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Final film shot


From this post in the "don't remember name of" thread, it got me thinking of more final shots that totally lingered in the mind, like the freeze frame at the end of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, or Leatherface swingng his chainsaw around in Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
This includes final shots that the end-credits roll over, like the awesome zoom-out of Fonda's burning bike in "Easy Rider", or the exterior shot of the house as we hear an increasingly loud telephone ring in Black Christmas ('74).
Surprised there hasn't been a thread on favourite final film shots, unless my search has failed.

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400 Blows. This has the freeze frame.
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Freeze-frame at the end of Thelma and Louise

Revenge of the Sith - The prequels may have been uneven and messy, but George totally nailed the feels with the final shot of Obi-Wan staring into the dual sunset while the John Williams score swelled up on the soundtrack.

Not a shot, but the final intertitle card at the end of Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures was one of the biggest gut-punches I've ever had at the movies. The entire theatre exited in complete silence after that one.

Speaking of Peter Jackson, the final shot of Aragorn and the others kneeling before Frodo and Sam at the end of Return of the King.What's that? There were three more endings after that? Lalala I can't hear you!!
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Freeze-frame at the end of Thelma and Louise.
Roger Ebert downgraded the film from four stars to three and a half due solely to this shot not being held long enough before cutting to the credits.
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The end of "Silence of the Lambs," with Hannibal slowly walking behind his "old friend for dinner....."


"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" - Donald Sutherland's scream.
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... "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" - Donald Sutherland's scream.
Came on this morning to mention this one. I keep forgetting Veronica Cartwright is in that movie. Her characters have been through some wringers, especially at the hands/claws of aliens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUXHB5U-Vl4
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"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" - Donald Sutherland's scream.
Heh - always wondered if that was borrowed from the scream in The Tenant.
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Not a shot, but the final intertitle card at the end of Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures was one of the biggest gut-punches I've ever had at the movies. The entire theatre exited in complete silence after that one.
What was it? It's been a long time since I've seen that movie, which I really liked.
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What was it? It's been a long time since I've seen that movie, which I really liked.
"In the hours following Honora's murder, a police search of the Rieper house unearthed Pauline's diaries. This resulted in her immediate arrest for the murder of her mother. Juliet was arrested and charged with murder the following day. After Pauline's arrest it was discovered that Honora and Herbert Rieper had never married. Pauline was therefore charged under her mother's maiden name of Parker. In August 1954, a plea of insanity was rejected by the jury in the Christchurch Supreme Court trial, and Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme were found guilty of murder. Too young for the death penalty, they were sent to separate prisons to be 'Detained at Her Majesty's Pleasure.' Juliet was released in November, 1959 and immediately left New Zealand to join her mother overseas. Pauline was released two weeks later but remained in New Zealand on parole until 1965. It was a condition of their release that they never meet again."
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"In the hours following Honora's murder, a police search of the Rieper house unearthed Pauline's diaries. This resulted in her immediate arrest for the murder of her mother. Juliet was arrested and charged with murder the following day. After Pauline's arrest it was discovered that Honora and Herbert Rieper had never married. Pauline was therefore charged under her mother's maiden name of Parker. In August 1954, a plea of insanity was rejected by the jury in the Christchurch Supreme Court trial, and Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme were found guilty of murder. Too young for the death penalty, they were sent to separate prisons to be 'Detained at Her Majesty's Pleasure.' Juliet was released in November, 1959 and immediately left New Zealand to join her mother overseas. Pauline was released two weeks later but remained in New Zealand on parole until 1965. It was a condition of their release that they never meet again."
My recollection, which could be wrong as it has been over 25 years since I saw the film, and I'm at work so I can't look for the clip on-line, was that the last sentence was either on its own card, or appeared after a gap following the other text. Really emphasized the utter futility and stupidity of the girls' tragic actions, which they undertook so as not to be separated by their parents.
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The subway train pulling away with the alien at the end of Brother from Another Planet.

It took me a while to realize that he (effectively an alien slave) was being spirited away on an Underground Railroad.
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The subway train pulling away with the alien at the end of Brother from Another Planet.
Speaking of trains, the one penetrating the tunnel at the end of North by Northwest.
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Speaking of trains, the one penetrating the tunnel at the end of North by Northwest.
Not exactly Hitchcock at is most subtle
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Not exactly Hitchcock at is most subtle
Speaking of, there’s the iconic spinning top at the end of Inception.
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Not exactly Hitchcock [NBN] at his most subtle
Great poster/post combo!

Another funny one, at the end of Frenzy, as we hear "Mr. Rusk....You're not wearing your tie", a large trunk - containing a likely dead body - slams to the floor as the final image.

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Repulsion - The zoom into the photo of Carol and the look she's giving her father.
Yeah that kid's face always gave me the willies.


