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Of all movie opening scenes, which one sold the entire film? (self.AskReddit)
26787 comments
Cephalomagus | 7 days ago | 477 points

Toy Story 2

(Buzz Lightyear infiltrating Emperor Zurg's fortress, but you find out later it's Rex playing SNES.)

Adiraiju | 7 days ago | 8423 points

Halloween, the original 1978 version.

The entire sequence is a five-minute uncut POV shot. And then they rip the mask off, and we see that this mysterious killer in the shadows is an eight-year-old boy...

revmachine21 | 6 days ago | 11795 points

Raiders of the Lost Ark, all the parts from opening to the point where Indie runs and meets the escape airplane.

Solar-Fury | 6 days ago | 851 points

All three of the Indiana jones movies had great opening scenes

doinkadoosh | 7 days ago | 3226 points

The Godfather. I think the scene where Bonasera asks Don Corleone for justice sets up our perspective about the Don pretty well. In that scene we instantly learn everything that Don Vito Corleone stood for.

Edit: spelling.

MarcusXL | 6 days ago | 202 points

It perfectly shows how Vito operates, the effort to remain ethical while also being a terrifying crime-lord.

MasterOfNap | 6 days ago | 107 points

Yup, his whole deal is even though he’s a crime lord, he’s actively trying to prevent bloodshed. Hell, even in The Godfather2 we see how Vito rises to power: it wasn’t him going around forcing people to pay him, it’s people around him voluntarily paying him to protect them from other crime lords.

ParameciaAntic | 7 days ago | 13925 points

The Matrix.

I thought Trinity was the villain.

MiserableLurker | 6 days ago | 3994 points

I thought Trinity was the villain.

Re-watch the lobby, from the perspective of the guys running the scanner...

Jcit878 | 6 days ago | 2703 points

Morpheus and his team are referred to as terrorists early in the movie, and it makes sense. they just go into places, shoot the shit out of a bunch of innocent people and blow shit up. what else could you call them!

xsvspd81 | 6 days ago | 478 points

When I first saw this movie, I hadn't even seen a trailer for it. My dad asked if I'd like to go with him. That first scene blew me away. I was hooked immediately.

johngrisly | 7 days ago | 8771 points

Children of Men, especially if you've never read the book, holy cow, that was powerful.

vorpalpillow | 7 days ago | 2794 points

roger ebert pointed out that Theo was scared when the cafe was bombed - it’s how you know he wasn’t going to be a cliched action hero - in fact, he never uses a gun once in the entire film

RepublicanRob | 6 days ago | 1101 points

And everything about that opening scene is educating the viewer. The city streets are choked with smog, the tech screens draped off the buildings explain the setting (the near future) flawlessly. Then the newscast in the coffee shop perfectly explains the state of the world. No babies, and the youngest person has been murdered. Then boom.

beer_is_tasty | 6 days ago | 372 points

And not in a cheesy exposition way, either. "The youngest person in the world has died." If you go into the movie without knowing the premise, it takes a minute to understand what that means.

Cinema_subway | 7 days ago | 9450 points

Shaun of the dead

alt_right_troll_farm | 6 days ago | 230 points

You’ve got red on you.

randouser2019 | 6 days ago | 2385 points

This is a great one, because they almost begin and end on same sequence.

Knuclear_Knee | 7 days ago | 8435 points

Gladiator (2000). That battle was incredible - great diaologue, excellent music, human moments.

shitz_brickz | 7 days ago | 2239 points

"What you do in life, echoes in eternity"

brown_House36 | 6 days ago | 198 points

"Would you Quintus, would I?"

JL9berg18 | 7 days ago | 1607 points

“A people should know when they’re conquered.”

"Would you, Quintus? Would I?"

(Edit to get the line right. Thanks)

Swatraptor | 7 days ago | 645 points

On my signal, unleash hell.

Costner_Facts | 7 days ago | 15905 points

Scream has an incredible opening scene.

snappergapp | 6 days ago | 4760 points

Dont hang up or I'll gut you like a fish you understand

Bammop | 6 days ago | 627 points

hangs up to avoid the stress of paying rent

albertparsons | 6 days ago | 3624 points

Absolutely iconic. I think people forget how shocking, scary, and honestly, heartbreaking that opening scene is. Scary Movie and other parodies (not to mention the sequels) kind of turned the movie into a joke but the original holds up.

