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I Don't Give A Damn!

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!"


baldychaz said…
Airplane is the king of dialouge dont call me surley being my favourite.
nonamedufus said…
baldychaz: Some great lines in that movie but yours wasn't one of them. Check your spelling, heh, heh.
LOTGK said…
One of my favorite movies spawned a bevy of movie lines,
Animal House:

See if you can guess what I am now...

Forget it, he's on a roll.

Thank you sis may I have another....
nonamedufus said…
LOTGK: Another movie masterpiece. TOGA, TOGA!
laughingmom said…
I'm a Python Fan : "But I'm not dead , yet!"
Anonymous said…
Ha! This is funny! I was just thinking about one of MY fave lines:

My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

Princess Bride is one of the best movies evah!
LOTGK said…
Run Away!
From Python.
nonamedufus said…
laughingmom: When I went to NYC a couple of years back I went to see Spamalot. Hilarious. And I bought that T-shirt.
nonamedufus said…
Quirks: And the next line is: "Stop saying that!" Ha, ha.
nonamedufus said…
LOTGK: Are you one of the Knights who say Ni?
Brooke Amanda said…
LOVE Airplane. I could also quote any Adam Sandler/Chris Farley movie!
00dozo said…
OMG! How could you forget, "Badges?? We need no steenkin' badges!", originally from the 'Maltese Falcon', parodied in 'Blazing Saddles'.
nonamedufus said…
Brooke Amanda: Now there's a talent to be proud of. ;)
nonamedufus said…
00dozo: Another great line, absolutely. One of my faves.
LOTGK said…
Are you one of the Knights who say Ni?

We are no longer the Knights who say ni.
LOTGK said…
From Predator:
You are one ugly Mother FOOKER
LOTGK said…
Charlton Heston, as Taylor from Planet Of The Apes,

Get your stinkin paws off me you damn dirty ape.

Damn you. Damn you all to hell.
Ziva said…
...and that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana shaped. Personally, I think you could take any Monty Python quote and it would kick "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn"'s ass. Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time.
Kelly said…
"What knockers!"


"It's FrankenSHTEEN!"

I cannot BELIEVE Young Frankenstein was not quoted.
LOTGK said…
Would you mind telling me who's brain i did put in?

And you won't be angry?

I angry.

Abby someone.

Abby Someone. Abby who?

Abby Normal. I'm almost sure that was the name.

LOTGK said…
Back To The Future:

Marty to Doc at the end,

What, do our kids turn out to be assholes or something?
LOTGK said…
Continuing with Animal House:

Inside the Deathmobil:
Ramming Speed.....

He's a legacy. We need the dues.

Fat drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son. Well, out with it...
00dozo said…
@ Kelly: Its, "FrankUNshteen" - emphasis on the "un".

Really, I was expecting at least some Young Frankenstein quotes, too!

dufus: Now, see what you've started.
"Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"

"I am serious. And don't call me Shirley."

"This tastes like an orange FOOT!" (obscure. Albert Brooks in "Mother.")

"Stop it now, I mean it!"
"Anybody want a peanut?"
meleah rebeccah said…
Personally, I think EVERY exchange from Airplane is totally-super-hilarious!
nonamedufus said…
LOTGK: It's just a flesh wound.
nonamedufus said…
LOTGK: Bleed, bastard.
nonamedufus said…
LOTGK: Planet of the Apes...another of my favourite movies. "Dr. I'd like to kiss you goodbye" "All right, but you're so damn ugly."
nonamedufus said…
Ziva: Oh I agree. No one expects the Spanish inquisition.
nonamedufus said…
Kelly: Another great one. Werewolf? There!
nonamedufus said…
LOTGK: Okay, now you're showing off.
nonamedufus said…
LOTGK: "Give me a Pepsi Free." "You want a Pepsi, Pal, you're gonna pay for it."
nonamedufus said…
LOTGK: Now those are obscure.
nonamedufus said…
00dozo: Oh, I know. Little did I know I'd have this kind of reaction. Everyone has their favourite film!
nonamedufus said…
Chris: There's some obscure ones there. I had to look some of them up. You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you.
nonamedufus said…
meleah rebeccah:There are so many great lines in that movie. "I picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue."
Janna said…
"Soylent Green is... PEOPLE!!!"

"These are not the droids you are looking for."

"I love the smell of napalm in the morning."

"Bond... James Bond."

"You... shall.... not.... PASS!"

(*pause while I attempt to re-create the campfire farting scene from Blazing Saddles...*)

I also love all the Airplane quotes, the Young Frankenstein quotes, and anything Monty Python related. :)
nonamedufus said…
Janna: I loved Soylent Green. Classic. And Apocalypse Now. And the fart scene from Blazing Saddles.

It seems many of us are Mel Brooks, Monty Python and Airplane fans!
Bluezy said…
You are so right! WhoTF is doing the voting. I watched the academy awards...the one with Sandra Bullock kissng Scarlet Johanssen. The whole show to me was really challenging what can be said and done on TV. It was the crudest one I ever saw...which did not bother me, just made me think how things have really changed. Some were downright stupid,though. If I were to be voting on this thing, though, I'd have a hard time deciding because of all the good ones especially the crude ones.
nonamedufus said…
Bluezy: Gee I issed Bullock and Johanssen kissing. The two hosts put me to sleep before all that happened.
LOTGK said…
You must go into the forest and cut down the mightiest tree with...a...herring.

Pussy. Pussy Galore.

No Mister Bond, I expect you to die.
nonamedufus said…
LOTGK: I think no one's enjoyed this post more than you!

"Shake and Bake"
justine love said…
and how about this line... "I have nipples Greg, could you milk me? from Meet the Fockers... who seriously would forget that line? O_O
nonamedufus said…
Justine: There were some good lines from that movie, yeah.

"Can you believe I fathered him with just one testicle? Imagine how he would have turned out if I had two."

"Yeah, Dom Focker, that's my Dad's first cousin. You meet his kids, Randy and Omy?"
LOTGK said…
LOTGK: I think no one's enjoyed this post more than you!

Aw shucks. You're just saying that.
(Cowardly Lion, wizard of oz)

I'll get you my pretty. And your little dog to.

We're not in Kansas anymore Toto.

What would you say if you had a brain?

You cursed little brat. I'm melting. Melting.

From Its a mad mad mad mad world.

It's the big double you I tell ya, the big W.

I say, your behavior has been ruddy outrageous.
nonamedufus said…
LOTGK: Okay, you win.
LOTGK said…
OK, last one, because,

nonamedufus said…
LOTGK: Okay, okay.

Did you order the code red?
You're goddamn right I did!
Rico Swaff said…
For some reason, when I read the name, "nonamedufus" I kept thinking about if Nostradamus has a dufus brother.

I totally agree with you though. The fact that the Gone With the Wind line won is a perfect example of how time distorts things.
nonamedufus said…
Rico: Yeah, I can only see into the past. Ha, ha.
Quirkyloon said…
Ha! This is funny! I was just thinking about one of MY fave lines:

My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

Princess Bride is one of the best movies evah!
LOTGK said…
You must go into the forest and cut down the mightiest tree with...a...herring.

Pussy. Pussy Galore.

No Mister Bond, I expect you to die.
LOTGK said…
Charlton Heston, as Taylor from Planet Of The Apes,

Get your stinkin paws off me you damn dirty ape.

Damn you. Damn you all to hell.

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