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What are your favorite scenes/lines?

Asked by Trillian (21126points) April 5th, 2012

I’m totally enjoying an evening off watching a favorite old movie which I haven’t seen in at least a year. I find myself looking forward to certain lines as if they were old friends; “Ya wanna see the (thunk) clubhouse?” And my all-time favorite; “Plague? This is no plague. They’re DEAD! ...I mean,... I mean, I mean not like for-real dead but like sick dead you know? Like when you check them out there’s like nothing going on inside or anything!” (Entirely shrieked in a ditzy redhead voice)
Do you have favorite movies, or books that you take out periodically to renew acquaintances?
Would you care to share your favorite scenes or lines?

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filmfann's avatar

Oliver Reed makes me howl with his delivery of the line “Venus. The Goddess. My wife!”

Earthgirl's avatar

I never tire of hearing Gabrielle Burnes as Tom Reagan (amongst others) deliver his smart alecky lines in Miller’s Crossing:

Mink: Hey Tom, what’s the rumpus?

Johnny Caspar:“you’ze givin’ me the high hat!”

O’Doole: Jesus, Tom, I was just speculatin’ about a hypothesis. I know I don’t know nothin’.

Tom Reagan: [on finding someone sitting in the dark in his apartment] Hello Bernie.
Bernie: Hello Tom. What’s the rumpus? How’d you know it was me?
Tom Reagan: You’re the only one I know who’d knock and then break in.
Bernie: Your other friends wouldn’t break in, huh?
Tom Reagan: My other friends want to kill me so they wouldn’t’ve knocked.

Leo O’Bannion: If I never see him again, it would be soon enough.

Berserker's avatar


I love this, not because of the fighting so much, but because the dialogue cracks me up. The first time I saw this scene I couldn’t stop laughing.

Try these on.

Look, you crazy mother!


Also when Roddy smashes the back window and he’s all like…oops..sorry man…then he starts laughing.

This is timeless lol.

Trillian's avatar

“Let’s just big out and call it even man! Why are we talkin’ about this?”

Trillian's avatar

@Symbeline I never watched that movie because I don’t like wrestlers. I watched the clip and it has changed my mind. The dialogue is hilarious and the apology was really funny. How many times did he hit that guy and be ok with it but breaking his window gets an apology? Wtf? He was going to hit him that hard with that board! At least the punches didn’t sound cheesy. I look forward to that movie.

Berserker's avatar

@Trillian It’s good! But this is the best scene…in my opinion. Either way, it’s really worth checking out. :) And yeah lol. He gets beaten to no end, but the car, oooh nooo lol.

King_Pariah's avatar

“Will I finally wake up? Or will I finally go to sleep?”

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

What is the average air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

You’ve got no arms left!
It’s just a flesh wound.

WRONG! Your ears you keep, and I’ll tell you why: So that every shriek of every child at seeing your hideousness will be yours to cherish. Every babe that weeps at your approach, every woman who cries out, “Dear God, what is that thing?” will echo in your perfect ears. That is what “to the pain” means. It means I leave you in anguish, wallowing in freakish misery forever.

And every freaking line from Pulp Fiction.

tranquilsea's avatar

Brian: You have to be different!
The Crowd: Yes, we are all different!
Small lonely voice: I’m not!

Brian’s mother: He’s not the Messiah. He’s a very naughty boy!

1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: Who goes there?
King Arthur: It is I, Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon, from the castle of Camelot. King of the Britons, defeater of the Saxons, Sovereign of all England!
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: Pull the other one!
King Arthur:I am, and this is my trusty servant Patsy. We have ridden the length and breadth of the land in search of knights who will join me in my court at Camelot. I must speak with your lord and master.
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: What? Ridden on a horse?
King Arthur: Yes!
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: You’re using coconuts!
King Arthur: What?
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: You’ve got two empty halves of coconut and you’re bangin’ ‘em together.
King Arthur: So? We have ridden since the snows of winter covered this land, through the kingdom of Mercia, through…
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: Where’d you get the coconuts?
King Arthur: We found them.
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: Found them? In Mercia? The coconut’s tropical!
King Arthur: What do you mean?
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: Well, this is a temperate zone
King Arthur: The swallow may fly south with the sun or the house martin or the plover may seek warmer climes in winter, yet these are not strangers to our land?
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?
King Arthur: Not at all. They could be carried.
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: What? A swallow carrying a coconut?
King Arthur: It could grip it by the husk!
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: It’s not a question of where he grips it! It’s a simple question of weight ratios! A five ounce bird could not carry a one pound coconut.
King Arthur: Well, it doesn’t matter. Will you go and tell your master that Arthur from the Court of Camelot is here?
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: Listen. In order to maintain air-speed velocity, a swallow needs to beat its wings forty-three times every second, right?
King Arthur: Please!
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: Am I right?

Charles's avatar

Travis Bickle: I’m standing here; you make the move. You make the move. It’s your move…
Travis Bickle: Don’t try it you fuck.
Travis Bickle: You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Then who the hell else are you talking… you talking to me? Well I’m the only one here. Who the fuck do you think you’re talking to? Oh yeah? OK.