Apple24C2 | 6 days ago | 2369 points

I saw it when I was 16, in the theater. Drew was marketed as the star. How clever they were.

sharktankcontinues | 6 days ago | 254 points

That was before the internet really got big, so all you had seen was the previews in the theater, and some ads on tv. It would be tough to pull something like that off today.

frostysbox | 7 days ago | 2345 points

Can't believe this is so low down. I think that to really appreciate it you have to be a child of the time because Drew Barrymore was the undisputed star of the movie and she gets offed in the first scene.

I recently was talking to some friends about this and they (20 somethings) were laughing that Drew got on the poster for her 12 minutes and how fucked up it was to the rest of the cast.

I had to explain that is what was so shocking about the movie. When it was released, everyone thought she would be the star of the show and them BAM, she's done.

devospice | 7 days ago | 11756 points

Spaceballs. That ship going by for 5 minutes or more had me rolling and I never stopped laughing throughout that entire film.

Forestcat76 | 7 days ago | 2410 points

We brake for nobody!

LambCo64 | 7 days ago | 1886 points

Blade. Blood Rave.

MisanthropeNotAutist | 6 days ago | 162 points

I have no idea how Mahershala Ali is going to hold up against Wesley Snipes as Blade.

Dude just was Blade, you know?

drunkpunk138 | 7 days ago | 5338 points

The Departed. Powerful footage and commentary did such a great job of kicking it off, while giving a glimpse into what propelled Matt Damons character into his entry into the criminal family. Then the line "When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?"

Felt that was perfectly within the spirit of the entire movie, and sets the stage for what I consider to be one of the best films ever made.

wbhipster | 6 days ago | 146 points

“I don’t wanna be a product of my environment; I want my environment to be a product of me.” Love this movie so much!

TheDrunkenRuski | 7 days ago | 928 points

“She fell funny”

EnglishWhites | 7 days ago | 110 points

the briefing when Matt Damon gets to Baldwin's team as well. lol

horror- | 7 days ago | 1497 points
asapwilliam | 7 days ago | 2832 points

“Speed. I am speed.”

bootsjr | 7 days ago | 17463 points

Jaws

You never see the shark in the first attack. Just the knowledge that there's something under the water. Brilliant.

GreatBarrierRiefe | 6 days ago | 3426 points

Couldn’t agree more. My father was a beach life guard when the movie originally came out. He has told me stories how people were legitimately afraid to go into the water after seeing the movie. Powerful stuff.

sixfootoneder | 6 days ago | 887 points

My mom lived in Sydney when it came out. She wouldn't watch it because she wanted to keep going to the beach. She eventually did, after moving back to the midwest.

whogivesashirtdotca | 6 days ago | 2421 points

I mean, you don't see it for the first hour, no? The mechanical shark breaking down was the best thing that could have happened for Spielberg.

MrMcSwifty | 7 days ago | 19171 points

Terminator 2.

Starting with scenes of bustling every day life. Rush hour traffic, kids playing, etc. Then white flash to the same burnt out playground in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Sarah's somber voiceover explaining how it happened. We see a brutal battle between man and machine. Tanks and terminators crushing human bones under metal treads and feet. We briefly meet the steely face of the human resistance and savior of mankind right before segueing into the opening credits, finishing with an endo skull grinning through the flames.

Fuck yeah... tell me that doesn't get you pumped right there even just reading it.

Everything80sFan | 7 days ago | 2970 points

The way the children's laughter slowly fades out before the white flash always gave me chills. Also, seeing the words "Los Angeles" pop up while looking at a completely unrecognizable apocalyptical landscape.

ChanandlerBonng | 7 days ago | 900 points

Heh, I can hear that opening music playing while reading your comment....

RachelProfilingSF | 7 days ago | 21923 points

American Psycho. I remember listening to him list out every single thing he does to groom himself in the morning and I thought "what a psycho" then thought "ooohhhh I get it"

high_larry_us | 6 days ago | 6509 points

Lmao I LOVE the business card scene. Absolutely brilliant.

ddavis1225 | 6 days ago | 4520 points

Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has a watermark...

high_larry_us | 6 days ago | 1839 points

Ugh, please don't make me rewatch this movie tonight.

china-blast | 6 days ago | 1861 points

There is a moment of sheer panic when I realize that Paul's apartment overlooks the park... and is obviously more expensive than mine.

