During lunch a few weeks ago, I was reading the previous week’s Entertainment Weekly. It featured an article on readers’ favorite movie lines (that’s not the article, it’s just part of the list. It’s the best I could find). Mike and I quote movie lines all the time, so I was interested to see what the readers chose. When I was reading the article, it struck me as interesting that I have slept through Gladiator more times than I have actually seen it, and yet it still gives me chills to read this:
“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the armies of the North, general of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”
Most of the quotes that my friends and I toss back and forth are funny lines (“The veil is not attacking you!” “She said they were Satan’s panties!”) but I started thinking about lines that really move me. The ones that bring tears to my eyes or give me chills. The night before I was reading the article, Mike and I watched Miracle (which I quoted yesterday). So I guess I was in the mood to be inspired.
Gamling: Too few have come. We cannot defeat the armies of Mordor.
Theoden: No, we cannot. But we will meet them in battle nonetheless.
I mean, I love Aragorn, but there is something really compelling about Theoden’s character. In The Two Towers, he acts brave for the sake of his men, but by the time of the Battle of Pellenor Fields in The Return of the King, he’s given up on that.
Mike suggested that I include some quotes from Braveheart, of course, but since I haven’t seen Braveheart, I don’t know what the best quotes are. The only one I know is, “They may take away our lives, but they’ll never take our freeeedoooomm!” hehe. He also suggested several Gene Kranz (Ed Harris) lines from Apollo 13:
Chris Kraft: This could be the worst disaster NASA’s ever faced.
Gene Kranz: With all due respect, sir, I believe this is gonna be our finest hour.
Gene Kranz: We’ve never lost an American in space, we’re sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option.
From The Shawshank Redemption:
“Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.”
From To Kill a Mockingbird:
“Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passing.”
And, one last quote, because I am a sucker for inspirational sports movies and the Olympics are a perfect time for them. And what better inspirational sports movie is there than Rudy? (Don’t argue with me here.) Sure, the “Five foot nothin’, a hundred and nothin’,” line is great, but where I really start to cry is when the captain of the team brings in his jersey, telling the coach they want Rudy to play instead of them.
“You’re an All-American and the team captain, act like it.”
“I believe I am.”
I read a review of Seabiscuit (which I have not seen) in which Roger Ebert says that his theory is that people “more readily cry at movies not because of sadness, but because of goodness and courage.” Looking at the ones I thought of (and I am sure there are dozens more that I couldn’t remember), I think he’s right.
We all throw around humorous movie quotes, but what are some of your favorite chill-inducing quotes?