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ET's farewell tops film moment poll

Published 07/03/2011 | 08:32

Steven Spielberg's ET topped a poll to find the most powerful moment in film
Steven Spielberg's ET topped a poll to find the most powerful moment in film

ET's emotional goodbye scene has topped a poll to find the most powerful moment in film.

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A survey of 2,000 movie fans by education charity Filmclub and LoveFilm found one in three (30 per cent) picked the extra-terrestrial's tear-jerking farewell in Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic as the most powerful screen clip.

The heart-tugging moment received votes from Oscar-winning producer Gareth Unwin (The King's Speech), comedy actor Matt Lucas and Ugly Betty star Ashley Jensen.

A scene from Toy Story 3 in which the toys hold hands and prepare to face their fate in a pit of fire, came second with 16 per cent.

Rocky's big fight scene came third with 15 per cent, while the moment tragedy touches the life of Bambi was fourth with 13.4 per cent.

The moment when besieged cowboys leap out of their bunker all guns blazing in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, came fifth with 13.2 per cent.

A scene from the Wizard Of Oz, when Dorothy opens the door of her grey house onto a world filled with colour came sixth with 3.5 per cent. Battleship Potemkin was in seventh place (3.3 per cent) with the 'Odessa Steps' massacre scene.

Mr Smith Goes To Washington gained 2.6 per cent and came eighth with its filibuster scene, while Network came ninth with 2.2 per cent for the moment when news anchor Howard Beale announces "I'm as mad as hell".

Completing the top 10 was Miracle In Milan which gained 0.12 per cent of votes for the final scene when Toto and his friends rise into the sky on brooms.

The poll was undertaken to mark Filmclub's Power of Film campaign. It will host screenings in schools, followed by discussions about how film has a powerful effect on its viewers.

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