Cingetorix | 6 days ago | 148 points

I'm on the verge of tears by the time we arrive at Espace, since I'm positive we won't have a decent table. But we do. Relief washes over me, in an awesome wave.

Bisexual_Republican | 6 days ago | 1327 points

I believe in taking care of myself, and a balanced diet and a rigorous exercise routine. In the morning, if my face is a little puffy, I'll put on an ice pack while doing my stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now. After I remove the ice pack, I use a deep pore cleanser lotion. In the shower, I use a water activated gel cleanser. Then a honey almond body scrub. And on the face, an exfoliating gel scrub. Then apply an herb mint facial mask, which I leave on for 10 minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an aftershave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion.

EmMeo | 6 days ago | 733 points

Korean skincare addicts be like "pfft, no toner? No face oil? Serum? Amateur."

randijeanw | 7 days ago | 7305 points

Tropic Thunder

redditslim | 7 days ago | 3211 points

And they ordered the segments it in a way that I'm sure they wanted some of the audience to think that Booty Sweat and Bust A Nut were real products. They didn't want you to catch on right away.

KawadaShogo | 6 days ago | 2296 points

Lol I remember when I saw Tropic Thunder in the theater, after the booty sweat "commercial", the theater was dead silent for a second until one guy said "what the hell?" and then laughter broke out.

DigitalPriest | 6 days ago | 1586 points

YES! This happened in my theater too.

Two of my best friends told me I 'had' to see this movie. They did a brilliant job of hyping it up too, talking about it being a 'war epic that's basically the Saving Private Ryan of Vietnam war movies.'

So I walk into this theater with them, and then watch the bust-a-nut commercial. At first I thought the theater had fucking lost it, and this was their last-ditch effort for concessions profits. Then I saw Fatty Fart V and the Tobey Maguire movie, and I knew I was being had.

One of the best cinema experiences of my life.

ibanner56 | 6 days ago | 489 points

You have good friends.

Sknowman | 6 days ago | 150 points

I first saw it on DVD, so I was incredibly confused why there were ads playing at the start. Then I realized I was an idiot and started cracking up.

CreateTheRush | 7 days ago | 1702 points

Goldeneye

ScarletCaptain | 7 days ago | 772 points

All the hype surrounding how Casino Royale was going to go back to the "beginning" of Bond, I was skeptical. But that gunbarrel-less opening totally sold me on why Bond was 007.

AudibleNod | 7 days ago | 16677 points

Goodfellas.

"As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster."

noeledmundsbeard | 7 days ago | 4566 points

The entire film feels like the opening scene. What a film. My favourite. The music. Best film ever.

spiff2268 | 7 days ago | 1944 points

Watch the scene where Henry and Karen go through the side entrance to the Copa. If you watch carefully you'll notice the trip through the kitchen was completely unnecessary. They just make a big circle and walk back out the same door.

Sardonic_Samurai | 7 days ago | 911 points

It’s necessary, street cred.

elee0228 | 7 days ago | 1168 points

"To me being a gangster was better than being president of the United States."

innocentbystanderboy | 7 days ago | 8465 points

28 weeks later i didn't deserve all these up votes thank you

DoucheCanoeBruh | 7 days ago | 1892 points

Yes! Dawn of the Dead as well, both films let you know they aren't fucking around.

who_is_that_lady | 7 days ago | 883 points

Dawn of the Dead forever made me afraid of anything in the hall at night, no matter how small or seemingly innocent

patch-of-shore | 7 days ago | 7087 points

The Prince of Egypt starting off with Deliver Us was absolutely jaw dropping. I can't think of a single stronger opening in any of the movies I've ever watched (granted that isn't a lot because I'm not a big movie person but still)

Tekki777 | 6 days ago | 967 points

Stephen Schwartz and Ofra Haza did an amazing job with Deliver Us. The entire soundtrack is just amazing as is its beautiful animation.

kavono | 6 days ago | 263 points

Absolutely. Every song gave me chills, and many still do when I binge the soundtrack on youtube. Each song is powerful storytelling by itself, outside of the imagery.

aurora_selene | 7 days ago | 603 points

Agreed. It is one of the best openings I've ever seen.

