by Russell Fox
"What movie scenes always make you cry?"
Captain Kirk’s eulogy of Spock at the end of The Wrath of Khan, especially that moment at the end, when he says that of all the souls he has met in his travels, Spock’s was the most (and his voice catches ever so slightly, the finest bit of acting William Shatner has ever done)…"human." I get teary just thinking about it.
The climactic race in The Black Stallion. There’s a moment when the sound of the crowd fade away, and the music builds, and suddenly you’re inside the mind of the horse, and he’s remembering when he and the boy raced across the beach on the island. It’s just so glorious.
Harry Bailey’s concluding toast in It’s a Wonderful Life: "To my brother George–the richest man in town!" BAM, the tears start flowing. There is much which is shmaltzy and strained in that film, but that final note is pitch-perfect.
My wife’s contribution: She can’t make it through Beth’s death in Little Women without bawling. Actually, she starts bawling as soon as Jo comes home, but by the time they get to Beth’s final speech–"I’m not afraid to go on ahead; I can be brave too!"–she’s inconsolable. Also, she tears up at Captain Wentworth’s love letter, read as a voice-over, in Persuasion. "Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever." The most beautiful love letter in all fiction, she says.