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Many films have confusing endings or are left open for viewer interpretation. List the films here. Feel free to list why as well.

*Careful viewing this thread as it may contain spoilers to films you have yet to see.*


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1. The Shining (Jack Nicholsons Photo)

2. The Blue Lagoon (Are they really sleeping or...?)

3. The Wrestler 2009 (Did Randy the Ram die in the last scene?)

4.The Thing 1982 (Who is The Thing in the final scene?)


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Man, those are all really good. I'll have to find my favorites list and DVD collection and see which ones I can add. How about The Usual Suspects? We find out the identity of Keyzer Soze, but don't know if he'll ever get caught.


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While not my idea of ambiguous, the ending of Phase IV is supposedly drastically cut from the director's and writer's intent. I've heard the uncut ending is available. Any one know if this is true?

I enjoy the film a great deal and it stands up well as is, but....


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Well, the ending of "Phase IV" hardly ties up its loose ends. I'd say it's ambiguous enough to be listed here.

Great question about the uncut ending. Unfortunately, I have no idea.

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7.Inception

8.American Psycho


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9. Cast Away :wtf:

10. The Birds :wtf:

11. Vanilla Sky :wtf:

12. Radio Flyer :wtf:

13. The Village :wtf:

14. Ocean's Eleven (2001) :wtf:

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I've heard that Radio Flyer's ending was supposed to be a dream/fantasy and symbolize the younger boy committing suicide. I just thought of another one I saw on TV over the weekend. The remake of Dawn of The Dead. They make it to some island only to be attacked by more zombies on it, but we don't get to see if any of them survive the attack. I would assume maybe one or two of them might at best, if they could swim away, since the boat was out of fuel by then.


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I've heard that Radio Flyer's ending was supposed to be a dream/fantasy and symbolize the younger boy committing suicide. I just thought of another one I saw on TV over the weekend. The remake of Dawn of The Dead. They make it to some island only to be attacked by more zombies on it, but we don't get to see if any of them survive the attack. I would assume maybe one or two of them might at best, if they could swim away, since the boat was out of fuel by then.


I hate that ending. It was the Universal Studios ending. Its their backlot. They give it away in the commentary.
Either way they were screwed. The funniest part is how Ving Rhames finds his way into the Day of the Dead (2008) remake. Totally unrelated


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Oh yeah, I still have to watch that. I can't believe there are rumors of another Day of the Dead remake. I kind of hope it doesn't get made, but wouldn't mind if Romero wanted to do another Dead movie himself.

Good point about Rhames too. I'm going to say that Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames survive in the end then.


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Anthony wrote:
I've heard that Radio Flyer's ending was supposed to be a dream/fantasy and symbolize the younger boy committing suicide. I just thought of another one I saw on TV over the weekend. The remake of Dawn of The Dead. They make it to some island only to be attacked by more zombies on it, but we don't get to see if any of them survive the attack. I would assume maybe one or two of them might at best, if they could swim away, since the boat was out of fuel by then.


I hate that ending. It was the Universal Studios ending. Its their backlot. They give it away in the commentary.
Either way they were screwed. The funniest part is how Ving Rhames finds his way into the Day of the Dead (2008) remake. Totally unrelated


What about the ending of the original Dawn? They survive, but originally they were both supposed to die. I heard they talk about this on the DVD and show production stills with one actress' head mold made. They still hint at the original ending, but make it seem like they changed their mind and decide to fight their way out. Works for me. I hate "everybody dies" endings.


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It took me forever to actually see it, but THE TIME TRAVELERS is a good example of that "We're screwed" kind of ending.


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THX-1138 has (to me) a great one.

Also these, though they're a little less ambiguous -

TO KILL A CLOWN (It halfway suggests - to me, at least - that "It was all a dream" explanation, but only halfway.)
SLITHER (' 73)
THE HAPPENING (' 67)


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Well, the ending of "Phase IV" hardly ties up its loose ends. I'd say it's ambiguous enough to be listed here.

