Skip to comments.AFI's 100 YEARS...100 MOVIE QUOTES
Posted on 11/18/2004 8:19:10 AM PST by Mad Dawgg
THE MOST MEMORABLE PHRASES FROM FILM CELEBRATED IN EIGHTH ANNUAL AFI/CBS TELEVISION EVENT
"Here's Looking at You, Kid," "Show Me the Money!" "I'll be Back" and Hundreds More Vie for the Title of "Movie Quote of The Century"
LOS ANGELES, November 17, 2004-The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced that AFI's 100 Years . . . 100 Movie Quotes will be the theme for AFI's eighth annual celebration of 100 years of American movies.
AFI'S 100 Years . . . 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases will count down America's 100 greatest lines of dialogue spoken in the movies, as chosen by experts of the motion picture community, in a three-hour television event on the CBS Television Network in June 2005.
Last year's special, AFI's 100 Years . . . 100 Songs, was the most popular AFI special in the series to date, winning the night handily and coming in third for the week with an 8.3 household rating and a 14 share, representing a 66% ratings advantage over its nearest competitor. Due to its popularity, CBS rebroadcast the special on August 13, 2004.
Each year, the AFI program has garnered considerable attention from movie lovers around the world. Previous programs within this series have included AFI 100 Years...100 Movies (1998), . . . 100 Stars (1999), . . . 100 Laughs (2000), . . . 100 Thrills (2001), . . . 100 Passions (2002), . . . 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) and . . . 100 Songs (2004).
"Great movie quotes become part of our cultural vocabulary," stated AFI's Director and CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg. "When you consider that any phrase from American film is eligible, you realize this is our most subjective topic to date. We expect nothing less than a war of words as we re-ignite interest in classic American movies."
For the eighth consecutive year, the primetime special will be executive produced and directed by Gary Smith; executive produced for AFI by former AFI Board chair Frederick S. Pierce; and produced by Dann Netter and Bob Gazzale. SFM Entertainment LLC is the distributor of the program. Past sponsors of the series have included General Motors, Pepsi, Johnson & Johnson, Best Buy, Anheuser-Busch, Colgate-Palmolive and all major motion picture companies.
About the Jury Process
Today, AFI distributed a ballot with 400 nominated movie quotes to a jury of over 1,500 leaders from the creative community, including film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers), critics and historians.
This year, the jury will be asked to choose up to 100 movie quotes from a comprehensive list, including entries such as "Here's lookin' at you, kid" (CASABLANCA), "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" (GONE WITH THE WIND), "Why don't you come up sometime and see me?" (SHE DONE HIM WRONG), "May the Force be with you" (STAR WARS), "Houston, we have a problem" (APOLLO 13), "Snap out of it!" (MOONSTRUCK), "You can't handle the truth!" (A FEW GOOD MEN), "I'll be back" (THE TERMINATOR) and "Show me the money!" (JERRY MAGUIRE).
Due to the extensive number of memorable movie lines in American film, jurors may also write in votes for up to five quotes that may not already appear on the ballot.
The jurors have been asked to consider the following criteria in making their selections:
A statement, phrase or brief exchange of dialogue spoken in an American film.* (Lyrics from songs are not eligible.)
Movie Quotes that viewers use in their own lives and situations; circulating through popular culture, they become part of the national lexicon.
Movie Quotes that viewers use to evoke the memory of a treasured film, thus ensuring and enlivening its historical legacy.
*AFI defines an American film as an English language motion picture with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the United States. Additionally, only Movie Quotes from feature-length American films released before January 1, 2004, will be considered. AFI defines a feature-length film as a motion picture of narrative format that is typically over 60 minutes in length.
Interesting Facts about the Ballot
Chronologically, the ballot spans from 1927-with the first full-length sound film, THE JAZZ SINGER: "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!"-to 2002 and "My precious" from THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS.
CASABLANCA has seven quotes in AFI's ballot, making it the most represented film.
THE WIZARD OF OZ is the second most represented film with six quotes.
Humphrey Bogart has 10 quotes on the ballot, the most represented male actor. Al Pacino and the Marx Brothers follow with six quotes each and Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, James Stewart and Jack Nicholson are all represented with five quotes each. Funnymen Woody Allen, Peter Sellers and Mike Myers each have four quotes represented.
Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, Judy Garland and Vivien Leigh each have four memorable movie quotes on the ballot.
