Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Death in Movies
|In what submarine movie is part of the crew lost to radiation sickness?||Deaths In Movies
K-19: The Widowmaker. K-19 was a Russian nuclear submarine. During its maiden voyage in the 1960s, many of its crew died from radiation sickness. The movie is based on these true events, and starred Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson.
|What is the name of Luke Skywalker's little, green Jedi teacher who dies in "Return of the Jedi"?||Deaths In Movies
Yoda. Luke first meets Yoda in "The Empire Strikes Back" when he is directed by the spirit of Obi-Wan to go to Dagoba. Yoda dies in "Return of the Jedi". At the end of the movie, Luke sees the spirits of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Yoda.
The Lion King . Mufasa was thrown off the cliff to be squashed in the stampede by his wicked brother, Scar. Mufasa is voiced by actor James Earl Jones, and Scar is voiced by Jeremy Irons.
|Which Alfred Hitchcock film features the most famous shower scene death in movie history? ||Deaths In Movies
Psycho. At the famous Bates Motel, Marion Crane is knifed by Norman Bates, who thinks he's his mother. The scene is in black and white, and the blood we see going down the drain is actually chocolate syrup. Marion Crane is played by Janet Leigh, and Anthony Perkins plays Norman Bates.
|In which classic movie does the main character die by stabbing the heart of a painting of himself?||Deaths In Movies
The Picture of Dorian Gray. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is based on the book by Oscar Wilde, which was written in the late 19th Century.
heart attack. At the end of the movie, the narrator says "Royal Tenenbaum died of a heart attack at the age of 68." Royal is played by Gene Hackman.
A New Hope. Obi-Wan Kenobi let himself be killed by Darth Vader so Luke, Leia, and Han could escape the Storm Troopers. In the original "Star Wars", Obi-Wan Kenobi is played by Alec Guinness.
|Perhaps the 'funniest' of all ways to die in a movie was the manner in which numerous people met their end in the Monty Python film 'And Now for Something Completely Different'. Who or what was the killer?||Way to Go! - The Weirdest Deaths in Movies
A deadly joke. The 'Monty Python' movie 'And Now for Something Completely Different' was basically a series of sketches which had been drawn from the comedy team's television series 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'. One of these segments was the unofficially titled 'Funniest Joke in the World' sketch, or 'The Killer Joke'. The deadly joke had been written during WWII by a Brit named Ernest Scribbler, who died laughing as soon as he put it to paper. Upon finding his body, his mother also died laughing, after reading what she thought was her son's suicide note. Many deaths later, the joke was translated into German (one word a time, so that the translators only needed to spend a few days in hospital) and was used against the Germans on the battlefield to devastating effect when read aloud by advancing British troops. Naturally, the audience was humanely spared from hearing the joke.
|One of the more novel ways in which James Bond eliminated a villain was seen in 1973's 'Live and Let Die'. How did Yaphet Kotto's character, Dr. Kananga, die in this film?||Way to Go! - The Weirdest Deaths in Movies
He was inflated with gas and burst like a balloon.. Dr. Kananga's alter ego in this movie was called Mr. Big, which was truly appropriate, given the character's demise. The first 'Bond' film to star Roger Moore as Agent 007, 'Live and Let Die' was about Bond's immersion into a world of gangland crime, gambling and voodoo, as he tried to stop an evil Caribbean dictator from dominating the US heroin market. As usual, Bond found a way to escape certain death, and managed to force a gas pellet from a shark gun down the throat of the villain (hence the obligatory Bond one-liner: 'He always did have an inflated opinion of himself').
|Whooping and waving his cowboy hat, Slim Pickens' character, Major 'King' Kong, gleefully rode astride a guided nuclear missile to a spectacularly weird death in which movie, directed by Stanley Kubrick?||Way to Go! - The Weirdest Deaths in Movies
Dr. Strangelove. Stanley Kubrick's 1964 satirical masterpiece 'Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb' was about the chaos that ensued when a renegade US general (Jack D. Ripper) set the wheels in motion to launch a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, and the US Government tried to stop it from happening. Slim Pickens was given a role which parodied his previous calling as a cowboy in Westerns, and his performance, which included a memorable ride on a nuclear bomb headed towards its Soviet target, helped to resurrect his film career. Peter Sellers, who played several parts in the movie, had also been cast to play the Major, but a sprained ankle forced him to relinquish the role.
