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Name Movie Scenes Where The MUSIC Really Moves You


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I'll mention a few movie scenes for an example.


Scent Of A Woman : There is a scene towards the end....You think the poor kid is all alone as the rich kid prep school is having that morning hearing as they cover the rich kids and railroad the poor kid.....The camera goes to the back of the room, and the blind military man hasn't left after all, and the kid isn't all alone.....and as he enters the room......The music really adds to it the effect.....for that moment as Al Pacino walks into the hall, the music really adds to it, and this scene really gets me all the time....and I feel without this particular piece of music, it may not have the same effect.


Men Of Honor : Towards the end of this movie....Cuba Gooding as the one legged deep sea diver trying to stay in the Navy. In the Navy court of hearing, Robert DiNiro as the Navy man from his training days, coaching him acroos the floor.....and this scene ends in very powerful and moving music that suits a US Navy movie, and without this music, it may not be as moving or powerful.







I don't want to use older movies at this point because I want to leave that to you.....Movie scenes that move you and get a reaction from you, and the music is very much a big part of why the scene gets you.....I'm thinking of some old classics already.....


I will mention one that probably won't be mentioned....Pride Of The Yankees : Yes, they use the song, " Always " and it is very emotional in parts of this .....but as they show Lou Gehrig Day, Babe Ruth hug Gary Cooper playing Gerhig, the wife crying in the tunnel, the silence of the stadium as Cooper recreates the Lou Gehrig speach, the silence turning to applause as Gehrig walks across the field, the long walk finally to the tunnel, and as he disappears in to the dark tunnel, fading away as we hear the umpire yell Play Ball as if life goes on....that music....that music that always gets me and really adds to it....it may just be a few notes, but they are the right notes......It's not " Always", but probably a piece of music made for this movie, and for this scene, it is perfect.


These are just examples....I'm sure there are are movie scenes that the music really helps makes the scene for you.....It could be a song in a musical that always gets you.....but there are alot of very dramatic and emotional movie scenes that the music is just perfect for that scene and it gets you....


So what are some movie scenes where you remember the music as really moving you and the music really is perfect for that movie moment....I will give you some days on this before I add some great classics, if they aren't mentioned.


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My very first thought after reading your question here WhyaDuck were these two scenes in the great The Best Years of Our Lives. and which might not have been quite as emotionally moving without Hugo Friedhofer's stirring score being played during them.




And my second thought was this closing scene in The Apartment, with Adolph Deutsch's score playing while Shirley MacLaine is running down the street and toward's Jack Lemmon's place.




(...of course this could be 'cause these two films are probably my two favorite movies of all time...yep, I'm just a sentimental ol' slob, I suppose) ;)

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Yes, that scene in The Apartment .....you can't seperate the scene from the music, they go hand in hand.....


I'll be watching Best Years Of Our Lives closer...I know the music is good, I just forget which scenes stick out the most because of the music....there are a few of them....


Thanks for helping to get this thread going.....I'm sure others may have some good ones.


As for The Apartment, imagine her running to no music, just not the same......and I just thought of this.....All through the movie, when you hear this song, something bad happens. She even buys the album for Fred MacMurray and her and plays this song, and he barely remembers it from the restaurant he takes her to where his wife won't find him, and he suggests they keep it at this apartment. All through the movie this song is of tragedy....but the twist....as she runs from the no good sexual abuse boss to Mr Baxter, the song is now triumphant and a happy ending.....same song that was tragic all movie, now twists to being a happy ending...nice movie trick. ...of course Shirleys face as she runs tells it all.....but with the music, it is classic.


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Some of my favorites off the top of my head:


1. The famous montage in THE GRADUATE where Nichols & Sam O'Steen are cutting back & forth between the hotel room & Benjamin's room...





