Directors Favorite unexpectedly touching moment in a comedy...

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  1. John Kilduff

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    We all love film comedies, whether they be intelligent or stupid. The question today is, what are some of your favorite unexpedtedly touching moments in a comedy?

    2 of my favorites:

    "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure"

    When Pee-Wee and Simone are talking about their dreams while watching the sun rise. Yeah, there are some double entendres, but the moment is poignant, at least to me.


    "UHF"

    When George Newman hands Stanley Spadowski a trophy at the end of the movie...Also, the "Gone With The Wind" spoof at the end struck me as touching.

    Sincerely,

    John Kilduff...

    I suppose it's a matter of personal taste.
     
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    The Gold Rush (1925 version) where Charlie is stood up and made fun of during New Year's Eve
     
  3. Walter Kittel

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    Two scenes from Harvey come to mind -


    - The scene in the alley behind the bar where Elwood is discussing his experiences with Harvey to Dr. Sanderson and Miss Kelly.
    - The finale when Elwood says to Harvey "... I prefer you to."


    Also from Mister Roberts -


    Ensign Pulver reading the letter to the crew from Roberts at the film's finale. Never fails to choke me up.


    - Walter.
     
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  5. John Kilduff

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    If musical comedies count, I'd like to mention:

    "Little Shop Of Horrors"

    To be specific, the musical numbers "Skid Row (Downtown)", "Somewhere That's Green" and "Suddenly, Seymour". In most musical comedies, you wouldn't expect the songs to be poignant. Here, though, they definitely are.

    Sincerely,

    John Kilduff...

    The songs sound even more poignant in French. Why weren't they dubbed into Spanish, though?
     
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    Ooh, I'm glad nobody mentioned this one yet, because A) it's the perfect example of what you're asking for (great question, btw) and B) everyone reading this thread will probably agree with me wholeheartedly. [​IMG]

    Steve Martin's maniacal glee when his son catches the softball in Parenthood. Out of NOWHERE, I was all misty-eyed. A great moment in a very good comedy.
     
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    I like the DeNiro/Grodin exchange at the end of Midnight Run.
     
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    The scene in the Replacements where...The team get in a bar fight, are taken off to jail and break out in a coarse of I will Survive.


    I don't know why but that always gets to me. I love it when teams come together.
     
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    It has been a long time since I last saw this, but the last part of "Hero At Large" when John Ritter goes into the fire to same someone (forget now who/what he saved). That got me when I first saw it and stayed with me.
     
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    thanks to HDNET MOVIE CHANNEL you can watch hero at large this month, in glorious HI DEF.

    One of my lost favorites.
     
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    Oh.
     
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    Bill Murray in Scrooged

    "Niagra Falls Frankie Angel" [​IMG]

    My favorite BM scene in any film.
     
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    From another TV show:

    In the Futurama episode Fry spends the etire time talking about bringing his dog into the future. The ending to that show was very sad. It must've gotten real dusty in my living room because I got teary eyed.
     
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    In As Good As It Gets

    In the restaraunt scene, Hellen Hunt is going to the ladies room and tells Jack Nicholson to think of something interesting to say to her when she gets back. So he tries to tell her about his recent attempts to take a medication for his disorder. She doesn't understand what he's getting at or why he's taking these pills and then he explains "because you make me want to be a better man". The look in her eyes and the unexpectedness of the moment is very touching and moving, even though I've seen it a number of times.
     
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    I haven't seen it in a while, but there's a pretty touching moment in Dumb and Dumber near the beginning where Lloyd kinda breaks down and explains how bad their lives are. That's actually an early dramatic turn by Carrey in that scene!
     
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    From last year's A Mighty Wind:
    When Mitch & Mickey kiss while playing "A Kiss At The End Of The Rainbow" during the benefit concert, with the other performers looking on from the wings.
     

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