tonight’s audience participation

Which scene from which movie has had the most profound, stunning or the most memorable effect on you?

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  1. iD
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm |

    Amélie, but not any particular scene.

  2. Posted April 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm |

    The scene in Sometimes A Great Notion where Paul Newman is giving Richard Jaeckel mouth-to-mouth and he starts laughing and drowns.

    BTW: Netflix just added it to their instant watch dealie so you can watch it tonight if you want. Everybody who was in it is dead except for Michael Sarrazin, and I ain’t too sure about him.

  3. mech
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 9:09 pm |

  4. mech
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 9:15 pm |

    . . . Today has been a long week

  5. Starbanker
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm |

    Whenever I see a large flock of birds perched near each other, the scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Birds flashes through my head. The scene where Melanie is waiting at the schoolhouse and whenever the shot goes back to her, there are more crows in the playground. Hitchcock told every would-be horror director the real key to success, “It’s the anticipation of horror and not the act itself that strikes fear in the heart of the audience.”(paraphased)

  6. PatrickP
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm |

    This is one I love.

  7. DougM
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm |

    Too many to list; but in keeping with your theme, Missy, I’ll mention this one. It had a big impact on my early teenage social development, all negative.

  8. Papa Rod
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm |

    “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

    Chills. To this day.

  9. Spin
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm |

    The Night They Raided Minsky’s (1968) – when Britt Ekland’s top fall down.
    It’s the first topless scene I’d ever seen it a movie and left a lasting impression.
    Unlike “Two Girls one Cup” which almost ruined pr0n for me.

  10. Posted April 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |

    The mudwrestling/bar scene from ‘Stripes.’ Actually, most of that movie.

    Second most profound, The ending to ‘Cool Hand Luke’ taught me that you can live how you choose, on your terms, but in the end, the gummint is going to kill you.

  11. dick not quite dead white guy
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm |

    There have been too many, but recently –
    John Adams – the scene of the British soldiers’ trial for the Boston massacre, excellent production values and thought provoking, because they could just as well have been lynched or condemned to hang as get a fair hearing. The tension between these possibilities was almost unbearable, and the scene illustrated one of the core values of the yet unfounded American republic.

    Speaking of tension, how about the Russian roulette scene from The Deer Hunter? – that was HFS tense.

    Another from long ago – A Man for All Seasons
    King Henry VIII expects the English nobility and all his subjects to
    accept that he is the Head of the Church in England and that he may have a divorce from his wife. Sir Thomas More, Henry’s Lord High Chancellor, will not declare it so, but he also will not speak against Henry’s wish, and has kept his silence regarding the matter. His silence is now known all over the kingdom, and has become an embarrassment for the king. Thomas’ stand is now endangering his fortune, his freedom and even his life, but he resists all entreaties to give in.
    Howard, Duke of Norfolk, is a friend of Thomas, and has come to beg Thomas to just go along and get it over with. They are meeting at night on a dock along the Thames:

    MORE Hear me out. You and your class have “given in” – as you rightly call it – because the religion of this country means nothing to you one way or the other.

    NORFOLK Well, that’s a foolish saying for a start; the nobility of England has always been…

    MORE The nobility of England, my lord, would have snored through the Sermon on the Mount. But you’ll labor like Thomas Aquinas over a rat-dog’s pedigree. Now what’s the name of those distorted creatures you’re all breeding at the moment?

    NORFOLK (Steadily, but roused towards anger by MORE’S tone) An artificial quarrel’s not a quarrel.

    MORE Don’t deceive yourself, my lord, we’ve had a quarrel since the day we met, our friendship was but sloth.

    NORFOLK You can be cruel when you’ve a mind to be; but I’ve always known that.

    MORE What’s the name of those dogs? Marsh mastiffs? Bog beagles?

    NORFOLK Water spaniels!

    MORE And what would you do with a water spaniel that was afraid of water? You’d hang it! Well, as a spaniel is to water, so is a man to his own self. I will not give in because I oppose it.
    I do – not my pride, not my spleen, nor any other of my appetites but I do – I!
    (MORE goes up to him and feels him up and down like an animal.)
    Is there no single sinew in the midst of this that serves no appetite of Norfolk’s but is just Norfolk? There is! Give that some exercise, my lord!

    NORFOLK (Breathing hard) Thomas. . .

    MORE Because as you stand, you’ll go before your Maker in a very ill condition!
    NORFOLK Now steady, Thomas.

    MORE And he’ll have to think that somewhere back along your pedigree – a bitch got over the wall!
    (NORFOLK lashes out at him; he ducks and winces. )
    Later, Norfolk tries again:
    NORFOLK Why can’t you do as I did, and come with us, for fellowship?
    MORE And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience……and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?

    Profound issues of honor and conscience; the film comes back to me after forty + years, again and again. Scofield was Best Actor for his role that year.

  12. DougM
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 10:36 pm |

    Okay, one more.
    This one helped a lot when I retired from the AF.

  13. Papa Rod
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm |

    Upon reflection, there are two more, from my yoot:

    1) In the Twilight Zone episode, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”
    when William Shatner pulls back the curtain on the airliner window and the monster’s face is pressed up against the glass. I was all of 5 years old and nearly peed my pants.


    2) The scene in “Planet of the Apes” when Chuck Heston espies the Statue of Liberty.

  14. DougM
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 11:21 pm |

    No, two, two more:
    I grew up on a lake shore, so this one (@ :24s), but especially this one (the scene at ~7m:40s and the last few seconds) scared the bejeesus out’a me. Gave me pause every time I stepped onto the beach, and I used to watch with trepidation when my little brother walked in the sand. Still crosses my mind on occasion when I step into sand, especially if there’s a knoll … with a fence. *muahahaha*

  15. Posted April 18, 2011 at 11:22 pm |

    Jeremiah Johnson, the penultimate scene.

