Greatest Film Scenes
and Moments



I (continued)

In The Name of the Father (1993, UK)

In director Jim Sheridan's political docudrama:

  • the opening riot scene
  • the triumphant scene of the dismissal of charges against wrongly-accused and imprisoned Irishmen (for 15 years) for an October 5, 1974 IRA bombing - including Gerry Conlon's (Daniel Day-Lewis) pronouncement: "I'm a free man and I'm going out the front door..."
  • his determination to continue defending the innocence of his father who died in prison as he told crowds outside: "I watched my father die in a British prison for something he didn't do. And this government still says he's guilty. I want to tell them that until my father is proved innocent, until all the people involved in this case are proved innocent, until the guilty ones are brought to justice, I will fight on in the name of my father and of the truth!"

In Which We Serve (1942, UK)

In director David Lean's and Noel Coward's morale-boosting war-time drama (Lean's first directorial credit):

  • the last emotional address delivered by the sunken HMS Torrin ship's Captain E. V Kinross (Noel Coward) to his stalwart but depleted crew ("If they had to die, what a grand way to go!")
  • the narrator's final words: "God bless our ships and all who sail in them"

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

In the harrowing, fact-based Best Documentary Feature Academy Award winner:

  • former Vice President Al Gore's (Himself) opening line: "I used to be the next President of the United States of America"
  • his masterful use of slides, computer graphs and photos - a multimedia lecture that he had delivered hundreds of times, to illustrate the disastrous results of global warming
  • his poignant recounting of the tragic lung-cancer death of his sister Nancy in their tobacco-growing Southern family - explaining how he wished that we could "connect the dots" more quickly
  • the short clip "Crimes of the Hot" from the animated TV show Futurama, from an episode in which he guest-starred
  • the famous scene in which he used a scissors-style fork lift to raise him up on the right side of a mammoth graphic to examine annual temperature and the high rate of CO2 emissions levels for the past 650,000 years measured by Antarctic ice core samples
  • his ultimate conclusion: "This is really not a political issue so much as a moral issue"

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

In director Jack Arnold's existential science-fiction film:

  • the sight of a shrunken, miniscule Robert Scott Carey (Grant Williams) after contaminating exposure to nuclear radiation/waste
  • the attack by his now-dangerous house cat
  • his snatching of stale cheese from a giant mousetrap
  • his deadly battle with a giant spider
  • his memorable, enlightened philosophical speech about being infinitesimal: ("Yes, smaller than the smallest, I meant something too! To God, there is no zero. I still exist!")

The Incredibles (2004)

In Pixar's Oscar-winning CGI animated film written and directed by Brad Bird:

  • the unique storyline premise of superheroes being forced by the government into retirement and living out their quiet and private lives as a suburban family in a protection program
  • the family's characters: superstrong, red-suited and slobbish Mr. Incredible/Bob Parr (voice of Craig T. Nelson) and his stretchy wife ElastiGirl/Helen Parr (voice of Holly Hunter) who have three children, including the speedy Dash (voice of Spencer Fox) and the shy, invisible, force-field making teen Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell)
  • the character of Buddy Pine - originally Mr. Incredible's number one fan - who becomes arch-nemesis Syndrome (voice of Jason Lee) because of Mr. Incredible's brush-off
  • sassy fashion-designer Edna Mode (voice of Brad Bird) who creates indestructible super-hero costumes
  • the kinetic action sequences, including the one in which Mr. Incredible battles spherical robots
  • Mr. Incredible's best friend - the ice-themed Frozone/Lucius Best (voice of Samuel L. Jackson)
  • the humorous scene between Lucius and his off-screen wife Honey (Kimberly Adair Clark) about his super-suit and the "greater good"
  • the revelation of baby Jack-Jack's powers when Syndrome tries to kidnap him

Independence Day (1996)

In Roland Emmerich's blockbuster disaster film with great special effects:

  • the scene of hot Marine pilot Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) swiftly punching out an alien that crash-landed in Arizona near the Grand Canyon with his retort: "Welcome to Earth"
  • the unleashing of global destruction - with the incredible image of huge spaceships zapping and destroying major cities (i.e., New York and LA) with their firepower across the globe - especially the destruction of the White House in DC
  • President Thomas J. Whitmore's (Bill Pullman) rousing speech to pilots before the final attack: "And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: 'We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!' We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

In the fourth entry in the action-adventure series:

  • the awe-inspiring sight of Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) silhouetted against the image of a nuclear explosion in the late 50s during secret testing in the Nevada desert, which the adventurous archeologist escapes by hiding inside a lead-lined refrigerator
  • the exciting conclusion in which lead psychic KGB operative Dr. Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) and her henchmen enter the Mayan temple's inner chamber where 13 aliens ("inter-dimensional beings") with crystal skeletons (arranged in a circle) are seated and the retrieved crystal skull is restored onto the spinal cord of one of the aliens - followed by Irina's death from an overload of knowledge
  • her remains and those of other henchmen are taken into a vortex sucking them into a giant spaceship (in another dimension?) above them
  • after Indy and his friends escape from the crumbling temple, they watch from afar as the temple collapses, the whirling, spinning flying saucer creates a vortex in its ascension, and the valley floor is covered over by Amazonian waters

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

In Steven Spielberg's third film in the series:

