No matter what I choose to list here, I’m going to leave something out that doesn’t deserve to be. First quote that popped into my head is “we’re going to need a bigger boat” from Jaws, simply for the flexibility of including it into pretty much any conversation in any situation and most people would recognize it. There are so many great monologues and speeches to comb through that you can easy overlook Peter Finch’s “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” meltdown from Network or Tyler Durden’s “middle children of history” diatribe in Fight Club. Pretty much everything that comes out of Kevin Spacey’s mouth in American Beauty, Val Kilmer’s mouth in Tombstone, and Samuel L. Jackson’s mouth in Pulp Fiction could be put on here and I would defend it to no end.
“I feel like I’ve been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I’m just now waking up.”
So I began to look for a quote that I thought was so good that I would even try to include into one of my own projects down the road. Tarantino does this so well with his own scripts that you can’t really identify whether it’s actually his words or someone else’s. He takes bits and pieces that he enjoyed from films he’s ever seen and works them so seamlessly into his own work that they essentially become his. Now, the quote I chose isn’t from a Tarantino movie, but he did write the screenplay for his good friend Robert Rodriguez. (I think this quote is originally from the 1965 movie That Darn Cat, but I may be wrong.) But the first time I heard it, I just thought it was so bad ass and menacing. It was delivered perfectly by a calm, cool George Clooney as Seth Gecko in the cult classic From Dusk Till Dawn. Sure that movie may not be very good (albeit bizarrely entertaining to me), but this quote was just too good.
“Rule number one: No noise, no question.” (holds his .44 Magnum revolver up)
You make a noise, Mr. 44 makes a noise.
You ask a question, Mr. 44 answers it.
If you try to run, I’ve got six little friends… (cocks the hammer)
and they can all run faster than you can.”
Yes, there are a ton of other I could have included on here. Ones from Oscar winners or box-office champions or cult classics. And I’m sure you will remind me of this in the comments. But I could have just gone to AMC and took a quick look at their top 100 movie quotes of all time. Or I could have just search through other blogs to find what seems to be the consensus. But that’s not what I do. I wanted to put a little forethought and effort into these posts, instead of regurgitating the same lame nonsense you hear everywhere else.
So bring on your caustic comments, but be ready to defend your position, jerkweeds.
You have been warned.
Honorable mention: “On a long enough timeline, the survival rate of everything drops to zero.”
In Tyler we trust…