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Was it all a fantasy?


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Was it all a fantasy of Timothy Hutton's character at the end... One he has during the final parade?


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If you wanna think it was, then it was.

Damn, I'm good.

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That would be a hell of a twist!

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I have seen this movie a hundred times and that is a great idea for a happier ending.


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Since I was a child I thought that the movies was pretty straight forward as a tragedy. A younger friend of mine said he thought it was the ultimate troll because at the end it was a fantasy. I don't think it was intended as that but I guesS I can see it from that point of view, Was just wondering if there was a definitive answer, or if the director intended it to be ambiguous.

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Almost every movie ever made could be looked at as a fantasy or a dream sequence. unless its strongly hinted at by the director, the events in a movie actually happened.

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Almost every movie ever made could be looked at as a fantasy or a dream sequence.
Yes, and that's a point that is sometimes brought up in regards to the relationship between Inception and movies in general. Think about scene transitions in movies. They're not so different from one dream segment to another within the same sleep period. Stories are made dreams' images.

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Not quite the same thing of course, but reminds me of the coda for "Taxi Driver", which some viewers and critics have interpreted as Travis' dying fantasy.

That last scene of "Taps" is pretty jarring (and a bit strange), going from the somber shot of Dwyer carrying Moreland's body through the smoke (followed silently by Kirby, the guardsman, the police, and the cadets) with that eerie music playing to immediately cutting to the parade scene and the marching band's music.

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