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Take the Money and Run (1969)

  • the sight of neurotic cello player Virgil Starkwell (Woody Allen) playing in a marching band
  • the mockumentary interview with Virgil's embarrassed parents (who both wore Groucho Marx disguises)
  • the scene of one of many of Virgil's failed, compulsive escape attempts from prison, when his self-made soap gun melted in a sudden rainstorm
  • the scene of Virgil agreeing to an experimental vaccine in prison in order to be paroled - temporarily turning him into a rabbi ("one temporary side effect")
  • the scene of Virgil needing money to get married, leading to a bank robbery by the nebbish crook - including his handwritten, mis-spelled and illegible stickup note for $50,000 (and the subsequent discussion with two bank tellers as the note was passed along): ("Does this look like "gub" or "gun"? - Teller: "But what does "abt" mean?" - Virgil: "It's "act". A-C-T. Act natural")
  • the narrator's description of his undernourishment when served only one meal a day on the chain gang: "Food on a chain gang is scarce and not very nourishing. The men get one hot meal a day: a bowl of steam"
  • Virgil's interview in his prison cell after being sentenced to 800 years in federal prison, and was confident he could cut the sentence in half; he asserted: "I think crime definitely pays. And you know, it's a great job, the hours are good, and you're your own boss. And you travel a lot, and you get to meet interesting people, and uh, I just think it's a good job in general"; and then he described his time carving work in shop (making another soap-gun) and inquired (with the film's last line): "Do you know if it's raining out?"




Team America: World Police (2004)

  • the hilarious and infamous marionette bedroom sex scenes, including intensive and humorous hard-core sex between puppets Gary (voice of Trey Parker) and Lisa (voice of Kristen Miller), two life-like puppets/marionettes (without genitalia) who were engaged various positions (starting out with regular missionary positions (from the front and from behind, with the male and female alternating to be on top), but then including oral sex on the male, and on the female from behind, hardcore '69' sex, and even offensive scenes of a golden shower onto the female's face and defecation onto the male's face!)


Terms of Endearment (1983)

  • the persistent womanizing by raunchy ex-astronaut Garrett Breedlove (Oscar-winning Jack Nicholson) of his neighbor - Texas widow Aurora Greenway (Oscar-winning Shirley MacLaine), when she quipped back at him: "Imagine you having a date with someone where it wasn't a felony"
  • their first lunch date when he realized she was very uptight: ("I, uhm, think we're going to have to get drunk....You got me into this, and you're just gonna have to trust me about this one thing. You need a lot of drinks....To kill the bug that you have up your ass"); subsequently, she ordered Wild Turkey bourbon
  • his wild car beach drive (steering with his feet while she accelerated) into the ocean, while he was yelling out: "Wind in the hair! Lead in the pencil! Feet controlling the universe! Breedlove at the helm! Just keep pumping that throttle! Keep giving it that gas! I see the Gulf of Mexico below me!...Give it a chance....Fly me to the moon!" - and he was propelled into the water when they hit the water; when she tromped over to him, he joked: "If you wanted to get me on my back, you just had to ask me" and then when they kissed and he copped a feel, she complained: "Get it out of there!...Get it out!...We were having such a good time and you had to go do this!"
  • and then when they returned to her home and she invited him inside, he replied: "I'd rather stick needles in my eyes!" She responded: "Everything would have been just fine, you know, if you hadn't gotten drunk. I just didn't want you to think I was like one of your other girls"; he told her: "Not much danger in that unless you curtsy on my face real soon" - and then admitted: "I don't know what it is about you, but you do bring out the devil in me"



There's Something About Mary (1998)

