. BRIDGEKEEPER: What... is your favourite colour? LAUNCELOT: Blue. BRIDGEKEEPER: Right. Off you go. LAUNCELOT: Oh, thank you. Thank you very much. ROBIN: That's easy! BRIDGEKEEPER: Stop! Who approacheth the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see. ROBIN: Ask me the questions, bridgekeeper. I'm not afraid. BRIDGEKEEPER: What... is your name? ROBIN: 'Sir Robin of Camelot'. BRIDGEKEEPER: What... is your quest? ROBIN: To seek the Holy Grail. BRIDGEKEEPER: What... is the capital of Assyria? [pause] ROBIN: I don't know that! Auuuuuuuugh! BRIDGEKEEPER: Stop! What... is your name? GALAHAD: 'Sir Galahad of Camelot'. BRIDGEKEEPER: What... is your quest? GALAHAD: I seek the Grail. BRIDGEKEEPER: What... is your favourite colour? GALAHAD: Blue. No, yel-- auuuuuuuugh! BRIDGEKEEPER: Hee hee heh. Stop! What... is your name? ARTHUR: It is 'Arthur', King of the Britons. BRIDGEKEEPER: What... is your quest? ARTHUR: To seek the Holy Grail. BRIDGEKEEPER: What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? ARTHUR: What do you mean? An African or European swallow? BRIDGEKEEPER: Huh? I-- I don't know that. Auuuuuuuugh! BEDEVERE: How do know so much about swallows? ARTHUR: Well, you have to know these things when you're a king, you know. [suspenseful music] [music suddenly stops]

-- eve (eve_rebekah@yahoo.com), May 16, 2000.

Its Just a lil flesh wound.....OMG...I had forgotten all about that one, my hubby loves that movie....

How bout the part where he then says, I'll bite your ankles or something to that effect.

Heres another oldy but moldy, anyone remember "The Gods Must Be Crazy"

It started with a man throwing a coca cola bottle out of a helicopter?

I was a lil bonged out then (some know what i mean, if not most...lol)

And the whole movie was about this tribe trying to get rid of the cursed coke bottle, after the children were throwing it around and it hit one of the lil ones in the head.....????????

OMG I am laughing so hard I am crying...too damn funny.

-- consumer (shh@aol.com), May 16, 2000.

Scene in Tommy Boy where Chris asks David Spade if there is a mark on the side of his face. "Doesn't hurt here or there, just right here"..David says.."nope looks OK from here". then inside the cafe the first thing out of the waitress' mouth is.."what in the hell happened to your face"?

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is rich...how bout the scene when Owen shows-up to drive the 2 to Wichita. "People train don't run out of Wichita, lessen your-a pig or a cattle, people train runs out of Stubbbbbbville". or "You know what would make me happy"? ask Steve Martin...John Candy responds..."another set of fingers and an extra set of balls"?

The end of A Few Good Men is classic. "You're dam right I ordered the code red". Jack N is there a better actor alive? "Pleeze tell me you didn't call me here to answer questions about footlockers and the travel habits of one Private Santiago, pleeze tell Lieutenant you have something else". "I don't give a dam what you feel, a simple Thank You would be nice". "Son we give orders. If not followed, people die".

-- Doc Paulie (fannybubbles@usa.net), May 16, 2000.

Ok, consumer and all...you asked for it...

THE BLACK KNIGHT scene (from Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail)

