Sunday, August 2, 2009

Quote Me This

As most agree, film is a visual medium - one that uses its projected images to reach the audience via their eyes. Needless to say, the sense of sight is one of our strongest senses. Without the visual cortex humans possess, movies would never have come about. And, the term imagination is derived from the Latin (verb), imaginari - meaning to Picture to oneself. All well and good--I am male and I fit that visually oriented stereotype, after all. [wife rolls eyes] Although, if I was all about the visual, the eye spectacle, then something like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen would be a summer movie favorite of mine--and we know by now that isn't the case. But for me, it doesn't stop there in my enjoyment of film. No, it still comes down to writing. No matter how good the characters look on the big or small screen, what they say (pause for effect), matters. And a film's dialogue is among the best things I enjoy when I take in either a new movie, or an old classic (that I've seen oh so many times). So here in this post, are some of my favorites movie quotes. What are yours?
The Schofield Kid: It don't seem real... how he ain't gonna never breathe again, ever... how he's dead. And the other one too. All on account of pulling a trigger.
William Munny: It's a hell of a thing, killing a man. Take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have.
The Schofield Kid: Yeah, well, I guess they had it coming.
William Munny: We all got it coming, kid.
W.W. Beauchamp: Who, uh, who'd you kill first?
William Munny: Huh?
W.W. Beauchamp: When confronted by superior numbers, an experienced gunfighter will always fire on the best shot first.
William Munny: Is that so?
W.W. Beauchamp: Yeah, Little Bill told me that. And you probably killed him first, didn't you?
William Munny: I was lucky in the order, but I've always been lucky when it comes to killin' folks.
W.W. Beauchamp: And so, who was next? It was Clyde, right? You must have killed Clyde. Well, it could have been Deputy Andy. Wasn't it? Or, or...
William Munny: All I can tell you is who's gonna be last.

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Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
Croupier: Your winnings, sir.
Captain Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.

Senor Ferrari: Might as well be frank, monsieur. It would take a miracle to get you out of Casablanca, and the Germans have outlawed miracles.

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Bounty hunter: You're wanted, Wales.
Josey Wales: Reckon I'm right popular. You a bounty hunter?
Bounty hunter: A man's got to do something for a living these days.
Josey Wales: Dyin' ain't much of a living, boy.

Josey Wales: When I get to likin' someone, they ain't around long.
Lone Watie: I notice when you get to DISlikin' someone they ain't around for long neither.

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Captain Cutshaw: And you know what that heartless butcher prescribed" He said, 'here, take this. It's a suicide pill, with a mild laxative side effect.' What kind of bedside manner is that?

Captain Cutshaw: I don't belong to the God is alive and hiding in Argentina club. But, I believe in the Devil, alright. You know why? Because the prick keeps doing commercials.

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Mortimer Brewster: Look I probably should have told you this before but you see... well... insanity runs in my family... It practically gallops.
Mortimer Brewster: Aunt Abby, how can I believe you? There are twelve men down in the cellar and you admit you poisoned them.
Aunt Abby Brewster: Yes, I did. But you don't think I'd stoop to telling a fib?

Vincent Hanna
: I'm angry. I'm very angry, Ralph. You know, you can ball my wife if she wants you to. You can lounge around here on her sofa, in her ex-husband's dead-tech, post-modernistic bullshit house if you want to. But you do not get to watch my f*cking television set!

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Justine Hanna: You don't live with me, you live among the remains of dead people. You sift through the detritus, you read the terrain, you search for signs of passing, for the scent of your prey, and then you hunt them down. That's the only thing you're committed to. The rest is the mess you leave as you pass through.

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Leonard: She's gone and the present is trivia that I scribble on these f*cking notes.

Natalie: It must be hard living your life off a couple of scraps of paper. You mix your laundry list with your grocery list you'll end up eating your underwear for breakfast

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Nick Frescia: Generally I recommend my men stay away from vodka, and stick with scotch and bourbon.
Jo Ann: Why is that?
Nick Frescia: So the brass will know they're drunk and not stupid.

Hal Maguire: What do you mean, Frescia?
Nick Frescia: Let's see. You've lost half a million dollars, confiscated a ton of useless coke, and have been responsible for the murder of a federal informant. And that, that's just tonight.

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Noah Cross: 'Course I'm respectable. I'm old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.

