I received a comment yesterday from the eloquent blogger of Ripple Effects asking me for my favorite movie quotes.
By no means an unreasonable request – after all, how can I post quotes day after day without pointing out my own favorites?
So, here they are, the many, many quotes I know and love and quote incessantly to my friends (Eventually, that’s gotta make them love them too, right?… Right?). No “Rosebud” or “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” here, this is a list of personal favorites, ones that caught me for some inexplicable reason and somehow stayed among the various other miscellanies I seem to collect. They’re not necessarily classy, or even profound in any way (at all). But I just can’t get enough of ’em. They’re my guilty pleasure quotes, if you’d like.
This is personal, so be gentle – but not too gentle, of course. What do you think? Anything I missed? What quotes are your guilty pleasures?
Oh, I’ve been, uh… working out.
[Clark Kent pumps his arms up and down a bit.]
[a gun appears out of the ceiling immediately and aims at Helen]
… and guest.
– Everyone’s special, Dash.
– Which is another way of saying no one is.
I’m not dead!… I’m getting better!
Blue. No yel – aaaahhhhh!
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
He’s got a two day head start on you, which is more than he needs. Brody’s got friends in every town and village from here to the Sudan. He speaks a dozen languages, knows every local custom. He’ll blend in, disappear, you’ll never see him again. With any luck, he’s got the Grail already.
[later on in the film]
– But you said he had a two day head start. That he would blend in, disappear.
– Are you kidding? I made all that up. You know Marcus. He once got lost in his own museum.
(Yep, this was the inspiration for the Aerosmith song.)
Walk this way. No…
[Igor hunches his back even more, shambling along]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
(pretty much anything I put in my post on the film, but here are some of my favorites)
Into the weenie mobile. Weenie man awaaaay!
Leaves only the fresh scent of pine.
– Are you boys cooking up there?
– Are you building an interocitor?
So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.
Daddy, some people lost all their belongings, don’t you think that includes athletic equipment?
Well, uh, I thought they declared peace in the Middle East.
[said over a shot of the TV news featuring turmoil in Bosnia]
I put some Windex on it.
Oh, that’s okay. That’s okay. I make lamb.
Star Wars trilogy
(the first one – or rather, episodes 4-6)
– No time to discuss this as a committee.
– I am NOT a committee!
And now, young Skywalker… you will die.
(Okay, I admit that might sound a bit disturbing as a favorite quote, but you just have to hear the way the Emperor says it. Classic.)
Some people read because they cannot think for themselves. [wicked stepmother, of course]
– She is mute, my lord.
– Really? She spoke quite forcefully.
– Well, it comes and goes…
The Third Man
(you knew I had to throw a classic in there somewhere – couldn’t help myself!)
Hello, old man, how are you?
In Switzerland they had brotherly love, 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Do these attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?
The first rule of fight club is – you do not talk about fight club. The second rule of fight club is – you do not talk about fight club!
By Grabthar’s hammer!
The ship is breaking apart and all that. Just FYI.
May I say, speaking for my own press service, we believe your Highness’s faith will not be unjustified.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Wait for the opportune moment.
– Well, if it ain’t my little buddy Beni. I think I’ll kill you.
– Think of my children.
– You don’t have any children
– Someday I might.
(You’re probably thinking – these? They’re even more random than the rest! Well, point taken, but, probably much to the dismay of my friends and family, these somehow pop up quite often in conversation.)
– Patience, Iago, patience. Gazeem was obviously less than worthy.
– Oh, there’s a big surprise.
Calm yourself, Iago.
PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS! Itty bitty living space.
The Princess Bride
(Saving the first for last – besides Aladdin, these are some of the first quotes I remember reciting.)
Well, it just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead.
(and, of course…)
Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die.