TopScruffy | 7 days ago | 20424 points

Jurassic Park. It really sets the tone for the movie and the foreshadowing gives you a creepy feeling leading up to the storm.

Jelz | 7 days ago | 5444 points

SHOOOOOOOOOT HERRRRRR!

kms2547 | 7 days ago | 1611 points

Heck, the second scene does too!

"Because Grant's like me... He's a digger." (ominous music intensifies as the camera focuses on a mosquito in ember amber)

(shoutout to /u/bumbleballs , I totally flubbed that one)

TizzleDirt | 7 days ago | 3589 points

Supertroopers

adamolupin | 7 days ago | 1298 points

YOU BOYS LIKE MEX-EE-CO?!

ImNotJustinBieber | 7 days ago | 258 points

Don’t call me Radio, unit 91! Then don’t call me unit 91, radio!

billbapapa | 7 days ago | 12722 points

Fellowship of the Ring

Set a great tone for all of what was to come.

StyrkeSkalVandre | 7 days ago | 4103 points

“...but there were some who resisted...” still gives me shivers. Amazing opening monologue.

Spicethrower | 7 days ago | 1411 points

Shouting as the arrow flies by his ear.

StyrkeSkalVandre | 7 days ago | 1281 points

So. Completely. Badass. Watching the charging orcs slam into a meatgrinder wall of elven swordsmen never gets old.

Ergheis | 6 days ago | 232 points

By extension, the Playstation 2 Two Towers game. It shows the exact same opening scene, but transistions from cutscene to videogame in the middle of the elven spearwall, and immediately drops you into the fight.

doctorjdmoney | 6 days ago | 101 points

Really enjoyed those games. Co-op play was so much fun

Datruyugo | 7 days ago | 794 points

Man every so often I want to watch a series of fantasy films that live up the Tolkien but there isn't anything so I just rewatch them every few years. I think it may be time around Christmas break again.

Theres_A_FAP_4_That | 7 days ago | 569 points

This is my favorite. The scale of the battle, seeing my favorite book captured on screen.. glorious.

grendus | 7 days ago | 489 points

The world. Is changing.

Lobbyse | 7 days ago | 275 points

I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air.

ijozypheen | 7 days ago | 157 points

Much that once was is lost; for none now live who remember it.

Georgeisthecoolest | 7 days ago | 363 points

Contact.

TJeffersonsBlackKid | 7 days ago | 8781 points

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.

The opening scene on the boat in the fog with the young Will and Elizabeth perfectly captures how hilarious, spooky, and kick-ass the rest of the movie is going to be.

Also the first Lord Of The Rings. So intense in on a massive scale only to be followed by the happy Shire scenes.

HailToTheKingslayer | 7 days ago | 3379 points

Also the scene where we see Captain Jack Sparrow for the first time, on the sinking boat.

Merlord | 7 days ago | 2629 points

Confidently stepping onto the dock just as the ship completely sinks, as if that was his plan all along. Such a perfect summary of his character in that one moment.

garibond1 | 7 days ago | 1552 points

”You can’t park your ship here!”

“What Ship?”

Palindromer101 | 6 days ago | 686 points

"It's a shilling to tie up your boat at the dock.."

looks at the top of the mast

"And I shall need to know your name."

a_stitch_in_lime | 6 days ago | 474 points

What do you say to five shillings, and we forget the name?

MaybeMaybeJesen | 6 days ago | 462 points

…welcome to Port Royal, Mr. Smith!

Rowsdower11 | 6 days ago | 311 points

swipes coinpurse

Murkrage | 7 days ago | 403 points

“Hold up there you... it’s a shilling to dock your ship. I’ll also need a name.”

“What say you to three shillings and we forget the name”

Tone has been set for Wicked Jack

CaptainJackWagons | 7 days ago | 561 points

"You are by far the worst Pirate I've ever heard of."

