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WHAT WAS THE MOST PERFECT ENDING IN MOVIES?

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The Public Enemy, with one of the most startling closing scenes in '30s movies, as James Cagney's body is delivered at his family's front door.

 

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Jake, The Hanging Tree is a great pick. This underrated western should be seen by more people, and the ending, as you indicated, is outstanding.

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{font:arial, helvetica, sans-serif}FredCDobbs wrote: I just love the the final scene of THE THIRD MAN.{font}

 

{font:arial, helvetica, sans-serif}*It is so sad for Joseph Cotten. The girl doesn't even look at him.*

 

And that's what makes the ending work so well - by pulling the rug out from underneath viewers' expectations. A truly great film.{font}

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Another foreign film with an ending that has become part of film history is Francois Truffaut's *The 400 Blows*. It's the famous last shot of the young boy on the beach, no longer the innocent he was at the film's outset, confused, unsure what to do next; he kicks disconsolately at the waves, and the camera freeze-frames on that shot. It's still unusual to end a film with a freeze-frame like that, and I believe it was the first time it was done.

It really captures the uncertainty of the boy's story, what the next chapter will be.

 

I like films with unresolved endings. That's the way life is.

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yes, Tom-

I am so completely engaged by the time I reach the end of *Treasure of the Sierra Madre* that I do not notice any slight slips of logic in the scenario. Walter Huston gives the performance of his lifetime as does Tim Holt. That parting that you mention, when they are on horseback is intensely beautiful- these men have been through what will probably be the most extreme experience of their lifetime- they know they will never see each other again- this moment will return to them often in recollection- just as it does for us, the audience.

 

Other favorite endings: Black Narcissus (one of filmdom's greatest masterpiece, in my opinion), Casablanca, Best Years of our Lives,The Maltese Falcon, Random Harvest..... The Lady Eve !!

thanks again-

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*filmguy wrote:*{font:arial, helvetica, sans-serif} *Walter Huston gives the performance of his lifetime as does Tim Holt. That parting that you mention, when they are on horseback is intensely beautiful- these men have been through what will probably be the most extreme experience of their lifetime- they know they will never see each other again- this moment will return to them often in recollection- just as it does for us, the audience.*

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filmguy, that's a beautifully written summation of the intensity of the relationship between Howard and Curtain in Treasure of Sierra Madre. You'te so right. Those two men will always be a part of each other's lives after that shared experience even if they never see each other again.

 

Tim Holt, a limited actor, responded to the role with the performance of his career, while Walter Huston was, well, perfection.

 

There are few performances that have ever given me the pleasure that I have derived from watching Huston in this film.

 

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>TomJH wrote: And that's what makes the ending work so well - by pulling the rug out from underneath viewers' expectations. A truly great film.

From a viewer's expectation, I never expected the ending you may have expected. It is not a romantic drama type of story. Having her remain alone is what I would expect from a woman who loved Harry Lime in spite of his serious failings. But how the director would show us her rejection of Holly Martins is what I appreciated.

 

Thank you, Carol Reed

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Tom et al:

Are people familiar with the 1956 Stanley Kubrick film, *The Killing*, starring the great Sterling Hayden, and many other fine actors?

It has an ending quite similar to *Treasure of Sierra Madre*. After working very hard to achieve his "treasure" (albeit in a completely different way from the Sierra Madre characters), Hayden loses all his ill-gotten goods. As in the earlier film, the wind blows all his money away. Just as you saw the gold dust blowing away into the desert air, you see all the bills Hayden had stuffed so carefully and hopefully into his suitcase flying around in the wind.

One major difference, however, is that nobody laughs in *The Killing*. You see kind of a crumpled expression on Hayden's face.

It is, in a way, a heart-breaking ending. And certainly a memorable one.

 

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The Killing does have a very effective ending and you're right, MissW, to compare it to Sierra Madre (or, for that matter, a few other John Huston films like Man Who Would Be King or Maltese Falcon) in which the protagonists at the end are denied the long strived for treasure or, in this case, loot because of some unexpected twist).

 

And, yes, as you watch that money literally blow around like its caught in a small cyclone in The Killing, you can't help but identify with the frustration that Sterling Hayden is feeling at that moment. When his character is then cornered by the police, Hayden looks like he really doesn't even give that much of a damn now that the money is gone. Stanley Kubrick gets my nomination as one of the most overrated of directors but I do enjoy his earlier works done on smaller budgets with fewer pretensions, such as The Killing and Paths of Glory.

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> {quote:title=misswonderly wrote:}{quote}

> Are people familiar with the 1956 Stanley Kubrick film, *The Killing*, starring the great Sterling Hayden, and many other fine actors?

 

It is many years since I have watched it and I could remember it only because of your description of the money blowing away at the airport.

 

I believe it is a wonderful ending because it carries within it so many of the themes arising in the movie. It would have been very poor to have a Hollywood ending of them escaping with the cash and living happily ever after.

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> {quote:title=TomJH wrote:}{quote}

> I was of the opinion that two gold prospectors, having lost their fortune, would NOT see the ironic humour of the manner in which they had lost the gold (the wind blowing it back to the mountain from where it came) as soon as Howard and Curtain do and almost immediately burst into laughter about it.

