Sunderland movie-lovers pick their favourite moments from the flicks

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DOES Jaws float your boat or is Mr Darcy scrapping over Bridget Jones the most memorable movie moment for you?

DOES Jaws float your boat or is Mr Darcy scrapping over Bridget Jones the most memorable movie moment for you?

To celebrate its 100th birthday, filmmaker Universal, which is behind some of the world’s biggest blockbusters, has released a list of what it considers to be its most memorable scenes.

The gold medal goes to E.T.’s cycle flight in front of the moon with the clip from Jaws when Roy Scheider says: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” coming in as runner-up.

John Paul Green, lecturer in film, media and culture at Sunderland University, gives his views on the poll.

“While I think the winning scene is an iconic moment, I think it is only the most memorable for a particular generation.”

Back to the Future (1985)'Directed by Robert Zemeckis'Shown from left: Christopher Lloyd (as Dr. Emmett Brown), Michael J. Fox (as Marty McFly)

Back to the Future (1985)'Directed by Robert Zemeckis'Shown from left: Christopher Lloyd (as Dr. Emmett Brown), Michael J. Fox (as Marty McFly)

He added: “My top scene from a Universal movie would be from Jaws – without a doubt, my favourite movie. In my opinion the ‘you’re gonna need a bigger boat’ is head and shoulders above the competition.

“Jaws is pure cinema and arguably the whole film is an iconic cinematic moment from start to finish. Consider its cultural impact not only on other movies but the ways in which the film moments from the movie have entered popular culture – The Simpsons is often a good baramoter of this.

“Universal is still a huge player in the movie world, one remembered fondly and one which continues to make both big blockbusters and the more thoughtful, enduring films.

“The legacy of Universal continues to this day, from the Universal horror movies of the 1930s and 1940s, to the invention of the blockbuster with Jaws.

“But The Universal top 10 is ultimately a marketing and repackaging exercise – to resell old products and I find it laughable that Bridget Jones’s Diary and indeed American Pie are listed in the top 100 let alone a top 10.”

So what does make an iconic movie scene?

John Paul said: “The key to an iconic moment is one that encapsulates the movie in an iconic image, or a piece of dialogue.

“King Kong for example has both memorable dialogue and iconic imagery. I think that spectacle is often the essence of the iconic cinematic moment – this doesn’t necessarily have to be effects driven – it could be a massive crowd scene, where choreography comes together to show off the scale and depth of the movie.” So, what do Wearsiders think?

We went to The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland to ask people what film scenes have stayed with them.

Carole Beales, 51, a shop assistant, from Monkwearmouth, said: “It has to be Oliver Twist when they sing I’d Do Anything For You. I just love it when the people come out in the street while they are singing. It just makes me feel happy.”

Retired 64-year-old Kathleen Reay, from Hylton Castle, said: “I love E.T. when he gets drunk and walks into the fridge.

“It was just a great family film that you could all enjoy.”

Civil servant, Mary Hobson, 55, from Houghton, said: “I love the ending to Ghost, when Patrick Swayze floats up to heaven. It’s very emotional.

Simon King, a 24-year-old shop assistant, from Whitburn, said: “I know it’s only new but I love in the new Avengers film when Captain America tells the Hulk to smash.

“He then goes around and kills all the enemies.”

Florence Cook, 66, said: “I’ll always remember in Gone With The Wind when Scarlett says ‘I’ll never go hungry again’ and she never does.”