Film Talk

                                                                                                                                                                                ImageEven if you’ve never seen “Gone with the Wind” (maybe you’ve been kept prisoner for seventy-odd years in an oubliette beneath a crumbling French castle), you’ve certainly heard that Clark Gable line: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!”

I know you recognize: “Go ahead, make my day,” uttered by Clint Eastwood in “Sudden Impact”. And of course, “I’ll be back.” Mr. Schwarzenegger has said it so many times even Bruce Willis told him to give it a rest in “Expendables 2”.

These are indeed memorable, and so well-known that most people do remember them, and the movies were memorable as well.

But we all have certain lines that stay with us. Here are some others, some from really good movies and some from movies that should never have been made, but good or bad, a few lines just stand out, at least to me.

“We’re going back to the tick tock and get the boo boo.” (Sen. Fred Thompson, “Baby’s Day Out” 1994) (My personal favorite.)

“I’m walking here! I’m walking here!” (Dustin Hoffman, “Midnight Cowboy” 1969)

“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” (Strother Martin, “Cool Hand Luke 1967)

“Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues.” (Albert Collins, “Adventures in Babysitting”1987)

“I’ll have what she’s having.” (Estelle Reiner, “When Harry met Sally”1989)

“You had me at hello.” (Renée Zellweiger, “Jerry Maguire” 1996)

“The Duck of Death,” (Gene Hackman, “Unforgiven” 1992)

“I saw everything!” (Peter McNichol, “Dracula: Dead and Loving It” 1995)

“—  Eye-ventory.” Strother Martin, “Fools’ Parade”1971)

“Yeah, well right now Sister Lyda’s ass is dragging.” (Kim Novak, “The Great Bank Robbery”1969)

“Don’t say sir to me. I’m a sergeant. I work for a living.” (Warren Oates, “Stripes”1981)

“After all…tomorrow is another day.” Vivien Leigh “Gone with the Wind”1939)

“I never was no good at sharing.” (George Kennedy, “Fools’ Parade”, 1971)

“The, uh, stuff dreams are made of.” (Humphrey Bogart, “The Maltese Falcon” 1941)

I’m sure there are others that will come to mind from time to time, so this list is undoubtedly far from complete. I realize some of these lines may not appeal to everyone, and everyone probably has his/her own favorites, so this is of necessity very subjective.

If you have any favorites, insert them into a comment along with the details, i.e. title, speaker, date, etc. Thanks.


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