Lines Of Dialog Given Classic Status By Great Performers...

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  1. Dick

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    Screenwriters put this stuff on paper and it's up to highly-paid actors to put it across in a way that makes it powerful, or hilarious, or at least memorable. One actor's inflections of a certain line of dialog, no matter how good the actor or the writing, might be flat and unpersuasive, while just the right person can take it into the stratosphere.

    Example: "What a dump!" as spoken by Bette Davis in BEYOND THE FOREST, or her equally wonderful "Fasten your seat belts....it's going to be a bumpy night." from ALL ABOUT EVE.

    Or any of a dozen lines spoken by Bogart in CASABLANCA.

    Or Joe E. Brown's "Well...nobody's perfect" in SOME LIKE IT HOT.

    But how about a few of the less famous examples of actors putting their spin on dialog so that it just sticks with you forever, even if the movie itself fades from memory.

    My candidates to get things started (can you recall the scenes?):

    Nigel Davenport's delivery of the line, "It had occurred to me" in A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS.

    William Holden's scalding comeback to Jack Hawkins in BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI: "They don't know it, but I do."

    Jonathan Winter's delivery of the line, "This is a little girl's bike..." from IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD.

    Please feel free to add some more!
     
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    Is this supposed to mean that an actor has to be "highly-paid" to be effective? Or that actors in general are "highly-paid"?

    Neither one is true, BTW.

    M.
     
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    Holadem, we think alike. I was just about to use that line.

    Here are some other examples...

    "Why did it have to be snakes?"- Harrison Ford in Raiders

    "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."- Marlon Brando in The Godfather

    or my favorite...

    "Kkkkkkhhhhhhaaaaaannnnnnn!!!"- William Shatner Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan. [​IMG]
     
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    "Nooooooooooooooo Nooooooooooooo" Luke Skywalker, ESB. [​IMG]
     
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    "Rommel, you magnificent bastard, I read your book!!!" - Patton, George C. Scott as Patton

    Everything from:

    "Hooper, that's the USS Indianapolis"

    to

    "So, eleven hundred men went into the water. 316 men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb." - Jaws, Robert Shaw as Quint


    "Whatta ya got?" - The Wild One, Marlon Brando as Johnny, in response to "So what are your rebelling against, Johnny?"
     
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    Cosmo Kramer(Michael Richards) In "The Alternate Side" from season Three of Seinfeld.

    "These Pretzels are making me Thirsty..."
     
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    "Future events such as these will affect you in the future".
     
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    "Hasta la vista, baby!"

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    "Welcome... to Jurassic Park."

    "Roooosebud."

    "It's alive!! ALIVE!!"
     
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    It's all in the panache.
     
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    How about a couple of classics from Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard:

    Joe Gillis: You're Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.
    Norma Desmond: I *am* big. It's the *pictures* that got small.

    and

    Norma Desmond: You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.

    Though perhaps they're a bit too iconic for the intent of this thread? Maybe more like:

    Roger Murtaugh: I'm gettin' too old for this shit!

    or

    John McClane: Yippee Kay-Yay, Motherf**ker!
     
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    Pretty much everything Christopher Reeve said as Superman has affected the way I've read Superman comics since I was a kid; to this day, when I read a Superman comic, I hear Reeve's voice, and nothing will ever change that. He'll always be Superman to me.
     
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    Lloyd Bridges "Airplane!"


    "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines."

    One from De Niro in "Goodfellas"

    "You took your first pinch like a man and you learned the two greatest lessons life.....never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut."
     
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    Some that stick with me.

    I hate rude behavior in a man. I won't tolerate it.
    Woodrow Call - Lonesome Dove

    Here, Mr. Johnson. Meet your son…….
    Well, that's a good sign. I guess you'd at least catch him if somebody threw him off a roof.
    Clara Allen - Lonesome Dove

    Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion.
    Kitty Farmer - Donnie Darko

    I even made poor Louis take me on Crusade. How's that for blasphemy. I dressed my maids as Amazons and rode bare-breasted halfway to Damascus. Louis had a seizure and I damn near died of windburn... but the troops were dazzled.
    Queen Eleanor - A Lion in Winter (Peter O'Toole version)

    [to her jewelry] I'd hang you from the nipples, but you'd shock the children.
    Queen Eleanor - A Lion in Winter (Peter O'Toole version)

    The state understands your difficulty with moving on. The state will not hurt, destroy, nor harm you physically in any way. It is our civil duty to assist you in making this transition as easy and pleasant as possible.
    Norfork

    Remember when you leave to pack all your good memories. No one else will pack them for you. Good night to you all.
    Norfork

    What we’ve missed!
    Captain Daniel Gregg - The Ghost and Mrs Muir

    It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.
    Dombeldor – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s
    Stone


    What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrel is a complete secret, so, naturally, the whole school knows.
    Dumbledore – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

    Gentlemen now if you don’t mind. I’d like to be alone with my bear.
    Theodore Roosevelt - The Wind and the Lion

    John, I'd never shoot anyone accidentally. I need their votes.
    Theordore Roosevelt - The Wind and the Lion

    Mrs Perdicaris, you are a lot of trouble.
    Mulay Ahmed Muhamed Raisuli the Magnificent - The Wind and the Lion
     
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    Don't just stand there, kill something!

    Probably the one line that made Waterworld bearable...

    Leo
     
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    For some reason, I really liked the delivery of:

    "I was thinking of him... and Mum. Seeing their faces. They were talking to me, just talking. That's the memory I chose. I don't even know if it's real. But it's the best I have."
    Harry Potter - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Not necessarily a classic, hell I'm probably the only one this clicked with.

    And while on Harry Potter:

    "I'm going to kill you, Harry Potter. I'm going to destroy you. After tonight, no one will ever again question my power. If they speak of you, they'll only speak of how you begged for death. And I being a merciful Lord... obliged."
    Lord Voldemort - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
     
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