Sunday, January 13, 2013

"Stop saying that!" 10 great movie quotes

It's another great Monday Listicles topic! This week Ally from Just a Normal Mom suggested we choose our 10 favourite movie quotes or moments.

Here are my picks:

1) "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!"
Inigo Montoya fulfills his life's mission in this classic scene from The Princess Bride.



2) "Run, Forrest, run!"
Jenny Curran encourages Forrest Gump to break free from his tormentors in an inspiring scene from Forrest Gump.


3) "I don't like my job. I don't think I'm going to go anymore."
Peter Gibbons becomes the hero of downtrodden cubicle slaves everywhere in Office Space.


4) "I am FILLED with Christ's love!"
"Christian Jewel" leader Hilary Faye completely misses the point of the gospel in this gem from Saved!. Having grown up in the church, I can assure you that this movie is only slightly exaggerated.


5) "Dong! Dong! Grandpa is talking to you!"
Grandma tries to reason with a drunken Long Duk Dong in a memorable scene from Sixteen Candles.



6) "Don't you forget this."
English teacher John Keating awakens the passion in a reserved student in one of the best movies ever, Dead Poets Society.

7) "This one time, at band camp..."
Michelle depresses Jim with the reality of his reduced dating options after he accidentally streams a humiliating sex video of himself on the Internet. 



Turns out Michelle is a little wilder than he thought. American Pie anyone?


8) "My name is Lester Burnham...I am 42 years old; in less than a year, I'll be dead. Of course, I don't know that yet. And, in a way, I'm dead already."

I am rapidly heading toward a Lester Burnham-sized breakdown, and blogging is one of my attempts to prevent it. I hope I have a better ending to my early midlife crisis than Lester Burnham does in American Beauty.


9) "I'll have what she's having." 
Older woman in delicatessen to waitress after Sally explains the math to Harry in When Harry Met Sally. Can you blame her?


10) "I volunteer as tribute!"
Katniss Everdeen steps up in a tear-jerking scene from The Hunger Games, a pointed film whose irony seems to have gone over the head of much of its teenage audience. Although they do have a sense of humour, as evidenced by the October 2012 detention slip of student Katie which is currently making the Internet rounds:

"Reason for detention: When I asked who could solve my math problem, Katie stood up and screamed, 'I volunteer as tribute!' at the top of her lungs, disturbing the rest of my class."

Here's the actual scene:



It took me forever to do this post because I kept thinking of new quotes and movie moments I wanted to include. I might need to do a part two sometime. Stay tuned.

74 comments:

  1. Great choices! But, wow, that's quite an undertaking! I don't know if could do it. I think I would need a month to sift through all my favorites in my head. Now you've made me want to go and re-watch some of these movies :)

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    1. I'm sure as soon as I read other lists, I'll realize I missed something I love and want to revise my choices (but I won't). Doing this made me want to watch all these movies again too.

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  2. Awesome list! Your first one is mine too.

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    1. It was the first one that came to mind - I can't wait to read everyone else's lists!

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  3. Love your picks. Number 9 is also on my list. That has to be one of the best movie scenes in the history of ever!

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    1. As it started playing, my husband said, "It's that deli scene, isn't it?" Haha! I would have been annoyed with myself if I'd forgotten it.

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  4. WOW...we do not watch the same movies. I only recognize 3 or 4 on your list. Movie quotes are always interesting. I guess I go for the older classics:

    Jaws - "We're going to need a bigger boat."
    The GOdfather - a bunch, I go for "Leave the gun, take the canoli"

    My absolute favorite is from the Wizard of Oz - "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtian!"

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    1. I've never seen Jaws or The Godfather, but they get referenced so often I really should watch them. I've watched bits and pieces of Wizard of Oz but never the whole thing - I'm not sure I've seen the scene you're talking about, but I've heard it quoted many times. You've inspired me to go look up these scenes - thanks!

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  5. "This one time, at band camp..." Bwahahaha! And I hope blogging is your cure for an American Beauty type breakdown. Keep writing! Ellen

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  6. Great list! "One time at bandcamp..." - that's one I forgot to include. Considering how much we repeat it, I should have! :)

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    1. It's a true classic for a generation. I can't believe I almost forgot it!

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  7. "Don't your forget this!" one of the best lines. I almost did the entire list on Robin Williams because you can get both funny and inspirational.
    LOL -- oh the band camp ones. I completely forgot about those. Awesome.

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    1. I know - he's done so many great movies. Good Will Hunting, Patch Adams, Mrs Doubtfire...he's had a wonderful career.

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  8. That clip makes me want to go watch American Beauty again.

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    1. I had trouble focusing on just picking the quotes and not re-watching all the movies at once!

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  9. Oh I had forgotten all about Office Space. "It looks like somebody's got a case of the Mondays..."

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    1. I could hardly decide which quote to include - I should have just put both. Sadly I know people who could be that woman.

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  10. "I'll volunteer as tribute." wow. I wouldn't have thought of that one. So powerful in the book. I've never seen American Beauty. I need to get it. Great choices.

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    1. American Beauty is amazing. You should definitely watch it!

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  11. This is a great list, I particularly like the line from Saved, I love that movie! The American Pie one is a classic, and I like that you included The Hunger Games. :)

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    1. The first time I saw Saved, I laughed hysterically through the entire movie. I saw it with a friend who had also grown up in the church and we were in tears, it was so funny. My husband doesn't have a religious background and found it only mildly entertaining. I think it's an inside joke kind of movie.

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  12. Adding this one time at band camp was genius.

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    1. Thanks! As soon as I thought of it, I knew it had to be included.

