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Top 7 Most Powerful Moments in Movie History (vanity)
PA Times | 12/12/05 | Santa Pissant

Posted on 12/12/2005 7:57:17 AM PST by pissant

Everyone knows by now that Pissant is not an expert, like MaximusofTexas, when it comes to movie reviews. The main problem of course is that Pissant has generally avoided anything that Hollywood has produced in the last 20 years. Fortuantely, most of the cinematic classics were made well before this self-imposed boycott started. So now, I will list the definitive "most powerful moments".

They may be sad, scary, heartwarming, patriotic, etc.

Top 7 Most Powerful Moments in Cinema History

7. The Deerhunter- Russian Roulette POW scene --The actors in the Deerhunter, particularly DeNiro and Cristopher Walken make it seem incredibly real. The intensity of that scene as POWs being forced to play Russian roulette and the subsequent escape is one for the ages.

6. Outlaw Josie Wales - Snoose on the Dead guy's head -- After a gunfight where Josie (Clint Eastwood) and his sidekick end up killing the bad guys, his young companion frets that they should at least bury the dead out of respect. Instead, Clint hocks a mouthful of tobacco juice onto a cadaver's forehead, and flatly states that "the buzzards gotta eat too"

5. Casablanca- Rick says goodbye -- Thinking that she would be staying with Rick (Humphrey Bogart) as her husband Lazlo gets on the plane to America, Bogie gives Ilsa (Ingrid) the bad news. The strength to be able to give up her love in the cause of patriotism is amazing.

4. Exorcist- The head spin -- If you grew up Catholic, you believe in the devil. And that's what makes the Exorcist SO real (plus it was based on a true story). If the head spin scene did not creep you out, nothing will.

3. The Unbearable Lightness of Being- Girls playing -- I know, not everyone's cup of tea. But seeing Thomas' wife (Juliette Binoche) meet his mistress (Lena Olin) and the two have a playful, flirtatious rendevous.....well it's powerful to me. It helps that both are very gorgeous!!

2. Patton- "the speech to the Third Army" -- This movie is near perfect all the way through, but is most powerful just listening to George C. Scott recite the (somewhat sanitized) speech to the troops. Hollywood is incapable anymore of treating our Generals and Soldiers as the heroes that they are.

1. It's a Wonderful Life - George sees the light -- The angel Clarence's hard work finally pays off. George Bailey realizes how important he is to his family, community and to God, and has a tearful reunion with his family. It chokes me up, no matter how many times I see it. Merry Christmas!


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1 posted on 12/12/2005 7:57:18 AM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

I'll add the final gun fight from the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly to any list of great cinematic moments. The secene involving Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach is superb!!


2 posted on 12/12/2005 8:00:05 AM PST by indcons (indcons on Rush Limbaugh's show (transcript): http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1535861/posts)
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To: indcons

And that has to be the best musical score for a western...ever!


3 posted on 12/12/2005 8:01:08 AM PST by pissant
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To: pissant
The Searchers: John Wayne after telling Lucy's boyfriend that he found her body back in the canyon and he asks Wayne what the Indians did to her:

"What do you want me to do, draw ya a picture? Spell it out for ya? Don't ever ask me that! As long as you live don't ever ask me that again!"

4 posted on 12/12/2005 8:01:25 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When government does too much, nobody else does much of anything." -- Mark Steyn)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick; najida; PaulaB; EX52D; teenyelliott; peacebaby; Millee; ...

Fun ping


5 posted on 12/12/2005 8:02:44 AM PST by day10 (Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of nonsense.)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Excellent contribution, I must say. And it did NOT involve Eva Whoseesnootz either! ;o)


6 posted on 12/12/2005 8:02:44 AM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

Spies Like Us - Dan Ackroyd's speech about surgical techniques.."We mock, what we don't understand"


7 posted on 12/12/2005 8:03:18 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: pissant


Fill your hand, you son of a b%^ch!
8 posted on 12/12/2005 8:04:39 AM PST by day10 (Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of nonsense.)
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To: pissant

I have a better Clint Eastwood moment where he goes into the tavern at the end of "Unforgiven". Intense!


