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6th Jan '17 7:36:29 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/EasyRider'' ends when Billy and Wyatt [[spoiler: are blown off their bikes by two rednecks in a pickup, for fun.]] George Hanson (JackNicholson) [[spoiler: meets a similarly pointless end in a redneck attack about halfway through the film.]] How was this missed, etc. It was during a ''scenery / music / driving montage'', no less! And... Boom Up and out over the burning heap of motorcycle on the banks of the Mississippi to [[Music/TheByrds Roger McGuinn]] singin' about flowin' rivers and star-spangled deltas.

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* ''Film/EasyRider'' ends when Billy and Wyatt [[spoiler: are blown off their bikes by two rednecks in a pickup, for fun.]] George Hanson (JackNicholson) (Creator/JackNicholson) [[spoiler: meets a similarly pointless end in a redneck attack about halfway through the film.]] How was this missed, etc. It was during a ''scenery / music / driving montage'', no less! And... Boom Up and out over the burning heap of motorcycle on the banks of the Mississippi to [[Music/TheByrds Roger McGuinn]] singin' about flowin' rivers and star-spangled deltas.
22nd Dec '16 11:45:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheDescent'': The last half hour or so is an extended version of this trope, as it's implied that if you can't stay together as a cooperating pack [they can't] the only way to be BadAss enough to get out of the cave is to go crazy and become as vicious as the crawlers. [[spoiler: Also, in the UK ending, everyone dies. At least Sarah regains her humanity at the last minute... by choosing to stay with the hallucination of her dead daughter and apparently accept death.]] Hooray!

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* ''Film/TheDescent'': The last half hour or so is an extended version of this trope, as it's implied that if you can't stay together as a cooperating pack [they can't] the only way to be BadAss badass enough to get out of the cave is to go crazy and become as vicious as the crawlers. [[spoiler: Also, in the UK ending, everyone dies. At least Sarah regains her humanity at the last minute... by choosing to stay with the hallucination of her dead daughter and apparently accept death.]] Hooray!



* ''Sha Po Lang'' (''Killzone'' in the US) is a Hong Kong police movie that ends with [[spoiler: all of the cops dying. Including the BadAss and TheCaptain]].

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* ''Sha Po Lang'' (''Killzone'' in the US) is a Hong Kong police movie that ends with [[spoiler: all of the cops dying. Including the BadAss badass and TheCaptain]].
17th Dec '16 9:58:56 PM ManEFaces
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** ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' is a borderline case. The protagonists survive, but accomplish nothing. The entire conflict turns out to be pointless, as it was all staged by a rich man and his TrophyWife trying to rip each other off.
13th Oct '16 9:29:19 AM Berrenta
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* ''Film/EasyRider'' ends when Billy and Wyatt [[spoiler: are blown off their bikes by two rednecks in a pickup, for fun.]] George Hanson (JackNicholson) [[spoiler: meets a similarly pointless end in a redneck attack about halfway through the film.]] How was this missed, etc. It was during a ''scenery / music / driving montage'', no less! And... [[BoomUpAndOver Boom Up And Out]] over the burning heap of motorcycle on the banks of the Mississippi to [[Music/TheByrds Roger McGuinn]] singin' about flowin' rivers and star-spangled deltas.

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* ''Film/EasyRider'' ends when Billy and Wyatt [[spoiler: are blown off their bikes by two rednecks in a pickup, for fun.]] George Hanson (JackNicholson) [[spoiler: meets a similarly pointless end in a redneck attack about halfway through the film.]] How was this missed, etc. It was during a ''scenery / music / driving montage'', no less! And... [[BoomUpAndOver Boom Up And Out]] and out over the burning heap of motorcycle on the banks of the Mississippi to [[Music/TheByrds Roger McGuinn]] singin' about flowin' rivers and star-spangled deltas.
2nd Aug '16 5:10:37 PM Premonition45
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* ''Film/StarTrek'': In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' two-part episode "Unification", Spock was working towards restoring peaceful relations between the Romulans and Vulcans. [[StatusQuoIsGod Although he didn't succeed in that episode]], it ended with the hopes that it would succeed in the near future. Tragically, it doesn't. [[spoiler:Romulus got annihilated by a supernova, and in turn, [[DisproportionateRetribution the temporally-displaced Romulan Nero destroys Vulcan]], [[ForcedToWatch making Spock watch]].]]
25th Jul '16 3:34:15 AM Kingdwerv
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* ''Film/EasyRider'' ends when Billy and Wyatt [[spoiler: are blown off their bikes by two rednecks in a pickup, for fun.]] George Hanson (JackNicholson) [[spoiler: meets a similarly pointless end in a redneck attack about halfway through the film.]] How was this missed, etc. It was during a ''scenery / music / driving montage'', no less! And... [[BoomUpAndOver Boom Up And Out]] over the burning heap of motorcycle on the banks of the Mississippi to the tune of Music/BobDylan singin' about flowin' rivers and star-spangled deltas.

