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Old June 22nd, 2005, 11:38 PM   #1
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100 Top Film Quotes

On this CBS program on June 21, they had 3 hours of the American Film Institute's top 100 film quotes. Of course, Clark Gable's "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn!" was given first place. Several other quotes that are usually mis-stated were rectified, such as: Ingrid Bergman's "Play it, Sam." and Mae West's "Why don't you come up sometime and see me?". However, they perpetuated an error with Alfonso Bedoya's "I don't have to show you any stinking badges!", from "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre". Bedoya actually used flawless English in the several lines of this scene, but this quote on the list on the AP Wire, contained the common version that uses some double-negatives, such as
"We ain't got no badges!". This quote is No. 36.

http://www.registerguard.com/news/20...list.0622.html

There was one interesting thing revealed about Dustin Hoffman's "I'm walkin' here! I'm walkin' here!" scene in "Midnight Cowboy". He and Jon Voight were walking across a street, when they were almost run over by a cab driver. The driver had gone through a barricade to close off the filming area and the incident was unscheduled. Did Hoffman grasp the potential of this situation and make the most of it by pounding on the cab's hood and shouting? Or was he just showing a natural reaction? Luckily, he and Voight kept walking and acting and the camera kept filming and the ad-libbed action became part of the movie. The cab driver's reaction, as he went past, added to the essence of it. I wonder if they tracked him down to get a film release and paid him the standard wage for such an appearance?

My personal choice for the all-time best movie scene and quote, was the one they showed from "When Harry Met Sally".
Billy Crystal and his co-star were in a cafe, discussing the faking of orgasms. She went through the full routine of moans and screams, while the other patrons were gaping at her. Then, a waiter asked an older woman nearby for her order. She looked over and said, "I'll have what she's having." This scene and line was written by Crystal and shows why he is so popular. The actress who played the older woman was director Rob Reiner's mother. When he read Crystal's proposed line, he immediately knew that his own mother was the only one to do it.

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Old June 22nd, 2005, 11:48 PM   #2
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Katz's Deli! On the LES.

Ate a pastrami on rye there this Sunday.

They have a sign over the table where she, ah, acted that scene.
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 12:13 AM   #3
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One of my wife's favorite movies (and favorite quotes). Barry Sonnenfeld DP'ed that shoot for Reiner; he autographed my copy of the DVD and it's a treasured item on our shelf.

(And I've been to both Katz's; there's a younger one in Austin!)
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 10:15 AM   #4
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There's one down here in Houston, too, at Montrose and Westheimer. You're going to have to come try it one day.
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 10:46 AM   #5
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Didn't know that, thanks! What is it with the Katz family and Texas, I wonder?
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Old June 29th, 2005, 10:52 AM   #6
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"Luke, I am your father," is strangely absent from that list, but a fun read none the less.

Oh, and argueably, "live long and prosper," is also missing, but who really cares about Star Trek anymore anyway?
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Old June 29th, 2005, 11:20 AM   #7
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What I want to know, is where was the line from "Clerks"? "37?!?"
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Old June 29th, 2005, 11:30 AM   #8
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I think a couple could be dropped... the "Caddyshack" line for one. I'd like to add in:

"I'm not and actor, I'M A MOVIE STAR!" from "My Favorite Year"... also from that movie, from the scene where Peter O'Toole mistakenly walks into the ladies restroom, and goes to take a leak. A woman in the restroom shouts at him...

WOMAN: "Hey! This is for Ladies only!"

O'Toole reaches down, unzips his fly and suavely answers...

"So's this mum, but every now and then, I feel I must run a little water through it."



Yeah, I just watched it again last nite, and remembered what a tour de force it was for O'Toole.
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Old July 29th, 2005, 11:09 PM   #9
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Another Good One:

How could I have overlooked mentioning this scene: In
"A Wedding", which starred Carol Burnett and many other notable people, one short bit makes me laugh every time I think about it. Mia Farrow, who could still play a young woman at that time, did a priceless rendition of an airheaded member of the family. It had just been revealed that she was pregnant. Those at the wedding reception were pressing her to tell the name of the father, but she was unable to decide who it might be. Someone asked how many men there had been, that could be the one. She thought awhile and started mumbling names, while she counted them off on her fingers. Then, she got an even more confused look on her face and finally took off a shoe and started counting on her toes.

