The concluding/final part of a movie/tv show.

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Ending of Donnie Darko

I never understood the movie Donnie Darko. In order not to keep the question vague, what happens in the end?
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K-PAX ending explanation

In K-PAX, there are two possible explanations: Prot is crazy. He is truly an alien. There are facts that indicate 1, but also 2. Examples: He seems to respond to hypnosis, has a sort of phobia ...
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At which dream level did Inception end?

In the ending of Inception, there is some doubt that Cobb is in real world. But if he is not in real world then at which level of the dream is he? Starting at the presumed 'real world' as the first ...
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What does the missing symbol on Quaid's arm symbolize?

Near the end of Total Recall (2012), does the missing symbol on Quaid's arm symbolize that it is all a dream/fake memory? And, if so, why does he just accept it?
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Why is the ending of Forrest Gump different from the novel?

I have read the book Forrest Gump and also watched the Forrest Gump movie version. In the movie version at the end of movie, Jenny told Forrest that she was suffering from HIV/AIDS virus then she ...
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What does the scene during the ending represent?

In the ending of The Shining, the camera slowly zooms into a photo and closes into a person who resembles Jack Nicholson (or is it him?). What does this scene depict? How does it relate to the movie?
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Ending of Source Code

By the end of Source Code (2011), we learn that the flashbacks were reality in an alternate timeline/universe. On the other hand, Captain Stevens manages to save the train in both alternate timeline/...
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Are there different endings to Cloverfield?

In particular, I'm talking about the scene at the very end, where the camera is on the happy couple in the ferris wheel. The first time I watched it, my friend pointed out the faint streak that hits ...
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Why is the ending to the film adaptation of “Hannibal” completely different from the novel?

At the end of the movie, Hannibal escapes and leaves Clarice behind. However, the book ends with Hannibal drugging Clarice and the two of them running off together. Why was the ending changed for the ...
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Explanation of the ending of “Oldboy”

I have a couple of questions about the ending of the horribly disturbing Oldboy (2003). Why does the antagonist "Puppet Master" kill himself in the elevator? Was he so consumed by revenge that he ...
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What detail should I be looking for in Leonard in Memento to determine the plot?

I have watched Christopher Nolan's Memento more than once and I still can't get the real thing that happened. Yes I get that the movie is shown backwards, but it really confuses me. I understand that ...
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What was the original ending and why was it changed?

The movie The Butterfly effect has multiple and very different endings. Specifically there appears to be two factors on the main character's decision: Save his girlfriend's life Save his girlfriend'...
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In the end of Total Recall (2012), what does this number stand for?

What does the number "21" on this Rekall ad stand for?
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Why doesn't the bomb cause radiation poisoning to Gotham City?

The ending to me makes no sense. Batman put his plane on auto pilot that was carrying the bomb away from the city, but they should be affected for many years to come just like Hiroshima. How come ...
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Was the ending to “How I Met Your Mother” planned from the start?

In How I Met Your Mother, Ted tells his kids the lengthy story of his life during his twenties and thirties. His "official" intention is to tell them, as per the title, how he met their mother. In ...
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Why does Jeanie help Ferris out at the end of Ferris Bueller's Day Off?

One thing I have never understood about one of my favorite movies, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off": why does Jeanie decide to help Ferris out at the end of the movie and save him from being busted by Mr. ...
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Alternate conclusions of The Usual Suspects

I've heard Stephen Baldwin talk about The Usual Suspects fellowships who meet and try to pin the Keyser Söze identity on characters other than Verbal. I know that Verbal is the true Keyser Söze, but ...
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What happened at the end of Her?

Samantha "leaves" Theodore. She tells him that all of the OS's are leaving. Theodore goes to visit his friend Amy who was also in a relationship with an OS, although I think they were just friends. He ...
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What goes down in final scene of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”?

The awesome relationship movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) ends with a scene in which the two main characters are tempted to get back together but are not sure. The woman points out ...
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Final Scene in Planet of the Apes (2001)

I'm confused by the final scene in the Planet of the Apes film (2001 not the recent Rise film). Leo lands on Earth in his own time to find it run by the Apes. How does this happen? I'm assuming ...
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Which story is true at end of the movie “Life of Pi”?

At the end of the movie Life of Pi, Pi tells us two stories. One with the tiger (unrealistic) and one without the tiger (realistic). I believe that he was metaphorically referring himself as the ...
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“Happiness is only real when shared”

IN the 2007's movie Into The Wild, Chris abandons society and starts living in a forest. In the end when he is dying his last words are "Happiness is only real when shared" So was it a mistake to ...
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What's the significance of the roses on Oskar Schindler's grave?

Jews have a tradition of placing stones on the grave. In the Film Schindler's List, in the ending scene everybody places stones on the grave of Oskar Schindler. But Liam Neeson places a pair of roses ...
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What did Coppola want to symbolize by the last sequences involving rogue colonel?

I didn't understand the ending of Apocalypse Now. What did Coppola want to symbolize by the last sequences involving rogue colonel? And what is the purpose of Marlon Brando's character?
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Who fired the shot and what is the symbolism in firing shot right next to Lucas at the end of the movie?