  • the response to the painful, pants-zipper accident that injured geeky, accident prone and humiliated Ted Stroehmann's (Ben Stiller) male organ - a flashback on the night of his high school prom with ditzy dream-girl Mary Jensen's (Cameron Diaz) solicitous step-father's (Keith David) incredulous queries about the incident: "Is it the frank or the beans?" and "How the hell d’ya get the beans above the frank?", followed by the paramedic's cry: "We've got a bleeder!"
  • the gross-out, iconic, disgusting image of Mary's upturned hair with a unique brand of home-made hair-gel that was dangling and borrowed from Ted's left ear lobe ("Is that hair-gel?") after he had masturbated
  • the scenes with the landlady's hyperactive dog Puffy, who attacked Ted, and then was secretly oversedated by sleazy and smarmy private detective Pat Healy (Matt Dillon) with spiked treats; the dog was miraculously revived from death by electrocution from an AC cord - but it set Pat on fire
  • the painful scene of Ted's mouth being hooked by a large fishing line hook
  • Ted's scene with a rambling, persuasive hitchhiker-salesman (Harland Williams) who enthusiastically promoted his new product (7 Minute Abs exercise video): ("Think about it. You walk into a video store, you see 8-Minute Abs sittin' there, there's 7-Minute Abs right beside it. Which one are you gonna pick, man?...Bingo, man, bingo. 7-Minute Abs. And we guarantee just as good a workout as the 8-minute folk....If you're not happy with the first 7 minutes, we're gonna send you the extra minute free. You see? That's it. That's our motto. That's where we're comin' from. That's from "A" to "B"...No! No, no, not 6! I said 7. Nobody's comin' up with 6. Who works out in 6 minutes? You won't even get your heart goin', not even a mouse on a wheel...7's the key number here. Think about it. 7-Elevens. 7 dwarves. 7, man, that's the number. 7 chipmunks twirlin' on a branch, eatin' lots of sunflowers on my uncle's ranch. You know that old children's tale from the sea. It's like you're dreamin' about Gorgonzola cheese when it's clearly Brie time, baby. Step into my office....'Cause you're f--kin' fired!"






The Thin Man (1934)

  • the clever wisecracking, loving quips and bantering between the sophisticated, tippling and witty sleuthing couple Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) -- i.e. Nick: "Oh, I'm a hero. I was shot twice in the Tribune." Nora: "I read you were shot five times in the tabloids." Nick: "It's not true. He didn't come anywhere near my tabloids"
  • also the scene of Nora's noisy and sprawling entrance into a restaurant laden with Christmas packages and dragged by their dog Asta
  • and the sequence in their bedroom in which Nick punched out his wife to protect her from a gunman's line of fire

This is Spinal Tap (1984)

  • the famous "These go to 11" scene in which legendary bogus heavy-metal British rock group singer and lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) bragged about his collection of guitars and his very special Marshall amp to rockumentary, cinema verite film-maker Marty Di Bergi (Rob Reiner) - boasting that the amplifier could go "one louder" up to a volume setting of eleven ("These go to 11") - and his blank response to Di Bergi's query why they just didn't make 10 louder: "Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?"
  • also, the scene of their arrival in America to endorse their new and controversial album/cover Smell the Glove (filled with vulgar songs such as "Big Bottomed Woman ", "Sex Farm Woman", and the memorable song fusing Bach and Mozart (or M-ach) "Lick My Love Pump" with offensive lyrics) - and attired in complete heavy metal regalia
  • also the scene of bass player Derek Small's (Harry Shearer) 'enhanced' embarrassment when caught at an airplane security check with a cucumber wrapped in aluminum foil stuffed in his pants, after being asked: "Do you have any artificial plates or limbs?..."
  • the scene of Nigel's guitar room where he showed off all of his instruments to Di Bergi, and bragged: "The sustain, listen to it"; Di Bergi responded: "I'm not hearing anything" - when Nigel added: "You would though, if it were playing"
  • the scene at the gravesite of Elvis Presley in Memphis after their show was cancelled when they harmonized on "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • the airforce base concert where the straight audience was disgusted by their song "Sex Farm Woman"
  • and the scene backstage in North Carolina when Nigel was angered because the meat slices for sandwiches were larger than the "miniature bread" slices
  • and the band's convoluted attempts to walk from their basement dressing room to the stage at their Cleveland concert ("Hello Cleveland!")
  • and the disastrous Stonehenge finale in which an undersized 18 inch miniature Stonehenge monolith monument was constructed (the specifications were doodled on a bar napkin for the designer who claimed: "lan, I was asked to build it 18 inches high! Look, look, look. This is what I was asked to build. 18 inches, right here, it's specified, 18 inches. I was given this napkin, I mean"; Ian responded: "Forget this. F--k the napkin!"; later, the small monument was lowered to the stage and dwarfed by a pair of midgets cavorting around it, and the discussion that followed: ("I do not, for one, think that the problem was that the band was down. I think that the problem may have been, that there was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being crushed by a dwarf. Alright? That tended to understate the hugeness of the object")
  • the last line of the film after the end credits - Nigel's response when asked if he would be happy being a shoe salesman: "Well, I don't know. What are the hours?"






