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Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:34 am
by khh
The Shawshank Redemption, when the cell door closes behind Andy Dufresne on his first night in prison.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:49 am
by SimonJester
The Wind That Shakes the Barley, the fingernail scene. Almost lost my cookies on that one...

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:55 am
by Keep It Simple
mmaguy wrote:The Ring -- TV scene, scared me.


+1

Also "When Harry Met Sally" - Meg Ryan scene at the table - pretty intense!

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:02 am
by Bounca
Wow, so many come to mind.

'Intense' = equals guns and shootouts in my mind so I'd have to go with:

The city street shoot out scene in Heat with Deniro, Paccino, Val Kilmer. That shoot out scene was so brilliant it made the movie's ending completely anticlimatic
http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DZL9fnVtz_lc&sa=U&ei=2ZX2UPbfH43g8AToqIGoBA&ved=0CCgQtwIwAg&usg=AFQjCNG14obYYbjfmtYBfYacLW5mYbPVPw

Leon bunkered down in his apartment against the NYPD in The Professional
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YXCUodkSmM

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:10 am
by gatorman
The train crash scene in The Fugitive.
gatorman

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:59 am
by gkaplan
marcwd wrote: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.


I haven't seen this movie in some years, but I'll agree to this.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:13 am
by BigFoot48
The scene in Hair (1979) comes to mind, when the Treat Williams character, who took his friends place in the Army, is marching into the blackness of a transport plane's loading ramp, heading to Vietnam, to never return.

I believe the song he was singing was "Let the Sun Shine In"....
We starve-look at one another
Short of breath
Walking proudly in our winter coats
Wearing smells from laboratories
Facing a dying nation
Of moving paper fantasy
Listening for the new told lies
With supreme visions of lonely tunes

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:19 am
by SamGamgee
When Jafar turns into a cobra in Disney's Aladdin.


What?


:D

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:03 am
by flamtap
It's the opening and closing scenes of Saving Private Ryan that tear me apart. I've seen that movie at least 25 times and I still can't get through those scenes very well.

But the "intense" scene, for me, is the hand-to-hand fighting upstairs in that building. With the German prisoner. I still have to skip through it most of the time.

I also think the scene from We Were Soldiers when Sergeant Major Plumly says, "That's a nice day, Sergeant Savage." is intense in its own way.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:13 am
by Don Christy
Many good scenes already mentioned.

"Here's Johnny" from The Shining was intense:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDpipB4yehk

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:53 am
by tarq476
Braveheart: Murron has just been killed and William Wallace is riding slowly into the camp, pretending to turn himself in. He then caves in the face of the English soldier with a Flail-like weapon and the village revolts. The music and Gibson's facial expression help greatly here.

Forrest Gump: Jenny stands on the edge of the balcony and considers jumping as Free Bird blasts in the background.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:10 am
by cheesepep
Maybe not my most intense movie scene, but the first opening moments of Gladiator and when they are in the coliseum surrounded by chariots.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:39 am
by bengal22
Meryl Streep singing in Mama Mia

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:42 am
by William4u
Sohie's Choice. So sad.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:45 am
by gatorking
Graveyard scene in The Omen

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Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:59 pm
by Taboose
Cape Fear 1962 version - Max Cady (Robert Mitchum): I got somethin' planned for your wife and kid that they ain't nevah gonna forget. They ain't nevah gonna forget it... and neither will you, Counselor! Nevah!

And in its own way - Brian's Song. Can't watch that anymore.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:29 pm
by tadamsmar
Not intense for me, but out 5-year-old son only lasted for part of PG-rated Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom. He was in screaming in terror and we had to leave.

It's one of the movies credited with causing the creation of PG-13

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:38 pm
by tadamsmar
Roman Holiday when Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck put their hands in the Mouth of Truth:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6af1dAc9rXo

;-)

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:39 pm
by cheese_breath
tadamsmar wrote:Not intense for me, but out 5-year-old son only lasted for part of PG-rated Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom. He was in screaming in terror and we had to leave.

If we're talking 5 year olds then I have to tell about my daughter. She was deathly afraid of the flying monkees in Wizard of Oz. She's 44 now.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:45 pm
by tadamsmar
cheese_breath wrote:
tadamsmar wrote:Not intense for me, but out 5-year-old son only lasted for part of PG-rated Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom. He was in screaming in terror and we had to leave.

If we're talking 5 year olds then I have to tell about my daughter. She was deathly afraid of the flying monkees in Wizard of Oz. She's 44 now.


