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Die, die my darling

Friday nights are generally quite around here, so I'll just throw out this one question for anyone hanging around: Via Bill and Shiela, name your favorite movie death. I voted for Sonny's death in The Godfather. I felt Sonny's terror - being trapped in the car, knowing what's going to happen, waiting for the first bullets to strike. I've seen the movie hundreds of times (well, maybe more like 70) and I still hold my breath during that scene. When the film came out, everyone said that Sonny's death was filmed at the toll booths in Long Beach and people would drive out there to check out the spot, but it was actually filmed on an old runway at Mitchel Field (which is now home to the Cradle of Aviation museum, but I digress). Anyhow, favorite movie deaths. [And now, I think I'll make a death-themed radio station for tonight] Update: To add to my list (or at least agree with people in the comments) "This is for...Matilda" True Romance Walken/Hopper scene Definitely the Black Rain scene with Andy Garcia. Whenever that movie is on, I watch it just for that part. The rest of the movie kind of sucked.


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Paul Ruebens, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Movie)

I thought the death of Ol' Yeller was a highly poignant event. Of course, so was the demise of Bambi's mother and Mufasa's trampling by the Wildebeast herd.

Quint from Jaws...fighting till the end.

Vincent Vega from Pulp...tip for hitmen, do not leave silenced Uzi on counter in target's apartment when you take a dump.

Wallace in Braveheart...talk about taking one;s priciple's to their grave

Homnorable mentions:

Pilot in Air Force One who sacrifices himself to save the plane from a missile. That one always got me for some reason.

Rickman in Die Hard...that fall was just superbly shot.

Rutger Hauer, Blade Runner.

Rutget Hauer in Blade Runner is high on my list.

I'll post the rest on IFOC.

Hans in Die Hard

It was as if he was sure he could somehow salvage the situation---hanging from Holly's rolex from the 31st floor---when he whipped his gun out, then, wham! The watch clasp is released and he looks genuinely surprised that he's falling to his death.

Alan Rickman is sooooo good.

The sachel-bomb kid at the beginning of Jin Roh really hits me because of its exact parallel to the Israel/Palestine thing.

And for some reason I feel a little embarassed because the set up worked for me, but Roy Baty at the end of Blade Runner.

Laurence, we posted Blade runner at the same time! And I hadn't read Britton - so I have no reason to be embarassed, being third for Roy.

In Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Butch and Sundance are holed up, Dialog: "Did you see (someone whos name I forget) out there?...No...Good, I thought we were in trouble" You know the rest.
My favorite death from the Godfather was Mo "You don't buy me out, I buy you out" Green getting it in the eye (I couldn't stand the bastard).

The best movie death scence just has to be the death of the Janet Leigh character in "Psycho."

Of the ones listed above, I particularly liked the deaths of Sonny in "The Godfather," for all the reasons Michele listed, and, believe it or not, Mustafa in "The Lion King." In the latter Scar's saying "God save the king" was a nice touch.

Well, I was going to say the chariot race scene in Ben Hur, but Snopes now informs me that the rumors of a death happening there are merely an urban legend.

So, I guess I have to go with a whole movie. The Last Days of Patton.

Archy in "Gallipoli." Cry every damned time.

Average, I'd make fun of you, but my first choice was a cartoon too.

I wonder if anyone will pick Bambi's mom.

How about the guy that caught the plate glass in the neck in The Omen?

Clarence Bodikker, 'Robocop'.

Sammy Capulet, 'Tromeo and Juliet'

Murray Martini, 'Tromeo and Juliet'
(I used to have his death scene on my answering machine)

Tom Hanks in 'Private Ryan' was pretty good. I like the 'why the fuck not?' shots at the tank with his .45

Joke deaths:
Brian's presumed death after the end of "the life of Brian"

Bambi: Godzilla vs. Bambi

Oddjob, in Ft. Knox, by the electrical wire.

