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Weekly 10 Best Movie Quotes #7
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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Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) – The Patriot
Colonel William Tavington (Jason Isaacs): “Kill me before the war is over, will you? It appears that you are not the better man.”
Benjamin Martin: “You're right. My sons were better men.”
A former British combatant of the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin refuses to become involved in the American (technically British) Colonies’ struggle for independence. However, after his teenaged son Thomas (Gregory Smith) is murdered and dies in his arms. Gunned down by the heartless British cavalry officer, Colonel William Tavington, Benjamin takes up arms. The two men continue to clash throughout the duration of the film, with personal attacks against Tavington’s supply lines and attempts on Benjamin’s family. However, it is after Tavington burns an entire town alive in a church and kills Benjamin’s eldest son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger), that the two finally meet on the battlefield. Benjamin’s response and Tavington's mocking, soulless line perfectly personifies both characters’ true nature. If you’re a fan of the history genre or even just a fantastic war flick, give it a watch or a revisit.
Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) – Frankenstein (1931)
“Look! It's moving. It's alive. It's alive... It's alive, it's moving, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, it’s alive!”
While discussing this quote, I want to clear up a personal annoyance of mine and set the record strait. The man uttering this quote is Dr. Henry Frankenstein who is celebrating bringing his creation to life, which undoubtedly ends up being a monster. The man is named Frankenstein and not the reanimated corpse (Boris Karloff), thus making the monster Frankenstein’s monster (or just the monster), not Frankenstein. To only intensify the misconception, pop culture only adds to the confusion by mislabeling the monster as Frankenstein countless times in cartoons, books, parodies, etc. So I am aware that this has been firmly cemented into most of our minds since childhood, but hopefully this has shed any pre-established misconceptions on the matter. So, Frankenstein is the mad doctor who brought life to the corpse and Frankenstein's monster or just the monster is the creature.
Now, what can be said about the unforgettable celebratory declaration by the mad doctor? Well I don’t think anybody reading this has not seen this parodied in some form throughout their lives. Clive does an exceptional job delivering the lines and it is without a doubt one of the most memorable moments in early cinema history. Although it may seem dated now, check it out, especially if you’re looking for a classic or a good old fashion monster flick.
Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) - Fast Times at Ridgemont High
“Awesome! Totally awesome! Alright, Hamilton!”
Troubled teen, Jeff Spicoli, has more than one memorable catch phrase throughout this 80s comedy. However, this line certainly stands out amongst the rest as it’s delivered near the film’s conclusion. Following an attempted robbery that is prevented by down on his luck Brad Hamilton (Judge Reinhold), Spicoli emerges from the men’s room to deliver this heavily parodied encouragement. If you’ve seen the movie, this scene is unforgettable.
Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) – Wall Street
“The richest one percent of this country owns half our country's wealth, five trillion dollars. One third of that comes from hard work, two thirds comes from inheritance, interest on interest accumulating to widows and idiot sons and what I do, stock and real estate speculation. It's bullshit. You got ninety percent of the American public out there with little or no net worth. I create nothing. I own. We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price per paper clip. We pick that rabbit out of the hat while everybody sits out there wondering how the hell we did it. Now you're not naive enough to think we're living in a democracy, are you buddy? It's the free market. And you're a part of it. You've got that killer instinct. Stick around pal, I've still got a lot to teach you.”
Business Tycoon Gordon Gekko is undeniably the master of market manipulation and steals the show in this 80s drama. Before Charlie Sheen was waving knives and drinking tigers blood (yeah, wow, think about it), he played Bud Fox, the promising protégé to the ruthless stock tyrant. Sadly Bud finds out that Gekko’s allegiances and cutthroat life style comes at a hefty cost, when the cynical man betrays his father’s airline after a buyout. While there are a number of Gekko lines that are certainly memorable (“Greed, for the lack of a better word, is good”), this one perfectly personifies the inner psyche of the embodiment of greed. If you haven’t seen this one and you’re looking for something a little more involved, I would definitely recommend a watch.
Donkey (Eddie Murphy) - Shrek
“We can stay up late, swapping manly stories, and in the morning, I'm making waffles!”
The Pixar film, now become franchise, Shrek supports a lovable cast of characters straight out of our childhood fairytales and, in countless cases, sport an adult sense of humor. I don’t think anyone would deny that, out of the bunch, Donkey is the funniest. Sure I could have chosen a number of his humorous one-liners, but this one always stands out and made a memorable impression with my first view. It’s not only the line, but the delivery that establishes a lasting memory with this one. It never fails to get a laugh from me. If you haven’t seen Shrek, what are you waiting for? It’s a good one for the kids, with some adult humor that will soar right over their little heads.
George Lutz (James Brolin) – The Amityville Horror (1979)
Kathy Lutz (Margot Kidder): “I just wish that... all those people hadn't died here. I mean... ugh! A guy kills his whole family. Doesn't that bother you?”