Having kids meant that I got to see some old Disney movies for the first time. The scene when Bambi mom dies was pretty intense for me.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:36 pm
by Rupert
Funny Games (American version): The whole movie is intense, but the scene where they shoot the kid in front of his parents was the most disturbing thing I've ever seen on film.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:49 pm
by runthetrails
Dennis Hopper sex scene with Issabella Rossalini in Blue Velvet.

"Don't look at me! Don't you ******* look at me!"

Very intense film.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:54 pm
by Van
dm200 wrote:The "Squeal Like a Pig" scent in Deliverance.


+1

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:13 pm
by guitarguy
There are lots of good ones here. I'll post 2...both ironically starring Edward Norton...hands down one of my favorite actors.

1. American History X. If you've seen it, I need not elaborate. But for those who haven't...the violent scene that shows the actions that sent him to prison. Crazy.

2. Primal Fear. When his "alter ego" first appears when he's talking to his lawyer in the interrogation room. Chills every time. GREAT movie.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:30 pm
by minesweep
John151 wrote:The shower scene in "Psycho.".

+1 .

I was 15 years old when I first saw the film "Psycho" at the movie theater.

The Famous Shower Scene From "Psycho"

The making of the Shower Scene in Psycho

These following two scenes from the movie are equally frightful:

Arbogast Meets Mother

The Truth About Mother

Mike

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:33 pm
by htdrag11
renter wrote:That one scene in Body Heat. What a great movie.


Now I've to dig it up and re-watch.

Thanks.

As couple have already wrote, The Ring got me jumped the 1st time around while Audition still gives me the chills.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:35 pm
by JupiterJones
BigFoot48 wrote:I believe the song he was singing was "Let the Sun Shine In"...


Isn't that part of the song technically titled "The Flesh Failures"? Which segues into "Let the Sunshine In"?

Anyway, my list of memorable intense movie scenes:

  • Pretty much the entirety of Boys Don't Cry
  • The wine cellar scene from Hitchcock's Notorious. (The final few minutes of the movie are chair-arm-grabby too.)
  • The "Stuck in the Middle With You" scene from Reservoir Dogs
  • Any Javier Bardem scene from No Country for Old Men, but probably the "coin toss" bit most of all

JJ

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:45 pm
by ryuns
flamtap wrote:But the "intense" scene, for me, is the hand-to-hand fighting upstairs in that building. With the German prisoner. I still have to skip through it most of the time.


I agree. There's a weird parallel in mind when I watch The Two Towers. Aragorn prevents Theoden from killing Grima Wormtongue, who promptly rejoins the bad guys, and gives them crucial information about a structural weakness in Helm's Deep. The unfortunate lesson is both these cases is that if you take mercy on a bad guy, you've set yourself up cinematically for said bad guy to play a crucial roll in your downfall.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:57 pm
by stemikger
In the movie It's a Wonderful Life when Jimmy Stewart (George Bailey) and Donna Reed (Mary) are at her Mother's house when they are talking on the phone to Mary's boyfriend and George's friend and they are holding the phone close to each other and then he grabs her and kisses her.

Also in the movie Officer and a Gentlemen when Lou Gossett is trying to break Richard Gere and he breaks down and starts crying "I've got No Place Else to Go"

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:41 pm
by detroitbabu
Not the most intense but the one of the most shocking for me was from "The Crying Game".

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:53 pm
by mako171
Some good stuff mentioned.

Also:
a. some of the scenes from Requiem for a Dream
b. the whole sub-plot about the child molesters from Running Scared (yes this is a Paul Walker movie)

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:48 pm
by Oddlot
I agree with the russian roulette scene from the Deerhunter. Incredible.

I also second the scenes from Jaws, Wait Until Dark, Deliverance, and Psycho. I would add the scene in Psycho where she heads down to the fruit cellar to meet "mother".

How about the sinking scene from the much-maligned Titanic?

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:04 pm
by reggiesimpson
Oddlot wrote:I agree with the russian roulette scene from the Deerhunter. Incredible.

I also second the scenes from Jaws, Wait Until Dark, Deliverance, and Psycho. I would add the scene in Psycho where she heads down to the fruit cellar to meet "mother".

How about the sinking scene from the much-maligned Titanic?

Always had a fear of drowning. That scene went to my core!

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:21 pm
by kiwi123
The Man From Nowhere - knife fight scene

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:43 pm
by VictoriaF
La Dolce Vita : Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain.

