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Tear Jerker / Troy

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  • For all the Ham and Cheese in this movie, the look on King Priam's face when he emerges from his chambers to find his beloved Troy in flames is utterly heartbreaking.
  • Hector descending to fight Achilles. We all know how well that was going to turn out for him. And it seems his family, who are watching on, also seem to know what little chance Hector stands against Achilles. The shots of his wife, Andromache, are especially heartbreaking, as she practically has a nervous breakdown during the fight, and her reaction to his death is even worse. Also the look exchanged between him and Helen, with Hector's look seeming to console her that this isn't her fault and that he is choosing this, but Helen still feels guilty nonetheless.
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  • Hector showing Andromache the escape tunnels beneath the city in case Troy is sacked and Hector dies. Made worse by the fact that some versions of the myth do not end well for Andromache.
  • Hector's face in every single scene. Man knows they're on a slippery slope to hell five minutes into the film but he can't DO anything about it (without dooming Paris) and that realization makes his entire performance just heartbreaking.
  • Priam asking for his son Hector's body back, especially this line:
    Priam: "You're still my enemy tonight. But even enemies can show respect."
  • There's also his line "How many cousins have you killed? How many sons and fathers and brothers and husbands? How many, brave Achilles?" Peter O'Toole's delivery is just heartbreaking to say the least. After this speech, Achilles breaks down and sobs over the body, clearly realising the extent of his actions.
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  • Helen being caught by Hector, almost about to give herself over to the Greeks. She knows it means certain death for her and it's unlikely to stop the war. But her guilt is catching up with her after having witnessed the funerals for all the dead soldiers.
    "They're dead because I'm here."
  • Achilles' reaction to his cousin's death. It was his decision not to fight alongside the Greeks that spurred Patroclus to commit a desperate act of subterfuge to raise the morale of his compatriots and save more Greeks from needlessly dying in the war. He's inconsolable until the Roaring Rampage of Revenge begins.
    • The other Myrmidons and Greeks, especially Eudorus, are distraught as well. It's implied that all of them had known Patroclus since he was a small child, and then they were forced to watch him choke to death on his own blood. Poor Hector, who's perhaps one of the most honorable and empathetic characters in the film, looks horrified at what he had just done, too.
    • The blase and uncaring way in which Agamemnon references the brutal death of his most prized general's young kinsman.
    Agamemnon: That boy may have just saved the war for us.
    • The last words Achilles ever said to his cousin was not to waste his life following another man's orders. And then he rudely kicked Patroclus out of his tent. So what did Patroclus do the next day? Ignore Achilles' orders and lead the Myrmidons into battle, resulting in his bloody death at Hector's hands. Patroclus did exactly what Achilles told him and it got him killed.
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