Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes

Part 8


Greatest and Funniest Movie Scenes
Film Title/Year and Brief Funniest Scenes Description
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Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

The non-stop, on-air, improvised radio patter of Armed Forces Radio disc jockey Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) with his wake-up catchphrase: "Goooooooood mooooooorning, Vietnaaaahhm! Hey, this is not a test! This is rock and roll! Time to rock it from the Delta to the D.M.Z.!", with topics ranging from a description of Nixon's testicles: ("That they're soft and they're very shallow and they serve no purpose") to the DMZ's similarity to The Wizard of Oz: ("What's the demilitarized zone? It sounds like something from The Wizard of Oz -- 'Oh no, don't go in there!' 'Ohhh-wee-ohh, Ho Chi Minh...Follow the Ho Chi Minh trail!'") - and the Pope's bathsoap product: ("Also the Pope decided today to release Vatican-related bath products. An incredible thing, yes, it's the new Pope On A Rope. That's right. Pope On A Rope. Wash with it, go straight to heaven")

The Graduate (1967)

The opening sequence in which passive recent college grad Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) was told at his parent's party to enter the career field of "Plastics!"; also the scene of bumbling Benjamin's reactions to neurotic and cynical Mrs. Robinson's (Anne Bancroft) cool but firm sexual advances as she lures him into her house, pours drinks, and leaves him flustered and confused; and his attempts to be suave as he checks into the Taft Hotel for the first of their many trysts - followed by his seduction scene in the bedroom in which he prematurely kisses her while she is trying to exhale cigarette smoke



The Great Dictator (1940)

The scene of unnamed humble Jewish ghetto barber (Charlie Chaplin) shaving a customer in time to a radio broadcast of Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5; and the comically-tense scene in which he faces a suicidal mission if he finds a coin in his pudding cake and his painful consumption of three coins (only to hiccup them out at the last moment, like winnings spit out from a slot machine); also the comedic scene of egomaniacal Hitler look-alike Tomanian dictator Adenoid Hynkel (Chaplin) and Mussolini-like Benzino Napaloni (Jack Oakie) seated adjacent to each other in adjustable barber's chairs as they compete to be higher; and the sublime scene of Hynkel dancing with a floating world globe




Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

The cameo scene in which Leonard Maltin (Himself) is attacked by angry gremlins for panning the original Gremlins (1984) ("I was just kidding! It's a ten!...a ten!") on a cable network broadcast from the Clamp Tower; and the funny parody sequence that pokes fun at the "Why I hate Christmas" dialog by Kate (Phoebe Cates) from the first film; also the rapid-fire movie and cultural references - especially the Marathon Man (1976) spoof when Wacky Gremlins reenacts the "Is it safe?" scene; and Brain Gremlin's (voice of Tony Randall) "what we want is civilization" speech and his belting out, Broadway-style "New York, New York" at the climax

Groundhog Day (1993)

Grumpy and obnoxious Pittsburgh weatherman Phil Connor (Bill Murray), on repeated instances of Groundhog Day (February 2nd), greeting annoying insurance salesman "Needlenose" Ned "The Head" Ryerson (Stephen Tobolowsky) with an enthusiastic "Ned!" -- then knocking him out with one punch; later, Phil pretending to be gay and hitting on Ned to get him to leave: ("I don't know where you're headed, but can you call in (sick)?"); Phil's many successful rescues (catching a boy falling from a tree, saving the major from choking during dinner, or rescuing a bum from dying of the cold), suicides (driving into a deep rock quarry in a stolen pickup truck, electrocution with a toaster in a bathtub, stepping in front of a moving truck, swan-diving off a building) and self-destructive behaviors (stuffing his face with food, robbing a bank's cash delivery) -- and his reawakening at 6:00 AM to his radio alarm (playing "I Got You, Babe") after each of them (Phil's reaction: "Aw, nuts"); also Phil's learning day after day how to woo-seduce his lovely film producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) after discovering her likes ("You're a sucker for French poetry and rhinestones, you're very generous, you're kind to strangers and children, and when you stand in the snow you look like an angel") and favorite drink ("sweet vermouth on the rocks with a twist") and dislikes to become her ideal man after repeated dates, and his classic pronouncement to her: "I'm a God. I'm not the God, I don't think..."



Harold and Maude (1971)

Troubled and morbid 20 year-old rich kid Harold's (Bud Cort) many stagings of very realistic suicides (such as hanging himself, setting himself on fire or drowning) for his desperate, widowed socialite mother's (Vivian Pickles) 'benefit' (and her typical reaction: "I suppose you think that's very funny") - often in front of dates arranged by her; and his pretending to chop off his own left hand at the wrist with a meat cleaver during a dry, boring brunch with her and Edith Phern (Shari Summers), and his later, deadly and precisely-asked question: "Do you.. like ...knives?"; also the scene in which his over-bearing, match-making mother dictates a computer dating questionnaire to Harold but answers all the questions herself ("Did you enjoy life when you were a child?" -- "Oh yes, you were a wonderful baby, Harold") as he calmly loads a revolver and shoots himself; and Harold's response to his ineffectual and detached psychiatrist's query about what he does for fun and enjoyment: "I go to funerals" - with eccentric and free-spirited 79 year-old soulmate Maude (Ruth Gordon); the scene of Maude stealing a car and evading a motorcycle cop; and Harold's growing admiration for her: (Harold: "You sure have a way with people." Maude: "Well, they're my species!")



Harvey (1950)

The film's entire premise: eccentric and cheerful dipsomaniac Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart) has an invisible friend - a giant 6 foot one-and-a-half-inch rabbit named Harvey - who accompanies him everywhere; and Elwood's pronouncement about his condition: "Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it" - he is oblivious that he is an embarrassment to his family and that others can't see his furry white friend

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

An updated version of Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) with Warren Beatty as Los Angeles Rams quarterback Joe Pendleton who returns to earth (after a premature death due to an error by heavenly escort (Buck Henry)) in the body of a recently-murdered and eccentric billionaire Leo Farnsworth - however, he is faced with his chief assistant Tony (Charles Grodin) and Leo's scheming wife Julia (Dyan Cannon) - lovers who are plotting to murder him!

His Girl Friday (1940)

This classic comedy is one of the most fast-paced ever made, with numerous quips and wisecracks; in the restaurant-lunch scene newspaper editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) deliberately sits between staid and dull insurance salesman Bruce (Ralph Bellamy) and ex-wife and star reporter Hildy (Rosalind Russell) with words dripping in irony as he amusedly comments upon the couple's impending move to Albany to live in Bruce's mother's house; throughout the film is the continuing sophisticated, fast-talking battle of the sexes (and duel of wits) between Bruce and Hildy



Home Alone (1990)

The scene of 8 year old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) slapping too much after-shave to his cheeks - and screaming

Horse Feathers (1932)

Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff's (Groucho Marx) opening number: "I'm Against It" after his address to Huxley College faculty members and students; the "swordfish" password sketch at the speakeasy; Pinky (Harpo Marx) providing a hot cup of coffee from the inside of his coat for a bum on the street; and his classroom Biology lecture that degenerates into a peashooter contest between Wagstaff and two unruly students; Wagstaff's romancing and serenading of flirtatious "college widow" Connie Bailey (Thelma Todd) with "Everyone Says I Love You" and their scene in a canoe on a duck pond - and his response to her baby talk: "If icky girl keep on talking that way, big stwong man's gonna kick all her teef wight down her thwoat"; and the climactic zany Huxley-Darwin football game (partly inspired by the silent Harold Lloyd classic The Freshman (1925)) involving audible football signals, banana peels, an elastic band, and a chariot






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