Special Sub-Topic: Dying To Be A Star
|(2001) I was part of a fellowship of nine that was sworn to accompany the ring to its destruction. I am ashamed to admit that I did try and take the ring away from Frodo, but I refound my honour before I died. I was shot with arrows, while trying to protect Merry and Pippin.|
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. It was Boromir, played by Sean Bean, who was the only member of the Fellowship to fall. Peter Jackson directed this masterful first in the trilogy, that starred, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, and Ian McKellen, to name but a few.
|(1939) I lived to see the destruction of my glorious South, and died giving birth to my second child. On my deathbed I asked my best friend, Scarlett, to look after my son and my husband. I know people have been saying that she's been after my husband for years, but I know that's not true. How can it be when her husband loves her so?|
Gone With the Wind. Thus passed the honourable Melanie Wilkes, played by Olivia de Havilland. The expression 'epic saga' has been very over-worked, but it was almost as if it were coined for this film, directed by Victor Fleming and George Cukor. Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard and Clark Gable also starred.
|(1988) I remember meeting C.C. many years ago in Atlantic City. I was lost and she showed me how to get back to my hotel. And we've been friends ever since. We even lived together for a few years, before I got called back to look after my dying father and she became such a big star.
Now it's my turn to die, because of a virus that I caught that's made my heart so weak, and I want C.C. to be the one to look after my little girl. It has to be her, because she's the only one who'll be able to tell my daughter about the way I really was.|
Beaches. Barabara Hershey played Hilary Whitney Essex, whose money couldn't protect her from a virus, and Bette Midler played the manic, but talented C.C. Bloom. Garry Marshall directed this truly wonderful movie about the value of friendship, that also starred John Heard.
|(2001) I was a loyal servant to my Lord, who was once a very powerful wizard. I even let him cohabit with me in my head, while I searched for ways to help make him whole again. It was when I tried to touch that horrible boy, the same one who caused my master to be reduced to such a sorry state, that I died. I began to crumble away because he was protected by the power of love.|
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (British and Canadian title). Ian Hart played the unfortunate Professor Quirrell, who turned to dust at Harry Potter's touch. Chris Columbus directed this wonderful adaptation of J.K. Rowlings book. It's all-star cast included, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.
|(1987) I have six fingers on my right hand, and years ago I killed a Spaniard who had been making a special sword for me. Now, accompanied by his friends the giant and the man in black, who I have already killed once, the Spaniard's son has tracked me down, and finally achieved his revenge by killing me. |
The Princess Bride. It is the unfortunate Count Tyrone Rugen, played by Christopher Guest, who met his end at the end of Inigo's sword. Rob Reiner directed this very funny fantasy that also starred Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant and Robin Wright-Penn.
|(1989) My name is Shelby. I lived in Louisiana and hung out with my mother and our friends at Tuvy's Beauty Parlor. All these wonderful women came to my wedding, and then they all came to my funeral.
I died because I so desperately wanted to have a child, even though the doctors told me that I probably shouldn't. For a while after he was born, it looked like I was going to get away with it. But then things caught up with me and I collapsed, and slipped into a coma. My parents made the decision to pull the plug on the life support machines, and my mother stayed with me as I slipped away.|
Steel Magnolias. Julia Roberts played the physically fragile Shelby, and Sally Field played her mother, in this wonderful study of the strength and friendship of Southern women. Herbert Ross directed the film which also starred Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah,and Olympia Dukakis.
|(1996) Some folks would call me a bigot. I know I've been a member of the klan for pretty much my whole life, just like my daddy before me, and his daddy before him. I've done a lot of things that I probably deserve to die for, but the one they're going to fry me for isn't one of them. I was set up for that one. Oh yes, I meant to blow-up that building, but the bomb was supposed to go off earlier and those people weren't supposed to be inside. My family deserted me years ago, heck, my son even changed his name. But now my grandson has crawled out of the woodwork, and is going to try and save my life. Too bad he loses though.|
The Chamber. Gene Hackman played Sam Cayhall, a man who hated because he never knew any other way. Faye Dunaway played his daughter, a woman who turned to an empty marriage and a bottle to forget who she was, and Chris O'Donnell played the grandson who tried so desperately to save his grandfather. James Foley directed this powerful movie based on a John Grisham novel.
