From “Say hello to my little friend” in Scarface to “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” in Jaws, there are so many memorable film quotes. But here are 11 great quotes that rarely get a mention.
“I told you not to stop, now let’s go.”
Willard (Martin Sheen) to Chief (Albert Hall) after the crew of PBR Streetgang slaughter the Vietnamese sampan family midway through Francis Coppola’s Apocalypse Now.
“They got your message Kathryn.”
James Cole (Bruce Willis) to Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe) – at which point it fully dawns on her that the world really is moving towards a plague-ridden apocalypse – in Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys.
“It’s cyanide, cut with carbolic acid, to give it a mellow flavor.”
Bitter barfly Larry Slade (Robert Ryan) prepares for another drink near the start of John Frankenheimer’s 1973 version of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh.
“We’re after men, and I wish to God I was with them. The next time you make a mistake I’m going to ride off and let you die.”
The traitorous Deke Thornton (Robert Ryan again) spells it out for the degenerate group of bounty hunters he is leading in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch.
“I think I’ve lost my faith, Tom.”
Father Damian Karras (Jason Miller) to Father Tom (Thomas Bermingham) just before he takes on the Devil in William Friedkin’s The Exorcist.
“Bullshit! That’s not what she said – what she said doesn’t make any sense.”
Dillon (Carl Weathers) disputes Anna’s (Elpida Carrillo) claim that “the jungle came alive and took him” (Hawkins, played by Shane Black) in John McTiernan’s Predator.
“These are the facts Rich. I mean I haven’t even begun to let my imagination loose on this thing.”
Alex Cutter (John Heard) to Richard Bone (Jeff Bridges) before their ill fated attempt to bring down the establishment in Ivan Passer’s Cutter’s Way.
“Life’s got no time for your little boy games – leave all that nonsense at home when you come here.”
Recovering junkie Samuel L. Jackson, ignorant of the fact that his 12-year-old son (Sean Nelson) has just rescued his daughter and single-handedly brought down a wannabe drug kingpin, in the closing moments of Boaz Yakin’s Fresh.
“Do you think LBJ would ever have asked Hunt to forge a cable implicating Kennedy in the assassination of the president of Vietnam?”
John Ehrlichman (JT Walsh) questions HR “Bob” Halderman (James Woods) about his knowledge of Richard Nixon’s past crooked dealings in Oliver Stone’s Nixon.
“Are you ready for that – checking into a Vegas hotel under a phony name with intent to commit capital fraud and a head full of acid? I sure hope so.”
Dr Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) to Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) on the road in Terry Gilliam’s take on Hunter S. Thompson’s classic novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
“They made us too smart, too quick and too many. We are suffering for the mistakes they made, because when the end comes all that will be left is us. That’s why they hate us – and that’s why you must stay here, with me.”
Gigolo Joe (Jude Law) tries to persuade fellow android David (Haley Joel Osment) to stay with him in Steven Spielberg’s AI.
Written and compiled by Mark Fraser.
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