/ Films that are great but DO NOT have happy endings?

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The Lemming - on 10 May 2014
Does what it says on the tin.
Tall Clare - on 10 May 2014
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Brokeback Mountain
Tom V - on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

No Country For Old Men.
Spartacus.
The Man Who Would Be King
1poundSOCKS - on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:
Chinatown.
Requiem for a Dream.
Planet of the Apes (not the remake obviously).
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yikes on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Arlington Road
Douglas Griffin - on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Das Boot
1poundSOCKS - on 10 May 2014
In reply to yikes:

I'm sure a lot of people don't think my suggestions are great, but Arlington Road? :)

Maybe you're joking, I can't even remember the ending!!!
1poundSOCKS - on 10 May 2014
In reply to Douglas Griffin:
Great film, but didn't the Germans get sunk?
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Dom Cordner on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Saving Private Ryan
In reply to The Lemming:

Marley and Me
frano81 - on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

knowing
Big Steve - on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Has anybody seen Pompeii? I watched this afternoon, great film, with a sad ending. It couldn't really finish any other way though
mbh - on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Gladiator
Hooo - on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Brazil. You even think you're going to get a cheesy happy ending, but no.
Gordonbp - on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

A bridge too far
The deer hunter
emitto - on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

The Mist
Bobling - on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

The Big Blue
TMM - on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Local Hero. Not sure that Mac is happy at the end.
In reply to Big Steve:

> Has anybody seen Pompeii? I watched this afternoon, great film, with a sad ending. It couldn't really finish any other way though

What happened?
Big Steve - on 10 May 2014
In reply to Submit to Gravity:

a big volcano erupted, killed everybody
mbh - on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

The Great Escape
Mick Ward - on 10 May 2014
In reply to 1poundSOCKS:

> Great film, but didn't the Germans get sunk?

By about one third of the way through, for me, any notions of them being the enemy just fell away. I empathised so much with them simply as fellow human beings doing a shitty job in unimaginable conditions. Then the horror just went on... and on... and on. When deliverance finally arrived, it turned out to be the very opposite of deliverance. Poor bastards.

A superb memorial to submariners of both sides who met lonely, horrible deaths. The bravest of the brave.

Mick
rlrs on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

OHMSS

(Bond)
In reply to Big Steve:

> a big volcano erupted, killed everybody

Shit!
In reply to The Lemming:

Titanic
mickeyluv on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

the long good friday
Tom F Harding on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Blood Diamond
ed woods - on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Pan's Labyrinth... Or does it?
James Rushforth - on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

The Constant Gardener. Definitely in my top 5 as well.
1poundSOCKS - on 10 May 2014
In reply to Mick Ward:

Traitor! :P
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Ridge - on 10 May 2014
In reply to 1poundSOCKS:

> I'm sure a lot of people don't think my suggestions are great, but Arlington Road? :)

> Maybe you're joking, I can't even remember the ending!!!

I thought it was excellent. Who was the only person not cleared to be in the garage?
The Lemming - on 10 May 2014
In reply to Big Steve:
> a big volcano erupted, killed everybody

Noooooooooo!

Spoiler alert.

Come on!

How could you spoil something like that?




Next you'll be telling me that a big ship sinks in a film when it hits some ice.
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JCurrie - on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Lovers of the Arctic Circle

Butterfly's Tongue
Douglas Griffin - on 10 May 2014
In reply to Mick Ward:

> A superb memorial to submariners of both sides who met lonely, horrible deaths. The bravest of the brave.

Indeed.

My dad was a submariner - he served in the Royal Navy in subs just like the ones in the film in the early 1950s. He said 'Das Boot' was the only film submarine film to come close to conveying the conditions inside those boats.
Mr Trebus - on 10 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Great Yugoslav war black comedy called No Man's Land.
Vanishing Point.
Calvary.

ena sharples - on 10 May 2014
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Nostalgia.
simon c on 10 May 2014
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Melancholia
Douglas Griffin - on 10 May 2014
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Il Postino
Miranda on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Tess of the D'Urbevilles. Hardy has a lot if tears to answer for.
PeakDJ on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Boy in stiped pyjamas. Shocking ending.
brownie mike on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Cool hand Luke
Philip on 11 May 2014
Jaws (I don't want to spoil it but the title star dies when the villains finally catch him)

Star Wars (the terrorists destroy the advanced engineering structure, setting back galactic progress)

andymac - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Anal Sluts From Hell Vol.4

Messy Climax.
Gordon Stainforth - on 11 May 2014
In reply to Mick Ward:

> By about one third of the way through, for me, any notions of them being the enemy just fell away. I empathised so much with them simply as fellow human beings doing a shitty job in unimaginable conditions. Then the horror just went on... and on... and on. When deliverance finally arrived, it turned out to be the very opposite of deliverance. Poor bastards.