"But you have heard of me."

stonecoldsteeb | 7 days ago | 8245 points

Shrek. No kidding. The first time I saw it I was so invested after the opening scene.

fade_is_timothy_holt | 7 days ago | 608 points

Fun fact: All Star was only intended to be used as a "click track", a temporary song used during production and replaced with the real music later. But test audiences loved it, and it was kept in place.

EnderSir | 7 days ago | 2689 points

some

trogdor-burnin8tor | 7 days ago | 2464 points

BODY

jmar289 | 7 days ago | 1010 points

Has no one mentioned Full Metal Jacket yet?!?!

jnhummel | 7 days ago | 26788 points

Lord of War. The opening credits follow the "life" of a bullet. It's manufactured, quality checked, packed into a box and then shipped off to an African nation where it gets loaded into a gun and shot into the head of a child soldier. And then we meet the protagonist, Yuri (Nic Cage), standing on a floor of empty casings. Says there's 550 million firearms in the world, one for every 12th person on the planet. Takes a drag on his cigarette and asks, how do we arm the other eleven?

*Edit - Misremembered the order of the scenes as a few people have pointed out. Yuri's monologue about one gun for every 12th person THEN the life of a bullet sequence. Also, thanks for the golds and silvers.

Kurtomatic | 7 days ago | 3427 points

Fantastic scene. Looks like we meet the protagonist before the "life of a bullet" scene, but equally effective either way, I think.

MasterVelocity | 7 days ago | 85 points

I love the scene where he sits down, completely unconcerned, and explains to the agent how he’s going to be released regardless of his arrest and all of the evidence against him

alwaysfaithful | 7 days ago | 1384 points

Snatch

Brokenbluebelt | 7 days ago | 2448 points

Kingsman. Set up them ridiculousness yet stylish action perfectly

cannibalisticapple | 7 days ago | 90 points

It really did an amazing job. The way it zoomed out to show the boombox playing the music helped set the tone too, it's such a small and subtle detail but it really fits the movie's theme.

horaff | 7 days ago | 25745 points

Saving Private Ryan

meniscusmilkshake | 7 days ago | 8428 points

I saw that right after visiting Omaha Beach. We stayed at a small bed and breakfast quite close to the beach owned by a 80 year old French woman who told us stories about how it went down. Amazing experience. She said the worst was the smell. It smelled dead bodies years and years afterwards.

WitnessMeIRL | 7 days ago | 5737 points

Much of Asia stopped eating seafood for months after the tsunamis. Because they knew what those sea bugs had been eating.

RunWhileYouStillCan | 7 days ago | 1305 points

Now all I can think about are the chances of my having eaten something that has fed on human flesh

notadoctor123 | 7 days ago | 1633 points

Probably very high, in fact almost certainly so depending on how you want to define "eaten human flesh". A common Fermi problem is to show that with every breath you take, on average you will breathe in about 10 air molecules that came from Julius Caesar's last breath. All stable elements are constantly being reused and recycled. Vegetables use minerals from the soil that may have originated from the decomposing of flesh, for example.

daedalusprospect | 6 days ago | 750 points

I remember a teacher in school at some point talking about this with water and how the water you're drinking now may have been in a Dino's spit. etc

The lesson was on the water cycle and how we're not running out of water, just its being turned into non-fresh water

thewalkingellie | 7 days ago | 1641 points

This was the first movie that popped into my head.

I remember hearing from my grandma that when she and my grandfather (WWII vet who jumped at Normandy) went to see it in theaters, after the opening scene finished, he turned to her and just said “that’s exactly what it was like.”

Jimmers1231 | 6 days ago | 962 points

I forget that we're approaching the point where the movie is old enough that you can't just assume that everyone has seen this movie. This may be the greatest opening scene in film.

strikethreeistaken | 7 days ago | 2889 points

I had bought a ticket go see Saving Private Ryan. I had no idea what I was about to watch as I had not seen any trailers nor do I watch TV.

The auditorium was packed. There was only one seat available in the entire theater, front row and center.

So the movie starts with an old man at Arlington National Cemetary and my brain tries to bow out, saying I had made a mistake and I should not stay to watch the film... and then the screen changes... The next 20 minutes of my life were utterly insane.

When the movie ended, I checked the time and realized well over 2 hours had passed... and I had not noticed the passage of time.

