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maestrowork
07-15-2005, 10:08 PM
A thread in Novel Writing prompted me to ask...

What are your favorite endings (books, movies, etc.)? State the ending and also the reason why you love it.

rtilryarms
07-15-2005, 10:18 PM
amen

William Haskins
07-16-2005, 01:00 AM
He loved Big Brother.

maestrowork
07-16-2005, 01:05 AM
"He stared gratefully at the back of Myrna's head, at the pigtail that swung innocently at his knee. Gratefully. How ironic, Ignatius thought. Taking the pigtail in one of his paws, he pressed it warmly to his wet moustache."

These are the last lines from A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. I had tears in my eyes when I read them for the first time. This wreck of a human being was driving away from his beloved prison--New Orleans, and as I reader I had a hope that his life would now be just beginning. I was so filled with hope for Ignatius when I put the book down that I felt that he was a real person. That was definitely my favourite literary ending of all time!]

Except there are four "ly" words. ;) What would the purists say about that?

robeiae
07-16-2005, 01:12 AM
As far as movies go, there are two that come to mind right away:

"The Usual Suspects"-I knew it was coming, but it blew me away, nonetheless!

"Goodfellas"-Just another shmuck eating egg noodles and tomato sauce!

Rob :)

maestrowork
07-16-2005, 01:46 AM
I am a sap. I love the ending of Cinema Paradiso. My all time favorite ending. Perfect.

aadams73
07-16-2005, 02:12 AM
Ohhh tricky, but I would have to go with the ending of "An Affair to Remember" where Cary Grant realizes that Deborah Kerr is crippled. <sniff>

And now for something completely different, the ending of "Seven"or "7even" or however you want to spell it.

maestrowork
07-16-2005, 02:25 AM
Oh, yes, I loved the ending of Se7en.

rtilryarms
07-16-2005, 02:34 AM
"The Brotherhood", Kirk Douglas


I you haven't seen it I won't say the ending but I was only 9 when I saw it in a drive in and it spooked me forever.

robeiae
07-16-2005, 02:39 AM
I still remember the first time I saw "Planet of the Apes," the original. That was a pretty good ending, though it only works once, finding SoL mostly buried on the beach. ("On the Beach"! Another quality ending!)

Rob :)

wardmclark
07-16-2005, 03:00 AM
In books, I could never pick just one - or even just five. But in movies? No contest.

"Ready boys? Let's go get 'em." - Glenne Headly as Janet Colgate, aka The Jackal, in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

aadams73
07-16-2005, 03:05 AM
Ohhh just thought of another excellent ending--and indeed the whole film was quite brilliant: "The Ruling Class" with the wonderful Peter O'Toole.

three seven
07-19-2005, 09:53 AM
Memento.

poetinahat
07-19-2005, 10:01 AM
Il faut cultiver notre jardin.
-- Candide

poetinahat
07-29-2005, 10:47 AM
Okay, maybe I can un-kill this thread:

"Y'know, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
-- Casablanca

Action, hope, heartbreak, redemption: Bogart and Claude Rains walking away. Not what you hope for, but the way it has to be. And it's good.

rowriter
07-29-2005, 11:09 AM
The ending of the novel A Widow for One Year by John Irving.

Why? At the time I read it, there was no other sentence in the world that fit more than the sentence on the page. I was utterly and completely satisfied. can't tell you exactly why that was, it just was. (but maybe I'll read it again someday and tell you!)

JoeEkaitis
07-29-2005, 08:22 PM
So they set off up the hill arm-in-arm, the Saint, the Dragon, and the Boy. The lights in the little village began to go out; but there were stars, and a late moon, as they climbed to the Downs together. And, as they turned the last corner and disappeared from view, snatches of an old song were borne back on the night-breeze. I can't be certain which of them was singing, but I think it was the Dragon!


* * *


Wouldn't make it past the first reader today.

::sigh::

zcooper
07-29-2005, 10:26 PM
The end of the Dark Towre series. Mr. King hit it.

ANNIE
07-30-2005, 04:36 AM
The Dead Poet's society.

when they all stand on the desks saying 'captian my captain.' in solute to Robin Williams character

Writer2011
07-30-2005, 06:51 AM
Probably the ending of "The Usual Suspects" I had NO idea it was him all along...:) Very good ending by the way... Also, there is an original ending to "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" the 2003 version where the main character is sitting in a mental hospital and she's been telling her story... wish they could have used it in the movie, but it's on the DVD!!...

rhymegirl
07-30-2005, 07:25 AM
"I'm having an old friend for dinner." (Silence of the Lambs)

Then Hannibal walks off following Chilton down that long street.

Love this ending because you know what's going to happen, yet you don't get to see it happen.


On a happier note, I love the ending to The Wizard of Oz.

"And oh, Auntie Em, there's no place like home."

Girl is back in Kansas surrounded by everyone she loves.

maestrowork
07-30-2005, 04:27 PM
The ending of a Japanese movie, "Love Letter." At the end the girl has a revelation which explains EVERYTHING about the movie, bringing a very satisfying end to a rather somber story.

PattiTheWicked
08-02-2005, 08:12 AM
The ending of the movie Glory, where the Massachussetts 54th gets wiped out after storming battery Wagner, and the white guys and the black guys all end up buried in the same mass grave.

The end of The Stand, where we learn that Randall Flagg has merely moved on....

poetinahat
08-02-2005, 09:16 AM
The ending of my movie-going career, when I discovered this thread and realised I needn't actually see any films to find out the ending... ;)

PattiTheWicked
08-02-2005, 06:03 PM
The ending of my movie-going career, when I discovered this thread and realised I needn't actually see any films to find out the ending... ;)

Think of the money we've saved you on tickets, popcorn, and babysitters!

poetinahat
08-03-2005, 02:31 AM
Think of the money we've saved you on tickets, popcorn, and babysitters!

Haven't been to a movie theatre in two years. With another bub due in October, it's going to be a while. So, really, you're making it possible for me to talk to other adults! A babysitter for the evening around here runs $50-$75, and no grandparents nearby, so we don't get out often....

Besides, what should one expect in a thread called "Favorite Endings"?:Smack:

PattiTheWicked
08-03-2005, 07:12 AM
Haven't been to a movie theatre in two years. With another bub due in October, it's going to be a while. So, really, you're making it possible for me to talk to other adults! A babysitter for the evening around here runs $50-$75, and no grandparents nearby, so we don't get out often....

Yeah, I know what you mean. I pay about $5 an hour for my niece to watch the twins, and then once you add in dinner and the cost of a movie, a night out can easily cost us a small fortune.


Besides, what should one expect in a thread called "Favorite Endings"?:Smack:

There ya go. It's a public service, if you think about it. Poor writers helping other poor writers save money.

:::sigh:::

All we do is give, give, give.

ricaykw
08-03-2005, 07:31 AM
The ending of the movie Glory, where the Massachussetts 54th gets wiped out after storming battery Wagner, and the white guys and the black guys all end up buried in the same mass grave.


I completely agree, Glory is an amazing movie. We watched it in history class my junior year and I don't think there was a single dry eye in the room.

I also adore the ending to the Tim Burton movie Big Fish. I don't want to give it away, but I think it's just beautiful.