> A superb memorial to submariners of both sides who met lonely, horrible deaths. The bravest of the brave.

Agreed; about the greatest war movie I have ever seen.

Two more greats:

Aguirre, the Wrath of God
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

Tom V - on 11 May 2014
In reply to James Rushforth:

Thanks for reminding me about Fiennes. How i could have forgotten my favourite film of all in my earlier post i don't know - The English Patient.
Then there's also the excellent End of the Affair.
Mikkel - on 11 May 2014
In reply to Bobling:

> The Big Blue

there is a version of that with a happy ending
Turdus torquatus on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:
Leon.
Nordie_matt - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

American History X
llechwedd - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Great, in nostalgia terms, and lots of unhappy endings, but there's always someone trying to spoil things.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0xmSV6aq0g
kevin stephens - on 11 May 2014
In reply to llechwedd:

Perfect Storm
Choss on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

In Bruges.
Tom Last - on 11 May 2014
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Dead Man's Shoes
Chris the Tall - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Betty Blue

Robin Hood - prince of Theives
pneame on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Stalingrad
mark s - on 11 May 2014
In reply to Tom V:

> No Country For Old Men.

> Spartacus.

> The Man Who Would Be King

alot of americans didnt like no country because of the ending,they seem to like a happy finish.personally i enjoy a nasty ending,especially in porn ;-)
mark s - on 11 May 2014
In reply to ed woods:

> Pan's Labyrinth... Or does it?

i was thinking that as well.great film,named our daughter after the girl who got shot
Choss on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:
any film of any sort where a dog dies :-(

if youre like me you can Pre check your chosen film for this here:

http://doesthedogdie.com/
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mack - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

One flew over the cuckoo's nest
Hamlet
Macbeth
Omega man/I am legend
Dead Snow
Dog Soldiers
Gladiator
Valkyrie
Amadeus
Ichi the killer
Carlito's way
Duncan Bourne - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

One flew over the Cuckoo's nest
Duncan Bourne - on 11 May 2014
In reply to mack:

damn! beat me to it :-)
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Choss on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

most George Romero films.

most film adaptations of Stephen King books.
davidbeynon - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Oldboy has a pretty nasty ending.
The Lemming - on 11 May 2014
In reply to Mikkel:

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> there is a version of that with a happy ending

The first time I ever saw Bladerunner , it did not have a happy ending.
Then I watched it a few years later and the sad ending was replaced with some crappy dreamy sequence that made no sense but tried to make a half ending. That spoiled it for me. A travesty of there ever was.
vertigo714 - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Another vote for blood diamond.

Life is beautiful, a film of two halves lets just say!
John Stainforth - on 11 May 2014
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Don't Look Now
jlmaskey - on 11 May 2014
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Withnail and I
Choss on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Blair witch Project.

butch and Sundance.

Any Kevin Costner film his character survives in.

Andy Long - on 11 May 2014
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The Wages of Fear
Troy Tempest - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Layer Cake, then again you don't find out if he actually dies.
BnB - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Amongst the classics, Casablanca and Brief Encounter spring to mind, but they are known as "weepies" so does that disqualify them?
The Empire Strikes Back (the clue is in the title)
Any Vietnam war movie
ThunderCat - on 11 May 2014
In reply to BnB:

> Amongst the classics, Casablanca and Brief Encounter spring to mind, but they are known as "weepies" so does that disqualify them?

Brief Encounter had a fairly happy ending didn't it? Richard Dreyfuss got to go on board the alien mothership just like he wanted to.



