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Movies with "It was all a dream" moments?

What is your view on movies that end with the main character either in their head or having everything you watched up until that point be a dream. Do you wish the actual story you solve actually got resolved or do you like them with that twist ending?

Couple examples

The Wizard of Oz
The Sixth Sense
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Yeah, this is going to be a major spoilage thread. Goodbye.
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Jacob's Ladder

See ya....
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Re: Movies with "It was all a dream" moments?

Originally Posted by JumpCutz
Jacob's Ladder

See ya....
I haven't seen Jacob's Ladder. What was you take on the ending. You can use spoiler tags if you need to.

I am actually doing a little research on this
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Originally Posted by PHMustang2000
The Sixth Sense
Huh? Not true at all.
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The Sixth Sense?! Watch it again.

My favorite is Nightmare City
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How can you not know how the Sixth Sense ends? Its only one of the most spoilered movies of all time. Not knowing the ending is like not knowing Darth Vader is Luke's father.

Spoiler:
Bruce Willis was dead the whole time. He's a ghost. Its not a dream.
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I was going to post Inception cuz people for some goddamn reason thinks it's a dream to the end.
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Yeah The Sixth Sense? WTF?

Twist? Sure, obviously. But a dream? Not so much.
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Re: Movies with "It was all a dream" moments?

Originally Posted by kgrogers1979
How can you not know how the Sixth Sense ends? Its only one of the most spoilered movies of all time. Not knowing the ending is like not knowing Darth Vader is Luke's father.

Spoiler:
Bruce Willis was dead the whole time. He's a ghost. Its not a dream.
Yes I have seen it, The Sixth Sense. I also will include movies with a twist you never saw coming. I read originally they were going to make the last scene with cole in the car with his mom. They added that ending later. Would the ending of worked without the bruce willis ending?
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I read originally they were going to make the last scene with cole in the car with his mom. They added that ending later. Would the ending of worked without the bruce willis ending?


Where in the world did you read that? On a first viewing it may not be so obvious, but on repeated viewings it is painfully obvious that it was intended all along. It wasn't something added later. There are many clues throughout the movie that
Spoiler:
Bruce Willis was dead.
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Re: Movies with "It was all a dream" moments?

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Yeah, this is going to be a major spoilage thread. Goodbye.
I avoid all threads like this or "Most shocking death in cinema?"
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Originally Posted by kgrogers1979


Where in the world did you read that? On a first viewing it may not be so obvious, but on repeated viewings it is painfully obvious that it was intended all along. It wasn't something added later. There are many clues throughout the movie that
Spoiler:
Bruce Willis was dead.
I was watching the blu-ray and I heard it on one of the features
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Originally Posted by davidh777
I avoid all threads like this or "Most shocking death in cinema?"
...and yet here you are.
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Originally Posted by JumpCutz
...and yet here you are.
I know, I happened to click into this one just hoping to see a comment like PopcornTreeCt's, and now I'm trying to skim without reading any titles
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I don't like it when it is used as an easy cheat or way out for the writers. Identity is a prime example. Great movie until you learn at the end that the whole story was just a sicko's fantasy. Definitely ruins it for repeat viewing.
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I don't like it when it is used as an easy cheat or way out for the writers. Identity is a prime example. Great movie until you learn at the end that the whole story was just a sicko's fantasy. Definitely ruins it for repeat viewing.
I thought it worked great in Identity, and that's actually one of my favorite slasher-style thriller flicks. They gave it some gravity by essentially making whoever won the battle be his real life personality. However, even if that weren't the case, it's still a really fun movie.

Mulholland Drive is the first movie that comes to mind here, love that movie as well. Almost like a proper remake of The Wizard of Oz, with lesbians.
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Haven't seen it, but I have heard that Human Centipede 2 leaves the impression that it was all some sicko's fantasy.
I will also say that if they ever want to re-boot the Alien franchise to exclude all but the first two, the set up for three and four being one big dream is done quite well in the second, with all of the talk dreams between Ripley and Newt.
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no. Just leave the latter part of the Alien franchise alone. Just stop. Prometheus on the other hand...fuck yes, motherfucker.
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I thought it worked great in Identity, and that's actually one of my favorite slasher-style thriller flicks. They gave it some gravity by essentially making whoever won the battle be his real life personality. However, even if that weren't the case, it's still a really fun movie.

Mulholland Drive is the first movie that comes to mind here, love that movie as well. Almost like a proper remake of The Wizard of Oz, with lesbians.
I also agree that Identity worked great. It's not a perfect movie by any means, but I find it very entertaining even with repeat viewings. I thought the twist was very well done and when I first saw it I had no idea that was coming. Obviously the stuff with the judge, lawyers, mental patient, etc had something to do with the story, but I certainly didn't put two and two together and was pleasently surprised by the ending. I think a lot of twist endings fail miserably because the twist was just put in there for shits and giggles and really makes no sense, but personally I think Identity was done really well and with repeat viewings, like The Sixth Sense, it's much easier to figure out what's going on if you look at the clues.
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The best example I've ever seen, and probably the most intelligent and best made film about such a theme, is 'Point Blank'.
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Invaders From Mars uses the "it was all a dream" brilliantly.

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