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Johnny Hildo
04-03-2007, 02:27 AM
The Guinness Book of World Records once said this line was present in 93% of all English-language movies. So I did a study of 500 movies. Much to my surprise, it was pretty goddamn accurate. Granted, there are variations, like:

"Let's get the FUCK out of here!!!!!!!"

"Let's get the HELL out of here!!!!!!!"

"We've got to get out of here!"

I'm a purist. I don't think "Let's go!" counts, even though it should.

Some were foreign movies, but even then, the sentiment was adequately represented, be it either dubbed or subtitled.

In conclusion, my study showed that the line appears in anywhere from 75% to 85% of the movies you see. Don't believe me? Watch 50 movies. Keep track.

Can we start a watch list of where "Let's get out of here!" is used in a movie?

Once you know how to watch for it, it really becomes apparent.

Latest sighting (was today, watching on DVD): Undercover Brother. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0279493/)

anamnesis
04-03-2007, 02:45 AM
I'd say this line represented at least 20% of the dialog in Aliens, no? :)

Jaochai
04-03-2007, 03:02 AM
Yeah, but in all fairness, this has actually entered the canon of stuff that we say. It doesn't sound hackneyed or stupid because we use it.

At least, I use it . . .

glee
04-03-2007, 03:06 AM
'We've got to get out of this place,
If it's the last thing we ever do,
We've got to get out of this place,
Girl there's a better life for me and you!'

Carnick
04-03-2007, 03:48 AM
Get down!

jjimm
04-03-2007, 03:53 AM
A few years ago a bunch of my friends had a car wreck, where the car ended up upside-down in a ditch. As they hung there, unhurt, from their seat belts, one of them earned our eternal mockery by saying, in an eruption from a subconscious fed on Hollywood action clichés:We've got to get out of here - she's gonna blow!

Small Clanger
04-03-2007, 04:03 AM
I'd say this line represented at least 20% of the dialog in Aliens, no? :)Marines, we are leaving! (That sort of thing?)

BMalion
04-03-2007, 07:05 AM
In every action movie, you will hear hundreds of times:


"Are you OK?"


Even if the hero just got hit by an asteroid.

Terrorcotta
04-03-2007, 08:37 AM
I'm a purist. I don't think "Let's go!" counts, even though it should. [/URL]

Now hold up there, partner! Mr. Cotta and I first tracked this in the 70s and dubbed it the 'Glen Larson' effect. In Mr. Larson's masterworks, 'Buck Rogers' and Battlestar Gallactica' a good many scenes are punctuated with the "Let's go!" capper.

It probably would have made as good a drinking game as the "Hi Bob" from 'Newhart'.

MovieMogul
04-03-2007, 11:28 AM
'We've got to get out of this place,
If it's the last thing we ever do,
We've got to get out of this place,
Girl there's a better life for me and you!'Another song:

If I ever get out of here,
Thought of giving it all away
to a registered charity
All I need is a pint a day.
If I ever get out of here,
If we ever get out of here.

Per the OP, I think it would probably be More Interesting to have two tallies:

(1) Films that don't say it at all
(2) Films that say it the most

MovieMogul
04-03-2007, 11:30 AM
Now hold up there, partner! Mr. Cotta and I first tracked this in the 70s and dubbed it the 'Glen Larson' effect. In Mr. Larson's masterworks, 'Buck Rogers' and Battlestar Gallactica' a good many scenes are punctuated with the "Let's go!" capper.

It probably would have made as good a drinking game as the "Hi Bob" from 'Newhart'.I think "Let's go!" is very different contextually from "Let's get out of here."

The former implies initiative and forward thinking, while the latter suggests desperation and crisis aversion. Being a purist would, I think, exclude the former instead of conflating the two very different ideas as one.

MostlyClueless
04-03-2007, 11:34 AM
In every action movie, you will hear hundreds of times:


"Are you OK?"


Even if the hero just got hit by an asteroid.

Oh dear. You seem to have fallen down a thirty-foot well, are you all right?

