We sit and watch in awe of our heroes and villains on the big screen, but never realize just how art truly imitates life. The films we watch are usually derived from stories of real people or real events, but with the magic of Hollywood the situations are magnified. We all love a good movie quote, and often find ourselves quoting a character when in a similar situation. How many times have you gotten lost and looked to a spouse or friend and said “We are not in Kansas anymore”? It happens more than we realize and that is the magic of it; we say them, but often don’t recognize it. Let’s examine where we use them and where we can use them to tweak our everyday conversations.
As a child growing up in the 80’s how many times were you late returning home form hanging out with friends and used “E.T. phone home.” That line was spilled from the lips of the lovable extraterrestrial in the 80’s hit E.T. Steven Spielberg directed the film.
We have all felt debonair at one time or another, dressing for a big date or special event. Filled with confidence that brimmed from ear to ear out came the words ”Bond. James Bond.” The great quote from Sean Connery’s Bond in Dr. No in 1962.
Creating in the kitchen has sparked many of us to feel like a mad scientist while whipping up a great dinner. When the timer goes off and from out of the oven come a splendid meal echoed is Dr Frankenstein’s famous words, “Its Alive. It’s Alive.” Words derived from the 1931 monster hit Frankenstein.
Another classic horror film has had many of us listen to the sounds of night while walking in the summer. Have you ever just wanted to say, “Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make’’. Have you? It was infamous in the 30’s when Dracula came out.
As with most of us there was that man or woman that came into your life and left you wondering. “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” Humphrey Bogart’s life would change forever in Casablanca the 1942 classic.
Scorned by a supposed friend or coworker? We have all been there and Michael Corleone’s words in the Godfather II never rang more true. “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”.
A small dinner argument or brief bicker between you and a love one might leave you asking, “You talkin’ to me?” Strong words from a tough character, Travis Bickle in 1976 film Taxi Driver.
Fishing with friends on a summer afternoon, one’s catch may leave you saying, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” A hilarious line from the otherwise terrifying film Jaws, the 1975 summer blockbuster.
A beautiful welcoming cry has always been, “Here’s Johnny!” Use this next time you knock on your friend’s door at an inappropriate time. It was a great entrance for Jack Nicholson in the haunting 1980 thriller The Shinning.
So, quote the Raven “Nevermore,” as this article concludes and you continue throughout the day keep your quotes handy.