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Top Ten Unexpected Movie Deaths

By: Chris Flynn

Posted 01/20/2006 - 07:47:23 AM by petitgregory:
 i really dug the guy who died in the first 5 minutes of Cube. He's on the cover of the movie poster, and for all you know he's gonna be the main guy for the rest of the movie when you see him wake up alone in the cube... *zinggg* and he's sliced (hey, this topic is a spoilerfest anyhoo)
Posted 01/20/2006 - 08:59:28 AM by metallohsp:
 Yeah, that Executive Decision one is still my favorite. I also immediately thought of Vinnie Jones/Bullet Tooth Tony in Snatch -- they go to lengths making him seem badass and all, then Bam!, dead in a really pussy way. I know that was the intention, but it still surprised me.
Posted 01/20/2006 - 09:34:54 AM by Skee-lo:
 Executive Decision is a classic. I get a lot of stick for loving that film so much. Probably justified, but I still love it.
Posted 01/20/2006 - 10:19:38 AM by gnarles:
 Great call on Spacey's L.A. Confidential check-out. Even after repeat viewings, it's still shockingly sudden and compelling.
Posted 01/20/2006 - 11:00:17 AM by cwperry:
 I'll just say that the final scene of Jean-Luc Godard's My Life to Live is the only movie scene that's ever made me gasp, "Jesus!"
Posted 01/20/2006 - 11:37:13 AM by boilingboy:
 How about William F. peterson's death in To Live and Die In L.A. He get's blown away only two-thirds through the movie...and he's the main character!
Posted 01/20/2006 - 12:18:57 PM by jdsm27:
 Ron Howard is not in _The Cowboys_. Are you thinking of _The Shootist_?
Posted 01/20/2006 - 12:45:50 PM by mpatton:
 Angie Dickinson in Dressed to Kill; Hooch in Turner & Hooch; Nancy Allen in De Palma's Blow Out; the babysat kids in When a Stranger Calls; A nation's integrity by making the Oscars a political statement and giving Best Picture to the woeful Brokeback Mountain.
Posted 01/20/2006 - 01:05:12 PM by mpatton:
 Some more ... Mel Gibson's wife in Braveheart; Bridget Fonda in Jackie Brown; Countless deaths in City of God, from Rocket's older brother to the hotel full of bystanders at the hands of L'il Ze; Mario in Wages of Fear; The African-American student that attempts to subdue one of the shooters in Elephant; Bruce Dern in the King of Marvin Gardens; the innocent girl in the park at the hands of Chris Penn at the end of Altman's Short Cuts.
Posted 01/20/2006 - 06:14:25 PM by mbloodyv:
 Website should be shut down for neglecting Jim Brown in The Dirty Dozen.
Posted 01/20/2006 - 08:50:52 PM by isaacb:
 Perhaps this was overlooked as too obvious...but certainly one of the most famous and no doubt one of the most most unexpected movie deaths was Janet Leigh's in "Psycho," no?
Posted 01/21/2006 - 11:00:51 AM by ketsume717:
 I think all these pale compared to the shocking unexpectedness of the death scene in Cache.
Posted 01/23/2006 - 12:56:48 AM by kapproe:
 William L. Petersen in To Live and Die in L.A. Friedkin is sorely underappreciated. Sorcerer. Cruising. To Live and Die. Rampage. "I'll show them who's boss." Suck it.
Posted 01/23/2006 - 04:04:14 AM by andrew:
 No-one mentioned Gwyneth in Seven? I'm glad she died, but it was a shocker...
Posted 01/23/2006 - 08:26:10 AM by mikejonze:
 how about daniel craig in 'layer cake'. i know it surprised me quite a bit.
Posted 02/25/2006 - 01:36:03 AM by heiden98:
 you guys are all too young to remember "The Great Silence", a spaghetti western by Corbucci. Everything is building up to the typical grand finale of total anihilation of the bad guys, when ... see for yourself. It is actually a good movie.
Posted 02/25/2006 - 09:03:55 AM by StevenHart:
 Fun list, but I think your memory of "The Cowboys" blurred with "The Shootist." John Wayne gets shot in the back in each flick, but Ron Howard avenges him in "The Shootist." It's a big shock when William L. Petersen bags it right before the climax of "To Live and Die In L.A."