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Blazing Saddles (1974)

  • all of the film's political incorrectness
  • the town meeting scene in Rock Ridge's church, with a warning delivered by Reverend Johnson's warning: ("Well, I don't have to tell you good folks what has been happening here in our beloved town. Sheriff murdered, crops burned, stores looted, people stampeded and cattle raped! Now the time has come to act. And act fast! I'm leaving"), when he was interrupted by a grizzly mountaineer named Gabby Johnson (Jack Starrett)
  • the scene of near-sighted and dim-witted Governor Le Petomane's (Mel Brooks) nuzzling into bosomy secretary Miss Stein's (Robyn Hilton) cleavage while being advised by villainous and scheming attorney general Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman)
  • the scene in which Hedley was recruiting men to assault the town - when the Waco Kid (Gene Wilder) pretended to capture and hold up Black Bart (Cleavon Little) as bait for two Ku Klux Klan members so that they could steal their white robes : ("Oh, boys! Lookee what I got hereuh") - with Bart's mock-dumb (racially-stereotyped) taunt: "Hey! Where are the white women at?"
  • the scene of the new Rock Ridge Sheriff Black Bart's (Cleavon Little) warning to the townsfolk as he reached down for his acceptance speech - to their gaspings: "Excuse me while I whip this out"
  • the infamous gas-passing, bean-eating scene around the campfire by flatulent cowboys -- play clip (excerpt): Blazing Saddles
  • Hedley's request of cowpoke Taggart (Slim Pickens): ("I want you to round up every vicious criminal and gunslinger in the west. Take this down....I want rustlers, cutthroats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, half-wits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswagglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists") - with Taggart's dumbfounded response: "Could you repeat that, sir?"
  • the scene in which Mongo (Alex Karras) entered Rock Ridge riding an ox, then later knocked out a horse with a bare, single-fisted punch
  • saloon singer Lili Von Shtupp's (Madeline Kahn) exquisite parodies of Marlene Dietrich's "Frenchy" from Destry Rides Again (1939), and of Jean Harlow in Hell's Angels (1930): ("Won't you excuse me for a moment while I slip into something a little bit more comfortable?")
  • Lili's seduction scene of sheriff Black Bart: ("Tell me, schatzie, is it, ah, twue what they say about the way you people are gifted?") - with her memorable phrase: "Oh, it's twue, it's twue" after unzipping his fly (with a loud zipper noise) and examining his endowment in the dark

The Blues Brothers (1980)

  • the character pairing of two "blues brothers" - two white singers with soul, shades, and identical black suits and hats: Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd)
  • the apartment lobby scene when Elwood announced that his brother Jake would be staying with him, and card-playing Cheez-Whiz (Layne Britton) yelled out: "Did you get me my Cheez-Whiz, boy?" to which Elwood responded by revealing a can from his jacket and tossing it to him
  • their meeting with their former teacher, Sister Mary "The Penguin" Stigmata (Kathleen Freeman), who sent them on a "mission from God" to raise $5,000 to save the Catholic orphanage where they were raised from foreclosure, after reprimanding them, striking them for having "filthy mouths and bad attitudes" - and warning them not to come back "until you've redeemed yourselves"
  • Elwood's repeated famous line to Jake: ("We're on a mission from God!") to justify their brotherly activities, in the Triple Rock Baptist church, in the presence of Reverend Cleophus James (James Brown), who was preaching: "Do you see the light?...Have you seen the light?":
  • the tremendous number of noisy and wasteful multi-car crashes and pile-ups on the way to and in the city of Chicago as they were relentlessly pursued in their Bluesmobile by police, and the incredible amount of carnage, destroyed buildings and shopping malls
  • the character of a Neo-Nazi leader (Henry Gibson), conducting a rally of "Illinois Nazis" on a stone bridge: ("White men! White women! The swastika is calling you! The sacred and ancient symbol of your race since the beginning of time. The Jew is using the black as muscle against you. And you are left there, helpless...What are you gonna do about it, whitey? Just sit there? Of course not! You are going to join with us, the members of the American Socialist White People's Party - an organization of decent law-abiding white folk just like you"), and the sequence in which the Blues Brothers forced the followers to jump off the bridge when they drove through after Jake's statement: "I hate Illinois Nazis"
  • the Blues Brothers' many performances, including "Shake a Tail Feather" with Ray Charles at Ray's Music Exchange Shop, the theme from "Rawhide" to win over an unruly country bar crowd at Bob's Country Bunker in Kokomo, and their main performance of "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" at the Palace Hotel Ballroom north of Chicago
  • the concluding sequence of the two brothers, pursued by cops, bands, guardsmen, SWAT teams, etc, paying the orphanage's property taxes inside the Cook County City Hall - where they were promptly arrested with dozens of guns pointed at them
  • the many cameo appearances (Twiggy, Carrie Fisher, Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, James Brown, Pee-Wee Herman, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, Steve Lawrence, Steven Spielberg, and Frank Oz - of the Muppets, and more!)