    Will Geer (Grizzly) meets Robert Redford (Johnson) on a mountainside in the winter. Redford is cooking a rabbit on a spit over an open fire; Geer alights to share his meal.

    In the conversation, Johnson asks Grizzly “Would you happen to know, what month it is?: Grizzly replies: “February. Maybe. I doubt March. March is a wet and muddy month. Some folks like it. Farmers, Mostly”.

    They sit contemplatively, and then Grizzly asks: “Well, Pilgrim — were it worth the trouble?” (Referring to the loss of his wife and adopted son to Indians, and then Johnson’s extended war with the Crow Indians.)

    Johnson lifts his chin up high, and boldly throws off the line: “Eh? What trouble?”

    Then he drops his chin, and a shamed look is on his face. Still trying to be “By God, A Mountain Man” he has made light of a terrible loss which haunts him still.

    Redford is not the greatest actor on the Silver Screen, but he reveals more of his character into that single moment than most men show in their whole lives.

  16. Andouille
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 3:43 am |

    “you gettin’ particular?”

    So many to choose from, but I guess one of mine would be when Steve McQueen gets killed at the end of The Sand Pebbles. Or, when the kid has to shoot Old Yeller. There isn’t always a happy ending in life.

  17. Annoyed White Male
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 4:04 am |

    The Bridge of Death, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

    Seriously, I think people get way too bound up in movies. They are just friggin stories told to entertain and make money. They don’t deserve the level of significance granted by our society.

  18. Posted April 19, 2011 at 5:47 am |

    Jerry, I love that scene too for just that reason, though I never realised why until I read what you wrote. Lovely.

    Andouille- yep.

    My winner, the one that’s affected me the most, is still the first 54 seconds of Love Actually.

  19. TimO
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 5:57 am |

    Airplane. The entire movie.
    2001: A Space Odessey. The entire movie.
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Every freakin’ scene.
    The Sixth Sense. The ending.
    Twelve Monkees. The ending.
    John Frankenheimer’s Seconds (1966). The ending.
    Soylent Green. Edward G Robinson’s ending…best career exit for any actor, ever.
    Patton. The opening speech.

  20. logdogsmith
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 6:34 am |

    The scene in Dr. Zhivago where the “people” are tearing apart his house for firewood.

    Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V St. Crispian’s Day speech. Yes, Lawrence O

    Richard Chamberlain in The Count of Monte Cristo. Pick a scene.

  21. bigviking
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 6:39 am |

    I wish I could be funny….but I can’t…..My dad finished his 30 years with the Marine Corp with a tour in Warsaw, Pol. as security for the embassy…..he toured Auschwitz…..he was never the same….

    and….at :58…

  22. apotheosis
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 6:41 am |


  23. Posted April 19, 2011 at 7:31 am |

    In the version of The Odyssey made a few years ago, the scene where Odysseus finds himself back on Ithaca and takes a bite of cheese and a drink of wine

    beautifully done

  24. accipiter NW
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 7:35 am |

    More and more, I’ve been thinking about DeNiro’s character-

    I came into this game for the action, the excitement. Go anywhere. Travel light. Get in get out. Wherever there is trouble. A man alone.

    in a Monty Python related movie about a society gripped with ever increasing bureaucratic strangulation.

    Long live Harry Tuttle, the solution to the dreaded 27B/6.

  25. mojo
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:06 am |

    “Horse Feathers”, where Groucho and the boys are in the trenches and a bugle starts playing. “Listen!” says Groucho, “Our national anthem, the Mayonnaise! The troops must be dressing…”

  26. bigviking
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:40 am |

    Been having a wonderful morning looking at all of the posts……Thanks

  27. geezerette
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 9:13 am |

    The end of Dances with Wolves.

  28. Bruce
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 9:37 am |

    The Wild Bunch – the final shootout

    The Thanksgiving Episode – WKRP “As god is my witness … “

  29. Posted April 19, 2011 at 10:39 am |

    Too many to name, but these pop to mind…

    “Slaughterhouse Five” – the whole movie.

    “The Straight Story” – The scene at the bar in which Richard Farnsworth tells a fellow WWII veteran the story of “The Scout.”

    “Resurrected” – when Ellen Burstyn’s (not quite) Faith healer cures a misshapen woman, and when she spends time with a little boy who has cancer at the film’s end.

  30. Posted April 19, 2011 at 11:18 am |

    Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” where James Caviezel as Christ is carrying the cross on the Via Dolorosa and falls. Mary (Maia Morgenstern) , his mother, runs out and cradles his bloody face in her hands and he turns to her, voice cracking and speaks, almost like a child:

    “See mother, I am making all things new again.”

    Still brings tears and a huge lump in my throat.

    It reminds me that I too, have committed acts or lacked action which put Christ on that ragged cross. And His selfless act paid the ultimate price for us all.

  31. The Ugly American
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm |

    I’m gonna go with my girly sentimental side and pick this scene from the end of To Sir, with Love

  32. TheOldMan
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm |

    The rooftop scene at the end of BladeRunner and this as well:

  33. Posted April 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm |

    The scene in “Miracle on Thirty-Fourth Street”, in Macy*s, with the little Dutch orphan girl singing with Santa. Gets me every time.

  34. Hydro2o
    Posted April 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm |

    1941 with John Belushi. 2 Japanese submariners are attempting to get an old tube radio in the sub after capturing Slim Pickins and the radio. One turns to the other and says “We’ve got to find a way to make these things smaller”

  35. Posted April 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm |

    Flatliners, when Kevin Bacon discovers why the little black girl is beating the crap out of him… and what the solution is.