A contact on Google+ posted some of her favorite movie lines. Of course, immediately, folks joined in with theirs (a few of which were attributed incorrectly). It made me start thinking of mine. And, since I’m bored, here are a few of my favorites.
A few of things to consider as writers:
- Great lines only work as a part of a great scene.
- Great lines are usually surrounded by other great dialogue.
- The line must be delivered in a manner that is believable for the character and pushes the story.
- The character isn’t trying to deliver a great line; he or she is talking. When they are trying to deliver a memorable line, it becomes cheesy or a meme (“I’ll be back.” “Feel lucky, punk?”) You better have an extraordinary character to pull that off. (Or Eastwood. One of those.)
Failya … to Communicate:
Cool Hand Luke:
Treasure of the Sierra Madre:
Little pigs, little pigs …
(Anyone else rooting for him to shut her up?)
(This one tears me out of the page.)
Men at Work
And Finally, My Favorite – Improvised by the actor, and recited over and over
For you who can’t get enough – the AFI’s Top 50:
The 100 Greatest Movie Insult of All Time!