The Most Depressing Movie You've Ever Seen?

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For a long time I always thought the most depressing movie I'd ever seen was The Pawnbroker, Sidney Lumet's relentlessly grim film starring Rod Steiger.

But the other night, for the first time in years, I watched They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Good Lord ...

It was like being beaten with a sock filled with wet sand.


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For a long time I always thought the most depressing movie I'd ever seen was The Pawnbroker, Sidney Lumet's relentlessly grim film starring Rod Steiger.

But the other night, for the first time in years, I watched They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Good Lord ...

It was like being beaten with a sock filled with wet sand.



You gotta consider the time. It was a damn good movie.
 

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For a long time I always thought the most depressing movie I'd ever seen was The Pawnbroker, Sidney Lumet's relentlessly grim film starring Rod Steiger.

But the other night, for the first time in years, I watched They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Good Lord ...

It was like being beaten with a sock filled with wet sand.



I thought "Soylent Green" was pretty depressing. Good flick. But the subject was pretty grim.
 
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For a long time I always thought the most depressing movie I'd ever seen was The Pawnbroker, Sidney Lumet's relentlessly grim film starring Rod Steiger.

But the other night, for the first time in years, I watched They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Good Lord ...

It was like being beaten with a sock filled with wet sand.



I don't really think I've gotten depressed from any movie, but the Killing Fields? that final scene, gets me in my gut, every time,

Also the dying scene in Philadelphia,,

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For a long time I always thought the most depressing movie I'd ever seen was The Pawnbroker, Sidney Lumet's relentlessly grim film starring Rod Steiger.

But the other night, for the first time in years, I watched They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Good Lord ...

It was like being beaten with a sock filled with wet sand.



I saw it only once...didn't care to see it ever again. The Depression is depressing.
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Never understood the desire to pay to get yourself depressed?
I feel 'compelled' to watch the NON-FICTION ones, even if sad/depressing/truth telling. I've watched SCHINDLER'S LIST and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN once each. I did my duty. Maybe a decade from now I'll watch 'em again.
I thought "Soylent Green" was pretty depressing. Good flick. But the subject was pretty grim.
Yes. I had forgotten about it.

I feel 'compelled' to go see non-fiction type historical movies. Schindler's and Private Ryan come to mind. I saw each ONCE and did my civic duty. Maybe I can watch them again in another decade or 2 down the road.

Schindlers, though the subject matter was incomprehensible, was a beautiful movie. It was brilliantly done.