Three Amigos! (1986)

  • in this comedy western, the characters of The Three Amigos - three silent movie cowboy stars (Chevy Chase as Dusty Bottoms, Steve Martin as Lucky Day, and Martin Short as Ned Nederlander)
  • their debate about the meaning of the word "in-famous" - referring to Mexican outlaw bandit leader El Guapo (Alfonso Arau): Ned: "In-famous is when you're MORE than famous. This man El Guapo, he's not just famous, he's IN-famous"; Lucky: "100,000 pesos to do a personal appearance with this guy El Guapo, who's probably the biggest actor to come out of Mexico!" Dusty: "Wow, the in-famous? In-famous?"
  • the singing of their theme song, with their impossibly long-held note that lasted for over a minute
  • their entry into a dark and gritty Santo Poco saloon full of stunned Mexican banditos (who were told to expect vicious violent foreigners); Dusty noted: "Looks like somebody's been down here with the ugly stick"; as out-of-towners, they ordered beer, but drank tequila instead ("We don't have no beer, just tequila...Uh, it's like beer"), and while waiting performed a song/dance performance of "My Little Buttercup"
  • outside, when they spotted a small bi-plane flying over, Ned noted: "It's a male plane", although his buddies thought he meant 'mail plane'; Ned added: "Didn't you notice its little balls? Little balls sticking down"
  • their grand entrance to confront the bandits, insulting them: "Well, you slime eating dogs! You scum sucking pigs! You sons of a motherless goat!...Wherever there is injustice, you will find us. Wherever there is suffering, we'll be there!...Wherever liberty is threatened! You will find The Three Amigos!"
  • the scene of Dusty being offered a kiss by Rosita (Benita Telles): "Have you ever kissed a girl?...Would you like to kiss me?...Well?...Well, we could take a walk and you could kiss me on the veranda" - he responded: "Lips would be fine"
  • the scene of Ned's regaling the peasant children with a story about silent film actress Dorothy Gish: ("One time, Dorothy Gish was visiting me on the set of Little Neddy, Grab Your Gun. And she came up to me and she looked me in the face and, I'd never met her, I'd just known her from films, you know, Dorothy Gish, Lillian's sister - and she looked me in the eyes and she said: 'Young man, you have got it.' And. Ah! Dorothy Gish. It's a true story")
  • around the campfire, their cowboy lullaby "Blue Shadows on the Trail" (sung with a guitar by Dusty, accompanied vocally by their singing horses and desert animals!)
  • also the scene with Ned drinking from a canteen full of dirt, while Dusty had a full canteen of water that he wasted, and then offered: "Lip balm?"
  • and the hysterical Singing Bush (voice of Randy Newman) scene in which the Amigos attempted to summon The Invisible Swordsman to appear for mystical aid, though Dusty accidentally killed him by firing sideways: (Lucky Day: "You killed the Invisible Swordsman....You're supposed to fire UP! WE both fired UP! Like living with a six year-old")
  • Lucky's arm wound from gunshot, when he asked to inspect the gun: "Wait a second. Let me see that. Come on, come on. Oh, great! Real bullets. I'll keep this. You're in a lot of trouble, mister"
  • and the funny exchange between El Guapo and his right-hand Lieutenant Jefe (Tony Plana) about the meaning of the word "plethora" (El Guapo: "Would you say I have a plethora of pinatas?...A plethora...Jefe, what is a plethora?...You told me I have a plethora. And I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is. I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and find out that that person has NO IDEA what it means to have a plethora!"), and the subsequent discussion about taking a woman: (El Guapo: "Jefe, you do not understand women. You cannot force open the petals of a flower. When the flower is ready, it opens itself up to you"; Jefe: "When do you think Carmen will open up her flower to you?"; El Guapo: "Tonight, or I will kill her!")
    and Dusty's bungling attempt to fit in with the grungy bandits while in disguise, telling a drunken El Guapo how they "raped the horses," "rode off on the women," and "pruned the hedges of many small villages" (El Guapo: "Who the hell are you?!")
  • also Lucky Day's inspiring speech to the townsfolk about conquering one's own individual "El Guapo": "In a way, all of us have an El Guapo to face some day. For some, shyness might be their El Guapo. For others, a lack of education might be their El Guapo. For us, El Guapo is a big, dangerous guy who wants to kill us. But as sure as my name is Lucky Day, the people of Santa Poco can conquer their own personal El Guapo, who also happens to be the actual El Guapo!"
  • also the conclusion in which Dusty (who was left without kisses) was puzzled when a beautiful Hot Senorita (Playboy centerfold Rebecca Underwood/Ferratti, Miss June, 1986) kissed Ned goodbye












