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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS REVEAL FAVORITE MOVIE MOMENTS; WEEKEND POLL SHOWS CLASSICS WIN OVER CONTEMPORARY FARE

 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS REVEAL FAVORITE MOVIE MOMENTS;
 WEEKEND POLL SHOWS CLASSICS WIN OVER CONTEMPORARY FARE
 LOS ANGELES, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Few contemporary films inspire movie-goers like the classics do, according to a survey conducted this past weekend. Respondents shunned high-concept movies in favor of more complex character-driven films, revealing in the process what endures as some of the funniest, sexiest and most epic movie moments in history.
 The pollsters, commissioned by Diet Pepsi in conjunction with National Uh-Huh! Month, took to the streets throughout Southern California and had little trouble getting participants to express their cinematic preferences. Everyone, it seems, has a strong opinion, perhaps given the region's status as entertainment capital of the world.
 Highlights of the poll included:
 Most Romantic Movie Moments:
 -- Rhett Butler carries Scarlett O'Hara up Tara's grand staircase in
 "Gone With the Wind"
 -- Belle looks into the eyes of the Beast and sees him as the
 handsome prince he really is
 -- The deli scene in "When Harry Met Sally"
 Scariest Moments:
 -- The shower scene in "Psycho"
 -- Buffalo Bill pursues Clarice Starling in total darkness in
 "The Silence of the Lambs"
 -- Kathy Bates smashes James Caan's feet in "Misery"
 Funniest Moments:
 -- Any scene with Marilyn Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"
 -- Wayne and Garth singing to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."
 -- John Cleese found naked in the living room in "A Fish Called
 Wanda"
 Saddest Movie Moments:
 -- Bambi's mother gets shot
 -- Debra Winger dies in "Terms of Endearment"
 -- The final airport scene in "Casablanca"
 Most Epic Moments:
 -- Charlton Heston parting the Red Sea in "The Ten Commandments"
 -- Rhett Butler saying, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."
 Most Exciting Moments:
 -- Any chase scene from "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"
 -- The car-chase scene in "The French Connection"
 -- Indiana Jones on a runaway mine train in "Indiana Jones and
 the Temple of Doom"
 Most Surprising Movie Moments:
 -- Thelma and Louise driving off a cliff to their death
 -- The horse-head scene in "The Godfather"
 Sexiest Movie Moment:
 -- The kitchen scene in "9 1/2 Weeks"
 -- The train scene in "Risky Business"
 -- Marlon Brando in "Last Tango in Paris"
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 /CONTACT: Denise Keith or Lynne Gray, Hill and Knowlton, 213-937-7460/ CO: ST: California IN: ENT SU:


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