Billy Wilder is the top represented writer with 13 quotes, some co-written with I.A.L. Diamond, Charles Brackett and Raymond Chandler. Frances Ford Coppola has nine quotes represented, with seven coming from THE GODFATHER Trilogy. Mario Puzo, Coppola's collaborator on THE GODFATHER trilogy, has a total of eight quotes. Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch each have seven quotes (all from CASABLANCA), followed by Woody Allen with six and Cameron Crowe, William Goldman and Stanley Kubrick with five quotes each.
1939 is the most represented year with 19 movie quotes. 1942 has 17 quotes and 1980 has 12.
What is some of your favorite movie quotes?
(BTW there is an entire list of the 400 nominated movie quotes at the bottom of the article. Just click the link at the top of this page to get there and scroll down. It is in pdf format.)
My advice to you is to start drinking heavily.
My favorite quote is from Return of the Jedi, when the Emperor says "You want this. The hate is swelling in you now."
I often say it to my cats when they beg for my food.
From Lethal Weapon:
Murtaugh: "God must hate me."
Riggs: "Hate Him back. Works for me."
"...Charlie don't surf!" -- Col. Killgore in Apocalypse Now
"What a colossal blunder!"
Yes, a bit obscure, but in the context it was used it was great.
First one to name the movie get extra bonus points......
"I can't think about that today. I"ll think about it tomorrow"
I'd list my favorites, but I think we're gonna need a bigger boat.
Nice. Me, I've often employed a classic line from the first Star Wars while at work. During discussions, whenever someone doesn't agree to one of my recommendations, I lower my voice and simply say, "I find your lack of faith disturbing."
Did we give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?
Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn about grammar.
Hunt for Red October. Love that movie.
"Anything that flies that far oughta have a stewardess on it."
"Say hello to my little friend!"
There is also a classic line from Daces With Wolves, where the old Indian guy says "We must speak more of this. That is all I have to say."
Swim, hell the fall will probably kill you.
My favorite is from "Tombstone"
"You tell em I'm comin, and hells comin with me."
"It's alive." My lady really gets angry when I use it.
The movie quote I use the most often is "yippee kaya motherf----r". I find between using it as it was written and using it sarcastically it pretty much covers all of my reactions to just about everything.
You left out a word, but Bull Durham is a good source. ;^)
"I believe there's a divine presence in the universe, except for certain parts of New Jersey." Woody Allen, Sleeper.
I made him an offer he can't refuse
I'm your huckleberry
The end of 'Some Like it Hot'.
Jack Lemmon is in drag explaining to a man who wants to marry him that he's no good, he can't have kids, he smokes all the time.
Finally he takes off his wig and says..." I'm a man".
His suitor looks at him deadpan and says...." Nobody's Perfect".
From Full Metal Jacket: "How can you shoot women, and children? Easy, you just don't lead 'em so much."
Well, you know - it's a family site......
"He shouldn't have decorated his saloon with the body of my friend!"
"NO WIRE HANGERS...EVER!!!"
KILGORE: "Charlie don't surf !"
In my family, I sometimes wonder if we had never seen that movie if we would be able to communicate with each other.
Those aren't pillows!
God has a h**d on for Marines because they kill everything they see!
"I have come here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and I'm all outta bubblegum!" (Roddy Piper, THEY LIVE)
Marko Ramius in The Hunt for Red October
Stanley Spadowski: George? What's the matter?
George Newman: Stanley, you don't want to know.
Stanley Spadowski: Huh? Why did I ask?
Everyone that moves is a VC. Everyone that stands still is a well disciplined VC.
I'll be back
Rumack: You'd better tell the Captain we've got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.
Elaine Dickinson: A hospital? What is it?
Rumack: It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now.
My favorite Emperor quote from Return of the Jedi that I use when a lib is spouting off on Bush or conservatives is "Let the hate flow through you."
"Nothing wrong with shooting...as long as the right people get shot." ("Dirty Harry" Callahan, MAGNUM FORCE)
My personal favorites are from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but I'm not sure that film had enough "mass appeal" to make the list.
If there were a comedy hall of fame for films (maybe there is), that film and Animal House would be in places of honor.
I can't wait to read everyone else's favorites!!!
Use enough dynamite there Butch?
"I see in your eyes, the same fear that would take the heart of me! The day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day."
"This day we fight."
sorry, but after Team America - any group associated with Hollywood shall always be FAG to me - Film Actors Guild
Now try this one:
"Don't you hate Perry's wife?"
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