Born Yesterday (1950)

  • the character of unrefined "dumb blonde" and ex-chorus girl mistress Billie Dawn (Judy Holliday) - a 'kept woman' of corrupt, disreputable and uncouth millionaire junkyard (scrap-iron) tycoon Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford)
  • the famous scene of Billie playing a silent game of gin rummy and always winning ("Gin!") against Harry
  • the sound of Billie's unabashedly vulgar, shrill, stupid-sounding, Betty Boop-like voice
  • Billie's ignorance about the difference between a peninsula and penicillin, but her increased intelligence after being tutored by ex-journalist Paul Varall (William Holden) - i.e., Harry Brock: "Shut up! You ain't gonna be tellin' nobody nothin' pretty soon!" Billie Dawn: "DOUBLE NEGATIVE! Right?" Paul Verrall: "Right!"
  • Billie's retort to Harry: "Would you do me a favor, Harry?...Drop dead!"
  • the burgeoning romance between Billie and Paul, when he kissed her: (Billie: "What are ya doin'?" Paul: "If you don't know, I must be doing it wrong")
  • the scene when Billie finally stood up to Harry: ("You're just not couth...You don't own me!...Big Fascist!")
  • the film's final line spoken by Billie to a police officer about her recent marriage to Paul: "We'll make it. It's a clear case of predestination." Officer: "Pre--- what?" Billie: "Look it up."

Bowfinger (1999)

  • the scene in which desperate movie producer-director Robert K. Bowfinger (Steve Martin) was asked by bed-hopping ingenue actress Daisy (Heather Graham): "Do you love Smashing Pumpkins?", and his inept reply: "Are you kidding? I love to do that!"

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

  • the scene in which embarrassed Bridget Jones's (Renee Zellweger) special tummy-holding-in pants (called "enormous") were uncovered on a date by her rakish boss Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

