Jan 4, 2008

Movie Quote Meme

(Psst...more movie review chewiness over at MovieGrenade for you to ignore - Earl)

I'm an obsessive quoter of movies that I love. Some love it (Slyde), some fear it (my family), some begrudgingly accept it (Gia), but most don't even know that I am doing it. I once even had a brief fling with a much, much younger waitress that started on a drunken evening that, I think, had me using some of Jack Nicholson's lines to Helen Hunt from As Good as It Gets on her. I even feel a little bad about that one. Because I didn't really mean any of it. So much for being a good guy, eh?

Anyway, I thought it would be fun (after that painfully embarrassing admission above) to list out some of my favorite movie quotes from some of my current films. Do you have any that you A) use in your daily routine or B) wish you could use in your daily routine?

The Departed
Frank Costello: Who let this IRA motherfucker in my bar?
[the man looks startled]
Frank Costello: [laughs] Only kidding. How's your mother?
Man in Costello's Bar: Oh... I'm afraid she's on her way out.
Frank Costello: [walks away] We all are. Act accordingly.
[smiles and his straightens tie.]

The 40-Year Old Virgin
Cal: Wanna know how I know you're gay? Because you like Coldplay.

Will Munny: It's a hell of a thing, killing a man. Take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have.
The Schofield Kid: Yeah, well, I guess he had it coming.
Will Munny: We all got it coming, kid.

Burke: It was a bad call, Ripley. It was a bad call.

After Hours
[after witnessing a murder through a window]
Paul Hackett: I'll probably get blamed for that.

The Big Lebowski
[being forced into a limousine]
The Dude: Hey, careful, man, there's a beverage here!

The Princess Bride

[Vizzini has just cut the rope The Dread Pirate Roberts is climbing up]
Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Dazed and Confused
Slater: Behind every good man there is a woman, and that woman was Martha Washington, man, and everyday George would come home, she would have a big fat bowl waiting for him, man, when he come in the door, man, she was a hip, hip, hip lady, man.

Field of Dreams
Shoeless Joe Jackson: Ty Cobb wanted to play, but none of us could stand the son-of-a-bitch when we were alive, so we told him to stick it!

Office Space
Peter Gibbons: Doesn't it bother you that you have to get up in the morning and you have to put on a bunch of pieces of flair?
Joanna: Yeah, but I'm not about to go in and start taking money from the register.
Peter Gibbons: Well, maybe you should. You know, the Nazis had pieces of flair that, but they made the Jews wear them.

Reservoir Dogs
Mr. Blonde: Are you gonna bark all day, little doggy, or are you gonna bite?

[His girlfriend says they don't have time for sex now]
Mike McDermott: I'll be really quick. You won't feel a thing.

Say Anything
Constance: Why do you eat that stuff? There's no food in your food.

The Wicker Man
Sergeant Howie: [Upon seeing the wicker man] Oh God! Oh Jesus Christ!
(I use this one an awful lot in my daily life - Earl)

Todd Wolfhouse: Steve's got the eye of the Jew.

Big Trouble in Little China
Jack Burton: Like I told my last wife, I said, "Honey, I never drive faster than I can see, and besides... it's all in the reflexes."

The Birdcage
[Albert walks back and forth with a John Wayne swagger]
Albert: No good?
Armand: Actually, it's perfect. I just never realized John Wayne walked like that.

Bull Durham
Crash Davis: I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Dr. Gonzo: I hate to say this, but this place is getting to me. I think I'm getting the fear.
Raoul Duke: Look, there's two women fucking a polar bear!
Dr. Gonzo: Don't tell me these things. Not now man.

Get Shorty
Bo Catlett: Only this time it ain't no John Wayne and Dean Martin shooting bad guys in "El Dorado."
Chili Palmer: That was "Rio Bravo." Robert Mitchum played the drunk in "El Dorado." Dean Martin played the drunk in "Rio Bravo." Basically, it was the same part. Now John Wayne, he did the same in both. He played John Wayne.
Bo Catlett: Man, I can't wait for you to be dead.

