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The far-reaching goal of the new subject "English Expression II" in the new Course of Study for Senior High Schools necessitates urgently devising effective ways of studying the subject with concrete proposals because there is a significant gap between the goal and the reality. The purpose of this paper is to discuss and explore one proposal for reaching English education goals through the use of movies, referring to its possibilities and limits from the perspective of generative linguistics. After pointing out the often-overlooked difference between communicative competence and linguistic competence, the paper discusses significant interpretive contributions of pauses and intonations used in verbal communication, and explains that movies are an ideal form of media to teach those aspects of communication. The paper provides an analysis of a scene from the movie Gladiator as an example of using movies for effective English education. A couple of problems of using movies are also mentioned followed by suggestions of preventive measures to those problems. The paper hopes to demonstrate that English education using movies is a promising and optimal way of studying "English Expression II" in the new Course of Study for Senior High Schools.