Thursday, May 28, 2009

Movie Lines

AFI.com can be a pretty fun site to poke around on if you’re into movies. The American Film Institute keeps tabs on the greatest everything in movies. Their site has running lists of the best heroes, villains, scores, songs, laughs, thrills, and on and on and on. But what I like looking at the most is the best single lines from movies through out the history of film. What’s really interesting is that you don’t really have to have seen the movie to know the lines. Most people have heard the line (or at least an allusion to the line) “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” You don’t need to have seen Gone With the Wind to know that one. Or how about “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” Or maybe “Show me the money!” And I don’t care if you’ve never seen A Few Good Men. You’ve heard someone say, “You can’t handle the truth!”

These lines are cinemagaphic history. They are single instances that have made such a cultural impact that everyone knows them no matter if you’ve seen the movie or not. Powerful stuff to be sure. Powerful stuff from classic pieces of art ranging back over 80 plus years. I wish I had something so powerful to offer. But what I have now is a list of my own favorite lines. These are the ones that make me grin when I’m sitting at work with not a lot going on and I need to pass the time. And while some of AFI’s greatest lines would surely make my list, I’m making a point to omit anything they’ve covered. So in no particular order…

“Stop trying to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring and besides that they’re fascist. Throw some groundballs. It’s more democratic.”
See, I shouldn’t have started with Bull Durham because there are just too many lines in that movie worth knowing. Just rent it. Better yet, buy it.

“Do you even know how to drive an automatic?” –What Happens in Vegas

“Son, I’m Captain Jack Sparrow. Savvy?” Followed closely by “Why is the rum gone?” –Pirates of the Caribbean

“My wife took the whole planet in the divorce.” And “You’re father was a starship captain for 12 minutes and saved the lives of 600 people. I dare you to do better.” –Star Trek

“I get older…they stay the same age.” –Dazed and Confused

“We called to tell her you’re at lunch?” –Hitch

“You’re scared of our Navy. You should be. Personally, I give us… one chance in three. More tea anyone?” –The Hunt for Red October

“Pvt. Santiago is dead, and that is a tragedy. But he is dead because he had no honor. He is dead because he had no code. And God was watching.” –A Few Good Men