Thursday, October 4, 2012

Favorite Movie Quotes

by Randy Rawls

        My Honey and I went to see the movie, Trouble With the Curve, starring Clint Eastwood. Excellent movie that I highly recommend. I walked out of there thinking it was the ultimate Father-Daughter movie.

        However, who can watch a Clint Eastwood movie without remembering his classic line, "Go ahead, make my day," from his 1983 film, Sudden Impact?

        From Trouble with the Curve, I liked, "If this is a robbery, take everything you want . . . except for my flat-screen. Take my flat-screen, and I'll kill ya." Of course, Clint Eastwood said it.

        That led me to wonder about other classic lines from movies, lines that live as long as, or longer, than the movie itself. So I began to search my memory (and the Internet).

        "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Clark Gable, Gone With the Wind, 1939. Allegedly, this foul word shocked the movie-going public. Hard to believe.

        "I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody." Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront, 1954.

        "Stella! Steeeeelllllaaaaa!" Marlon Brando, A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951.

        "Shane! Shane! Come back, Shane!" Alan Ladd, Shane, 1953.

        "Bond. James Bond." Sean Connery, Dr. No, 1962.

        "What we've got here is . . . failure to communicate." Strother Martin, Cool Hand Luke, 1967.

        "You're gonna need a bigger boat." Roy Scheider, Jaws, 1975.

And how can you do movie quotes without John Wayne?

        "And now you understand. Anything goes wrong, anything at all . . . your fault, my fault, nobody's fault . . . it won't matter — I'm gonna blow your head off. No matter what else happens, no matter who gets killed I'm gonna blow your head off." John Wayne, Big Jake, 1971.

        "You've caused a lot of trouble this morning. Might have got somebody killed. Somebody oughta belt you in the mouth, but I won't, I won't. To hell I won't." John Wayne, McClintock, 1963.

        "We're burnin' daylight." John Wayne, The Cowboys, 1972.

        "All battles are fought by scared men who'd rather be some place else." John Wayne, In Harm's Way, 1965.

        "Every time you turn around, expect to see me. 'Cause one time you'll turn around and I'll be there, and I'll kill you, Matt." John Wayne, Red River, 1948.

        An exchange from The Sons of Katie Elder, 1965. — "I'm going with you. I can draw pretty fast. We can be famous - like the Dalton Brothers." Bud Elder, younger brother (Michael Anderson, Jr.). "They're famous, but they're just a little bit dead. They were hung!" John Elder (John Wayne).

        I could go on for pages, just on John Wayne alone.

        Share some of your favorite movie quotes with us.
        Watch for HOT ROCKS, coming in November 2012.


Randy Rawls said...

Oops. Any aficionado of movies will quickly see my goof. The line, "Shane, Shane, come back, Shane." was said by Brandon De Wilde, who played the little boy in the movie.
I'm off to give myself a timeout.

jenny milchman said...

"Wacking. I'm hell at wacking."

Harrison Ford in Witness.

Fun post!

Sylvia Dickey Smith said...

"You had me at hello." by Renee Zellweger in Jerry Maguire is another one I hear all the time.

Now, our goal is to write one that will go down in the halls of famous quotes!

Nancy Lauzon said...

I have to say my favorite line (other than most of the script of Casablanca) is from A League Of Their Own when Tom Hanks chides Gena Davis when she complains that playing baseball is too hard:

"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't, everyone would do it. The 'hard' is what makes it great."

I feel the same way about writing =)

Randy Rawls said...

OMG, Casablanca. Nancy, you've just given me my next blog -- any quotes from Casablana. "Play it again, Sam." How did I skip that one? "We'll always have Paris." "You know, Rick, I have many a friend in Casablanca, but somehow, just because you despise me, you are the onely one I trust."
And they go on and on.

Randy Rawls said...

Wha'chu mean, Sylvia? I've written a lot of them. Unfortunately, they'll only become famous posthumously. Watch for them for me, will you?

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I loved your quotes--not good at remembering any of them except for Frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a damn.

Loved the Curve movie, but wow, sure didn't like all the cursing. Was it really necessary?

The reason I don't give a damn worked so well was because it was all by itself.

Randy Rawls said...

Yeah, Marilyn, I agree. But it seems that cursing, especially gutter language, is Hollywood's claim to fame. For me, it added nothing to the movie. And I certainly could have one without the opening scene.

Morgan Mandel said...

I'm old. I remember a lot of those quotes when they were first made!

Morgan Mandel