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Posted: 3/18/2006 7:32:25 AM EDT
I just watched the Lord of War. The 7.62x39s journey from the factory to the magazine then being fired in the opening sequence has to be one of the most creative openings that I have seen in a long time.

The best however has to be the opening of the original Star Wars. That was amazing when I was a kid and even now.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 7:35:28 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 3/18/2006 7:39:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ARDOC:


The best however has to be the opening of the original Star Wars. That was amazing when I was a kid and even now.



That came to mind immediately.

Link Posted: 3/18/2006 7:40:25 AM EDT
the opening to Men in Black was pretty cool with the dragonfly....
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 7:40:36 AM EDT
Star Wars, when the Star Destroyer kept getting bigger and bigger, taking up the whole movie screen.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 7:43:31 AM EDT
Swordfish
The Matrix Revolutions
Reservoir Dogs
Kill Bill Vol. I
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 7:44:40 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2006 7:44:55 AM EDT by DukeSnookems]
Trainspotting....Choose life
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 7:44:41 AM EDT
I liked the Lord of War opening too, even though I doubt ammo's packaged that way. Still, it was a great use of the medium, and original.

I'm still thinking of great openings.

I generally like the James Bond formula of an opening scene and then the credits. My favorite is The Living Daylights, with the training mission on Gibraltar. Mainly because I've never seen Gibraltar in movies aside from The Living Daylights and Das Boot.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 7:48:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
Star Wars, when the Star Destroyer kept getting bigger and bigger, taking up the whole movie screen.



How about Spaceballs?

I thought these were good, too.
The World is Not Enough
XXX
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 7:50:20 AM EDT
Lord of war is by far the best.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:06:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 13thWarrior:
Lord of war is by far the best.



+1 I couldn't care less about the rest of the movie, the opening sequence is what made the movie worth watching, in my opinion.

The rest of the movie was good, too.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:13:42 AM EDT
Patton
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:14:42 AM EDT
Indiana Jones Raiders where it's the young Indy and the snakes.

The Bond movie where he dives off the dam
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:22:21 AM EDT
LOW's bullet cam was fun,

But Once Upon A Time In The West is the best, without a doubt.

"Did ya bring a horse for me?"
"Looks like we're shy one horse."
"No, ya brought two too many."
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:28:54 AM EDT
While the movie sucked......the opening scene to "The Sum of All Fears" was pretty good.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:34:21 AM EDT
i can't believe nobody has said this movie:

Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:38:05 AM EDT
I can't believe no-one said Saving Private Ryan.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:38:35 AM EDT
Star Wars
Pulp Fiction
Quigley Down Under
Dawn of the Dead 2004 (the opening credits)
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:43:41 AM EDT
Boondock Saints

Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:46:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ARDOC:
I just watched the Lord of War. The 7.62x39s journey from the factory to the magazine then being fired in the opening sequence has to be one of the most creative openings that I have seen in a long time.




I was thinking Lord of War when I read the title.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:47:44 AM EDT
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:57:37 AM EDT
way of the gun
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 9:01:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SirDrinksAlot:
I can't believe no-one said Saving Private Ryan.



+1, 15 minutes that will show you everything you need to know about hell on earth

I also like the beginning of Air Force One
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 9:16:19 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 9:23:36 AM EDT
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When I was growing up, I loved the opening to the movie 'Firebirds' I was awesome to see the Apaches coming up and filing the screen like that. For a long time, right up until my senior year in HS, I wanted to be an Apache pilot cause of that movie.

Important note here. The best actor in that movie was the Apache
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 9:58:55 AM EDT
Apocalypse Now, although it was short.

The oft-mentioned Lord of War.

Kill Bill V. 1

Pulp Fiction

The opening to Thirteen Days was, although stock footage, dramatic and set the tone for the entire movie.

I forget, what was the opening to Boondock Saints like?
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 10:01:41 AM EDT
I dont know, i thought Saving Private Ryan's intro was pretty intense.....
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 10:07:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MagKnightX:
Apocalypse Now, although it was short.

The oft-mentioned Lord of War.

Kill Bill V. 1

Pulp Fiction

The opening to Thirteen Days was, although stock footage, dramatic and set the tone for the entire movie.

I forget, what was the opening to Boondock Saints like?