 

It is sad to say that I have seen similar reaction to being told of the passing of a child. It is hysteria in which the mind searches for any twist which will make it possible to bear the situation. It is like the person who grabs their alarm clock during the flurry of escaping a fire in the house. It is not logical in any rational sense but there are situations in which the mind sees no profit in remaining rational.

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I believe that: *An American Werewolf in London* (1981) had also a perfect ending because it was intensely rational and it was so very surprising that the movie was not betrayed by having a Hollywood 'happily ever after' ending.

 

It is sad to say that I do not remember specifics of the closing scenes of: *Sugar & Spice* (2001) but I do remember thoughts of the time that it was a very good ending.

 

The ending of: *Heathers* (1988) was quite very perfect.

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I always like the last scene in The Roaring Twenties (1939), where you have Jimmy Cagney dying in the gutter. Gladys George, his long suffering moll, watches him die and is asked by a cop who he was and what was his business, to which she replies, "He used to be a big shot."

 

And another great ending is in the movie on today... Freaks!

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I agree with you about American Werewolf, though I think by the '80s the old Hollywood endings were not necessarily the norm any more. (Actually, many of the earlier werewolf and horror films ended similarly.) An earlier film with a great (not happy) ending was Frisco Jenny, the scene shot from the other side of the fireplace, showing Helen Jerome Eddy burning the newspaper clippings, after Ruth Chatterton has gone to the gallows.

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So many great answers here. Tom, I definitely agree about *The Public Enemy*. I'd put that film in the top-3.

 

There was a movie that came to my mind a couple of days ago and I've been wracking my brain trying to think up the title, because I wanted to post about it here. It was a color film, made in the 60s or 70s, and it was about war. In the very powerful ending scene, two men relax on a grassy hill. Very slowly the camera turns their images to two white cross headstone markers... The camera then pulls away and you can see that the huge expanse of field is covered with these grave markers. I wouldn't say it was a "perfect" ending, but it's certainly chilling and memorable.

 

If someone knows the movie name, can you please tell me/us? Thanks!

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*SansFin wrote:{font:arial, helvetica, sans-serif}TomJH wrote:{font}*

*I was of the opinion that two gold prospectors, having lost their fortune, would NOT see the ironic humour of the manner in which they had lost the gold (the wind blowing it back to the mountain from where it came) as soon as Howard and Curtain do and almost immediately burst into laughter about it.*

{font:arial, helvetica, sans-serif}*It is sad to say that I have seen similar reaction to being told of the passing of a child. It is hysteria in which the mind searches for any twist which will make it possible to bear the situation. It is like the person who grabs their alarm clock during the flurry of escaping a fire in the house. It is not logical in any rational sense but there are situations in which the mind sees no profit in remaining rational.*

 

Well, SansFin, I hadn't considered the possibility that Howard and Curtain were having a case of the hysterics. It's certainly an interesting theory. Of course, that still doesn't explain all those Mexicans on horseback that joined in on the laughter but that is a nit pick on my part, I admit.

 

Whether logical or not, that ending is truly classic stuff. {font}

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> {quote:title=TomJH wrote:}{quote}

> Of course, that still doesn't explain all those Mexicans on horseback that joined in on the laughter but that is a nit pick on my part, I admit.

 

I believe that the sight of two gringos dancing as demented fools would be found to be very laugh-worthy. :)

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>I believe that the sight of two gringos dancing as demented fools would be found to be very laugh-worthy.

 

You are actually right, and I've seen this very thing in Mexican and Central American villages. Gringos are generally funny people according to the locals, and I've seen them start laughing when they see gringos laughing, even if they don't know why the gringos are laughing.

 

In this case, the locals might have been laughing because the gringos were first upset about and then laughing about the loss of a few small bags of "sand".

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And he entered his home-I mean his real home-justified. I hope Mr. Mc Crea did too.

Jake, thanks to your link I can now see *Deadly Companions* which a lot of people have recommended. Thank you for the gift.

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One of my favorite endings that hasn't been mentioned is Notorious. I just love the justice of it, that Devlin gives Alex no quarter, reaching over and locking the car door, forcing him to remain and face his fate at the hands of the ruthless men who will surely kill him.

 

The ending that never fails to make me weep is the 1950 Showboat. When Ava Gardner as Julie--ashamed to show herself to her old friend--emerges briefly on the docks and blows a kiss to Nolie and then fades sadly back into the shadows....heartbreaking!

 

 

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> Jake, thanks to your link I can now see *Deadly Companions* which a lot of people have recommended. Thank you for the gift.

You're welcome Star, Tried to find the final scene in The Big Country but could

not do so. It's a great one, too.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Jake

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Tom and Ms. W - just thinking about the comparison with *The Killing*...

What makes the ending of *Treasure of the Sierra Madre* different is that the 3 prospectors broke no law, they toiled long and hard for the gold that they obtained. They were even careful to restore the mountain after removing the gold. It is not a case of theft, and still, Fate (or God) intervened! To the avaricious Fred Dobbs (stupendous performance by Bogart): death, but to Curtain and Howard- lives that would fulfill their dreams more perfectly than gold.

 

 

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