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Mostly Harmless
23rd Aug 2013, 06:20
I wonder if a person writing a line in a book or movie realizes when they have laid down a line of dialog that will have a major impact on culture and language?

Open the pod bay doors Hal.

Hello... McFly!

I have come here to chew bubble gum...

He's dead Jim.

23rd Aug 2013, 06:32
Just my HO but I doubt it.

Plenty of others that have become part of the language.

Clint Eastwood's lines, Arnie of course spoke a few.

And if I may expand on your post, not just lines of course but images from films that have become the centre piece of a genre.

Hannibal Lecter's face mask
The shower scene in Psycho
The birds from Alfred Hitchcocks movie
and from your post, HAL from 2001 representing
everything to do with computers taking over the world.

23rd Aug 2013, 06:41
What we have here is a failure to communicate. - Cool Hand Luke.
You can't handle the truth. - A Few Good Men.

Lon More
23rd Aug 2013, 06:43
Another attributed to Star Trek, "It's life Jim, but not as we know it"

23rd Aug 2013, 06:57
ST Kirk - "Beam me up Scotty."

ST Scotty - "I cannae change the laws of Physics!"

23rd Aug 2013, 07:00
Crocodile Dundee

"That's not a knife, this is a knife" or words similar to that.

23rd Aug 2013, 07:19
I won't need to name the actor or film, but "You're going to need a bigger boat" must qualify as the best ad-libbed version of this.

23rd Aug 2013, 07:27
"Don't mention the war. I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it."

23rd Aug 2013, 08:06
"You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!!".

Alloa Akbar
23rd Aug 2013, 08:43
Given that this is an aviation website and recounting the number of times I have actually heard real British pilots say it, I'm surprised no-one has mentioned..

"I feel the need.. The need for speed"


"Yee-ha! Jester's dead".

Best one was an Atlantic Airlines pilot who shall remain nameless, leaning out of the cockpit of an Electra screaming at the East Midlands ground crew and paraphrasing "Maverick" from Top Gun.. "I will sign the load sheet when I am god damn good and ready!".. and no it wasn't done for comedy value.. :ugh:

23rd Aug 2013, 09:20
W Of Oz - "I'll get you my pretty, and yer li'l dog too!"

F M Jacket - "The dead only know one thing....it is better to be alive."

Top Gun - "I feel the need...the need for speed!"

King Kong - "It was beauty that killed the beast."

Terminator - "Hasta La Vista baby." - "I'll be back!"

Mummy Dearest - "No wire hangers!"

Poltergeist PtII - "They're ba-ack...."

Casablanca - "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world she walks into mine."
- "We'll always have Paris"
- "Here's looking at you kid."
- "Round up the usual suspects"
- "Louie I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship"

Scarface - "Say ello to my li'l friend!"
- "This town's like a great big pussy waiting to get fcuked."

G/Father PtII - "Keep your friends close but your enemies closer."

Apollo 13 - "Houston we have a problem."

S D H Wrong (Mae West) - "Why don't you come up sometime and see me."

C/Kane - "Rosebud...."

M/Falcon - "Its the stuff that dreams are made of."

A/Now - "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."

S/Wars - "May the Force be with you."

GWTW - "Frankly my dear I don't give a damn"

Windy Militant
23rd Aug 2013, 10:43
We'll popular culture does pick up on things but doesn't always get them right.

Kirk never said "beam me up Scotty"

and the actual phrase was "Houston we've had a problem"

and Bogart never said "Play it again Sam"
he said "You played it for her, you can play it for me," and "If she can stand it, I can! Play it!"

23rd Aug 2013, 11:29
"He's not the Messiah...he's a very naughty boy"

23rd Aug 2013, 11:48
"Hi, I'm the chambermaid. Need anything polished, big boy?"

OK; niche market, I admit . . .

23rd Aug 2013, 12:13
Don't give them your name Pike:)

..and what did the Romans do for us??

23rd Aug 2013, 12:33
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.

Pinky the pilot
23rd Aug 2013, 13:07
A heavy in an episode of 'The Professionals,' speaking to Bodie;

"I'll remember your face!"

Bodie; "I'll try to forget yours."

And was it Groucho Marx who said in one of the Marx Brothers Movies.....

"I never forget a face but in your case I'll make an exception."

23rd Aug 2013, 13:38
Go for yer gun, Kincaid . . . (only to be spoken with a true John Wayne accent)

If yer gonna shoot, shoot. Don't talk. (The Bad in TG, TB & TU)

Head'em up! Mooove'em out!

23rd Aug 2013, 13:51
Tut tut...500N ya gotta get the accent right. ;)
"That's not a knoife myte, this is a knoife."

23rd Aug 2013, 16:10
"It's 260 miles to chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses"

"Hit it!"

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23rd Aug 2013, 16:35
My favorites...

Where The White Women At? - Blazing Saddles - YouTube

Blues Brothers - Sell me your children - YouTube

Let me hear your guns - YouTube

Old Photo.Fanatic
23rd Aug 2013, 16:59
"You know how to whistle, dont you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow".

Said by a 19 year old Lauren Bacall to Humphrey Bogart in the Howard Hawks 1944 film ,"To have and to have not"

(For the record I still drool when I see Lauren Bacall , she is my all time No 1 Star.)


Mostly Harmless
24th Aug 2013, 04:23
Some really great ones in there. I agree, Arnold is responsible for a lot of classics.
I lied..

Scotty from Star Trek:
Were going in circles, and at warp 10 were going nowhere mighty fast

We don't need badges...

Take a stress pill...

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
ôSo this is it," said Arthur, "We are going to die."

24th Aug 2013, 06:12
Don't Panic!

24th Aug 2013, 08:26
It's a deal, it's a steal, it's the sale of the f"@&?!g century. Lock stock!

25th Aug 2013, 05:59
Mostly Harmless asked, "I wonder if a person writing a line in a book or movie realizes when they have laid down a line of dialog that will have a major impact on culture and language?"

Since the cloak of rejection/failure weighs heavily on most, if not all writers/screenwriters, any absorption into the cultural vernacular probably comes as a complete surprise.

Original screenplays are seldom copperplate once production begins. The creative process is collective. There will be rewrites, and improvisation by the director and actors.

Here's a good example from Taxi Driver. (See De Niro's comment below clip)....

You talkin' to me? (Taxi Driver, 1976) - YouTube

"You have no idea that years later, people in cars will recognize you on the street and shout, 'You talkin' to me?' I don't remember the original script, but I don't think the line was in it. We improvised. For some reason, it touched a nerve. That happens."
- Robert De Niro

25th Aug 2013, 06:22

Deep Thought ( Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything)

25th Aug 2013, 07:03

A couple of lines that have become common in usage were off the cuff,
improvised at the time.

I can't remember eact one's but will look them up.

25th Aug 2013, 09:10
Thanks, V2 - just a couple of days ago we tried to find out where the "You talkin' to me?" comes from (suspected Borat, though :\)