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  13. How can I have forgotten one time at band camp???? We say it all the time, especially when our daughter goes on and on with her never-ending stories.
    And run forrest! All the time, too.
    Volunteer as tribute...awesome addition.

    Basically, great list. I had such a hard time keeping it to 10, too. And now that I'm reading others, I realize I don't actually use my own words, but quote old movies all the live-long day. :)

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    1. Me too!! I'm that person...argh! I just remembered a classic we say all the time! I'm definitely going to have to do a part 2.

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  14. A great list! My fave from Princess Bride is when entering the Fire Swamp: "We'll never survive!" "Nonsense! You only say never because no one ever has."

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    1. I could have done the whole list on The Princess Bride alone. "There's a shortage of perfect breasts in the world..."

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  15. I can't believe that I forgot about Saved! SO MANY things to quote in that movie!

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    1. "The muffin shop is CLOSED!" Haha!

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  16. Haha! Awesome list! There are so many great ones from Office Space. "PC load letter????" And you know the rest.

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    1. I know. That's another movie that could have had its own list: "Have you seen my stapler?"

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  17. These are great! I have yet to see Office Space, but have been told to see it a few times in the last week or so - guess I need to rent it!

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    1. If you've ever worked in an office, you will laugh your head off. It's a classic.

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  18. I am so excited someone else has Saved! on their list :) And Office Space is such a classic

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    1. I wondered if anyone else even knew that movie, because I don't think it was in theatres for very long. It's awesome. Office Space is Dilbert brought to life - love it.

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  19. Great pics, but aside from the few added by Joeh, three more that immediately come to mind are ...

    "You had me at hello." Jerry MaGuire

    "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." The Usual Suspects re: Keyser Soze

    "That's what she said." Wayne's World??? It's everywhere now

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    1. I don't think I've seen The Usual Suspects, but I know my husband watches it all the time. I thought "That's what she said" came from Michael Scott in The Office, but maybe it was around before that. It does sound like something that would be in Wayne's World.

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  20. I had such a hard time picking too! Love them!

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  21. I had such difficulty with this week's topic. I have to admit I am a bit envious of all these fabulous lists!

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    1. Really? I would have thought you'd be overflowing with quotes! I guess yours are all originals, right? ;)

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  22. I LOVE your list! Particularly the Inigo quote. I find myself saying it surprisingly often. You can work it into conversation in mysterious ways… One i use often too (that nobody understands, so is quite awkward), is 'I'm right on top of that Rose' from 'Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead'. Any time somebody comes and asks if she's got something sorted at a job she's completely unqualified for, that's what she's supposed to say. I am able to pull that one out ALL. THE. TIME.

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    1. I don't even try to work it into the conversation...I just say it whenever I feel like it. Haha! I also love to quote the Staples button: "That was easy." Yep, I'm not annoying at all.

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  23. Great list, I use that Run Forrest Run line all the time. So glad to have found another Saved fan. That movie had me howling.

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    1. There are so many occasions where "Run, Forrest, run!" is appropriate. It's kind of amazing really.

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  24. Oh my God, I LOVE your choices! Saved was SUCH a great movie! You definitely got some awesome ones on this list!

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  25. I can't believe I forgot Forrest Gump. I love that movie and we quote it all the time. Great list!

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    1. There are lots of great quotes in Forrest Gump. I need to watch it again to remember them all.

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  26. Out of my massive DVD collection of about 20 "classics" American Pie 1, 2, & 3 are among those. I'm ashamed to admit that but look at me, I just did! They weren't on sale either.

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    1. American Pie is totally a classic! And #2 & 3 weren't bad either. I think I'm going to watch them this week.

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  27. I love those movies. Especially Saved!

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    1. I'm watching right now and laughing my ass off!

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  28. ooooo, I forgot about American Beauty. How could I? Great list.

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  29. I may be the only person on earth who hasn't watched The Princess Bride in its entirety but I am most familiar with that line...the rest of my family LOVES that movie.

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    1. I saw it for the first time when I was too young to understand it was a satire. But I still love it now.

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  30. I love Dead Poets Society! Great choices!

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  31. How could I forget band camp one? I say it offten and in the most bizare, unrelated situations. It just makes me giggle.

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    1. Some lines are so fun to say that you don't even need to wait for the right situation to say them.

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  32. Great List! I'm a huge fan of Sixteen Candles and I totally forgot about Forrest Gump!

    Jenny!!!!

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    1. We actually used that peas and carrots line in our wedding vows. Yes, we are that couple.

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  33. Oh man, it must have been hard to keep to ten! I've just thought of about fifty while reading that list! Thanks for including the clips.

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    1. It was so hard! And when I read everyone else's lists, I wanted to add even more.

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  34. Great list! I like how you told a little of the scene, too. I totally should've done that. :)

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    1. I thought it was fun how you and a few other people made us guess! I never even thought of doing it that way.

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  35. I am pretty sure this list is perfect. You have great taste in movies! Also, those are some of my absolute favorites. I am sad to have missed the Listicles this week; I moved my website that day and was a freaking basketcase. Glad I read your list, anyway, and I couldn't have done any better for sure!

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    1. I've been meaning to check out your new site all week - I'll be over shortly. How exciting! And nerve-wracking.

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  36. My family has been known to carry on entire conversations in movie quotes--and the Princess Bride is probably the top most quoted among our favorites--I'm pretty sure you could get at least 10 classic quotes from that movie alone, but Inigo's line is my favorite.

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    1. I almost did the whole list on The Princess Bride, but there were too many quotes to choose from!

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  37. Those are most of my picks too for most memorable although I have never seen Saved! so I'm not sure about that one. :) Found you through Bloggy Moms.

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    1. It's hilarious - you should watch it! Thanks for stopping by.

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