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Favorite Movie Lines; Mother of Mercy, is this the end of Rico
A proper introduction
"Great movie quotes become part of our cultural vocabulary. When you consider that any phrase from American film is eligible, you realize this is our most subjective topic to date. We expect nothing less than a war of words as we reignite interest in classic American movies."
Jean Picker Firstenberg
President Emerita, American Film Institute
Famous Last Words
" Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?" Edward G Robinson resembled crime boss Al Capone and was perfect for the lead role here. In his final moment "Little Caesar" could not believe what was happening to him. " I have been, and always will be, your friend. Live long... and prosper." For Star Trek fans everywhere the death of Spock was tragic. We had no idea that he would be back. One of the most famous last words is the single word "Rosebud" from Citizen Kane. This one word, from a dying man, hooks you immediately. At the height of his career they did not want to show Elvis die,so at the end of "Love me tender." What they did was super impose an image of him singing the title song. In honor of Dickens Bicentennial; " It's a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done, it's a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known."
We're not in Kansas any more
Movies like The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, and Casablanca, remind us that there are magical lands, "somewhere over the rainbow". When Scarlet proclaims that " God as my witness I'll never be hungry again" we can identify with her character. When Rick Blaine says " Of all the gin joints, in all the world, why did she have to walk into mine" we know that he is going to get hurt again. When Glinda the good witch says " Click your heels and say there's no place like home." we know there isn't.
It's still a Wonderful Life
" You see George, you really had a wonderful life. Don't you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away?" This one line sums up the whole theme of the movie. "You want the moon? Just say the word, and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey, that's a pretty good idea, I'll give you the moon Mary." Every year George Bailey reminds us that " It's a wonderful life." "That's right... that's right. Attaboy Clarence."
Favorite Movie Era
What is your favorite era of film
Some of my favorite comedy is from the 1930's, Comics like W.C Fields Mae West, The Marx Brothers, and Laurel and Hardy. I loved Oliver Hardy's signature line; "another fine mess you've gotten us into." It always seemed like Fields was saying; "get away son you bother me." And who could forget Groucho " One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas, how he got in my pajamas, I don't know."
A generation before Vito Corleone made you an " Offer you can't refuse," Marlon Brando starred as Tony Malloy in Elia Kazan's "On the Waterfront." He could have had class but it wasn't his night. Fast forward nearly 60 years and "On the Waterfront" still gets over a million global searches per month.