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Movie Monologues That Are Memorable

Updated on July 22, 2012

Memorable Moments in Movies

Some movies are known for their classic one-liners or quotes such as Wizard of Oz's "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."(Judith Garkand) or The Godfather 2 "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”(Michael Carleone). These quotes have remained embedded in our society and still ring in our ears today. I would like to put these quotes to the side as I share with you some monologues from classic movies. Monologues that will hopefully cause you to think, remember, and enjoy these classic movies once again in your minds. What makes these monologues so inspiring is the way they have been delivered and of course by who has delivered them.

Monologues Mentioned and Disclaimer

1. Shawshank Redemption

2. V for Vendetta

3. Inside Man

4. Taken

I will be providing the monologues and then adding my responses and thoughts on them. If you have not watched these movies, the monologues will not make sense. However, I will also be adding the clips from these movies which contain the monologues in them. Hopefully these clips will implant within you the desire to watch these movies, because they are movies you do not want to miss!

Shawshank Redemption

Red "There's not a day goes by I don't feel regret. Not because I'm in here, or because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then, a young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him. I want to try to talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can't. That kid's long gone and this old man is all that's left. I got to live with that. Rehabilitated? It's just a bullshit word. So you go on and stamp your form, sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because to tell you the truth, I don't give a shit."

Red's View On Rehabilitation

My Response

This monologue is truly inspiring and intellectually sound, and is taken from my favorite movie of all time! It takes place as Red appears before the board to prove to them why the prison should let him go free; to prove that he has successfully rehabilitated. However, if I was giving this monologue, this is what I would of said...

"Ahem...(clears throat) All right gentleman, let me start off by saying that you guys rock my world! If it is not weird to say, I think you guys are a handsome bunch who have all their ducks in a row. I wish I could be just like you, and that can only happen if i get out of this forsaken place. I have been here far too long for a crime I did not even mean to commit! I mean think about it, is it my fault I mowed over that patch of innocent daisies? Is it my fault that the sun beamed straight into my face causing my perfect vision to be blurred? Of course not! It is the sun's fault! Maybe that patch of daisies shouldn't of been there in the first place! Maybe you three prestigious people should wipe the brown off your noses and realize I deserve freedom, and give me that stamp of approval! If you don't you will be sorry, have you ever watched that movie "Law Abiding Citizen" where the main character wreaks havoc on his enemies from inside his cell? Well, that's what i will be doing to you and your families if you don't let me go free. I hope you don't mind your daisies and your roses being obliterated to pieces!"

Disclaimer: This has nothing to do with the movie. No daisies were harmed in the making of this movie. The only thing harmed was a llama who happened to stumble onto the scene. This is a made up speech simply for your enjoyment, as well as will be the ones from now on out.


This monologue is an inspiring look at the term rehabilitation and an insight into the powerful and emotional character Red portrays in this movie. This is just a glimpse into what made this movie popular and why it is still on the top of the charts several years later.

V For Vendetta


V "But on this most auspicious of nights, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace sobriquet, to suggest the character of this dramatis persona. Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V."

V's Introduction to Evey

My Response

This movie has an excellent cast of actors. To name a few, Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, and Rupert Graves. Hugo Weaving plays the role of V, who believes the people should not be afraid of the government. Rather, the government should be afraid of the people. The monologue mentioned above is how V introduces himself to Evey(Natalie Portman). All though this monologue is exceptional, I have only one problem with it. V should of used the letter v a few more times. Count them up and see for yourself! Ok, you don't have to count because I took the liberty of doing so myself just to prove my point. There is a depressing amount of only 48 v's in this paragraph. Is V scared of the letter v? Why can't he get past his fear and add some more v's to his monologue. V seems to be validating his vulnerability by using so very few v's. How very vindicating that would be for his vicious vile violence? (Yes, I am well aware that last sentence made no sense) But that is besides the point.

This monologue gives you a in depth look into V and if you have not watched the movie, hopefully a desire to watch it. You will not be disappointed.

Inside Man

Dalton Russel "My name is Dalton Russell. Pay strict attention to what I say because I choose my words carefully and I never repeat myself. I've told you my name: that's the Who. The Where could most readily be described as a prison cell. But there's a vast difference between being stuck in a tiny cell and being in prison. The What is easy: recently I planned and set in motion events to execute the perfect bank robbery. That's also the When. As for the Why: beyond the obvious financial motivation, it's exceedingly simple... because I can. Which leaves us only with the How; and therein, as the Bard would tell us, lies the rub."

