Greatest Film Scenes
and Moments



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Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

In Alan Parker's re-imagining of the Pink Floyd album:

  • this musical masterpiece - a remarkable descent into madness through a series of rambling music video segments by burned-out rock singer Pink (Bob Geldorf) in a Los Angeles hotel room
  • memorable scenes included "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" with children being turned into faceless, conforming zombies on an assembly line and being fed into an approaching meat-grinder, and the animated and nightmarish "Goodbye Blue Sky" in which a dove morphed into a monstrous bird of prey -- a fighter plane bomber over London
  • memorable adult-themed animated sequences by cartoonist Gerald Scarfe (including symbolic, sexually-explicit, botanical Freudian animation that presented a misogynistic woman-as-destroyer/devourer motif)
  • in the passionate "flowers" scene before the rock song "Empty Spaces," two flowers, one shaped like a male organ and the other like a female organ -- morphed into a couple having intercourse and then engaged in a bloody fight when the female flower revealed sharp teeth and devoured the male
  • the giant creature Judge Arse that appeared to be talking out of his anus

The Pink Panther (1964)

In Blake Edwards' caper comedy - the first film that introduced the long-running comedy series:

  • the introductory Pink Panther feline cartoon (debuting the famous animated cat with his funny antics) accompanied by Henry Mancini's classic jazzy-bluesy music
  • the opening scene in which a flaw in a large pink diamond was dubbed "The Pink Panther" by a Sultan
  • the character of bumbling, heavy French-accented Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers)
  • the film's twisting plot regarding The Phantom jewel thief Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven) and Clouseau's unfaithful wife Simone (Capucine) conspiring behind Clouseau's back to steal the Pink Panther from its owner - the adult Princess Dala (Claudia Cardinale)
  • the many hysterical slapstick scenes, including the first one in which Clouseau spun a globe, glanced out the window, and confidently stated: "We must find that woman," placed his hand back on the globe - and was immediately thrown to the floor
  • the scene of his playing an expensive violin in bed after numerous attempts to have sex with Simone -- and afterwards stepping on it after getting sleeping pills for her, when he sighed: "It's no matter. When you've seen one Stradivarius, you've seen them all"
  • the classic hide-and-seek scene in which Simone has to divert Clouseau's attention from the hidden Lytton and his nephew George (Robert Wagner)
  • the scene in which the bumbling detective wears a suit of armor at a fantasy-dress costume party and chastises the sergeant dressed in the zebra costume: "How dare you drink on duty! One more outburst like that and I'll have your stripes!"
  • his attempt to play pool with an upturned cue
  • the scene in which Clouseau becomes a national hero when he's believed to be The Phantom -- and he delightfully takes credit!

Pinky (1949)

In director Elia Kazan's stirring melodrama - one of the earliest and most controversial films about inter-racial relations from Hollywood -- an example of the many post-war 'problem pictures':

  • noted for using a white actress (Jeanne Crain) to portray light-skinned black nurse Pinky/Patricia Johnson (Oscar-nominated co-star Ethel Waters' grand-daughter) who tried to pass for white when she fell in love with white doctor Dr. Thomas Adams (William Lundigan) up North
  • the scenes of her experiencing bigotry: (the accusation: "She's nothin' but a low-down colored gal" -- and her admission: "Yes, it's true, I'm colored. My grandmother's Mrs. Dysey Johnson")

Pinocchio (1940)

In possibly the greatest of all Disney animated cartoons (the filmmaker's second animated feature):

  • Jiminy Cricket as wooden puppet Pinocchio's official conscience with the song "Give a Little Whistle"
  • the memorable "When You Wish Upon a Star" (to become a real boy) and Jiminy's high wire act on a violin string
  • Pinocchio's duping by wicked fox J. Worthington Foulfellow to become an actor and join Stromboli's marionette show
  • the song "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee" ("Hey, diddly-dee, an actor's life for me!") and Pinocchio's song "I Got No Strings" while performing for Stromboli
  • the scene of the Blue Fairy coming to Pinocchio's aid after his nose has grown from so many lies and advising him: ("A lie keeps growing and growing until it's as plain as the nose on your face...Always let your conscience be your guide")
  • the sinister and scary Pleasure Island sequence where bad boys such as Lampwick grow donkey ears and tail
  • the rescue of Gepetto (and Pinocchio) from the belly of Monstro the Great Whale
  • Pinocchio's transformation into a real boy ("Awake, Pinocchio")

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

In director Gore Verbinski's hugely popular comedy swashbuckler:

