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06-22-2005, 04:37 AM

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Marlon Brando was a contender in the American Film Institute's list of best quotes from U.S. movies. But No. 1 was Rhett Butler's parting shot to Scarlett O'Hara: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

Clark Gable's line to Vivien Leigh in 1939's "Gone With the Wind" led the AFI's list, announced in the organization's annual top-100 special that aired on CBS Tuesday.

Brando had the No. 2 and 3 quotes "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse," from "The Godfather" and his "I coulda been a contender" speech from "On the Waterfront."

Judy Garland's Dorothy Gale came in fourth with "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore," from The Wizard of Oz." At No. 5 was "Here's looking at you, kid," spoken by Rick (Humphrey Bogart) to Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) in "Casablanca."

Bob Gazzale, producer of the AFI special, expected a "Casablanca" line would top the list, chosen through ballots sent to 1,500 filmmakers, actors, critics and others in Hollywood. Yet once the votes were counted, Rhett's retort seemed an obvious choice, Gazzale said.

"Frankly, it has become kind of the catch phrase of catch phrases," Gazzale said. "It's used in so many different ways. Who hasn't been in a relationship where you really give it your all, whether you're a man or a woman, and finally get to the point where you surrender and take back control of the situation with a simple line from the 1930s?"

Two other lines from "Gone With the Wind" made the top 100, Leigh's "After all, tomorrow is another day" (No. 31) and "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again" (No. 59).

Rounding out the top 10:

6. "Go ahead, make my day," Clint Eastwood, "Sudden Impact."

7. "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up," Gloria Swanson, "Sunset Blvd."

8. "May the Force be with you," Harrison Ford, "Star Wars."

9. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night," Bette Davis, "All About Eve."

10. "You talking to me?", Robert De Niro, "Taxi Driver."

"Casablanca" led the list with six quotes, including Bogart's "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" (No. 20) and "We'll always have Paris" (No. 43), and Bergman's "Play it, Sam. Play `As Time Goes By'" (No. 28).

Other highlights include Sidney Poitier's "They call me Mister Tibbs!" (No. 16), "In the Heat of the Night"; Roy Scheider's "You're gonna need a bigger boat" (No. 35), "Jaws"; Arnold Schwarzenegger's "I'll be back" (No. 37), "The Terminator"; Renee Zellweger's "You had me at `hello'" (No. 52), "Jerry Maguire"; Peter Sellers'"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!" (No. 64), "Dr. Strangelove"; and Charlton Heston's "Soylent Green is people!" (No. 77), "Soylent Green."

The oldest line was Al Jolson's "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet" (No. 71) from 1927's "The Jazz Singer." The newest was Andy Serkis'"My precious" (No. 85) from 2002's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers."

Rowdy comedy was represented (John Belushi's "Toga! Toga!", No. 82, from "National Lampoon's Animal House"), along with horror (Jack Nicholson's "Here's Johnny!", No. 68, from "The Shining"). So was musical comedy (Barbra Streisand's "Hello, gorgeous," No. 81, from "Funny Girl"), and epic romance (Leonardo DiCaprio's "I'm king of the world!", No. 100, from "Titanic").

Single words made the list, Orson Welles'"Rosebud" (No. 17) from "Citizen Kane" and Walter Brooke's "Plastics" (No. 42) from "The Graduate."

Super-spy James Bond scored with lines that began with original 007 Sean Connery: "Bond. James Bond" (No. 22) from "Dr. No" and "A martini. Shaken, not stirred" (No. 90) from "Goldfinger."

The most recent James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, hosted the AFI quotes special. While some critics carp about omissions from AFI's lists or grouse over the idea of ranking movies, Brosnan said it's all in fun.

"It's an intrinsic part of human nature to rank, file, have a No. 1 and No. 2, to make us all feel better, I think, and to show how clever we are," Brosnan said. "It's purely entertainment."

web page (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/06/21/entertainment/e232339D21.DTL)

06-22-2005, 05:23 PM
How could they omit this classic line
"Seems to me that I smell something that should be buried - smells mighty like a polecat."
from "Terror of Tiny town" ???????????????????
The poll was fixed...I smell a rat.

06-22-2005, 07:34 PM
"Win one for the Gipper"

Ronald Regan in Knute Rockne

truly a classic for the ages...

06-22-2005, 10:19 PM
I agree....should have been in there, instead of the line from MJ's video "Billy, have you ever see a grown man naked before?"

06-22-2005, 10:20 PM
"What we've got here is failure to communicate."

Strother Martin - "Cool Hand Luke"

Gayle in MD
06-23-2005, 06:04 AM
Wow, how could they leave out, Bette Davis, "IAHD LUV TO KISS YA BUT IAH JES WASHED MY HIAH"

"I'd love to kiss you but I just washed my hair."

and "If you need anything, just whistle" Lauren Becall

06-23-2005, 11:07 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Gayle in MD:</font><hr> ..."If you need anything, just whistle" Lauren Becall <hr /></blockquote>

They don't get much more classic than that.
Maybe Mai West "Why don't you come up and see sometime?" I won't even attempt to write it phonetically as only Mae West could have said it.

06-23-2005, 11:09 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SnakebyteXX:</font><hr> "What we've got here is failure to communicate."

Strother Martin - "Cool Hand Luke" <hr /></blockquote>

Certainly one of my all time favorites.

06-23-2005, 11:29 AM
A lot of the ones mentioned here were on the list.

Here's the complete list (http://www.afi.com/tvevents/100years/quotes.aspx#list)

06-23-2005, 12:46 PM
I know they can't get them all,but Mae West's line,"is that a pistol in your pocket,or are you just glad to see me?" should be 101 on the list. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

06-24-2005, 02:37 AM
what about these classics?

"In the immortal words of Socrates....I drank what?" -Val Kilmer - Real Genius

"You're so ugly you could be a modern art masterpiece!"
- drill intructor from Full Metal Jacket

"Dude..Where's my car?" - ashton kutcher

and so many others that i can't think of right now.

06-24-2005, 05:54 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Drop1:</font><hr> I know they can't get them all,but Mae West's line,"is that a pistol in your pocket,or are you just glad to see me?" should be 101 on the list. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif <hr /></blockquote>

Yes, that one has passed what I consider the true test. It made it into everyday conversation, maybe slightly changed ("Is that a banana in your pocket ...").