Opening Scene

My Response

This is another favorite of mine. I have to make a confession here. I may or may not have listened to this monologue several times. There is just one small change I need to make to this quote to make it one of my most favorite movie monologues.

"My name is John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt. Pay little attention to what I have to say because I choose my words very carefree and I always repeat myself. I've told you my name: that's the Who. The where could most readibly be described as a zoo filled with neanderthals and dinosaurs. But there is a striking similarity between the neanderthals and the dinosaurs, and I can't quite put my hands around it. The What is easy, recently I have devised a plan to turn the dinosaurs into flying penguins and the neanderthals into purple elephants. That's also the When. As for the why, beyind the obvious instant gratification of seeing penguins fly into purple elephants, it's exceedingly simple..because I can. Which leaves us with the How, and therein as the Pied Piper would tell us, is how the chicken crossed the road." Like I said one small change to the monologue is all it needed.

This is such an awesome quote and hooks you into the movie. This is the introduction for the movie and grips your attention for what is in store. If you have not seen this movie, watch this video before doing anything else. I am confident it will have your attention. In fact, I think most if not all of the movie is on Youtube.


Taken

Bryan Mills “I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.” The voice on the other end pauses, then says, “Good luck.”

"I Will Kill You"

My Response

This is one of the movies that attracted audiences of all ages because of it's main theme. Liam Neeson is out to kill the people who have kidnapped his daughter. The above mentioned monologue is when Liam Neeson comes in contact with his killer and leaves a not so warm and friendly message. However, there is one slight change I would make.

"If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you..."(insert my own version...I will buy you a Mercedes but a few years old, not brand new, I will buy you a house, but with only four floors and five bathrooms. I will offer you a life supply of ice cream and chocolates and even buy you your very own island. I will give a $1,000,000, but only in one large sum. Yeah that is what I will do if I find you! You better be scared! Because I am vicious and mean! On second thought, you can keep my daughter. Thinks of how much that would save on my phone bill? No more buying supplies for school, no more relentless embarrassment of going to the store to buy tampons? A light bulb is going off in my head, not those lame low energy bulbs, but rather the high efficiency ones that seem to keep giving!)

All right, back to being serious, I just can't help myself sometimes. My mind wonders off all the time, it seems like I can't help it. This movie was excellent, in fact small claim to fame with this movie. I have seen the movie Taken four times in four different states in the span of one week. So I guess you could say I like it a little :)

Closing Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed reminiscing some inspiring moments in some incredible movies. I also hope you have had a few laughs at the "slight changes" I have made to the monologues.


If you have not seen a few of these movies that is all right, for I will be writing more in the future. Just write done some of your favorite movie monolgues in the comments, and I will take note of them for my future hubs.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      "I know I have a heart coz I can feel it breaking.." ^;^ -wizard of oz

      Nice movie monologues J!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      amazing ideas :P

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks M! :) Did you like the responses, my made up versions of the monologues?

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks M, appreciate your loyalty to me! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are lucky; I usually don't read hubs at night. Glad I read this one! You did very well, nephew! All that worrying was for naught. Loved it!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Wow, uncle Bill, it is weird to see you on now commenting, LOL. Thanks glad you enjoyed it, yes I was worried! :)

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hey this is a very cool idea...how about this one!

      'I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love me'

      :)

      Voted up & awesome & shared

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks! I enjoyed writing it! Is that whole quote? I am looking into doing primarily monologues. Thanks for reading and voting, and sharing! :)

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      snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      yeah.. josh, how come you always have good and unique ideas? can i steal half of it? hehehe..

      amazing!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Haha snow thanks appreciate it. :). Ok and I'll steal your good poetry Lol. Deal? Have you seen any of the movies I mentioned?

