My wife and I quote tons of movies and TV shows, but we usually have a wide selection of quotes from each film or show. However, we have a few movies that only provide us with one quote and sometimes, those aren’t even movies we love all that much.
A Fish Called Wanda - “Disappointed!”
I know, the movie is great and we could honestly quote more lines, but that is the only one we often use. We can’t even say “disappointed” without doing it that way. It was just a great way for Kevin Kline to sum up his feeling of the empty safe. We use it 3-5 times a week it seems.
I’m sure I have others, but what about you guys?
Personally, I prefer “Avoid the green ones, they’re not ripe yet”
As for a (well, another) movie I could quote line for line, but do have a favorite (and really obscure) line, from Monty Python and The Holy Grail…“What, The Curtains?”. The reason I like it so much is because I work in the family business, been working there for a long time. Most of our regular customers know that I work there and know the owner is my father. From time to time someone will say ‘one day this will all be yours’, I think maybe one time in 20+ years someone got the joke when I said ‘what, the curtains?’.
“Yeah, I know how to read, Rico.” (My wife just loooooooves when I use this on her.)
Additionally: “You’re a regular Fiorello La Guardia.”
ETA: Both from, “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.” (1974)
I know I can google all your lines and find the answers, but could we tell everyone what movie/show we quote a line from?
From The Simpsons Movie:
“This is the worst day of your life … so far!”
I tend to use these in writing more than speaking (and I tend to paraphrase):
“When someone else says you’re a writer, that’s when you’re a writer” – Hearts of the West
“And do you know what you are? Maladjusted!” – A Thousand Clowns
Paraphrasing: "Teachers getting thrown out of 3rd story windows for not giving ‘A’s’, little old ladies getting bashed on the head for their Social Security Checks? No, that doesn’t make me sick. You know what makes me sick?
It’s watching you. Stuffing those hot-dogs in your face. Nobody, I mean NOBODY puts ketchup on a hot-dog!"
Only line I remember from the forgettable Second Sight: “What? Do you translate English back into English for people?”
That one works much better one it’s set up with the ‘straight man’ first saying ‘This is the worst day of my life’.
After seeing that movie, I found it pretty easy to shoehorn that second line into lots of other places. Anytime someone says ‘this is the worst _____ ever’, you can remind, when no, it’s actually ‘the worst [thanksgiving/christmas/date/event] so far’.
I’d imagine it would play itself out pretty quickly though.
“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…and I’m all out of bubblegum.”
I assume that the movie They Live has other dialogue, but this is the only line I’ve ever heard.
Usually I employ it with reference to myself.
Here’s one from way back: Laurel and Hardy’s One Good Turn:
OLLIE: Do you realize what you’ve just done? Now we’re gonna have to humiliate ourselves by begging for food!
STAN: What, again?
Applicable in almost any less than favorable situation. Best done in a reasonable facsimile of Stan’s voice.
I like to say that people and things “vex me so!” when I am annoyed. It is from the 1995 BBC Production of Pride & Prejudice. Which is the only screen version that exists in MY world.
“Bastidges! Farging iceholes!” (Johnny Dangerously)
“Oh, no! It’s K-k-k-ken! C-c-c-coming to k-k-k-kill me!” (A Fish Called Wanda)
“It’s naht a toomah!” (Kindergarten Cop)
From* Raising Arizona*: Well, all right, then.
“Baby, by now it’s shrunk down to 20 inches.” – Shaft in Africa
I Prefer “It’s early yet” from A Night in Casablanca.
From Cool Hand Luke: “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”
Star Trek TOS, Spoc says once, “There are always alternatives”.
Boring, but I use it a lot.