  • the memorable introduction of pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Oscar-nominated Johnny Depp) as he sails into Port Royal, Jamaica while standing and balancing himself on the crow's nest of a ship in a seemingly dramatic, heroic entrance to a swelling score, but quickly revealed to be in a sinking dinghy - when he reaches the wooden pier, only the very tip of the mast is showing above water
  • in a perfectly-timed move, he steps onto dry land from the submerged boat
  • the long, exciting, acrobatic and chatty swordfight between Jack and straight-laced swordsman and blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) in the shop
  • the portrayal of the beautiful, spunky, kidnapped Governor's daughter Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley)
  • Geoffrey Rush as the wily 'undead' cursed pirate Captain Barbossa - displayed with amazing special effects when first revealed

Pitch Black (2000) (aka The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black)

In David Twohy's taut science fiction thriller:

  • the film's unique premise of a constantly-lit, barren desert planet within a three-star system which undergoes a rare eclipse of its three suns every 22 years that unleashes hibernating, terrifying winged alien creatures in the darkness
  • the complex character of amoral, vicious murderer and anti-hero prisoner Richard D. Riddick (Vin Diesel in a star-making role) - the only one who can see in the dark and help save the crew from the sharp-toothed flying monsters
  • the scene of Riddick's stunned reaction: "Not for me! Not for me!" at the moment of ship pilot Carolyn Fry's (Radha Mitchell) sacrificial death to a nocturnal creature (while she was in Riddick's arms) after she had vowed earlier that she'd die rather than abandon everyone ("I would die for them")

Pixote (1981, Braz.)

In director Hector Babenco's neo-realistic urban drama:

  • the many grim and disturbing images of Third World urban poverty among wayward Brazilian children
  • the dark night scene in the juvenile reformatory of a boy's violent gang-rape witnessed by 11 year-old orphaned and abandoned boy Pixote (Fernando Ramos da Silva)
  • the delinquent boys' activities including pick-pocketing, selling cocaine and robbing the johns of Sueli
  • the disturbing shots in the film's conclusion of prostitute Sueli's (Marilia Pera) bloody, self-aborted fetus in a bucket in a bathroom while she sits on the toilet
  • the scene of Pixote suckling hungrily at the breast of Sueli (a distorted portrait of La Pieta) while she tells him: "Baby, suck it. Mummy's with you" until it hurts and she pushes him away: "Take your dirty mouth off me"

A Place In the Sun (1951)

In Best Director-winning George Stevens' classic tearjerker based upon Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy:

  • the powerful romantic chemistry between poor boy George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) and rich society girl Angela Vickers (Elizabeth Taylor) in the "Are they watching us?" dancing and balcony scenes
  • their soft-focus kiss in gigantic closeup ("Tell Mama, tell Mama all")
  • the scene of pregnant factory co-worker Alice (Shelley Winters) telling George that he must marry her right away
  • the lake/rowboat "murder" scene when George rows out into the middle of Loon Lake with Alice and she falls overboard and drowns
  • the dramatic trial
  • the final prison/execution farewell scene in the death cell between the condemned George and Angela

The Plainsman (1936)

In Cecil B. DeMille's epic western:

  • the character of bull-whip snapping Calamity Jane (Jean Arthur)
  • the famous barroom floor death scene of Wild Bill Hickok (Gary Cooper) as he was kissed by Calamity

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)

In director John Hughes' odd-couple road comedy:

  • the scene of marketing executive Neal Page (Steve Martin) and buffoonish, shower curtain ring sales rep Del Griffith (John Candy) sharing a cramped hotel room and sleeping in the same bed (and waking up snuggling together) with Neal angrily telling Del his "other hand" is not between two pillows: ("Those aren't pillows!")
  • the extended, ill-fated Marathon rental car sequence with an incompetent clerk (Edie McClurg) - a one-minute scene of Page spouting off the "F" word over a dozen times (and ending with the clerk's two-word retort about his thrown-away rental agreement: "You're f--ked!")
  • the one-minute scene of Page raging at Del: ("...Didn't you notice on the plane when you started talking, eventually I started reading the vomit bag? Didn't that give you some sort of clue, like maybe this guy is not enjoying it?...")