2. The montage of home movies in RAGING BULL...




3. The scene in VERTIGO when Scotty turns around to finally see Judy transformed fully into Madeline




4. The scene in ROYAL TENENBAUMS when Luke Wilson is shaving & decides to kill himself...








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There are so many, but this is the one that popped into my head first:








"The Whole Wide World" (1996). Without the music, this scene would not have been as effective. It's a beautiful soundtrack, overall. Renee Zellweger and Vincent D'Onofrio do a great job in this biopic. D'Onofrio plays Robert E. Howard of "Conan" fame. I wish D'Onofrio would play more leads.



I've also read the book upon which the film was based. It's a tie as to which I liked better. How many book-to-screen films can one say THAT about?


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Yeah, D'Onofrio's a great actor, dpompper. I think he made the decision not to play more leads because he wanted to be an actor, not a movie star.


Don't mean to hijack this thread, so I'll give you my favorite movie/music moment that i forgot to mention: Towards the end of A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT. Such a sad movie & this scene breaks your heart.



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For me, hands down it would be the, "The Sounds of Silence" track during the scenes in *The Graduate*. That song is so moving to me it's my favorite of all time. The different renditions of "Scarborough Fair" played during the same film would be second (as a film *The Graduate* is good, but that Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack makes it truly wonderful).

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I lied, I will kick in another example early in this thread ...


The end of Love Story....The young wife has just died.....we see the young husband walking all alone.....I believe there is snow.....anyway, it is a shot from far away.....and this ending camera shot captures loss, captures a great loss, as he looks so all alone ......and the song to Love Story, right here, at this point, is key......if there was no sound or no music, it's an OK scene, not a great scene, but the music and the far away camera angle capture his loss in a way that we the audience can relate to it.


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So many, I'm overwhelmed at the thought of enumerating them.


Hmm, well Michel LeGrand's incredibly moving score for *The Go-Between*. I'm thinking of the scene where Julie Christie is running to meet her lover, Alan Bates, one last time. (Damn, I wish I could see that movie again. It's been ages.)

And just about anything with music by Nina Rota, but especially the hugely famous theme from *The Godfather* ( neither Rota nor the film can help it if it's over-played, it's still great), the deservedly iconic scene at the film's conclusion, with Kate looking down the corridor at Michael, receiving homage as the new Godfather from all the gangsters; as she stares with dawning awareness, disbelief, and dismay, the theme music, which has been like a character in the film all along, rises up on the soundtrack. What an ending.


More Nino Rota: that magical scene in *Amarcord*, with the boys waltzing on the castle balcony with invisible partners. Pure cinematic poetry.


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The scene that my mind immediately conjured up was the archery tournament in The Adventures of Robin Hood. The entire Korngold score is superlative, but this scene in particular never fails to thrill. It's old-fashioned adventure in the best possible way. I smile just thinking about it! :)


Harry Lime's entrance in the The Third Man (which I consider possibly the best in film history) can *never* be dissevered from that zither!




Rick's patrons drowning out "Watch on the Rhine" with "La Marseillaise" is my favorite scene in Casablanca. Always reduces me to jelly. So see, Dargo, you're not the only sentimental fool out there. ;)




And I can't even begin to choose the best scenes among the Hitchcock-Hermann collaborations.


As far as musicals go, I have to say I'm a sucker for the Merry Widow Waltz. Which is a little disconcerting when I watch Shadow of a Doubt. ?:|



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99% of the time I wish they'd just eliminate all musical soundtracks, but there are a few exceptions that bring out the lump in my throat.


The haunting melody that's repeated throughout The Battle of Algiers


The refrain that you hear in parts of Open City, including the finale as the children walk away


Max Steiner's title theme in Symphony of Six Million


"It Can't Be Wrong", the recurring theme from Now, Voyager

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There's a piece of music in *The Black Stallion* that's played at the end of the movie, where scenes of when the kid was still on the island with the horse are recalled. It's played earlier in the movie as well. It's one of the most beautiful pieces of music I've heard in any movie. In fact, Coppola's entire SCORE for this film is outstanding.