"I have been, and always shall be... your friend."

"If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."

"This is for...Matilda."

Slim Pickens riding the bomb at the end of Strangelove. Yeeeeee-hawwwwww.

Britton, Josh and Lair,

Argh, you bastards stole mine! Ok, well then, as a runner-up:

Boromir in Fellowship of the Ring. Frankly, I'm surprised no one mentioned it yet.

The scene where Vincenzo Coccotti (Walken) blows away Clifford Worley (Hopper) in True Romance is possibly my favorite scene of any movie of all time. Two masters both giving premier performances. You can ride the undercurrents of stress, fear and hate that they exude. Cliff knows that he's going to die, Vincenzo knows that he's going to kill him. Cliff knows that he has to get Vincenzo to kill him fast or he'll betray the kids and Vincenzo knows he's trying that. When Vincenzo finally loses it and kills him you don't really know if it is because he really lost it or because his enemy earned his respect. Fantastic scene.

Joe Pecsi's character in Casino... how he's narrating the film then gets the bat against his back... Oh!

Paul Alan in American Psycho
"What's with all the newpaper? do you have a dog? Is that a Raincoat?"
"Why yes it is Paul!"

and the description of Eric Stumpy Joe's death in Spinal Tap... all that was left, was like, a little globby one on his drum seat.

Do almost deaths count? If they do, I vote for the scene in Miller's Crossing between Gabriel Byrne and John Turturro. But he didn't quite die then. Either way, really great scene.

When Lilly hits Roy in the face with the suitcase in The Grifters, breaking the glass of water into his throat. Totally out of the blue. The way he staggers around for a few seconds, fishmouthing, gives me the heebie-jeebies.

D'Onofrio in "Full Metal Jacket" was the most disturbing to me. Or maybe the baby in Trainspotting.

Tony Montana's was pretty grandiose, along the same lines as Caan's in the Godfather. Killed 'em and then some.

Elizabeth Mastrantonio's death in the Abyss was really somethin' ... since she survived it. Well done.

Paul Rubins in Buffy, was great.

Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan.

Jar Jar Binks in SW episode 3 (a guy can hope)

Lester in American Beauty. To be so content with life and then Bang you're dead. What a great way to go.

How it could come to this, without yet being mentioned is beyond me, but the best movie death of all time is definitely Vizzini in The Princess Bride.

Right movie, wrong scene: Clemenza giving Carlo the piano wire from the back seat of the car near the end of the film. Carlo struggling, and kicking out the glass of the windshield ...

"CLEMENZA: Hello, Carlo..."

Spot on with True Romance --


Marvin getting shot by accident in the back of the car in Pulp Fiction.

Bill at the end of Kill Bill Vol. 2.

I guess nobody does them like Quentin.

Joshua, of course the death of Bambi's mother is a great scene because it is ultimately so happy. If Bambi's overbearing mother had not been killed by the good hunters, then Bambi would have grown up to be an insecure neurotic.

My favorite movie death, however, remains the shower scene in "Psycho." Even if you have seen it 100 times and know exactly what is coming, it still scares you witless. It happens so fast and the angle of the camera keeps changing so that your mind can not adjust to any specific view. There is also the great scene just after the shower scene where the camera slowly pans back from Janet Leigh's eye.

"So don't cry tomato baby - you're future's in an oblong box"

Don't think the Misfits wrote that quite the way it sounds like James is singing it :-p

(yeah, try to listen to that song without singing "don't cry tomato baby" over and over)

You're missing an obvious songs in there:
You're gonna kill that girl - the RAMONES

As to best movie death - Brandon Lee in The Crow. That scene where he's shot is actually the one that he died from.

The guy in Goodfellas who kept telling Tommy to get his shoe-box getting stomped to death by Tommy and Jimmy.
The funny looking guy in Fargo ending up in the wood-chipper.

Favorite movie death?

