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)
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.)
“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.”