Friday, June 18, 2010

Top 5 films with memorable quotes

List by Elliot, Mark, Merrin, Stuart & Tosca

'Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted'
- Hesketh Pearson

Wednesday night is our regular quiz night and we all meet up for dinner beforehand. It's a great opportunity for us to catch up, rant and generally kick back and relax...until I bring up top 5s. It gets some quite intense discussion going, i.e. we argue. When I say 'argue' I really do mean argue. I ask for ideas for lists and then one of us makes a suggestion and then BANG! It's all on, complete with finger-stabbing gestures, protests lodged, personal fouls, titles boo-ed, impassioned speeches and, eventually, agreements reached - always with much laughter and hilarity in the end. This particular list was subjected to that same 'rigorous' (and I use that term very loosely) process before being pronounced complete. It is my pleasure to present to you our list of top 5 films with memorable quotes.

Two titles that we really wanted to include but can't because we don't hold them in our branches anymore are:
* Terminator (1984) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton & Lance Henriksen
* The Godfather (1972) starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino & James Caan

Once were warriors (1994), starring Temuera Morrison & Rena Owen, directed by Lee Tamahori
Beth Heke is still very much in love with her husband Jake, but she is also becoming aware that his continuing violent behaviour is destroying her and her family.

Note: No doubting that most people would know at least one quote from this movie. Also no doubting that most of the quotes would be unprintable on a library blog and probably shouldn't ever be repeated in polite company. I did, however, manage to find one that didn't have a cuss word in it - 'I'm not drunk, I'm happy!'

Gone with the wind (1939), starring Vivien Leigh & Clark Gable, directed by Victor Fleming
An egotistic Southern girl survives the Civil War but finally loses the only man she cares for.

Note: One memorable quote - 'Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.'

Titanic (1997) starring Kate Winslett & Leonardo DiCaprio, directed by James Cameron
Two people from different worlds meet and fall in love on the brief, tragic maiden voyage of the grand ocean liner "Titanic."

Note: One memorable quote - 'I'm the king of the world!'

Star Wars: Episode V - The empire strikes back (1980) starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford & Carrie Fisher, directed by Irvin Kershner
The Rebels suffer a devastating attack by an Imperial army using AT-AT Walkers. Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca survive, and fight a running space battle against Imperial ships while Luke Skywalker seeks out Yoda, the ancient Jedi master, to be trained as a true Jedi Knight.

Note: One memorable quote - Leia: 'I love you.' Han Solo: 'I know.'

The princess bride (1987) starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Mandy Patinkin & Chris Sarandon, directed by Rob Reiner
A young boy, bedridden with the flu, is less than thrilled when his grandfather arrives to read aloud the book, 'The princess bride', which recounts the adventures of Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, and Westley, the man she loves, in the fairytale kingdom of Florin. The old grandfather promises everything - fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, bad men, best men, monsters of all shapes and sizes, chases, escapes, true love, miracles - and as all this comes to life before the boy's enchanted eyes, his relationship with his grandfather deepens as well.

Note: One memorable quote (and this is hard because there are SO many great ones to choose from) - 'Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.'

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