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1970s - 1980s

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Greatest Opening Film Lines
1970s - 1980s
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"Death ends a life, but it does not end a relationship, which struggles on in the survivor's mind toward some resolution which it may never find."
Play clip (excerpt): I Never Sang For My Father (1970)

I Never Sang For My Father (1970)

(voice-over) "What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant? That she loved Mozart and Bach, the Beatles, and me?"
Play clip (excerpt): Love Story (1970)

Love Story (1970)

- "Radar!"
- "Yes, sir."

(overlapping dialogue)
- "Why don't you get ahold of Major Burns. Tell him we're gonna have to hold a couple of surgeons over from the day shift onto the night shift."
- "I guess I better call Major Burns and tell him to put another - day shift onto the night shift."
- "Get General Hammond down there in Seoul. Tell him we gotta have two new surgeons right away."
- "I'll put in a call into General Hammond in Seoul. I hope he sends us those two new surgeons. We're sure gonna need 'em."
- "What (or who) was that, sir?"
- "I gave everything to Radar."
- "What?"

Play clip (excerpt): M*A*S*H (1970)

M*A*S*H (1970)

"...Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. Men, all this stuff you've heard about America not wanting to fight - wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans traditionally love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, the big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war, because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans. Now, an army is a team - it lives, eats, sleeps, fights as a team. This individuality stuff is a bunch of crap. The bilious bastards who wrote that stuff about individuality for the Saturday Evening Post don't know anything more about real battle than they do about fornicating. Now, we have the finest food and equipment, the best spirit, and the best men in the world. You know, by God, I actually pity those poor bastards we're goin' up against. By God, I do. We're not just gonna shoot the bastard, we're going to cut out their living guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We're going to murder those lousy Hun bastards by the bushel. Now, some of you boys, I know, are wondering whether or not you'll chicken out under fire. Don't worry about it. I can assure you that you will all do your duty. The Nazis are the enemy. Wade into them, spill their blood, shoot them in the belly. When you put your hand into a bunch of goo that a moment before was your best friend's face, you'll know what to do...."
Play clip (excerpt): Patton (part 1) Patton (part 2)

Patton (1970)

(voice-over) "There was me. That is, Alex and my three droogs. That is, Pete, Georgie and Dim. And we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our razoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova Milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence."
Play clip (excerpt):
A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

"I believe in America. America has made my fortune. And I raised my daughter in the American fashion. I gave her freedom, but I taught her never to dishonor her family. She found a boyfriend, not an Italian. She went to the movies with him. She stayed out late. I didn't protest. Two months ago, he took her for a drive, with another boyfriend. They made her drink whiskey. And then they tried to take advantage of her. She resisted. She kept her honor. So they beat her like an animal. When I went to the hospital, her nose was a'broken, her jaw was a'shattered, held together by wire. She couldn't even weep because of the pain. But I wept. Why did I weep? She was the light of my life - beautiful girl. Now she will never be beautiful again."
Play clip (excerpt): The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather (1972)

"Come on, boys! The way you're lolly-gaggin' around here with them picks and them shovels, you'd think it was 120 degrees. It can't be more than 114. (laughter) Dock that Chink a day's pay for nappin' on the job."
Play clip (excerpt): Blazing Saddles (1974)

Blazing Saddles (1974)

"All right, Curly, enough's enough. You can't eat the venetian blinds. I just had 'em installed on Wednesday."
Play clip (excerpt): Chinatown (1974)

Chinatown (1974)

(overlapping dialogue)
- "Gentlemen, cock your pistols! Gentlemen. Aim your pistols. One! Two! Three!"
(Narrator) - "Barry's father had been bred, like many other young sons of a genteel family, to the profession of the law. And there is no doubt he would've made an eminent figure in his profession had he not been killed in a duel, which arose over the purchase of some horses."
Play clip (excerpt): Barry Lyndon (1975)

Barry Lyndon (1975)
- "What's your name again?"
- "Chrissie."
- "Where are we goin'?"
- "Swimming."
- "Slow up. Slow down some. I'm not drunk. Slow down. Wait! I'm coming. I'm coming. I'm definitely coming. (giggles) Whoa! Hold on. Well, I-I can swim. I just can't walk or undress myself." (chuckles)
- (buoy dings) (sighs) "Come on in the water!"
- "Take it easy. Take it easy."
Play clip (excerpt): Jaws (1975)
Jaws (1975)

[clip-clopping of coconut shells before and after]
"Whoa, there!"

Play clip (excerpt): Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

- "Do you think they'll come, sir?"
- "They'll come, all right."

