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What are your favorite movie endings and why do you like them?

 

One of mine is Roman Holiday, for how much emotion is conveyed with so few spoken words.

 

And another is The Apartment for Shirley MacLaine's great last line; it's a wonderful confession of love without sentimentality.

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I love the ending of "The Big Sleep" as Bogie and Bacall sit there looking out the window waiting for the cops. The siren gets louder and louder; he watches her looking out the window, then she sees him looking at her...the music swells...great.

 

"The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" where Lizabeth Scott & Van Heflin are driving away from death and destruction in Iverstown. "Don't look back," says Heflin. "Don't ever look back. You remember what happened to Lot's wife." "Whose wife," says Scott. "Sam's wife," he says. "Sam's wife," repeats Lizabeth as they drive off with the projected back screen behind them.

 

"Casablanca" shows Bogey and Claude Rains walking off into the foggy mist of a beautiful friendship while Norman Bates in "Psycho" stares wryly at the camera (a tad cross-eyed) while "Mam" tells us: "...I wouldn't even hurt a fly." Then there's the skeletal image softly superimposed over Norman's face as the car with poor Marion's body is being dredged up.

 

Indulge me one more please...Norma Desmond ready and walking into her close-up deranged... demented...A STAR!!! I love fade-out

 

Aaah the movies. You gotta love 'em!! Nice question.

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I'm loving that ending, the music and Teresa Wright and Dana Andrews hooking up professing their love. The music swelling gets me.

 

It'll be on Tuesday nite at eight (NY time) as will "All the King's Men" (at 10:00pm) with a fantastic performance by Mercedes McCambridge.

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The endings of "Cinema Paradiso" and "To Kill a Mockingbird".

 

Cinema Paradiso ending speaks to the film lover in all of us.

 

and "Mockingbird's" ending, never has the backlot felt more universal as when Miss Jean Louis Finch walks Mr. Arthur Radley home.

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Yellow Submarine

Help!

The Godfather I and II

Casablanca

Fanny and Alexander

Chinatown

Splash (the most romantic possible)

A Man Escaped

Angel Heart

The Usual Suspects

Ordet

Se7en

A very Long Engagement

Andrei Rublev

The Mirror

The Shining

A.I.

Voyage in Italy

The Vanishing (original version)

Children of Paradise

Notorious

Bound

Dead Man

L'Argent

The Spirit of the Beehive

Stalker

Some Like it Hot

Jeanne Dielman, 2300 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Inner Space

Magnolia

Clue

I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

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MUNICH. That last shot said it all. When Geoffrey Rush and Eric Bana are having a disscussion of the senselessness of war and murder, Spielberg has them in front of a building but you do not know where and then he continues the conversation while pulling away the camera revealing The World Trade Center Towers.

A stunning moment that made so much sense of how all this is so senseless.

God bring them home.

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The Day the Earth Stood Still.....What an ultimatum...!!!

The Italian Job..(No, not the crappy remake)..the bus in just hanging on that cliff...

The Searchers....Great ending shot...!!!!

Frenzy...."Why Mr. Rusk, you're not wearing your tie."

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BEWARE: VISUAL SPOILERS AHEAD

 

Here are four of my very favorite endings:

 

Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch

 

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Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past

 

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Howard Hawks' Only Angels Have Wings

 

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Ernst Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner

 

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I like my movie endings nice and dramatic, don't you?

 

I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang-

 

Helen: Jim, why haven't you come before?

Jim: I couldn't, I was afraid to.

Helen: But you could have written. It's been almost a year since you escaped.

Jim: But I haven't escaped. They're still after me. They'll always be after me. I've had jobs but I can't keep them. Something happens. Someone turns up. I hide in rooms all day and travel by night. No friends. No rest. No peace.

Helen: Oh, Jim!

Jim: Keep moving. That's all that's left for me. Forgive me, Helen. I-I had to take a chance to see you tonight. Just to say good-bye.

Helen (She hugs him with a look of intense suffering and pity on her face): Oh, Jim. It was all going to be so different.Jim: It is different. They've made it different....(A door slams) (He whispers) I've gotta go.

Helen: I can't let you go like this!

Jim: I've got to.

Helen: Can't you tell me where you're going? (He shakes his head no and stares wildly at her.) Will you write? (He backs up and again shakes no.) Do you need any money? (He again shakes no.) But you must, Jim. How do you live?

 

I steal!

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Hi, CCBaxter -- Wow Frank, those stills are great. I haven't seen The Wild Bunch yet, but love all the others. Some great endings to some great films.

 

The Wild Bunch is one of my favorite films and the ending is quite powerful and very emotional. It's a film about loyalty.

 

Hey, Sentimental Weenie -- Lovely, Frank.

 

Ohhh, why did you have to include the comma? :P

 

Oh fine. I guess I AM a sentimental weenie, because I thought of another weeper.

 

It surely looks to be the case. But that's okay, you exhibit fine taste most of the time. I've got two words for you: Orson Welles. That'll work.

 

I haven't seen any of the films you chose, although How Green Was My Valley and Goodbye, Mr. Chips are getting close for me.

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