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Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:05 pm
by reggiesimpson
Happened to catch a bio of Robert Deniro recently and decided to watch The Deerhunter (1978) again. The initial Russian Roulette scene is the most intense scene i have ever seen in the movies. Apparently it was directly related to 28 deaths by Russian Roulette after those folks saw the movie. Couldnt help but wonder if any BH out there have other intense scenes that stand out? Doesnt have to be violent just personally intense?

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:50 pm
by gatorman
I thought the scenes in Saving Private Ryan which showed the troops coming ashore on D-Day were extremely intense. It was impossible for me to sit still during that sequence, felt like I was in the LST and the Germans were shooting at me. My wife couldn't watch it at all, and to this day refuses to watch a rerun of the movie.
I just asked her your question, she first said Alien, then mentioned Private Ryan. I'd add Alien to my list, I was on edge the entire movie.

gatorman

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:07 pm
by reggiesimpson
gatorman wrote:I thought the scenes in Saving Private Ryan which showed the troops coming ashore on D-Day were extremely intense. It was impossible for me to sit still during that sequence, felt like I was in the LST and the Germans were shooting at me. My wife couldn't watch it at all, and to this day refuses to watch a rerun of the movie.
I just asked her your question, she first said Alien, then mentioned Private Ryan. I'd add Alien to my list, I was on edge the entire movie.

gatorman

Yes,agree on both counts. Alien was riveting. When i mentioned Private Ryan to a WW11 vet that i knew he said he wouldnt see it. Why i asked? As some tears rolled down his cheeks he said he thinks about the war everyday. He said he was at the Battle of the Bulge and so close to the Germans that they couldnt look out of their trenches. So they threw handgrenades at each other all night. In the morning the Germans were all dead. The reason? Their handgrenades were made by slave laborers and they placed dud fuses in them. All they did was spark. I didnt bring the movie up again.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:07 pm
by nirvines88
Lethal Weapon when Mel Gibson's character Martin Riggs almost commits suicide.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:09 pm
by reggiesimpson
nirvines88 wrote:Lethal Weapon when Mel Gibson's character Martin Riggs almost commits suicide.

Havent seen it but i will now. Thanks.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:14 pm
by dm200
The "Squeal Like a Pig" scent in Deliverance.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:17 pm
by Calm Man
You nailed it reggie. The Deerhunter scenes were riveting and horrifying. That is my favorite move of all time.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:19 pm
by reggiesimpson
dm200 wrote:The "Squeal Like a Pig" scent in Deliverance.

Yup! That movie did for camping what Jaws did for beach going.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:22 pm
by Rubiosa
Pfc. Robert E. Lee Pruett (Montgommery Clift) blowing "Taps" for Maggio (Frank Sinatra) in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:26 pm
by reggiesimpson
Rubiosa wrote:Pfc. Robert E. Lee Pruett (Montgommery Clift) blowing "Taps" for Maggio (Frank Sinatra) in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY.

Have to re watch that scene. I do remember a pariticularly sinister Ernest Borgnine. Fatso with a knife.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:28 pm
by Babakhani
Does porn count? :D

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:35 pm
by peppers
The scourging scene in "The Passion of the Christ".

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:36 pm
by reggiesimpson
Calm Man wrote:You nailed it reggie. The Deerhunter scenes were riveting and horrifying. That is my favorite move of all time.

My wife and i went back to the same theater the following week after seeing Deerhunter to see some romantic film. Deerhunter was still playing. This was at one of the first "multiplex" theaters. As her movie was rather slow i slipped out for a cup of coffee with every intention of slipping into The Deerhunter to try and catch that scene again. Sure enough it was about to play. The theater was packed so i just stood in the back and watched the audience and the movie. When Deniro deals the fateful shot a young man in the front row of the theater leaped in the air with his arms over his head and yelled............. "kill that f*****g gook". Everyone was stunned by the intensity of that scene........and that young man.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:37 pm
by reggiesimpson
Babakhani wrote:Does porn count? :D

Arent they always "intense"?

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:41 pm
by Toons
Linda Blair's head doing a 360 degree rotation in the Exorcist :shock:

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:43 pm
by reggiesimpson
peppers wrote:The scourging scene in "The Passion of the Christ".

