my favorite movie quotes

I like movies. And I like to quote things. I like to make lists. (I also like to enter //engtech group writing projects, and this latest one asks for posts about movies.) So here’s a list of movies I like to quote, and quotes from those movies.

My favorite movies to quote (and quotes from those movies)

  • Best in Show (2000)
    A movie about dogs and dog owners. Well, really more about the people than the dogs. But there is a dog show. And you do see dogs in the movie. But the dogs don’t have so much to say, so I haven’t quoted them.

    • “We met at Starbucks. Not at the same Starbucks but we saw each other at different Starbucks across the street from each other.”
    • I’ve been know to confuse people by stating “we both like soup.” Here’s a bit more of the quotation, from an interview with a character describing her relationship with her husband:
      “We have so much in common, we both love soup and snow peas, we love the outdoors, and talking and not talking. We could not talk or talk forever and still find things to not talk about.”
  • Cold Comfort Farm (1995)
    One of my favorite movies. It’s got quite a few quotable bits, most of which involve a bit of performance.

    • “Everybody loves poetry” (Or, “evereh-bodeh loves poetreh”)
    • “I saw something nasty in the woodshed. Something nasty.”
    • “There’ll be no butter in hell!”
    • I also try to throw the word “scrattling” into conversations on occasion.
  • This is Spinal Tap (1984)
    The groundbreaking rock mockumentary, or mock rockumentary. Who hasn’t taken the opportunity to point out when something “goes up to eleven“? (Because, obviously, that’s one higher than ten.)

    Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and…
    Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
    Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
    Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?
    Nigel Tufnel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
    Marty DiBergi: I don’t know.
    Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
    Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
    Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
    Marty DiBergi: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
    Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

  • “A Fistful of Yen” from Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
    An Enter the Dragon parody of extraodinary magnitude.

    • “But it would be wrong(This is from a scene when Loo is visited in his quarters by a scientist he has been sent to rescue. As he starts to explain his plans, she indicates that his room has been bugged, and points out a series of larger and larger “hidden” microphones. After he explains how their escape plans would be feasible, he says loudly into a nearby microphone “but it would be wrong.”)
    • “tough and ruthless” vs “rough and toothless” (From this line: “This is Buttkiss, Klahn’s bodyguard – he is tough and ruthless. This is Kwong, Klahn’s chauffeur – he is rough and toothless.”)

    (In case you’ve never seen “Fistful of Yen,” here’s a small taste that’s available on YouTube: the alarm scene.

  • The Princess Bride (1987)
    This is, without a doubt, my favorite movie to quote. (Also a great book to movie adaptation.) At one point, I could practically quote the whole thing. But I will spare you that, and just offer up a few choice bits. (If you’re itching for more, try the quotes listed on imdb. Or better yet, watch the movie.)

    • “Inconceivable.”
      “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
    • “Am I going mad, or did the word “think” escape your lips? You were not hired for your brains, you hippopotamic land mass.”
    • Here’s another handy insult to offer up: “you warthog-faced buffoon”
    • Then there’s the incomprehensible quote by Billy Crystal as Miracle Max, as he express excitement over his opportunity to exact revenge: “I’m gonna xxx”. Some have suggested “I’m gonna [lick the dalmatian]”
    • “Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don’t think they exist.”
    • “Mawwiage. Mawwiage if what bwingv uf togevuh today… That bweffed awwangement, a dweam wifim a dweam.”
    • “liar! liar!”
      “Get back, witch.”
      “I’m not a witch, I’m your wife. But after what you just said, I’m not even sure I want to be that any more.”
    • And last, but not least, probably everybody’s favorite:
      “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
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    7 thoughts on “my favorite movie quotes

    1. rhapsody has two mommies

      she’s not responding to the toy!

      don’t look at the fat ass loser freaks, you look at me!

      god loves a terrier

      … love it… and it’s all improvised!

      and you must know what movie this quote is from:

      ‘and you know why i can’t stand you people? because you’re bastard people. i’m gonna go home and i’m gonna bite my pillow is what i’m gonna do’

    2. wamut-
      Excellent additional “Best in Show” quotes. It is pretty amazing that it was all improvised.

      And as far as the other movie– it took me a moment, but I think I got it: “Waiting for Guffman.” Christopher Guest is apparently so very quotable. I guess I left him off the “Best in Show” list, so I’ll add this “…Pine nut, which is a nut, but it’s also the name of a town. Pistachio nut. Red pistachio nut. Natural, all natural white pistachio nut.”

      Thanks for stopping by!

    3. Joe is a big fan of Princess Bride. He’s taught Mme L to say, “Hello, Lady!” in a deep voice every time she sees this one poster of a woman that is up in her room.

      I love Christopher Guest movies. Have yet to see For Your Consideration, although I nearly picked it up in the video store this weekend (but I was in the mood for something a little less quirky).

    4. NotSoSage-
      He’s taught Mme L to say, “Hello, Lady!” Excellent!

      And no, I haven’t seen or even heard of “For Your Consideration.” I’d best look into it.

      And I wonder what sort of less quirkiness you ended up with?

    5. Try watching “Mrs. Hendersen Presents”, esp. right after watching Guest in “Best in Show”. Stunning contrast. Just discovered BinS, and “A Mighty Wind” with the same cast, essentially doing the same thing. Funny, needless to say!

    6. loricat-
      I hadn’t heard of “Mrs. Henderson Presents.” It looks cool, though. And yeah, I’m guessing that Guest’s character as “Lord Cromer” (looked up in imdb) would contrast somewhat from his hound character…And yeah, “A Might Wind” is cool, too. Have you seen “Waiting for Guffman,” also from the same folks? It’s also fun.

    7. i love movie quotes from Kingdom of Heaven: Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong. That is your oath.

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