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NSFW Can you paint a scene of a movie moment that you never forgot?

Asked by Shippy (9852 points ) September 30th, 2012

I love those memorable moments in movies, the ones that stay in your mind for days. The ones you think about afterwards. Or the ones that send chills down your spine make you weep, or even gather insight into yourself. It could be those moments you felt you were there, that the person was you, or far removed from you, who you would like to be.

What were some or one of your memorable movie moments? If you can, paint the scene a little and add the words.

Mine still to this day touches me, touches my soul. It is from the movie ‘Trainspotting” written by Irvine Welsh. I think it aired in 1996. It features a bunch of youngsters battling addiction and is set in Scotland.

After witnessing altered states of consciousness, the loser mentality of most of the players, and the seedier grittier life and exploits of Heroin addicts the main actor chooses to give up Heroin I could identify having battled addiction myself. I also saw life very much like he does. He is walking down a street and the narrative is

“Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family.
Choose a fucking big television; choose washing machines, cars,
Compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good
Health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed
Interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your
Friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a
Three-piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics.
Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning.
Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing
Game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose
Rotting away at the end of it all, pishing your last in a miserable
Home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up
Brats you spawned to replace yourself.
Choose your future.
Choose life.”

So true, so painful, so realist. Would love to hear about your memorable movie moments.

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TheProfoundPorcupine's avatar

I think the one scene that does stick in my mind and has done since I was a kid was Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark where he is in the marketplace and the girl has been swept away in a basket and he is of course doing his best to look all spectacular. (I have no idea where the link between archaeologist and spectacular came in as I do not know any and I am one myself)

Anyway he is in the crowded marketplace and the master swordsman appears all dressed in black and looking like a giant with him then doing all of this fancy sword stuff and I remember watching it and thinking…well that’s Indi in trouble now!! for him to pull out his gun and simply shoot him. For some reason that still makes me laugh today no matter how often I see it and it was all done as a spur of the moment as Harrison Ford was ill that day (I think the flu) and he had no strength left to do the actual fight scene.

I think I will need to visit YouTube.

marinelife's avatar

It’s the squirrel scene from Rat Race. They stop to ask Kathy Bates for directions, She offers Whoopie Goldberg and daughter a squirrel. They refuse and then follow Kathy’s directions until they crash in the desert right next to a sign that reads “You should have bought the squirrel.”

Shippy's avatar

@marinelife loll Life changing !!!

flutherother's avatar

I’ve never forgotten Alex Baldwin’s ‘motivational’ rant to the real estate salesmen in the film Glengarry Glen Ross.

“Let’s talk about something important. Are they all here? … Well, I’m going anyway. Let’s talk about something important. Put that coffee down. Coffee’s for closers only. Do you think I’m fucking with you? I am not fucking with you. I’m here from downtown. I’m here from Mitch and Murray. And I’m here on a mission of mercy. Your name’s Levene? … You call yourself a salesman, you son of a bitch? … You certainly don’t pal. ‘Cause the good news is you’re fired. The bad news is you’ve got, all you got, just one week to regain your jobs, starting tonight. Starting with tonight’s sit. Oh, have I got your attention now? Good. ‘Cause we’re adding a little something to this month’s sales contest. As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac El Dorado. Anyone want to see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you’re fired. You get the picture? You’re laughing now? You got leads. Mitch and Murray paid good money. Get their names to sell them. You can’t close the leads you’re given, you can’t close shit, you are shit, hit the bricks pal and beat it ’cause you are going out…”

Shippy's avatar

@flutherother I know this! I used it in a Sales Development program I was doing. I loved it too!!

Sunny2's avatar

The one that sticks with me had no specific dialogue. It was watching Vivienne Leigh, as Scarlett O’Hara, in the movie of “Gone with the Wind” making her way through wounded and dying soldiers. The sounds and calls of the soldiers, bloody and in pain and the expressions of her taking in the ghastly scene with horror and helplessness was unforgettable.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

There are plenty of movie moments that come to mind, but none are earth-shattering.

The best story comes from the father of a friend. The dad was just out of school, and he took a date to the movies. It was_The Graduate_. After the scene where a man advises Dustin Hoffman to get into the plastics business, my friend’s father turned to his date and said, “Plastics” with a big smile. He started his own company making plastic molds for local industries. The business took off. Oh, and he ended up marrying his movie date.

mazingerz88's avatar

@Shippy Those lines from Trainspotting are still no BS “spot-on”.

Unforgettable moment? ET, Elliott and their friends lifting off in their bikes! Whew and whoa!
The rousing speech in Braveheart
( to name a few )

Joker94's avatar

At the end of Memento, during Leonard’s monologue. He says that, “I have to believe my actions still have meaning.” Just knowing that, even after all that’s happened in that movie, to know that he won’t remember any of it again blows my mind. The fact that he won’t even remember the epic monologue he goes on at the end, too, blows my mind.

Symbeline's avatar

I don’t have an answer right now, unless you want everything from Halloween II, but if you liked the movie Trainspotting, I highly recommend that you read the book. It’s fantastic.

filmfann's avatar

There is a scene at the end of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, where Marion and Indy are tied to a lamp post, screaming, while they are circled with flames and the Angel of Death.
It is simply the best moment in cinema history.

DominicX's avatar

The scene I call the “Transition” in Mulholland Drive. Won’t make any sense out of context, but here it is:

Betty and Rita return from their experience at Club Silencio. A blue box has appeared in Rita’s purse; they now know this box must fit the blue key they had earlier. They enter the dark apartment; it’s the middle of the night. Betty walks over and places the blue box on the bed; the camera pans to Rita, who is fumbling through some boxes in the closet to retrieve the key from its hiding place. She finds it and turns around and sees that Betty is gone. We have not heard any footsteps. She says “Betty?”. No response. Again “Betty?” and then she looks around obviously creeped out and says in a quiet shaky voice ”Donde estas?”. She walks into the dark part of the bedroom and calls out for Betty again, but no response. She then walks over to the blue box and puts the key inside. It opens to reveal black nothingness. The camera goes inside the box into the blackness and the box falls to the ground. Rita is gone.

Next, Betty’s Aunt Ruth enters the dark bedroom and looks around, as if she just heard something suspicious. The camera pans to the floor; the blue box is gone. Aunt Ruth leaves. The scene attempts to shift, but fails. The scene attempts to shift again and this time, goes through and we see a sleeping woman on a bed in a different room.

What this scene is, is a transition between non-reality and reality, the end of a dream essentially. The dreamworld literally starts to disappear and fade. It’s fascinating, creepy, bizarre, surreal, and it’s my favorite scene in any movie I’ve seen.

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