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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Hey, a movie (is there any way to stop it?) starring everybody - and me!

(The title of this post is an extra-credit sixteenth quote. And correctly identified as being from The Great Muppet Caper, sung by the entire cast (with "is there any way to stop it?" plaintively intoned by Sweetums))

Well, since the comic strip quotes game seemed to be well-received, let's play a little At The Movies with Meaningless Musings. Just like before, name where (which movie) the quote came from and who said it (actor or character or both). Also like before, these are all quoted from memory so they might be a word or two off, which on the upside might make them harder to Google. And speaking of Google, if you get the answer from a search engine I commend your resourcefulness but that's cheating so please refrain from posting those answers (there will, of course, be exactly no repercussions or investigations - those sorts of things solidly KFI at 1). Also also like before, feel free to post your answers as comments or e-mail 'em to me, as you prefer.

**Edit 5/20/05 - for the last four un-guessed quotes I've added a second quote from the same movie. Happy guessing!

**Edit 5/23/05 - #11 is apparently a bit too obscure (that or everyone's Googled the answer already). The quotes were from The Secret of My Success, one of my personal favorites back in high school but hardly a runaway blockbuster hit. There's a new #11 from a different movie for your guessing enjoyment.

And away we go --

1. Just fly casual. - Correctly identified as being said by Han Solo in Return of the Jedi. I love that line. "Keep your distance, Chewie... but don't look like you're keeping your distance."

2. There he goes to write the hit song, "Alone in My Principles." - Correctly identified as being said by Lenny Haise in That Thing You Do, perhaps the best movie no one's ever heard of. If you haven't seen it, make a point of doing so ASAP; classic stuff. I could easily have just used 15 quotes from this movie alone.

3. Well, I say it with a great deal of charm. OR There are 200 pairs of eyes on you and they're all wondering two things - who's that girl and why is she dancing with the President? - Correctly identified as being from An American President. The first quote's said by Lewis Rothschild (Micheal J. Fox) by way of explaining how he gets away with his system for dating - all plans are soft until confirmed 20 minutes beforehand. The second quote's said by Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening) as she's dancing with the President.

4. And X never, ever marks the spot. - Correctly identified as being said by Indiana Jones (apparently Harrison Ford quotes are generally known) in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Indy's face when X does indeed mark the spot later in the movie is absolutely priceless.

5. Is that a lot? - Correctly identified as being said by James Tiberius Kirk in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. The crew, having traveled back in time to nineteen eighty-something to find a humpback whale and thereby save the world (a plot device which somehow works very nicely) needs money, so Kirk goes to a pawn shop to sell a pair of glasses given to him by McCoy. The shopkeeper offers him $100, and Kirk - not knowing anything about money and certainly nothing about 20th century exchange rates - offers this bon mot.

6. He's a very clean man. - Correctly identified as being said by Paul McCartney (and many other people (primarily the manager guy whose name I can't remember - the Brian Epstein of the film (the one Lennon keeps calling a swine))) in A Hard Day's Night, which was the first movie to ever be released for sale in digital form.

7. Seize the fat one! - Correctly identified as being said by Prince John (Peter Ustinov) in Disney's Robin Hood. For my money, the funniest scene in all of cinematic history - when "On Wisconsin" kicks in and Lady Cluck charges across the field I can never keep from laughing hysterically.

8. Then him... then me. OR It will turn out well. (How will it?) I don't know. It's a mystery. - Correctly identified as being from Shakespeare in Love, perhaps my favorite movie ever. Certainly the film I've spent the most on theater tickets for. The first quote is said by Mr. Fennyman (Hugh was his first name, I think) over and over as he rehearses his role as the Apothecary in Romeo 'n' Juliet. "'Such mortal drugs have I, but Mantua's law is death to any he that utters them.' Then him, then me," if memory serves. The second quote is said several times by Philip Henslowe and once by Lady Viola.

9. If you were waiting for the opportune moment - that was it. - Correctly identified as being said by Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean.

10. You know the hot tip I told you about? Nobody told the horse. OR When the circulation bell starts ringing, will we hear it? - Correctly identified as being from Newsies. The first quote's said by Racetrack, one of the Newsie gang (played by the actor who played the sidekick on Doogie Howser, M.D.). The second quote's part of a musical number sung by Jack (aka Cowboy), played by Christian Bale (who'll soon be donning the Batman cape in theaters everywhere). And, I should note in case Emily reads this blog and decides to catch me on a technicality, later said by the chirpy little kid whose name I can't remember - Davy and Sarah's little brother.

** Edit - Ah, heck, this is fun. Five more -

11. I would offer up the proudest prayer a boy could think of: Lord, make me a great composer. - Correctly identified as being said by Antonio Salieri in Amadeus, one of the most intensely well-done movies I've ever seen. I've learned that I need to consciously and intentionally limit my viewing of this movie, even though I love the soundtrack and the storyline and the writing and acting are simply spectacular. The theme of looking up from a Purgatory of mediocrity, just close enough to truly know how far away you are, strikes just a little too close to home for me. Which is, of course, a different post for another day. Congratulations, and thanks for playing!

12. You're a Sikh Catholic Muslim, with Jewish in-laws? - Correctly identified as being said by Edward Norton (playing Father Brian Finn) in Keeping the Faith.

