Saturday, March 22, 2008

Best movie scene EVAH.

Since LuLu has you folks reminiscing about movies and books and what-not, I'm going to break with tradition and ask for your single favourite movie scene of all time. It can be an extended scene, but it should focus on a single event of some kind and you have to sum it up in a single sentence of dialogue.

And to start things off, here's mine (paraphrased from memory, and from the original, not the remake):

"Oh, no, you misunderstand ... we build only model airplanes."

Your turn.

, I'm thinking, "You keep using that word 'inconceivable' ... I do not think it means what you think it means."


Paladiea said...

"Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time"

Paladiea said...

Oh, also "Get away from her, you BITCH!"

LuLu said...

Only one? You ask too much of me, CC. Fine.

You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity.

Are we supposed to guess the movies, too?

Ti-Guy said...

"Get away from her, you BITCH!"

When I was reminded of that Paladiea, I have to say that was the one that sticks out for me. More emotional than intellectual but that's the one.

Ti-Guy said...

A more intellectual one might be:

And after the awful deed is done, he finds that he's plagued by deep-rooted guilt. Little sparks of his religious background which he'd rejected are suddenly stirred up. He hears his father's voice. He imagines that God is watching his every move. Suddenly, it's not an empty universe at all, but a just and moral one, and he's violated it. Now, he's panic-stricken. He's on the verge of a mental collapse-an inch away from confessing the whole thing to the police. And then one morning, he awakens. The sun is shining, his family is around him and mysteriously, the crisis has lifted. He takes his family on a vacation to Europe and as the months pass, he finds he's not punished. In fact, he prospers. The killing gets attributed to another person-a drifter who has a number of other murders to his credit, so I mean, what the hell? One more doesn't even matter. Now he's scott-free. His life is completely back to normal. Back to his protected world of wealth and privilege.

Leroux said...

"Retails for about $109.95. It's got a walnut stock, cobalt blue steel, and a hair trigger. That's right. Shop smart. Shop S-Mart. You got that?"

Anonymous said...

Ah, the headaches, which one will I choose, which one? Argh.
"Second largest? That wouldn't impress Rick. The leading banker in Amsterdam is now the pastry chef in our kitchen."
" just because you despise me, you are the only one I trust."
or, the one that makes me laugh:
"I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a police officer, apart from the summer of 1979 when I wanted to be Kermit the frog."

I have all these movies, and watch them too much. Perhaps I should get out more?

M@ said...

Right. Let's sort the buyers from the spyers, the needy from the greedy, and those who trust me from the ones who don't, because if you can't see value here today, you're not up here shopping, you're up here shoplifting.

LuLu said...

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - excellent choice, m@. It's a sad, sad thing that Guy Ritchie's movie making has gone completely off the rails.

Somena Woman said...


The scene in Empire of the Sun when the kid sings the Japenese Anthem to salute the pilots.

M@ said...

The scene in Empire of the Sun when the kid sings the Japenese Anthem to salute the pilots.

Actually I believe he was singing the Welsh hymn Suo Gân -- the hymn he had been singing with the choir.

Beautiful scene in an incredible movie.

ThinkingManNeil said...

I've a couple, and one's a bit longer than a single line, but it's my favourite line - or lines - of all time (sorry).

First, this always gete me giggling:

"What makes you think she is a witch?"

"Well, she turned me into a newt!"

"A newt?"

"I got better."

Second isn't a line but a scene itself from "Casablanca" when Victor Laslo tells the house band to play La Marseillaise and the resulting boisterous rendition by the patrons downs out the Nazi's singing. That always puts a lump in my throat.


KEvron said...

gilespie: "what do they call you up there?"

tibbs: "they call me 'mister tibbs'."


JJ said...

One of my favourite movie moments is the diatribe by Samuel L. Jackson that ends with "And you will know I am the lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee!" (or words to that effect).

Balbulican said...

Too many scenes, too many lines.

"You're gonna need a bigger boat."

"But if you were in THAT bed, then...whose hand was I holding?"

"It's such a fine line, isn't it - between clever and stupid?"