Choss on 11 May 2014
In reply to ThunderCat:

> Brief Encounter had a fairly happy ending didn't it? Richard Dreyfuss got to go on board the alien mothership just like he wanted to.

Yes, but the Probing you Know he was sure to get makes your eyes water.
Irk the Purist - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Green Mile
Cheese Monkey - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Calvary
ow arm - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

seven
peebles boy - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

The end of Season 3 Game of Thrones. I know that generally it's quite a bloody storyline, but Jesus, the wedding banquet scene shocked me. Watched it with actor commentary on too, amazing to hear their reaction to it as that was the first time they had watched it (as opposed to acted in it)
Byronius Maximus - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

The Departed

Fight Club
Byronius Maximus - on 11 May 2014
In reply to PeakDJ:

> Boy in stiped pyjamas. Shocking ending.

Most definitely. I had read the book before seeing the film and couldn't believe what I was reading when I read those last few pages. Not prone to emotion when reading books or watching films but had a tear in my eye then!
Neil Williams - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

United 93.
gd303uk - on 11 May 2014
In reply to Mick Ward:
I Agree, we get to see and feel soldiers doing their job, just wanting t get home. A great film that transcends national allegiances.


To the OP
Blackfish
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gringo number 1 - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Dr Strangelove.
Cambridge-Climber - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Dawn of the dead (either version)

Boogie Nights

The Battle of Britain ( I was rooting for the Germans they're uniforms were so much cooler).
Rosco P Coltrane - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Someone has already said Dead Man's Shoes but it's so good it's worth mentioning twice...so...

Dead Man's Shoes.
Blue Straggler - on 11 May 2014
In reply to BnB:

> Amongst the classics, Casablanca and Brief Encounter spring to mind, but they are known as "weepies" so does that disqualify them?

I don't think being a weepy disqualifies them, any more than a lot of the films listed might be disqualified for not being happy throughout.

However...I thought Brief Encounter DID end happily enough. The marriage is saved, with no repercussions - she's forgiven unconditionally isn't she?
Blue Straggler - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

The Bedford Incident
1poundSOCKS - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

How could I forget 'The Fountain'. Before Aronofsky lost his way a bit.
Blue Straggler - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Kiss Me Deadly
Watchmen (or IS it a reasonably happy ending??? Cleverly ambiguous, yes I know it's an adaptation)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, maybe not quite a "great" film but it is unfairly maligned and its ending is what MAKES is almost-great.
Fargo
Never Let Me Go

but I realise that I am mostly picking films that don't really have a happy vibe throughout, so that the unhappy endings are kind of inevitable and not shocking.


Good call, whoever said OHMSS.
Tom V - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Last of the Mohicans
Wallm0nkey - on 11 May 2014
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Into the wild
Save the green planet
coombsy - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Amadeus
Jean de Florette and its sequel even more so - Manon des Sources.
Adam Moroz - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Oldboy

I have only seen the American re-make but i assume the original ends in the same way.
Kevster - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

My Girl.

Why I thought of that movie, who knows!
JJL - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Good thread! (Troll)

Sophie's choice

Broke the unwritten - yet otherwise binding- rule that no kids must die
JJL - on 11 May 2014
In reply to Tom V:

> Last of the Mohicans

Clue is in the title. How many do they start with?

JJL - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Gallipoli
JJL - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Thelma and Louise

Merry Christmas mr Lawrence has a sad ending but was shit
Hooo - on 11 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Bladerunner, obviously not the godawful version with the tacked on happy ending.

Memento.

Easy Rider. Although it doesn't really qualify as a great film.
Pursued by a bear - on 12 May 2014
In reply to Andy Long:

Very good call. Though what that is in French, I haven't a clue.

T.
Pursued by a bear - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming: The ending of The Wicker Man isn't especially cheery either.

T.

Flatus Vetus - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Romper Stomper
Minneconjou Sioux - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:
The Bridges of Madison County
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Mike Highbury - on 12 May 2014
In reply to Mick Ward:

> By about one third of the way through, for me, any notions of them being the enemy just fell away. I empathised so much with them simply as fellow human beings doing a shitty job in unimaginable conditions. Then the horror just went on... and on... and on. When deliverance finally arrived, it turned out to be the very opposite of deliverance. Poor bastards.