Evelyn Mulwray: Hollis seems to think you're an innocent man.
Jake Gittes: Well, I've been accused of a lot of things before, Mrs. Mulwray, but never that.
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  1. Bond: Do you expect me to talk?
    Goldfinger:No Mr. Bond I expect you to die!
    and tons of one liners we all laugh at and love.
    Ok I won't quote the entire Capt Ron Move........
    Capt Ron:Yeah, incentives are important. I learned that in rehab.
    And of course the Unforgiven its your blog so I'll just nominate the entire finale in the saloon. Start here....
    Little Bill: Well, sir, you are a cowardly son of a bitch! You just shot an unarmed man!
    Will Munny: Well, he should have armed himself if he's going to decorate his saloon with my friend.

    and one of my top ten if not the ...
    Little Bill Daggett: I don't deserve this... to die like this. I was building a house.
    Will Munny: Deserve's got nothin' to do with it.
    [aims gun]
    Little Bill Daggett: I'll see you in hell, William Munny.
    Will Munny: Yeah.

  2. Great quotes, HnL! And you can quote anything from Captain Ron. One of the funniest comedies Kurt Russell was ever in. I haven't seen that in awhile, so it goes on to this summer's playlist. Thanks for the quotes and comment.

  3. Bond: I admire your courgage, Miss...?
    Trench: Trench, Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mister...?
    Bond: Bond, James Bond.

    Dr. No (1962). I just love it when a quote transforms into tradition!

    Constance: Could you imagine someone being hanged because of something I said.
    Mary: I know. And what purpose could it possibly serve.

    Gosford Park (2001). I wrote the last lines because I love the whole script. It's too hard for me to a quote.

    Donnie: Have you ever been struck by lightning? It hurts.

    Magnolia (1999)

    Will: A man tells his stories so much that he becomes the stories. They live on after him, and in that way he becomes immortal.

    Big Fish (2003). Love the movie. Still makes me cry.

  4. Whoa! That's two comments that start with two great Bond movie quotes (both that involve my fav, the original, Sean Connery). Both you and HnL can't go wrong there.

    And Poncho, you've reminded me about how good those other movies are. GP is a great whodunnit. Thank you for your comment, Poncho.

  5. I'm a shallow person, so I'm afraid tend to remember the flippant rather than the profound.

    The Philadelphia Story
    Margaret Lord: The course of true love...
    Macauley Connor: Gathers no moss.

    Alicia: My car is outside.
    Devlin: Naturally.

    The Big Sleep
    Vivian Sternwood: You go too far, Marlowe.
    Philip Marlowe: Those are harsh words to throw at a man, especially when he's walking out of your bedroom.

    The Adventures of Robin Hood
    Maid Marian: You speak treason!
    Robin Hood: Fluently.

    Elwood P. Dowd: Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.

    Open Range
    Boss Spearman: It's a pretty day for making things right.
    Charley Waite: Well, enjoy it, 'cause once it starts, it's gonna be messy like nothing you ever seen.

    And what may be my favorite movie quote of all time: Long but worth remembering is Crash Davis's creed in Bull Durham. But not to be quoted on a family-friendly blog.

  6. You know, I knew we'd keep adding some great movie quotes. I just keep adding to my summer playlist from the dialogue that comes in. I haven't seen The Big Sleep and Bull Durham in awhile, and they are on deck now. Thanks, Corey.

  7. I'm going to come back and mention some more when I have a few extra minutes, but I absolutely have to put in these two:

    A League of Their Own
    Jimmy: Are you crying? There's no crying in baseball.

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Sundance: You just keep thinkin' Butch. That's what you're good at.

  8. I'm glad you mentioned Butch, Jen. That reminds me of his line, something to the effect of 'I got vision and the rest of the world wears bifocals.'

  9. Jen, Corey: if we're going to mention Butch...

    Butch Cassidy: You know, it could be worse. You get a lot more for your money in Bolivia, I checked on it.
    Sundance Kid: What could they have here that you could possibly want to buy?

    Thanks, guys.

  10. I LOVE reminiscing about great movie lines!! I know there are a bunch from HEARTBREAK RIDGE that I love as well, but I'll be darned if I can think of them off the top of my head right now. I think it's been too long since I watched that beauty...may be time to pull it out again!

  11. Late add! Funny funny movie......... Mouse Hunt, watched again last nite, we always laugh so hard from beginning to end. Had to post this quote.....
    " even Nostradamus didn't see this coming"

  12. Good one, HnL. My kids and I love this slapstick comedy! Thanks.