"Never get out of the boat"

"I was misinformed".

"The farmers won. Not us."

"Moses supposes his toeses are roses, but Moses supposes erroneously."

"All right, vampire killers. Let's kill some vampires."

"Cold are the hands of time that creep along relentlessly, destroying slowly but without pity that which yesterday was young. Alone our memories resist this disintegration and grow more lovely with the passing years. Heh! Try to say THAT with false teeth!"

Whoops. Sorry. Got carried away.

Jennifer Smith said...

Best ever is tough. A couple of favourites:

"Come on baby, breathe. Come on, breathe. Come on you bitch you never backed away from anything before in your life now fight! FIGHT!! FIIIIGHT!!!"

"You're all individuals!"
"Yes! We're all individuals!"

And the one I thought of watching Obama last week: "He's got the whole White House press corps asking each other how to spell erudite."

LuLu said...

"You're gonna need a bigger boat."

That's the best scene in the whole movie - the look on Roy Scheider's face as his cigarette dangles oh-so-precariously from his bottom lip is priceless.

Pale said...

I Have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and Im all outta bubble gum.

They Live

Simon said...

- Some great scenes in Hitchcock's Rear Window come to mind (the salesman making eye contact with Jimmy Stewart as he gasps and tries to wheel back into the shadows).

- Clarice Starling wandering around James Gumb's basement as he stalks her wearing the night-vision goggles (not to mention most Anthony Hopkins scenes).

- almost any scene in Monty Python's The Holy Grail

- the car chase scene in Ronin

- love Quint's monologue in Jaws

But for my money, the scariest movie scene ever filmed is Michelle Malkin in 'War Cheerleaders Gone Wild'

Simon said...

Oh shoot, I just realized I didn't follow CC's instructions to the letter in my post. Allow me to correct that (sound effects included where dialogue not available):

- *GASP*, [sound of wheelchair rolling backwards]

- James Gumb: [heavy breathing]
Clarice Starling: [shallow, scared breathing]

- "One day lad, allllll this will be yours"

"Wot? The curtains?"


- "Didn't see the first shark for about a half and hour. Tiger. Thirteen footer. You know how you know that when you're in the water Chief? You tell by looking from the dorsal to the tail."

And finally,

"Gimme an L! Gimme an O! ..."

Red Tory said...

What kind of dining set defines me as a person ...?

E in MD said...

"All right, vampire killers. Let's kill some vampires."

Actually its: "Alright vampire killers. Let's kill some fucking vampires!"

One of my favorites is:

"I'll bet you're the kind of guy that would fuck a person in the ass and not even have the goddam common courtesy to give him a reach-around. I'll be watching you. "

Sorta reminds me of exactly what conservatives really are.

Anonymous said...

I recognize most of these quotes... No wonder I've been lurking for years.....
"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world,"

LuLu said...

You know, one of these days, you might want to consider sitting down with someone. You know, have a little share time? Get in touch with your inner child? Also, you just might want to consider blinking once in a while.

Frank Frink said...

(Very much) late to the party...

So many to choose from, so many taken already, so I'll just go with

"What do you do for recreation?"
"Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback."

"The Dude abides. I don't know about you but I take comfort in that."

"Hey! Nice marmot."

From the 60's
"What we've got here is a failure to communicate."

Reaching back to the 40's for
"I don't read no papers, and I don't listen to radios either. I know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber, and I don't have to read it."

and also for
Brigid O'Shaughnessy: I haven't lived a good life. I've been bad, worse than you could know.
Sam Spade: You know, that's good, because if you actually were as innocent as you pretend to be, we'd never get anywhere.

"Look what you did to my shirt."

And a return to the 60's
"Birdie Num Num"

Jennifer Smith said...

Just out of curiosity, how many people besides me recognized CC's original quote? And how many had seen the original before they did the remake?

(love that movie!)

Frank Frink said...

Never saw the remake. What I actually thought was, "there was a remake?"

LuLu said...

I recognized almost all the movies from the quotes - does that mean I have no life or that I have way too much information in my brain?