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Posted Dec 3, 2011 @ 11:44 PM

Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King

Aragorn's "Men of the West" speech is a spine-tingler, no doubt about that, but the speeches that live under my skin are all Sam's. Sam gets a moment at the end of the three films that's the emotional truth of each picture, and the one near the end of The Return of the King is the best of the lot, for me:

"I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you."

One line, and I tear up.

I do love so much of the dialogue from Serenity, too. "Hell with this, I'm gonna live!" (Though, to be fair, that one's mostly context, and delivery.)

Edited by Sandman, Dec 3, 2011 @ 11:46 PM.


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Posted Dec 3, 2011 @ 11:52 PM

Another one that goes up the spine from Serenity is after Simon is shot in front of River.

"You take care of me, Simon. You've always taken care of me. My turn."

Then she proceeds to slaughter the Reavers. A crowning moment of dialogue followed by a curb stomp battle of a 98 pound girl against ravenous monsters. Awesome.

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Posted Dec 4, 2011 @ 2:37 PM

God, I love that movie.

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Posted Dec 4, 2011 @ 7:28 PM

"Just get us on the ground."
"That part'll happen pretty definitely."

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Posted Dec 7, 2011 @ 3:14 PM

Last night I was flipping through the channels and came upon a fluff movie called Night at the Museum 2 - not expecting much, but I was doing about three other things so I left it on.

I actually had to pause at the exchange between Amelia Earhart and the Tuskeegee Airman when he saluted her and thanked her saying "A lot of people didn't think we could fly, either. Thanks for clearing the runway".

Damn if I didn't get a little choked up in an otherwise silly movie. It was quite beautiful.

I would also submit dialogue from Boondock Saints I and II but I would be typing up the whole damn script. It's like trying to pick a couple from the Princess Bride. No way to narrow down one or two (or ten) from those awesome movies.

Edited by Stella Rose, Dec 7, 2011 @ 3:31 PM.


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Posted Dec 7, 2011 @ 4:32 PM

Speaking of The Princess Bride: There was a topic recently on best swordfights, and naturally the one between Inigo and the Man in Black was mentioned. But the other major swordfight in the movie (between Inigo and the Six-Fingered Man) is also quite memorable. Only this one derives its power mostly from the dialogue -- which is not how things typically work. And on top of that, it's quite the acting exercise to see how many ways one line can be delivered.

Although it's the last line that brings it all home: "I want my father back, you son of a bitch."

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Posted Dec 7, 2011 @ 7:56 PM

Mandy Patinkin delivered that line perfectly.

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Posted Dec 7, 2011 @ 9:54 PM

Last night I was flipping through the channels and came upon a fluff movie called Night at the Museum 2 - not expecting much, but I was doing about three other things so I left it on.

I actually had to pause at the exchange between Amelia Earhart and the Tuskeegee Airman when he saluted her and thanked her saying "A lot of people didn't think we could fly, either. Thanks for clearing the runway".

Damn if I didn't get a little choked up in an otherwise silly movie. It was quite beautiful.


The absolute funniest moment of the movie was this exchange between Ben Stiller and Hank Azaria as Kahmunrah which was largely improvised:

Larry Daley: You don't want to give me my friends, then you're not gonna get your combination or your Tablet.
Kah Mun Rah: Alright, I'll tell you what, alright. They didn't call me Kahmunrah the Trustworthy for nothing, alright?
[starts to hand him the hourglass]
Kah Mun Rah: Here you go...
[jerks it back]
Kah Mun Rah: They DIDN'T call me Kahmunrah the trustworthy! They called me Kahmunrah the BLOODTHIRSTY, who kills whoever dosen't give Kahmunrah exactly what he want's in the moment that he want's it, which is RIGHT NOW, when I had also better get the combination and the Tablet!
Larry Daley: That's what they called you?
Kah Mun Rah: It was shorter in Egyptian.
Larry Daley: Great, well, I'll give you the comination after you give him back!
[reaches for the tablet]
Kah Mun Rah: How dare you! If you touch that again I shall kill you right now. Do not touch this.
[makes a line infront of the hourglass with his hand]
Kah Mun Rah: This is a 'No-Touching' zone!
Larry Daley: Good, well, then...
[reaches for it]
Kah Mun Rah: Oh my GOD! I can't belive you reached across like that again! I can't even believe it! Oh, God! I want to kill you right now! If you didn't know this combination, you would be so dead right now, it would be unbelivable!
Larry Daley: Great, well, I do know the combination...
Kah Mun Rah: [making a line with his arm] DON't CROSS THIS LINE with your hand!
[Larry starts to say something]
Kah Mun Rah: How dare you! If you speak again, if you SPEAK AGAIN, I'm going to kill you! Do you understand this? Don't say it! Oh, God I see you getting ready! Oh, my GOD! Don't say anything! Now, give me that Tablet and tell me the combination.