Great question about the uncut ending. Unfortunately, I have no idea.



This is a real minority opinion, but I'm kind of fond of Bill Rebane's THEY, partly because the ending reminds me a little of PHASE IV's (only with toddlers replacing PHASE IV's adult couple!).


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What about John Carpenter's The Thing? Actually, doesn't Russell end up killing the last person he ends up surviving with? So I guess he was the last one left. Come to think of it, Night of the Creeps kind of was, both endings, with the jump scare one of the zombie dog and the original one with the spaceship showing up to try and collect the remaining parasites turning people into zombies. Although if they really blew up in the basement, there shouldn't have been any survivors left from there.


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8.American Psycho


American Psycho to me is actually 2 movies. The first half a psychological/80's cultural commentary and the second a cartoon. It gets so rediculous that at the scene when he shoots the police car with his gun and in one shot blows the entire vehicle up it's a :wtf: moment for me. The whole second hafl of the film ruined it for me. But I enjoyed the first half immensly. :)

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8.American Psycho


American Psycho to me is actually 2 movies. The first half a psychological/80's cultural commentary and the second a cartoon. It gets so rediculous that at the scene when he shoots the police car with his gun and in one shot blows the entire vehicle up it's a :wtf: moment for me. The whole second hafl of the film ruined it for me. But I enjoyed the first half immensly. :)


Thats why the ending is left open. All those wtf moments make you wonder if its in his head or not. Im sure it was deliberate.


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Does Taxi Driver count? I just read recently that the ending is all in Travis' head though, which is why you see his broken mirror repaired towards the end of the movie. I just got an idea for another movie thread actually.


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Sure, Taxi Driver could possibly be added because I still get confused by that ending when Deniro looks in the rear view mirror.

Anthony whats your idea? Post the thread...


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Sure, Taxi Driver could possibly be added because I still get confused by that ending when Deniro looks in the rear view mirror.

The thing about Taxi Driver though is that Deniro and Sheppard knew each other and she didn't bolt out of the cab. They had a friendly conversation and the ending was a pitiful attempt to make the, "Criminals and weirdos aren't so bad, they can also be heroes" theme. Interesting film though.

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How about the MOTHER of all confusing movies?

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:wtf: Rock Hudson, at the movie's premiere, stated that he bolted out of the film halfway through. He screamed, "Can someone tell me what the hell is going on in this movie?" :ROTF:

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Take Shelter (2011)


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:wtf: Rock Hudson, at the movie's premiere, stated that he bolted out of the film halfway through. He screamed, "Can someone tell me what the hell is going on in this movie?" :ROTF:


I would say every single film stanley Kubrick made after 2001 was ambiguous. ...or weird


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"The Quiet Earth" (1985)

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"The Quiet Earth" (1985)


I just read the synopsis for this movie after you mentioned it....it looks fantastic. These sort of films are rare and unique for its time.
At the same time its nothing to be considered as a cult classic but fun to watch.


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Great thread.

3. The Wrestler 2009 (Did Randy the Ram die in the last scene?)

This one keeps me struggling.

Spoilers:
if he survives, how many more fights does he got in him? With his health as it is, will he end up like all the other beaten down wrestlers?
Or does he die outright? Fulfilling a bitter end.

Pulp Fiction: What happens to the 2 leads? And what really is in the case?

The Grey (2011) Does Liam's character survive? Hopefully he does, but the odds were against him.

Yeah, Cast Away has an open ending, but maybe the author is saying he is back on course.

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"Counterculture" films are very big on them.

HELL'S ANGELS ON WHEELS
PSYCH-OUT - Is Susan Strasberg "shocked" into losing her hysterical deafness? I don't think it's made completely clear.
THE PRESIDENT'S ANALYST - Maybe the very end is clear enough, but I never quite get it.


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