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Old 08-10-2013, 23:56
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Someone's comment about Phar Lap got me wondering: Can you think of any film that opens with its ending?

I can think of only two: Quadrophenia and Sunset Boulevard.

Actually, judging by many debates about Jimmy's fate, a lot of people still don't realise that the ending is the opening of Quadrophenia.
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Old 09-10-2013, 00:07
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Old 09-10-2013, 00:15
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Irreversible.

It ends with its opening too.
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Old 09-10-2013, 00:17
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Gandhi's start is a huge spoiler.
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Old 09-10-2013, 00:23
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The Lovely Bones could county as well since you know the main character is already dead and she is telling how it happened
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Old 09-10-2013, 00:27
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Old 09-10-2013, 00:31
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I thought of Irreversible too. although that seems obvious.

I watched The Life of David Gale the other day which sort of starts with the end. Or at least it is a little teaser for the end.
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Old 09-10-2013, 00:55
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Pulp Fiction with the couple at the coffee table saying to each other 'I love you honey bunny.'

Also, American Beauty, where Kevin Spacey's narration outlines what is going to happen to him from the opening sequence.

Spoiler
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:16
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Fallen with Denzel Washington, Carlito's Way very similar.
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:44
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The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:03
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:43
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"The Night of the Following Day" ends where it begins.
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:54
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:01
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"Sunset Boulevard".
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:41
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Heavenly Creatures
DOA? (the film noir rather than boobie kung-fu chicks )
Matrix Reloaded (not quite ending, but definitely third act)
MI:3 (ditto; doesn't it start with a key scene from about halfway through film?)

I have vague memories of Fight Club also opening with start of climatic scene, but may be wrong
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:06
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:09
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12 Monkeys

I have vague memories of Fight Club also opening with start of climatic scene, but may be wrong
It does. Although there's a (smart) change in the dialogue to reflect that we've just watched a flashback.
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:13
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:13
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I can think of only two: Quadrophenia and Sunset Boulevard.

Actually, judging by many debates about Jimmy's fate, a lot of people still don't realise that the ending is the opening of Quadrophenia.
I never had a clue. Seen the film many times and the penny never dropped until someone explained it on here about a year ago! So it took over 30 years before I knew this!!
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:16
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12 Monkeys



It does. Although there's a (smart) change in the dialogue to reflect that we've just watched a flashback.
Thanks . Glad memory not failing yet. And La Jetee/12 Monkeys is great choice. One of my fave SF films.
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Old 09-10-2013, 15:48
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Fight Club .
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Old 09-10-2013, 18:12
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Old 09-10-2013, 18:18
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Saving Private Ryan.
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Old 09-10-2013, 18:22
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Old 09-10-2013, 19:26
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That is a great film along with The Third Man!
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