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Old 05-06-2004, 09:14 PM - Thread Starter
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Out of curiosity and interest to relive my 1st experiences. If possible, provide spoilers or particular scenes that touched you.

My favorites :-
1) ET - ET dying. ET going home.
2) Love actually - church wedding
3) Sassy Girl (korean movie) - beautiful ending
4) Amelie - feel-good movie
5) Beautiful mind - Russell's speech at the end
6) Ghost - floating coin scene or Patrick going into the light at the end
7) Ransom - Mel suffering when he slammed phone with kidnapper on other end of line (felt his agony)
8) Independence Day - President's speech before going to war (some thinks it's corny, but it moved me then when I was into the movie)
9) Indecent proposal - when they finally reunite in the end
10) Truman Show - Jim Carrey reuniting with the father scene and the music
11) Platoon - Charlie Sheen breaking down in the end
12) Vanilla Sky - the awakening at the end
13) Gladiator - the scene where Russell dies and what's-her-name makes a speech
14) Life or something like it

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A few that come to mind:

Wizard Of Oz- the friends part ways at the end.

The King And I - Actually, that is my older sisters big one, not me.

Braveheart
- "FREEDOM!!!!"

Das Boot- the end, again

Babe- "That'll do, pig." (Seriously.)

Star Wars- Still gets me every time.

Pink Flamingos- the "I love you more than my hair color" speech.

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Cinema Paradiso - Toto returns home
October Sky - Final rocket launch and home movies
A League of Their Own - Museum opening
My Dog Skip - Final 5-10 minutes
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Nothing like these scenes to show how engrossed you were in the movie and how you felt for the characters or the experience throughout.

Nice.

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Seabiscuit- At the dinner table when Red said: "Thats a lot of food" and was told "I'd rather have you healthy than thin" then the narration comes in...gets me every time.

Dirty Pretty Things- The call after the sweatshop incident, and the airport scene.
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terminator 2: where arnold is being dropped into the vat of metal
i am completely serious this is the only movie scene where i cried
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  • Rashomon - If you can watch this film without getting a lump in your throat when the woodcutter walks away with the abandoned infant then you should star in the next Terminator film!
  • Sunrise - This flick could put entire marriage counselling practices out of business.
  • Red beard - The whole plot with the rescued geisha girl is a tear jerker.
  • Star Trek II - KHAAAAAAN! (I couldn't resist that one.)
  • Ikiru - The funeral brings up lump after lump in my throat.
  • Modern Times - Chaplin's speech at the end before he and the Gamin walk off into the sunset gets me every time.
  • Christ in Concrete - Geremio's fate just as he finally works his life out is a true tragedy.
  • La Strada - Gelosomina's Death
  • The Abyss - The part where the alien's play back Virgil's messages to his wife. (Only in the theatrical cut does this get me. The extended cut totally blows it)
  • Dead Man Walking - Poncelet's Death
  • Shawshank Redemption - Red's release from prison, depression, and revelation.
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc - The whole damned thing.
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Kevin Costner playing catch with his father in Field of Dreams.

The end of Hook where the mother is re-united with her children. She sees them lying in bed, but doesn't react at first because she thinks it's just a dream.

Talia Shire walking into the arena just as the pummelled Rocky tries to get up (again), and accepting that he needs to continue the fight to be a 'somebody'.

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Frequency, when he discovers it's his father he's talking too in the past.

The Patriot, When the youngest daughter cries out to him. Man, that scene is really a heart breaker.
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Whale Rider - Scene where Paikea rides off into the ocean on a whale. Her grandfather's facial expressions tell all. That whole scene is a beautiful cinematic work.

Ghandi - Funeral scene.

These are two movies of late that have "moved" me.
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I've gotta get back to work, but Casablanca has a bunch:

When they play the Marseillaise. Listening to Ebert's commentary, apparently most of the extras were recent refugees from Europe for whom the scene must ahve had an intense feeling.

When Rick lets the Bulgarian guy win at roulette ("He's just a lucky guy").

And of course the end.
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"The Elephant Man" -- The scene at Dr. Treves' home, where John Merrick is admiring photos of Freddie and Anne's relatives. John reveals the photo of his mother...

Anne: Oh, Mr. Merrick, she's beautiful.
John: Yes. She had the face of an angel. I must have been a great disappointment to her.
Anne: No...No child as loving as you could ever be a disappointment
John: I've tried so hard...to be good.


