June 22, 2005

No respect

Somehow I found myself watching the
AFI 100 Best Movie Quotes
show last night on TV. Don't know why, but I did. And as usual, I tended to agree with many of the choices, if not the order. But also, as usual, they forgot to actually credit the writer of the lines, ascribing the words to either the director or the actor who delivered them. In some cases, like the Godfather or Apocalypse Now, it was (at least partially) the same person ("The Godfather" and "The Godfather, Part II" by Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo based on Puzo's novel (The Godfather), and "Apocalypse Now " by John Millius and FF Coppola, with narration by Michael Herr) but in many other instances it just pisses me off to see the creators of the work nearly universally ignored.

Six quotes from Casablanca and does anyone know who the Epstein brothers (Philip and Julius are?

How about Paddy Chayefsky?


At least the list helps correct some mis-remembered quotes like these:

26. "Why don't you come up sometime and see me?", "She Done Him Wrong," 1933 by Harvey F. Thew and John Bright based on the play "Diamond Lil" by Mae West

(You always hear "Why don't you come up and see me sometime?")

36. "Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!", "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," 1948 by John Huston based on the novel by B Traven

(Everyone gets this one wrong as "We don't need no stinkin' badges".)


A few of these seem totally arbitrary. I mean who actually remembers that line from "On Golden Pond" (Ernest Thompson)?

And "Dead Poets Society" ("Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary", Tom Schulman) or "Moonstruck" ("Snap out of it!" John Patrick Shanley) ahead of "I'll get you my pretty and your little dog, too" (Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf, plus uncredited help from Irving Brecher, William H. Cannon, Herbert Fields, Arthur Freed, Jack Haley, E.Y. Harburg, Samuel Hoffenstein, Bert Lahr, John Lee Mahin, Herman J. Mankiewicz, Jack Mintz, Sid Silvers)? Crikey!

But who can't be thrilled to see the great work of Brian Doyle-Murray, Harold Ramis and Douglas Kenney take its rightful place in the cannon:

"Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac ... It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!" "Caddyshack," 1980.

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