  • the comedic antics and "misadventures" between shy, bespectacled paleontologist David Huxley (Cary Grant) and scatter-brained, fast-talking eccentric heiress Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn), remade in homage as Peter Bogdanovich's What's Up, Doc? (1972) with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal
  • the opening golf course scene in which mad-cap Susan continuously interrupted bumbling David's golf game with Mr. Peabody, by stealing his golf ball (or playing it), and driving away in his battered car
  • stole the ball (and car) of bumbling David's golf game with Mr. Peabody continuously interrupted by her playing his golf ball and driving away in his battered car ("I'll be with you in a minute, Mr. Peabody!")
  • Susan's olive game
  • the scene of David's torn tuxedo and her ripped evening dress including their rapid exit from a supper club as he walked in unison close behind her, in lock-step, gallantly covered her posterior and saved her reputation --
  • and his confessional statement to her: "Now it isn't that I don't like you, Susan, because after all, in moments of quiet I'm strangely drawn toward you, but well, there haven't been any quiet moments. Our relationship has been a series of misadventures from beginning to end..." after which he sprawled face-first onto the ground
  • pet leopard Baby's chicken coop meal
  • fluffy negligee-wearing David's sarcastic exclamation in front of Susan's rich Aunt Elizabeth (May Robson) as he jumped into the air while dressed in a fluffy and frilly negligee (Susan's dressing gown): "Because I just went gay all of a sudden" - and when she explained to her Aunt that David was a friend of her brother's from Brazil and that David was on the verge of a nervous breakdown, he quipped: "I'm a nut from Brazil"
  • the long search in the woods for Baby with a butterfly net, and their singing of the song: "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" to coax a tame pet leopard named Baby off a roof
  • the major incarceration scene in the jail cells where Susan pretended to be a gangster moll and the appearance of a leopard (not Baby but a murderous escaped animal from the circus) - a case of mistaken leopard identity
  • the finale - the return of the missing dog-buried bone and the swaying, crumbling collapse and destruction of the reconstructed brontosaurus skeleton as Susan and David dangled from the scaffolding - she apologized: ("Oh David, look what I've done. Oh, I'm so sorry. Oh, oh, David, can you ever forgive me? You can and you still love me...You do, oh David"), and he replied during their final kiss and embrace: ("Oh, dear. Oh, my. Hmmm")

Broadcast News (1987)

  • the ironic prologue illustrating the formative childhoods of the Oscar-nominated trio of future broadcast news professionals:
    - the good-looking, airhead news anchor Tom Grunick (William Hurt) ("What can you do with yourself when all you can do is look good")
    - the insecure, serious, intelligent news reporter Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks) who graduated high school at 15
    - the fussy, driven, and strident network news producer Jane Craig (Holly Hunter) with a wordy argumentative discussion with her father over the word 'obsessive'
  • the classic scene in which wacky news assistant director Blair Litton (Joan Cusack) painfully rushed to get a finished tape to the control booth in time for broadcast - running into a garbage can and a file cart, slipping on papers under an opened file drawer, jumping over a toddler and her mother, and slamming into a hallway water fountain
  • the scene of quick-thinking Jane cleverly feeding Tom information via his earpiece during a special live news report on a Libyan attack on US bases in Sicily, and Tom's gleeful reaction of thanks to Jane afterwards at her desk: ("You're an amazing woman. What a feeling having you inside my head... It's like indescribable -- you knew just when to feed me the next line, you knew the second before I needed it. There was like a rhythm we got into... it was like great sex!")
  • the apres-sex scene of reporter Jennifer Mack (Lois Chiles) playfully asking handsome but vacuous nude Tom about his prominent penis shadow in silhouette after sleeping with him, as she laughed: "Do you do bunny rabbits?" - after he told her about her open clothes closet: "You can see everything you have"
  • the famous scene of uncharismatic, nervous news writer Aaron's disastrous debut attempt at anchoring the weekend news report when he sweat profusely ("flop sweat") while one news producer humorously commented: "This is more than Nixon ever sweated" - and Aaron's aside as the news went to a commercial after he reported: " least 22 people dead" - I wish I were one of them"
  • the scene of Tom and Jane's passionate outdoor kiss when he suggested sex to her in obvious terms: "I've been wondering what it'd be like to be inside all that energy"
  • the scene of Aaron's desperate attempt to dissuade Jane from engaging in a relationship with media-friendly Tom by comparing him to the devil: "Tom, while being a very nice guy, is the devil...I'm semi-serious here...He will be attractive, he'll be nice and helpful...He'll never do an evil thing. He'll never deliberately hurt a living thing. He'll just bit by little bit lower our standards where they're important. Just a tiny little bit. Just coax along. Flash over substance...And he'll get all the great women"; when Jane accused Aaron of being the devil, he countered that her assertion was impossible: ("You know I'm not...Because I think we have the kind of friendship where if I were the Devil, you'd be the only one I would tell...Give me this. He personifies everything you've been fighting against - And I'm in love with you. How do ya like that? I buried the lead")
  • shortly later as they part, the scene of Aaron's bitter, sour-grapes prediction of Jane's future when she asked what would happen to their relationship as friends: "Anyway, I'll be walking along with my wife and my two lovely children and we'll bump into you. And my youngest son will say something, and I will tell him it's not nice to make fun of single, fat ladies"
  • the anguish and anger Jane felt when she realized Tom unethically faked tears in a cutaway shot for an interview - "It made me...ILL...You can get fired for things like that...(Tom's retort: "I've gotten promoted for things like that!") You totally crossed the line"
  • Jane's confrontation with Tom at the airport, telling him that they were so mismatched that she would not join him for a vacation during her time-off
  • the poignant epilogue in which Jane, Tom and Aaron -- both men happily married with others (and Jane in a relationship) -- caught up about things seven years later
  • the pull-back shot of Jane and Aaron in the rain under a gazebo

Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

  • the scene in which Danny Rose (Woody Allen) and Tina Vitale (Mia Farrow) were chased into a balloon warehouse by an armed mob goon, who shot a hole in a helium tank, causing the three of them to shout at each other in high-pitched Munchkin-like voices

Bull Durham (1988)

  • devout and sexy baseball groupie Annie Savoy's (Susan Sarandon) lengthy opening narration regarding her beloved team - the Durham Bulls of North Carolina: ("I believe in the Church of Baseball")
  • the classic, memorable philosophical speech of veteran journeyman baseball catcher Crash Davis' (Kevin Costner) in response to the beliefs of Annie when he was in her living room with fellow dating prospect and moronic, dim-bulb young pitcher-ballplayer Ebby "Nuke" LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) and she proposed to "hook up with one guy a season": ("Well, I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman's back, the hangin' curveball, high fiber, good Scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, over-rated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there oughta be a constitutional amendment outlawing AstroTurf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve. And I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days. Good-night.") - and Annie's breathless reply: "Oh my!"
  • the inspired rained-out scene in which the team's players at midnight played in the muddy, water-soaked ball field
  • the entire infield meeting on the pitcher's mound to discuss wedding gifts for the upcoming marriage of the team's devout Christian, Jimmy (William O'Leary) to amoral groupie Millie (Jenny Robertson), punctuated by irate fast-talking coach Larry Hockett's (Robert Wuhl) suggestion: ("...candlesticks always make a nice gift, and uh, maybe you could find out where she's registered and maybe a place-setting or maybe a silverware pattern")
  • also the scene of erratic "Nuke" Laloosh knocking down the bull mascot twice and also hitting the public address announcer
  • the scene of veteran catcher Crash Davis teaching Nuke the lyrics to his butchered version of "Try a Little Tenderness" on the team bus (instead of "Young girls they do get wearied" he sings: "Young girls they do get woolly")

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

  • the amusing banter throughout the film between two western legendary, train-robbing anti-hero outlaws Butch (Paul Newman) and Sundance (Robert Redford)
  • Butch's swift crotch kick at brutish Bowie-knife-wielding gang member Harvey Logan (Ted Cassidy) (who had been distracted and exclaimed: "Rules - in a knife fight? No rules!")
  • the gang's many train and bank robberies together including one with too much dynamite detonated: ("...Think you used enough dynamite there, Butch?") and another with clever ventriloquism to trick railroad employee Woodcock (George Furth) into opening the train door
  • the sexy and surprising scene of Sundance's visit to schoolmarm Etta's (Katharine Ross) farmhouse bedroom when he ordered her to unbutton her blouse and undress in front of him at gunpoint
  • the long, relentless pursuit sequence by a mysterious posse and Butch's repeated question: "Who are those guys?"
  • when cornered on a dead-end cliff, Sundance's admission: "I can't swim" (with Butch's guffawing retort: "Why, you crazy, the fall'll probably kill ya") and their big jump off a steep canyon ledge into a fast-moving river below while yelling a long and drawn out: "AWWWWW S-----T"

Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes
(alphabetical order, by film title)
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