I choked up just typing this.

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I don't choak up often, but here's two that get me:

The 25th Hour - the ending

And of course, the end of Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home - when they get the new Enterprise - even listening to the soundtrack gets me.

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The Return of the King -

Theoden's rallying speech to his army as they prepare to charge the fields of Pelinor (in front of Minas Tirith). There's something about the concept of finding the courage to fight against hopeless odds mixed with the music soundtrack that had me choking back tears I couldn't explain.
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Glory - Robert Shaw (Matthew Broderick) takes in life one last time, surveying the sea, sky, birds before storming the fort and his death that is sure to follow.
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Deliverance "Squeel like a pig...."

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly The final shootout at the Cemetery.

The Green Mile John Coffey's excution and his 'final gift' to Percy

Pearl Harbor FDR's "Don't tell me it can't be done" speech
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Call me crazy but I really liked Phenomena.
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Deliverance "Squeel like a pig...."???

emotionally touching?? hmmm, touching, sure, but in a much different way...yikes!

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It's funny, I could list quite a few movie scenes that are emotionally powerful, but right now, the biggest "gets me" moment is from a TV series.

The 3rd season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Prom epsiode (ep 20 for those playing along at home). The scene towards the end when the class decides to give Buffy the special award for Class Protector.

Usually, while I love them, I'm never usually affected by big tear-jerker moments, but for some strange reason, that one scene gets me every time.

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The Sweet Hereafter
The Joy Luck Club
Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
The Ice Storm
Amedeus
Deep Impact
What Dreams May Come
A.I.
Ghandi

Those come immediately to mind.

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Oh and add:

Powder
The Anniversary Party
The Red Violin
Philadelphia
12 Monkeys

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The big one for me, besides The Green Mile, was the scene in Schindler's List when he was leaving. Bawl like a baby every time.
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Originally posted by David_Hanlon
Kevin Costner playing catch with his father in Field of Dreams.
FoD is probably one of my all time favorites. My father died when I was very young. Never even had the opportunity to have a "big fight" with him, as in the film, only a few disjointed memories. Each time I see this scene, I cry for a half hour wishing for the relationship that might have been.
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What a bunch of sentimental slobs! Fortunately, I was born with a heart of stone and only tear up when I see an excessive amount of EE in the transfer.:p

;) But...I will admit that the final reunion on the beach between Red and Andy in Shawshank always gets to me, even after numerous viewings. And I'm curious to see if the final story-telling scene in Big Fish has the same effect that it did in the theater with repeated viewings.

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Quote:
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The Return of the King -

Theoden's rallying speech to his army as they prepare to charge the fields of Pelinor (in front of Minas Tirith). There's something about the concept of finding the courage to fight against hopeless odds mixed with the music soundtrack that had me choking back tears I couldn't explain.
You typed exactly what was on my mind as I entered this thread....
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My favorite from ROTK (though it's only in the book, but it always gets me, both a choked up sort of way but also in a chill bumps sort of way) is when Eomer rallies his troops after Theoden's death and he thinks Eowin is dead also, and they see the ships coming and think it's their enemies.

"These staves he spoke, yet he laughed as he said them. For once more lust of battle was on him; and he was still unscathed, and he was young, and he was king: the lord of a fell people. And lo! even as he laughed at despair he looked out again on the black ships, and he lifted up his sword to defy them"

You never get to do that kind of thing in software engineering, man.

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Same Time, Next Year

With Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn


At the very end when he leaves and says he won't be back. The empty feeling in the cottage gets me first, then I start thinking " they are never going to be together there again...how can something so strong and intimate end?? Man, just thinking about that empty feeling gets me.

Then he bursts in the door and says I'm back!!!

This is when I tear up....everytime. In my mind...they still meet there EVERY year.
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Mask - All of it but especially when Rocky (Eric Stoltz) dies
Life as a House - All of it
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One more I have to mention is Fandango, with Kevin Costner and Judd Nelson. Not available on DVD....."yet" I hope.

At the end when the guys go their seperate ways and Costner is standing afar off and raises his beer to toast his friends.

Always gets me. I mean, they were friends all through college and you just walk away?? It kills me.

They should have all headed to Mexico and had a Fandango II.
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Ted Danson and Jack Lemmon movie "DAD".. I watched this with my father about 2 weeks after my gradfather (dad's dad) died... BIG mistake... couldn't turn the waterworks off at all..
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