Tuesday, May 31, 2005

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes

"Here's looking at you, kid."

"Show me the money!"

"No wire hangers!"

"I'll be back."

On June 21st, CBS will broadcast the latest in the American Film Institute's series of "100 Years..." lists.

100 Years...100 Movie Quotes, to be hosted by Pierce Brosnan, will countdown the quotes using cultural impact as a primary criteria. As with their other lists, this one will stir up friendly debate and fond memories amongst movie fans...everyone has their favorite quotes from movies, of course.

I've seen a lot of movies in my day and heard a lot of great lines. Five of my favorites (in no particular order):

"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night." (Bette Davis in All About Eve)

"What we got here... is failure to communicate." (Strother Martin in Cool Hand Luke)

"Forget it, Jake...it's Chinatown." (Joe Mantell to Jack Nicholson in Chinatown)

"You've got me? Who's got you?!?" (Margot Kidder to Christopher Reeve in Superman)

"They call me Mister Tibbs!" (Sidney Poitier to Rod Steiger in In the Heat of the Night)

What about you? What are some of your favorite movie lines?


EuroYank said...

Well I have always been cynically pessimistic on the postive side and I love that line from Eastwood "Do ya feel lucky, do ya punk?" or that line from Shaft "Hey Brotherman." or the line I used on a sister friend of mine "Maybe Baby." My line should have made the movies.

ParaTed2k said...

Nice list of quotes!!

From "The Blues Brother" (1980)

Elwood: What kind of music do you usually have here?
Claire: Oh, we got both kinds. We got country and western.


Elwood: It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.
Jake: Hit it.

"O Brother Where Art Thou"

"You two are just dumber than a bag of hammers."

"Secondhand Lions"

"The kid gets it all. Just plant us in the damn garden, next to the stupid lion."

"Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"

"And today the president closed the nation's last remaining submarine base at Groton, Connecticut. When asked why he had made the startling decision the president responded, "Those funny little black ships just keep sinking anyway."

"Revenge of the Sith"

This is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause.

and all time worst movie quote:

"Revenge of the Sith"

"Hold me, like you did on Naboo, when there was just our love, and no politics, no war."

(((Sorry George Lucas, there is no way anyone could pull off a romantic scene that includes the word "Naboo"!!!))) In fact, I could be wrong, but I'd say that whole scene is the true reason the Jedi wanted Darth Vader dead! ;~D

Matt A said...


"You’ve got to prove to your friends you’re worth a damn. Sometimes it means dying. Sometimes it means killing a whole lotta people."



"I find your lack of faith... disturbing"

or from little known masterpiece DUST DEVIL:

Joe Niemand, "There's a whole lot of power in fingers and knots and knuckles and such. If you want to win a war, you gotta have a whole fistful of knuckles!"
Ben Mukurob, "You smoke too much, Joe."

Helen said...

Sorry, but I have to go with this.
"Frankly Scarlet, I don't give a damn".

Doug said...

Pretty near the whole movie Casablanca

"Put some in my hand for a dime" Chris Rock in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka

"Savage Gypsey Lover" Billy Connoly in The Impostors

"Bad, bad boozy boy! I poke you! I poke you! I poke you!" Oliver Platt in The Impostors

"We were doing the Congress of The Cows" Parker Posey in Best In Show

The Palukaville speech by Brando in On The Waterfront.

o'eo said...

Morpheus: I have dreamed a dream, but now that dream is gone from me

noe, Do you think that's air you're breathing now?

Al said...

I'm a mushroom cloud laying muthaf***er, muthaf***er!

or just about anything else that Sam Jackson says in Pulp Fiction

Ms. Mac said...

I like from Oh Brother Where Art Thou?, "We're in a tight spot!"

Or from A Few Good Men, "You, Lieutenant Weinberg?"

Or from Seven, "Awww, what's in the box?"

Or from Out of Sight (Adele, answering the phone), "Hey Bankrobber!"

Or from Calamity Jane, "I got a feelin' somebody's bein' hustled!"

Or from The Castle (A little known Aussie Masterpiece), "Tell 'im 'es dreamin'!"

Oh Michael, I could go on for hours!

Jenga76 said...

"you had me at hello" from Jerry Maguire I think.

And "You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!!!" - a few good men.

blestwithsons said...

I'm just glad to finally know where the "failure to communicate" line came from! I use that all the time with my kids.

Michelle said...

my favorite quote from my favorite movie, the three amigos: "can I have your watch when you are dead?" said by a little Mexican boy to Chevy Chase.

morningdew said...

Maybe I was a bird in another life. Allie "The Notebook"

landismom said...

"America is the greatest country in the world, so I think it's quite obvious that God has blessed America already. So tonight while I'm on stage in front of the world, I wanna say, 'God Bless Africa' and 'God Bless India' and 'God Bless Bosnia.'"

Chris Rock in Head of State

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