Weekly 10 Best Movie Quotes #5

This is a weekly posting of ten movie quotes that have made a lasting, memorable impression with audiences. In no particular order, here is this week’s best movie quotes. There are links to earlier and later installments at the bottom.

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Patches O’Houlihan (Rip Torn) – Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

“If you’re going to become true dodgeballers, then you’ve got to learn the five d’s of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge.”

The seasoned, washed-up, professional dodgeballer transforms Peter La Fleur (Vince Vaughn) and his group of misfits into a solid dodgeball team. The five d’s of dodgeball are described to the team so that they can become true champions. Even after the ironic sign falls and crushes the wheelchair-bound legend, he is still able to relay advice to Peter as an apparition. Patches we salute you and your iconic words of encouragement.

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Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) - Raiders of the Lost Ark

“Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?”

Fearless, archeologist Indian Jones (Henry Jones Jr.) is willing to face down Nazis, explore perilous tombs and temples, solve deadly traps, brawl with nearly anyone, and do whatever it takes to rescue the girl. However, when it comes to snakes the action hero is reduced to that of any Average Joe with their greatest fears personified. This quote is not when we first learn of Indy’s phobia, as it is revealed within the first half when he encounters his guide’s pet in the two seated prop plane. The line is a response to Sallah’s (John Rhys-Davies) observation of the floor moving. It only seems fitting that, to recover the Ark of the Covenant, Indy must prove himself worthy and confront his worst fears. There are many meaningful, unforgettable quotes throughout the series, so this certainly will not be the last time we see Indy.

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Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) – Meet the Parents

“You tried to milk him, didn’t you, you sick son of a bitch?”

Greg (Gaylord) Focker (Ben Stiller) had no idea what he was getting into when he decided to meet his girlfriend’s parents. Determined to gain her overbearing father’s trust, Greg struggles after a series of mishaps and pressure from Jack himself. The movie is one of my favorite comedies and only seems to get funnier with age. While it already contains various one-liners and knee-slappers, this quote certainly stands out. Following an interesting dinner conversation where Greg accounts for milking his cat as a child, Jack spouts off this accusation as his cat (Mr. Jinx) is missing (another accident caused by Greg). If you enjoy comedies or just a good laugh, this one should not be passed up.

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Batman (Michael Keaton) - Batman (1989)

“I made you, you made me first.”

This is in response to the Joker (Jack Nicholson) claiming that Batman created him, after the mobster fell into the toxic chemicals that permanently disfigured him. While no one can deny that Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the crazed clown is nothing short of phenomenal (The Dark Knight), I honestly believe that Tim Burton’s imaging possessed a more complicated and interesting relationship between Batman and the Joker. If you’ve read my article, Ultimate Movie Showdowns: Batman (1989) (http://moviearbiter.hubpages.com/hub/Ultimate-Movie-Showdowns-Batman-1989-Batman-vs-the-Joker), or have seen it, you already know how both characters created the other's duel identity. As tension builds the entire movie, the final duel between the pair atop the cathedral is satisfying as hell. Love it or hate it, Tim Burton’s approach is dark, stylish, and impressive.

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Frank (Will Ferrell) – Old School

“You’re my boy Blue! You’re my boy.”

Following a birthday, KY wrestling match that was just too much for the old man’s heart to handle, Blue (Patrick Cranshaw) is laid to rest. Frank spouts out this line during rush for the men’s fraternity, but is funnier when it’s called out at the old man’s funeral. He desperately shouts the words to pay tribute to his favorite brother, while Dust from the Wind is playing. Any number of lines could be pulled from this movie, but I think most of you will agree with me that this one is just hilarious.

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Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi) – Dracula (1931)

“I am Dracula”

While a lot of people, especially younger ones, associate Christopher Lee with Dracula and not without good reason, the man who brought almost everything we know to the character has to be credited to Bela Lugosi. Lee is without a doubt an excellent Dracula, but Lugosi’s portrayal, mannerisms, and dialogue are what we all associate with the Vampire Lord. Just this line alone has been parodied countless times and if you’ve ever seen a spoof or cartoon with Dracula, it’s derived from this man. Although older, this movie shouldn’t be forgotten and possesses great lines and impressive acting. Bela Lugosi, this is a tribute to an excellent performance and breathing life into the culture icon we all know today.

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Vincent (John Travolta) - Pulp Fiction

“Oh man, I shot Marvin in the face.”

What first seems like a random (arguably funny?) moment of accidental misfire ends up developing into a major plot point for the chapter entitled, “The Bonnie Situation.” Poor Marvin (Phil LaMarr) was just answering a question, when Vincent accidentally shoots the man directly in the face at extremely close range. This memorable line follows, in addition to Jules (Samuel Jackson), Vincent’s partner, freak out for the stupid mistake. The scene itself is quite shocking and unexpected the first time you see it, but its Vincent’s response that makes it borderline laughable. Tarantino never fails to amaze or entertain and will undoubtedly see more in the future from this movie.

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The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) - The Wizard of Oz

“I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog too!”

This scene, along with all others with the demented witch, used to scare me senseless when I was a young child. The Wicked Witch of the West is evil incarnate and is only concerned with her own selfish desires and self-preservation. Pursuing Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her companions across the Land of Oz, the witch is hell-bent on acquiring the ruby slippers, even if it costs the young Kansas woman her life. But the icing on the cake is that not only does she call out poor Dorothy, but the defenseless little terrier as well. If you asked me, she’s a stone cold wicked bitch.

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Josie Wales (Clint Eastwood) – The Outlaw Josie Wales

Bounty Hunter (John Davis Chandler): “A man’s got to do something for a living these days.”

Josie: “Dyin’ aint much of a living, boy.”

Being one of my favorite Clint Eastwood movies, anyone whose seen this western cannot deny that there are plenty or excellent one-liners and dialogue. Eastwood is at his finest here and the lines don’t get much better than this movie. This one in particular is unforgettable as bounty hunters catch up to the wanted, notorious, outlaw Josie Wales. While the bounty hunter’s dialogue is reasonable and undeniably clever, it’s Josie’s response that is downright brilliant. If you’re a fan of Clint Eastwood, you’ve probably already have watched it, but if you haven’t, check it out ASAP.

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Sarah (Rochelle Davis) – The Crow

If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever.”

While her mom is too busy scoring drugs and sleeping around, young Sarah has to fend for herself and finds comfort with a young couple, Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) and Shelly Webster (Sofia Shinas). However, the pair soon become the victims of a brutal gang crime and are murdered on Devil’s Night, which happens to be the night before their wedding and Halloween. While the remainder of the movie, as the title hints, is about Draven being guided by a crow that grants him the power to return from death and gain his revenge against the heartless thugs who killed him and he fiancé, Sarah remains a main character and delivers this epilogue at the conclusion. This film sports a variety of memorable lines, but I believe this one to be the most powerful and hold certain truths. If you haven’t seen it and want something different, I say give a watch. However, there is quite a bit of violence and the story is not the most cheery, which is similar to the events surrounding the production (Brandon Lee was killed by a misfired jammed blank). We’ll come back and talk about this one later for sure and pay tribute to the up and coming star.

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DannoMan 4 years ago

You could mine Meet the Parents for a dozen good quotes. I have a couple for your consideration from other films:

"Life is about making mistakes. And death is about wishing you'd made a whole lot more of them."

-- Gerard Butler as Milo, in The Bounty Hunter (2010)

On 'promising young talent'

"Everybody who is young is promising. The world should sue the young for breach of promise."

-- Ben the bartender, in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

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