13 Memorable Movie Amputations
Danny Boyle’s new film, 127 Hours, premieres tomorrow. James Franco stars as Aron Ralston, a climber who is forced to amputate his own arm after it is crushed under a rock. In honor of Ralston’s remarkable tale of survival, we here at Screen Junkies came up with a list of other memorable films that feature scenes of amputation. Some of them are disturbing, others are lighthearted, but all of them contain badly mutilated limbs, and that’s the important part. Enjoy!
The Star Wars Trilogy - Various Characters
Before I started writing this article, I never realized how many arms go missing in the Star Wars trilogy. Sure, everyone remembers Luke losing his hand toward the end of The Empire Strikes Back, but the list goes on. In fact, Luke’s not even the only one to lose a limb in Empire, provided you count the snow monster on Hoth. In A New Hope, Ponda Baba loses his arm to Obi Wan, and in Jedi, Vader loses his hand (again). This doesn’t even count all the limbs that are lost in the prequels, but honestly, who gives a damn about the prequels? However, one thing is for certain: George Lucas has a severed-limb fetish. What a sicko.
Evil Dead 2 - Ash
In Evil Dead 2, Ash’s hand becomes possessed and attacks him in a Stangelove-esque fashion. But as the clip above clearly demonstrates, it’s Ash who has the last laugh…sort of.
Blade - Crease
If you somehow manage to disarm a vampire hunter, it’s not a good idea to play around with his weapons. Just ask Crease from the original Blade movie. After disarming Blade, he ends up getting “disarmed” himself by a booby-trapped sword. Well, it was more of a hand than an arm, but still. That’s no picnic. Although I think limbs grow back for vampires, so in the greater scheme of things, it’s not that big of a deal.
Rolling Thunder - Major Charles Rane
If you’re going to have something amputated, it’s probably best to consult a medical professional. If that’s not an option, at least use something that will make a clean cut, like a sword or a lightsaber. But under no circumstances should you use something like a garbage disposal. Apparently, the men who torture Major Charles Rane in Rolling Thunder didn’t get the memo.
Saving Private Ryan - One Armed Soldier
There are a lot of depressing scenes in Saving Private Ryan. For example, the scene with his hot granddaughters at the beginning of the film always makes me sad. Another example takes place during the storming of Omaha Beach, when a random soldier get’s his arm blown off, and then picks it back up as if he has simply dropped an umbrella. I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t laugh every time I watched it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not sad…sort of like when a clown gets raped by a bear.
Kill Bill Vol. 1 - Sofie Fatale
In Kill Bill Vol. 1, The Bride hacks her way through dozens of limbs. But none are more memorable than those of Sofie Fatale. It seems Sofie was busy taking cell-phone calls while The Bride and her wedding party were being slaughtered. Beatrix never really got over that insult, and decided to make a special example out of Ms. Fatale.
hot tub time machine
There is a terrific running joke in the film that teases exactly how Bell Hop Phil, played by Crispin Glover, loses his arm. We see it gone in the beginning, but then get whisked back to the 80s and it's there. We know he loses it, but how? HOW?! I don't want to ruin it in case you haven't seen the film, but no one is happier to see that bastard armless than Rob Corddry.
Planet Terror - Cherry Darling
In Planet Terror, Cherry Darling has her leg ripped off by a group of zombies. But when life throws Cherry lemons, she makes lemonade. By that, I mean she turns the stump that used to be her leg into a rocket-launching zombie-killing machine. Now that’s what I call a can-do attitude. Also, she looks really hot, even without the leg.
Papillon - Louis Dega
In Papillon, Louis Dega (played by Dustin Hoffamn) hurts his foot while attempting to escape from a French penal colony. Unfortunately, penicillin isn’t widely available on makeshift escape rafts, so his injury becomes infected with gangrene. Rather than let him die of the infection, Dega’s companions do what any good friends would: they get him drunk and cut off his foot with a dull knife.
Anchorman - Frank Vitchard
Anchorman is a ridiculous movie. I love it, but I suppose it’s not for everybody. If the idea of Tim Robbins lopping off Luke Wilson’s arm with machete appeals to you, then check it out. If not, just DVR "Project Runway" and watch that instead, like the little bitch that you are.
Predator - Dillon
You have to hand it to Dillion. He might not survive his fight with the Predator, but he sure gives a hell of an effort. After all, despite the fact that his arm gets blasted off his torso, the badass still manages to keep pulling the trigger of his gun. Granted, it would have been more impressive if he'd been able to aim, but regardless, it was still a good show.
Requiem for a Dream - Harry
In terms of humor, the amputation scene from Requiem for a Dream is second only to Holy Grail. I’ll never forget seeing it for the first time and laughing my ass off. Granted, I was doing hits of nitrous at the time, but I think if I watched it today, it would still hold up. After all, funny is funny.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail - The Black Knight
It’s no surprise that the greatest amputation scene in movie history comes from the greatest work of art in all of recorded history; Monty Python and the Holy Grail. During a fierce battle with the Black Knight, King Arthur is forced to remove all of his opponent’s limbs. Despite the gruesome attack, the Black Knight refuses to concede defeat. "Alright, we'll call it a draw."
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