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Posted Dec 8, 2011 @ 3:37 PM

The Usual Suspects


"The greatest trick the Devil ever played was convincing the world he didn't exist."

One of my all-time favorite speeches (and oddly, my mother's, who does not swear) is Al Pacino's opening statement in "And Justice For All." It's brilliant

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Posted Dec 8, 2011 @ 4:42 PM

Although it's the last line that brings it all home: "I want my father back, you son of a bitch."


Ooh, yes :)

Here's a little speech from Inglourious Basterds I've learned by heart:

"*I* have a message for Germany: that you are ALL going to die. And I want you to look deep into the face of THE JEW who is going to do it! My name is Shoshanna Dreyfuss and this is the face...of Jewish vengeance."

Revenge doesn't get much sweeter than that.

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Posted Dec 8, 2011 @ 7:16 PM

A great moment. It's no wonder that in the published version of the screenplay, Tarantino calls that segment "Night of the Giant Face".

Actually, as with so many Tarantino films, IG is full of great lines, and everyone gets their share.

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Posted Dec 15, 2011 @ 10:19 PM

Henry Larson's speech to his daughter Claudia in Home for the Holidays makes me tear up every time (but the whole movie is awesome, really):

Do you remember that day you kids and your mother, all the five of us, all standing down on that tarmac at the airport on my lunch hour, where they don't allow normal people? Right almost on the goddamn runway! But I have my maintenance pass and my kids are squirts. The fog is lifting, your mother's got a vice grip on my arm, and the ground is shaking, and Tommy and Joanne are holding on to my pants for dear life, and vroom! Here it comes! That brand-new 727 looking like some kinda...whatever!

And when that sucker takes off, there you are, holding on to no one. Eyes wide open, just like your dad! You were fearless. Fearless.

...Great moment of my life. Great. 1969. Ten seconds, tops.

Charles Durning (Henry) killed the speech, of course. So amazing.

Edited by Blue32, Dec 15, 2011 @ 10:20 PM.


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Posted Dec 29, 2011 @ 1:41 PM

Got a lovely new TV for Christmas (our first flat-screen!), and spent the first day watching Casablanca, which I haven't seen in its entirety for several years. The movie has been (rightly) quoted to death, but I had kind of forgotten about this line at the end:

Rick: I've got this gun pointed right at your heart.
Louis: That is my least vulnerable spot.

Oooh, I love that line, and Claude Rains' delivery of it.

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Posted Dec 29, 2011 @ 2:35 PM

Chow Yun Fat's dying words in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: "I've already wasted my whole life. I want to tell you with my last breath that I have always loved you. I would rather be a ghost, drifting by your side as a condemned soul, than enter heaven without you. Because of your love, I will never be a lonely spirit."
Manly tears were shed there. One of the greatest declarations of love in cinema.

George C. Scott in Exorcist III: "This I believe in... I believe in death. I believe in disease. I believe in injustice and inhumanity, torture and anger and hate... I believe in murder. I believe in pain. I believe in cruelty and infidelity. I believe in slime and stink and every crawling, putrid thing... every possible ugliness and corruption, you son of a bitch. I believe... in you."

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Posted Dec 29, 2011 @ 10:56 PM

Speaking of George C. Scott his opening monologue in front of the giant flag in Patton is still great. It was taken from real speeches by the general but the way Scott tears into it fantastic.

I also like this line by Gen. Omar Bradley(Karl Malden): There's one big difference between you and me, George. I do this job because I've been trained to do it. You do it because you LOVE it.

Edited by Limbonaut, Dec 30, 2011 @ 12:27 PM.


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Posted Dec 30, 2011 @ 9:44 AM

In the spirit of New Year's, I'd like to just say that 200 Cigarettes has some quotes that changed my life as a teenager:

"These matches are disappointing me!"

"Look, I'm just gonna go home and kill myself. You want to share a cab?"

For 10+ years, I've found those lines endlessly enjoyable.

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Posted Dec 30, 2011 @ 1:35 PM

Just saw the Muppets last night, and I know that my friend and I will be driving everyone crazy for YEARS by our already-constant quoting of "Maniacal laugh...maniacal laaaaugh!"

Pretty freakin' genius to create a villain so evil he makes his henchmen laugh maniacally for him.

Edited by IseutLaBrune, Dec 30, 2011 @ 1:36 PM.


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Posted Feb 24, 2012 @ 1:49 PM

Went back several pages and found this:

John Belushi's "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor"? speech in Animal House (can't find a complete clip)


One of my all-time favorites, mainly because it was hilarious and inspirational at the same time. Even better the speech he makes after he ran out expecting the Deltas to follow, only to realize they left behind, and slowly walked back in:

"What the fuck happened to the Delta I used to know. Where's the spirit? Where's the guts? This could be the greatest night of our lives...but you're going to let it be the worst. 'Oh, we're afraid to go with you, Bluto. We might get in trouble!' Well, just KISS MY ASS FROM NOW ON! NOT ME! I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT! WORMER -- HE'S A DEAD MAN! MARMALARD -- DEAD! NEIDERMEYER..."