To Be or Not to Be (1942)

  • a WWII screwball comedy set in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, among a troupe of Polish thespians led by egocentric ham actor Joseph Tura (Jack Benny)
  • the delivery of the famous "to be or not to be" Hamlet soliloquy, triggering the exit of Polish audience member/fighter pilot Lt. Stanislav Sobinski (Robert Stack) from his seat in the front of the audience to innocently rendezvous backstage with Tura's flirtatious wife and glamorous leading lady actress Maria (Carole Lombard in her last screen performance) in her dressing room
  • the scene of Maria telling her husband Joseph off after he called her a prima donna: ("Whenever there's a chance to take the spotlight away from me, it's becoming ridiculous the way you grab attention. Whenever I start to tell a story, you finish it. If I go on a diet, you lose the weight. If I have a cold, you cough. And if we should ever have a baby, I'm not so sure I'd be the mother"); Joseph responded: "I'm satisfied to be the father"
  • and the scenes of Joseph impersonating both the Polish traitor/Nazi spy Professor Siletsky (Stanley Ridges) and buffoonish Nazi officer Col. Ehrhardt (Sig Ruman)
  • the oft-repeated line of Gestapo chief Col. Ehrhardt: ("So they call me 'Concentration Camp' Ehrhardt, eh?!")
  • and one of the film's funniest lines about Tura's acting talent, spoken by Nazi officer Ehrhardt: "What he did to Shakespeare we are doing now to Poland"
  • the lampooning of Hitler, who would say: "Heil myself"



To Be or Not to Be (1983)

  • the scene of Sasha Kinski (James Haake) hiding in the chorus line during the number Ladies, and then revealing himself to a surprised Dr. Frederick Bronski (Mel Brooks) when he sang: "She's a princess, no, no, she's a queen!"
  • and the scene of Bronski entering a shocked English pub dressed as Hitler, where he asked: "Excuse me, is this England?"
  • the musical title song-number mocking Hitler called To Be or Not to Be (aka The Hitler Rap)



Tom Jones (1963, UK)

  • the famous seductive food-orgy, dining sequence - a multi-course dinner meal (of soup, drafts of ale, turkey, oysters, pears, and wine) with erotically sexual overtones: boyish rogue Tom Jones (Albert Finney) and a lusty Jenny Jones/Mrs. Waters (Joyce Redman) slurped, sucked, and tore into their food with gleeful and pleasurable abandon
  • also the inventive and novel camera techniques (the pre-credits silent film opening, sped-up sequences, freeze-frames, screen wipes, actors making asides to the audience, etc.)
  • the narrator's comically-mock solemnity (i.e., "Heroes, whatever high ideas we may have of them, are mortal and not divine. We are all as God made us, and many of us much worse")

Tootsie (1982)

