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Old 12-31-19, 06:12 PM
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Went to see Uncut Gems and when the opening scene played, I began to think I might have gone into the wrong theater. The scene does have a connection to the rest of the movie, but none of the characters in the opening sequence play any part in the rest of the movie.

Can you think of any other movies where the opening scene seems to promise a completely different movie from the one we actually get?

2001 comes to mind with the apes opening. Vox Lux features the main character in the opening scene, but the tone and subject matter of the scene is completely different from what happens in the rest of the movie.
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I thought of another one: Magnolia.

Also, I just realized you could probably include a lot of horror movies since many of them intentionally start out as all nice and pleasant, though we expect that of them because we know that it's just a setup for the horror to come. So maybe this thread should just be devoted to non-horror titles.


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Itís been a long time since Iíve seen it but I seem to remember Hudson Hawk starting out with some Di Vinci era stuff.

This may not count but the beginnings of each Indiana Jones movie follows him at the end of a (mostly) unrelated adventure.
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One of those 80s body switching comedies, (I think it’s Like Father, Like Son) opens in the desert with an expedition and all this shit that had me thinking I was in the wrong theater.
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This may not count but the beginnings of each Indiana Jones movie follows him at the end of a (mostly) unrelated adventure.
As a kid I was confused by the Anything Goes opening to Temple of Doom. I thought maybe I was in the wrong movie.
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Some of the Bond pre-credit sequences are separate little mini adventures with zero connection to rest of movie.
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Yeah except they have Bond in them.
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The first Chronicles of Narnia movie begins with pilots flying World War II bombers.
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X-men (2000) opens with that concentration camp scene that is totally different in tone and look from the rest of the movie.
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The first X-Files movie opens with a scene set in 35,000 B.C.
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Runaway Jury opens up with a bang (literally) that suggests an action packed thriller, but the rest of the movie is a standard courtroom drama.
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I always thought the opening to the movie version of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century seemed kind of out of place with the rest of the movie.

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