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As Senior Management would be the first to tell you, I’m a hopeless romantic. I’ve seen The Shop Around the Corner (with James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan) more times than a manly man would admit to, and though I feign indifference, I get choked up every time I see the last five minutes of Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember.

That said, neither compares to the brilliance that, in my opinion at least, is the best on-screen wedding scene ever!


At first glance Ming and Dale (Max von Sydow and Melody Anderson) may not look like the perfect match, but there's no denying the chemistry - even if it is 3 parts contempt to 9 parts loathing.

How about you?

What’s your favorite romantical movie moment?


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Nov. 28th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
By "best," do you mean tacky and ridiculous? Ha ha.

I guess I'm not much of a romantic. When I see wedding scenes, I usually think, "Sure it's lovely now, but wait til they start fighting about money and cleaning the bathroom and who's gonna get up with the kids.
Nov. 28th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
In the case of Ming and Dale, I don't think they'd have to wait that long before the fighting started :)
Nov. 28th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
but there's no denying the chemistry - even if it is 3 parts contempt to 9 parts loathing


Nov. 28th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
It's a great movie, with all concerned having great fun over-acting their roles :)
Nov. 28th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
I'll go with "The Princess Bride" and the incomparable Peter Cooks pronouncement, "Mawwaige is what bwings us together heah today. Mawwaige. Twu wuve. etc."

Or perhaps the wedding at the end of "Robin Hood, Men in Tights," including "Do you, Mervyn (giggle)?"

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Nov. 28th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Ooh yes. I forgot about Peter Cook's pronunciationally challenged priest :)
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Nov. 28th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
I can't chastise you for this post because, frankly, I wouldn't know where to begin... :-P

So I'll succumb to the blatant maudlin-ness of the question and rack my brains for an answer. I don't much enjoy romantic drama, so it will have to be a romantic comedy scene. Hmmm... still drawing a blank.

I did enjoy the bit in "Nine Months" where Hugh Grant and his brother-in-law beat the stuffing out of a guy in a toy store in a purple dinosaur costume. And, of course, the orgasm scene in "Whan Harry Met Sally". I don't think these were the ones you were thinking of.

I probably have a real one - I've seen plenty of romantic movies - but I just can't think of one right now... Perhaps the moment in which Darcy appears at the house in one of the "Pride and Prejudice" movies (I like the newest one best)?
Nov. 28th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
There's a fine line between moving and cheesy. If a movie goes just a smidge to far, it all goes south, but when it's done right... :)
Nov. 28th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
It isn't in a movie, but the scene from Buffy where Willow and Tara are dancing in the Bronze and they just levitate. Everything about young love in a single, momentary image.
Nov. 28th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Was that from the 'Once more with feeling' episode?
Nov. 28th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Kyle Reece and Sarah Connor in the first Terminator. The coming back through time thing, so hot.
Nov. 28th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
You know, I never thought of that as romantic, but I suppose it is :)
Nov. 28th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
I am not ashamed to admit that I own that Flash Gordon DVD. What a fun movie!

I consider Shakespeare in Love to be one of the most romantic movies I know.
Nov. 28th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Flash has some great lines eg;"Flash I love you, but we only have 24 hours to save the earth".

I thoroughly enjoyed Shakespeare in Love, in particular the grumpy priest who accidentally gets dragged in to see the show and gets caught up in the emotion of it all :)
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Nov. 28th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
I love romantic comedies, the more screwball the better! The scene in Some Like it Hot, where Marilyn Monroe chases Tony Curtis onto Joe E. Brown's motor launch is priceless. But my most favorite is the scene in Overboard, where Goldie Hawn is about to jump into the Pacific to be with Kurt Russell when Roddy McDowell, her so proper butler, grabs her arm and says, "Madam, I cannot allow it... not without a life jacket."
Nov. 28th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Overboard is one of Senior Management's favorites too :)
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Nov. 28th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Oh . . . so many to choose from. I am a total sap about romantic movies even though I would never fall for half the lines I love in movies. Best example, Mr. Darcy tells Liz at the end of Pride and Prejudice (the Keira Knightly version) that she has bewitched him body and soul. If a guy really said that I would propably laugh. But in the movie, with the long walk across a dewey field, the perfect sunrise, and two sleep-deprived love birds it is perfect. Sigh. I do love Princess Bride (horrid wedding scene pronunciation and 'As you wish'). When Harry Met Sally . . . my all time favorite. At the end when he runs to Sally and they see each other at the party. And she tells him she hates him. Priceless. . .not the hating part. But their final acceptance of love.
Nov. 29th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
I like that Harry speech at the end of the movie, especially the bit about when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible :)
Nov. 28th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
OMG, Ming and Dale are awesome! :D
Nov. 29th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
It must be great fun for actors to be encouraged to overact for the sake of the movie :)
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Nov. 29th, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
I think it was Barron (not sure if I spelled it right). Have you ever seen Hot Fuzz? He's clearly having a great time playing a baddie in that movie.

Thanks for sharing :)
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Nov. 29th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
I *heart* Flash Gordon.
Nov. 29th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
The Queen soundtrack is pretty good too :)
Nov. 29th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
Flash! Ah-AHHHHH!

Best romantic moment ever--Lady Hawke. Morning breaks--wolf becomes man, woman becomes hawk. They almost touch. ALMOST! A glimpse, and she's gone.

Gorgeous. I get chills thinking about it. (And don't you say word ONE about the cheesiness of Lady Hawke! It's brilliant, I say! Brilliant!)
Nov. 29th, 2009 11:24 am (UTC)
I think I've seen that. Is that the one with Rutger Hauer (and Matthew Broderick as a young thief)? If so, I quite liked it, though I've not seen it in a good twenty years.
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Nov. 29th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
My favorite romance is David Lean's Hobson's Choice. Utterly delightful if you like a good old-fashioned Vulcan courtship. Which moment is my fave is impossible to choose ... but to stick with the wedding theme, Maggie tells Willy outside the church that "Preacher is going to ask if you love me. Either answer 'yes' or not at all." He says "I'll say yes. I'm resigned. You're growing on me."

Gives me warm fuzzies.
Nov. 29th, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)
I haven't seen Hobson's Choice, but that's a great line :)
Nov. 29th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)
Ha, I love Flash! What a wedding. As for favourite romantic moments, I'm not a huge fan of romcoms, which narrow my choices somewhat. I actually can't think of a standout romantic moment for me in films, which probably says alot about my taste in films.
Nov. 29th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
I prefer the non-gushy moments myself, like with Han and Leia in Return of the Jedi, when Han when tells her, "I love you" and she says "I know" - reversal of lines from episode V.
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