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The element of surprise packs a powerful punch in the world of cinema, especially when a lead character is killed off. So what are the five best unexpected on-screen deaths?

Alien

Ridley Scott‘s Alien. Photograph: Allstar/Cinetext/©20th Century Fox

Compiled by Tom Grater, a London-based film writer and founder of entertainment website Tom’s Cinema. You can also follow him on Twitter @tomsmovies. If you’ve got an idea for a future Clip joint, drop an email to adam.boult@guardian.co.uk.

In a world where any successful trope of film is regurgitated to death, directors have an increasingly difficult job if they want to catch us off our guard and deliver a genuine surprise. An unexpected death, particularly of a central character, is a plot twist that film-makers often fall back on when they want to shake their audience up. Below are five of the best examples.

Obvious spoiler warning! If you’re squeamish of blood you might want to avoid the clips below. There’s also a fair bit of swearing.

Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino’s films are littered with gleefully unexpected moments of impulsive, or accidental, homicide. There’s the “Goodbye Miss Laura” scene in Django Unchained, and the one from Jackie Brown where Robert De Niro finally loses his temper with Bridget Fonda. Topping them all is this completely unforeseeable calamity in Pulp Fiction.

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The Departed

It’s a tough choice between this particular scene from Infernal Affairs and its remake The Departed, but while a lot of the adaptation is shot for shot, Scorsese’s film adds just a touch of extra drama to this climactic moment.

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Burn After Reading

While Brad Pitt‘s appearance on this list was by no means mandatory, he could have easily been here for Meet Joe Black, which offers a clever take on the tried and tested “unexpectedly hit by a bus/car” motif. However, this shocking moment from the Coen brothers‘ irreverent comedy Burn After Reading makes its way onto this canon via Pitt’s delightfully impish grin, etched permanently onto his face following his untimely demise.

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Animal Kingdom

Exceptional Aussie crime drama Animal Kingdom has an ending as surprising and satisfying as they come. Teenage protagonist Joshua has spent the majority of the film in fear of his villainous uncles, in particular the monstrous Pope (played by the superb Ben Mendelsohn), but in one brief moment he exacts an unexpected revenge. The clip includes quite a lot of build-up, making the finale all the more potent.

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Alien

The list just wouldn’t be complete without this scene from Alien, the king of gruesome and shockingly unexpected cinematic deaths. NB: Ignore the “meows”; I don’t think those are authentic.


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LOS ANGELES (January 23, 2013) — Alan Arkin, Jessica Chastain, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, John Goodman, Damian Lewis and Julianne Moore will be presenters at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today.

They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the SAG Awards that already includes Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Bradley Cooper, Jeff Daniels, Viola Davis, Robert De Niro, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Julianna Margulies, Busy Philipps, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon, Carl Reiner, Liev Schreiber, Taye Diggs, Justin Timberlake, Kerry Washington, Naomi Watts and Sigourney Weaver.

Oscar nominee Alan Arkin received his first SAG Award in 2007 as a member of the “Little Miss Sunshine” cast and was nominated for his supporting role in the film. He is currently nominated for his supporting role in “Argo” and as a member of the film’s cast. He’s got two comedies on tap: “Stand Up Guys,” opposite Al Pacino and Christopher Walken, and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” opposite Steve Carell and Jim Carrey.

Golden Globe recipient and Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain earned a SAG Award in 2012 along with her fellow cast members in “The Help” and was nominated in the supporting actress category, as well. This year, she is nominated for her lead performance in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty.” She currently stars in the Guillermo Del Toro-produced “Mama” and will soon be seen in the double feature “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers.”

Oscar nominee Daniel Day-Lewis was a Screen Actors Guild Award recipient in 2003 for his work in “Gangs of New York” and in 2008 for his role in “There Will Be Blood.” In 2010, he was nominated along with the cast of “Nine.” He has received a total of five SAG Awards nominations, including two this year for his title role in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and as a member of the film’s cast.

Oscar nominee Sally Field is an eight-time SAG Awards nominee and the recipient of one Actor® statuette, for her role as Nora Walker in “Brothers & Sisters.” She’s nominated twice this year, for her performance as Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and as a member of the film’s cast. Last summer, she was seen as Aunt May in the blockbuster “The Amazing Spider-Man” opposite Andrew Garfield.

Along with his co-stars, four-time SAG Awards nominee John Goodman is recognized this year with a cast in a motion picture nomination for “Argo.” Other recent film roles include “Trouble With the Curve” and “Flight.” Next up are two dramas — the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” and George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men” — and the comedies “The Hangover: Part III” and “The Internship.” This summer, he reprises the role of Sulley in “Monsters University,” the sequel to the Disney-Pixar animated film “Monsters, Inc.”

Golden Globe recipient Damian Lewis is nominated for two SAG Awards: for his performance as Nicholas Brody in Showtime’s “Homeland,” which just finished its second season, and as a member of the series’ ensemble.

Julianne Moore is a Golden Globe recipient and SAG Awards nominee for her role as Sarah Palin in “Game Change.” She has received a total of 10 SAG Awards nominations in her career. Upcoming movie roles include “What Maisie Knew” with Alexander Skarsgard; “Don Jon’s Addiction” with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson; “The Seventh Son” with Jeff Bridges; “Carrie” with Chloe Grace Moretz; and the action thriller “Non-Stop.”

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season’s premier events, will be simulcast live coast-to-coast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT) from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. An encore primetime telecast will begin immediately following on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET)/7 p.m. (PT). The ceremony will also be telecast internationally, as well as to U.S. military installations overseas through the American Forces Network Broadcast Center.

source: sagawards.com

 

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