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* ''Film/EasyRider'' ends when Billy and Wyatt [[spoiler: are blown off their bikes by two rednecks in a pickup, for fun.]] George Hanson (JackNicholson) [[spoiler: meets a similarly pointless end in a redneck attack about halfway through the film.]] How was this missed, etc. It was during a ''scenery / music / driving montage'', no less! And... [[BoomUpAndOver Boom Up And Out]] over the burning heap of motorcycle on the banks of the Mississippi to the tune of Music/BobDylan [[Music/TheByrds Roger McGuinn]] singin' about flowin' rivers and star-spangled deltas.
3rd Jul '16 1:50:19 PM gewunomox
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* ''Film/EasyRider'' ends when Billy and Wyatt [[spoiler: are blown off their bikes by two rednecks in a pickup, for fun.]] George Hanson (JackNicholson) [[spoiler: meets a similarly pointless end in a redneck attack about halfway through the film.]] How was this missed, etc. It was during a ''scenery / music / driving montage'', no less! And... [[BoomUpAndOver Boom Up And Out]] over the burning heap of motorcycle on the banks of the Mississippi to the tune of BobDylan singin' about flowin' rivers and star-spangled deltas.

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* ''Film/EasyRider'' ends when Billy and Wyatt [[spoiler: are blown off their bikes by two rednecks in a pickup, for fun.]] George Hanson (JackNicholson) [[spoiler: meets a similarly pointless end in a redneck attack about halfway through the film.]] How was this missed, etc. It was during a ''scenery / music / driving montage'', no less! And... [[BoomUpAndOver Boom Up And Out]] over the burning heap of motorcycle on the banks of the Mississippi to the tune of BobDylan Music/BobDylan singin' about flowin' rivers and star-spangled deltas.
22nd Jun '16 7:34:08 AM Dravencour
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* ''Film/TheMist'': [[ExaggeratedTrope An extreme example]]. Near the end, [[spoiler: we see the hero in a car full of corpses, screaming in grief and repeatedly trying to shoot himself with the empty gun]]. The original short story by Creator/StephenKing ended with [[spoiler: BolivianArmyEnding leaving it likely they would die, since the mist had spread all the way across New England, but allowing room for optimism]].

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* ''Film/TheMist'': [[ExaggeratedTrope An extreme example]]. Near the end, [[spoiler: we see the [[spoiler:the hero kills everyone in a car full his car, including his young son, to keep them from being killed by the monsters of corpses, screaming in grief and repeatedly trying to shoot the mist before turning the gun on himself with and discovering that it's empty. To make matters even worse, the empty gun]].military step in to clear the mist and the monsters, rendering everything the guy just did absolutely pointless]]. The original short story by Creator/StephenKing ended with [[spoiler: BolivianArmyEnding leaving it likely they would die, since the mist had spread all the way across New England, but allowing room for optimism]].
7th Jun '16 7:23:37 AM Doug86
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* ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' is similar. It follows [[HowToSurviveAWarMovie war movie conventions]] rigorously right up to the third act, where the main characters are picked off one by one in trench warfare, until [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll they are all dead]]]]. The AudienceSurrogate survives long enough [[spoiler:to stand up while sketching]] a butterfly in the trenches on [[HopeSpot the day of the Armistice]], [[spoiler:promptly getting shot and becoming the last casualty of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.]] The closing title card? "[[TitleDrop All Quiet On The Western Front]]." All this is, of course, true to the spirit of the book.

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* ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' is similar. It follows [[HowToSurviveAWarMovie war movie conventions]] rigorously right up to the third act, where the main characters are picked off one by one in trench warfare, until [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll they are all dead]]]]. The AudienceSurrogate survives long enough [[spoiler:to stand up while sketching]] a butterfly in the trenches on [[HopeSpot the day of the Armistice]], [[spoiler:promptly getting shot and becoming the last casualty of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.]] The closing title card? "[[TitleDrop All Quiet On The Western Front]]." All this is, of course, true to the spirit of the book.
12th May '16 1:50:35 AM 06tele
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* ''Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry'': The titular couple and their friend Deke spend the entire film planning and executing a daring heist. They evade the cops because Larry is a skilled driver and Deke is his mechanic, and they switch cars and hide from aerial pursuit in a walnut grove. Finally having left the cops behind, they're driving along a country road, whooping and laughing it up...[[spoiler: and then they come around a corner and crash into a freight train and their car blows up and they're all killed. Roll credits.]]
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