Decapitated by a rabbit. Terry Gilliam played the unfortunate Bors in 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', a send-up of all things relating to the Arthurian legend and the quest for the Grail. Bors was ordered by King Arthur to dispatch a seemingly innocuous bunny at the mouth of the Cave of Caerbannog. However, as Tim the Enchanter had warned in vain, the rabbit was a killer, capable of leaping prodigiously and gnawing through skin and bone. After Bors lost his head, Arthur led his knights into battle, but the rabbit took out another two men before Arthur called for a withdrawal: 'Run away! Run away!' The killer rabbit was finally destroyed by the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.
|Having flesh melt from your bones after opening a religious artifact is obviously not a standard way to die, but such a thing happened to someone in a movie which starred Harrison Ford. Which movie?||Way to Go! - The Weirdest Deaths in Movies
Raiders of the Lost Ark. All Hell (or Heaven?) broke loose when the evil Nazis finally had a chance to open the fabled Ark of the Covenant in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', a 1981 adventure movie about the race between a daring archaeologist (Ford) and pre-WWII Nazis to find the legendary artifact in which the Ten Commandments had once been stored. The heroes were spared by averting their eyes, but the villains suffered the wrath of some divine apparitions, and one of them (the Nazi Arnold Toth, played by Ronald Lacey) dissolved most memorably.
Shattered into pieces after being snap-frozen. In 1993's 'Demolition Man', Wesley Snipes played Simon Phoenix, a criminal who resumed his murderous ways after being thawed from a cryogenic prison and escaping into a 21st century world where violence was unknown. John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone), a 20th century cop was also revived in order to catch the criminal all over again, and he eventually got his man with the help of some cryogenic fluid and a well-placed kick...certainly not the standard way of making a bust.
|James Bond's arch enemy, Ernst Blofeld, was finally eliminated in the movie 'For Your Eyes Only'. In what very weird way did he (still seated in his wheelchair) meet his end?||Way to Go! - The Weirdest Deaths in Movies
Dropped into an industrial chimney stack from a helicopter. They say that when you die you see a long dark tunnel, so Blofeld must have experienced this twice. In a scene more befitting a parody, James Bond had collected Blofeld and his wheelchair on the landing skid of a helicopter and gave him a ride before dropping him down the mouth of a rather tall chimney stack. This occurred as the opening sequence in 1981's 'For Your Eyes Only', the twelfth film in the official 'Bond' franchise, which was about Bond's attempt to recover an encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands. Whilst the Blofeld character did show up again in 1983's 'Never Say Never Again', that movie was not part of the EON Productions franchise, so his appearance doesn't count as a resurrection.
|Dying by having a baby alien eat its way out of your chest cavity is certainly a weird way to go. It happened to a number of people in the 'Alien' movies, but which actor played the character who was the very first to die in this manner?||Way to Go! - The Weirdest Deaths in Movies
John Hurt. British actor John Hurt wouldn't have known it at the time, but he had been given one of the most memorable death scenes in cinematic history when he starred in Ridley Scott's 'Alien' (1979), a Sci-Fi about a spaceship crew who had to deal with a deadly stowaway creature on-board. Hurt would neither have dreamed that he'd play the scene all over again as a parody in Mel Brooks' 'Spaceballs' (1987), where the newborn alien started performing a song and dance routine (itself a parody of a famous 'Bugs Bunny' cartoon that featured a singing frog: 'Hello, my Baby, hello, my Honey, hello, my Ragtime Gal').