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Best trick/twist ending in a movie? (spoilers, of course!)


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#1 of 114 Southpaw

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Posted January 28 2007 - 12:44 PM

What was a shocker to you? What twist did you not see coming even if you were looking for a twist? Here are some that I have loved and they never grow old (for me):

Usual Suspects - Has to be considered one of the best of all time.

Sixth Sense - It's a good one but it had less impact on me since I guessed it early on.

The Village - This one was underrated in my opinion. I did not see this one coming at all. Most people didn't like the movie; hence they didn't like the ending.

Matchstick Men - Most people don't rank this one up there with other twist endings but I loved it and it was perfect for the movie.

Seven - Not really a twist but the ending was a shocker to me.


What are some others we can add to this list? I know I'm leaving tons of 'em out.

#2 of 114 Tim Glover

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Posted January 28 2007 - 04:14 PM

Good list so far. Another one that comes to mind is the original Planet of the Apes (1968) when Charleton Heston and the girl? ride up to the Statue of Liberty right there on the shore. Spooky and a jaw dropper. Posted Image

Hmm....I know there's more....

Agree with you on The Usual Suspects. Might just be #1 on this list.

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Posted January 28 2007 - 04:34 PM

The Prestige is a recent film that comes to mind.

I liked the twist in Unbreakable, too, even if I saw it coming. It still works really well in that film and doesn't feel forced at all.
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Posted January 28 2007 - 04:43 PM

Excellent call on Unbreakable Brett. Posted Image

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Posted January 28 2007 - 05:23 PM

The Planet of the Apes is the rare case where the movie actually improves on the book (which I read a kid long before I knew there was a movie) at least as far as endings go.

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Posted January 28 2007 - 05:48 PM

Saw. I still can't belive how insanely shocked that movie left me.

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Posted January 28 2007 - 06:20 PM

We're this far into the list and no one has mentioned The Crying Game? For shame... that was the plot twist heard round the world. Posted Image
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Posted January 29 2007 - 01:24 AM

Unbreakable - another underrated one, I agree. I need to see that one again because I remember it having a big impact on me as the credits rolled.

Crying Game - this is another one that to me, had less of an impact than it would of if I didn't know what was coming. But it was hard not to know what was coming because of the media attention it got.

What was up with Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes at the end? I totally didn't get it or was I supposed to? Tim Burton's commentary on the DVD was vague as well. If I remember right, he basically just said it was up to the interpretation of the viewer. Huh?

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Posted January 29 2007 - 02:10 AM

The best twist ending ever are obviously these two as far as I'm concerned:

Psycho (Mom related)
The Empire Strikes Back (Dad related)

In the underrated department, I'd like to add
The Machinist where you really understand the psychology/breakdown of the main character.

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Posted January 29 2007 - 03:16 AM

I've never seen The Machinist. I'll have to check that one out.

That has me thinking...what are some other 'under the radar' twist/trick endings in movies? Some that perhaps many have not seen because they weren't mainstream hollywood flicks?

There was this one Tom Berenger movie from the early 90's . I think it had the word "red" in the title but I can't remember the name of it. I remember it had a good twist ending to it's murder mystery.

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Posted January 29 2007 - 03:20 AM

You may be thinking of "Shattered" with Tom Berenger and Gretta Scachi. (I think that's the title) Mystery of a man who is seriously injured and disfigured in an accident piecing together his life, with shocking consequences.
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Posted January 29 2007 - 04:47 AM

Fight Club - That had me floored. Stayed through the entire credits just thinking "whoa!"

Sleepaway Camp - If you've seen The Crying Game, you might guess the twist ending to this one.

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What was up with Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes at the end? I totally didn't get it or was I supposed to? Tim Burton's commentary on the DVD was vague as well. If I remember right, he basically just said it was up to the interpretation of the viewer. Huh?

See, I might have the only one who thought Burton's Apes ending was REALLY cool and I wish there was a sequel leading into THAT movie that the ending promised.

What I got out of it was
Thade somehow fixed the spaceship he was trapped in, went back through time in a timewarp and took over Earth as the Thade Lincoln statue showed. Then Mark Wahlberg came back to this alternate reality. Sort of like Back to the Future: Part II.


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Posted January 29 2007 - 05:10 AM

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Sixth Sense - It's a good one but it had less impact on me since I guessed it early on.
I figured this one out from the tv commercial alone, before I even saw the movie...the kid says "I see dead people" while staring directly at Bruce Willis.

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Posted January 29 2007 - 05:24 AM

Yes it was Shattered. I loved that twist!

The character Tom Berenger is looking for is none other than himself.

Other movies that comes up:

Mulholland Drive
The whole character switch.

Pan's Labyrinth
Not really a twist, but Ofelia's death was quite a powerful way to end the movie.

The Others
Nicole is a ghost.

and finally
Van Helsing
I paid $7 for this rental???!


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Posted January 29 2007 - 05:40 AM

Schaffner's Planet of the Apes tops them all, IMO still the greatest twist ending in movie history.

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#16 of 114 Fred Bang

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Posted January 29 2007 - 06:32 AM

Let's also add

The Matrix
and
Dark City

both of which has a similar twist.

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Posted January 29 2007 - 06:38 AM

For some reason, Shattered isn't the movie I'm thinking of but everyone is correct, it is a great twist and it does have Berenger in it. The "red" titled twist movie must not have Berenger in it (I checked imdb and I don't see it listed under him) but it was an early 90's movie as well. Hopefully I'll think of it.

God, Fight Club. Of course. Excellent ending.

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Posted January 29 2007 - 07:11 AM

What was the twist of the "..red" movie with Tom Berenger? You might talking about "Betrayed", though I'm not sure there was a twist in it.

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Posted January 29 2007 - 07:12 AM

Couple more I just thought of:

Malice (Nicole Kidman & Alec Baldwin)

Primal Fear (Ed Norton)
*I can't believe I forgot this one on my original list. I loved this twist.

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Posted January 29 2007 - 07:14 AM

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What was the twist of the "..red" movie with Tom Berenger?

For the life of me, I can't remember. I know it doesn't have Berenger now. It must have another actor in it that is similar to him. I am searching the internet looking for the title to this movie. I will not sleep before I find it....





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