At the end of The Hunt (orig.: Jagten), during the deer hunt, there’s a shot fired right next to Lucas (deliberately missing the shot). Who fired the shot? Is it Theo's son? What is the meaning of ...
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What happened at the end of The Grey?

I am confused, what happened at the end of The Grey (2011)? Did Ottway die or did he manage to survive?
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Ending of babadook

In the last scene of The Babadook when Amelia takes worms downstairs to the babadook: Why is it there? Is it by choice or is it a captive? How did telling it not to harm her son drive it off? Why ...
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What happened to Loki in the Dark World?

In Thor: The Dark World, Thor, Loki and Jane are in the dark elves world. Thor is in a fight and Loki saves him by impaling the foe with a blade. The enemy then grabs Loki and stabs him with the ...
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The Ending of Dark Knight Rises

I need some assistance understanding the end of The Dark Knight Rises (2012), it doesn't seem at all plausible for me. We see Batman save Gotham City from Bane by escaping the city while carrying the ...
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What does the ending scene in the movie Basic Instinct actually mean?

What does the ending scene in the movie Basic Instinct actually mean? After the killer has been caught by the police, we see in the last scene a very suspenseful, cliffhanger sex scene. Can somebody ...
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What is the significance of the Vichy Water scene at the end of Casablanca?

At the end of Casablanca, we see Captain Renault open a bottle of Vichy water: He pours himself a glass of it, before binning the rest of the bottle. Given the prominence of the label and the ...
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Does Rita find out about Dexter at the end?

In the absolute shock Season 4 finale, we see Rita bled out in a bathtub at the hands of The Trinity. Arthur had already found out everything about Dexter at the time he killed Rita. Is there any ...
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Why did American History X end so unexpectedly?

My understanding of how the story in movies proceeds is that the writer builds up the expectation of the audience and then concludes it appropriately. I did not see that in American History X. All ...
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In the movie Panic Room how did the police know to come back?

In the movie Panic Room, how did the police know to come back? The police arrive at the house the first time as a result of Stephen Altman calling them. Meg Altman convinces them that there is ...
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Ending of Social Network

At the start Erica tells Mark "But you’re going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won’t be ...
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What happens with Chuck and Sarah?

I just saw the final episode of Chuck and I'm quite touched by the end. I assume it all ends well since Alex and Morgan are moving in together, Elli and Devon are moving to Chicago and it seems like ...
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Ending of The Thing (2011)

At the end of The Thing (2011), Lars and his friend pursue a possibly infected dog which runs away from the facility. They chase the dog on a helicopter and Lars tries to shoot the dog from some ...
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What does the ending of The Tree of Life mean?

At the end of the movie, adult Jack (Sean Penn) wanders through a wasteland, goes through a doorway and ends up on a beach. There he shares the screen with his father (Brad Pitt) and Mrs. O’Brien (...
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What happened at the end of Rocky?

It's been sometime since I saw Rocky, but I remember being confused by the ending. The fight ends by both of them grabbing each other, and the referee pulling them apart. Rocky then goes looking for ...
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Why did Fury (2014) end this way?

This movie is recently released and I'm sure some movie fanatics have seen it here. Warning: this question has spoilers. Fury is a 2014 American war film set during World War II written and ...
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Was 'The Driver' leaving the town at the end of Drive (2011)?

I saw Drive (2011) a little while ago. It was the second time I watched this movie. I am a little bit confused about the ending. Did the driver leave the town or went to meet Irene at the end?
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What is the significance of the artwork?

What is the significance of the artwork (that shows a woman lying in a field reaching/looking across a field of grain toward a farmhouse--the implication, perhaps, is a painting of Julia Harper)? Is ...
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Predestination ending scene

In the movie Predestination (2014), does the ending imply that the temporal agent becomes the Fizzle Bomber and therefore a paradox?
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Was the ending to Limitless reshot?

I love the 2011 movie Limitless. In the last scene, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro talk about Bradley becoming president and how Bradley has made his intelligence permanent. Does anyone know ...
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Why doesn't the building blow up at the end?

Ma-Ma has this thing attached to herself which will detonate the bombs if her heartbeat stops. Well she does die in the end and yet the bombs don't go off. Did I miss something here?
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Why does Salt have two different endings?

I recently rewatched the Angelina Jolie thriller Salt on iTunes. The version I watched was the "Extended Edition". It seems to have a different, and somewhat less plausible or satisfying, ending than ...
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Ending dialog in “The Bridge on the River Kwai”

In the war movie, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), at the end Major Warden has a brief dialog with the women porters. The women back away from him as he exclaims: I had to do it. They might ...
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What is the point of the ending scene in In The Mood For Love?

First of all, the movie was incredibly difficult for me to follow. Contrary to the way Wong Kar wai directed 2046, which was just as confusing in places but always backed up by narration, In The Mood ...
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In Batman v. Superman, explain the ending?

In the ending battle and aftermath of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we know that My question is, if there was so much attention and ceremony around this event, what is the explanation for ...
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Outcome of relationship at the end of 'Blue Valentine'

At the end of the movie 'Blue Valentine', as 'Dean' walked away from the home and sending their daughter back to 'Cindy' mean that they separate (divorce or something)? Or does it mean anything else ...