Slypork
04-03-2007, 12:33 PM
I always thought the most overused lines were, “It’s quiet in here…too quiet,” and “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

Diogenes the Cynic
04-03-2007, 12:42 PM
Another one is the endless variations on "You're crazy, you know that?"

FatBaldGuy
04-03-2007, 12:42 PM
I always thought the most overused lines were, “It’s quiet in here…too quiet,” and “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”"I've got a bad feeling about this" was a running joke in the Star Wars movies. I suspect that after ROTJ Lucas went out of his way to include it in the rest of the series, as kind of an inside joke. I haven't really noticed it that much in other films.

Johnny Hildo
04-03-2007, 01:15 PM
I always thought the most overused lines were, “It’s quiet in here…too quiet,” and “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

Ebert's Movie Glossary makes mention of the ubiquitous climactic scene where The Ally has revealed himself to be a turncoat and is now pointing a gun at the hero. He says, "You just don't GET it, do you?"

TV time
04-03-2007, 01:18 PM
"I didn't hear anything."

NDP
04-03-2007, 01:22 PM
The Guinness Book of World Records once said this line was present in 93% of all English-language movies. So I did a study of 500 movies. Much to my surprise, it was pretty goddamn accurate. Granted, there are variations, like:

"Let's get the FUCK out of here!!!!!!!"

"Let's get the HELL out of here!!!!!!!"

"We've got to get out of here!"

...

In conclusion, my study showed that the line appears in anywhere from 75% to 85% of the movies you see. Don't believe me? Watch 50 movies. Keep track.

Can we start a watch list of where "Let's get out of here!" is used in a movie?


Would this line count?

"Run away! Run away!"

AHoosierMama
04-03-2007, 01:22 PM
All horror movies that involve a group of teenagers all reach a point where one of them says soemthing along the lines of "Let's split up and ... look for the source of that noise/blood/whatever. "

People - never split up in the woods where there is a boogie man. At least half of you are guaranteed goners.

rms996
04-03-2007, 02:33 PM
Along similar lines, characters in movies/TV are always saying "get some sleep" where in real life "go to bed" is much more common. I.e., it's never "let's go to bed," "you should go to bed," it's "let's get some sleep," "you should get some sleep."

TV time
04-03-2007, 05:23 PM
All horror movies that involve a group of teenagers all reach a point where one of them says soemthing along the lines of "Let's split up and ... look for the source of that noise/blood/whatever. "Of course, there is the attractive blond amendment to this horror-movie truism.

It goes, "You split up and .... look for the source of that noise/blood/whatever while I take a shower (without locking the door)."

athelas
04-03-2007, 05:56 PM
And let's not forget the ubiquitous "Go! GoGoGo!"

Fish
04-03-2007, 06:48 PM
I figure a close second is the romantic-comedy or dramatic staple line of, "And what is that supposed to mean?"

GuanoLad
04-03-2007, 07:14 PM
"Let's Get Out Of Here" is not a cliché. A cliché is when it is used to excess, inappropriately, and becomes predictable. But that's a standard phrase used in everyday life, and is a perfectly logical thing to say in most circumstances.

However "Take Evasive Action" being used instead of "Let's Get Out Of Here" is a cliché. And I really really wish it would stop. At no other time do these movie military people utter something like that in such a stilted way. They don't say "We are disinclined to acquiesce to your request." It's always "No!" or "Go!" or "Kill the bastards!" or "Long live King Richard!!". But whenever it's time to get the hell out of there, it's always "Take evasive action!"

Fuck the hell off.

I Love Me, Vol. I
04-03-2007, 07:19 PM
Also: "OHHHHHHHHHH SHIT!!!!"

(usually with two lead characters doing a doubletake then looking sidelong at each other as they say it, then start to run like hell)


and: "What's the plan?" or, "Do you have a plan?" (in other words "what's the next plot point?")

Johnny Hildo
04-04-2007, 03:17 AM
Also: "OHHHHHHHHHH SHIT!!!!"

(usually with two lead characters doing a doubletake then looking sidelong at each other as they say it, then start to run like hell)



Or if it's a lone black man doing a double take: "Oh, HELL no!!!"

