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« on: April 27, 2004, 07:02:34 AM »

What do you all consider the best death scenes in a movie ?

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Sonny Corleone - the godfather
Clyde Barrow - Bonnie and Clyde
The Wild Bunch - the wild bunch
Mr. Orange - Resevoir Dogs
Tony Montana - Scarface




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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2004, 09:08:50 AM »

Those are some good examples there. The Bonnie & Clyde one always stuck out for sure. I always thought the Sonny Corleone death scene was kind of comical, to be honest.

Personally, I've always been fond of this scene:



Matter of fact, I use it for my desktop wallpaper here at work. Thinking of making a poster of it and hanging it in my kids' room.  

-kidding of course.  8)
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2004, 09:22:05 AM »

Mr.Orange, Resivior Dogs.
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2004, 12:02:37 PM »

I remember some brutal deaths in Goodfellas (1990)  :P, but the best: Angel Eyes (GBU)
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2004, 12:39:37 PM »

I've got it...Showdown at the House of Blue Leaves. The Crazy 88 fight scene. Kill Bill Vol.1
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2004, 12:54:13 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2004, 06:42:16 PM »

John Wayne in The Alamo
The four guys in the cantina(the first Clint scene)--For A Few Dollars More
The One Armed Man--GBU
The guard O'Neil fights--Stargate

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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2004, 12:24:10 AM »

Cagney in...

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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2004, 01:52:43 AM »

I´d go for Mr. orange, followed closely by The wild bunch.
Should i pick a deathscene that stands out to me, it must be John Hurt in Alien 1. his acting combined with the schock of the chestburster is something i´m not likely to ever forget...
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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2004, 12:29:39 PM »

Cagney in The Roaring Twenties...
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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2004, 06:49:36 PM »

My vote: Al Pacino as Tony Montana in Scarface.

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« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2004, 08:30:49 PM »

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Poll: 'Psycho' Best Movie Death Ever

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In the gore stakes, Janet Leigh's shower scene in "Psycho" is the "best movie death" of all time, according to a critics' poll published Thursday.

The 44-year-old Hitchcock thriller beat other iconic movies such as "The Godfather" (22nd) and Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" (23rd) in the poll by Total Film magazine.

Stanley Kubrick's "Dr Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb" (1964) came second, with the surreal ending when Slim Pickens rides an atomic bomb.

Other highly rated movie deaths were the fatal plunge to earth of the ape in the 1933 Fay Wray movie "King Kong," in third place, and the demise of Bambi's mother (6th) in the 1942 Disney movie of the same name.

Alan Rickman's fall from a 30-storey building in "Die Hard" (1988) comes fourth, followed by the killing of the title characters in "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967).

"Some of the deaths in the poll, like The Wicked Witch melting in 'The Wizard Of Oz' (13th), are iconic but laughable, but nearly 45 years on, 'Psycho's' shower scene is still distressing," said Total Film deputy editor Simon Crook.

"It's the sheer violence of the edit rather than any explicit gore — 70 different angles, over 90 cuts and those shrieking violins. It's a masterclass in montage and audience manipulation."

Crook added: "Knowing that the blood is Bosco's chocolate syrup and that a pulped casaba melon stood in for the stabbing noises does nothing to reduce the impact."

Article here.
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« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2004, 09:14:22 AM »

I have seen this article too, Brendan. I agree that the death scene in Psycho is one of the best. It's not just the way the whole scene is done, it's where it happens in the film, too. I'm sure I've said this before (when we had a thread on Hitchcock sometime last year) but it's totally brilliant the way that Hitchcock kills off the main character so early in the film. Of course, anyone seeing Psycho after its first release would probably know what was going to happen because it is one of the most famous scenes of all time, and there are few people who don't know what's going to happen when they watch the film, even if they haven't seen it before. I remember saying before that, when I first saw Psycho, I must have been one of the few people to not know what was going to happen...which made the impact of the shower scene all the more powerful, being totally unprepared for it. Hitchcock is a genius at doing that...using his famous 'MacGuffin' or red herring in his films, so that you think the story is going down one track when really it's about something else. In Psycho, we think the story is about Marion Crane and the stolen money, when in fact it's just a device to draw us into the disturbed world of Norman Bates. It's a wonderful way of creating suspense.