I don't have the moxie for posting YouTube clips, so if any of you find what I'm talking about, post it and I'll let you know if you got the right one.



The music played in the scene in *The Natural* where Hobbs is running the bases while the stadium lights are exploding towards the end of the movie is also pretty rousing.






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The one scene where the music really moves me happens in the 1932 classic "Grand Hotel".



John Barrymore has just been discovered in the room occupied by Greta Garbo. Ms. Garbo was just about to take a vast amount of sleeping pills so she could committ suicide. Mr. Barrymore intervenes and after Mr. Barrymore gains the trust of Ms. Garbo's character they sit down to chat. As John Barrymore questions Greta on what have they been doing to you to make her want to commit suicide, an instrumental of a famous song starts in the background, "Wien, Wien, nur Du Allein", English translation: "Vienna, My City of Dreams", written in 1912 by Rudolf Sieczynski. The acting and emotions of Barrymore asking Garbo "If he could just stay for a while", the strings playing "Wien, Wien, num Du Allein " just gives me the chills and brings ecstacy everytime. I feel good just typing this description out.



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The "music" the soundtrack has been the bedrock of so many movies that became legion and in so many instances it is the music that stirs our memories of these great films.



Here are a few that sit dormant in my mind always ready to reawaken and stir the blood and heighten the anticipation of experiencing them once again:






Horst Buchholz rigs the bell in the village square and berates the villagers for their timidity in welcoming the arrival of he and and his companero's to rescue them from the clutches of Calverra. Charles Bronson turns to Yul Brenner and say "now were seven" ... The magnificent seven .






A hauntingly sad song escorts "The wild bunch" as they ride slowly out of the Mexican Village with the villagers walking along side and wishing them good fortune, but knowing they will never see them again. you feel the "Bunch" senses it will be the last time they ever feel good about anything this is the beginning of their end and they are quietly OK with that






Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Woody strode and Robert Ryan disarm Ralph bellamy and his gunmen load the wounded Jack Palance and the beautiful Claudia cardinale aboard the wagon and head them back into Mexico. Bellamy calls Lee a "bastard" and Lee while mounting his horse say in reply "Yes sir in my case an accident of birth, but your Sir are a self-made man"



in all these movies at this point the sountrack comes up to full blast and you can feel in your chest and it feels good.






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This is off the track. We're talking here about movie soundtracks behind the action, right? These don't fit that description. The music that literally lifted me up off the seat in the theater had to do with piano pieces played by the protagonists, in one case Cornel Wilde (understood that he wasn't playing it himself, of course, but was dubbed by Jose Iturbi) playing the Polonaise in A Flat Major as a protest against Merle Oberon (as George Sand) running his life and keeping him from saving the Poles from destruction by their Russian masters, or something equally awful.


The other was Dirk Bogarde (dubbed by Jorge Bolet) playing La Campanella, an incredibly difficult piece, but so beautiful, staring challengingly at Capucine now and then, hypnotizing her with his music.


These both became part of my life. I love that they're still available.

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No.....but there are some great scenes with the music in that one.....I'm not as moved by the at intermission scene......what are some of the scenes in that where what you see and the music you hear grab you out of your chair.

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Is there music after he thinks, and thinks.....and after days rises....and says....Aqaba....is there music there....I will have to watch it again and see....


I know the music well, but what scenes are it the most moving....I will have to watch it again .....When Lawrance and the Arab boy, both looking Arab, are scorned for walking into the British Officers Club and they won't serve them, but as word gets out who he is, they treat him as a hero, is there music there, because that is a moving scene, I will have to watch it again. That stands out because they refuse to give two people just out of the desert a simple thing like lemonaid, and they would probably have refused even water. .....for some reason I remember the music and the desert together, as if the desert itself is the real star of the picture.


but no, I'm thinking of another movies intermission scene.....you know the words, you know the music. ( not that Aqaba line is an intermission scene, it isn't )......I'll give you a hint, it's an older movie than Lawrence.


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