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"Failure is not an option."-Appolo 13

"FREEEDOMMM!"-Braveheart

"The question is not how far must we go. It's whether or not you possess the constitution to go as far as is needed." -Boondock Saints

"It is the eternal right of everyman to raise his fist against his fate." Devil and Daniel Webster

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Movie The Gladiator

This scene was great…

In the Roman Coliseum, after, against great odds, killing off several foes in a Roman circus battle

is approached by the evil emperor Commodus, who can decide if he lives or dies.

The gladiator Maximus is helmeted. Then, in a serge of passion, courage and anger he rips off his helmet and confronts the Emperor boldly and strongly and says:

"I am Maximus Meridas,

General to the Felix regiment of the Roman army

Servant to the emperor Marcus Aurelius!

I am father to a murdered son and

husband to a murdered wife and

landlord to a murdered world and

I will have vengeance!"

The crowd wants him to live. The Praetorian guard awaits orders. The emperor is beholden to the crowd, so under great duress allows him to live.

Edited by Thales

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Correction to my posting above.

In the Roman Coliseum, after, against great odds, killing off several foes in a Roman circus battle

is approached by the evil emperor Commodus, who can decide if he lives or dies.

That should read "*Maximus*, in the Roman Coliseum...." etc.

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My favorite movie scene would have to be from Pleasantville.

After an angry mob burns the town’s books, two of the movie’s main characters spends the night painting a mural on the town’s jailhouse using outlawed colors. The two characters awaken the next morning to find an angry group of people shouting at them and the mural. The movie then slowly flashes back and forth between the angry crowd and the mural, which depicts an angry and confused crowd hopelessly, and futilely throwing their hand up in the air around a pile of burning books, some of which have wings and are flying up into the sky.

I always thought that the mural represents how intellectual thought and ideas rise above violence and rash impulse. The imagery of the angry crowd in relation to the mural shows the spirit of not only the mural but also the movie.

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The Fugitive, the scene at the top of the dam:

Harrison Ford: I didn't kill my wife!

Tommy Lee jones: I don't care.

The funniest movie scene happens in Casablanca, when Claude Rains closes Rick's down by declaiming "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" literally a moment before a croupier hands him his winnings.

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Wow, great idea for a thread. I missed this one the first time around.

The Fountainhead -- as a whole, this movie was mediocre, but I wouldn't pass up a chance to praise it for some of the scenes which were brilliant. Especially, the early scenes between Roark (Gary Cooper) and Dominique (Patricia Neal). In fact, every scene with Dominique. Patricia Neal made that movie for me, and her superb job of Dominique is one of the primary reasons that every few months, I'll watch that movie again. The early scene with Neal and Raymond Massey, who plays Gail Wynand, and in that scene sort of plays Alva Scarrett (if you go by the book) is really good. And Cooper's final speech at the end gets credit, if for no other reason than the first time I saw this movie (which was also my first introduction to Objectivism) during this scene I knew, for sure, that Ayn Rand was destined to play a big role in my intellectual life.

The Scarlet Pimpernell -- I like the version of this with Leslie Howard and Raymond Massey (yes, him again), from 1934. My favorite scene is the climax-- I had no idea what to expect!! Memorable lines from the rest of the movie-- "Magnificent fight this afternoon, my dear. Gad! That Mendoza's got quick ears. In the 10th round, when Jackson had him down, I shouted, 'Get up, Mendoza!' And damn me, he did and sink me, he won!" and "Open up your sleeves, man. Let your ruffles take the air. Let them flow. Let them ripple. So that when he takes snuff.. 'Twill be a swallows' flight!"

The Mark of Zorro (1920 silent version) -- The scene where Douglas Fairbanks Sr. wins the heart of Lolita. And the big chase, near the end of the film! (Probably my all time favorite chase-scene in a movie.)

Ah I could go on forever with these..

Once Upon a Time in America - scene with Deborah reading from the Bible to Noodles

- scene with Max and his throne

This movie also has an excellent soundtrack.

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Knights Tale-At the very end when he hears them chanting him name for the first time...And Chaucer looks up at him and says, "Do you hear that...That's your name Will...That's your name." I also love the line from this movie. "A man can change his stars...If a man wants it bad enough a man can do anything."

Boondock Saints-The courtroom scene at the end.

Die Hard- Yippie Ky-a *bleeeeeeeeep*

Equilibrium-My favorite scene of all time is the scene where Cleric hears music for the first time when he finds that room in the women's house and he goes through her stuff. There is no audio except for the music and he just breaks into tears. I think it is such a beautiful and well-acted scene.

Meet Joe Black-When Joe eats peanut butter for the the first time. I just think that one is funny

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The Omen: When the Ambassador runs over the evil nanny with his car. The whole theater cheered at that part. Also, the part when he makes that dog fall into the cellar and locks it there.

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I think I have a new favorite movie scene. The ending of United 93.