George Lutz: “Well, sure, but... houses don't have memories.”
While pretty tame by today’s standards, this 70s classic horror is based on the Lutz’s experiences while residing in the already occupied old Dutch Colonial. While the novel it’s based on is riddled with claims of hoax and controversy, Ronald DeFeo’s savage slaying of his entire family and other past tragedies take full manifestation as the evil presence preys on the unfortunate Lutz family. George Lutz’s reassurance to his wife’s (Margot Kidder) concerns is a perfect personification of the horrors that would ensue when the family took up residence in 112 Ocean Ave. The house and evil presences that occupied it were directly tied to the property’s twisted, dark past. The film is an excellent haunted house flick and the musical score only intensifies the atmosphere. However, as with many movie adaptations, the novel is obviously superior and a chilling read. Give it a watch, but for the full and less Hollywood experience read the book which claims to be based on the actual events.
Fogell or “McLovin” (Christopher Mintz) – Superbad
Evan (Michael Cera): “What? One name? ONE NAME? Who are you? Seal?”
Seth (Jonah Hill): “Fogell, this ID says that you're 25 years old. Why wouldn't you just put 21, man?”
Fogell: “Seth, Seth, Seth. Listen up, ass-face: every day, hundreds of kids go into the liquor store with fake IDs, and every single one says they're 21. Pssh, how many 21 year olds do you think there are in this town? It's called fucking strategy, all right?”
Evan: “Stay calm, okay? Let's not lose our heads. It's... it's a fine ID; it'll... it's gonna work. It's passable, okay? This isn't terrible. I mean, it's up to you, Fogell. This guy is either gonna think 'Here's another kid with a fake ID' or 'Here's McLovin, a 25 year-old Hawaiian organ donor'. Okay? So what's it gonna be?”
Fogell: “I am McLovin!”
This movie is by no means super bad, as I had concluded with my preconceptions from trailers before seeing it on the big screen. But my preconceptions were certainly off with this one. The hilarious comedy, which took most moviegoers by complete surprise, sports a rich cast and a variety of great lines. Between the cops, Seth, Evan, and Fogell, there are certainly some excellent quotes, but this sequence of dialogue is amongst the best. What can I say; the exchange is completely hilarious and begins the side story with Fogell and the cops. A great adult comedy for sure and definitely worthy of anyone's time whose looking for a laugh.
James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) - Golden Eye
Alec Trevelyan: (Sean Bean) “For England, James?”
James Bond: “No. For me.”
Without a doubt this installment is certainly towards the top of my list of best Bond films and is undeniably Brosnan’s best portrayal of her majesty’s top agent. Bond’s history and eventual rivalry with the former 006 (Trevelyan) throughout Golden Eye makes for one hell of a showdown at the film’s conclusion. Trevelyan also secures himself as one of my favorite Bond villains and with an enemy's list that long, that's one hell of an accomplishment. But back to the quote. As he spouts off one of their old friendly mottos, Bond's former friend and partner accepts his fate while assuming that his life is being taken for queen and country. However, Bond sets the record strait before finishing the job. If you’re a 007 fan or even just an action junky, check this one out.
Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) – Spiderman
“Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I'm Spider-man.”
While not my favorite superhero franchises, this is still a pretty descent trilogy (Always been more of a Batman guy personally). Once uttered by Peter Parker’s deceased Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson), these words become a guiding philosophy for the web-slinger. This especially holds true when he rejects the girl next door at the film's conclusion. Having been in love with Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) since high school, this one personifies the quote. The idea of sacrificing one’s happiness for the greater good is not a new concept, but referring to it as both a gift and a curse certainly assists in generating sympathy for the character. Spiderman is a great comic adaptation and well paced action movie.
Hoot (Eric Bana) – Black Hawk Down
”When I go home people'll ask me, ‘Hey Hoot, why do you do it man? What, you some kinda war junkie?’ You know what I'll say? I won't say a goddamn word. Why? They won't understand. They won't understand why we do it. They won't understand that it's about the men next to you, and that's it. That's all it is.”
The 2001 war film is based on the battle of Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia where two Black Hawks choppers were downed. The 75th US Rangers, 160th SOAR, and Delta Force fight to survive against relentless waves of local militia forces, while ensuring no man is left behind. This is unquestionably one of my favorite historic war movies with its phenomenal cast, amazing special effects, and simply put, Ridley Scott at his finest directing. I’ve read the book and this one translates to the big screen well with all the compliments listed above.
Now with that said, I suppose we should look at the quote a little closer. This line appears as the film is drawing to a close and builds on the “brother in arms” notions that have been already established throughout the movie. Not only is this just an awesome quote, but the actual veterans who were involved in the battle have commended it during specials I’ve seen on the event and acknowledged the film’s accuracy in depicting this concept. Black Hawk Down is a fantastic story and film, which commemorates the sacrifice of those who died trying to bring freedom to people oppressed by a tyrannical drug lord.