King_Pariah's avatar

One cannot be betrayed if one has no people

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

This is probably the best scene from anything I have seen in years. Don Draper making men cry over a projecter.

jazmina88's avatar

mine is musical. Frankie and Johnny with M Pfeifer. the ending where Clair de Lune is on the radio and she is brushing her teeth.

Bent's avatar

I could just list every scene from every Monty Python movie, but I see a few people have started already. My favourite is Arthur and Dennis, the constitutional peasant:

DENNIS: What I object to is you automatically treat me like an inferior!
ARTHUR: Well, I AM king…
DENNIS: Oh king, eh, very nice. An’ how’d you get that, eh? By
exploitin’ the workers—by ‘angin’ on to outdated imperialist dogma
which perpetuates the economic an’ social differences in our society!
If there’s ever going to be any progress—
WOMAN: Dennis, there’s some lovely filth down here. Oh—how d’you do?
ARTHUR: How do you do, good lady. I am Arthur, King of the Britons.
Who’s castle is that?
WOMAN: King of the who?
ARTHUR: The Britons.
WOMAN: Who are the Britons?
ARTHUR: Well, we all are. we’re all Britons and I am your king.
WOMAN: I didn’t know we had a king. I thought we were an autonomous
DENNIS: You’re fooling yourself. We’re living in a dictatorship.
A self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working classes—
WOMAN: Oh there you go, bringing class into it again.
DENNIS: That’s what it’s all about if only people would—
ARTHUR: Please, please good people. I am in haste. Who lives
in that castle?
WOMAN: No one live there.
ARTHUR: Then who is your lord?
WOMAN: We don’t have a lord.
DENNIS: I told you. We’re an anarcho-syndicalist commune. We take
it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week.
DENNIS: But all the decision of that officer have to be ratified
at a special biweekly meeting.
ARTHUR: Yes, I see.
DENNIS: By a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs,—
ARTHUR: Be quiet!
DENNIS: but by a two-thirds majority in the case of more
ARTHUR: Be quiet! I order you to be quiet!
WOMAN: Order, eh—who does he think he is?
ARTHUR: I am your king!
WOMAN: Well, I didn’t vote for you.
ARTHUR: You don’t vote for kings.
WOMAN: Well, ‘ow did you become king then?
ARTHUR: The Lady of the Lake,
[angels sing]
her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur
from the bosom of the water signifying by Divine Providence that I,
Arthur, was to carry Excalibur.
[singing stops]
That is why I am your king!
DENNIS: Listen—strange women lying in ponds distributing swords
is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power
derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical
aquatic ceremony.
ARTHUR: Be quiet!
DENNIS: Well you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power
just ‘cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!
ARTHUR: Shut up!
DENNIS: I mean, if I went around sayin’ I was an empereror just
because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me they’d
put me away!
ARTHUR: Shut up! Will you shut up!
DENNIS: Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system.
ARTHUR: Shut up!
DENNIS: Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system!
HELP! HELP! I’m being repressed!
ARTHUR: Bloody peasant!
DENNIS: Oh, what a give away. Did you here that, did you here that,
eh? That’s what I’m on about—did you see him repressing me,
you saw it didn’t you?

Earthgirl's avatar

from Brazil:
Arresting Officer: This is your receipt for your husband… and this is my receipt for your receipt.

Harry Tuttle: Listen, this old system of yours could be on fire and I couldn’t even turn on the kitchen tap without filling out a 27b/6… Bloody paperwork

Sam Lowry: My name’s Lowry. Sam Lowry. I’ve been told to report to Mr. Warrenn.
Porter – Information Retrieval: Thirtieth floor, sir. You’re expected.
Sam Lowry: Um… don’t you want to search me?
Porter – Information Retrieval: No sir.
Sam Lowry: Do you want to see my ID?
Porter – Information Retrieval: No need, sir.
Sam Lowry: But I could be anybody.
Porter – Information Retrieval: No you couldn’t sir. This is Information Retrieval.

(the update to this will change the name Information Retrieval to Homeland Security)

Mrs. Terrain: There’s been a little complication with my complication

From Raising Arizona:

Leonard Smalls: You want to find an outlaw, hire an outlaw. You want to find a Dunkin’ Donuts, call a cop.

Nicholas Cage as H.I. realtes what the doctor said about his wife“s infertility: “The doctor explained that Edwina’s insides were a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase.”

(The poetry of that coming out of his lowlife hangdog mouth always cracks me up. Guess you have to see the movie to appreciate that one.)

flutherother's avatar

I’m a fan of the Coen brothers movies and I liked this scene from A Serious Man

and these lines from ‘Burn After Reading’.

CIA Officer: We’ll… interface with the FBI on this dead body.
CIA Superior: No, no. God no. We don’t need those idiots fucking everything up. Burn the body. Get rid of it.
CIA Officer: OK.

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