Where they are in Church and the Priest is talking about Kitty Genovese and what happened to her, with the kickass choir music going on in the background as they go up to the front of the church, kneel and pray and then walk out.

That just screams badass.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 10:28:21 AM EDT
Snyder's remake of Dawn of the Dead's intro was pretty good.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 1:09:14 PM EDT
I like the bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies. The movie sucked but the intro where he hijacks the plane with the nukes was pretty cool.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 1:11:28 PM EDT
Lord of War is an awesome intro.


Sin City is an awesome intro as well, and goes great with the final scene.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 1:24:53 PM EDT
Entrapment, where she steals the Rembrandt. Pretty cool.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 4:33:22 PM EDT
Some of the Bond opening sequences are also good. But again Star Wars takes the prize.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 4:37:56 PM EDT
Apocalypse Now

Definitively.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 4:42:57 PM EDT
Fight Club
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 4:43:27 PM EDT
The opening to Smokey and the Bandit 2 where one of the candidates drops dung from a airplane
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 4:43:41 PM EDT
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FULL METAL JACKET


Almost forgot RED DAWN!
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 4:57:46 PM EDT
Being ancient, the first Star WArs movie ws pretty spectacular for it's time. I also like the opening scene of the first Star Trek movie. The Klingons battling V-ger. Outstanding music for that scene. I even have a 33 LP soundtrack of that movie just because of that score. Unfortunately, I should have left then and there.

I haven't seen too many movies at the theater the last several years. Many of them just don't appeal to me anymore.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 7:00:51 PM EDT
Star Wars

Outlaw Josey Wales (pretty much the whole Civil War shown as the opening credits roll)

Blues Brothers (Jake Blues leaving prison, getting into the Bluesmobile as "She Copped the Cady" plays)

The Muppet Movie
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 7:03:39 PM EDT
I really liked the opening sceen in Gladiator, when Maximus is talking to his troops about the upcomming battle

Black Hawk Down was pretty good
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 7:08:54 PM EDT
Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Day of the Dead

Star Wars

Goodfellas

The Way of the Gun
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 7:09:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GunLvrPHD:
Star Wars

Outlaw Josey Wales (pretty much the whole Civil War shown as the opening credits roll)

Blues Brothers (Jake Blues leaving prison, getting into the Bluesmobile as "She Copped the Cady" plays)

The Muppet Movie



Is "She Caught the Katy" the song you're mentioning?
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 7:13:11 PM EDT


I remember seeing a film in my college film courses where God commits suicide hari-kari style in the opening scene. Needless to say, the film was not a comedy.

I'll never forget the feeling of dispair and hopelessness from that scene.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:03:02 PM EDT
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Romancing the Stone. My wife & I thought we were at the wrong movie during the opening sequence.


What's it gonna be, Angelina?

-It was Grogan - the filthiest, dirtiest, dumbest
-excuse for a man west of the Missouri River.

You can die two ways, angel.
Quick, like the tongue of a snake,
or slower than the molasses in January.

- But it was October...

I'll kill ya, damn it, if it's the Fourth of July.

-I told him to get out,
-now that he had what he came for.

-That was the end of Grogan,
-the man who killed my father,
-raped and murdered my sister,
-burned my ranch, shot my dog
-and stole my Bible.

-But if there was one law of the West,
-bastards had brothers
-who seemed to ride forever.
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 5:12:49 AM EDT
Saw most of Lord of War last night. That AK47 round intro was definitely badass.
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 5:31:17 AM EDT
Another vote for Kill Bill Volume One. One of the greatest openings of all time....
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 5:33:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By moparman71:
Patton



When George C. Scott, as Patton, gets up on the stage to incite the troops before Operation Torch it has got to be one of the best openings in history. The filmmakers had to edit what Patton really said since his language, at times, was very profane.

Link Posted: 3/19/2006 7:10:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By raven:
I liked the Lord of War opening too, even though I doubt ammo's packaged that way. Still, it was a great use of the medium, and original.



Yeah, brass is forged in a multi stage process, they made it look like it was stamped from sheet metal.
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 7:14:00 AM EDT
Blade Runner
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 7:23:25 AM EDT
Mean Girls
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 8:13:26 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Another_Dude:
Is "She Caught the Katy" the song you're mentioning?



Ooops!

And +1 for Patton.
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