Another one I like is when The Hero walks up to The Mobster at a restaurant. Mobster is having a grand old time with his Skank and some other friends, but when Hero shows up, he knows there is important business to be discussed, so he always looks at his Skank with total contempt and utters the one-word line to her, "Blow." Skank is mortified, then leaves. Poor Mafia Skank. Will you ever find true love?

Abby_Emma_Sasha
04-04-2007, 05:17 AM
Another line I hear a lot is : "I'm too old for this shit (crap, stuff)."

Charlie Tan
04-04-2007, 05:37 AM
"Are you OK?"
I opened this thread to mention that and one more. "Are you OK?" is a line that really grates me. When Hero's sidekick took a bullet in the shoulder, the proper line shouldn't be "Are you OK?", but "How bad is it?"

The other is "Someone call 911!" frantically shouted by hero as he bends down over bleeding friend. Are you a doctor? Can you actually do something for the injured? Well, then, shouldn't you call 911 and actually be uuseful. Speaking of which, doing mouth to mouth (soon to be followed by spluttering seawater) only works if you bend the head back so as to open up the throat.

Zeldar
04-04-2007, 07:16 AM
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Unauthorized Cinnamon
04-04-2007, 07:57 AM
I opened this thread to mention that and one more. "Are you OK?" is a line that really grates me. When Hero's sidekick took a bullet in the shoulder, the proper line shouldn't be "Are you OK?", but "How bad is it?"To be fair, when that skydiver (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR-9JHqJgTU) lost both parachutes and fell into the underbrush, his buddy came and found him and asked, "Are you okay?" I think it's just a reflex thing - we want to communicate, find out if the person is alive/conscious, express concern, and so on. What are you going to say, "Are you alive?" That seems dumb as no one's going to answer in the negative, not to mention it's not very "power of positive thinking." I agree, "How bad is it" makes more sense, but it's not something we repeat dozens of times a week, like "are you okay?"

Shamozzle
04-14-2007, 03:50 AM
Or if it's a lone black man doing a double take: "Oh, HELL no!!!"

Another one I like is when The Hero walks up to The Mobster at a restaurant. Mobster is having a grand old time with his Skank and some other friends, but when Hero shows up, he knows there is important business to be discussed, so he always looks at his Skank with total contempt and utters the one-word line to her, "Blow." Skank is mortified, then leaves. Poor Mafia Skank. Will you ever find true love?

Hahahahaha!! Comedy Gold. Well played.

Shamozzle
04-14-2007, 04:12 AM
What drives me totally bonkers is not a line, but the entire "Villain Speech". :mad:

You know, the one where the villain and the hero finally confront one another near the end of the film but the villain has the upper hand.

Of COURSE, he's dressed to the nines, baths in Dom Perignon, and eats Picassos for breakfast. He points his artsy-fartsy pistol and with smug superiority and begins his diatribe:

"Well if it isn't [insert hero's name here]. So glad you good join us. Come, sit, sit. I want to show you something. You will come to understand that my genius cannot be denied........" And so on, blah, blah, blah. :rolleyes:

Just once, JUST ONCE, why can't the villain be some dork who hasn't been laid since the Carter administration? All this dude wants to do is blow up the world. End Of Story.

The hero walks into the room unexpectedly, startles the bad guy, and BLAM!, the hero is instantly shot dead.

"YEA!! GOT HIM!", says the villain. He then opens a Snickers and checks his email.

Idlewild
04-14-2007, 01:53 PM
Also: "OHHHHHHHHHH SHIT!!!!"

(usually with two lead characters doing a doubletake then looking sidelong at each other as they say it, then start to run like hell)


and: "What's the plan?" or, "Do you have a plan?" (in other words "what's the next plot point?")
That's one thing I liked in the awful but enjoyable Shanghai Knights. During a brief lull in a chase scene, Jackie Chan's character asks Owen Wilson's character what the plan is, and OW's character proceeds to talk at length about how he'd like to get himself straightened out, settle down with a nice girl, have lots of kids...

Raguleader
04-14-2007, 03:07 PM
What drives me totally bonkers is not a line, but the entire "Villain Speech". :mad:

You know, the one where the villain and the hero finally confront one another near the end of the film but the villain has the upper hand.

