Stephen King has become a columnist for "Entertainment Weekly" magazine. Back in June he asked readers to send in their favorite movie quotes for a future column. Since he received such an overwhelming reponse, it became a huge article in this week's issue.
What does this have to do with Indy, you ask? I'll tell you. It seems that a line from "Raiders" was sent in and chosen by Mr. King as one of his favorites:
"It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage."
Surprisingly, the most requested quotes came from "The Princess Bride." The number one quote was, "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
Needless to say, it was a pleasant surprise to see Indy get his due, with a line that really captures the spirit of the films. Look for that issue with Joaquin Phoenix on the cover. (There's a great article on 'The Village' in there)
If memory serves... King's original article had to do with favorite movie lines that he and his family used in day to day conversation. His one criteria was that couldn't be "punch lines" (his term, not mine) like "Hasta la vista, baby" or "I'm your worst nightmare." The lines were not supposed to be the perfect embodiments of classic films, or even the most famous lines. Just most used in conversation in way that references the film.
Some of mine:
1. "Yeah... that'd be great." -Office Space
2. "Punch it!" - Empire Strikes Back
3. "You're a tomato!" or perhaps with a more phonetic spelling: "Yurra tumayda!" - (delivered in the Mick voice) - Rocky
4. "She's breakin' up, captain!" - Star Trek
This is great. I think King is on to something trying to get a hold of how great movie quotes work their ways into our daily lives. I have to get my hands on a copy of the King article. Here's some of my favorites.
(1) Backpacking with my brother and one of gets hungry (or is pulling food from a pack), we paraphrase this 'Murder By Death' passage:
Perrier: "Buns? You have buns? You bought buns and you didn't tell me? Where are they? Where are the buns?"
Marcel: "Oh! No, monsieur. The BONES in my body."
Perrier: "You should not speak with an accent when you know I am so hungry."
(2) Taunt after I or someone wipes out mountain biking:
Platoon/Sgt. Barnes: "Take the pain! Take it!"
(3) Dealing with a teething or otherwise sick and feverish baby:
'Apocalypse Now'/ Dennis Hopper's 'Zap 'em with the Siren!" line turns into: "Zap 'em with the Tylenol!"
(4) Making Plans with my wife:
Rob Roy: "I did not tell you my mind to have you flail me for it."
(we also jokingly quote the 'do you know how fine you are to me?' line from 'Rob Roy')
(5) . . . or dealing with my wife who's asking me questions on my way out the door:
'Indian Runner'/Frank Roberts (Viggo Mortensen): "Little sister, are you really asking me those questions or are you just stalling me."
(one of many quotes from this movie that work their way into out daily routine)
(6) My wife or I are lost, late or confronted with total chaos:
'Big Lebowski/ Walter Sobcheck: "Nothing's F***ed Dude."
(one of many BL lines that are part of our daily routine)
Originally posted by Luckylighter Surprisingly, the most requested quotes came from "The Princess Bride." The number one quote was, "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
Originally posted by Redwall Why is that [the The Princess Bride's" "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya" quote] so suprising?
I think this selection is surprising because the quote doesn't say anything -- it has no function or purpose in conversation. Sure it sounds odd, but there's countless memorable film quotes that are just as odd. Just watch Repo Man. A line like "Let's go do some Crime" or "A repo man spends his life getting into intense situations" at least has some bearing.
Originally posted by Redwall Why is that so suprising?
I mean, when you think of ALL the great quotes from the long history of classic cinema, a movie from the last 15 years having THE most requested quote--compared to "Casablanca", or "Gone with the Wind"--it is surprising. It's surprising that a relatively modern movie--albiet an awesome modern movie--would beat out the lines from older movies that have become ingrained in the minds of generations, not one singluar generation.
Speaking of Stephen King..I think he's a fan of Indiana Jones. I mean...is it really a coincedence that he used the words fedora, archaeology, and Steven Spielburg in the same couple of paragraphs? (I don't remember which short story). Good writer...and almost all of the lines in Indiana Jones are good one liners.
Speaking of 'Blues Brothers' -- it was on AMC tonight. I was able to catch from the Ballroom scene to almost the end. The car crashes in that final chase have got to be some of the best ever. Also, it kills me to watch the crowds running mad away from the Blues-mobile in Dalely Plaza. We'll never see that again. That film got me primed for a six+ hour drive I have Saturday -- great roadtrip film.
From "Star Wars (A New Hope)"
1. "She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid."
2. "Curse my metal body, I wasn't fast enough!"
3. "Look at the size of that thing!"
4. "Sorry about the mess..."
5. "You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought."
6. "Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?"
7. "You've got something jammed in here real good."
8. "Put that thing away before you get us all killed!"
9. "Luke, at that speed do you think you'll be able to pull out in time?"
10. "Get in there you big furry oaf, I don't care *what* you smell!"
From "The Empire Strikes Back"
1. "And I thought they smelled bad...on the *outside*!"
2. "Possible he came in through the south entrance."
3. "I must've hit it pretty close to the mark to get her all riled up like that, huh kid?"
4. "Hurry up, golden-rod..."
5. "That's okay, I'd like to keep it on manual control for a while."
6. "But now we must eat. Come, good food, come..."
7. "Control, control! You must learn control!"
8. "There's an awful lot of moisture in here."
9. "Size matters not. Judge me by my size, do you?"
10. "I thought that hairy beast would be the end of me!"
From "Return of the Jedi"
1. "Rise, my friend."
2. "Open the back door!"
3. "Hey, point that thing somewhere else!"
4. "It's just a dead animal..."
5. "Not bad for a little furball."
6. "How can they be jamming us if they don't know we're coming?"
7. "Come here, I won't hurt you. You want something to eat?"
8. "Keep on that one, I'll take these two"
9. "I want you to take her. I mean it, take her!"
10. "I don't think the Empire had wookies in mind when they designed her, Chewie."
Hey, maquino, where'd you pull those from? Did you really dig through the movies yourself to find the most innuendos or did you find site with them on there? I remember finding a site with those and a ton others. Funny stuff
I like to use alot of stuff mainly from Indy like, "I'm making this up as I go," "Pretty sure," and others like that that can fit into everyday context. I just say it all with the same inflection Ford used. Some people get it, others don't.
"We're in business," or "How about you shut up" are both great ones pulled from Saving Private Ryan I use all the time to, once again with the same inflection as the lines were said in the films.
My boyfriend quotes from Star Wars so much I've lost track of what's from the films and what's just him... I can usually guess though, cos he often cracks up laughing when he manages to fit a quote into conversation.
Originally posted by Katarn07 Hey, maquino, where'd you pull those from? Did you really dig through the movies yourself to find the most innuendos or did you find site with them on there? I remember finding a site with those and a ton others. Funny stuff
I don't know who compiled them or when, but I had them lying around in a moldy corner of my hard disk and thought they'd be fun for this thread.
"wait....I have arms...I am a bush with arms...AND legs! I can walk! Oh Gaze ye nonbelievers upon this miracle; this walking bush! Half man, half plant, he dwells in two worlds but is the master of both! OH MANBUSH! YOU ARE NATURE'S GREATEST WONDER!!!"
- Tom arnold while thinking like a bush to enhance his camoflage as one in "the stupids"