Dying Is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well.-- Sylvia Plath, Lady Lazarus
Nothing jerks tears like a good movie death. Acting with nobility, with grace and honor in light of an inevitable end is among the many reasons people pay $12+ bucks to see your movie. Cathartic moments, something universal they can relate to in their own lives. Make ’em laugh, make ’em cry, right?
Assembled today are a handful of movies that deal with death, that are famous for it. I’ll present the script scene if it’s out there to be had, if not– like the scenes from Bambi and Sid And Nancy, just the movie clips. Break out the Kleenex and damn you Pixar for those killer montages of cartoon death!
- BAMBI’S MOTHER DIES
- SID AND NANCY: TAXI TO HEAVEN
- GREEN MILE: JOHN COFFEE EXECUTION
EXECUTION CHAMBER Full house tonight. Bill Dodge is waiting at Old Sparky. Silence as Coffey is led in, all eyes on him... PAUL Roll on one. Van Hay cranks the generator. The lights flare hotter and brighter. It's just like in Melinda's bedroom the night Coffey cured her with a kiss. Airless and bright, dreamlike. MARJORIE Does it hurt yet? I hope it does! I hope it hurts like hell! PAUL John Coffey...you have been condemned to die in the electric chair by a jury of your peers...sentence imposed by a judge in good standing in this state. Do you have anything to say before sentence is carried out? John hesitates, nods. COFFEY I'm sorry for what I am. MARJORIE You ought to be! Oh, you monster, you damn well ought to be! Brutal takes the mask from the hook to draw it over Coffey's head. Coffey looks to Paul with terrified, pleading eyes. COFFEY Please, boss, don't put that thing over my face. Don't put me in the dark, I's afraid of the dark. PAUL All right, John. Brutal puts the mask back, proceeds with the sponge. IN TIGHT ANGLES The cap is lowered, the straps drawn. Coffey is breathing fast, terrified, muttering under his breath: COFFEY ...heaven...I'm in heaven... heaven...heaven...heaven...
- UP: DEATH OF ELLIE & KARL’S LONELINESS
INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY Ellie lies in a hospital bed. She looks through her ADVENTURE BOOK. A BLUE BALLOON floats in to the room. Carl stands at the door. He smiles and walks to her bedside. Ellie pushes her Adventure Book toward him. She weakly pats his cheek and adjusts his tie. He kisses her on the forehead. INT. CHURCH - AFTERNOON Carl sits alone, next to a huge bouquet of balloons. EXT. CARL AND ELLIE'S HOUSE - DUSK Carl walks into the house, holding a single blue balloon. FADE TO BLACK.