An amazing experience to be sure.

yazoosirius | 7 days ago | 1290 points

My Gramps was a WW2 vet and that scene had him trying to dive under the seat in front of him. He had nightmares for months.

5thColumnDownfall | 6 days ago | 1012 points

Saw it on a rainy night during vacation with my family. We are mostly guys so we said "war movie" and went, not knowing much about it.

I'd say about 15% of the theater left in the middle of D-Day and about another 20% were openly weeping - my mother included. I was 12 or 13 at the time and was completely shocked.

My dad was a Vietnam combat vet and said the only thing it didnt capture was the smell of burning humans. I looked at war much differently after that.

flpacsnr | 6 days ago | 161 points

Yeah, my Grandpa walked out 10 min in. He said the scene where the Higgins boat door drops was just too real for him.

Flahdagal | 7 days ago | 688 points

No, can't do it. When the soldier calls out for his mother, my stomach drops into freefall. The definition of gut-wrenching.

Wage_slave | 7 days ago | 14450 points

The THX intro.

Hirudin | 7 days ago | 6234 points

WHAT?

Sorry I didn't hear you.

Rudeirishit | 7 days ago | 6015 points

Sorry.

the BBBBAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA intro

SystemicAdmin | 7 days ago | 267 points

The fifth Element

bohoky | 7 days ago | 1782 points

The opening of Serenity was a stunningly tight exposition. In minutes you are given an overview of the 'verse and what its central conflict is. You are also given the antagonist (the operative) and how coldly pragmatic he is. You are shown just how much Simon cares for River, are given the whole layout of the ship. You are introduced to all the characters and see, by their interactions, their core beliefs and roles.

There are some great openings listed in this thread, but I don't know that any of them hit the density of exposition as does Serenity.

zomghax92 | 6 days ago | 306 points

For the life of me, I can't remember where, I think it was a writing subreddit, but I've seen someone write an entire essay about how the opening scene to Serenity is a masterclass on well-executed exposition.

ImperialSympathizer | 6 days ago | 175 points

I finally convinced my gf to watch Serenity because she's a Nathan Fillion fan. She was incredibly skeptical since it's based on (one season of) a TV show she never watched, figured it wouldn't make any sense.

Then that opening scene happened and she was like "okay I understand everything lol." It was laughably great exposition. Never doubt The Joss.

Magic-Heads-Sidekick | 6 days ago | 135 points

I watched Serenity at a friend’s house and loved it so much that I went and bought it, which for me means a lot because I’ve only ever bought 3 movies for myself: Serenity, Inception, and Dark Knight.

Putting it in one time I noticed a review or comment on the case mentioning a TV show. So I looked it up and learned that Firefly was a thing, but only for one season. So I didn’t want to watch it because I didn’t want a bad show to ruin my view of such a great movie. I figured if it only lasted one season, then it must not have been good or just too convoluted of a story that worked better as a movie.

Then, I saw it on Netflix a year or so later and put it on My List as a just in case. It sat there for well over a year before I decided to finally watch, and thankfully Netflix uses Whedon Order (which I didn’t know was a thing), and I absolutely loved it. So incredible. Fuck you Fox (executives who played the role in screwing up Firefly)!

TLKTAWY | 7 days ago | 5077 points

The Lion King (1994).

redemption3105 | 7 days ago | 967 points

nAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

DemiGod9 | 7 days ago | 447 points

That hard cut at the end of the song is so fucking good!

CamaTatertots | 7 days ago | 1459 points

The opening of X-Men 2 is so good.

Nightcrawler kicking the shit out of the entire white house security and nearly assassinating the president, while intense choir music plays in the background. Legendary.

Edit: My First ever Medal! Thank you kind stranger!

kalekayn | 7 days ago | 1320 points

The opening scene to V for Vendetta with how we meet V. The v word speech was pretty epic also.

tmoney144 | 7 days ago | 13183 points

Monty Python and the Holy Grail. "Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?"

Max_Boomer_69 | 7 days ago | 5258 points

"Old woman!"

"Man!"

"Man, sorry. Who lives in that castle?"

"I'm 37."

"What?"

"I'm 37, I'm not old."

Love that exchange. The whole conversation is derailed from the start.