And Otter finally jumps in: "Dead! Bluto's right. Psychotic, but absolutely right! We've gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part!"

"We're just the guys to do it!"

I'm not ashamed to admit that I know that whole scene by heart.

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Posted Feb 24, 2012 @ 5:14 PM

Elmer Bernstein's music really added to that moment.

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Posted Feb 26, 2012 @ 2:16 AM

"What the fuck happened to the Delta I used to know. Where's the spirit? Where's the guts? This could be the greatest night of our lives...but you're going to let it be the worst. 'Oh, we're afraid to go with you, Bluto. We might get in trouble!' Well, just KISS MY ASS FROM NOW ON! NOT ME! I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT! WORMER -- HE'S A DEAD MAN! MARMALARD -- DEAD! NEIDERMEYER..."

I love this speech so much, especially "JUST KISS MY ASS FROM NOW ON" and everything after. Marmalard...DEAD!

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Posted Feb 28, 2012 @ 12:25 AM

Another one from Patton:

"We're gonna keep fighting. Is that CLEAR? We're gonna attack all night, we're gonna attack tomorrow morning. If we are not VICTORIOUS, let no man come back alive!"

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Posted Jul 15, 2012 @ 2:12 PM

I just watched Requiem for a Dream this weekend, and...wow! The most heartbreaking part (and that's saying a lot, as it's not exactly a "lift your spirits" kind of movie) is Sara Goldfarb's speech about the red dress. I would put Ellen Burstyn toe-to-toe with Meryl Streep any day of the week. One of the best actresses -- of any age -- around. Absolutely gut-wrenching.

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Posted Jul 15, 2012 @ 3:15 PM

Ellen Burstyn should have won the Oscar for the red dress speech alone. Sorry, Julia Roberts - you're good, but not indelible. In that moment, Burstyn made Sara Goldfarb indelible.

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Posted Jul 15, 2012 @ 3:32 PM

I can't believe that I haven't gone through this thread before now. Some great moments have been brought up. Here are some of the ones that have always either moved me, or made me laugh:

In Rainman, when Charlie finally remembers Raymond and says "I hurt you. That's why they sent you away."
In Sense and Sensibility: Colonel Brandon's reveal about Willoughby.
Scrooged "Have you tried staples?!"
Love both moments described from A Time To Kill and would like to add Deputy Looney on the witness stand. "No sir, I hold no ill will for the man."
Clueless: [Cher, while being teased about being a virgin] "Come on you guys! You know how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet."
An Officer and a Gentlemen when Zach is about to be thrown out and screams "Don't you do it! Don't you...I got nowhere else to go. I got nowh...I ain't got nothin' else."
Parenthood, when Helen is responding to the fact that she's going to become a grandmother : "No...grandmothers are old. They knit baby booties and tell stories about the depression.."[getting louder and angrier] "I was at Woodstock for Christ's sake! I peed in a field! I hung onto the Who's helicopter as it flew away!"

Beautiful Girls:

[Looking at a porn magazine]
Gina: Oh, guys, look what we have here. Look at this, your favorite. Oh, you like that?
Tommy: I could go along with that.
Gina: Yeah, that's nice right? Well, it doesn't exist ok. Look at the hair. The hair is long, it's flowing, it's like a river. Well, it's a fucking weave ok? And the tits, please! I could hang my overcoat on them. Tits by design were invented to be suckled by babies. Yes, they're purely functional. These are silicon city. And look, my favorite, the shaved pubis. Pubic hair being too unruly and all. Very key. This is a mockery, this is a sham, this is bullshit. Implants, collagen, plastic, capped teeth, the fat sucked out, the hair extended, the nose fixed, the bush shaved... These are not real women, all right? They're beauty freaks. And they make all us normal women with our wrinkles, our puckered boobs, hi bob, and our cellulite feel somehow inadequate. Well I don't buy it, all right? But you fucking mooks, if you think that if there's a chance in hell that you'll end up with one of these women, you don't give us real women anything approaching a commitment. It's pathetic. I don't know what you think you're going to do. You're going to end up eighty-years old, drooling in some nursing home, then you're going to decide, it's time to settle down, get married, have kids? What, are you going to find a cheerleader? Charge it Mitch.
Tommy: I think you're over simplifying.
Gina: Oh eat me. Look at Paul. With his models on the wall, his dog named Elle McPherson. He's insane. He's obsessed. You're all obsessed. If you had an once of self-esteem, of self-worth, of self-confidence, you would realize that as trite as it may sound, beauty is truly skin-deep. And you know what, if you ever did hook one of those girls, I guarantee you'd be sick of her.
Tommy: Yeah, I suppose I'd get sick of her after about, what, twenty or thirty years?
Gina: Get over yourself. Thank you Mitch. Say hello to Gertrude.
Tommy: What?
Gina: No mater how perfect the nipple, how supple the thigh, unless there is some other shit going on in the relationship, besides the physical, it's going to get old, ok? And you guys, as a gender, have got to get a grip. Otherwise, the future of the human race is in jeopardy.