High Fidelity
[while Marie de Salle is singing "Baby I Love Your Way"]
Rob Gordon: I used to hate this song.
Barry, Dick: Yeah.
Rob Gordon: Now I kinda like it.
Barry, Dick: Yeah.

A League of Their Own
[Jimmy has just signed a baseball for a little boy]
Little Boy: [reading] Avoid the clap, Jimmy Dugan.
Jimmy Dugan: Hey, that's good advice!

There are a million more that I use every day, I just can't remember them right now. I've now decided to tag everyone on my blogroll with the same task. Gimme some of your favorite movie quotes and avoid the clap! - Earl


i am the diva said...

2 movies B-rad and i quote on almost a daily basis are Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas...and Wayne's World.

"You Can't park your car here!"
"Why Not? isn't this a reasonable place to park?"
"It's a sidewalk! you're on the Sidewalk!"

"Did you see what GOD just did to me man?"
"God didn't do that, you did! you're a fucking narcotics agent, i knew it"

"ohhh God, did you eat all this acid?"
"That's right!! MUSIC!!"

"Let's get down to brass taxes, how much for the ape?"

"Benjamin is nobody's friend. If he was an ice cream flavor, he'd be pralines...and dick"

"You make me laugh"
"Can i call you?"

"Shitty Beatles? are they any good?"
"they suck"
"So it's not just a clever name then"

"Excuse me, i'd like to get by now"

"....till the handle breaks off and you have to get a doctor to pull it out again."

we also quote Napolean Dynamite...
"just tell them if they vote for you, all their wildest dreams will come true"

"...probably build her a cake or something"

"that's what i'm talkin' about."

Verdant Earl said...

I used the "pralines...and dick" line from Wayne's World just yesterday.


FourLeafClover said...

Not enough people quote The Dude on a regular basis, I think.

Verdant Earl said...

Or the Stranger, or Donny, or Walter, etc...

I agree totally!

Slyde said...

i will have to think on this meme....

Elise said...

Dude Where's My Car?:
"Where's your car dude?"

The Big Labowski:
"Where's your car dude?"

The Cable Guy:
"The Pathword isth..Penisth... Penisth.."
"Yesth! She got Vagina, She got Vagina!"

Suzi Q said...

I love this, I'm all over it!

Verdant Earl said...

Slyde - you do that!

Elise - My favorite quote from The Cable Guy is right after he installs the cable in Broderick's apartment and he asks him to fill out a comment card.
Steven Kovacs: Does this go to your boss?
Chip Douglas: No it goes to me, I'm sort of a perfectionis... perfectionis...st.

Paige - Not a real meme, I just like to hear great movie quotes.

Elise said...

There are so many in Cable Guy that I love! Jim Carey is one hell of a good actor... Too good. I'm slightly scared of him after watching that movie.

Mermaid Melanie said...

Raising Arizona:
Gotta do that Hi.

Dont come back here without that baby. I need a toddler, they got more than they can handle.

Careers got to come first.
Works whats kept us happy.

Verdant Earl said...

Elise - The Cable Guy is my favorite of all Jim Carrey films. I am in the minority there, but so what?

Mel - All the Coen Bros. films have incredible quotes. How about "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Ulysses Everett McGill: "Damn! We're in a tight spot!"

Delmar O'Donnell: "Oh, George... not the livestock."

Delmar O'Donnell: "Care for some gopher?"
Ulysses Everett McGill: "No thank you, Delmar. One third of a gopher would only arouse my appetite without bedding it down."
Delmar O'Donnell: "Oh, you can have the whole thing. Me and Pete already had one apiece. We ran across a whole... gopher village."

jiggs said...

big trouble in little china is a great movie.

Mermaid Melanie said...


Well isn't this place a geographical oddity. Two weeks from everywhere!

And anyways, I like my hair treatment, the pleasing odor's half the point.

You boys are dumber than a bag of hammers.