Planet of the Apes (1968)

In Franklin J. Schaffner's original film of the long-running series:

  • the Oscar-winning make-up artistry of the civilized yet dictatorial ape-like creatures
  • the scene of stranded American astronaut 'George' Taylor's (Charlton Heston) snarling and defiant insults toward the ruling apes, when sprayed with a high-powered hose and when caught in a net like a beast: ("It's a madhouse!" and "Take your stinkin' paws off me, you damn dirty ape!")
  • the "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil" pose of the three National Academy orangutans during a tribunal hearing
  • the laugh-out-loud goodbye kiss between Taylor and scientist Dr. Zira (Kim Hunter): (Taylor: "Doctor, I'd like to kiss you goodbye." Dr. Zira: All right, but you're so damned ugly")
  • the startling, twist-surprise ending as George rides down a beach on horseback with mute cavewoman Nova (Linda Harrison) in the Forbidden Zone and suddenly sees something, and dismounts to stare upwards
  • as the camera pans forward toward Taylor, through a spiked object, he exclaims: "Oh, my God! I'm back, I'm home. All the time, it was..." He drops to his knees: "We finally really did it." He pounds his fist into the sand and rails against Earth's generations almost 2,000 years earlier that had destroyed his home planet's civilization with a devastating nuclear war: "You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! Goddamn you all to hell!"
  • the full object comes into view as the camera pans backward - the spiked crown of a battered Statue of Liberty buried waist-deep in beach sand

Platoon (1986)

In Oliver Stone's Best Picture-winning war film:

  • the controversial scene in a Vietnamese village as malevolent and murderous Sgt. Bob Barnes (Tom Berenger) cold-bloodedly executes an innocent but talkative elderly Vietnamese woman, and is prevented from murdering a young girl by intervention from Sergeant Elias Grodin (Willem Dafoe)
  • the statement of the film's major conflict - the struggle for the "possession of the (my) soul" of enlisted idealistic rookie soldier Private Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) as he narrates (writing a letter) while on patrol in the rain: "I don't know what's right and what's wrong anymore. The morale of the men is low, a civil war in the platoon. Half the men with Elias, half with Barnes. There's a lot of suspicion and hate. I can't believe we're fightin' each other, when we should be fighting them"
  • the many dark or night scenes of hand-to-hand and close-range combat with VCs; Chris' narrated letter to his Grandmother: "They come from the end of the line, most of 'em. Small towns you never heard of...They're poor. They're the unwanted, yet they're fighting for our society, and our freedom. It's weird, isn't it?"
  • the startling scene in which the saintly and compassionate Sgt. Elias staggers out of the jungle after being shot by sociopathic Sgt. Barnes and left for dead in the Vietnamese jungle - his arms outstretched upwards in slow-motion in a sacrificial, crucifixion pose (while Samuel Barber's Adagio For Strings is played) as he is repeatedly shot by VC enemy forces - viewed from a chopper overhead
  • wounded Chris' final thoughts after being carried on a stretcher for evacuation by a helicopter as he sees the devastation below - "...we did not fight the enemy, we fought ourselves, and the enemy was in us. The war is over for me now, but it will always be there the rest of my days..."

Play It Again, Sam (1972)

In actor/director Woody Allen's funny classic:

  • the scene of the breakup of Allan Felix (Woody Allen) and his wife Nancy (Susan Anspach) because she's an active 'doer' and he's a passive 'watcher' - and when she says she'll contact his lawyer, he responds: "I don't have a lawyer. Want to call my doctor?"
  • the flawless impersonation of Humphrey Bogart (Jerry Lacy) as he counsels Allan about being a desirable and virile man
  • all of nerdy Allan's disastrous blind date scenes and rejections - especially the one in which he fails to impress his blind date Sharon (Jennifer Salt) by gesturing and sending an Oscar Peterson record album into the air
  • another failed pickup at an art gallery when he asks a girl (Diana Davila) what she's doing later and she responds: "Committing suicide" - then undeterred, he asks about Friday night!
  • the scene of a blonde (Suzanne Zenor) on the dance floor, who rejects him with: "Get lost, worm!"
  • Bogart advising Allan to tell Linda (Diane Keaton): "I have met a lot of dames, but you are really something special" - when it works, Allan coos happily to Bogart: "She bought it!"
  • a clever re-enactment of the airport scene from Casablanca in the film's final moments when Allan gives up Linda, with his excuse: "She came over to babysit with me because I was lonely"

Play Misty For Me (1971)

In actor/director Clint Eastwood's crime thriller - his directorial debut film:

  • D. J. Dave Garland's (Clint Eastwood) breathy delivery of the "Play Misty for Me" dedications
  • psycho-stalker Evelyn's (Jessica Walter) threatening, knife-wielding scenes of terror
  • the plunge to her death in the final struggle

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