So according to something I read on the internet - thus it must be true - "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" has been voted as the greatest line of dialogue ever uttered in a movie. The movie of course is Gone With The Wind, a classic from 1939. Yeah, a movie from more than 70 years ago.
It beat out such immortal utterances as "May the force be with you", "I'll be back", "You can't handle the truth", "You talkin' to me?" and "Mama always said life is like a box of chocolates".
I'd like to know just who the hell voted on this survey - incontinent senile members of AARP? I mean there's lots of movies out there with some really great lines.
Take for example the memorable dialogue from Caddyshack:
A flute with no holes is not a flute. And a doughnut with no hole is a Danish.
And what about this exchange from Airplane:
There's been a little problem in the cockpit, and I was...
The cockpit - what is it?
It's the little room at the front of the plane where the pilot sits,
but that's not important right now.
Or this great line from Blazing Saddles...
Excuse me while I whip this out.
Or another statement of equal gravitas from the same film:
Gentlemen, please. Rest your sphincters.
One of my all time favourites comes from Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb:
Gentlemen you can't fight in here. This is the War Room.
And who will ever forget the brilliant economy of words exhibited in that immortal classic Wayne's World:
From Monty Python and the Holy Grail comes the memorable line:
Just a flesh wound.
Not to mention my very favourite:
I fart in your general direction.
They just don't write great dialogue like this anymore!
So, in conclusion, when I think of which line won out in this little cinematic survey, I'm moved to quote the character Howard Beale in the movie Network:
I want you to get up right now, and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell: "I'm mad as Hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"