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Weekly 10 Best Movie Quotes #1
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 later installments at the bottom.
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Hudson (Bill Paxton) – Aliens
“That’s it man. Game over man, game over!”
The line is simple, but great because it sums up both the hopeless situation against the unrelenting xenomorph infestation and the pessimism of character. Hudson is arguably one of the most interesting character in the sequel and is certainly the funniest. Very little can top Bill Paxton hamming it up, while maintaining the serious tones of everything else going on around him. I can't even begin to account for how many times I've heard someone reference this line.
Doc (Christopher Lyod) – Back to the Future
“When this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you’re going to see some serious shit.”
With 88 being the necessary speed to achieve temporal displacement, I agree with the Doc. The first time you see the sparks fly and the DeLorean vanish, leaving only a fiery trail, we do see some serious shit. Christopher Llyod's portrayal of the brilliant scientist is always spot on and every memorable line he delivers, always reflects his immaculate performance. It's not just the line, but the way he delivers it with an anticipatory grin that truly makes this statement truly unforgettable.
General Zod (Terence Stamp) – Superman II
“Come to me, son of Jor-El, kneel before Zod!”
Although teased in the original, it isn't until the franchise's second installment that the ruthless, Kryptonian general eventually breaks free of the Phantom Zone and finds his way to Earth (Planet Huston). Already hell-bent on conquering the powerless humans, the discovery of his old foe’s son residing on the planet only fuels his internal rage. Now bored with ruling the world, Zod seeks to break the son of his former nemeses and enslave him. Eager to fulfill his sworn vengeance, the general and his lackeys wreak havoc in Metropolis to draw the Man of Steel into a conflict. Terence Stamp boasts a commanding presence in every scene that Zod is in and you really believe that he'd like nothing more than to bring eternal torment to the son of Jor-El and those he loves.
Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) – A League of Their Own
“There’s no crying in baseball!”
In a scene that only Tom Hanks can deliver, what started as a scrutinizing speech for giving up a lead, resulted to the crying argument. After countless ramblings about not crying in baseball, Jimmy is ejected for telling the umpire that he, “looked like a penis with a little hat on.” The scene and the rest of the movie for that matter is brilliant and undeniably funny. It's a classic and there are so many memorable lines. If you haven't seen this film, I couldn't recommend it enough.
Commissioner Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) – The Dark Knight
“Because he's the hero Gotham deserves. But not the one it needs right now. And so we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A dark knight.”
What a fitting conclusion to the widely acclaimed follow-up to Batman Begins. As the title and Gordon insist, Batman is Gotham’s only true savior and a dark guardian that reflect's the very nature of the city itself. Despite the film's length, this scene certainly left me craving more and anticipating where Nolan would pick up with the now fugitive hero. It is undeniably one the most epic lines to conclude an already grandiose superhero flick.
Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) – Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
“Austin Powers? He’s the snake to my mongoose. Or the mongoose to my snake. Either way, it’s bad. I don’t know animals.”
The statement, which only reflects the genius intellect of the evil doctor who uttered it, is both hilarious and random, but great never the less. Dr. Evil is full of such descriptive words of wisdom, which only someone of his esteem intellect appears to be able to decipher, as those around him often appear speechless upon deliverance. The evil genius never ceases to amaze with his wittiness and his, "right..."
Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe) – Gladiator
“Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here!”
The former general of the Roman Army screams out in frustration at the cheering Zucchabaran crowd. Memorable and easily relatable, this scene is often parodied and undeniably one of the most memorable scenes from this historic epic. Even as a slave the former general's got some serious stones.
Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) – Ghostbusters
“Gozer the Gozerian? Good evening. As a duly designated representative of the City, County and State of New York, I order you to cease any and all supernatural activity and return forthwith to your place of origin, or to the next convenient parallel dimension.”
This is a line that only Ray could so elaborately utter during a confrontation with an ancient Sumerian, shape-shifting deity. I’ve been watching this movie my entire life and still cannot help but laugh when arriving at this exchange. A true scientist at heart, I love how Ray's technobabble emerges in conversation, even during such a tense moment. As Peter so accurately describes, Ray is the heart of the Ghostbusters and who better than he, to deliver the team's initial ultimatum.
T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) – Terminator 2: Judgment Day
“I know now why you cry. But it is something that I can never do.”
As Sarah Connor deduces that her son’s metallic guardian my have learned the value of human life, during the film's final scene. After spending the bulk of the movie trying to understand complex human behaviors, the reprogrammed terminator finally comprehends one of the most difficult to explain. The scene is perhaps one of the most heartwarming sequences ever shot between man and machine. Even the mistrusting Sarah Connor grasps its extended hand in confirmation that the cyborg had indeed earned her respect and trust. James Cameron claims that his goal was to make the audience sympathize with the T-800 and its sacrificial decision to salvage humanity’s future. I say bravo sir, job well done. A fitting conclusion that certainly should have been more than enough to make the franchise sequel proof.
Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones)– Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
“No, I am your father.”
The line that stunned movie goers in 1980 and would forever become a pop cultural legend. The shocking twist only heightened the grandness of the second installment (even though it’s 5th in the series) and its cliffhanger ending. Only with the release of Return of the Jedi (formerly Revenge) was the truth of the Skywalker family tree finally confirmed. Couple this shocking revelation with Solo's capture, and you have one hell of a ending. Interestingly it is perhaps one of the most misquoted lines of all time too, as many incorrectly state, "Luke, I am your father."