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hey J..yeah..love your j-made versions. lol..you have a unique talent!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hey thanks I appreciate it! I had a lot of fun with this one! They are some great some movies! :)

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      Shawshank Redemption is one of my all time favorite movies...glad to see it in here! Nice work:)

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      TommyGuns 4 years ago from Blakeslee, PA

      I just watched that scene in Shawshank the other day! Great movie and a favorite of mine too. I met Tim roberts and spent a little time with him, personally I am not a fan

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Julie!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for stopping by tommy guns! Yes it is an awesome movie!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Two of my ALL TIME clips here - Red's speech ( from my fav movie ever) and Mr Neeson's classic " i will find you . . .. " Brilliant!!! Love it!! Saw him do a take on it on a chat show as if it was a recorded message on a phone, which was hillarious. Great writing josh, superb humor in the mix. Voting and sharing to the masses!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Suzie, thanks for stopping by and reading! I was afraid the humor would not go over well, glad you enjoyed it! :) Thanks for the votes and shares!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Your parents couldn't get a babysitter to watch you so they plopped you down in front of the TV and told you not to move, even if you had to go to the bathroom, when you were a little kid, huh? Go on, tell the truth. :) Well, I guess it's better than being locked in a closet with a box of Ho Hos for 9 hours. VUMS. :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hahaha Yeah I was locked up for days on end, sometimes weeks with no food or water. It was rough, but these movies got me through it! :) Thanks for reading and for the votes TT!

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      MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

      Love the opening scene speech of Inside man, great movie, Taken still gives me creeps after watching it last year, interesting hub, great job Josh!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks MargaritaEden, I appreciate you stopping by and commenting! :) Inside Man is awesome! Have you seen Shawshank Redmption?

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      Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Josh, lovely hub! I find your choice of movies interesting - all the monologues are angry men! I have seen "Shawshank" - great movie with great performances. The monologue you picked is outstanding. Have not seen "Vendetta"... the alliteration is Very Valiant and I'm sure you could come up with more than 48! :) I have not seen this movie and not quite sure I would like it. "Inside Man" looks ominous and don't know how I feel about that, but I did see "Taken," and thought it was pretty good.

      It was interesting reading your responses to the movies and I very much liked how you changed the monologues! :) Nice sense of humor, Josh. Very interesting read and enjoyable hub. Well done! Voted up, funny, interesting and awesome.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I vividly remember the two scenes from Shawshank Redemption and Taken...awesome!! They are the kind of scenes that make you jump up and say "heck yeah!!!"

      Excellent hub!! I could see this becoming a hub series!:)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Linda, I appreciate it! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks so much Sue, glad you liked it! :) Thanks for the votes!

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      Two Minute Review 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      Love the Shawshank one, but for my money, the monologue by Quint in "Jaws" about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis did more to change human behavior than anything previously. Other winners are Billy Crystal's monologue on growing old in "City Slickers" and Jack Nicholson on the witness stand in "A Few Good Men"...

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks two minute review, and Nicholson's monologue will be coming out later on, I love that one! :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Funny, Josh and smart-assy - true to form! Honestly, the only movie I've seen, besides Wizard of Oz (btw, it's Judy Garland, not Judith Garkand!) and The Godfather, is The Shawshank Redemption. I see why it's your favorite. Frankly, I like anything Morgan Freeman is in. He's an awesome actor.

      However, if your "take" on what should have been said at the parole hearing was what transpired, you'd be doing time for the rest of your life for impersonating a gardner! haha

      Nice switch, Fairy Godson. Where do you come up with these ideas?????

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Brave,

      Thanks for the correction, can't believe I mispelled her name sheesh! LOL And yes, I would be in prison for the rest of my life!

      Fairy godmother, they just appear in my head lol Thanks for visiting, I appreciate it!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Great hub Josh, nice to see Shawshank Redemption included :o)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Julie,

      Thanks! :). Never exclude Shawshank, that's rule in my book! :)

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      MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

      No I have not seen Shawshank Redmption, but must see it if you are recommending it, I trust your taste!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Margarita,

      Yes! It is an absolute must see! :)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Novel approach to a movie review, that's for sure. Anyone who saw Shawshank Redemption had to love it...great acting. Afraid this old coot hasn't seen the others yet but after reading this (Especially with your lighthearted responses) will be looking for them soon.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Josh, all great films here, and I love the humour you've injected into your responses. I love movies and there are several monologues that I think are rather memorable.. however, the movie's I love are all a bit "cult" and the British ones especially I'm sure you'll ave never heard of (and it won't be worth writing about for a largely American audience)...