  • the scene of obnoxious and unemployed actor Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) with agent George Fields (Sydney Pollack) who insisted no one would hire him: ("Nobody in Hollywood wants to work with you either. I can't even set you up for a commercial. You played a tomato for 30 seconds - they went a half a day over schedule because you wouldn't sit down..YOU WERE A TOMATO. A tomato doesn't have logic. A tomato can't move")
  • the first appearance of Michael dressed in drag as Dorothy Michaels on a crowded street (seen in extreme telephoto) to get cast on the daytime soap opera Southwest General
  • the scene of 'Dorothy's' screen test when Rita (Doris Belack) asked: "I'd like to make her look a little more attractive, how far can you pull back?" and the cameraman responded: "How do you feel about Cleveland?"
  • and Michael's continuing marvelous cross-dressing impersonation of the no-nonsense, alter-ego female hospital administrator Dorothy Michaels
  • Dorothy's yelling with a man's voice at a cab: "TAXI!"
  • and his droll playwright roommate Jeff's (Bill Murray) many one-liners: (ie. "You slut!")
  • also Michael's many ad-libbed edits to the soap opera script, like hitting leading man co-star John Van Horn (George Gaynes), dubbed "the tongue", over the head with folders to prevent him from landing a kiss
  • the scene of Michael when caught by insecure casual girlfriend Sandy Lester (Teri Garr) dressed in nothing but skimpy black briefs when he attempted to try on her clothes, and then pretended he wanted to have sex with her ("Sandy... I want you"), although she thought he must be gay
  • the outburst of Sandy to Michael when he revealed he loved someone else: "I never said I love you, I don't care about I love you! I read The Second Sex, I read The Cinderella Complex, I'm responsible for my own orgasm, I don't care! I just don't like to be lied to!"
  • the scene of soap actress April Page (Geena Davis in her film debut) startling Dorothy by wearing nothing but skimpy underwear
  • later, in a classic moment, Dorothy made a funny Freudian slip and told April: "What kind of mother would I be if I didn't give my girls tits... tips?"
  • the dining scene of 'Dorothy' coming onto his unsuspecting, confounded and dismayed agent George Fields at a restaurant and then revealing himself as Michael: "It's Michael Dorsey"
  • and the character of Les (Charles Durning in an against-type role) - the widower father of beautiful co-worker and soap star Julie Nichols (Jessica Lange), who fell in love with Dorothy, and spoke about his view of the sexes: "I can remember years ago there was none of this talk about what a woman was, what a man was. You just were what you were. Now they have all this stuff about how much you should be like the other sex, so you can all be more the same. Well, I'm sorry, but we're just not, you know. Not on a farm, anyway. Bulls are bulls, and roosters don't try to lay eggs....You know, my wife and I, we were married a lot of years. People got it all wrong, you know. They say your health is the most important thing. But I can lift this house off the ground. What good is it? Being with someone. Sharing. That's what it's all about"
  • the near-'lesbian' kiss and love scene between Julie and Dorothy
  • the final, live-taped TV episode performance when Michael revealed his true identity by tearing off his wig and eyelashes to prove it - to the stunned shock of almost everyone (including Jeff's comment: "That's one nutty hospital")
  • his final confession to Julie: ("I was a better man with you, as a woman, than I ever was with a woman as a man")








Toy Story (1995)

  • the bedroom setting of a boy named Andy Davis (voice of John Morris) where toys came to life when humans weren't there, including all the old favorites: Mr. Potato Head (voice of Don Rickles), Slinky Dog (voice of Jim Varney), Hamm the Piggy Bank (voice of John Ratzenberger), the cowardly Rex the Dinosaur (voice of Wallace Shawn), and Shepherdess Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts)
  • Mr. Potato Head's joke after rearranging his face: "Hey, Hamm, look, I'm Picasso...You uncultured swine. What're you lookin' at, ya hockey puck?"
  • the instant jealousy and dislike that once-favored, pull-string cowboy toy Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) had for a neophyte toy - the egotistical space-suited action figure Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen), introduced on Andy's birthday: ("The word I am searching for, I can't say because there's pre-school toys present")
  • also the scene of Buzz Lightyear, heartbroken and delirious over finding out that he was only a toy, who drunkenly insisted: "You see the hat? I am Mrs. Nesbit!" while wearing a flowered hat on his head and laughing maniacally
  • Woody and Buzz's use of a firecracker to catch up to the moving van, when Woody again commented on Buzz' flying skill: Woody: "Hey, Buzz! You're flying!" Buzz: "This isn't flying, this is falling - with style!" Woody: "To Infinity and Beyond!"



Toy Story 2 (1999)

  • the parody scene spoofing The Empire Strikes Back (1980) in which a 'new' Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen) was confronted in an elevator shaft and told by his Darth Vader-like arch-nemesis Emperor Zurg (voice of Andrew Stanton): "I am your father"
  • Buzz's anguished scream: "Nooooo!" - all revealed to be in a video game that dinosaur Rex (voice of Wallace Shawn) was playing
  • and later, the 'new' Buzz happily told the 'real' Buzz he was going to play catch with "Dad"

Trading Places (1983)

