How many times have you walked out of a movie and thought that was great but then could not remember any lines from it. While I don’t argue that it could have been a moving or epic story and still have no quotable moments, obviously those movies exist. The argument is can a great movie stand the test of time without fantastic re-quotable lines? I know that when I reach back to recall any great movies of my life (childhood to now) the index cards of my mind are not tabbed by titles alone. For example when I think of Back to the Future in that same thought I “hear” Doc Brown Shout”One Point Twenty One Jigga-Watts” (giga was not a common measure at the time), or when I think of Goonies or Temple of Doom I “hear’ “Booty Twaps! that’s what I said” or “I am Very Little, You cheat Very Big”. Needless to say I believe that for a movie to have staying power it needs a hook. The hook itself does not have to be a good quotable line but in my experience they are the most memorable the further you get from the initial viewing.
So, Thoughts? Do you agree or disagree?
Feel free to drop some of your favorite quotes in the comments below.
Here are Some of my Favorite Movie Quotes:
“Great Googaly Moogaly!” ~Evolution
“Greetings Professor Falken . . . Do You want to play a game?” ~Wargames
“Whatever with your However” ~ Death Proof
“A Jedi Knight? Jeez, I’m out of it for a little while, everyone gets delusions of grandeur!” ~ Return of the Jedi
“I’ve seen honest faces before. They usually come attached to liars” ~Willow
“Wolfman’s got nards!” ~ Monster Squad
“I’m your boyfriend now Nancy” ~ Nightmare on Elm Street
“I don’t think so. We just cut up our girlfriend with a chainsaw. Does that sound “fine”?” ~ Evil Dead II
“So, the only man that can have you, is one who’s trying to kill you. That’s logic.” ~ Red Sonja
“Yeah, well, uh, just keep your Power Gloves off her, pal, huh?” ~ The Wizard
“We take the shit, we smash the shit, and then we put the shit back.” ~ Little Monsters
“Hear that, you slimes? I’m famous!” ~ The Last Starfighter
“Sometimes you’ve got to say “What the F***””~ Risky Business
““If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits eighty-eight miles an hour, you’re going to see some serious shit.” ~ Back to the Future
“You have the manners of a goat and you smell like a dung-heap. And you’ve no knowledge whatsoever of your potential. Now, get out!” ~ Highlander
“Tis but a scratch” ~ Monty Python and the Holy Grail
“No” ~ The Matrix