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July 16, 2011 8:57 AM   Subscribe

The final images. Can you guess the movies? (answers at the bottom)
posted by quiet coyote (46 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Yes for all of them except the second the last one (never saw Working Girl).

Watching movies used to be my job so I don't think I count.
posted by The Whelk at 9:03 AM on July 16, 2011


Monsters, Inc. was the really hard one. I was like 80% sure it was Susperia.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:08 AM on July 16, 2011 [21 favorites]


I was surprised at home many I recognized. It isn't as though I could have told you from memory what the final scene from ANY of those movies, but seeing them triggered it pretty quickly. Kinda amazing. Of course, some are pretty obvious, like Monsters Inc.
posted by ian1977 at 9:09 AM on July 16, 2011


home=how
posted by ian1977 at 9:09 AM on July 16, 2011


(also that Moulin Rouge one a bit of a cheat cause that's such a generic ending shot but they where in a big musical-song-dance group so i figured it out from that)
posted by The Whelk at 9:14 AM on July 16, 2011


They could have at least thrown in a bit of a curve by choosing Toy Story 2 or 3 if they're going to use something like an image with Buzz and Woody in it.
posted by rewil at 9:14 AM on July 16, 2011


Got 28. Most important I got 12 Angry Men. Chuffed bout that one.

Yeah, I be badass.
posted by Skygazer at 9:16 AM on July 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


So the Von Trapp family didn't actually escape over the Alps in the Wonkavator? Damn it, now I'm not going to go and see either!
posted by Silverdragonanon at 9:19 AM on July 16, 2011


Cool idea poor execution
posted by askmehow at 9:27 AM on July 16, 2011 [5 favorites]


Yay for Sporcle quizzes!

Movies by Scene
More Movies by Scene
Even More Movies by Scene
Movies by Opening Scene
Movies by Bathroom Scene
Movies by Dinner Scene
Movies by Eating Scene
Movies by Stairs Scene
Movies by Foot Scene
Movies by Illustrated Scene
What's Missing from this Movie Scene?

...There are lots more, but I'm going to stop now for sanity's sake. Enjoy.
posted by phunniemee at 9:36 AM on July 16, 2011 [14 favorites]


Yes for all of them except the second the last one (never saw Working Girl).

Wow, Working Girl was worth it if only for the ending. It's one of those classic Mike Nichols sort of endings, a "OK so you made it, now what?" image.
posted by fungible at 9:37 AM on July 16, 2011


All I have to say is schizophrenic ghost Jack Nicholson isn't half as creepy as vampire Tom Cruise.
posted by Dr Dracator at 9:41 AM on July 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


I thought for a second that the Working Girl one was The Ring before remembering these were the final shots, not just from the final scenes. Haven't seen Working Girl.
posted by cmgonzalez at 9:45 AM on July 16, 2011


All I have to say is schizophrenic ghost Jack Nicholson isn't half as creepy as vampire Tom Cruise.
posted by thinman at 9:47 AM on July 16, 2011 [6 favorites]


The hardest ones for me were the shots of cars driving away.
posted by Windigo at 9:47 AM on July 16, 2011


All I have to say is schizophrenic ghost Jack Nicholson isn't half as creepy as vampire Tom Cruise.

Or "Rain Man" Tom Cruise, or "Top Gun" Tom Cruise, or "Far and Away" Tom Cruise, or .....
posted by blucevalo at 9:54 AM on July 16, 2011


For someone who pretty much lost interest in film about fifteen years ago, I got a surprising number of these. Then again, maybe not so surprising given that plenty of them were older than fifteen years.
posted by Decani at 9:58 AM on July 16, 2011


Movies by Foot Scene

Let me guess -- they're all Tarantino films?
posted by Gelatin at 10:11 AM on July 16, 2011 [4 favorites]


It's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, not How to Marry a Millionaire--not remotely hard to figure out. Yes, I know, someone is wrong on the internet. But if you're going to have a quiz, and provide the answers in random order, make sure the answers are correct.
posted by Ideefixe at 10:16 AM on July 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


Ah! They chose "Muppets Take Manhatten", that's a smart quizmaster.
posted by ewan at 10:25 AM on July 16, 2011


Is this something you'd have to own a theater to understand?
posted by IvoShandor at 10:25 AM on July 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Microspoiler alert?
posted by TheRedArmy at 10:40 AM on July 16, 2011


The final image from The Shining still kinda creeps me out a little.
posted by MikeMc at 10:43 AM on July 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


It is interesting that one can guess some of these having never seen the movie simply because they have become so iconic. I never saw Grease, or 9 to 5, Black Swan, How to Marry a Millionaire, Dirty Dancing, The Shawshank Redemption, or Interview with the Vampire, but I was able to get them. A few that I never saw and was unable to get like Brokeback Mountain, Adaptation, The Others, A Place in the Sun, Gosford Park. Wonder what that says about their icon status?
posted by Gungho at 10:45 AM on July 16, 2011


Gungho, I think that's more of a difference of scenes-with-actors-in-them and scenes-with-scenery-in-them.
posted by phunniemee at 10:48 AM on July 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


I might have got one right!
posted by Postroad at 11:17 AM on July 16, 2011


Movies by Foot Scene

Let me guess -- they're all Tarantino films?