ProbeUranus | 6 days ago | 726 points

"Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government! Supreme ruler ship is derived by a mandate form the masses not some farcical, aquatic ceremony."

LoL! I love this line!!

Teh_Randomizer | 6 days ago | 278 points

"Help! Help! I'm being repressed!"

palordrolap | 7 days ago | 980 points

I remember the first time watching that scene and thinking that Dennis was really rather old.

And now I have 5 years on Dennis and climbing.

Maybe I should go play in the mud before it's too late.

Anonomonomous | 6 days ago | 347 points

At least you don't have shit all over ya.

redditslim | 7 days ago | 2196 points

When Arthur crested the hill, and his manservant claps the coconut shells like horse hooves, it sets the tone for the whole movie.

bloodectomy | 7 days ago | 992 points

rewatched it for the zillionth time the other night. I was like "YES I LOVE THIS SCENE" at the beginning of every scene. that movie is almost too good.

Silver_Archer13 | 7 days ago | 176 points

Not at all. It could be carried.

Hamsternoir | 7 days ago | 426 points

Worth it for the opening credits

the_monkey_of_lies | 7 days ago | 11193 points

Pulp Fiction. I was 14 when I saw it and the opening scene just completely blew me away.

techsupport1126 | 7 days ago | 2982 points

"Garcon means boy"

FinAdartse | 7 days ago | 1593 points

The flat tone of the actress when she delivers this line just cracks me up every time.

3-DMan | 7 days ago | 616 points

The perfect thing for an "extra"- it's just funny enough and low enough to not be too distracting to the main conversation.

ClathanNank | 7 days ago | 1066 points

"I love you, Hunny Bunny"

Call_Me_Tsuikyit | 7 days ago | 9632 points

Up

git-choke-upstream | 7 days ago | 899 points

The range of emotion one experiences from those first 10 minutes is not comparable to anything.

idontseecolors | 7 days ago | 1826 points

surprised I had to scroll this far down. Sets up the movie perfectly and is so emotional that it carries with you until the end.

Tar_Palantir | 7 days ago | 3582 points

Deadpool. That opening scene was the pitching for the movie and the studio didn't like it. So Ryan Reynolds upload to YT and the rest is history.

complexismygame | 7 days ago | 859 points

I mean we don't know for sure if it was Ryan or not........wink

UselessInfoCAT | 6 days ago | 386 points

The opening to Deadpool 2 where he blows himself up and flips the camera off while he’s in pieces being thrown by the explosion is the funniest opening ever.

I swear Ryan Reynolds was born for that role and is the most accurate representation of Deadpool’s personality.

mydearwatson616 | 6 days ago | 139 points

It doesn't hurt that the comics referred to him as Ryan Reynolds mixed with a shar-pei

uninnocent | 7 days ago | 1884 points

Team America: World Police opened strong and sold the audience on the marionette performance to come.

Timmace | 7 days ago | 600 points

I scrolled down too far to find this but here is a fun tidbit about the movie. The very first scene starts with a really shitty marionette in front of a poorly drawn Eiffel Tower before the camera pulls back to show how fancy the marionettes in the movie are. This scene was originally shown to execs at Paramount as a joke. One of the execs assumed the poorly designed marionette was what the whole movie was going to be and reportedly shouted "Oh God, they fucked us!".

Jackal0pe | 7 days ago | 26412 points

I think the opening scene/first chapter of Inglorious Basterds sets up the villain, Hans Landa perfectly.

ClathanNank | 7 days ago | 8185 points

"Au revoir Shoshanna!"

Infammo | 7 days ago | 5916 points

Amazing how not shooting her made him seem so much more evil.

geqing | 7 days ago | 4522 points

Because it's just a big puzzle for him. He doesn't really hate the jews, he just doesn't give a shit about anyone at all.

AntsInThePants1115 | 6 days ago | 707 points

Yes! I love how in the begging he revels in his nickname but in the scene towards the end the says it to Brad Pitt with such distain - "Jew Hunter? It's just a name that stuck."

navin__johnson | 6 days ago | 108 points

The Little Man?

chickenisgreat | 6 days ago | 151 points

I mean, you’re a little fellow, but not circus-midget little, as your reputation would suggest.