I think this may have been the prototype of the character Lisa Kudrow played on a couple of TV series.
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Old July 30th, 2005, 12:45 AM   #10
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The entire script for "Jaws" is my favorite quote! Every single line of that script is perfect.

If I had to pick just one? "Star Wars"...quote:

"I want to learn the ways of the force and be a Jedi like my father".

That line pulls the past and future of all the "Star Wars" together. It's the moment when Luke Skywalker starts his journey...like his father. But, he takes a much different path. It just has so important and has many connections in all six movies!
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Old July 30th, 2005, 01:12 AM   #11
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One of my all-time favorites: Billy Crystal's Mitch to Jack Palance's Curly in City Slickers, "...if you're gonna kill me, get on with it; if not, shut the hell up--I'm on vacation."


(Hope that's okay; it ruined the quote when I typed h*ll.) :)
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Old July 30th, 2005, 04:50 AM   #12
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. . . I dreamt I was as light as the ether, a floating spirit visiting things to come . . .

The shades and shadows of the people in my fife wrastled their way into my slumber.


I dreamt that Gale and Evelle had decided to return to prison ...

... Probably that's just as well. I don't mean to sound superior, and they're a swell couple guys, but ...

... maybe they weren't ready yet to come out into the world.


And then I dreamed on, into the future, to a Christmas mom in the Arizona home ...

... where Nathan Jr. was opening a present from a kindly couple who preferred to remain unknown.

I saw Glen, a few years later, still havin' no luck gettin' the cops to listen to his wild tales about me 'n Ed ...

. . .Maybe he threw in one Pollack joke too many . . .


... I don't know.



And still I dreamed on ...


... further into the future than I'd ever dreamed before.


... Watching Nathan Jr.'s progress from afar ...

... Taking pride in his accomplishments as if he were our own ...

... Wondering if he ever thought of us .

... and hoping that maybe we'd broadened his horizons a little, even if he couldn't remember just how they'd got broadened.



But still I hadn't dreamt nothin' about me 'n Ed. Until the end ...

. . . And this was cloudier 'cause it was years, years away.


... But I saw an old couple bein' visited by their children-and all their grandchildren too. And the old couple wasn't screwed up, and neither were their kids or their grandkids. And I don't know, you tell me. This whole dream, was it wishful thinking? Was I just fleein' reality, like I know I'm liable to do?


. . . But me'n Ed, we can be good too . . .

... And it seemed real. It seemed like us. And it seemed like well ... our home . . . If not Arizona, then a land, not too far away, where all parents are strong and wise and capable, and all children are happy and beloved....



I dunno...



...maybe it was Utah.
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Old July 30th, 2005, 02:39 PM   #13
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Billy Crystal and his co-star...
You mean Meg Ryan? (Co-star? Come on man)

Someone over at dvxuser summed this list up nicely; the list is no good.

#98 “Nobody puts Baby in a corner,” “Dirty Dancing,” 1987.

I had listed some of the following as MISSING from the list:

"Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?" Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981

"She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven't you?" Psycho 1960

"As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster." Goodfellas 1990

"Yippee-ki-yay, motherf***er." Die HArd 1988

"They're coming to get you Babrabra." Night of the lIving Dead 1968

"What an excellent day for an exorcism." The Excorcist 1973

"These go to eleven. " Spinal Tap 1984

"Who is Keyser Soze?" The Usual Suspects 1995

"I am not an animal. I am a human being." The Elephant Man 1980

"Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?" Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986

"I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days." Bull Durham 1988

"Any of you f***ing pricks move, and I'll execute every motherf***ing last one of ya!" Pulp Fiction 1994
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Old July 31st, 2005, 02:08 AM   #14
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Huh. I never saw Bull Durham. Can't imagine why a baseball player would place such importance on a rooster and a cat. ;)
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Old July 31st, 2005, 01:28 PM   #15
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Heh heh. It's a line with some weight to it.

If you really havent seen Bull Durham you must run out and see it. One of Costners (and Sarandons) finest and Tim Robbins fresh out of Howard the Duck. Great film.
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