[King Arthur music] [music stops] BLACK KNIGHT: Aaaagh! [King Arthur music] [music stops] BLACK KNIGHT: Aaagh! GREEN KNIGHT: Ooh! [King Arthur music] [music stops] [stab] BLACK KNIGHT: Aagh! GREEN KNIGHT: Oh! [King Arthur music] Ooh! Uuh. [music stops] BLACK KNIGHT: Aaaagh! [clang] BLACK KNIGHT and GREEN KNIGHT: Agh!, oh!, etc. GREEN KNIGHT: Aaaaaah! Aaaaaaaaah! [woosh] [BLACK KNIGHT kills GREEN KNIGHT] [thud] [scrape] BLACK KNIGHT: Umm! [clop clop clop] ARTHUR: You fight with the strength of many men, Sir Knight. [pause] I am Arthur, King of the Britons. [pause] I seek the finest and the bravest knights in the land to join me in my court at Camelot. [pause] You have proved yourself worthy. Will you join me? [pause] You make me sad. So be it. Come, Patsy. BLACK KNIGHT: None shall pass. ARTHUR: What? BLACK KNIGHT: None shall pass. ARTHUR: I have no quarrel with you, good Sir Knight, but I must cross this bridge. BLACK KNIGHT: Then you shall die. ARTHUR: I command you, as King of the Britons, to stand aside! BLACK KNIGHT: I move for no man. ARTHUR: So be it! ARTHUR and BLACK KNIGHT: Aaah!, hiyaah!, etc. [ARTHUR chops the BLACK KNIGHT's left arm off] ARTHUR: Now stand aside, worthy adversary. BLACK KNIGHT: 'Tis but a scratch. ARTHUR: A scratch? Your arm's off! BLACK KNIGHT: No, it isn't. ARTHUR: Well, what's that, then? BLACK KNIGHT: I've had worse. ARTHUR: You liar! BLACK KNIGHT: Come on, you pansy! [clang] Huyah! [clang] Hiyaah! [clang] Aaaaaaaah! [ARTHUR chops the BLACK KNIGHT's right arm off] ARTHUR: Victory is mine! [kneeling] We thank Thee Lord, that in Thy mer-- BLACK KNIGHT: Hah! [kick] Come on, then. ARTHUR: What? BLACK KNIGHT: Have at you! [kick] ARTHUR: Eh. You are indeed brave, Sir Knight, but the fight is mine. BLACK KNIGHT: Oh, had enough, eh? ARTHUR: Look, you stupid bastard. You've got no arms left. BLACK KNIGHT: Yes, I have. ARTHUR: Look! BLACK KNIGHT: Just a flesh wound. [kick] ARTHUR: Look, stop that. BLACK KNIGHT: Chicken! [kick] Chickennn! ARTHUR: Look, I'll have your leg. [kick] Right! [whop] [ARTHUR chops the BLACK KNIGHT's right leg off] BLACK KNIGHT: Right. I'll do you for that! ARTHUR: You'll what? BLACK KNIGHT: Come here! ARTHUR: What are you going to do, bleed on me? BLACK KNIGHT: I'm invincible! ARTHUR: You're a looney. BLACK KNIGHT: The Black Knight always triumphs! Have at you! Come on, then. [whop] [ARTHUR chops the BLACK KNIGHT's last leg off] BLACK KNIGHT: Oh? All right, we'll call it a draw. ARTHUR: Come, Patsy. BLACK KNIGHT: Oh. Oh, I see. Running away, eh? You yellow bastards! Come back here and take what's coming to you. I'll bite your legs off!

-- eve (eve_rebekah@yahoo.com), May 16, 2000.

OMG, EVE.....I'm laughing MAO....that was it, i'll bite your legs off?

tooo damn funny, loved it.....thanks your a sweetie.

-- consumer (shh@aol.com), May 16, 2000.

And let us not forget the final scene in Hitchcock's "Psycho," in which Mother tells us all about how sick Norman is.

-- Unreel (cometo@tention.net), May 16, 2000.

Hitchcock was such a wonderful craftsman. His movies are full of "unforgettables", especially the final scenes. In addition to Mother filling us in about poor ol' Norman, how 'bout:

"Frenzy": The final, long, excruciating zoom-out from the last victim

"Rope": The street sounds and siren slowly getting louder and louder, filling the killer's apartment with sound

"The Birds": The car making its way through that disturbingly peaceful group of birds and away from the town

The man could just flat out make movies, is all.

-- DeeEmBee (macbeth1@pacbell.net), May 17, 2000.

Platoon - when they find Manny on the riverbank (the book was a little more descriptive)

The Big Chill - trying to get the bats out of the attic and they let another one in - 'at least its a fair fight now'.

Another Tommy Boy - when the deer tears David Spade's car up and Chris Farley says "MAN!! That was awesome!!!! Oh, sorry about your car dude."

Aliens - When their ride home crashes and Bill Paxton says "We're in some real purty shit now!!! Game over!! Game over!!"

The Sandlot - when Benny teaches Smalls to catch. "Just hold your glove like this and I'll take care of the rest." There's usually a big ol' crocodile tear running down my cheek when the ball lands in Small's glove. James Earl Jones at the end is a classic.


-- Deano (deano@luvthebeach.com), May 17, 2000.

Scenes I always liked in some movies:

Jurassic Park 1 - the park head/expert hunter, Muldoon, is being persued by a pair of Raptors. Sure that he can outsmart the Raptors, he observes movement in the bushes, and brings his gun to his shoulder. At that moment,..directly next to him, the other Raptor appears, and in a calm british voice he says "Clever girl.." ..delighted with her intelligence.. and then, of course, she eats him.

Predator - Arnold S, hearing the scream of yet another one of his men being slaughtered..turns to check behind him..his hand shaking so badly he can barely hold his gun. I always liked this scene because it shows the hero scared shitless..making the Predator that much more scary. Also Arnold trying to lure the Predator into a trap by begging it to come and kill him.. "I'm here..come on..what you waiting for? Kill me! Kill ME!" Just a neat movie all around.

Starwars - The first jump into hyperspace in the first Starwars..when I first saw it, had to be the coolest thing in the whole world. Now of course that effect is commenplace..but THEN..Wow..we were blown away by it.

My Dog Skip - I didn't like this movie..but at the end, when that poor dog dies alone and lonely on the boys bed.. How utterly heart- breaking,...I was depressed for weeks afterwards. (dont see it!!)

-- kritter (kritter@adelphia.net), May 18, 2000.

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