It’s Monday. It’s Listicle Time. This week’s theme has to do with movie quotes.
I’m not as big a movie geek as my husband is. But I have favorite films and favorite quotes from films. This week’s list are my favorite quotes from ten movies that I’ve actually seen.
1. I’m a big sucker for the movie Gone with The Wind. I’ve read the book, too. (For the record, Margaret Mitchell’s phonetically writing out the accents of the black people makes me cringe. This movie has so many memorable quotes, but this one is one of my favorites.
As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.
2. I did not see this movie in the theater, but I saw it on video not long after it began appearing in video stores. Silence of the Lambs is more psychological thriller, which I like over gore. This is probably one of the most well known quotes, which comes from Hannibal Lechter.
A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.
3. I love Monty Python. I own the entire Monty Python series on DVD. I love their movies, too. I happen to love the movie Life of Brian because it annoys certain people. There are lots of good quotes from this movie, as with the Python’s other films and TV shows. While I love the song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, I love this quote, too.
Brian: Please, please, please listen! I’ve got one or two things to say.
The Crowd: Tell us! Tell us both of them!
Brian: Look, you’ve got it all wrong! You don’t NEED to follow ME, You don’t NEED to follow ANYBODY! You’ve got to think for your selves! You’re ALL individuals!
The Crowd: Yes! We’re all individuals!
Brian: You’re all different!
The Crowd: Yes, we ARE all different!
Man in crowd: I’m not…
The Crowd: Sch!
4. While we’re on the topic of Monty Python films, I cannot forget Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This movie is a goldmine of memorable quotes. Here is my favorite:
French Soldier: I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries
Sir Galahad: Is there someone else up there we can talk to?
French Soldier: No, now go away or I shall taunt you a second time.
5. This next quote comes from a cheesy “horror” movie that was riffed on the show Mystery Science Theater 3000. The name of the movie is The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies. This movie has all kinds of unintentionally funny moments and quotes. This one was an exchange between Jerry’s girlfriend Angela and her mother, who clearly disapproves of Jerry, his hooded sweatshirt, and his slacker ways.
Mom: He doesn’t even come to the door!
Angela: He wouldn’t be Jerry if he did.
6. I love the Beatles. My favorite of their movies is A Hard Day’s Night. It’s a pretty smart and witty movie, which was unlike many movies which featured other pop stars during that time. My favorite scene in that entire movie involves this exchange between a guy named Simon and George Harrison, who wandered into Simon’s office and is mistaken for a teen model.
Simon Marshall: We’d like you to give us your opinion on some clothes for teenagers.
George: Oh, by all means. I’d be quite prepared for that eventuality.
Simon Marshall: Well, not your REAL opinion, obviously. It’ll be written out for you. Can you read?
George: Of course.
Simon Marshall: I mean lines, ducky, can you handle lines?
George: Well, I’ll have a bash.
Simon Marshall: Good. Get him whatever it is they drink, uh, coke-a-rama?
[gives George some shirts]
Simon Marshall: Now you’ll like these. You’ll really “dig” them. They’re “fab,” and all the other pimply hyperboles…
George: I wouldn’t be seen dead in them. They’re dead grotty.
Simon Marshall: Grotty?
George: Yeah, grotesque.
Simon Marshall: Make a note of that word and give it to Susan. It’s quite touching, really. Here’s this kid, giving me his utterly valueless opinion, when I know for a fact that within a month, he’ll be suffering from a violent inferiority complex and loss of status because he isn’t wearing one of these nasty things. Of course they’re grotty, you wretched nit, that’s why they were designed! But that’s what you’ll want.
George: No, I won’t.
Simon Marshall: You can be replaced, chickie baby.
George: I don’t care.
Simon Marshall: If you don’t cooperate, you won’t get to meet Susan.
George: And who’s this Susan when she’s at home?
Simon Marshall: Only Susan Canby, our resident teenager.
George: Oh! You mean that posh bird who gets everything wrong?
Simon Marshall: Excuse me?
George: Oh, yeah. The lads frequently sit around the telly and watch her for a giggle. One time, we actually sat down and wrote these letters saying how gear she was and all that rubbish.
Simon Marshall: She’s a trendsetter. It’s her profession.
George: She’s a drag. A well known drag. We turn the sound down on her and say rude things.
Simon Marshall: [horrified] Get him out of here! He’s knocking the program’s image!
George: Have I said something amiss?
Simon Marshall: Get him out!
George: Sorry about the shirts!
7. I have to include The Breakfast Club because that is the movie that supposedly defined my generation. Because this movie was rated R and I was only 15 at the time, I didn’t see when it was originally released. I finally saw it when I was an adult. I didn’t so much look at the characters through my adult eyes, but knew that the message in this quote applies to adults as well. This pretty much sums up everything.
Saturday, March 24,1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062. Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That’s the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed.
8. This quote comes from another B-movie that was riffed on Mystery Science Theater 3000. The movie is Eegah which stars Richard Kiel as titular character, a caveman. I’m not going to try and explain the plot other than girl meats beast, beasts falls in love with girl, best wreaks havoc on town because he can’t have girl, beast dies, because it’s kind of convoluted, plus I’m sick today (I think I’ve succombed to the flu). It was directed by & stars Arch Hall, Sr., who cast his son, Arch Hall, Jr. as some sort of doughy faced wannabe pop star. Mr. Hall, Sr., also cast his own girlfriend to play the son’s girlfriend. There is groping in this movie. There is also bad ADR, which is the source of this movie quote:
Watch out for snakes!
The line is dubbed in horribly, which makes it hilarious.
9. The next quote comes from the entire Star Wars Saga. It was difficult to find one quote, because there are a lot of good ones, especially from the character Han Solo. So I went with this quote because it’s a great bit of wisdom from Master Yoda.
Do. Or do not. There is no try.
10. This last one comes from the Lethal Weapon movies. It’s something I find myself saying a lot lately.
I’m too old for this shit.
Murtaugh’s famous line.
That’s all for this week. See you next week.