> A superb memorial to submariners of both sides who met lonely, horrible deaths. The bravest of the brave.

> Mick

Pull yourself together, for God's sake,
BnB - on 12 May 2014
In reply to Blue Straggler:
> I don't think being a weepy disqualifies them, any more than a lot of the films listed might be disqualified for not being happy throughout.

> However...I thought Brief Encounter DID end happily enough. The marriage is saved, with no repercussions - she's forgiven unconditionally isn't she?

As I recall (it's been a long time since I saw BE, and I've only seen the original, which cannot be improved upon) Laura is forgiven, but in flashback. Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the final action temporally, actually nearer the start of the film, her semi-conscious drift into suicide attempt? The film invites us, beautifully, to share her misery and regret. Oh, Celia Johnson's eyes, so deeply expressive!!

Is there some dust in here, I think I need to sneeze, pass the hankies.
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paul-1970 - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

500 Days of Summer. Boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy doesn't get girl back, girl gets another boy.

Husbands and Wives. Woody Allen asking the camera man at the end: "Can I go? Is this over?"
Just a bhoy - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Inside Llewyn Davies
Dallas Buyers Club
john arran - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

The Remains of the Day
The Best Offer
Mick Ward - on 12 May 2014
In reply to Mike Highbury:

> Pull yourself together, for God's sake,

Actually... I think not.

Of course if you'd like to pull me together, you're very welcome to try.

Mick
wme - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Harry's Game
Chris the Tall - on 12 May 2014
In reply to Pursued by a bear:

> The ending of The Wicker Man isn't especially cheery either.

Yes it is, look how happy everyone is. Well almost everyone, but we all have to make sacrifices for the greater good.

Bjartur i Sumarhus on 12 May 2014
Scott - on 12 May 2014
In reply to Douglas Griffin:

The book is so much better than the film. Ive read and re read 3 copies til they've fallen apart in my hands. Beware though there are 2 translations- one by a British author and one by an American. The British one is miles better as the Authors use of descriptive terms is that much more developed and rich
crayefish - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Funnily enough three of the greatest films ever made have sad endings...

Dr. Strangelove
Withnail and I
The Man Who Would Be King
JJL - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

No country for old men

- kills just about everyone except the baddie
bradzy_c - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

The Prestige
mbh - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Thelma and Louise, as someone above has already said. A very affecting ending to a great film.

To take a recent film, Her, with Joaquim Phoenix is an excellent, thoughtful film with a downbeat ending.
Choss on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:
Red state.
Wicker man.
Easy rider.


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wercat on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

In similar vein to Dr Strangelove, "On the Beach" based on the Shute novel.


Blue Straggler - on 12 May 2014
In reply to BnB:

You know it better than I. Only saw it once, 20 years ago. I'll need to check it. Thanks!
Blue Straggler - on 12 May 2014
In reply to paul-1970:


> Husbands and Wives. Woody Allen asking the camera man at the end: "Can I go? Is this over?"

Keeping it Allen...

Vicki Christina Barcelona. Rebecca Hall's face at the end speaks volumes about her future.

Blue Jasmine. Just when Jasmine has finally earned some sympathy from the audience - WHAM.

Choss on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Harry potter and the goblet of fire
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Choss on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

silent Running.
Mike Stretford - on 12 May 2014
In reply to PeakDJ:

> Boy in stiped pyjamas. Shocking ending.

We got this on lovefilm, and watched it on a Sat night in. Finished at about 11 and we ended up going out just to try and shift the mood it had left us in. Good film though.
Choss on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Old yeller
ChrisBrooke - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

I'd reiterate Carlito's Way. Such a strong build to such a sad ending, and the first time of watching, quite unexpected (to me at least, in 1993)
paul-1970 - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

I suppose a honorary mention should be made of Werner Herzog's 'Stroszek'. I've never seen the film, but it is infamously the last film that Ian Curtis watched before hanging himself. So unlikely to have finished on a Grease 'everyone happy together and a ride off into the sunset'.

In fact, according to Wikipedia, the film ends with a dancing chicken, a chicken playing a piano and then a rabbit riding a toy fire truck...
paul-1970 - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Most of Michael Haneke's films have endings that deliberately do not resolve what has taken place, therefore for some the ending will be perceived as unhappy. I remember an ex of mine throwing up her hands and then being ready to throw something at my head when the credits rolled at the end of 'Hidden'.