Play clip (excerpt):

Murder By Death (1976)

"There's an old joke: Uh, two elderly women are at a Catskill Mountain resort. And one of 'em says: 'Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.' The other one says: 'Yeah, I know. And such small portions.' Well, that's essentially how I feel about life. Full of loneliness and misery and suffering and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly."
Play clip (excerpt): Annie Hall (1977)

Annie Hall (1977)

(ordering pizza) - "Hi ya, Tony. Two or three?"
- "Two. Two. Give me two. That's good."
(in clothing store) - "Hey, you guys do layaway?"
- "As long as it don't turn into a 20-year mortgage."
- "All right, look, put me down for $5 dollars for that blue shirt in the window. Hold it for me."
- "Hey, wait for your receipt."
- "I trust you."
- "Please don't. Don't trust me."
Play clip (excerpt): Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

(voice-over) "In the decade of the 1930s, even the great city of Metropolis was not spared the ravages of the world-wide depression. In the times of fear and confusion, the job of informing the public was the responsibility of the Daily Planet, a great metropolitan newspaper, whose reputation for clarity and truth had become a symbol of hope for the city of Metropolis."
Play clip (excerpt): Superman: The Movie (1978)

Superman: The Movie (1978)

(narrated prologue) "Long ago, the great Frith made the world. He made all the stars, and the world lived among the stars. Frith made all the animals and the birds, and at first, made them all the same. Now, among the animals was El-Ahrairah, the Prince of rabbits. He had many friends, and they all ate grass together. But after a time, the rabbits wandered everywhere, multiplying and eating as they went. Then Frith said to El-Ahrairah, 'Prince Rabbit, if you cannot control your people, I shall find ways to control them.' But El-Ahrairah would not listen and said to Frith, 'My people are the strongest in the world.' This angered Frith, so he determined to get the better of El-Ahrairah. He gave a present to every animal and bird, making each one different from the rest. When the fox came and others, like the dog and the cat, hawk and weasel, to each of them, Frith gave a fierce desire to hunt and slay the children of El-Ahrairah. Then, El-Ahrairah knew that Frith was too clever for him, and he was frightened. He had never before seen the Black Rabbit of Death. 'My friend,' said Frith, 'Have you seen El-ahrairah? For I wish to give him a gift.' 'No, I have not seen him.' So, Frith said, 'Come out, and I will bless you instead.' 'No, I cannot. I am busy. The fox and weasel are coming. If you want to bless me, you will have to bless my bottom.' 'Very well. Be it so.' And El-Ahrairah's tail grew shining white, and it flashed like a star. And his back legs grew long and powerful. And he tore across the hill faster than any creature in the world. 'All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies. And whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first, they must catch you...digger, listener, runner. Prince with the swift warren. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people will never be destroyed.'"
Play clip (excerpt): Watership Down (1978)

Watership Down (1978)

(voice-over) "Saigon. S--t! I'm still only in Saigon. Every time I think I'm gonna wake up back in the jungle. When I was home after my first tour, it was worse. I'd wake up and there'd be nothing. I hardly said a word to my wife, until I said 'yes' to a divorce. When I was here, I wanted to be there. When I was there, all I could think of was getting back into the jungle. I'm here a week now. I'm waiting for a mission - getting softer. Every minute I stay in this room, I get weaker. And every minute Charlie squats in the bush, he gets stronger. Each time I looked around, the walls moved in a little tighter."
Play clip (excerpt): Apocalypse Now (1979)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

"I am not a bum. I'm a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends and... uh... my thermos. Huh? My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi."
Play clip (excerpt): The Jerk (1979)

The Jerk (1979)

"'Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion.' Uh, no, make that: 'He-he...romanticized it all out of proportion.' Yeah. 'To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin.' Uh, no, let me start this over.
'Chapter One: He was too romantic about Manhattan, as he was about everything else. He thrived on the hustle bustle of the crowds and the traffic. To him, New York meant beautiful women and street smart guys who seemed to know all the angles.' Ah, corny, too corny for, you know, my taste. Let me, let me try and make it more profound...
'Chapter One: He adored New York City. To him it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. The same lack of individual integrity that caused so many people to take the easy way out was rapidly turning the town of his dreams in..' No, it's gonna be too preachy, I mean, you know, let's face it, I wanna sell some books here.
'Chapter One: He adored New York City. Although to him it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. How hard it was to exist in a society desensitized by drugs, loud music, television, crime, garbage...' Too angry. I don't wanna be angry.
'Chapter One. He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved. Behind his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat.' Oh, I love this! 'New York was his town, and it always would be.'"