Victoria

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:20 pm
by PedsDoc
Torture scene at the end of Braveheart

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:23 pm
by reggiesimpson
For romantic intensity i would suggest the scene in Last Tango in Paris with Marlon Brando talking to his dead wife as she is laid out in the bedroom. Heart wrenching expression of grief over the loss of a love.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:21 pm
by tadamsmar
Oddlot wrote:I agree with the russian roulette scene from the Deerhunter. Incredible.

I also second the scenes from Jaws, Wait Until Dark, Deliverance, and Psycho. I would add the scene in Psycho where she heads down to the fruit cellar to meet "mother".

How about the sinking scene from the much-maligned Titanic?


Or, how about the fogging up the car windows scene :)

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:14 pm
by Urvile1
First 45 or so minutes of Full Metal Jacket.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:26 pm
by investnoob
Bounca wrote:Wow, so many come to mind.

'Intense' = equals guns and shootouts in my mind so I'd have to go with:

The city street shoot out scene in Heat with Deniro, Paccino, Val Kilmer. That shoot out scene was so brilliant it made the movie's ending completely anticlimatic
http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DZL9fnVtz_lc&sa=U&ei=2ZX2UPbfH43g8AToqIGoBA&ved=0CCgQtwIwAg&usg=AFQjCNG14obYYbjfmtYBfYacLW5mYbPVPw

Leon bunkered down in his apartment against the NYPD in The Professional
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YXCUodkSmM


That's exactly how I define it too. Besides those scenes, the chainsaw scene in Scarface and the scene in the Last of the Mohicans when Uncas and Chingachgook take on Magua are intense.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pp957uI31SA

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:48 pm
by Bfwolf
Full Metal Jacket is a good one. I'd especially nominate the bathroom scene at the end of the first half of the movie. When Leonard says, "I am....in a world....of s***," with that really creepy look. Yikes.

Sticking with the Vietnam theme, what about the Apocalypse Now scene where Captain Willard kills Colonel Kurtz while the natives simultaneously slaughter a cow, all to the tune of The Doors "The End?" When Martin Sheen's head comes out of the water, that gets me every time.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:30 am
by traineeinvestor
I found some of the drug taking and cold turkey scenes in Christiane F. quite disturbing (even more so now that I have two daughters of my own).

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:55 am
by Leesbro63
Django Unchained. The dog scene and the Mandingo fighting scene. Similarly, the scene in Roots (technically a mini-series, not a movie) where they cut off part of Kunta Kinte's ("Toby's") foot.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:50 pm
by Fallible
I thought of this thread while watching Fargo (for the umpteenth time) the other night and was sure I'd come up with another intense scene. Instead, there seemed to be a lack of intensity, or at least sustained intensity, at least for me. The closest I could come to it was when the guy who had just killed the trooper then chased down the driver who happened to witness the scene. My guess is the film's unusual and expert mix of genres - especially the comical - kept lessening the intensity.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:46 pm
by wordslayer
This was as intense for me as anything I've ever seen, and if anyone has seen the movie, they can immediately identify this by the third line

Get under the bed. Tell me when you're there.

I'm here. - Now, the next part is very important.

They are going to take you. Kim, stay focused, baby. This is key.

You will have five, maybe ten seconds. Very important seconds.

Leave the phone on the floor. Concentrate.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:19 pm
by tim1999
The scene in The Shining where Jack is breaking through the bathroom door. "Here's Johnny!"

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:05 pm
by Imperabo
ryuns wrote: Aragorn prevents Theoden from killing Grima Wormtongue, who promptly rejoins the bad guys, and gives them crucial information about a structural weakness in Helm's Deep. The unfortunate lesson is both these cases is that if you take mercy on a bad guy, you've set yourself up cinematically for said bad guy to play a crucial roll in your downfall.


Then again, Bilbo and Frodo sparing Gollum ended up saving Middle Earth because Gollum accidentally destroyed the ring in Mount Doom when it seemed that Frodo wouldn't be able to.

Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:54 pm
by irwinmfletcher
Enough said.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:04 am
by htdrag11
wordslayer wrote:This was as intense for me as anything I've ever seen, and if anyone has seen the movie, they can immediately identify this by the third line

Get under the bed. Tell me when you're there.

I'm here. - Now, the next part is very important.

They are going to take you. Kim, stay focused, baby. This is key.

You will have five, maybe ten seconds. Very important seconds.

Leave the phone on the floor. Concentrate.


Taken. Great scene.

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:05 am
by gkaplan
Bath tub scene in Fatal Attraction.