I remember actually feeling the pain. Awful scene.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:44 pm
by Babakhani
reggiesimpson wrote:
Babakhani wrote:Does porn count? :D

Arent they always "intense"?

Exactly my point!

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:48 pm
by reggiesimpson
Babakhani wrote:
reggiesimpson wrote:
Babakhani wrote:Does porn count? :D

Arent they always "intense"?

Exactly my point!

Your right. Looks like its time to refresh my memory!

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:55 pm
by sscritic
Where are all the horror films? I only see Linda Blair so far. What about The Shining or Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Psycho?
http://www.timeout.com/london/feature/2 ... -omen-1976

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:00 pm
by John151
The shower scene in "Psycho." I've been locking the bathroom door ever since.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:01 pm
by reggiesimpson
sscritic wrote:Where are all the horror films? I only see Linda Blair so far. What about The Shining or Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Psycho?
http://www.timeout.com/london/feature/2 ... -omen-1976

The Grudge. That scene where the little kid appears in the attic. It shocked me so much my head snapped back and my glasses flew off my face and hit the back wall. My daughter laughed out loud.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:18 pm
by Nicolas
City Lights (directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin). The scene where the flower girl recognizes for the first time that the little tramp was her benefactor. Never forget that.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:24 pm
by sschullo
I was 6 or so watching a murder mystery with my family at a theater. I never forgot the person hanging in the bathroom window. For almost 60 years now, I still think about that scene when I enter any restroom and with a window. I later learned that it was George Raft who played an LAPD detective.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:26 pm
by roymeo
The phone-ring scene and the climax of Audition ("kiri kiri kiri").
There's couple of biggies in Irreversible.
Does almost throwing up during Base Moi count as intense?

None of these would be something I'd recommend to the unprepared. Heck, sometimes people react differently than you'd expect--I was shocked that a coworker couldn't handle the gas-station bit of one of the 5 of the Cremaster Series, considering how much we'd already gotten through of weird art confusion.

I guess those are the things that pop into my head when someone says 'intense'. The sort of thing Antonin Artaud would be pleased with...where you go to the theatre with the same sort of trepedation-but-it's-good-for-you feeling that you have when you go to the dentist.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:28 pm
by greg24
When I saw the thread title, I immediately thought of the opening of Saving Private Ryan.

Horror movies are pretend. SPR was a recreation of an actual event.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:32 pm
by supergrouper
The choice in " Sophies choice"

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:33 pm
by sscritic
My son was four when he saw E.T. I had to take him out of the theater when E.T. died; it was too intense for him.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:33 pm
by Niko
dm200 wrote:The "Squeal Like a Pig" scene in Deliverance.


This. I had forgotten about it until you mentioned it, but I have to agree with this.

Other honorable mentions:

-the stand off scene in Reservoir Dogs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzF_TbmDH5s

Final scene Blair Witch Project
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN9dUquiHHU

Bathroom scene of The Shining
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TVooUHN7j4

Se7en, what's in the box
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1giVzxyoclE

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:45 pm
by Dibbels81
The opening scene to Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds. Brilliance.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:50 pm
by mmaguy
The Ring -- TV scene, scared me.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:57 pm
by cheese_breath
Silence of the Lambs where Buffalo Bill is watching Clarice Starling through night vision goggles.

The Omen where Gregory Peck tries to kill Damien with the sacred daggers.

Childs Play whenever Chucky attacks someone.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:02 pm
by Angst
Pulp Fiction: Uma receiving her cardiac injection of adrenalin was fairly affecting.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:17 pm
by SP-diceman
Toons wrote:Linda Blair's head doing a 360 degree rotation in the Exorcist :shock:


I remember the stories about people going crazy seeing this.
We were going somewhere else when my dad, “all of a sudden” decided to stop in the theater.
(he didn’t want to give me the chance to back out)
I knew he would be ribbing me the rest of my life if I couldn’t take it.

When the movie started, the screen went bright red, and the Warner Brothers logo came on,
that’s when I was most scared, as I knew I was “stuck.”