A couple of different categories:

1) The "whiny bitch couldn't die fast enough" category:
Debra Winger's character in "Terms of Endearment."

2) The "guy had it coming" category:
Col. Kurtz in "Apocalypse Now." This probably wins in my book because it also captures the "Oh shit, this can all be mine after I killed the fat guy" category.

3) The "No no no no no!" category:
The end of "Das Boot"

Andy Garcia's beheading in Black Rain always struck me as pretty powerful. Michael Douglas looking on, helpless...

Joe, who's that comedian who does his mother "You're like a crazy man!" "you'll poke your eye out!"

That would have been Bambi, eh?

Anyway I don't actually like to be too scared by a movie, so I don't know of this Phycho of which you speak. I never see horror movies unless a friend surprises me with one.

Igwana, A real snuff on film? Arrgh! I'm not sure if I believe you, but I'll definately refuse to watch that movie, no matter what, now!

Someone on Bill's site mentioned Linda Hunt playing Billy in "The Year of Living Dangerously". I wish I remembered his speech, but I remember that Billy was the star and that he had a great speech.

Beatty and Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde. No doubt.

First runner up: Robert Pastorelli in Dances With Wolves. Those Injuns were very Islamicist. "Don't you hurt my mules". Ach.

High on my list of great death scenes would be Vera Clouzot's death of Christina Delasalle in the 1955 version of Diabolique. The first time I saw it, and didn't know what was coming, I sank into my seat, a mass of goosebumps.

(BTW, I don't have perfect recall. I used Google to help come up with the names.)

Michele, didn't you once tell me that you were emotionally scarred when Goose died in Top Gun?

Yeah, Bonnie and Clyde...I loved the look they gave each other when they realized they were about to get mowed down.
The Godfather is full of them, in addition to the ones mentioned above, I like Michael killing the crooked cop in the restuarant. Oh yeah, and Luca Brazi getting the piano wire in the Bar. And oh heck, Michaels men taking care of his enemies in the big finale. I hated seeing poor Fredo getting it in GF II, but he was should have known better than to do business outside the family.

No, no, Andy. I said I was scarred when I got goosed during Top Gun.

The best scene was from 'LA Confidential,' when Kevin Spacey’s slightly corrupt cop character, Jack Vincennes, dies.

A few hours before that, very good cop Exley is talking to Jack. He mentions the name, "Rollo Tomase." Exley says that it’s a name he made up when he was a kid.

He says this in confidence. It’s something no one else would know. Later, Vincennes goes to talk to totally evil corrupt cop Dudley. After an argument, Dudley, without warning, shoots Jack, then asks Jack if he has anything to ‘confess.’ As he's dying, Jack kind of smiles and says "Rollo Tomase.", then dies.

Later, the mention of the name Rollo Tomase signals to Exley that Dudley shot Vincennes. Of course, Dudley's killed as a result.

That, and Jean Reno’s death at the end of 'The Professional' are the best.

Connery getting perforated in the Untouchables.

Adam Goldbergh's bayonetting in Saving Private Ryan. It seemed like it lasted forever.

Jean Reno in Leon.

And, frankly, Kristin Scott Thomas in Mission Impossible. I would have much preferred that they killed off Tom Cruise in the first ten minutes.

This may be a little before your time, but when I saw Gone With The Wind and Melanie shot that dirty, stinking, thieving Yankee pole-cat, I was so overcome with joy that I lept to my feet and shouted "Praise God, one down and a million more to go!". Since this was in Alabama, I was given a standing ovation; at least that's how I remember it my husband says I just got polite applause, but either way that scene gets my vote.

Another classic (most likely not to be mentioned):

General Woundwort in Watership Down...

"General Woundwort's body was never found. It could be he still lives his fierce life somewhere else. But from that day on, mother rabbits would tell their kittens that if they did not do as they were told, The General would get them. Such was Woundwort's monument. And perhaps it would not have displeased him."

