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#1 of 116 OFFLINE   Jefferson Morris

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Posted August 15 2005 - 08:23 AM

All, What cinematic deaths have stayed with you? That is, which demises have been particularly memorable and/or disturbing for you? They can be gruesome
(Peter Weller in Robocop), beautiful (Brando in The Godfather), or just plain odd (Kevin's parents in Time Bandits).
Here's a couple: Murphy's War,
with Peter O'Toole.
I've never even seen this film all the way through, but after catching the ending, when...
O'Toole, flush with triumph after finally sinking that German sub with a torpedo he's hoisted on a crane, is accidentally pinned and pulled underwater when the entire platform he's on sinks into the bay.
Perhaps it's the almost nonchalant quality of the actor's performance, or just the bitter irony of it, but it's stayed with me for years. Another, oddly, is from Thunderball, just broadcast on AMC recently - it's when that pilot is trapped underwater in his fighter plane and the scuba diver approaches him to rescue him (he thinks), but instead cuts the guy's air hose and leaves him to drown. Okay, so maybe I've got a thing about drowning. These are just two that came to mind. Others? --Jefferson Morris
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#2 of 116 OFFLINE   Paul Padilla

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Posted August 15 2005 - 08:44 AM

floating away to his doom
in Castaway.Posted Image I'm sort of kidding and sort of not. Really, it was Tom Hank's reaction to the whole thing that got me.

But seriously, I think Tears of The Sun had a really tough scene when
the tribal woman died after having her breasts cut off.
Disturbing, to say the least.

Not really a death scene, but in And The Band Played On, it struck me that more than once when individuals were informed that they had AIDS, it wasn't them but their spouse/significant other who broke down.

I guess the ones that stand out to me show the reality and pain of what's left behind, rather than the death itself.
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#3 of 116 OFFLINE   Robert Powers

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Posted August 15 2005 - 08:46 AM

For some reason when
Bruce Willis
was killed in the movie "Billy Bathgate" came to my mind when I read this thread.

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Posted August 15 2005 - 08:50 AM

In Saving Private Ryan
the way the guy was slowly killed with the knife. That just really sticks with me.

#5 of 116 OFFLINE   Jefferson Morris

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Posted August 15 2005 - 09:00 AM

I'm going to assume everyone in the world has seen Saving Private Ryan, so no spoiler tags below...
Yes, Melish's death by bayonet is a doozy. But even worse for me was Wade, the medic, and mostly because of Ribisi's performance. The character was just so acutely conscious of what was happening to him that it made it very difficult for me to watch. Particularly when he calls for his mother.
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#6 of 116 OFFLINE   Jason Walstrom

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Posted August 15 2005 - 09:04 AM

That's exactly the same scene that still disturbs me. truthfully I skip over it now if I watch it. I can't handle it.
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Posted August 15 2005 - 09:04 AM

In "Scream 2", a character I liked a lot and died so quickly ...
When Randy is suddenly pulled into the van and repeatedly stabbed to death. Still upsets me to watch such a cool movie character that you've grown to like through two films killed off like that.
Call me a wimp but in "Forrest Gump" when...
Bubba dies.
In "Fellowship of the Ring" when
Gandalf falls. Sure he came back in the sequel but that moment when he fell was so effective, maybe in due part because of the reaction of the Fellowship.

#8 of 116 OFFLINE   Bill Williams

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Posted August 15 2005 - 09:06 AM

Some of the cinematic deaths that affected me, in no uncertain order: "Superman: The Movie":
the death of Jonathan Kent
"Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"
Spock's death at the end of the film
when Rose discovers that Jack has frozen to death
- okay, I'm a guy, but hey, it was pretty darn affecting, not to mention
the deaths of the other 1500
. "The Lion King":
when Simba finds his father Mufasa has been trampled to death

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#9 of 116 OFFLINE   Mike Williams

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Posted August 15 2005 - 09:14 AM

Jon Voigt in
"The Champ"
with Ricky Schroeder continually saying, "Wake up, Champ."
I was young when I saw it and I haven't seen it since, but it is still very moving to me. Also:
James Caan
in "The Godfather" and
Robert Shaw
in "Jaws." Even if I hadn't seen them countless times and have them on DVD, I'd still NEVER get those images out of my mind.