Of course, once it stared I didn’t find it that bad. :)

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:23 pm
by SP-diceman
Babakhani wrote:
reggiesimpson wrote:
Babakhani wrote:Does porn count? :D

Arent they always "intense"?

Exactly my point!


I was thinking when I saw the question, “intense” may have different meanings depending on my age.

Teenage boys tend to define it differently. :)

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:25 pm
by reggiesimpson
My Son told me the movie Event Horizon made him throw up. I didnt understand but a co worker then told me he saw a movie that made him throw up............Event Horizon! I still dont get why?

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:30 pm
by Tony_L
JAWS

When the shark is eating the swimmer and dragging her in circles at the beginning of the movie.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:34 pm
by DonDraper
The Christopher Walken/ Dennis Hopper interrogation scene in True Romance. Great movie, great scene.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:41 pm
by reggiesimpson
DonDraper wrote:The Christopher Walken/ Dennis Hopper interrogation scene in True Romance. Great movie, great scene.

Saw Hopper interviewed on Actors Studio and that scene was brought up by a black audience member. Asking if it were really true Hopper said yes and that Tarantino had done the historical research to prove it.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:52 pm
by yakers
I'm a movie wimp. Still haven't gotten over Bambi's mother lost in the fire.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:24 pm
by timmydink
Godfather 1: Michael searching for the hidden gun in the restaurant bathroom and then killing Soliozzo and the police captain.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:47 pm
by bertilak
Dibbels81 wrote:The opening scene to Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds. Brilliance.

That gets my vote. The score using Green Leaves of Summer was brilliant, too.

I don't appreciate gore- and guts-style intensity. It is something different -- it makes you squirm in your seat but doesn't really induce fear. It also seems like cheating on the filmmaker's part. If I had to pick one such squirm-inducing scene it would be the eyeball scene in Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog). I saw the whole movie 40-plus years ago and that's the only thing I remember about it, but I remember it well.

As honorable mention, I go with the strudel scene also in Inglourious Basterds. Another very subtle but nail-biting scene.

OK, the "Stuck in the Middle With You " scene in Reservoir Dogs is somewhere near the top. Apparently Tarantino is good at that kind of thing!

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:57 pm
by Fallible
Agree with the intensely tender City Lights scene, the Psycho shower scene, and adding the chariot race in Ben Hur and the last scenes in The Train ('64) when a wounded and exhausted Labiche finally stops it for good, and In Cold Blood as the killers arrive at the Clutter farmhouse.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:01 pm
by JSMill
The dentist torture scene in Marathon Man:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzw1_2b-I7A

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:06 pm
by marcwd
Wait Until Dark (1967)

The final scenes with Audrey Hepburn (as the blind woman) in the apartment with Alan Arkin (drug dealer) who is looking for the heroin-stuffed doll.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:13 pm
by Sunny Sarkar
Forrest Gump realizing the kid is his own son

the torture scene in Reservoir Dogs

Also agree with...
russian roulette in Deer Hunter
the choice in Sophie's Choice

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:15 pm
by market timer
I saw Pet Sematary in the theater as a little kid, and the scene with Zelda creeped me out. It made me worried about catching spinal meningitis for about a year.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:19 pm
by Sunny Sarkar
"Go ahead, make my day"

"You can't handle the truth" was pretty intense too.

the chariot race in Ben Hur
the buffalo hunt in Dances With Wolves, especially the dramatic end

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:33 pm
by renter
That one scene in Body Heat. What a great movie.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:34 pm
by 64415
The airplane crash scene in "ALIVE". Very terrifying. The rest of the movie was enjoyable for the depiction of the mental toughness required to hike out of the Andes.

Robert Deniro in " The Mission" carrying the crucifix up the Igaucu Falls as penance for his years as a slaver and murderer. Difficult to stay dry eyed during that one.

Innumerable scenes from "The Ring".

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:22 am
by scrabbler1
The scene in "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan" when the snaillike creature crawls into the mens' ears. Nearly as bad was when they came out!

The scene at the end of "Dog Day Afternoon" when the cops foil the bank robbers by shooting Sonny's (Al Pacino) partner and hold a gun to Pacino's head. The look on his face as he saw his dead partner being taken away on a stretcher was very intense.