Edited by Teagan1, Jul 15, 2012 @ 3:34 PM.


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Posted Jul 15, 2012 @ 4:15 PM

I just watched Requiem for a Dream this weekend, and...wow! The most heartbreaking part (and that's saying a lot, as it's not exactly a "lift your spirits" kind of movie) is Sara Goldfarb's speech about the red dress.


Ellen Burstyn should have won the Oscar for the red dress speech alone.


Oh, man.

Sara Goldfarb: I'm somebody now, Harry. Everybody likes me. Soon, millions of people will see me and they'll all like me. I'll tell them about you, and your father, how good he was to us. Remember? It's a reason to get up in the morning. It's a reason to lose weight, to fit in the red dress. It's a reason to smile. It makes tomorrow all right. What have I got Harry, hm? Why should I even make the bed, or wash the dishes? I do them, but why should I? I'm alone. Your father's gone, you're gone. I got no one to care for. What have I got, Harry? I'm lonely. I'm old.
Harry Goldfarb: You got friends, Ma.
Sara Goldfarb: Ah, it's not the same. They don't need me. I like the way I feel. I like thinking about the red dress and the television and you and your father. Now when I get the sun, I smile.

I'm not sure I've ever seen a more heartbreaking performance.

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Posted Jul 16, 2012 @ 12:47 AM

Ugh. Just reading that makes me tear up, let alone watching it.

A few other favorites:

Clark Griswold, National Lampoon's Vacation: "I think you're all fucked in the head. We're ten hours from the fucking fun park and you want to bail out. Well I'll tell you something. This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest. It's a quest for fun. I'm gonna have fun and you're gonna have fun. We're all gonna have so much fucking fun we'll need plastic surgeory to remove our godamn smiles. You'll be whistling 'Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah' out of you're assholes! I gotta be crazy! I'm on a pilgrimage to see a moose. Praise Marty Moose! Holy Shit!"

So true, and I appreciate that scene so much more now that I have kids of my own whom I have taken on many a vacation.

Doralee, Nine to Five: "So, you've been tellin' everybody I've been sleepin' with ya, huh? Well that explains it! That's why these people treat me like some dime-store floozy. They think I'm screwin' the boss! Oooh, and you just love it, don't you? It gives you some sort of cheap thrill like knockin' over pencils and pickin' up papers! Get your scummy hands offa me! Look I've been straight with you since the first day I got here, and I've put up with all of your pinchin' and starin' and chasin' me around the desk because I need this job. But this is the last straw! Look, I've got a gun out there in my purse. Up until now I've been forgivin' and forgettin' because of the way I was brought up, but I'll tell you one thing. If you ever say another word about me or make another indecent proposal, I'm gonna get that gun of mine, and I'm gonna change you from a rooster to a hen with one shot! And don't think I can't do it."

That last line, and how Dolly Parton delivers it as she's walking out of the office, kills me. Of course, "Because I'm a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot?" ranks right up there, too.

And, from one of my favorite movies, Tod from Parenthood: "You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog, or drive a car. Hell, you need a license to catch a fish! But they'll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father."

Love, love, love Diane Wiest's expression after he says that. Another amazing actress.

Edited by Prickly Pear, Jul 16, 2012 @ 12:47 AM.


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Posted Jul 16, 2012 @ 9:29 AM

And, from one of my favorite movies, Tod from Parenthood: "You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog, or drive a car. Hell, you need a license to catch a fish! But they'll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father."

Yes. I thought of this scene a few hours after I'd already posted the other one. A lot of people may not think Keanu can act, but he occasionally knocks a scene out of the park and this was one of them. He looked so sad. It also reminds me of Judd Nelson playing Bender in The Breakfast Club: "See, this is what you get in my family when you spill paint in the garage. Did. I. Stutter?"

So true, and I appreciate that scene so much more now that I have kids of my own whom I have taken on many a vacation.

Just got back from a three week vacation with mine and, while it was all in all a great time, we did mention this scene more than once.

Someone earlier mentioned a couple of moments in Good Will Hunting and I'd like to add to that list the scene where Robin Williams is talking to Will on the bench after Will disrespected his wife. So powerful.

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Posted Jul 16, 2012 @ 10:19 AM

"You're just a kid."

Turns out being a grown-up is good for something.