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November 19, 2004

AFI's Quote List

The American Film Institute is surveying Hollywood types for the top 100 quotes from U.S. movies, with contenders including Bogart's "Here's looking at you, kid" from "Casablanca," Schwarzenegger's "I'll be back" from "The Terminator" and Nicholson's "You can't handle the truth!" from "A Few Good Men."

Chosen from 400 classic lines of dialogue, the winners will be revealed in the CBS special "AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movie Quotes" in June.

Other contending quotes include Clark Gable's "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" from "Gone With the Wind," Mae West's "Why don't you come up and see me?" from "She Done Him Wrong," Tom Hanks' "Houston, we have a problem" from "Apollo 13," Cuba Gooding Jr.'s "Show me the money" from "Jerry Maguire" and the "Star Wars" gang's "May the Force be with you."

The quotes range from the first full sound feature film with Al Jolson's "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet" from 1927's "The Jazz Singer" to creepy creature Gollum (Andy Serkis) hissing "My precious" in 2002's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers."

--I cannot wait for this. Some of my faves:

"I carried a watermelon." --Dirty Dancing
"I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti."--The Silence of the Lambs
"You're so money and you don't even know it."--Swingers
"Bonjourno principesa!"--Life is Beautiful
"If you don't have anything nice to say, come sit by me."--Steel Magnolias
"You are so busted!"--American Beauty

What quote do you think should be on the list?

Posted by Lawren at November 19, 2004 06:45 AM

You Said

Ugarte: "You despise me, don't you Rick?"
Rick: "If I ever gave you any thought I would."--Casablanca

Says: rita at November 19, 2004 07:04 AM

"Sell crazy someplace else. We're all stocked up here." -- As Good As It Gets

"Well, color me happy! There's a sofa in here for two!" -- Pretty Woman

Says: Amanda at November 19, 2004 08:08 AM

"I feel the need...the need for speed." -- Top Gun

"When does the salad come? . . . That is the fork I knew." -- Pretty Woman

"Fifty bucks grandpa. For seventy-five, the wife can watch." -- Pretty Woman

Says: Matt at November 19, 2004 08:22 AM

Oh, and Lawren, I must completely agree on the Swingers all time fav!

Says: Matt at November 19, 2004 08:23 AM

Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner) to Ned Racine (William Hurt):

"You're not too smart, are you?" Racine shakes his head "no." Matty: "I like that in a man."

-Body Heat

Says: Seamus at November 19, 2004 09:05 AM

A flute with no holes is not a flute, and a donut with no holes is a danish.

Says: Shillelagh at November 19, 2004 09:10 AM

I love the smell of napalm in the smells like victory.
-Apocalypse Now

Says: Seraphim at November 19, 2004 09:26 AM

"Sicilians were spawned from niggers."--True Romance

Says: Nathanial Merriweather at November 19, 2004 12:58 PM

"You know how to put you lips together, don't you Steve? You just put your lips together and blow." To Have and to Have Not.

"I am big. It's the pictures that got small."
"Mr. Demille, I'm ready for my closeup." Sunset Boulevard

"Badges, we don't need no stinkin' badges!" Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

"What a dump!" Beyond the Forest

"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride."

And my personal favorite:
"Don't fuck with me fellas. This ain't my first time at the rodeo."
Mommie Dearest

Says: chuck at November 19, 2004 01:23 PM

In addition to fava beans with chianti -

After all...tomorrow is another day.
Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind

Luck is like the Tour de France. You wait, and it flashes past you. You have to catch it while you can. -Amelie

I never dreamed that any mere physical experience could be so stimulating.
Rose Sayer, The African Queen

Says: lynne at November 19, 2004 01:24 PM

Oh gosh - this is fun!

"Take the gun, leave the
cannoli..." - Clemenza, The Godfather

"Pardon my French but Cameron is so tight, that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you’d have a diamond." - Ferris, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

"Also, Dude, Chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please." - Walter, The Big Lebowski

"I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." - Harry, When Harry Met Sally

"Husbands should be like Kleenex: soft, strong, and disposable." - Mrs. White, Clue

Says: Kelly P. at November 19, 2004 02:34 PM

oops - actually it is "leave the gun, take the cannoli" bad.

Says: Kelly P. at November 19, 2004 02:37 PM

My favorite is from Breakfast at Tiffany's.

"It should take you exactly four seconds to get from here to that door. I'll give you two."

Says: tiffanie at November 19, 2004 03:46 PM

Yeah. Like You Blend
- My Cousin Vinny

Says: Stephen Macklin at November 19, 2004 06:31 PM

While all those are good, I'll have to go with Steel Magnolias. Talk about a movie that still makes me cry. Sheesh.

Says: mary at November 19, 2004 10:29 PM

You all have missed one of THE BEST MOVIE LINES EVER!

"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
-- Roy Scheider as Brody in Jaws.

Says: Kevin the Interloper at November 20, 2004 01:05 AM

"If you cook like you walk, baby... I'm gonna lick your plate."

-Armand Assante in "Mambo Kings"

Says: Jeff at November 20, 2004 06:12 AM

Right on Kevin! Classic, classic, line from one of THE greatest movies.

And since I am back in this comment box here are some from Rocky III-

Apollo Creed - See that look in their eyes, Rock? You gotta get that look back, Rock. Eye of the tiger, man. Eye of the Tiger

Rocky Balboa: You ain't so bad, you ain't so bad, you ain't nothin'.

Paulie: No, no, no! He ain't gettin' killed; he's gettin' mad!

Apollo Creed: He's just a man, Rock, so be MORE man than him! Go get him; Eye Of the Tiger!

Says: lynne at November 20, 2004 11:57 AM

"I'll make him an offer he can't refuse."

Says: Kendra at November 20, 2004 06:57 PM

I am so bad about remembering quotes -- always got tripped up this during improv workshop. But I am loving all these movie quote comments! Yayee!

Says: Pam at November 20, 2004 10:32 PM

Damn, Kevin, you're right...Jaws has some fabulous lines - here are 2 of my faves...both from Quint, OF COURSE!

"Here's to swimmin' with bow legged women..."

"Come on Chief, this isn't no boy scout picnic. See ya' got ya' rubbers!"

Says: Kelly P. at November 21, 2004 03:21 PM

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Says: click here at March 12, 2005 03:15 AM

"Bonjourno Principesa" from Life is Beautiful is one of my favorite movie lines ever! I also like this one from American Graffiti. "If brains were dynamite, you wouldn't have enough to blow your nose." And of course you have to include "As you wish" from The Princess Bride. There is also the line:
"Stop rhyming, I mean it!"
"Anybody want a peanut?"
Hahaha! It makes me smile everytime I hear it!

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