In this context a “cherry” is a moment in a film that defines the essence of it as each person sees it. I’ll get the ball rolling with a couple:
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
In Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, for me the defining moment was when Gandalf and Pippin were sitting in Minas Tirith waiting for the orcs and trolls to break through the door. Pippin says he didn’t think it would end this way (meaning their lives). Gandalf then explains that it is not the end–that there is something beyond–something that makes it all worthwhile, in words Tolkien used in another part of the book, but which I think were aptly used in this spot in the film. LOTR fans will know the one I mean.
And in another completely different sort of film: Smokey and the Bandit, it was when the Bandit breaks his Transam to pick up “Frog”, who is in a wedding dress. He swerves as he brakes and so stops exactly where Frog can get into the car and go off with him. It’s a real cherry.
So people, what cherries do you have to share?