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  • Best Death Scene

    i would like to nominate John Mills in Cottage to Let (1941), just shown on London Live. Mills is in tha Hall of Mirrors tent with Georg Cole & Leslie Banks, he's been unmasked as a Nazi spy and is trying to escape when Alastair Sim peers into the tent and shoots Johnnie. Mills staggers around for a bit and makes a move against Sim - so Sim shoots him again. But Johnnie still doesn't die, he staggers around a bit more and looks at his distorted reflection in the mirrors before finally collapsing in a heap. A great death scene

    Steve

  • #2
    Here are a couple of my favourite "extended" death scenes...



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    • #3
      And he shrieks as he keels over. A master-class in how to do a death scene, possibly better than Nicholas Craig, the noted thesp.

      And I do really like this film, too. Sim, Cole, Banks, de Casalis, Lehmann, Petrie, etc, etc. What a cast!


      Nick

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      • #4
        Are you all familiar with the "Wilhelm Scream"? It is a sound effect of a man screaming, that has been in the sound libraries of the major studios in Hollywood for decades. Apparently there has been an ongoign in-joke among the film-makers, to use this same sound effect when they can. People like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have used it, and it goes back to the 1940s. IMDb has a category for it and I think you can list out films that have it. It was named after a character called "Wilhelm" who dies being eaten br a crocodile... but actually there are uses of it before that film. Below is a compilation of some of the most memorable occasions...


        This more recent compilation has more.. and in better quality upload, but you need to read the notes to find out which films they are from.
        Last edited by StoneAgeMan; 7th June 2017, 06:29 PM.

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        • #5
          Id sooner go for Robert Donat in the Sam Wood version of Goodbye Mr.chips. bit of a romantic me...

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          • #6
            Nancy's twitching legs behind the wall in "Oliver!" after Bill Sikes has done her in. Still cry when I see that.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rick C View Post
              Id sooner go for Robert Donat in the Sam Wood version of Goodbye Mr.chips. bit of a romantic me...
              Robert Donat creates an epic death scene in The Way Ahead.

              Nick

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              • #8
                Hard to choose the many memorable Hitchcockian death scenes, but watch how he choreographs the death of Juanita in Topaz:

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkAv...nel=Movieclips

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by StoneAgeMan View Post
                  Nancy's twitching legs ...
                  I voted for King Richard III (1955) where he twitches his chest and thighs into a bloody, spasmic death.

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                  • #10
                    James Cagney in White Heat.

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                    • #11
                      John Hurt in Alien

                      honourable mentions to
                      Harold Sakata in Goldfinger
                      Eddie Izzard in The Avengers
                      Patrick Magee in Tales from the Crypt
                      Richard Greene in Tales from the Crypt
                      Sean Pertwee in Event Horizon

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                      • #12
                        Not British, but Jimmy Durante in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World .... literally kicks the bucket.

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                        • #13
                          Richard Attenborough in Brighton Rock

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by StoneAgeMan View Post
                            Are you all familiar with the "Wilhelm Scream"? It is a sound effect of a man screaming, that has been in the sound libraries of the major studios in Hollywood for decades. Apparently there has been an ongoign in-joke among the film-makers, to use this same sound effect when they can. People like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have used it, and it goes back to the 1940s. IMDb has a category for it and I think you can list out films that have it. It was named after a character called "Wilhelm" who dies being eaten br a crocodile... but actually there are uses of it before that film. Below is a compilation of some of the most memorable occasions...


                            This more recent compilation has more.. and in better quality upload, but you need to read the notes to find out which films they are from.
                            The Wilhem scream actually first came about in 1951 in Distant Drums when a member of Gary Cooper's troop got snatched by a crocodile in the swamp The scream was performed by Sheb Wooley of Purple People Eater and Rawhide fame who was not the afore mentioned trooper.

                            Wilhelm was a character in The Charge at Feather River who screamed as he was wounded by an Indian arrow. As you say that scream has also been used in many other films.

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                            • #15
                              Some great death scenes at the climax of The Wild Bunch from Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Ernest Borgnine and William Holden.

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