by Jeanne Adams and Nancy Northcott
Have you ever seen one of those movie that just invades your life? You know, the one you see with you best friend/sister/husband that you both quote all the time? One of our own Bandita's quoted a line from Star Wars the other day that had us all laughing and remembering which movie it was from and where the scene - the asteroid field - fell in the movie.
Then, when I was on FaceBook not too long ago a poster friend said she was going to crawl in bed with a favorite movie. In less than an hour, she had 42 one-liner comments to her FaceBook post. The movie? The Princess Bride.
It's one of my favorites too. This brilliant film can be seen by children and adored for the fairy tale it is. They will laugh and gasp and giggle and sigh just as if it were the true tale of adventure, wonder, swords and swashbuckling which the Grandfather (Peter Falk) tells his grandson (Fred Savage) he will enjoy, despite the kissing parts.
That does it little justice, however. It's also viewable on a whole other, adult, amusing level of parody of every adventure tale we ever watched as kids, from Captain Blood and Robin Hood to Disney's Aladdin.
It spawned lines like, "I'm not saying I'd like to build a summer home here, (in the Fire Swamp) but the trees really are quite lovely."
I have a friend who will periodically leave this - and only this line - on my voice mail.
Another friend frequently texts, when asked how her day is going,
"I've got my country's 500th Anniversary to plan, my wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it. I'm swamped!"
You get the idea.
Then there's the lines from great old films. Who could forget Rhett - "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!"
Or Scarlett: "As God is my witness I will never go hungry again!"
(Which also brings to mind Carol Burnett's parody of Scarlett where she comes out wearing the drapes, and the drapery rod. THAT's a whole 'nother blog!)
Or the cult classic by legendary director Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction. "Who put me on brain detail?"
Do you remember the famous line from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? "I'm not bad....I'm just drawn that way."
Scarface: "Say hello to my little friends...."
Apocalypse Now: "I just love the smell of Napalm in the morning..."
There are SO many! I have a friend who loves movies and she's passed this love on to her daughter. They can have an entire conversation in movie lines. It's like a scene from Whose Line is It, Anyway, where they just use song titles or movie titles to converse. However, Em and her daughter A. will seriously converse in whole sections of dialogue. It's like their own secret language and it is hysterically funny to watch.
The Holiday - "I'm a weepah (weeper)...a major weepah!"
Or Love Actually, with the inimicable Rowan Atkinson and his nearly silent performance as the shop clerk. If I'm being slow, another friend of mine will laughingly quote my dear, darling Alan Rickman when he insists Rowan be "QUITE quick, I say, QUITE quick."
As to Love Actually, who could forget that life so terribly imitated art as Liam Neeson lost his beloved wife this year? Sorrow of the heart indeed.
Love blossomed in Love Actually, between porn stand-ins, elementary school pals, the Prime Minister and an aide who not only couldn't NOT say the f-bomb upon meeting the PM, but lost her job because he couldn't be with her and not want to be WITH her. How wild is that?
If you want quotable lines, Monty Python pretty much can't be beat either. "What is the airspeed of an sparrow..."; "We are the Knights who say NI!"; "She's a witch, burn her! Burn her!"; "Fetchez le Vache!"
And there's the Monty Python show...Spanish Inquisition, anyone? Not only is the Spanish Inquistion used in the shows, but its spawned all sorts of other things. Did anyone else love the movie Sliding Doors? I thought I would fall out of my chair when the whole, "No one expects the Spanish Inquisition" line cropped up.
Python addicts can go on for DAYS. Seriously. DAYS.
Network: "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
When Harry Met Sally: "I'll have what she's having..."
However, I have to confess I always come back to my favorites.
Star Trek: "Beam me up, Scotty"; "Damn it Jim, I'm a doctor, not a miracle worker!"; "Cap'tn, I'm giving ye all I'v got, she's not going to take much more!"; "Live long and prosper"; "Damn it, Jim..."
Star Wars: "Do or not do. There is no try."; "Use the Force Luke"; "Never tell me the odds"; "Search your feelings, Luke"; "There is...gasp...another...gasp...Skywalker"; "These aren't the droids you're looking for..."
And of course, The Princess Bride. You knew I'd work my way back here, now didn't you? Grins.
If you don't have your health, you don't have anything...
Where'd we put that wheelbarrow? Over the Albino, I think...
Fezzig, jog his memory...
Be nice to him. He's been mostly dead all day.
I am not left-handed...
Bow to her...bow to the Queen of Putrescence...
So many quotes, so little blog space. But the best, the BEST: Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
I'm betting the new Trek movie - DYING to see it! - as well as Wolverine and others will spawn a whole new set of favorite lines.
What's your favorite movie of all time?
What's YOUR favorite movie line, either from one of the movies I've listed or your own particular favorite?
Do you have a friend with whom you trade movie lines?
Reveal all, dear movie and book lovers...