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Fliques Osman
The Saddest Scene in Cinema
on Aug 8, 2011 at 10:39:32 pm

Slate recently had a poll asking what people thought was the saddest scenes in cinema since 1995. The top three scenes where from the films Armageddon, Ponette, and Up.

Seriously?

I mean I know it's an opinion poll and it's all relative, but do people really think the scene in Armageddon deserves to be in the top 3? What happened to the scene in Lion King when Simba's father dies, or Million Dollar Baby when Hilary Swank is about to die?

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Fernando Mol
Re: The Saddest Scene in Cinema
on Aug 9, 2011 at 12:48:38 am

I wonder if any scene will ever be saddest than Bambi looking for his dead mom.


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Tim Wilson
Re: The Saddest Scene in Cinema
on Aug 9, 2011 at 5:13:54 am

To tell you the truth, Armageddon KILLED me. I still get choked up when I hear "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." My wife just rolls her eyes.

I think Dumbo may be even sadder than Bambi.

Anybody 50-ish or older remembers the TV movie Brian's Song. THAT was sad. It was the first time that I'd ever seen grown men admit that they cried at a movie, and it was a LOT of men. Great performance by James Caan.

The article you link to was mentioning the last 16 years -- I assume 16 so that it reaches back to Titanic, which had me choked up a few times, but wouldn't make my list. It was more moving than sad to me, at least partly because of the relentlessness. There wasn't just one scene. It was the whole last hour. We're far enough away that you might forget the artistry, but wow, what a great movie.


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Mark Suszko
Re: The Saddest Scene in Cinema
on Aug 9, 2011 at 1:48:08 pm

We were already covering this, over here...

http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/267/2262


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Jeff Breuer
Re: The Saddest Scene in Cinema
on Aug 9, 2011 at 3:51:01 pm

Maybe this was just my man-card burning in my pocket, but the scene in Gone in 60 Seconds where they crush the GT500 Shelby Mustang was a really sad scene.

I see a lot of mention of Pixar films here, yea...they do that well!


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Fliques Osman
Re: The Saddest Scene in Cinema
on Aug 10, 2011 at 2:04:45 am

Opps! Didn't see that thread... my bad... lets move the discussion on to that thread. Thanks.

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Scott Rachal
Re: The Saddest Scene in Cinema
on Aug 10, 2011 at 7:20:57 pm

The scene at the end of Cinema Paradiso as Salvatore watches the contents of the found film reel, maybe not exactly sad, but what an emotional dam break...



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Mike Cohen
Re: The Saddest Scene in Cinema
on Aug 10, 2011 at 8:51:10 pm

I like many people was somewhat alarmed by the first 10 minutes of "UP" - historically speaking Snow White and the 7 Dwarves was an uphill battle to get made, and the whole industry doubted if animation could be applied to features. But the scene towards the end where Snow White died in which Grumpy started crying was said to have made everyone at the premiere cry. This validated animated features, validated Walt Disney's grand vision, and set the wheels in motion of most Disney animated features having a poignant emotional scene with the main character.

Armageddon - maybe. I will say it is my favorite Michael Bay movie.

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