  • the scene of wily, unemployed, poor street con Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) confronted by two policemen for panhandling as a blind, crippled Vietnam War veteran ("We've had some complaints about con men pretending to be blind and uh, crippled") - Billy Ray attempted to fool them: "I ain't seen nothing since I stepped on that landmine in Viet Cong back in 72. It was rough, very painful....I was in Sang Bang, Dang Gong. I was all over the place, baby, a lot of places, a lot of places.... I was with the Green Berets, Special Unit Battalions, Commando Airborne Tactics, Specialist Tactics Unit Battalion. Yeah, it was real hush hush. I was Agent Orange...Special Agent Orange, that was me"; when they picked him up, they realized he was faking, and he exclaimed: "I can see! I can see! I have, I have legs. I have - Oh s--t, look at this. Legs! I can walk. Jesus, praise Jesus. I appreciate this. Oh, this is beautiful. I can't believe. Thank you. I don't know what to do it's. Glory be to God. Praise Jesus"
  • the "fish-out-of-water" and 'nature vs. nurture' social experiment (a bet between two millionaire brothers: Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy) and Mortimer Duke (Don Ameche) that switched the lives of Billy Ray Valentine with that of privileged, aristocratic, snobbish, uptight banker/investment broker Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd)
  • the scene of the release of Louis from a Philadelphia jail, where his ashamed girlfriend Penelope Witherspoon (Kristin Holby) was upset by his smell and looks, and because he had been charged with embezzlement and dealing drugs ("angel dust, PCP") - framed by the Dukes to lose his job; Penelope was distraught: "Stealing from your friends at the club, Louis? Heroin, Louis? Have you lost your mind?...How could the man I loved, whose children I wanted to have and breast-feed, be a heroin dealer?" - he tried to explain: "They beat me up and stole my clothes. Those men wanted to have sex with me....They tried to bend me over this. I mean, if this place is indicative of the state of correctional institutions in this country, they might as well let all the convicts out. It's far worse on the inside" - and then hooker Ophelia (Jamie Lee Curtis) came up and kissed him: ("I've been looking everywhere for you, baby. Louis, I'm hurting, baby. I just need a shot....Come on baby, just a dime bag. I'll do all those things you like")
  • the sexy scene of hooker with-a-heart-of-gold Ophelia undressing in front of her mirror and being watched by Louis who she had taken in; topless, she covered her breasts and told him: "By the way, food and rent aren't the only things around here that cost money. You sleep on the couch"
  • the scene of Billy explaining to the Duke Brothers the street-smart reason for the decline of 'pork belly' prices during the Christmas holidays: "It's Christmas time. Everybody's uptight...Pork belly prices have been droppin' all morning. Which means everybody's sittin' in the office and they're waitin' for them to hit rock bottom so they can buy cheap and go long. So the people that own the pork belly contracts are goin' bat-s--t, sittin' there sayin', 'Hey, we're losing all our damn money and Christmas is around the corner, and I ain't gonna have no money to buy my son the GI Joe with the Kung Fu grip. OK? And my wife ain't gonna want to f--- - my wife ain't gonna make love to me 'cause I ain't got no money, right?' So they're sittin' there and they're panickin' and they're screamin', 'Sell, sell.' because they don't want to lose all their money, right. They're out there panickin' right now. I can feel it"
  • the pawn shop scene when the owner refused to buy Louis' Swiss sports watch: "Man, that watch is so hot, it's smokin'!" Louis attempted to persuade the shop owner of its value: "This is a Rochefoucauld, the thinnest water-resistant watch in the world. Singularly unique, sculptured in design, hand-crafted in Switzerland and water-resistant to three atmospheres. This is the sports watch of the '80s. $6,955 retail....Look, it tells time simultaneously in Monte Carlo, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Rome and Gstaad" - but the owner refused: "In Philadelphia, it's worth only $50 bucks"
  • the restaurant scene when Billy enjoyed an expensive meal, while Louis stood in the rain outside and watched, as one of the guests told a joke about "S-car-go"
  • the attempt by Louis - dressed in a Santa Claus outfit - to frame Billy at the company holiday party by planting drugs in his desk drawer: ("I'm making a citizen's arrest. This man is a drug dealer. Look, look, here in his office drawer, he's got all the bad drugs here. Marijuana joints, pills, Quaaludes, Valium, yellow ones, red ones, cocaine grinder, drug needles. He's the pusher, not me") - and then he rushed through the party, intimidating all the guests by brandishing a gun
  • the bathroom scene of the Dukes discussing the success of their 'wagered' experiment in the men's bathroom (overheard by Billy Ray), and the loser - Mortimer - paid off "the usual amount" of one dollar, with a plan to soon return Billy to the streets: ("We took a perfectly useless psychopath, like Valentine, and turned him into a successful executive. And during the same time, we turned an honest, hard-working man into a violently deranged, would-be killer")
  • the hysterical New Years' Eve Philadelphia-bound train sequence in which Billy Ray and Louis, along with Louis' loyal butler Coleman (Denholm Elliott) and Ophelia ("I am Inga from Sweden") donned disguises to steal industrial spy Clarence Beeks' (Paul Gleason) valise in the train compartment and replace it with a fake - it contained an orange produce report (to help the two corner the stock market on frozen orange juice concentrate); Ophelia leaned toward Clarence with her cleavage in his face and tantalizingly asked: "Please to help me with my rucksack?"
  • and the concluding scene of the ruination of the financial futures of the Duke Brothers on the commodities trading floor - with a debt owed of $394 million - Randolph collapsed holding his chest ("We're ruined!") as Mortimer shouted angrily, while ignoring his ailing brother: "This is an outrage. I demand an investigation. You can't sell our seats. A Duke has been sitting on this exchange since it was founded. We founded this exchange. It's ours. It belongs to us...I want trading reopened right now. Get those brokers back in here. Turn those machines back on"; as Randolph was wheeled away on a stretcher, Mortimer chided him: "You and your Nobel Prize, you idiot"
  • the sight of Beeks in a gorilla outfit on an Africa-bound ship, being nuzzled in a cage by a real male gorilla ("They're in love")











