October 22, 2004

When You Really Want to Know, Ask an Amateur

According to a nationwide (England) poll of Odeon managers, here are the top 10 movie catchphrases of all time:

1. "You talkin' to me?" - Taxi Driver (1976)
2. "The name's Bond, James Bond." - Dr No (1962)
3. "What's it all about?" - Alfie (1966)
4. "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." - Gone with the Wind (1939)
5. "We're gonna need a bigger boat." - Jaws (1975)
6. "No one puts baby in the corner." - Dirty Dancing (1987)
7. "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" - The Italian Job (1969)
8. "May the force be with you." - Star Wars (1977)
9. "Show me the money!" - Jerry Maguire (1996)
10. "Yeah baby, yeah!" - Austin Powers (1997)

Bull. Here are the top 21 movie catchphrases of all time with each actor or actress only getting one entry, some with intros to set it up properly:

1. "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." - The Godfather (1972)
2. "Plastics." - The Graduate (1967)
3. "You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and... blow." - To Have and Have Not (1944)
4. "Major Strasser has been shot. Round up the usual suspects." - Casablanca (1942)
5. "May the force be with you." - Star Wars (1977)
6. "What we have here is a failure to communicate." - Cool Hand Luke (1967)
7. "You talkin' to me?" - Taxi Driver (1976)
8. "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." - Gone with the Wind (1939)
9. "I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids." - Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
10. "I know what you're thinking, punk. You're thinking, 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, I've forgotten myself in all this excitement. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?" - Dirty Harry (1971)
11. "My precious." - LOTR (2001, 2002, 2003)
12. "Yippie-ky-yay motherf*****r." - Die Hard (1988)
13. "You'll put your eye out." - A Christmas Story (1983)
14. "What is the problem with Michael Jackson?" - Three Kings (1999)
15. "Is it safe?" - The Marathon Man (1976)
16. "As of now, they're on Double SECRET Probation!" - Animal House (1978)
17. "I'll be back." - The Terminator (1984, 1991, 2003)
18. "I'm gonna get medieval on your ass." - Pulp Fiction (1994)
19. "Rommel, you magnificent bastard. I read your book." - Patton (1970)
20. "We're gonna need a bigger boat." - Jaws (1975)
21. "The name's Bond, James Bond." - Dr No (1962), etc.

Link courtesy of FAD.

Posted by Charles Austin at October 22, 2004 04:26 PM

"I gave her my heart. She gave me a pen."

Posted by: Tanya at 07:01 PM

"Lighten Up Frances" - Stripes

Posted by: MojoMark at 08:11 PM

"Nothin' wrong with a little shoot'n, as long as the right people get shot". The Dirty Harry movie where "Hutchinson" was the bad guy.

Posted by: mike at 07:23 AM

"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads."

Posted by: Armed Prophet at 05:07 PM

Any movie catchphrase list that doesn't include at least one cite from Army of Darkness is woefully inadequate.

Take your pick:

"Hail to the king baby."
"Come get some."
"Baby, you got real ugly."
"THIS is my boomstick!"

et ecetera et cetera

Posted by: Garrett at 01:32 AM

"Oh good, my dog's got the chainsaw." Lilo and Stitch.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 07:25 AM

"I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille"
Sunset Boulevard

Posted by: Sal at 12:42 PM