Wednesday, June 20, 2007

You had me at hello

By Beth Burgoon

In the 2005 movie version of Pride and Prejudice when Mr. Darcy tells Elizabeth Bennet: "I love you. Most ardently." I must confess, I swoon *g* I'm a sucker for romance (no surprise as I'm both a romance writer and reader) but nothing gets to me more than a simple, honest declaration of a character's true feelings. And those declarations are the ones that have stuck with me through the years. Some of my favorites:

"Nobody puts Baby in a corner." -- Dirty Dancing. Yeah, it's cheesy but it still makes me want to cheer when Johnny (bad-boy from wrong side of the tracks) arrives and takes Baby's hand.

"I like you very much. Just the way you are." -- Bridget Jones's Diary. Simple. Truthful. And just what Bridget is looking for -- someone to love her just as she is *g*

"I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." -- When Harry Met Sally. Okay, this one has a special place in my heart because it reminds me of when my husband proposed to me. He drove the 90 miles to where I was attending school to ask me to marry him IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT because he couldn't wait another minute for us to start our life together :-)

"What is it you want, Mary? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down." -- It's a Wonderful Life. One of my all time favorite movies. And later when George visits Mary and they both listen to their friend on the same phone, the sexual tension is through the roof *g*

What are some of your favorite/most memorable romantic lines from movies? Any that have stuck with you through the years or have a special meaning for you?


Sonja Foust said...

I love every single one of those you posted. :-) Of course my favorite is It's a Wonderful Life. LOVE that movie. And that phone scene is probably one of the best.

Caren Crane said...

Nicholas Cage in "Moonstruck" (most quotable movie of all time): "Loretta, I love you. Not like they told you love is, and I didn't know this either, but love don't make things nice - it ruins everything. It breaks your heart. It makes things a mess. We aren't here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and *die*. The storybooks are *bullshit*. Now I want you to come upstairs with me and *get* in my bed!"

I love "Moonstruck". The characters are all so flawed and real. You already quoted so many of my all-time favorites, Beth, that only a few were left. I was glad to get to quote Ronnie Cammareri!

Buffie said...

Oh, I am just awful at remembering lines from movies. They just don't stick to my brain. But I do love all of those you mentioned.

Joan said...

"You've Got Mail".

Now, that in itself is not the actual line but this movie with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is a quitessential romance.

It is so cool to watch each of them rush to their computers each day to see if they "Got Mail" from the other. Each pouring out their hopes and fears and realizing as their relationship develops that the ones they are in are not the RIGHT ones. Then discovering that they are "enemies" and working past that...(sigh)

I can kind of relate as I computer "dated" an Irishman for a few months. Those early days of rushing to my computer just to read what he'd sent (sigh, sigh).

jo lewis-robertson said...

Beth, what a wonderful topic for discussion. I, too, love all of those you mentioned, but one of my favorites is from "Much Ado about Nothing." I do love Kenneth Branaugh saying, "I do love nothing in the world so well as you." Ooohhh, still makes me tingle/ jo

Beth said...

Sonja, I'm ready to watch It's a Wonderful Life again -- even though it's not the season for it! *g*

Caren, it's been so long since I've seen Moonstruck but I do remember loving it (and Nicolas Cage in it *g*) Another good one!

Buffie, I'm so strange that some things I can't get OUT of my head! I can remember movie lines but not how to run the snowblower (okay, so I don't really want to run the snowblower *g*)

Another great example, Joan! You've Got Mail is wonderful and Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are two of my favorites :-)

Jo, I haven't watched Much Ado About Nothing -- one to add to my to be watched list ;-)

Keira Soleore said...

Two of my favorite movie romance moments are silent ones. In that 2005 P&P scene when he almost kisses her, the will-he-or-won't-he tension. Verrry nice. And then in "North and South" the way Richard Armitage looks at her as she babbles on and on about money and the mill. There was hitch in my breath even as I wrote that.

Caren Crane said...

Keira, again with the N&S teasers! As you will recall, Sabrina Jeffries let slip that she has N&S on DVD and she *still* hasn't loaned it to me nor set up a viewing. Gah!

By the way, I get tickled that a Richard Armitage was also our Dep. Sec. of State. I love to note it's RA the actor, not the Dep Sec of State. Ha!

Anonymous said...

Beth, those are really fabulous quote. Each one sends me to a little happy place for a minute while I remember it. thanks for posting!

Christine Wells said...

Great post, Beth. Love those lines. The stupid thing is, off hand I can't remember any great lines except: 'Of all the gin joints in all the world...'LOL

Keira, I so agree about the North & South scene. Richard Armitage is to die for! He sssssmolders!!! I told Anna Campbell he was the perfect actor to play Kylemore in CTC the movie and now she's smitten too!

Keira Soleore said...

Caren, you STILL haven't laid hands on a copy of N&S? Tsk. Tsk.

Christine and AnnaC: What should we do now? How about a blog based solely on RA and all things RA?

And, Caren, once you DO see the four episdoes, the Deputy Sec of State is going to be the farthest thing from your mind. Christine's copyrighted word is correct: sssssmoldering.

Christine Wells said...

Keira, if you do set up an RA blog, be sure to let me know! I'll be a regular there:) He's the only reason I watch that dreadful Robin Hood series.

Anna Sugden said...

Love the post, Beth. I adore romantic movies and many of my favourites have been mentioned. I'd add in some old ones, like "The Shop Around the Corner", the original of "You've Got Mail", "The Philadelphia Story", "Christmas in Connecticut", "My Favourite Wife" and "The Ghost and Mrs Muir". And let's not forget "Truly, Madly Deeply" and "Love Actually".

As for lines, I'm a sucker for:

"You had me at hello" from Jerry Mcguire.

and from Charade:

Audrey Hepburn: "You know what's wrong with you?"
Cary Grant: "No?"
Audrey Hepburn: "Nothing."

And I can't remember it properly, but the one in Bridget Jones 2 where Mark Darcy tells Bridget he's rather fond of her bum *grin*

Joan said...

Ok. I give. Explain the North and South thing.

When I see ya'll talking about it, I can only think of that American mini-series from the 70's-80's called "North and South" about the Civil War.

Keira Soleore said...

Joan, "North and South" is a late Victorian BBC four-part miniseries starring Richard Armitage. It's basically a love story, but also a story of the genteel south v. the industrial north and the vicar's daughter v. mill owner.