Self-explanatory topic, some of mine:
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain… Time to die.”
- Blade Runner
“Some asshole wrote a poem about that once. It’s probably good advice, if you have shit for brains”
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
“What is your greatest life’s ambition?”
“To become immortal, then, to die.”
“Do you like pineapples?”
- Chungking Express
“Don’t be so gloomy. After all it’s not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long Holly.”
- The Third Man
“Remember, John, never talk to strangers!”
- Dark City
“That man is a head taller than me. That may change.”
- Aguirre, the Wrath of God
And not really a quote, but Robert Mitchum’s scream in Night of the Hunter after the children escape from him on a boat. Probably the most terrifying thing I have ever heard.
“My mama used to say that America’s the big melting pot. You bring it to a boil and all the scum rises to the top.”
Down By Law (Jim Jarmusch, 1986)
“I used to have it all…now i just have everything!” Gene Hackman in Eureka (Dir Roeg)
“Let’s Go Daddy-O!”
Pierrot Le Fou(Godard,1965)
“Well, that was one goddamn hell of a show.”
There Will Be Blood (PT Anderson, 2008)
“I’ve been thinking what to do wit’ my future. I could be a mud doctor. Checkin’ out the eart’. Underneat’.”
Days of Heaven (Malick, 1978)
“I guess I’ve still got some healing to do.”
The Darjeeling Limited (Wes Anderson, 2008)
“Language is the house man lives in.”
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (Godard, 1967)
The Seventh seal:
(Jonas Skat is in a tree which Death is cutting down)
Jonas Skat: Hey, you scurvy knave, what are you doing with my tree? You might at least answer. Who are you?
Death: I’m felling your tree. Your time is up.
Jonas Skat: You can’t. I haven’t time.
Death: So you haven’t time?
Jonas Skat: No. My performance…
Death: Cancelled… because of Death.
Antonius Block: We must make an idol of our fear, and call it god.
Five little words that tidily summed up our post-Watergate/Vietnam slide from idealism to disillusionment: “Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown.”
Ferdinand. From “Pierrot Le Fou”
“Anyway, we’ll know when we’re dead… in 60 years… we’ll know if we were always in love. "
You see, Mr Gitts, most people don’t realize, at the right time, the right place, they are capable of….anything…. — John Huston, Chinatown
You stupid fucking cunt. Williamson! I’m talking to you shithead! You just cost me $6,000. $6,000, and one Cadillac. That’s right. What are you going to do about it? What are you going to do about it…asshole? You’re fucking shit! Where did you learn your trade, you stupid fucking cunt?! You idiot! Whoever told you that you could work with men?! Oh, I’m gonna have your job, shithead. I’m going to Mitch and Murray! And I’m going to Lemkin! I don’t care whose nephew you are…who you know…whose dick your sucking on, you’re going out! I’ll tell you something else, I hope it was you who ripped off the joint, maybe I can tell our friends something that will help them to catch you. Any man who works here lives by his wits. I’m going to be with you in a second. What you are hired to do, is to help us. Does that seem clear to you? To HELP us. Not to FUCK US UP! To help men who are going out there to earn a living, you fairy. You company man. You want to know the first rule you’d learn if you’d ever spent a day in your life? You never open your mouth until you know what the shot is. You fucking child. — Al Pacino, Glengarry Glen Ross
If I ever run into any of you bums on a street corner, let’s just pretend we’ve never met before. — William Holden, Stalag 17
“the vision of christ that thou does see is my vision’s greatest enemy.”
“that weapon will replace your tongue. you will learn to speak through it. and your poetry will be written in blood.”
“stupid fucking white man”
-nobody (as played by gary farmer) in “dead man”
“Bullshit. It looks to me like the best part of you ran down the crack of your mama’s ass and ended up as a brown stain on the mattress.” Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, Full Metal Jacket
do you think kubrick came up with sergeant hartman’s insults? or was that all from the book?
oh wait, i just remembered that what’s-his-name was allowed to improvise those scenes after kubrick saw his audition tape.
" Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin’ else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin? "
From Bergman’s Sevent Seal: Love is the blackest of all plagues. If one could die of it, there would be some pleasure in love. But you don’t even die of it.
Halim, that’s terrific.
“He ran toward her. And when he recognized the man who’d trailed him from the camp, he realized there was no escape out of time, and that that moment he’d been granted to see as a child, and that had obsessed him forever after… was the moment of his own death.”
– La Jetee
“That’ll be the day”
- Ethan (John Wayne), The Searchers
Ah, La Jetee. I’d add these beautiful lines from it -
“The man doesn’t die, nor does he go mad. He suffers.
On the tenth day, images begin to ooze, like confessions.”
The Blade Runner quote at the top was actually written by the Dutch actor Rutger Hauer (who plays “Roy”) the night before Ridley Scott shot the scene. I saw Ridley speak about it once with much admiration. Yes, “tears in rain”. Are we all not like tears in rain? Only our films survive as our memories.
“I’ll remember you, honey. You’re the one that got away.” -Hud (1963)
“My grandfather informs me that is not possible.” -Everything Is Illuminated (2005)
“Oh she’ll kill me one day or another. But she will remember forever that I caught her, and I held her prisoner. So there’s my immortality, hey?” -The Last Unicorn (1982)
A strange man defecated on my sister.
Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Captain Renault: What in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert.Rick: I was misinformed.
- Casablanca (1942)
Maria Not because you love me or anything like that?Matthew I respect and admire you.Maria Is that love?Matthew No, that’s respect and admiration.
from Trust (Hal Hartley, 1990). I think it’s probably the only film I’ve ever seen where I believe in the love between the central characters.
“God is a luxury I can’t afford!” Judah Rosenthal, Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen)
“Don’t Bogart the Joint”
- Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
“We can’t bury Sharyn. She’s our friend.”
-The Evil Dead
what do we do while you tell the story?
we…. make our ears like dumbo and turn on the charm!
from FUNKY FOREST: THE FIRST CONTACT
Lady from Shanghai
Elsa Bannister: With these mirrors it is difficult to tell. You are aiming at me, aren’t you?
Mr. Arthur Bannister:I’m aiming at you, lover!
It isn’t super, but I still like it in the context with the pictures of the mirrors and so.
“I don’t tip. You don’t tip? Nah, I don’t believe in it.” Reservoir dogs
Travis Bickle: Now I see this clearly. My whole life is pointed in one direction. There never has been a choice for me.
“…You’re right, I did lose a million dollars last year. I expect to lose a million dollars this year. I expect to lose a million dollars next year. You know, Mr. Thatcher, at the rate of a million dollars a year, I’ll have to close this place in… 60 years…”