|We're American bank and train robbers who take off to Bolivia after a relentless posse makes it impossible for us to conduct our business any further. Once we get to Bolivia, we have every intention of starting afresh, but real jobs are just so darned difficult to hold down, that before we know it we're robbing banks and running from the law again. Although you never actually see us die, there is little doubt about what happens to us. After all, it seems like pretty near the whole Bolivian army is waiting out there for us, and we're already wounded, and running out of ammunition.|
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Paul Newman and Robert Redford play the title characters, under George Roy Hill's direction. Katherine Ross also starred. Butch and the Kid were real, honest-to-goodness bandits, but that might be about as far as any historical accuracy goes.
|(1941) Alone at the end, I mutter the enigmatic word 'rosebud' on my deathbed. Since no one seems to have any idea what that means, an enterprising young reporter decides he wants to know, so he dissects my past as a newspaper tycoon, and interviews anyone who knew me. While this provides for a very entertaining tale, it doesn't help him solve the mystery of what my last word meant. But if you've seen the movie, you know.|
Citizen Kane. Orson Welles both directed and starred as the elusive 'Citizen Kane', a once vibrant and powerful man, who died all alone at his mansion, Xanadu.
|(1998) Life hasn't been good to me lately. Not only has my husband left me, and moved in with a much younger woman who he actually plans on marrying, but now I find I have cancer, and am going to die. It seems that I must make peace with my ex's new love, because it looks as though she's going to be responsible for raising my kids, whether I like it or not. But the hardest thing of all is bringing myself to say goodbye to them.|
Stepmom. Susan Sarandon played Jackie Harrison, a woman who had to learn to put her bitterness behind her and plan for her death. Julia Roberts played Isabel Kelly, who never really expected to have to be a full time mom. Ed Harris, Jena Malone and Liam Aiken played the rest of the family, under Chris Columbus' direction.
|(1996) Just because we raped, and beat his daughter, and left her for dead, didn't give that Carl Lee Hailey the right to kill us. Well he's in for it now, because the klan's all fired up about what he's gone and done, and that fancy lawyer of his isn't going to be able to save him from swinging from a tree once the clan gets hold of him. At least that's what should have happened. It's just not fair that he shot us dead, and got to walk out a free man.|
A Time to Kill. Joel Shumacher directed this wonderful adaptation of John Grisham's first, and best, novel. The all star cast included, Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey, Oliver Platt, Donald Sutherland and Kiefer Sutherland.
|(2001) I was a tobacco tycoon who was being set up as the latest victim of this mother-daughter con team. Those two had a really slick number going, scamming old, rich men like me out of our money. They thought they had me too, but they didn't. In fact I messed their plans up real bad when I went and died before they could get their hands on my money.|
Heartbreakers. Gene Hackman starred as the disgusting, coughing and spewing, latest target to Sigourney Weaver's and Jennifer Love Hewitt's con team, under David Mirkin's direction.
|(2000) Hi, my name is Billy Tyne and I was Captain of the 'Andrea Gail', a swordfish boat out of Gloucester, Massachusetts. My crew and I drowned when we got caught in a bizarre storm, in the Fall of '91. We never would have tried to make it through that storm if our ice machine hadn't died when we had a hold full of swordfish. But we thought we could make it. It's just that the storm turned out to be an awful lot more powerful than anyone thought it would be.|
The Perfect Storm. Wolfgang Petersen directed this powerful movie that starred George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Karen Allen, John C. Reilly, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, William Fichtner, Allen Payne and John Hawkes.
|(2001) I'm an F.B.I. agent, and I have a real hate on for that Clarice Starling. She thought she was such a big fish after she helped catch Buffalo Bill, but she got her come-uppance, just look at where her career is going now. Not that my career is really doing much better. I mean, you never actually see me die, but with that Lecter creep slicing off pieces of my brain and feeding them to me, it's not very likely that I'm going to live, is it?|
Hannibal. It was Special Agent Paul Krendler, played by Ray Liotta, who was fed his own brain. In the book they all dined on it. Ridley Scott directed this sequel to 'The Silence of the Lambs', that starred Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, and Gary Oldman.
|(1983) I have been a powerful force in the universe for some time now, but it took my son to teach me right from wrong. The Emperor was going to kill him, but I stepped into save him, taking the full force of the Emperor's wrath. I died from the encounter, but at least I have been turned back to the good side of the force. I can rest easy knowing know that by dying, I not only saved my son's life, but helped to restore order to the universe, by killing the Emperor.|
The Return of the Jedi. It was Darth Vader who gave his life so valiantly. James Earl Jones gave his magnificent voice to Vader, while David Prowse contributed his stature. Sebastian Shaw played Anakin, once Luke had turned him back to the good side, under Richard Marquand's direction. Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill also starred.
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