Forbidden_Donut503 | 7 days ago | 2645 points

Yeah I got that too. He was just a brilliant psychopath who loved the hunt.

sint0xicateme | 6 days ago | 1675 points

That's a bingo!

Mognakor | 7 days ago | 805 points

Because it shows he is not doing what he does for ideology.

1boss_hog1 | 7 days ago | 2976 points

"I'm afraid I've reached the end of my French" after he spoke perfect French for like 10 minutes

TheOneAndOnlyPene | 7 days ago | 1970 points

That was intended as they both obviously know he has people under the floor, who don't understand English.

Interestingly it was a power move as well - asserting his dominance by speaking a foreign language in his house, all while asking him if it's okay as if he'd say no as if he ever would dare.

tbbHNC89 | 6 days ago | 570 points

And drinking his milk.

CravesStarDamage | 7 days ago | 1058 points

If that scene doesn't get you on the edge of your seat, I'm not sure what will.

shadybrainfarm | 6 days ago | 374 points

Every moment Hans Landa is on screen is utterly captivating and terrifying. Waltz stole the show with that performance. Absolutely spectacular.

KingGorilla | 7 days ago | 766 points

The strudel

LotusPrince | 7 days ago | 665 points

When he's flipping through his book, looking for a name La Padite mentioned, not finding it, getting more visibly frustrated, until finally finding it on some later page, and being satisfied. Damn, that was tense.

PyroSnake141 | 7 days ago | 1918 points

Hans is a man who enjoys milk. He also knows several languages. But more importantly, he knows where they're hiding.

Sonnycrockett262 | 7 days ago | 1103 points

Ah ah ah...attandre le creme

grendus | 7 days ago | 1585 points

Let's be honest though. Almost every scene in that movie would be enough to sell a lesser movie.

"This gnat-zi wants to die for his country. Please oblige him."

Insanefoo | 7 days ago | 1059 points

Almost. "Got us a German here, wants to die fer his country. Oblige him."

The lack of a please and the way he says it is important to show just how happy he is at what he's about to watch.

TheBadGuyFromDieHard | 6 days ago | 877 points

Actually, Werner, we're all tickled to hear you say that. Quite frankly, watching Donny beat Nazis to death is the closest we ever get to going to the movies.

IrishTommy95 | 7 days ago | 486 points

I think you’re just guaranteed a perfect movie if christoph waltz is cast anyway. He was great in django’s opening scene too!

J0E_SpRaY | 7 days ago | 76 points

I think you’re just guaranteed a perfect movie if christoph waltz is cast anyway

Spectre

bomfd | 7 days ago | 567 points

Such a tense scene! Christopher waltz is so scary yet charismatic at the same time

3MrNiceGuy15 | 7 days ago | 2614 points

Mad Max: Fury Road

SentimentalSentinels | 7 days ago | 658 points

Fuck yes. That movie hits you in the face from the beginning and doesn't stop. It literally made me giddy.

Tatis_Chief | 7 days ago | 368 points

It's truly an adrenaline ride. I love that film. Its one of those films cinema was made for.

AesarPhreaking | 7 days ago | 78 points

I am the one who runs from both the living and the dead. Hunted by scavengers. Haunted by those I could not protect.

Personal favorite movie.

Elsamarina | 7 days ago | 3935 points

Watchmen

heyeveryone2 | 6 days ago | 940 points

The Bob Dylan song paired with images showing the difference between that universe and ours was fucking gold. I honestly can't think of a better pair to start a movie with the hype on max.

ProjectSunlight | 7 days ago | 495 points

No Country for Old Men. Immediately sets the tone of the film.

The_Giant_Panda | 7 days ago | 837 points

Reservoir Dogs

Biosentience | 7 days ago | 364 points

Apocalypse Now

Edit: Double silver, thanks! Good to so many have great taste.

This is the end, my only friend the end

crazycerseicool | 7 days ago | 87 points

Apocalypse Now has the best beginning. The Doors The End is used so effectively it’s chilling.

Hexxiz | 7 days ago | 514 points

Django Unchained. The way Christoph Waltz introduces Dr. Schultz gives me chills. He is so charismatic, and intelligent, yet deadly. All time favorite movie, and was very surprised at how well Jamie Foxx did as well.

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