Or James Cameron.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 11:19 AM on July 16, 2011


Yeah like, while I've never seen interview with a vampire, I do know it is the only movie as of yet where Tom Cruise would have vampire fangs.
posted by The Whelk at 11:20 AM on July 16, 2011


<pedant>But that's not the final image from The Shawshank Redemption. I should know, I saw that last scene about 800 times because I was working in a movie theater at the time.</pedant>
posted by usonian at 11:23 AM on July 16, 2011


Call me a slave to the Sci Fi genre, but most final images for my favorite movies look like this
posted by codswallop at 11:37 AM on July 16, 2011


Microspoiler alert?

Especially a spoiler for Inception; that ending got a great reaction from the audience I was with.
posted by bobo123 at 11:43 AM on July 16, 2011


That was great! Thanks for posting it. :)
posted by zarq at 11:58 AM on July 16, 2011


Especially a spoiler for Inception; that ending got a great reaction from the audience I was with.

If you need a spoiler alert for a thread titled The Final Images and about the last images in a movie, you don't deserve to use the internet at all.
posted by xmutex at 12:38 PM on July 16, 2011 [5 favorites]


never saw Working Girl

For shame!
posted by New England Cultist at 1:04 PM on July 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


Disney Animated Movies -- you get sixty seconds.

There are fifty answers.

I know my Disney movies, and I just sucked.

But that's not the final image from The Shawshank Redemption. I should know, I saw that last scene about 800 times because I was working in a movie theater at the time.

You think that's bad? Let's talk Ferris Bueller--one of the more famous final bits out there.
posted by tzikeh at 1:08 PM on July 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


I take "final image" to mean the last shot in the movie proper, before the credits roll, and not any post- or during-the-credits scenes (assuming the movie stops and goes to credits instead of continuing under the credits).

Let me guess -- they're all Tarantino films?

That'd be Movies by Bathroom Scene.
posted by kirkaracha at 3:02 PM on July 16, 2011


That final image from Brokeback Mountain still breaks my heart.
posted by jokeefe at 3:38 PM on July 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


jokeefe: That final image from Brokeback Mountain still breaks my heart.

My reaction went in order: heartbreak, "the blues in the denim and the sky complement each other so nicely!", heartbreak heartbreak.
posted by nicebookrack at 4:14 PM on July 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


Many of these I got only because the lighting and film quality were unique enough. Working Girl will always make me want to be in a NYC skyscraper on dark rainy days.
posted by hanoixan at 4:23 PM on July 16, 2011


I read the linked post first on my iPhone, scrolling down with the browser super-zoomed into the images, so when I hit the Brokeback Mountain shot all that showed was the postcard in extreme closeup. I was trying to figure out if I recognized this blue mountain landscape before noticing the Ennis-thumb in the corner.

It's a weird-cool film thing that a photograph on film is indistinguishable from a fixed camera scene or a still shot captured from the film. What's it called, that camera thing I've seen a dozen times: the camera pans across a scenic vista, and then a giant finger descends to poke at the landscape that is actually a photograph in closeup. Tricksy.
posted by nicebookrack at 4:35 PM on July 16, 2011


That'd be Movies by Bathroom Scene.

That's Kubrick.
posted by The Whelk at 5:32 PM on July 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


This felt like a happy little stroll down movie memory lane, especially "Working Girl" -- I loved that movie back in the day, even with Melanie Griffith's halucious acting.

But alas, in the end I was disappointed, because I was SOOO hoping to see an image from the last scene in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." Talk about gorgeous cinematography.
posted by flyingsquirrel at 6:29 AM on July 17, 2011


A few that I never saw and was unable to get like Brokeback Mountain, Adaptation, The Others, A Place in the Sun, Gosford Park. Wonder what that says about their icon status?

I've seen Gosford Park 3 or 4 times but I've also seen a lot of other movies that take place in the 1930's Britain so I couldn't figure out which movie that departing car came from. A Place in the Sun, on the other hand, was easy if you recognize the actors: Montgomery Cliff kissing Elizabeth Taylor can only be one movie. A for sale sign on an old house? Again, too many haunted house movies and I couldn't remember if it was Haunting of Hill House or The Omen or something else-- I completely forgot about The Others.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 6:52 AM on July 17, 2011


Final scene in the Graduate is filmed in my home town La Verne. Corner of 8th and D street there in the frame. You can't really tell in the movie, but that's Roynon Elementary to the left of the bus. The church is across the street from my high school.

Nostalgic non-sequitur, but whatever.
posted by scelerat at 9:42 AM on July 17, 2011


Gungho--you might have guessed at How to Marry a Millionaire, but the screengrab's not from that movie.
posted by Ideefixe at 12:31 PM on July 18, 2011


And to make things, worse, the Toy Story shot is actually Toy Story 2. And the Jaws image isn't the last shot of the film. Why even bother?
posted by Ideefixe at 12:33 PM on July 18, 2011


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