13. You will refer to me as "Idiot," not "You Captain!" - Correctly identified as being said by Lone Starr (two r's? Really? I didn't know that) in Spaceballs. I'd heard rumors once upon a time that Mel Brooks planned to get the new Spaceballs movie into theaters before Revenge of the Sith came out, but he's certainly running out of time.

14. Nonsense. I have not yet begun to defile myself. - Correctly identified as being said by Doc Holliday in Tombstone, after it's suggested to him that perhaps 30 consecutive hours of drinking and playing poker is a bit excessive.

15. Thank you for the cookies. I can't wait to toss them! - Correctly (if belatedly and, we assume, with Internet assistance) identified as being said by Julius (Governor Schwarzenegger) in Twins.

4. We do not follow maps to buried treasure... And X never, ever marks the spot.

is from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

(Charlie, I work with your Dad ;) )
1. Han Solo, Return of the Jedi.
2. Lenny, That Thing You Do.
6. Paul (and pretty much everyone else), Hard Day's Night.

Others sound very familiar, but I can't quite place them. Does that count?
#9 is Captain Jack Sparrow, "Pirates of the Caribbean".

#7 is Prince John, "Robin Hood" (the Disney version)

#13 is Lone Starr, "Spaceballs".

There's about 5 others I'm not quite sure about...
I wish I knew some of them but it's fun to read the replies!
"Seize the fat one!!" We totally used to quote that in my suite ALL the time, very non sequitur-ish-ly, and also loudly (sometimes embarrassingly so)... man, Greg, you stole my thunder. That was one of two that I knew. Sigh. Well.. the other one:

12. A very drunk yet priestly Ed Norton to the bartender in Glauben ist Alles (otherwise known as "Keeping the Faith" :-).
The title of your blog entry is from "The Muppets Take Manhattan" (if I remember correctly), sung by the entire cast.

OK, I remembered incorrectly. The Great Muppet Caper then.
Not bad for the first day of the posting. And some new people came out to play - Hi Wendy and glitterglamgirl05 (can I call you Glammy?). Off to update the post with results...
And John - #15 is there just for you, if that helps at all.
IMDb says that Lone Starr has two r's... that's where I got it from. And as for the new Spaceballs movie... there probably won't be one. The latest buzz is that it's going to turn into Spaceballs: The Animated Series. Which is just this amazingly awful idea in my head... :-)
#14 is Doc Holliday in Tombstone.

That's all I know. Apparently I've spent more time reading comics than watching movies.
Although, now that Google tells me what it is, I really should have known #10.
That was one of the ones I thought sounded totally familiar, and your hint helped me peg it as being from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Now if only I could be sure it was Spock and not Kirk.

Or I could be completely wrong.
And I am completely wrong. Julius says that in Twins.

You may take away my CEWOGFBMFW membership card.
:-) Terribly, terribly wimpy. Old Bean!!! (squit, ptwing, etc. (anyone but John follow that?))

Actually, I was a bit confused when I read your comments (they're e-mailed to me as they're posted here) because they came in reverse order (no idea why) and there is indeed a Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home quote amongst the fifteen.
I am proud/ashamed to say that I, too, followed that, thanks to some helpful recordings sent to me in my college years.

Can't help with any of these movie quotes, though. Apparently, I'm not much of a movie buff. Also I don't have much of a memory.
I think I followed that. I certainly know what it would sound like out loud.

I'll guess that #5 is the Trek quote, spoken by Kirk. I don't actually remember it, but it seems like something he would have said in that movie.
Kirk, indeed. Only 4 to go - I'll add a second quote from each movie (not necessarily by the same character) in the spirit of helpfulness.

Recordings sent to you, really? That's... interesting. I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall whilst you were listening to them for the first time.
#10 is Newsies. (I looked it up already, but I'm confident I would have gotten the second quote without help.)
Ha! #3 is Annette Benning in "The American President", although I don't remember her character's name. At least, I think so. The second quote kind of gives it away.
#8 is from Shakspere in Love. The second quote is from the theatre owner.

Well, Shakespeare spells his name differently than I do and Fennyman is the one who said "Then him, then me" while he was practicing for his role as the apothecary (and I have no idea if I spelled that right).
I'll guess #11, even though it is just a guess and I really don't know the answer. I guess it is said by Mozart in the movie "Amadeus".
Almost there. Right movie, wrong speaker.
Must be Salieri, then.
Salieri in Amadeus, indeed. And so we've gotten all fifteen. Strong work, everyone; thanks for playing! One of these days we'll move on to TV quotes or song lyrics or maybe book excerpts.
OK Charlie, you comment whore, let's have the Star Wars movie review already! :-)
If I had to guess the first person I would ever see, call Charlie a whore, it wouldn't have been Jess. Though I am in 100% agreement with your statement.
Hi Mark! Would you like me to call you a whore, too? Well then... you are just going to have to get a blog!
Hey... I think there's a rule somewhere about referring to the blogger with proper respect. The movie review is done but it's very bad (the review, not just the movie); I'm trying to decide if it's worth going through and revising.
Well, I would certainly like to see your review. (Especially if you think the film was 'very bad', which kind of surprises me.)
You're the only person I know who has seen Episode III and not at least liked it. One of my coworkers announced this morning that it is now his favorite of the six. Heresy, I know, but that's what he said. So do tell, Charles: Was it the lizard? The "Noooo!"? What ruined your final new-Star Wars experience?
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