The Stranger

Question: At the end, Orson Welles is wounded, and flees up a ladder out onto the face of the church clock. The clock contains an automata of statues that move in front of the clock face. One of the statues holds a sword which impales Orson Welles. We even have a distance shot in which the sword is seen sticking out of Orson Welles' back. Is such an end feasible? Surely, for a sword to fully pierce a human body it would have to be very sharp, and be driven with incredible force and speed. Would the statue be moving with anything remotely approaching such force and speed? And surely a statue on a clock would not carry a real sword, but a facsimile, meant to look like a weapon from a distance? And, if somebody really was pierced completely through with a sword, could they really press their body forward to fully withdraw the weapon? (01:34:45)

Rob Halliday

Answer: This is a fictional death, and it's unlikely a person could be killed in that manner. The sword might cause a severe wound, but it would take some force to completely impale a body that way. Movies often exaggerate reality to create drama.

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