I just thought of another classic death scene...what about the scene in Catch 22 when the man (Kid Sampson, apparently) is standing on a raft in the sea and an aeroplane comes and cuts him in two with its propeller. The funny part is, his legs stay standing on the raft for a few seconds before crumpling back into the water! Then if I recall correctly (though it is a long time since I saw this film) the plane crashes into a mountain. I believe this is how it happens in the novel, anyway.

I barely understood that film, let alone the novel! Mind you, I did watch it when I was only a child...(the things you find when you're rooting through your parents' old videos!)

It makes me sound like a pretty sick puppy when I say that, when I saw the aeroplane death scene, I found it pretty cool and funny! (Especially being so young at the time as well!) It's probably about time I watched the film again, I think I would understand it a bit more now I'm older.
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« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2004, 01:45:04 PM »

off the top of my head....

danny vinyard- american history x
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« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2004, 02:12:00 PM »

Does anybody remember the movie Scanners? Now that one probably had one of the most intense death scenes I've seen - the part near the beginning with the guy onstage. Really, really freaky....

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« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2004, 02:38:41 PM »

I don't recall seeing Scanners, although I thought I hadn't seen American Graffiti and then I watched it last night on DVD and it was so familiar to me, I realised I must have watched it before, ages ago.

I forgot to mention this one - how about at the beginning of Robocop when ED-209 turns a poor office guy to a bloody pulp in a hail of bullets? The guy is literally blasted so much his body is sort of suspended in mid-air by the force of the bullets...I remember being simultaneously mesmerised and horrified, transfixed in morbid fascination as I watched this scene, aged only 11 (another one I saw as a child, at home...the video was rented, so obviously no one had any qualms about letting me see it!).

Oh and one more - how about when Travis Bickle shoots the client in the hotel at the end of Taxi Driver? The worst thing about that was the guy's hand exploding...if you're sick enough to watch it in slo-mo (guilty as charged!) then you can see the fingers flying off...urgh! Fortunately I know it was a fake hand - well duh! But I seem to remember reading about how they made it. I think it was papier mache, I'm not sure exactly). The whole end sequence is one big bloodbath. The end scene is so cool too, when Travis symbolically 'shoots' himself with his bloodied hand, and the camera pulls up, towards the ceiling...what a great ending.
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« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2004, 02:47:43 PM »

Yeah, I didn't think he was going to make it though, after getting shot in the neck and all  :-\. Does anyone remember William Peterson's death from To Live and Die in L.A.? Now that was a shocker. I didn't see that coming at all.
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« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2004, 02:48:12 PM »

Yeah Taxi Driver's final moments are definitely intense...that whole movie is intense.

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I always thought the Sonny Corleone death scene was kind of comical, to be honest.


I take that back (that was my quote) - Sonny Corleone's death is one of the best and intense I've seen. I was thinking of Don Vito's death (Brando) which was somewhat comical. Yeah my folks took me to see that at age 8 or 9, and man did that leave an impression. I vowed never to join the Mafia.... ;)
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« Reply #18 on: June 01, 2004, 12:56:55 PM »

The death scene that impresses me most (except childhood memories like Winnetou and Sissi ;D) is the death of Boromir in The Fellowship of the Ring. Not only is it a magical scene to watch (sad and beautiful at the same time), but his death carries so many messages. With the manner of his death he influences the decisions of those that were there, which again will influence their choices later on. I think this is the only death scene (in a movie I've seen)  that I can watch over and over again, understanding new meanings everytime.
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« Reply #19 on: June 03, 2004, 12:03:04 AM »

sadest death scene...... when they put the guys dog down in the original version of Mice and Men with Lon Channey jr......
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