Sunday, September 18, 2005

I could have been a contender! I could have been a somebody!

After I got home tonight, I did my typical routine of grabbing something to drink and flipping through the channels. Now, though I have DirecTV which has about a billion and a half channels, I didn't expect to find anything on worth watch. After all, it is a Saturday night.

But I did come across something that I'd wanted to see during it original airing on CBS a few months ago. It was AFI's top 100 movie quotes from the past 100 years.
I missed probably about 30-40 of them, but I was slightly shocked at how so many of them are now in our language and culture and shit and very few of us know it.

The top 3 quotes, I probably agree with.

3. "I could have been a contender!" in the amazing speech by Marlon Brando in 'On the Waterfront'.
2. "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse..." once again by Marlon Brando in the great epic, 'The Godfather'.
1. "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." as spoken by Clark Gable in the American classic, 'Gone With the Wind'.

I was still sort of shocked to see some of the quotes that didn't make it into the list. Some gems! Some of my favorites.

One, for example, is the often parodied "Say hell to my little friend!" from 'Scarface'. It could have been on there in the first part that I didn't see, but if not, I'm a little shocked. Given, that was far from the best quote in the film, but it's probably the most popular. My personal favorite is the 'bad guy' speech Tony makes in the restaurant. That and him berating his wife about wanting a baby. But they're a little on the profane side so I understand them not choosing them.

Then we have 'Trainspotting' and though it isn't an American film, it's very quoteable if for nothing than Rent's 'Choose Life' bits at the beginning and the end. And that's just one small part. The entire movie is full of great lines.

Other movies with great quotes are things like 'Airplane!', 'Taxi Driver' (the 'you talkin to me' bit made it to the list), 'Pulp Fiction', 'Blazing Saddles', 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', 'The Princess Bride', 'This Is Spinal Tap', and the list goes on and on and on! Check my Blogger profile for the movies that I love. Many of them were cut off, though, as I had too many listed.

But what about YOU? What are you guys' favorite movie quotes? I know all of you have to have at least just one so leave a comment with your favorite quote. Even if you've never been here and never plan to come here again, give me your quote!

That's all for now, people. I promise to do that post about the final day of 'Operation Reverse Evacuation' ASAP. I's just lazy.

-=The Prynce

6 comments:

The_Sphinx said...

Ok hurry up and post the reverse evacuation thing and don't forget those photos,hey man how dare you do me like this ask me my favirote movie quotes my god there are so many how about we sayanything in the princess bride and pulp fiction,i tried writng them but there are so many.

i will try to put a few and not take up sixty pages.

Westley: I told you I would always come for you. Why didn't you wait for me?
Buttercup: Well... you were dead.
Westley: Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.
Buttercup: I will never doubt again.
Westley: There will never be a need.

Fezzik: You never said anything about killing anyone.
Vizzini: I've hired you to help me start a war. It's an prestigious line of work, with a long and glorious tradition.
Fezzik: I just don't think it's right, killing an innocent girl.
Vizzini: Am I going MAD, or did the word "think" escape your lips? You were not hired for your brains, you hippopotamic land mass.
Inigo Montoya: I agree with Fezzik.
Vizzini: Oh, the sot has spoken. What happens to her is not truly your concern. I will kill her. And remember this, never forget this: when I found you, you were so slobbering drunk, you couldn't buy Brandy!
[turning to Fezzik]
Vizzini: And you: friendless, brainless, helpless, hopeless! Do you want me to send you back to where you were? Unemployed in Greenland!

Inigo Montoya: That Vizzini, he can *fuss*.
Fezzik: Fuss, fuss... I think he like to scream at *us*.
Inigo Montoya: Probably he means no *harm*.
Fezzik: He's really very short on *charm*.
Inigo Montoya: You have a great gift for rhyme.
Fezzik: Yes, yes, some of the time.
Vizzini: Enough of that.
Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?
Fezzik: If there are, we all be dead.
Vizzini: No more rhymes now, I mean it.
Fezzik: Anybody want a peanut?
Vizzini: DYEEAAHHHHHH.

Vizzini: INCONCEIVABLE.

Inigo Montoya: I donna suppose you could espeed things up?
Westley: If you're in such a hurry, you could lower a rope or a tree branch or find something useful to do.
Inigo Montoya: I could do that. I have some rope up here, but I do not think you would accept my help, since I am only only waiting around to kill you.
Westley: That does put a damper on our relationship.

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Inigo Montoya: I do not mean to pry, but you don't by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?
Westley: Do you always begin conversations this way?

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Inigo Montoya: You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you.
Westley: You seem a decent fellow. I hate to die.

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[Fencing]
Inigo Montoya: You are wonderful.
Man in Black: Thank you; I've worked hard to become so.
Inigo Montoya: I admit it, you are better than I am.
Man in Black: Then why are you smiling?
Inigo Montoya: Because I know something you don't know.
Man in Black: And what is that?
Inigo Montoya: I... am not left-handed.
[Moves his sword to his right hand and gains an advantage]
Man in Black: You are amazing.
Inigo Montoya: I ought to be, after 20 years.
Man in Black: Oh, there's something I ought to tell you.
Inigo Montoya: Tell me.
Man in Black: I'm not left-handed either.
[Moves his sword to his right hand and regains his advantage]

Inigo Montoya: Who are you?
Westley: No one of consequence.
Inigo Montoya: I must know...
Westley: Get used to disappointment.
Inigo Montoya: 'kay.