9 posted on 12/12/2005 8:04:41 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: stuartcr

That's not the flick with he and Rosie Odonnell is it?


10 posted on 12/12/2005 8:05:14 AM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

The gunplay scene in Titanic. There was such a lack of moving stories in the real thing that some gunfire was sorely needed.


11 posted on 12/12/2005 8:05:22 AM PST by kenth (Come back here... so that I may brain thee!)
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To: stuartcr

Tombstone - the "...and hell's coming with me!" scene. Gives me goose bumps for some reason.


12 posted on 12/12/2005 8:05:25 AM PST by Trampled by Lambs (I think, therefor I Zot!)
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To: pissant

???


13 posted on 12/12/2005 8:06:27 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: day10

One of my all time favorite John Wayne movies!!


14 posted on 12/12/2005 8:07:06 AM PST by pissant
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To: stuartcr

"Sleepless in Seattle" when Meg Ryan meets the little boy and his dad, Tom Hanks, up at the top of the Empire State Building - I always cry at that part!


15 posted on 12/12/2005 8:07:17 AM PST by princess leah
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To: pissant
The Deerhunter

I love this movie also but always end of crying when they find Christopher Walken so messed up
16 posted on 12/12/2005 8:07:19 AM PST by PaulaB
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To: KC_Conspirator

Yes. that's a good one too.


17 posted on 12/12/2005 8:07:46 AM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

"You're gonna need a bigger boat!"


18 posted on 12/12/2005 8:08:14 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: pissant
When Mongo came into town.

19 posted on 12/12/2005 8:08:17 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (I will prevail. I miss my best friend.)
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To: pissant
The scene in the The Godfather Part Two when Kay sneaks into Michael's house to visit her two older children after she has murdered their little brother. Michael sees her at the open door and walks over to the door as she whines and mewls. He stares right through her as if she doesn't exist and closes the door carefully (does not slam it) in her face just as you imagine he would if he came home and noticed a door ajar with no one behind it.

Powerful, powerful scene.

Another powerful scene is in The Third Man when Anna walks past Holly at the very end of the film.

20 posted on 12/12/2005 8:08:22 AM PST by wideawake
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To: kenth

There was a gunplay scene in Titanic. Fortunately, DiCaprio is on my "never to see" list.


21 posted on 12/12/2005 8:08:46 AM PST by pissant
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To: Trampled by Lambs

:o) I understand.


22 posted on 12/12/2005 8:09:15 AM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

"If anything happens; Your fault, my fault, nobody's fault, I'm gonna blow your head off!"


23 posted on 12/12/2005 8:10:02 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: pissant

Clint Eastwood: "Make my day!"

Ahnold in The Terminator: "I'll be back."


24 posted on 12/12/2005 8:11:36 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: stuartcr

That flick with Rosie and the Blues Bros. are the only Akroyd movies I can think of....I know, sad.


25 posted on 12/12/2005 8:11:40 AM PST by pissant
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To: KC_Conspirator

Unforgiven was one damm fine movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!


26 posted on 12/12/2005 8:11:40 AM PST by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don't help...)
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To: pissant

Nothing about strawberries and kim basinger in 9 1/2 weeks????


27 posted on 12/12/2005 8:12:23 AM PST by Always Right
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To: pissant

The scene at the end of "Wait Until Dark" where Alan Arkin and Audrey Hepburn struggle in total darkness. You cannot see what is happening which adds exponentially to the tension.


28 posted on 12/12/2005 8:12:27 AM PST by day10 (Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of nonsense.)
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To: princess leah

Definitely chick flick material....and that's OK! :o)


29 posted on 12/12/2005 8:12:46 AM PST by pissant
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To: pissant
"Hey, Dad, you wanna have a catch?"

"I'd like that."

