On the big screen, the 1990s had a bit of everything. Quentin Tarantino's career launched with independent hits like Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. The Matrix blew minds with its ingenious plot and revolutionary action. Screwy comedies like Dumb & Dumber had audiences buckled over laughing. And while it might not seem like these movies have much in common, one thing fans have certainly noticed is that they all have great foreshadowing. For example, when The Dude has his trippy hallucination in The Big Lebowski, the giant scissors he's chased with actually originate from Maude's studio. Another great tidbit comes from Fight Club, where a seat switch from the two main characters gives a major clue about the twist ending. Some foreshadowing even stretches across films, like how the CCTV cameras monitoring Neo in The Matrix serve a much bigger purpose than surveilling him during his interview with Agent Smith.
Maybe you're not the type to pick up on these details, but thankfully there are plenty of fans who are. Check out this list of foreshadowing moments from classic 1990s movies.
Tyler Durden Switches Seats In 'Fight Club'Photo: 20th Century Fox
From Redditor /u/T_S_Sean:
In Fight Club (1999), during the car crash scene, it shows Brad Pitt driving the car. However, after the crash, Pitt gets out of the passenger seat and pulls Norton from the driver seat, foreshadowing the eventual plot twist.Impressive foreshadowing?
A Couple Frames In 'The Usual Suspects' Spoil The EndingPhoto: Gramercy Pictures
From Redditor /u/Wolfganng101:
In The Usual Suspects (1995) during the final scene where already seen footage is repeated, this image appears for a couple of frames, giving the reveal before the audience is sure of it.Impressive foreshadowing?
The Diner Scene In 'Reservoir Dogs' Sets Up The CharactersPhoto: Miramax Films
From Redditor /u/The8bitdin0:
Throughout the scene, Mr. Pink and Mr. White are in an argument about why Mr. Pink should tip the waitresses. This shows us how Mr. White is compassionate, and has a heart for others, which gets him killed at the end, while Mr. Pink only looks out for himself, which saves him later on. When Joe comes to collect the tips, he asks who didn’t tip, and Mr. Orange tells Joe that Mr. Pink didn’t tip. This represents how Mr. Orange is the rat, who set them up. Also, Mr. Blonde throughout the scene jokingly threatens to shoot someone, and this shows us that Mr. Blonde just wants to kill people.Impressive foreshadowing?
The Dude's Hallucinated Scissors Come From Maude In 'The Big Lebowski'Photo: Gramercy Pictures
In The Big Lebowski (1998), a painting of scissors with a red background is seen when the Dude visits Maude. Later, when the Dude is in a drug induced hallucination, he is chased by a guy dressed in red with giant scissors that have the same black handles.Impressive foreshadowing?