History YMMV / RequiemForADream

28th Mar '16 4:39:56 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AwardSnub: Ellen Burstyn's heartbreaking performance as Sara lost the Academy Award for Best Actress to... '''Creator/JuliaRoberts''' in ''Film/ErinBrockovich''. And the film didn't get a single other nomination, not even for Original Score, Cinematography, or Film Editing.
** Regarding Burstyn losing to Roberts, you can chalk it up to Burstyn having won decades previously for ''Film/AliceDoesntLiveHereAnymore'', and Roberts being at the peak of her career and up til then unlauded for it. That's just [[ConsolationAward how the Oscars work]]. The snubs of other categories, however, are outrageous.
*** Particularly the score. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQHYDXpfuHM&feature=related This]], just listen to it. This track is not merely very good, it has become part of the musical lexicon on a scale comparable with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT7_Y1pIBb4 Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik]].

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* AwardSnub: The film received a single Oscar nomination and won nothing.
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Ellen Burstyn's heartbreaking performance as Sara lost the Academy Award for Best Actress to... '''Creator/JuliaRoberts''' to Creator/JuliaRoberts in ''Film/ErinBrockovich''. And ''Film/ErinBrockovich''.
** The film's score has enjoyed a particular following long after
the film didn't get a single other nomination, not even for Original Score, Cinematography, or Film Editing.
** Regarding Burstyn losing to Roberts, you can chalk it up to Burstyn having won decades previously for ''Film/AliceDoesntLiveHereAnymore'', and Roberts being at the peak of her career and up til then unlauded for it. That's just [[ConsolationAward how the Oscars work]]. The snubs of other categories, however, are outrageous.
*** Particularly the score. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQHYDXpfuHM&feature=related This]], just listen to it. This track is not merely very good, it has become part of the musical lexicon on a scale comparable with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT7_Y1pIBb4 Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik]].
film's release, yet received no nomination.



** Special mention to the famous opening bombastic score set to the incredible sight of...two men pushing a television across Brooklyn.

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** Special mention to the famous opening bombastic score set to the incredible sight of... two men pushing a television across Brooklyn.



* EsotericHappyEnding: Don't get us wrong, the film's actual ending is [[DownerEnding not at all this]], but it's the final image it leaves us with. [[spoiler:The film ends with Sara fantasizing about winning the grand prize of the game show with Harry as the guest of honor, presumably leading a successful life and married to Marion. Basically, Sara has retreated into her mind and achieved a state of happiness that only exists inside there.]]



* OneSceneWonder: Christopher [=MacDonald=] as the "JUICE" infomercial/motivational speaker Tappy Tibbons, whose program Sara watches and she believes she's getting invited to as a "contestant". They filmed an entire presentation of the "JUICE" program in one day with [=MacDonald=] improvising most of it. At the end of the shoot, ''everyone'' in attendance gave him a standing ovation.

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* OneSceneWonder: OneSceneWonder:
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Christopher [=MacDonald=] as the "JUICE" infomercial/motivational speaker Tappy Tibbons, whose program Sara watches and she believes she's getting invited to as a "contestant". They filmed an entire presentation of the "JUICE" program in one day with [=MacDonald=] improvising most of it. At the end of the shoot, ''everyone'' in attendance gave him a standing ovation.



** Or, you may think that this film is a subversion of this trope: that this film is a masterpiece ''despite'' the huge levels of angst.



* TheWoobie: Besides, you know, ''everyone'', [[BreakTheCutie Sara]] in particular comes off as the most sympathetic, having never gotten involved with the drug trade and simply wanting to have something to live for again. She plays the most part of a victim, being neglected by her son and doctor and appearing generally unhappy and lonely. Especially since she only wanted to lose weight and wasn't trying to get high in the first place.
** She is also a loving mother who genuinely cares greatly for her son, and this love seems to extend to Marion (whom she fantasizes about marrying her son, implying that she already thinks of Marion like a daughter and feels that Marion is a good match for him).
** Tyrone, too, though he's not nearly as completely a victim of circumstance as Sara is. Of the four main characters, he's the only one who manages to get through the entire movie with his affection for his loved ones intact, and he's motivated primarily by his love for his mother...and then he ends up doing vomit-inducing hard labor as a young, black drug dealer in a Southern prison under openly racist guards. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Some of the only touching moments]] in Winter are Tyrone holding Harry's hand in the work line, and calling for help because his friend is sick.

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* TheWoobie: Besides, you know, ''everyone'', TheWoobie:
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[[BreakTheCutie Sara]] in particular comes off as the most sympathetic, having never gotten involved with the drug trade and simply wanting to have something to live for again. She plays the most part of a victim, being neglected by her son and doctor and appearing generally unhappy and lonely. Especially since she only wanted to lose weight and wasn't trying to get high in the first place.
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place. She is also a loving mother who genuinely cares greatly for her son, and this love seems to extend to Marion (whom she fantasizes about marrying her son, implying that she already thinks of Marion like a daughter and feels that Marion is a good match for him).
** Tyrone, too, though he's not nearly as completely a victim of circumstance as Sara is. Of the four main characters, he's the only one who manages to get through the entire movie with his affection for his loved ones intact, and he's motivated primarily by his love for his mother...and then he ends up doing vomit-inducing hard labor as a young, black drug dealer in a Southern prison under openly racist guards. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Some of the only touching moments]] moments in Winter are Tyrone holding Harry's hand in the work line, and calling for help because his friend is sick.
25th Mar '16 12:53:36 PM stuffedninja
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* EnsembleDarkHorse: Uncle Hank, better known as Ass to Ass guy.

