Best Opening Credits/Scene to a Film (Movie)

mr_goo
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edited February 2019 in The cake stop
It has to combine cinematography and score. Bonus points for graphics.

'Zombieland'. Just a great match up of slow mo' graphic horror, graphics plus an awesome Metallica track For Whom the Bell Tolls. It all works for me.
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  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,750
    Up.
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  • me-109
    me-109 Posts: 1,915
    Once Upon a Time in the West
  • crispybug2
    crispybug2 Posts: 2,915
    Goodfellas


    Nothing else comes close
  • Harry182
    Harry182 Posts: 1,169
    Donnie Darko original cinema release version with “Killing Moon”.
  • eric_draven
    eric_draven Posts: 1,192
    Full Metal Jacket,in the barbers,faceing up to the grim reality you were going to war wether you volunteered or not
  • jgsi
    jgsi Posts: 5,062
    Brilliant Mr Welles
    https://youtu.be/Yg8MqjoFvy4.
  • john_kline
    john_kline Posts: 2,151
    Trainspotting
  • Matthewfalle
    Matthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    Top Gun. best opening sequence ever.

    https://youtu.be/DRv2cVF0CdM

    end of thread.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
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  • morstar
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    Saving Private Ryan. 20 minutes of pure unglamourised, unapologetic horror.

    On a lighter note. I think the first 20 minutes of Scream are a really clever contrast to what the movie becomes. Sets the scene as a genuine slasher horror movie which gradually unravels as it becomes more comedic.
  • mrfpb
    mrfpb Posts: 4,569
    Thwok, thwok , thwok

    Beautiful Forest Scene fades in

    The Doors "The End" begins to play

    Forest bursts into flames

    Apocalypse Now has begun
  • Star Wars. John Williams opening fanfare, the crawl, music calms down over a slow pan to a quiet looking planet then AN ABSOLUTLEY MASSIVE SPACESHIP COMING OVER MY HEAD SHOOTING FRICKIN’ LASER BEAMS.

    Blew my mind when I was a kid, still does today.
  • capt_slog
    capt_slog Posts: 3,946
    JGSI wrote:
    Brilliant Mr Welles
    https://youtu.be/Yg8MqjoFvy4.

    Clever on so many levels.


    @the OP.
    There's another zombie film, is it the one where they hole up in the mall? It starts with an aerial shot following a car, and there all this carnage cracking off, crashes happening etc.


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  • ayjaycee
    ayjaycee Posts: 1,277
    MF might just have nailed it with Top Gun. I actually spent a bit of time on the USS John F Kennedy during Op Granby / Desert Storm and was almost constantly in awe during the whole time on board.
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  • DeVlaeminck
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    Apocalypse now is a good shout. I like Quadrophenia too - the quiet start with Jimmy walking away from the cliff edge silhouetted against the sea and sky then as The Who's The Real Me kicks in straight into him riding his Lambretta through London.
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  • mrfpb
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    From "This is the Universe. Big, isn't it?" to the moment David Niven bails out his burning plane without a parachute and Kim Hunter breaks down in tears. The opening of "A Matter of Life and Death" is a masterclass in portraying Brit understatement as humour and heroism. Powell and Pressburger's finest moment.
  • Matthewfalle
    Matthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    ayjaycee wrote:
    MF might just have nailed it with Top Gun. I actually spent a bit of time on the USS John F Kennedy during Op Granby / Desert Storm and was almost constantly in awe during the whole time on board.

    this.

    if i had my time again i would do everything i could do be on a big carrier: only problem is i would be in awe of everything all the time and constantly trip over myself.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • briantrumpet
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    Star Wars. John Williams opening fanfare, the crawl, music calms down over a slow pan to a quiet looking planet then AN ABSOLUTLEY MASSIVE SPACESHIP COMING OVER MY HEAD SHOOTING FRICKIN’ LASER BEAMS.

    Blew my mind when I was a kid, still does today.
    Though I've not seen the film, that opening fanfare features the legendary Maurice Murphy. It was recorded in one take by the London Symphony Orchestra, after playing it just once through. And it was pretty much Murphy's first day in post, I think. After that, the composer (John Williams) insisted that Murphy would be the lead trumpet on all his film scores.
  • Matthewfalle
    Matthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    edited December 2018
    no - you're (apart from ajaycee who is a genius) all wrong.

    Its Top Gun.

    with the cannonball run running up there for brining an instant smile to your face.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • Blade Runner.
    The Hades landscape accompanied by the Vangelis score.
    Stunning.
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  • mrb123
    mrb123 Posts: 4,613
    The opening scenes of The Shining are stunning as the car drives through incredible landscape, that foreboding soundtrack lending an air of menace.
  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    mrfpb wrote:
    From "This is the Universe. Big, isn't it?" to the moment David Niven bails out his burning plane without a parachute and Kim Hunter breaks down in tears. The opening of "A Matter of Life and Death" is a masterclass in portraying Brit understatement as humour and heroism. Powell and Pressburger's finest moment.

    Quality choice. But then that film is terrific all the way through......
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  • Ben6899
    Ben6899 Posts: 9,686
    edited December 2018
    2001 A Space Odyssey

    (the full, 10min introduction including the bone/spaceship edit)
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  • Once upon a time in the West, perfect use of sound and those lovely wide shots.
  • laurentian
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    crispybug2 wrote:
    Goodfellas


    Nothing else comes close

    Is the correct answer
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  • Matthewfalle
    Matthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    laurentian wrote:
    crispybug2 wrote:
    Top Gun


    Nothing else comes close

    Is the correct answer


    agree 100%
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
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  • crispybug2
    crispybug2 Posts: 2,915
    The Long Good Friday


    If we were choosing the best closing scene then you would probably be correct