  • the amazing stuntwork during the "Young Indiana Jones" prologue sequence (with River Phoenix playing a teenaged Indiana Jones)
  • the amusing and witty repartee between Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) and his father Dr. Henry Jones (Sean Connery), a professor of antiquity - such as: "We named the dog Indiana," and including Indy's retort to his dad: "Don't call me Junior"
  • their search for the Holy Grail (the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper) and combat against the Nazis, including the scene-stealing moment when his father chases a flock of seagulls along a beach with his opening/closing umbrella as an unlikely weapon - and the technique inadvertently causes a strafing enemy plane to be blinded and crash
  • the rat-infested catacombs and sewers under Venice
  • the many chase sequences (with a train, zeppelin, boat, airplane - through a tunnel!, motorcycle, etc.)
  • the climactic battle with a giant Nazi armored tank
  • the final, supernatural showdown in the Middle Eastern Canyon of the Crescent Moon where they must encounter various villains and booby traps before they can find the sacred cup
  • the climactic scene in which Nazi sympathizer Walter Donovan (Julian Glover) is tricked by Dr. Elsa Schneider (Alison Doody) into drinking from a false Holy Grail, causing him to age rapidly and disintegrate into dust -- and the guardian Grail Knight's (Robert Eddison) calm observation: "He chose... poorly"

Indiscreet (1958)

In director Stanley Donen's sophisticated romance/comedy:

  • the split-screen telephone conversation between avowed bachelor and international financier Philip Adams (Cary Grant) and rich London actress Anna Kalman (Ingrid Bergman) in different hotel rooms

The Informer (1935)

In director John Ford's political drama:

  • the tense atmospheric scenes of shadowed, fog-filled Irish streets
  • the scene of a "wanted" poster (advertising the reward) clinging to Gypo Nolan's (Oscar-winning Victor McLaglen) leg as he walks down a Dublin street foreshadowing his traitorous betrayal of his best friend Frankie McPhillip (Wallace Ford) to the fearsome 'Black and Tans' for twenty pounds
  • the poignant scene when Gypo bumps into a man and slowly realizes that he is blind
  • the scene when the coins fall to the floor from Gypo's pocket during the wake for Frankie
  • drunken Gypo's examination by the IRA 'kangaroo court' and his confession: ("I didn't know what I was doing, I was drunk...Isn't there a man here who can tell me why I did it?")
  • the climax in a church where a mortally-wounded Gypo pleads for forgiveness from the dead man's mother (Una O'Connor) and is told: "You didn't know what you were doing" and then falls dead at the foot of a cross

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

In Quentin Tarantino's WWII war-time revenge fantasy about the end of the Third Reich:

  • the farmhouse scene in which SS Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz), with the unofficial title "The Jew Hunter," spoke to pipe-smoking French dairy farmer Perrier LaPadite (Denis Menochet) about his goal of searching for Jews, suspecting that the farmer was sheltering enemies of the state by hiding the Jewish Dreyfus family somewhere on his property: ("...a German soldier conducts a search of a house suspected of hiding Jews. Where does the hawk look? He looks in the barn, he looks in the attic, he looks in the cellar, he looks everywhere he would hide, but there's so many places it would never occur to a hawk to hide. However, the reason the Führer's brought me off my Alps in Austria and placed me in French cow country today is because it does occur to me. Because I'm aware what tremendous feats human beings are capable of once they abandon dignity")

Inherit the Wind (1960)

In director Stanley Kramer's great courtroom drama:

  • the hoopla surrounding the infamous "Monkey Trial" reenactment, with two unforgettable lawyers upstaging each other - Henry Drummond (Spencer Tracy) and Matthew Brady (Fredric March)
  • the scene of Brady's testimony on the stand and Drummond's questioning of the scientific authority of the Bible: ("The Bible is a book. It's a good book. But it is not the only book."...So, you, Mathew Harrison Brady, through oratory or legislature or whatever, you pass on God's orders to the rest of the world! Well, meet the Prophet from Nebraska! Is that the way of things?! Is that the way of things?! God tells Brady what is good! To be against Brady is to be against God!")

The Innocents (1961, UK)

In Jack Clayton's scary melodrama with a co-adapted script (by Truman Capote) of Henry James' classic The Turn of the Screw:

  • the film's atmospheric opening with the Uncle's words: "Do you have an imagination?"
  • the repeated images/sounds of death and decay
  • the 'ghostly' ethereal appearances of a mysterious man and woman (Quint and Miss Jessel) seen by sexually-repressed and slightly deranged Bly House Victorian governess Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr)
  • the passionate kiss between Miss Giddens and young 'ghostly' Miles (Martin Stephens) - the orphaned, seemingly 'innocent' nephew of wealthy Bly House estate owner (Michael Redgrave) whom she believed was the reincarnation of the previous governess Miss Jessel's (Clytie Jessop) violently murdered Irish groom and estate's valet Peter Quint (Peter Wyngarde)
  • Miles' eerie recitation of a poem, beginning: "What shall I sing to my lord from my window?..."
  • the final interrogation sequence in the greenhouse (Miles called her a "damn hussy, a damn dirty-minded hag" (with a cackling laugh))
  • and in the garden when Miss Giddens forced Miles to admit that the ghost of Quint existed - leading to his collapse and death (ending with her second kiss with him)

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