Vizzini: I can't compete with you physically, and you're no match for my brains.
Westley: You're that smart?
Vizzini: Let me put it this way. Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates?
Westley: Yes.
Vizzini: Morons.

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Vizzini: Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.

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Vizzini: You only think I guessed wrong - that's what's so funny. I switched glasses when your back was turned. Ha-ha, you fool. You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is "Never get involved in a land war in Asia", but only slightly less well known is this: "Never go in against a Sicilian, when *death* is on the line.". Hahahahahah.
[Vizzini falls over dead]

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Buttercup: You mock my pain.
Westley: Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.

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Buttercup: We'll never survive.
Westley: Nonsense. You're only saying that because no one ever has.

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[after Westley rescues her from the lightning quicksand]
Buttercup: We'll never succeed. We may as well die here.
Westley: No, no. We have already succeeded. I mean, what are the three terrors of the Fire Swamp? One, the flame spurt - no problem. There's a popping sound preceding each; we can avoid that. Two, the lightning sand, which you were clever enough to discover what that looks like, so in the future we can avoid that too.
Buttercup: Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.'s?
Westley: Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist.
[Immediately, an R.O.U.S. attacks him]

Prince Humperdinck: Surrender.
Westley: You mean you wish to surrender to me? Very well, I accept.

Inigo Montoya: Are you the Miracle Max who worked for the king all those years?
Miracle Max: The King's stinking son fired me, and thank you so much for bringing up such a painful subject. While you're at it, why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it? We're closed.

Miracle Max: Have fun stormin' da castle.
Valerie: Think it'll work?
Miracle Max: It would take a miracle.

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Westley: Who are you? Are we enemies? Why am I on this wall? Where is Buttercup?
Inigo Montoya: Let me 'splain.
[pause]
Inigo Montoya: No, there is too much. Let me sum up. Buttercup is marry' Humperdinck in a little less than half an hour. So all we have to do is get in, break up the wedding, steal the princess, make our escape... after I kill Count Rugen.
Westley: That doesn't leave much time for dilly-dallying.
Fezzik: You just wiggled your finger. That's wonderful.
Westley: I've always been a quick healer. What are our liabilities?
Inigo Montoya: There is but one working castle gate, and... and it is guarded by 60 men.
Westley: And our assets?
Inigo Montoya: Your brains, Fezzik's strength, my steel.

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Westley: I mean, if we only had a wheelbarrow, that would be something.
Inigo Montoya: Where we did we put that wheelbarrow the albino had?
Fezzik: Over the albino, I think.
Westley: Well, why didn't you list that among our assets in the first place?

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Westley: Give us the gate key.
Yellin: I have no gate key.
Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, tear his arms off.
Yellin: Oh, you mean *this* gate key.


Inigo Montoya: Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
[as Buttercup prepares to commit suicide with a dagger]
Westley: There's a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours.

Miracle Max: Go away or I'll call the Brute Squad.
Fezzik: I'm on the Brute Squad.
Miracle Max: You *are* the Brute Squad?

see what i mean god i am not even gonna finish princess bride much less start pulp fiction or any of my others i would be here forever.

Anonymous said...

Um sphinx he said your favorite quote. singular. LOL.
Mine is kinda stupid but i dont care im posting it anyway.
"I came , I saw, I got blowed up!"
Ernest
ernest goes to jail
I love it or maybe it was one of the other ernest movies i dont know i loved them all.

Anonymous said...

oops ok so he said quotes. Oh well I still say "obsess much?"LOl
Im done

The Prynce said...

Thanks to Darrell/Sphinx and the Anonymous poster.

Darrell - Fuckin' aye! Its all about The Princess Bride.

"He's only MOSTLY dead..."

Anonymous poster - I'm gonna just guess you're either from the South or maybe even Ohio since you actually know of and like Ernest movies, lol. I love 'em too, though I haven't seen one in ages.

Just a bit of trivia, did you know that Jim Varney was a GREAT Shakespearian actor? That's just amazing... Know what I mean? lol.

So how'd you find my blog? Are you someone I actually know or what? Come back again!

And I'm looking forward to the possiblity of some of the others who visit taking part in this and commenting back with their favorite quotes. I know people come here (my stat counter tells me so), so post already! :-P

-=The Prynce

Tickles_Tapeworm said...

"Shit man, I'm a Natural Born Killer." -Mickey Knox

Matt said...

my favorite movie quote is probably from Chasing Amy - which I doubt any Kevin Smith movie will ever make it on to any list with class because his shit is delightfully distasteful(which is why it is so appealing to me). Anywho it's:
"All every woman really wants, be it mother, senator, nun, is some serious deep-dickin'. "
Oh and last night I saw Lord of War and there was a good line in it. It was something like "This relationship was built on deceit and lies, which is where most relationships end up anyway, so I figured that was a good place to start." I know first hand that's true and I'm sure you do too ;-) lol. Anyway, that's all I got for now. Later guy.
--Matt