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Posted August 15 2005 - 10:18 AM

Mike, a spoiler tag is pretty much useless if we don't know what it's spoiling.

Ditto for Saving Private Ryan> Probably the worse one for me.


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Posted August 15 2005 - 10:39 AM

The most recent one was in Downfall when
that lady (I can't remember names when I am readin subtitles for some reason) kills all her children with that fast acting poison in their sleep.
I am usually not disturbed by stuff in movies but that one put a bad feeling in my gut for some reason.

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Posted August 15 2005 - 11:00 AM

The death in Terms of Endearment The death in The Champ The death in Beaches The death in Sophie's Choice The death in Star Trek 2 The ship blowing up in Star Trek 3 (if you are a Star Trek fan you'll understand.)

#13 of 116 OFFLINE   Janna S

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Posted August 15 2005 - 11:03 AM

in Midnight Cowboy

#14 of 116 OFFLINE   Alex Spindler

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Posted August 15 2005 - 11:12 AM

Out of Sight -
Maurice 'Snoopy' Miller gets shot several times, sort of out of the blue. Considering the lofty aims he had, it was a less than epic end. The way his body locks up and then he quickly lies silently slumped over White Boy Bob just gets me.
L.A. Confidential -
Watching the life drain out of Jack Vincennes is nearly unsurpassed. Sadly, it was the last time I was truly impressed by a Kevin Spacy performance.
Heist -
Pinky dies and he knows it almost from the moment he drops his neice off. From that point on, his life is simply a cog in the machine and there wasn't going to be a happy ending in it for him.
The Swarm -
Peter Fonda's death comes as such a surprise because they bring you to the point of death once and then show the antidote working. When he has problems afterwards, it just comes after the relief and hits hard. He really sells it too in one of my favorite acted death scenes.

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Posted August 15 2005 - 11:15 AM

Sixth Sense when
you discover on the videotape that the mother had been slowly poisoning her daughter the whole time; there's something horribly and innately unnatural about that.

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Posted August 15 2005 - 11:22 AM

To Live and Die in LA:
William Petersen taking a shotgun to the face.

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Posted August 15 2005 - 11:37 AM

In Vertigo, when
Kim Novack's character falls off the tower at the end. Totally unexpected the first time I saw it, and to have the movie end immediately at that point without a scene or so to come to terms with it was really haunting.

In Oliver!, when
Nancy is beaten to death by Bill Sykes. Really traumatized me as a kid.

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Posted August 15 2005 - 01:01 PM

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#19 of 116 OFFLINE   Scott McGillivray

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Posted August 15 2005 - 01:05 PM

The opening scene in "Goodfellas" was really harsh. I was just so shocked at the brutality. Still bugs me. "Million Dollar Baby" is a recent one that really touched me. "Braveheart" That is one film I usually turn off before the end. "The Professional" really choked me up. Lots and lots of others. I am a real softie when it comes to dramatic deaths on screen.
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#20 of 116 OFFLINE   Jefferson Morris

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Posted August 15 2005 - 01:24 PM

Another one I thought of, from an oldie but goodie, the 1937 Captains Courageous. This one always choked my Dad up:
Spencer Tracy's loveable cook is fatally injured by the ship's rigging during an accident on a sailing ship. Under the water he's mutilated, but with his head and shoulders still above the water, he hangs on long enough to say goodbye to little Freddie Bartholomew.
And of course how could I forget The Abominable Dr. Phibes (or its sequel, can't remember). So many twisted offings to choose from. I liked the long, slow draining of blood, and the spiky phone receiver. And though it wasn't quite technically a death (then again, neither was
Weller in Robocop), the "Sloth" victims
in Se7en. That brought back traumatic memories of The Exorcist - a whitish, emaciated thing tied to a bed. Yeesh. --Jefferson Morris
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