Play clip (excerpt):
Manhattan (1979)

Manhattan (1979)

- "I'm Statler."
- "I'm Waldorf. We're here to heckle The Muppet Movie."
- "Gentlemen. That's straight ahead, private screening room D."
- "Private screening?"
- "Yeah, they're afraid to show it in public!" (laughter)
- "Oh, look at this place. What a dump!"
- "A bunch of weirdos around here. Look at 'em."
Play clip (excerpt):
The Muppet Movie  (1979)

The Muppet Movie (1979)

(Male announcer): "The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in the red zone."
(Female announcer): "The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in the red zone."
(Male announcer): "The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in the red zone."
Play clip (excerpt): Airplane! (1980)

Airplane! (1980)

- "My God, it's hot. I stepped out of the shower and started sweating again. Still burning? Jesus, it's bigger! What is it?"
- "It's the Seawater Inn. My family used to eat dinner there twenty-five years ago. Now somebody's torched it to clear the lot."
- "Ah, that's a shame."
- "Probably one of my clients."
- "I'm leaving. What do you care? You're watchin' the fire. You're done with me. You've had your fun. You're spent."
- "My history is burning up out here."
- "Hey, I don't mind. I'm leavin'. I'm just gettin' into my uniform here. Why do they make these damn skirts so hard to zip."
- "'You're spent.' Where did you hear that?"

Play clip (excerpt): Body Heat (1981)

Body Heat (1981)

(narration) "In 1988, the Crime Rate in the United States Rises Four Hundred Percent. The once-great city of New York becomes the one maximum-security prison for the entire country. A fifty-foot containment wall is erected along the New Jersey shoreline, across the Harlem River, and down along the Brooklyn shoreline. It completely surrounds Manhattan Island. All bridges and waterways are mined. The United States Police Force, like an army, is encamped around the island. There are no guards inside the prison. Only prisoners and the worlds they have made. The rules are simple. Once you go in, you don't come out."
Play clip (excerpt): Escape From New York (1981)

Escape From New York (1981)

(voice-over) "The life of a playwright is tough. It's not easy as some people seem to think. You work hard writing plays and nobody puts them on. You take up other lines of work to try to make a living - I became an actor - and people don't hire you. So, you just spend your days doing the errands of your trade. Today, I had to be up by ten in the morning to make some important phone calls. Then, I'd gone to the stationary store to buy envelopes, then to the xerox shop. There were dozens of things to do. By five o'clock, I'd finally made it to the post office and mailed off several copies of my plays. Meanwhile, checking constantly with my answering service to see if my agent had called with any acting work. In the morning, the mailbox had just been stuffed with bills. What was I supposed to do? How was I supposed to pay them? After all, I was already doing my best. I've lived in this city all my life. I grew up on the Upper East Side. And when I was ten years old, I was rich, I was an aristocrat. Riding around in taxis, surrounded by comfort, and all I thought about was art and music. Now, I'm 36, and all I think about is money."
Play clip (excerpt): My Dinner With Andre (1981)

My Dinner with Andre (1981)

- "Norman. Come here. Come here, Norman. Hurry up. The loons! The loons! They're welcoming us back."
- "I don't hear a thing."

Play clip (excerpt): On Golden Pond (1981)

On Golden Pond (1981)

"The Hovitos are near. The poison is still fresh, three days. They're following us. If they knew we were here, they would have killed us already."
Play clip (excerpt): Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

(voice-over) "Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, Conan, destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga. Let me tell you of the days of high adventure!"
Play clip (excerpt): Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

(voice-over) "1954. You don't get years like that anymore. It was my favorite year..."
Play clip (excerpt): My Favorite Year (1982)

My Favorite Year (1982)

(voice-over) "When I stepped out into the bright sunlight, from the darkness of the movie house... [Stevie Wonder: Stay Gold - "Seize upon that moment long ago One breath away and there you will be So young and carefree Again you will see That place in time So gold Still away into that way back when You thought that all would last for ever But like the weather Nothing can ever and be in time Stay gold..."]
Play clip (excerpt): The Outsiders (1983)

The Outsiders (1983)

(voice-over) "The dream is always the same. Instead of going home, I go to the neighbors'. I ring, but nobody answers. The door is open, so I go inside. I'm looking around for the people, but nobody seems to be there. And then I hear the shower running, so I go upstairs to see what's what. Then I see her. This girl! This incredible girl! I mean, what she's doing there, I don't know, because she doesn't live there. But it's a dream, so I go with it. 'Who's there?' she says. 'Joel,' I say. 'What are you doing here?' 'I don't know what I'm doing here. What are you doing here?' 'I'm taking a shower,' she says. Then I give her: 'Do you want me to go?' 'No,' she says. 'I want you to wash my back.' So now I'm getting enthusiastic about this dream. So, I go to her, but she's hard to find through all the steam and stuff. I keep losing her. Finally, I get to the door and I find myself in a room full of kids taking their College Boards. I'm over three hours late! I've got two minutes to take the whole test. I've just made a terrible mistake. I'll never get to college. My life is ruined."
Play clip (excerpt): Risky Business (1983)

