Some opening scenes are so terrific that revealing them is a bigger spoiler than giving away the ending. Take “Apocalypse Now" (1979), for example.
One of the biggest disappointments of the film is that Francis Coppola couldn’t come up with an ending as brilliant as the beginning. But since the beginning is backed by the Door’s song “The End,” maybe the beginning and ending should have been the same.
What are your favorite film opening scenes? Include them in the comments section or send them directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be running the five best on August 11.
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