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2004072114595745856Shakespeare’s Sister is shooting off this blog question:

What movie scenes always make you cry?

There are a couple, but the only one that comes to mind is a bit of an embarassment:

The hospital scene at the end of She’s Having A Baby where Kevin Bacon is waiting for his wife Elizabeth McGovern to, you know, have a baby, and he is reflecting on their relationship.  For some reason, I water up like a fountain.  And it surprises me every time no matter how prepared I think I am, or how many times I’ve seen it.  It has something to do with the song in that scene: Kate Bush’s "This Woman’s Work" — which is probably the most depressing-sounding (but beautiful) song on the planet.

Oh, and the scene in Terms Of Endearment when Debra Winger says goodbye to her youngest son (who now, apparently, is a biology teacher).

UPDATE:  Much discussion of this at Lawyers, Guns and Money.  And some of the comments there have jarred additional responses for me.  I don’t always cry at these, but I come pretty close:

* The closing credits of Stand and Deliver, where the dowdy, unattractive, unfashionable math teacher walks out of his dingy school while a list of the number of students who have passed AP Calculus each year from his program since the events in the movie appears on the screen.

* The footage of the mass candlelight vigil in the Castro on the night Harvey Milk was assassinated, in The Life and Times of Harvey Milk.

* As for theatre: the end of Act I of Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, the painting taking shape, the figures slowly moving into their places while singing the indescribably gorgeous "Sunday."

* The car scene in The Sixth Sense where Haley Joel Osment tells mom Toni Colette that her dead mother spoke to him and said to tell her that she would be proud of her.