The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

  • the scene of grizzly prospector Howard's (a scene-stealing Walter Huston) famous gleeful jig upon finding gold "up there!"

True Stories (1986)

  • the unconventional film, strangely narrated by an unnamed, cowboy-hat-wearing stranger (David Byrne), while driving around the fictional town of Virgil, Texas in a Chrysler LeBaron convertible, that was about to celebrate its 150th anniversary - sesquicentennial: ("Look at this. Who can say it isn't beautiful? Sky, bricks. Who do you think lives there? Four-car garage. Hope, fear, excitement, satisfaction")
  • the wildly ostentatious clothes being modeled at the shopping mall's strange and outlandish fashion show ("A Bonanza of Beauty") (a group of four wore yellow rainslickers, while two others modeled outfits made from grass, and some others were patterned in either wood-grain or brick); one of the top-heavy costumes caused a model to topple off the stage
  • self-effacing lonely bachelor and clean-room technician Louis Fyne's (John Goodman) desperate search via TV for a woman to marry - and his disastrous restaurant date with The Lying Woman (Jo Harvey Allen) (who claimed that she was the reason why JFK was assassinated, that she was the author of "Billie Jean," and that her psychic powers were due to being born with a tail, among other outrageous assertions)
  • the Culver's dinner scene, when Earl (Spalding Gray) began to arrange the food on the table to make a map (seen from a top view): ("Mainframe! Micro-processor! Semi-conductor!...Now, if this is the town and here is the workplace, with its goods and distribution network. Now, most middle-class people have worked for large corporations, like VeriCorp, or for the government itself. But now, all that's starting to change. Scientists and engineers are moving off from those large corporations like VeriCorp, and they're beginning to start their own companies, marketing new inventions....A-ha! It all spins back to the middle! Here we are right here, in Virgil. Our way of doing business has been based on the past! That's why we have to keep these guys in Virgil, even though they do leave VeriCorp. For the time being, it's created confusion and chaos! They don't work for money anymore, but to earn a place in Heaven, which is a big motivating factor once upon a time, believe you me. They're working and inventing because they like it! Economics is become a spiritual thing. I must admit it frightens me a bit; they don't seem to see the difference between working, and not working. It's all become a part of one's life. Larry! Linda! There's no concept of weekends anymore!")






Twentieth Century (1934)

  • John Barrymore's self-parodying, blustery, brooding, jealous, and hammy tour-de-force role as Oscar 'O.J.' Jaffe, a slick, egomaniacal and temperamental Broadway director/producer - and his famous recurring line: "I close the iron door on you"
  • and the many attempts by Jaffe to get showgirl Mildred Plotka - newly-named and temperamental stage actress Lily Garland (Carole Lombard) to sign a theatre contract with him while both were riding the 20th Century Limited cross-country passenger train, finally succeeding by pretending to be dying of a heart attack

Twister (1996)

  • the sight of a cow being hurled through the air in the spectacular computer-generated special-effects within the film about thrill-seeking storm chasers

Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes
(alphabetical order, by film title)
Intro | A1 | A2 | B1 | B2 | C | D | E-F | G | H-I | J-K-L
M1 | M2 | N-O | P1 | P2 | Q-R | S1 | S2 | T | U-V-W-X-Y-Z

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