Since we’re in the summer “big movie” season, it’s time to do a post about films. But this won’t be about films I’ve recently seen or hope to see. With the price of a typical movie ticket about $10, I’ve not seen too many movies this year although I’ve recently caught MIB3, Avengers and Prometheus thanks to $5 morning shows and the $3 “second run” theater.”
As the title says, I’m going to focus on film endings. Some films’ endings have stayed with me. Unfortunately, some of these memorable endings, such as that of Pan’s Labyrinth, are not available online so I have to limit myself to those that are.
Probably the oldest memorable ending I can recall goes back some 40 years and there’s a reason I remember it: the film itself broke new ground. Echoes of the finale to Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 “The Wild Bunch” can be seen in many films, including “Saving Private Ryan’s” opening.
Throughout the “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” I wondered about how Tuvo would end up. I liked the way that was handled:
For sheer “bird’s eye” spectacles, I have to go with the final battle from “Mongol”, which depicted Genghis Khan’s rise to power:
For dark and unpredictable endings, it’s hard to beat Se7en, which featured Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey:
The ending of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” was equally surprising:
I’ll continue the “sword film” theme with an ending I often watch: the final showdown between Uma Thurman and Lucy Liu from Kill Bill, with a score that evokes the Clint Eastwood “spaghetti western” films:
The ending to Blade Runner was …interesting:
One of the more touching endings I’ve seen is from Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun” which is about a British boy in a Japanese POW camp. Just before liberation, he honors the Japanese kamikaze pilots about to take off:
One of the stranger film endings is from “American Beauty”:
Perhaps the quirkiest film ending I’ve seen but which worked very well and got me to thinking about film endings, is from the recent remake of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” This was a very dark and dense film which I found a bit tedious. The ending has no dialogue but ties everything together quite well with Julio Iglesia’s live version of “La Mer.” Past and present flash on the screen as the traitor receives justice, Gary Oldham and his wife (who had an affair with the traitor) pick up their life and Gary comes out of retirement to foster recovery.
Tell me about your memorable films endings!