That movie is a wonderful reminder of what we're up against, and the ending brings me close to tears every time I watch it. I wonder what those people would say about how we've conducted the War on Terror, had they been able to safely land the plane. I've never cried in a movie before, but I get close with this one. The scene of the passengers revolting against the hijackers serves as a beacon of hope because it shows that, when people wake up to the threat (as the passengers had no choice but to do), the enemy will be defeated. Hopefully, there will come a time when the West can no longer ignore the threat.

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A Bridge Too Far - when Captain John Scott tells the Germans that they don't have to resources to take them all prisoner.

Blade Runner - Rutger Hauer's last speech "Time to Die..."

Serenity - The battle between the Reavers and the Alliance with Serenity escaping through the center of it.

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Here's a few scenes I like out of context, on their own. (it's no point to post the ones I like in the context of the whole movie) And I'll try to avoid the very obvious ones. (even though I do like "Go ahead, make my day!" , "Show me the money!!" or "I see dead people." type scenes.)

Death Proof--Hold Tight song+Crash scene

(the movie itself is not worth watching, and to get the joke it's important to know what fontanelles are)

Two scenes from The Ladykillers:

Trouble of This World song (I like the full church scene, but it's not on youtube.)

Gary Oldman, a very convincing psycho in Leon

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The Neverending Story, 1984.

Childlike Empress: Bastian! Why don't you do what you dream, Bastian?

Bastian: I can't, I've keep my feet on the ground!

Childlike Empress: Call my name! Bastian! Please! Save us!

Bastian: Alright! I'll do it! I'll save you! I will do what I dream!

(Here at 1:20)

Unfortunately the "returning to the ordinary world" promise in the end, which returns the spectator child to his ordinary world ruled by adults' bad philosophies, leaves one thinking that one's dreams are only possible if one lives in a fantasy and that living in reality requires self-sacrifice. Ayn Rand recently taught me it's not so, but the one grain of sand for egoism was in this film. :thumbsup:

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Blade Runner - Rutger Hauer's last speech "Time to Die..."

This Blade Runner scene is also one of my favorites.

Also,

1. Final ending sequence of The Mist.

2. Scene in Children of Men when Clive Owen's character escorts the woman and her baby out of the war zone, and they all stop fighting and stare.

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The following scene from Lawrence of Arabia is fresh on my mind because I immediately thought of it at the end of Slumdog Millionare last weekend. (Which is a great movie with a great ending, I just hate the destiny/"it is written" part near the end.)

(first 30 seconds)

In the context of the whole movie and the scene previous to this one, this scene is awesome. If you haven't seen Lawrence of Arabia, I highly recommend it.

And of course, there are so many from Airplane :thumbsup:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-xHPU6NulM (jive talkin)

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The end of Godfather III. It is the weakest of the series, but the ending is great. It shows the reward of Michael's life of crime and contradictions. I don't feel happy by it, but I feel it was resolved.

Joker's speech to Harvey Dent in the hospital in The Dark Knight. They really portrayed evil spot on: senseless, anarchic, malevolent.

Also, the showdown between Batman and Twoface near the end. Unfortunately the best speeches in that movie were made by bad guys. :)

When the main character in Eternal Sunshine begins to realize he would rather keep the memories of his former lover.

Dog Day Afternoon "ATTICA! ATTICA!"

Travis rescuing Iris from the Prostitution ring in Taxi Driver.

Also, Scorsese's monologue in that movie. So dark, so well constructed.

Luke blowing up the Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope.

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Quantum of Solace, when Mr. Bond checks into a hotel room with the lady and tells her something like "I can't seem to find the radiator...", while he starts to take his clothes off. Absolutley brilliant!

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The whole trial scene in To Kill a Mockingbird is riveting. From Tom having the "audacity" to feel sorry for a white woman, to the victim's emotional break down, to Atticus Finch's closing arguments. Great movie.

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What the hell movie is it where Pacino breaks down in court and attacks his client? I can't remember, but man that was powerful.

And Justice for All...any scene when Al Pacino throws a temper tantrum is great.

For example, from Heat, "Because she's got a...GREAT ASS!!! And you've got your head ALL THE WAY UP IT!!!"

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For example, from Heat, "Because she's got a...GREAT ASS!!! And you've got your head ALL THE WAY UP IT!!!"

I love that line... also, "Don't WASTE my MOTHERF*!&ING time!" (from the scene at the chop shop).

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Apocalypto--Waterfall scene The subtitles for this one are in Spanish, but to give you the gist of what's going on...these assholes are chasing the guy through the jungle, after he managed to escape becoming a human sacrifice. He jumps over the waterfall, and the gist of the dialogue is "I am Jaguar Paw and this is my jungle. Catch me if you can, motherfuckers."

A couple from what I consider one of the most underrated movies of this decade:

Kingdom of Heaven--"What is Jerusalem?"

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