Film Lines and Quotes
1970s - 1980s
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1970s - 1980s
|I Never Sang For My Father (1970)|
|Love Story (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...."
(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
|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."
|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."
|Blazing Saddles (1974)|
|Barry Lyndon (1975)|
|- "What's your name again?"
- "Where are we goin'?"
- "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."
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|Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)|
- "Do you think they'll come,
|Murder By Death (1976)|
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
|Annie Hall (1977)|
(ordering pizza) - "Hi ya, Tony. Two
|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
a great metropolitan newspaper, whose reputation for clarity and
truth had become a symbol of hope for the city of Metropolis."
|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.'"
|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
|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."
|The Jerk (1979)|
- "I'm Statler."
|The Muppet Movie (1979)|
(Male announcer): "The white zone is for immediate
loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in the
- "My God, it's hot. I stepped out of the shower
and started sweating again. Still burning? Jesus, it's bigger! What is it?"
|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."
|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."
|My Dinner with Andre (1981)|
|On Golden Pond (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!"
|Conan the Barbarian (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..."]
|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."
|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..."
|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."
|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
|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."
|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..."
|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."
|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."
|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?"
|Full Metal Jacket (1987)|
|Radio Days (1987)|
|Grave of the Fireflies (1988, Jp.) (aka Hotaru no haka)|
(title card) In Prague, in 1968, there lived a young
doctor named Tomas...
|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..."
|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."
|sex, lies and videotape (1989)|