Field of Dreams
30 posted on 12/12/2005 8:13:08 AM PST by drjimmy
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To: pissant
Though this choice may not be too well known, my second choice goes to John Goodman and Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowshki. The "Mark it zero" scene in the bowling alley is just GREAT!!

31 posted on 12/12/2005 8:13:10 AM PST by indcons (indcons on Rush Limbaugh's show (transcript): http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1535861/posts)
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To: pissant

I didn't care much for any of the Blues Brothers stuff.


32 posted on 12/12/2005 8:13:12 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: PaulaB

That movie was like a kick in the gut the first time I saw it.


33 posted on 12/12/2005 8:13:22 AM PST by pissant
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To: pissant
Shane ... one of the best westerns ever ... Brandon De Wilde (a young boy) follows Shane into town from his parents homestead, calling out after him 'Shane ... Shane ... come back'. Shane rides on into town ... kills the bad guys (one of them a young Jack Palance) ... and rides off into the evening darkness.
This movie was filmed near Jackson Hole, WY in 1953 ... the scenery with the Tetons in the background is magnificent.
34 posted on 12/12/2005 8:13:43 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: Fierce Allegiance

"Don't you know, that man's a ni....?"


35 posted on 12/12/2005 8:14:07 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: TexasCajun

From Titanic?


36 posted on 12/12/2005 8:14:37 AM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

Old Dr. Zhivago is on the bus, and sees Lara on the street for the first time in 20 years, gets off bus, but has heart attack before holding her.


37 posted on 12/12/2005 8:14:48 AM PST by aShepard
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To: day10

I'm not certain of this, but I think that might be the first time anyone has posted a comment with the word "exponentially".
 


38 posted on 12/12/2005 8:14:53 AM PST by Fintan (Suppose there were no hypothectical questions?)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

ROFL. Yes...powerful...


39 posted on 12/12/2005 8:14:59 AM PST by pissant
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To: indcons
I'll add the final gun fight from the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I'd have to agree with you on that one. Awesome scene! Awesome music!

40 posted on 12/12/2005 8:15:24 AM PST by MarineBrat (Islam/Borg - The only difference is the stolen technology level.)
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To: wideawake

I've only seen Godfather I. But if II is as good, then I may need to rent it!


41 posted on 12/12/2005 8:15:38 AM PST by pissant
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To: pissant
In The Patriot, the ambush scene after the British commander kills one of Mel Gibson's sons and takes another prisoner.
42 posted on 12/12/2005 8:16:11 AM PST by RabidBartender
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To: KC_Conspirator

"Deserve's got nothin' to do with it."

Unforgiven is one of the great ones.


43 posted on 12/12/2005 8:16:17 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: pissant

"Luke Obi-Wan never told you, I am your father"-Darth. That statement IMO is a statement thats every bit as powerful and was a shocker for its day. Imagine the most eared man in the galaxy telling the galaxies last hope this.


44 posted on 12/12/2005 8:16:19 AM PST by aft_lizard (What does G-d look like then if we evolved from nothing?See Genisis Ch 1:26-27)
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To: drjimmy

Hear, hear! My absolute best and favorite movie ever made.

"Now if I'd only gotten to be a doctor for 5 minutes, now that would have been a tragedy."


45 posted on 12/12/2005 8:16:27 AM PST by day10 (Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of nonsense.)
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To: pissant

II is one of those rare instances where the sequel is actually better that the original, IMO. Enjoy!


46 posted on 12/12/2005 8:17:25 AM PST by day10 (Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of nonsense.)
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To: TexasCajun

That's more like it!


47 posted on 12/12/2005 8:17:27 AM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

Godfather II is a must see! One of the great movies.

(Avoid Godfather III, however. It only serves to diminish I and II)


48 posted on 12/12/2005 8:17:28 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: pissant

Best scene - ever!

49 posted on 12/12/2005 8:17:50 AM PST by MarineBrat (Islam/Borg - The only difference is the stolen technology level.)
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To: Fintan

I am smart like that - LOL.


50 posted on 12/12/2005 8:17:50 AM PST by day10 (Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of nonsense.)
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