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Old 02-14-15, 07:43 PM
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Dead before the opening credits

So last night I was watching Friday the 13th part 2 (I'd have watched the first one, but it's playing at a local theater next month...crossing my fingers for a 35mm pring). In the pre-credits sequence, Alice (Adrienne King) is killed. Sorry, spoiler alert. Anyway, Adrienne King is still listed in the opening credits. Pretty close to top billing, too.

What are some other movies where an actor or actress is billed in the opening credits even though their character is already dead (and will never be seen in the rest of the movie)?

The only other one I can think of at the moment is Michael Parks in From Dusk Till Dawn, but I'm sure there's tons more.
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

Scream is the obvious one.
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

Spoiler:
The Sixth Sense

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Re: Dead before the opening credits

Shouldn't every answer be in spoilers or a warning in the threat title?
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

Originally Posted by TomOpus View Post
Shouldn't every answer be in spoilers or a warning in the threat title?
OR people could read the thread title and common sense could kick in?
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

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OR people could read the thread title and common sense could kick in?
I like the way you think, Doctor Ninja.
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

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OR people could read the thread title and common sense could kick in?
The title doesn't give the ENTIRE gist of what thread is about. But you're the genius who knows everything.
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

Originally Posted by TomOpus View Post
Shouldn't every answer be in spoilers or a warning in the threat title?
I like this typo. "Dead before the opening credits" could indeed be a threat!

Spoiler:
Josh Holloway's character
dies before the opening credits of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and his name is there.
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

My most recent example was when I watched Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

Spoiler:
Robin Williams
Spoiler:

Too soon?
Spoiler:

Oh, the character in the movie. Nevermind.
Spoiler:

Wait. Teddy Roosevelt was dead before the opening credit so that answer could still count!
Old 02-14-15, 09:00 PM
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

Originally Posted by Troy Stiffler View Post
Scream is the obvious one.
Scream has no opening credits, just a title card... which is shown before the first scene.
Old 02-14-15, 09:20 PM
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

Originally Posted by Paff View Post
So last night I was watching Friday the 13th part 2 (I'd have watched the first one, but it's playing at a local theater next month...crossing my fingers for a 35mm pring). In the pre-credits sequence, Alice (Adrienne King) is killed. Sorry, spoiler alert. Anyway, Adrienne King is still listed in the opening credits. Pretty close to top billing, too.
Hostel: Part II's prologue is a direct reference to Friday the 13th: Part II with the murder of Jay Hernandez's character.

I personally hate both openings as it negates everything that occurred in the previous film.
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

A big name actor in Piranha 3D....
Old 02-14-15, 09:46 PM
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in "Halloween: H20"- his name appears onscreen after he's been killed.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Flix View Post
Scream has no opening credits, just a title card... which is shown before the first scene.
Two people die before Scream 2's title card is shown.
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

The entire Police Squad television series.
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

Originally Posted by Drexl View Post
I like this typo. "Dead before the opening credits" could indeed be a threat!

Spoiler:
Josh Holloway's character
dies before the opening credits of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and his name is there.
The first M:I also had a cameo & death. I think he was unbilled though, IIRC.

Spoiler:
Emilio Estevez
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

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The entire Police Squad television series.
Nope. The guest star dies immediately after their credit appears.
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

Derek Smalls
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

Memento.

Sort of.
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

Blofeld (sort of), For Your Eyes Only.
Old 02-15-15, 03:07 AM
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

A lot of you guys are missing the parameters of the assignment. See the original post. It's not just pre-credits death scenes; that happens all the time.

I was looking for other examples where the actor/actress whose character died pre-credits is listed in the opening credits, and never appears again the rest of the movie. So the For Your Eyes Only and Memento examples do not qualify. Also Scream, if Drew Barrymore is not listed in the opening credits (apparently she isn't...I don't know, haven't watched that in years).

The reason it's so unique is that it's odd to see the name of an actor in the opening credits even though their on-screen time is already over.
Old 02-15-15, 07:28 AM
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

Scream doesn't count because it doesn't have opening credits. Just a title card. The actual cast listing occurs during the end credits.

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Re: Dead before the opening credits

Originally Posted by RocShemp View Post
Scream doesn't count because it doesn't have opening credits. Just a title card. The actual cast listing occurs during the end credits.
I'm going to disagree as most current day filmmaking places what is considered to be the opening credits at the end which was unlike the trend twenty-to-thirty years ago.

I would count the entire franchise (except for the first) as multiple people are murdered off before the title card is shown.
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

Memory is hazy, another one I haven't seen in years but didn't Sean Bean "die" during the intro sequence in Goldeneye?
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Re: Dead before the opening credits

Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel View Post
I would count the entire franchise (except for the first) as multiple people are murdered off before the title card is shown.
But the only ones that count for this particular circumstance is if their names are listed in the opening credits.

Originally Posted by Michael Corvin View Post
Memory is hazy, another one I haven't seen in years but didn't Sean Bean "die" during the intro sequence in Goldeneye?
Doesn't matter. He appears in the film afterwards, so this also doesn't count.

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