May 3, 2009 4:08 PM   Subscribe

What was the first movie to feature the now-cliché scene of the protagonist holding a dead companion and shouting "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" while the camera pulls away?
posted by empath to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: Or any early examples of it that you can think of. I think I'd also be interested in the earliest parody of it, too
posted by empath at 4:09 PM on May 3, 2009

TV Tropes might help you:
posted by NoraReed at 4:17 PM on May 3, 2009

Not holding a dead companion, but there's a long no in this clip from Tron (1983) here, at 8:05.

The only other example that comes to mind is DO NOT WANT.
posted by ostranenie at 4:21 PM on May 3, 2009 [1 favorite]

The earliest movie in which I remember seeing exactly the scene you describe in the post is The English Patient.
posted by Prospero at 4:26 PM on May 3, 2009

In Overseas, this happens, but the guy is screaming the woman's (his wife's) name.
posted by dilettante at 4:36 PM on May 3, 2009

This YT Noooo! compilation has a long list in the extended discription.
posted by dog food sugar at 4:52 PM on May 3, 2009 [3 favorites]

I thought it was an Evil Dead thing, though I don't think there's anyone involved but Ash and his personal anguish.
posted by mkultra at 5:00 PM on May 3, 2009

Here's one from 1985. (I believe the exact quote was NOOOOOO! BASTARDS!)
posted by salvia at 5:04 PM on May 3, 2009

Not an answer but Law and Order KFC has my favorite parody version
posted by InkaLomax at 5:29 PM on May 3, 2009 [2 favorites]

In "Superman the Movie"(1978), when Lois Lane appears to be dead, Superman looks to the heavens and screams his head off for like five minutes before he flies off to spin the world backward on its axis and turn back time. But I think this trope probably goes back further than that.
posted by wabbittwax at 8:51 PM on May 3, 2009

I don't have any movie names for you, but I think this is a fairy cliched movie trope that you could even find silent movies using it. The picture of someone lamenting while looking up is such a ubiquitous mannerism that you could probably go back hundreds of years and find paintings using it.
But I gather your looking for the much more recent meta version with the specific inclusion of the "Nooo!"?
posted by P.o.B. at 10:07 PM on May 3, 2009

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