Risky Business (1983)

"He-he even took the Gramophone on safari. Three rifles, supplies for a month and Mozart. He began our friendship with a gift. And later, not long before Tsavo, he gave me another. An incredible gift. A glimpse of the world through God's eye. And I thought: 'Yes, I see. This is the way it was intended.' I've written about all the others, not because I loved them less, but because they were clearer, easier. He was waiting for me there. But I've gone ahead of my story. He'd have hated that. Denys loved to hear a story told well. You see, I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills. But it began before that. It really began in Denmark..."
Play clip (excerpt): Out of Africa (1985)

Out of Africa (1985)

- "Aw, you don't know where it's gonna come from anymore. Total strangers are killin' each other. Everybody's got a piece."
- "You know, the murder rate used to be around a thousand a year, three a day in the whole county and that was high. Now it's about five a day. Higher in the summer. Fourteen of 'em two Fridays ago...We get the death penalty six, seven times a day, only it's not for murderers, it's for ordinary citizens."
- "Yeah, there are 8 million stories in the naked city. Isn't that an old TV show?...What we got in this town, we've got eight million ways to die. Alright, let's cut the crap and do what we get paid for."

Play clip (excerpt): 8 Million Ways to Die (1986)

8 Million Ways to Die (1986)

- "What am I working on? Uh, I'm working on something that'll change the world and human life as we know it."
- "Change it a lot or just a bit? You'll have to be more specific."
- "What, you want me to be specific here, in this room, with, uh, half the scientific community of North America eavesdropping?"
- "Is there another way?"
- "You could come back to my lab. Listen, I'll make you cappuccino. I have a Faema of my very own. You know what that is? It's not the dilettante's plastic kitchen model. It's one of those, uh... uh., uh, real restaurant espresso machines with a-an eagle on top and..."
- "Somehow I get the feeling you don't get out much."
- "You can tell that?"
- "Yeah."
- "I think you're making a mistake. I think you really want to talk to me."
- "Sorry, I have three other interviews to do before this party's over."
- "Yeah, but they're not working on something that'll change the world as we know it."
- "They say they are."
- "Yeah, but they're lying. I'm not."

Play clip (excerpt): The Fly (1986)

The Fly (1986)

(voice-over) "God, she's beautiful. She's got the prettiest eyes. She looks so sexy in that sweater. I just want to be alone with her and hold her and kiss her, and tell her how much I love her, take care of her. Stop it, you idiot. She's your wife's sister. But I can't help it. I'm consumed by her. It's been months now. I dream about her. I- I, I think about her at the office. Oh, Lee. What am I gonna do? I hear myself mooning over you, and it's disgusting. Before, when she squeezed past me in the doorway, and I smelt that perfume on the back of her neck, Jesus, I, I thought I was gonna swoon! Easy, you're a dignified financial advisor. It doesn't look good for you to swoon."
Play clip (excerpt): Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

(voice-over) (narrator reading scrolling text) "On the twenty-third day of the month of September, in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence. And this terrifying enemy surfaced, as such enemies often do, in the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places..."
Play clip (excerpt): Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

(dictating): "Your Holiness, the little matter that brought me here to the furthest edge of your light on Earth is now settled. And the Indians are once more free to be enslaved by the Spanish and Portuguese settlers. I don't think that's hitting the right note. Begin again. Your Holiness, I write to you in this year of Our Lord 1758 from the southern continent of the Americas, from the town of Asunción, in the Province of La Plata, two weeks march from the great mission of San Miguel. These missions have provided a refuge for the Indians against the worst depredations of the settlers and have earned much resentment because of it. The noble souls of these Indians incline towards music. Indeed, many a violin played in the academies of Rome itself has been made by their nimble and gifted hands. It was from these missions the Jesuit fathers carried the word of God to the high and undiscovered plateau to those Indians still existing in their natural state and received in return, martyrdom."
Play clip (excerpt): The Mission (1986)

The Mission (1986)

(voice-over) "I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being. It happened in the summer of 1959 - a long time ago, but only if you measure in terms of years. I was living in a small town in Oregon called Castle Rock. There were only twelve hundred and eighty-one people. But to me, it was the whole world."
Play clip (excerpt): Stand By Me (1986)

Stand By Me (1986)