Definitely the end of Haneke's 'The Piano Teacher' is dark and downbeat though. How many lead characters stab themselves in final scenes of films?
Blue Straggler - on 12 May 2014
In reply to paul-1970:

There are things in Stroszcek bleaker than its ending, though.


This thread does seem to be inviting suggestions of films that are pretty grim throughout, such that their unhappy endings come as no big shock....

Guess that's the nature of the beast.

True Romance's originally shot ending was bleak, and Tony Scott persuaded Tarantino to make it happier. I think Scott made the right call.


OH!

How about Carlito's Way? The end is prefigured as it loops back to the opening scene and the whole film is a narrated flashback, but it still hits pretty hard actually.
Tom V - on 12 May 2014
In reply to crayefish:

"And Daniel never let go of Peachy's hand"
One of my earlier choices. Pleased to find a fellow fan.
Blue Straggler - on 12 May 2014
In reply to Tom V:

I'm a fan too, took me ages to get around to watching it because I used to have an irrational prejudice against Michael Caine (I respect him lots now) so, coupled with Connery (against whom I hold a perfectly well reasoned prejudice), this seemed one to avoid. But even Connery is good in this one, it's one of his few enjoyable screen presences.


I got another one.

Out of the Past. Very clever ending actually - it is bittersweet.
BigHairyIan - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Silver Dream Racer (1980 - starring David Essex)
Stuart S - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

The Thing

Odd Thomas
Mark Westerman - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Just seen Calvary. I need a drink.
Fishmate - on 12 May 2014
In reply to Mikkel:
> (In reply to Bobling)
>
> [...]
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> there is a version of that with a happy ending

Is that the directors cut?

Andy Long - on 12 May 2014
In reply to Pursued by a bear:
"Le Salaire de la peur."

Yves Montand is driving his lorry-load of gelignite through Central America. He finds an old Paris Metro ticket in his pocket. He sniffs it for a moment then stares at it as his eyes glaze over with nostalgia and homesickness. Suddenly it's blown out of his fingers. No fancy pyrotechnics - we all know that his mates in the other truck have just blown up.
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Blue Straggler - on 12 May 2014
In reply to Andy Long:

That's not the end of the film by a long shot, and I'm sure you know that. I am confused!

The way they end "Sorcerer", the 1977 remake, is actually far far more devastating than the ending of Le Salaire de la Peur
wobblydave - on 12 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Man on Fire :(
Tom V - on 13 May 2014
In reply to Andy Long:

I thought he was rolling a cig. Is that a different film?
Blue Straggler - on 13 May 2014
In reply to Mark Westerman:

> Just seen Calvary. I need a drink.

There is an important clue in the title of the film though!
Tom V - on 13 May 2014
In reply to Blue Straggler:

What if it was called Cavalry?

Would it entail a Bruce Willis saves the day ending (like in The Player).
Andy Long - on 13 May 2014
In reply to Tom V:

You're right, I was confusing two different bits! I must dig out my copy again.

As to the 1977 remake, I've never seen it. However, if it doesn't end in "FIN" I don't want to...
Mark Westerman - on 13 May 2014
In reply to Blue Straggler:

He died for others sins? What a miserable bunch they were. Its kept me awake thinking about it though.
lithos on 13 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

The Vanishing (1988 aka Spoorloos not the other one)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096163/?ref_=nv_sr_4
Pete Dangerous - on 13 May 2014
The Wicker Man
Tom V - on 13 May 2014
In reply to mark s:

They didn't like Kes, either, but not just because the bird got it.
Tom V - on 13 May 2014
In reply to Cambridge-Climber:

Their music was better, too. In fact, it was so good we confiscated it and renamed it "Aces High"
Seocan - on 13 May 2014
In reply to Mick Ward:

read Iron Coffins, fascinating. An account of the german submariners during the war. Das Boot over again, a great read.
Jimbo C - on 13 May 2014
In reply to The Lemming:

Watchmen

Skyline - that ending is just weird

Sin City - this was on the other night, forgot how awesome it is.

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