Chief running off (and disappearing into) the early morning darkness in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Also really like that saw melody in the Indigenous music score.
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At the end of the The Terror ('63), Jack Nicholson's kissing resulted in a molten-beyond-recognition face!

I like the shot of JN looking like he's about to gag.

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Sully's smile at the end of Monsters Inc when he goes looking for Boo.
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I guess I gotta mention Michael shutting the door closed on Kay at the end of The Godfather
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John Wayne left all alone on the porch at the end of The Searchers
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The final shot of, "Kingdom of the Spiders," should have been awesome, but it just looked cheapjack.
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Aguirre on his raft, monkeys his only remaining crew.
Good one!

That movie also has a great opening scene, with the conquistadors making their way down a seemingly impossible mountainside.
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The red phone box, and its ring, at the end of Local Hero (1983).
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An increasingly darkening picture as Anthony Perkins loses his sight (again) in How Awful About Allan. Best ever end title! .

Fun, Mozart-fuelled tracking shot through the offices in After Hours.

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The story behind this is that this was filmed by a backup director who forgot to say cut, so the two actors stayed in character, but looked lost because they weren't sure what to do next, which meshed nicely with their character arcs.
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The inside of a warehouse, the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

A pair of lost souls hold hands while towers fall, Fight Club.
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Verbal Kent transforming as he walks down the sidewalk in The Usual Suspects.
That's the second-to-last shot. The last shot is a fragment of a scene from earlier in the movie, with Verbal saying, "And poof! - he's gone."
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That's the second-to-last shot. The last shot is a fragment of a scene from earlier in the movie, with Verbal saying, "And poof! - he's gone."
That's the shot I came to post. Totally awesome how the last two words are spoken after the cut to black.
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The end of The Shining showing an old photo from the hotel's history; a ball from 1921, As the camera zooms in, we see Jack Nicholson among the revelers. I've seen the movie so many times I don't always wait through the whole shot but the first time I saw it, it stayed with me for days. He doesn't look particularly creepy (like poor wretched Carol in Repulsion<shiver>) but the implication . . .he has been absorbed by the hotel? He's always been part of it? Great way to end it.
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Since you mentioned scenes where the credits roll over the shot, the truck driving away in Five Easy Pieces.
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The last 5 minutes of Harold and Maude are a master class in film making, with the cuts between Harold pacing the hospital waiting room and speeding along the highway...

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culminating in his car plunging off the cliff to smash on the beach below while you think he finally went through with the suicide he was always faking. And then the camera pans up to the top of the cliff for the final shot, where Harold walks into the distance plucking the banjo and dancing.
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The last 5 minutes of Harold and Maude are a master class in film making, with the cuts between Harold pacing the hospital waiting room and speeding along the highway...

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culminating in his car plunging off the cliff to smash on the beach below while you think he finally went through with the suicide he was always faking. And then the camera pans up to the top of the cliff for the final shot, where Harold walks into the distance plucking the banjo and dancing.

Indeed, one of my favourite fillmakers - Hal Ashby - cut his his teeth as an editor.

At the end of Being There, HA takes on a more introspective, absurdist approach, with Chauncey walking out on the lake. (Love the score.)
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The end of Ferris Bueller's Day Off was pretty groundbreaking, back before end credit scenes were a thing.
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The end of Ferris Bueller's Day Off was pretty groundbreaking, back before end credit scenes were a thing.
But if those count: that final shot of The Avengers, after their big battle — you know, when they’re just sitting around in a busted-up shawarma restaurant.
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Maybe the most disturbing ending I think I've ever seen (so I won't link it) - in Looking For Mr. Goodbar, Diane Keaton gets raped and repeatedly stabbed, and as she lays dieing, gasping for air, we see the final images of just her face, looking terrified up at the camera, in the intermittent light of a strobe light, until finally one, last, strobe, and then black.

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The last shot of Steve McQueen washing his face exhausted and sickened after having no choice but to kill the bad guy. The simple but beautifully poignant Lalo Schiffrin score putting the exclamation point on it all. Still moves me after many viewings.
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The final shot of Psycho with Norman Bates sitting in the chair with a voiceover by "MOTHER" about how she wouldn't hurt a fly signifying her personality as taking over Norman while it fades to Marion Crane's car being pulled from the swamp.

Also the Giant Space Baby ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

And the twist ending of the original Planet of the Apes in the final shot.
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The final shot of Psycho with Norman Bates sitting in the chair with a voiceover by "MOTHER" about how she wouldn't hurt a fly signifying her personality as taking over Norman while it fades to Marion Crane's car being pulled from the swamp.
And for just a few quick frames, there is a skull superimposed over his face...
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As effective and poignant as most of these examples are, is there any ending to a movie that captures the feelings evoked by
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Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
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The final scene of The Thing. MacReady and Childs staring each other down and sharing the scotch.
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