This chapter considers music heard during the end titles and at the moment of narrative closure in Hollywood combat films made after Vietnam. In many of these films, music during the end titles provides time and musical content for reflection after the narrative, creating a ritual space for meditating on the meaning of patriotism. The end titles choices made by combat film composers and directors are shown to have a profound effect on the meaning of these films. Most films end with reflective music encouraging the audience who remains to listen to “count the cost” of the narrative just seen as it reflects the lives of real soldiers and veterans. A few films, including The Hurt Locker, end with popular music that challenges the listener to think critically about the relationship between the tropes of screen violence and the US military and militarism.
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