November 22, 2007

Quotable Lines

Great Scot

Last night, as we were cleaning up the kitchen, Beatrice and I got into a discussion of which movie had the most quotable lines (in a comedy context). I took the position that it was Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Beatrice argued in favor of The Princess Bride (which incidentally we had just completed watching for the nth time).

With memorable lines like:

"Bring out the Holy Hand Grenade"
"Bring out yer dead"
"Marriage is what has brought us together. That dream within a dream"
"Come back here and I'll taunt you a second time"
"He's been mostly dead all day"

how can you really go wrong.

I would be curious as to other suggestions on movies that are full of lines which, when said, immediately bring you into that moment. While many movies have one, or two, lines that you always remember, I am curious as to movies that are full of great one-liners. What do you think?


Heidi said...

We were discussing the quotability of those two movies last night as well! Napoleon Dynamite is our third choice for quoting.

Lady Why said...

How about... "You had me at hello."

What can I say? It was the 80's and I was 'youngish'. That combination can cause one to find sappy shallow love scenes fiercely romantic.

I'm so over that now! ~wink~

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lady Why said...

Oops... actually that movie was from 1996. So, I was actually a little less 'youngish' than I thought.

Kate said...

What about Pride and Prejudice? I know that quotes are generally far longer than one-liners, but it's got to be the most-quoted movie around here.

Sherry said...

Princess Bride is #1, but around our house WHite Christmas is second most quotable:

Phil Davis: When what’s left of you gets around to what’s left to be gotten, what’s left to be gotten won’t be worth getting, whatever it is you’ve got left.

Phil Davis: I want you to get married. I want you to have nine children. And if you only spend five minutes a day with each kid, that’s forty-five minutes, and I’d at least have time to go out and get a massage or something.

Phil Davis: How can a guy that ugly have the nerve to have sisters?
Bob Wallace: Very brave parenting.

Bob Wallace: Miss Haynes, if you’re ever under a falling building and someone offers to pick you up and carry you to safety, don’t think, don’t pause, don’t hesitate for a moment, just spit in his eye.
Betty Haynes: What did that mean?
Bob Wallace: It means we’re going to Vermont.

Tim said...

As I heard once: "The Lord of the Rings is the power in these waters true enough, but there's none that can match Pirates of the Caribbean for quotability."

"I'm disinclined to acquiesce to your proposal."

"But why is the rum gone?"

Owl of the Desert said...

What if you took the 3 Back to the Future films as one?

"1.21 Gigawatts?!?!"

"Go ahead, make my day."

"Make like a tree, and get outta here. It's leave!"

"They found me. I don't know how, but they found me." Who? The Libyans. The Libyans!?!"

"Manure. I hate manure."

StrongJoy said...

My vote-Princess Bride has the funniest lines and LOTR the most soul stirring.

Owl of the Desert said...

Thought of another. Forrest Gump.

"Mama always said, 'Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get.'"

"That's all I've got to say about that."

Lots more.

Dawn said...

Princess Bride is really, really great. We watched it again a couple of weeks ago, too.

Say Anything:

Lloyd Dobler: I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that.

Lloyd Dobler: I got a question. If you guys know so much about women, how come you're here at like the Gas 'n' Sip on a Saturday night completely alone drinking beers with no women anywhere?
Joe: By choice, man.

Androphenese said...

Ghost and Mr. Chicken is a jewel for quatability, though relatively few people are familiar with it