"Raiders of the Lost Ark" when Indiana Jones shoots the sword master

Kevin Spacey, LA confidential
Gobsmacked the bejeesus out of me.

The guy at the beginning of Saving Private Ryan who has a bullet ricochet off his helmet, takes his helmet off to look at the dent, and gets shot in the head.

Peephole shooting scene in Argento's "Terror at the Opera". It's not a very good movie, but that scene is one of the most well staged bits of movie violence I've ever seen. John Hurt's explosive indigestion in "Alien" remains brutally effective no matter how many times I see it.

How about the showdown in 'Reservoir Dogs'...I think it's kinda cool that everyone in the film dies in the end.

On another note: I wanna say bad things to Velociman....but I won't. Just to say that I'm Native American and to compare us to them hurts people's feelings. It did mine. Thank you.

(RE:Those Injuns were very Islamicist.)
Poor taste I would say.

The third Indiana Jones - how the Nazi guy died when he aged quickly because he drank from the wrong grail.

joshscholar@yahoo.com - I take mine back and substitute Bambi's mom. Gobsmacked the bejeesus out of me.

The death of Boromir is my favorite Unintentionally Funny Death Scene. I dearly love the books and the movies, but even my heavy-duty, off-road suspension of disbelief couldn't handle that one. He has three arrows the size of tree trunks in his chest, one in each lung and one through his aortic arch and still manages to give a five minute speech.

I saw the movie with my daughter and about halfway through the scene she leaned over and in a low, dead-on John Cleese voice said, "Tis only a flesh wound."

We both broke up, garnering any number of dirty looks from fellow viewers.

"Shoot straight you bastards, don't make a mess of it." -- Breaker Morant

The moment in the movie Sorcerer when the truck blows a tire, the dynamite shifts, and Victor and Kassem only have time to share a knowing glance.

"Oh shit!" -- The Day of the Dolphin. Fa love Pa.

Janet Leigh in Psycho.

The guy cuffed to the car at the end in Mad Max.

Steven Seagal in Executive Decision. For a good reason, and it's good to see him finally die after his foolish martial arts films.

Richard Jaekel drowning in Sometimes a Great Notion.

"My God, what have I done?" Alec Guinness in The Bridge on the River Kwai.

Neo in The Matrix. Uh, well, on second thought.

Ding dong, the witch is dead! Which old witch? The wicked witch!!

Best death speech ever! Ohhh - you cursed brat! Look what you've done! I'm melting! Melting!! Oh...what a world...what a world! Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness? Ohhh! Look out! Look out! Ohhhh...I'm going...I'm going! Ohhhhhhhh.....

All these comments and I haven't seen a vote for the Japanese mob boss getting his head cut off by Lucy Lui in Kill Bill Vol.1. It's so great because of the build up, immediate head chopping, and Lucy's speach afterward. Quentin knows how to make a movie.

A couple of my favorites.

Al Pacino in Scarface:

"Say hello to my little friend!"

The guy who fell into the lava in some volcano movie:

"I'm melting! I'm melting!"

Spock. "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan."

Yes, I cried. What about it?

Jack Nicolson getting smothered in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. Kathleen Turner whirling around to shoot Jack Nicolson in Prizzis Honor, but he lobs the knife into her before she can fire.
When that dunce in Adaptation pulled out into traffic without looking, killing his mother and uncle (I literally gasped when that happened).


The scene in The Manchurian Candidate in which Laurence Harvey says "Yes ma'am" and shoots the angel-faced private in the forehead.

I had nightmares about that one for weeks after I saw the movie.

Oh, you guys, the little boy in Pet Cemetary hit by the semi....
The guy in The Thing, who's head sprouts legs and crawls off, and the guy watching says, you gotta be fucking kidding....
Carrie AND her mom......
The chick who kills herself in Legends of the Fall.....
And my all time winner,
Aliens (the second movie) when Vasquez is hurt, and the Lt. is with her, and they can't go any further, and he has one grenade left, and she's leaning up against him, the creatures are almost on top of them and he pulls the pin and holds it in his hand, and she pulls his hands into her stomach and says "Gorman, you always were an asshole". Boom.

