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June 21, 2005


Lists! Lists! Lists!

Oh, hooray! What's better on a Tuesday than a new completely arbitrary list to battle over?

Tonight, CBS broadcasts the AFI's Top 100 Movie Quotes of All Time. What will they be? Who can imagine? Will "wax on, wax off" top "E.T. phone home"? Will "I knew it was you, Fredo" destroy "Bond. James Bond"?

AFI has already listed the 400 nominated quotes [pdf], which contain some delightful surprises ("I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum") and some yawns (seriously, Meet the Parents?).

Of course, we all have our own ideas about what constitutes the greatest movie quote ever. Sure, I'm pretty confident that "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" is going to crush the competition. But in my heart of hearts?

I know the #1 spot should be reserved for "I know you're in there - I can SMELL YOUR BRAINS!"

So, Amy's Robot prognosticators, what do you think the top 5 quotes of all time will be? And what do you wish they were?

[tx John for the heads-up]

To get you started, MSNBC's staff has also predicted a Top 10, and identified some important missing quotes.

Update: Well, that was a boring show, although Brando did take the second and third place spots ("Stella!" was shut out of the top 10). Here are the AFI's totally subjective Top 10 Movie Quotes:

10. You talkin' to me? (Taxi Driver)
9. Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night. (All About Eve)
8. May the Force be with you. (Star Wars)
7. All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup. (Sunset Boulevard)
6. Go ahead, make my day. (Sudden Impact)
5. Here's looking at you, kid. (Casablanca)
4. Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. (The Wizard of Oz) [wrong, wrong, wrong - what happened to "There's no place like home?" #23?]
3. You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am. (On the Waterfront)
2. I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse. (The Godfather)
1. Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. (Gone with the Wind)

Full list is here.

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posted by Emily at 1:24 PM | #

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A few personal faves:

"C.K. Dexter Haven you have unsuspected depth!" from The Philadelphia Story

"It puts the lotion in the basket" from Silence of the Lambs

"I'm picking out a thermos for you" from The Jerk

"I hate the way the horizontal lines make me look too hippy, and it cuts me across the bust" from Tootsie

"Warriors! Come out and plaaa-yaayy!" from The Warriors

"I'm in pain! And I'm wet! ...And I'm still hysterical!" from The Producers

And the one that still makes me tear up every damn time, "To my brother George, the richest man in town" from It's a Wonderful Life

Also, I cannot BELIEVE the AFI nominated that horrible line from Working Girl, "I have a head for business and a bod for sin," which is one of the dumbest lines of dialogue I've ever heard.

Posted by: amy at June 21, 2005 2:49 PM

It warms my heart to see that They Live is getting some credit, especially considering that today we are afforded so few examples of decent professional wrestler cinema. The Rock, quite frankly, is no Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Posted by: Phil at June 21, 2005 4:20 PM


Posted by: cushie at June 21, 2005 4:53 PM

6 hasta la vista, baby
5 you talking to me?
4 i coulda been a contender
3 no place like home
2 here's lookin at you, kid.
1 frankly my dear, etc.

Posted by: adm at June 21, 2005 5:04 PM

Lockshima Zarza Keyser Soze!! Lockshima Zarza Keyser Soze!!

-Hungarian burn victim in Usual Suspects

Posted by: adm at June 21, 2005 6:40 PM

"You're going to need a bigger boat."

Posted by: mattS at June 21, 2005 9:44 PM

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