Great movie scenes (film, theater, action, family)
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I have searched to see if there was already a thread on this topic but I only found "Favourite movie", "Favourite music" etc.
I apologies if there is already another thread on this subject.
Sometimes I find a particulr scene in a movie stricking even though the movie is not necessary my favourite or the best I have ever seen. And sometime that scene alone put the movie on a different league.
Sometimes I remember only one scene from a movie and it stays with me for a long time.
Although I can't stand the guy, Wilfred Brimley has two scenes that I particularly like. In "Absence Of Malice" he's the US Attorney and he calls the FBI agent, the local DA and one of his assistants into the conference room with Paul Newman (alleged suspect) and Sally Field, newspaper reporter. Excellent work, great scene.
In "The Natural" his scene in the dugout and "my father wanted me to be a farmer" line are excellent.
In "Apolalypse Now" when the MPs show up at the hotel door and Sheen asks, "what are the charges?" Priceless
In "Devil In A Blue Dress" Don Cheadle (maybe his first movie) telling Denzel about why the other guy is dead, "you told me not to shoot him I didn't, I choked him. Hey if you didn't want me to kill him why did you leave me alone with him?"
Al Pacino in "Scent Of A Woman", the "courtroom" scene. I'm sure that scene got him the Oscar.
Lots of others, but going to get my coffee and read the Saturday comics
We've had threads like this, Hutch, but searching them out is next to impossible because the thread *titles* can be obscure.
I like some scenes for the closure they provide, others for their lack of interpretation, some scenes for the pure visual splendor, and others for the transportive acting.
There might be a few spoilers here.
Some favorite scenes that come to mind:
The closing scene of Local Hero, with Mac, at home in Texas, emptying his pockets of shells, and back in Scotland, the ringing red telephone box. Mark Knopfler's "Going Home" perfectly captures the poignant moment.
We are free to interpret this scene's meaning of this as we wish.
The opening segment of Dazed and Confused, with the slow motion orange Pontiac entering the parking lot to the tune of Sweet Emotion. The mood is set: We are in high school, looking cool is equal to being cool, and while we know there is more to life, right now all we care about is the next party.
The closing scene of Places in the Heart shows us what a mystery the human condition can be, while at the same time, tells us everything we really need to know.
In Soldier of Orange, two men, old college friends, dance a tango together. One is fighting for the Allies, the other for the Germans. Both the bittersweet metaphor and irony are richly conveyed.
At the bottom of the page, another (short) thread showed up.
I cut and pasted my post from it:
Witness, when the bad cop has his last stand on the farm, and the little boy rings the bell, bringing all the Amish from all over the countryside to converge upon the scene, helping save the day.
Added:But an earlier scene from that movie was just as effective, if not more so: When the little boy sees a photo of the bad guy, and without saying a word, conveys to the detective that the bad guy is actually one of his own.
All of the major action scenes in Master and Commander, especially the one where the French commander is identified.
The fellowship, bravery and wry humor is palpable.
Jimmy Stewart in a wheelchair, fending off Raymond Burr with the flashbulb of a camera in Rear Window. Talk about edge of your seat.
When Benedick frolics about the fountain as realizes he is in love in Much Ado About Nothing.
Almost Famous - two words: Tiny Dancer
The scene in It's a Wonderful Life, after Jimmy Stewart gets "UNrecognized" by his mother he realizes his little angel may not be so "screwy" and he really was never born. The look on his face of pure horror is priceless.
Sinatra's death scene in From Here to Eternity. Same movie, when Montgomery Clift tells Donna Reed the story of why he refuses to box any longer, about the guy he blinded in the ring, "Seeing those tears come out of those eyes that couldn't see."
The last scene in On the Waterfront, after Brando testifies, when he confronts Lee J. Cobb, "Take away the strong arms, and the good goods and the pistoleros and you're nothin' ... and I'm glad what I done to you. You hear that, I'm glad what I done."
The first night around the campfire with Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman, when we see how guilty Clint feels about all the killin' he done, "My wife cured me of my bad ways. I ain't like that no more Ned. I ain't no crazy killin' fool."
Amy I've always LOVED that killer bunny scene ever since I first saw it in the theater. We could have an entire thread devoted only to favorite Monty Python segments.
The quality isn't great, but this is my favorite part of the movie Glory, a film with many heavy duty scenes. This particular scene is the night before the 54th regiment's final battle. War is definitely hell, but these few minutes depict why some things are worth fighting for.
"We went down standin' up."
"Y'all's the onliest family I got."
"Don't much matter what happens tomorrow 'cause we men, ain't we."
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