Agreeing an earlier vote:
Slim Pickens in 'Doctor Strangelove' -hat tip Jim. Slim's character was an inspiration for generations of flyers that sat alert in B-52s. Especially when planning the necessities of what to include in a survival kit.

And my two personal favorites, both from Ralph Bakshi's "Wizards." The first is the death of Fritz, killed by his idiotic buddy. The second where the 'Old Man' blasts the evil sorceror with his trusty .45 auto instead of using magic for the 'duel to the death' scene. This movie predated 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' by about 4 years.


Re: Boromir - blasphemy!

These guys were modeled after Nordic heroes, and thus did not have the frailties of normal men (think about when Gimli, Aragorn and Legolas spend three friggin' days running with no food or sleep). Also, the book doesn't actually describe his death, but it says Boromir was full of many arrows when they found him. What, are the Uruk-Hai dumb enough to keep shooting after he's dead?

How could anyone forget the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters?

Spock, in "Wrath of Khan."

Old Yeller--of course.

Rutger Hauer offing the terrorist in "Wanted Dead Or Alive" by pulling that little pin: "Fuck the bonus."

And--perhaps the funniest movie death ever--the guy in "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" who brought swords to a gunfight.

Spock, in "Wrath of Khan."

Old Yeller--of course.

Rutger Hauer offing the terrorist in "Wanted Dead Or Alive" by pulling that little pin: "Fuck the bonus."

And--perhaps the funniest movie death ever--the guy in "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" who brought swords to a gunfight.

Orson Wells. Citizen Kane. "Rosebud."

Kevin Spacy at the end of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." He's hosting a party to celebrate being acquitted of a murder he did commit and keels over with a heart attack.

Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas dying under the chandelier in War of the Roses, which was an otherwise crummy movie.

Sandra Bernhard getting burned alive in Hudson Hawk.

Rutger Hauer in "Bladerunner" atop the Bradbury building at night, in the rain.

"Time to die."

The girl who gets hit by a bus in Final Destination. Very sudden and unexpected.

Definitely agree with Indiana Jones and the gun/swordfight and of course the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (how he gets all pissed and furrows his brow when he's shot.. it's the best.) And Kevin Spacey in L.A. Confidential absolutely shocked the crap out of me.

Though the one I always really loved was Robert DeNiro in the remake of Cape Fear. How his eyes stayed focused until the very end, and the way that hand stuck out of the water. Fucking awesome.

Kahn's in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn

Ricardo delivered Melville's lines better than Ahab.

I enjoyed watching Keanu Reeves die in Devil's Advocate. Of course, it was the only good part of the movie.

What about these ?

The brilliant Walken's Russian roulette
in "The Deerhunter".

Roy Schneider in "Marathon Man".

The Wild Bunch finale.A contenter
for the group category.Perhaps should
be "cateGORY.

And also, If anyone can find it,
a film about the infamous unit
731 called "The men behind the sun"
has horrific death scenes although
the actors names are unknown and rumour
has it real corpses may have been used.

Finally my favourite.

James Cagney "White Heat".


Jimmy Durante in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

The two rednecks getting arrowed in Deliverance.
The big standoff at the end of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in which Lee Van Cleef (the Bad) gets shot.

I thought Jimmy's death in Blackhawk Down was powerful. Compared to the scenes in We Were Soldiers, which were the worst kind of war movie cliche.

The scene in Gladiator where Maximus walks into the arena and wipes out half a dozen guys in 5 seconds...Ridley Scott's little F..You to the movie audience too.

The shot of Duke of York getting killed in the battle at the end of Branagh's Henry V.

Not quite a death scene, but Ken running over Otto in A Fish Called Wanda. "F..king Limey cement.."