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* EsotericHappyEnding: Don't get us wrong, the film's actual ending is [[DownerEnding not at all this]], but it's the final image it leaves us with. [[spoiler:The film ends with Sara fantasizing about winning the grand prize of the game show with Harry as the guest of honor, presumably leading a successful life and married to Marion. Basically, Sara has retreated into her mind and achieved a state of happiness that only exists inside there.]]
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Uncle Hank, better known as Ass to Ass guy."the ass-to-ass guy".
24th Mar '16 11:26:20 PM stuffedninja
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* WhatAnIdiot: Be honest: [[spoiler:Harry not only noticing the infection on his arm but deciding to ''shoot into it'']] was not smart.
14th Jul '15 7:52:56 PM sharkcrap11
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: For some people, though by no means all. The quote on the main page really sums it up...
2nd Jun '15 5:13:45 PM EgoProxy
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** Tyrone, too, though he's not nearly as completely a victim of circumstance as Sara is. Of the four main characters, he's the only one who manages to get through the entire movie with his affection for his loved ones intact, and he's motivated primarily by his love for his mother...and then he ends up doing vomit-inducing hard labor as a young, black drug dealer in a Southern prison under openly racist guards. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming One of the only touching moments]] in Winter is Tyrone holding Harry's hand in the work line.

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** Tyrone, too, though he's not nearly as completely a victim of circumstance as Sara is. Of the four main characters, he's the only one who manages to get through the entire movie with his affection for his loved ones intact, and he's motivated primarily by his love for his mother...and then he ends up doing vomit-inducing hard labor as a young, black drug dealer in a Southern prison under openly racist guards. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming One Some of the only touching moments]] in Winter is are Tyrone holding Harry's hand in the work line.line, and calling for help because his friend is sick.
24th May '15 9:22:17 AM EgoProxy
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** She is also a loving mother who genuinely cares greatly for her son, and this love seems to extend to Marion (whom she fantasizes about marrying her son, implying that she already thinks of Marion like a daughter and feels that Marion is a good match for him).

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** She is also a loving mother who genuinely cares greatly for her son, and this love seems to extend to Marion (whom she fantasizes about marrying her son, implying that she already thinks of Marion like a daughter and feels that Marion is a good match for him).him).
** Tyrone, too, though he's not nearly as completely a victim of circumstance as Sara is. Of the four main characters, he's the only one who manages to get through the entire movie with his affection for his loved ones intact, and he's motivated primarily by his love for his mother...and then he ends up doing vomit-inducing hard labor as a young, black drug dealer in a Southern prison under openly racist guards. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming One of the only touching moments]] in Winter is Tyrone holding Harry's hand in the work line.
1st May '15 8:18:56 AM unclejack
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* HilariousInHindsight: Dylan Baker playing a doctor who is involved in an amputation? Wouldn't be the [[SpiderMan last time]].

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* HilariousInHindsight: Dylan Baker Creator/DylanBaker playing a doctor who is involved in an amputation? Wouldn't be the [[SpiderMan last time]].



** Dylan Baker as the doctor who turns Harry and Tyrone in. He squeezes quite a lot of performance into a minute or so of screentime.

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** Dylan Baker Creator/DylanBaker as the doctor who turns Harry and Tyrone in. He squeezes quite a lot of performance into a minute or so of screentime.
19th Jan '15 1:18:30 AM RushLimborg
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* EarWorm: The film's famous theme (see above) can easily become this. Especially if you've heard it before.
6th Dec '14 5:59:09 PM bt8257
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* AwardSnub: Ellen Burstyn's heartbreaking performance as Sara lost the Academy Award for Best Actress to... '''JuliaRoberts''' in ''ErinBrockovich''. And the film didn't get a single other nomination, not even for Original Score, Cinematography, or Film Editing.

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* AwardSnub: Ellen Burstyn's heartbreaking performance as Sara lost the Academy Award for Best Actress to... '''JuliaRoberts''' '''Creator/JuliaRoberts''' in ''ErinBrockovich''.''Film/ErinBrockovich''. And the film didn't get a single other nomination, not even for Original Score, Cinematography, or Film Editing.



** The movie's theme, "Lux Aeterna," is so famous it's heard by people before they've even seen the movie.

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** The movie's theme, "Lux Aeterna," Aeterna", is so famous it's heard by people before they've even seen the movie.
6th Dec '14 5:56:13 PM bt8257
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Uncle Hank, better known as Ass to Ass guy.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: EnsembleDarkHorse: Uncle Hank, better known as Ass to Ass guy.
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