- "I am Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior drill instructor. From now on, you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be 'Sir!' Do you maggots understand that?"
- (unison) "Sir, yes Sir."
- "Bulls--t, I can't hear you. Sound off like you gotta pair!"
- (unison) "SIR, YES SIR!"
- "If you ladies leave my island, if you survive recruit training, you will be a weapon. You will be a minister of death praying for war. But until that day, you are pukes. You are the lowest form of life on Earth. You are not even human f--kin' beings. You are nothing but unorganized grabastic pieces of amphibian s--t! Because I am hard, you will not like me. But the more you hate me, the more you will learn. I am hard but I am fair. There is no racial bigotry here. I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers. Here you are all equally worthless. And my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps. Do you maggots understand that?"
- (unison) "SIR, YES SIR!"
- "Bulls--t, I can't hear you."
- (unison) "SIR, YES SIR!"
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Play clip (excerpt): Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

"Once upon a time, many years ago, two burglars broke into our neighbor's house in Rockaway. Mr. and Mrs. Needleman had gone to a movie, and the following events occurred..."
Play clip (excerpt): Radio Days (1987)

Radio Days (1987)

"September 21, 1945... that was the night I died."
Play clips (excerpt): Grave of the Fireflies (1988) (English dub) Grave of the Fireflies (1988) (Japanese)

Grave of the Fireflies (1988, Jp.) (aka Hotaru no haka)

(title card) In Prague, in 1968, there lived a young doctor named Tomas...
- "Take off your clothes."
- "What?"
- "I said, 'take off your clothes.'"
- "But you saw everything last night."
- "Mmm, but I need to check something."

Play clip (excerpt): The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

(alarm clock sounds) "Wake up! Wake up, wake up, wake up, up you wake, up you wake, up you wake, up you wake! This is Mister Senor Love Daddy, your voice of choice, the world's only twelve-hour strongman on the air, here on WE LOVE Radio, 108 FM, the last on your dial but first in your hearts and that's the truth, Ruth. Here I am. Am I here? Ya know it. It ya know. This is Mister Senor Love Daddy doin' the nasty to your ears, your ears to the nasty. I'se only play da platters dat matter, da matters dey platter, and that's the truth, Ruth. From the heart of Bed-Stuy, you're listening to WE LOVE Radio. Doin' the ying and the yang, the hip and the hop, the stupid, fresh thing, the flippity-flop. AWOOO! I have today's forecast for you. Hot! The color for today is black. That's right, black. So you can absorb some of these rays and save that heat for winter. So you wanna get on out there and wear that black and be involved! Also, today's temperature's gonna rise up over 100 degrees. So that's a Jheri-curl alert. That's right, Jheri-curl alert. If you have a Jheri curl, stay in the house, or you'll end up with a permanent plastic helmet on your head forever. All right, we're gonna say hello to Mister and Missus, that's Mister and Missus. And happy birthday to Big Red, Little Red, and Miss Annie Mae, who's 100 today, and if you're careful and stay out of the heat..."
Play clip (excerpt): Do the Right Thing (1989)

Do the Right Thing (1989)

- "Garbage. All I've been thinkin' about all week is garbage. I mean, I just can't stop thinkin' about it."
- "What kind of thoughts about garbage?"
- "I just, I've gotten real concerned over what's gonna happen with all the garbage. I mean, we've got so much of it. You know? I mean, we have to run out of places to put this stuff eventually. The last time I-I started feelin' this way is when that barge was stranded and, you know, it was goin' around the island and nobody would claim it. Do you remember that?"
- "Yes, I remember. Do you have any idea what may have triggered this concern?"
- "Yeah. Yeah. You see, the other night John was takin' out the garbage, and he kept spilling things out of the container, and that made me...I started imagining, like, (a) garbage can that produces garbage. And it doesn't stop, it just keeps producin' garbage. And it just keeps overflowin'. And, you know, what would you do to try to stop something like that?"
- "Ann, do you see any pattern here?"
- "What do you mean?"
- "Well, last week we were talking about your obsession with the families of airline fatalities. Now we're talking about your concern over the garbage problem."
- "Yeah, so?"
- "Well, if you think about it, I think you'll see that the object of your obsession is invariably something negative which you have no control over."
- "Yeah, but how many people do you think run around obsessing over how great and how happy things are? You know, I mean, maybe they do, but I don't think they're in therapy. Anyway, bein' happy isn't all that great. I mean, the last time I was really happy, I got so fat. I must've put on 25 pounds. I thought John was gonna have a stroke."
Play clip (excerpt): Sex, Lies & Videotape (1989)

sex, lies and videotape (1989)

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