Of COURSE, he's dressed to the nines, baths in Dom Perignon, and eats Picassos for breakfast. He points his artsy-fartsy pistol and with smug superiority and begins his diatribe:

"Well if it isn't [insert hero's name here]. So glad you good join us. Come, sit, sit. I want to show you something. You will come to understand that my genius cannot be denied........" And so on, blah, blah, blah. :rolleyes:

Just once, JUST ONCE, why can't the villain be some dork who hasn't been laid since the Carter administration? All this dude wants to do is blow up the world. End Of Story.

The hero walks into the room unexpectedly, startles the bad guy, and BLAM!, the hero is instantly shot dead.

"YEA!! GOT HIM!", says the villain. He then opens a Snickers and checks his email.

Heh, one of my favorite little things in the Horatio Hornblower movie "Loyalty" is when Hornblower is confronted by the traitor after having been captured by the French. Basically, the guy mentions that there is another traitor, much more highly placed than he is.

"I bet you would love to know who he is."

"If I am to hang, it would cost you nothing to tell me."

"It would be a cruel fate indeed to go to the gallows tormented by the fact that you have no idea who betrayed you. Guard."

*Guards escort Hornblower back to his cell*

Mister Rik
04-14-2007, 03:22 PM
I don't know what you're talking about.

HelloKitty
04-14-2007, 10:42 PM
In every action movie, you will hear hundreds of times:


"Are you OK?"


Even if the hero just got hit by an asteroid. Watching Armageddon and Steve Buscemi just said this to Bruce Willis !!

:p

Elendil's Heir
04-14-2007, 11:01 PM
A friend of mine who does a lot of Shakespeare plays told me that, as a last resort whenever he or his buddies blank on their next line, they say, "We shall speak of this anon!" and walk offstage.

commasense
04-14-2007, 11:57 PM
Another one mentioned in Ebert's book is "What's that supposed to mean?" which appears in approximately half of all straight dramas ever produced.

Steve MB
04-15-2007, 12:09 AM
It's TV rather than cinema, but I think the line worked pretty well at the end of "City on the Edge of Forever" (perhaps because it was so atypical for Kirk, and he sounded so beaten down while keeping up a good face while saying it).

Gukumatz
04-15-2007, 06:30 AM
In every action movie, you will hear hundreds of times:
"Are you OK?"


I nominate Children of Men as the prime offender ;)

Re: the subject, Pablo Francisco has a hilarious routine on this, starring Ahnuld as the Tortilla Boy.

[. . .]Double the Action!

"Get douhn!"

Triple the excitement!

"We haf to get outta hiehr!"

Triple the action!

"Get douhn again!"

PharmBoy
04-15-2007, 12:41 PM
I always thought the most overused lines were, “It’s quiet in here…too quiet,” and “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

I never realized how often they say "I've got a bad feeling about this" in the Star Wars movies, even the new ones.

BMalion
04-15-2007, 01:16 PM
I never realized how often they say "I've got a bad feeling about this" in the Star Wars movies, even the new ones.


I heard that Lucas did that on purpose, he liked the lyrical sound and rhythm of the line.

Stan Shmenge
04-23-2007, 02:48 AM
"There's no choice!"

My GF and I exchange a look every time this one comes up. It has variations:

"We don't have a choice!"

"There isn't any choice!"

Done to death.

vivalostwages
04-23-2007, 10:12 AM
How about "I don't know who you are anymore" or "I don't know who I am anymore" ?

vivalostwages
04-23-2007, 10:13 AM
And a variation on what Happy Wanderer said:

"I just need one more minute."

The inevitable reply: "We don't have another minute!"

This is used on TV shows a lot, not just in films.

BMalion
04-23-2007, 10:28 AM
"Talk to me!"

Johnny Hildo
04-27-2007, 03:34 AM
I think I may have discovered a new record.

"Let's get out of here!" and its foul-mouthed variations are uttered no less than seven times in the movie Florida Straits (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091062/). Surprisingly, the movie isn't that bad. Though it ain't good, mind you.