      Fight Club (Brad Pitt)

      "Man, I see in Fight Club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. It's the ultimate tension and I see it squandered. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables - slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy s--t that we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war. Our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off."

      Withnail and I (Richard E Grant)

      The final monologue is a speech from Shakespears Hamlet and is the most emotional and memorable moment in any movie (very cult British this one...)

      Dead Mans Shoes (Directed by the brilliant Shane Meadows)

      There is no memorable monolgue, but I really think you should watch this film... It is rather brilliant and very dark! If you like Shawshank, you'll love this but I warn you it is rather violent at times...

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Unusual, but very good hub. It's ironic, I just watched Shaw Shank yesterday! That was the third time and I still loved it! Taken was also a wonderful movie. That monologue always gave me cold chills. Voted this up and interesting.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mary,

      Thanks so much for your positive feedback. Yes, they are all amazing movies.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Jen,

      Thanks so much for this feedback! I will definitely be adding Dead Man's Shoes to my list of movies!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      sgbrown,

      Thanks for the feedback, and yes I know it was interesting. :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      IT,

      Thanks for coming by and giving me that positive feedback. Glad you enjoyed and have a good day.

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      Emer420 4 years ago

      I agree totally with every one of these. They are very very memorable. However, the monologue from Taken is probably the most intense. I wouldn't want a phone call like that..haha. But, the one from V is probably the most epic. So I will have to say that it is a tie between Taken and V for best monologue. :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Emer,

      Thanks! Yes, I wouldn't want a call like that either! :) Yes V's is totally epic! Thanks for the visit!

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      What a clever insight into the mind of josh3418! I WILL find you, mwhaahahaha

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Austin,

      Hahaha, LOL Too funny, and thanks for your feedback!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Nice choice of monologues Josh...

      Well I was more interested in your responses .... and they were just hilarious... to say the least...

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey Josh! I swear I didn't see any of those movies! I am interested now though...I just don't turn the TV on very much...I let the kids watch what they want or listen to stereo.

      I will have to see if any are available on Netflix!

      Excellent job I love how you did this!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Rahul,

      Thanks I tried to make them really funny! LOL Have a great day!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Kelly,

      No Problem at all! We will get to see them someday. Try Netflix, I am not sure what they have in regards to these movies. Have a great day hubfriend!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Josh,

      Very nice job here...of the three, I have watched Shawshank a number of times and you isolated one of the best quotes from it. I feel bad for the llama who was all wrong place/wrong time...lol. I've been wanting to watch V for sometime now so I will need to do the netflix thing.

      Moving forward...ANY quote from Pulp Fiction will absolutely rock my world. Perhaps my favorite..."I'm pretty f**king far from OK." lol...I also like "Check out the big brain on Brad!"

      Great job my friend!

      Thomas

      PS...voting accordingly.

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      Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

      "We will bee-ilt a new weld!" The Time Machine

      Very original idea. Voted up.

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      danielabram 4 years ago

      Definitely an original idea about The Time Machine.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thomas,

      Thanks buddy! Great additions! You rock Thomas!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Jenna,

      Great thought there for an additional quote!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Daniel,

      Thanks for your visit, did you like the hub? You didn't say anything about it?

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite movies.... I love that line as well. It has been so long since I have watched that movie. Thinking I might just have to throw it in real soon here. And as for the movie Taken... I actually heard him say it when I was reading... in that raspy kind of makes your goose bumps pop out kind of feeling. Unfortunately I haven't watched the other two movies... I know... odd... but hey 2 isn't bad! Great hub and great lines!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Josh -

      Sometimes, I really worry about you. Such a fine, upstanding young man, and such a demented brain. I fear you my friend. I'm scared of your next topic. It is a bold move, but I'd advise you to stay away from it. You don't want to tackle "Movie Quotes You'll Never Hear In Porn Flicks." Your first example, "Let me introduce you to my little friend" is going too far!

      Great Job, my friend! Thoroughly enjoyed!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Stacey,

      Thanks for your awesome feedback here! We are finally following each other, LOL. Glad you enjoyed this hub!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      rcrumple,

      Thanks for your visit friend! HAHAHA LOL You are too funny! Have a good one!

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      Natasha Pelati 4 years ago from South Africa

      Great! I forgot about some of these

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