Between the Lines

Famous Movie Quotes

“Hasta la vista, Baby.” Terminator 2: Judgment Day

If you’re going to pulverize someone into oblivion, what better way to do it than by giving a Spanish lesson as you pull the trigger? This is an assassin with class.

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Gone With the Wind

Oh, come on, Rhett. You can do better than that! You were a blockade runner, for Pete’s sake!

“I’m king of the world!” Titanic

Jack is delusional. He thinks that he can become a king by stepping out onto the front of a ship, throwing his arms out and hollering. In all of history, no coup d’état was ever accomplished this way, and if he keeps it up he’s going to fall overboard even before the ship hits the iceberg, in which case there is no reason to continue the movie.

Jack needs to get his head straight if he wants to be considered a great romantic hero rather than someone who forgot his medication.

“Bond. James Bond.” Dr. No

Here is a secret agent who tells everyone his real name. Nice going, 007. M would be proud. For England!

That gun doubles as a shoehorn.
That gun doubles as a shoehorn.

“Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” The Wizard of Oz

This is a logical conclusion, since most of the surface of the earth is not Kansas. Dorothy is tipped off, also, by the sudden appearance of colors. Either she’s over the rainbow or she’s been smoking some of that funny looking plant when Auntie Em wasn’t looking.

“We’re on a mission from God.” The Blues Brothers

The ability to miraculously survive hotel bombings and car crashes, while being chased by cops, a murderous ex-fiancée, a greedy bar owner, an angry country music band and some Illinois Nazis, while trying to earn money to save an orphanage, is a pretty good indication of divine intervention. Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.

And last but not least:

“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” The Princess Bride

Inigo introduces himself and states his reason for wanting to off Count Rugen. This is only polite. It’s very rude to go up to someone and run a sword through him without saying anything. The only problem is that Count Rugen has a chance to grab a weapon, too, which means a ripping, slashing sword fight with blood and, maybe, the wrong person (i.e. Inigo) getting killed.

We do hope that Inigo does his research, and that Count Rugen really is the man who killed his father. It would be embarrassing to go through all that and end up skewering the wrong guy or, worse, being skewered by the wrong guy. You cannot assume that someone killed your father because he has six fingers on one hand. You have to get him to ‘fess up before you attempt to dispatch him, which is only easy if he’s stupid. Fortunately for Inigo, the Count has a big mouth and an IQ the size of an atom. Inigo can beat him in the fight and run him through with a clear conscience, which he does.

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8 thoughts on “Between the Lines”

  1. I’m living proof that you can’t become king by stepping out onto the front of a ship, throwing your arms out and hollering. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no expert and have only done it 56 times but not once have I become king!

    1. Oh, but Bill … you are the leader of a number of Eastern European countries. That should be a consolation.

    1. I love both of those movies.

      I would have quoted The Godfather, too, but that would have made this piece too long. Maybe I’ll write a sequel.

    1. There’s a lot to be said for class, as long as you spice it now and then with a little bit of the gutter. 😉

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