“Wish We’d Said That”: Our Film Quote Quiz

August 30, 2020 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | FILM | 0 Comments |

"It was Beauty killed the Beast."

41 deathless lines are below. See how well you can identify them (answers further below).


  1. “You despise me, don’t you?” “If I gave you any thought, I probably would.”
  2. “You talkin’ to me?”
  3. “…I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this any more!”
  4. “Sometimes nothin’ is a real cool hand.”
  5. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
  6. “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”
  7. “Everything begins, and ends, at exactly the right time and place.”
  8. “My father taught me many things here…taught me in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”
  9. “The Children of the night…what music they make!”
  10. “I’m 56 years old. I can’t blame anybody for anything I do.”
  11. “Go, and never darken my towels again!”
  12. “President…my big toe would make a better President.”
  13. “Oh, that’s silly. No woman could ever run for President. She’d have to admit she’s over 35.”
  14. “The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.”
  15. “So bright after a séance. Brightness just seems to fall from the air.”
  16. “I have about the same interest in jewelry that I have in politics, horse racing, modern poetry or women who need weird excitement…none.”
  17. “I wouldn’t go so far as to call a dog filthy but, they’re definitely dirty, but, a dog’s got personality, personality goes a long way.”
  18. “You’re willing to pay him a thousand dollars a night just for singing? Why, you can get a phonograph record of Minnie the Moocher for 75 cents. And for a buck and a quarter, you can get Minnie.”
  19. “Go sell crazy somewhere else. We’re all stocked-up here.”
  20. “You’ve got to ask yourself a question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?
  21. “I never knew there were snake charmers in Texas.”
  22. “Be thankful Brighton that when God made you a fool, he gave you a fool’s face.”
  23. “We don’t sell tic-tacs for Chrissake, we sell cigarettes. And they’re cool. And available. And addictive, the job is almost done for us.”
  24. “Here lies John Rambo. War Hero. Survivor of countless incursions behind enemy lines. Killed for vagrancy in Jerkwater, U.S.A.”
  25. “I see dead people……Walking around like regular people…They don’t know they’re dead.”
  26. “I’m not saying we wouldn’t get our hair mussed, but I do say no more than 10 to 20 million killed, tops.”
  27. “I hate those Russian plays. Always full of women staring out of windows, whining about ducks going to Moscow.”
  28. “We tread very softly with each other because we both play each other’s game too well. I know this game you’re playing, I know it very well and I play it very well. You play it very well too but you know what? I’m the only one who’s better at it than you are. I can beat you at it, so don’t push me. I’m warning you.” and then, as a catharsis: “You’re a sad and pathetic man. You’re a homosexual and you don’t want to be…You may very well one day be able to know a heterosexual life, if you want it desperately enough, if you pursue it with the fervour with which you annihilate – but you’ll always be homosexual as well – always Michael – Always – until the day you die.”
  29. “I faked a little Chopin. You faked a big response.”
  30. “You’re an unprincipled man, Hud.” “Well don’t let that fuss ya. You got enough for both of us.”
  31. “So I got talent. So what beat me?” “Character.” “Yeah, sure.” “You’re damned right I’m sure. Everybody’s got talent. I got talent. You think you can play big-money straight pool, or poker, for forty straight hours on nothing but talent? You think they call Minnesota Fats the best in the country just ’cause he’s got talent? Nah. Minnesota Fats’s got more character in one finger than you got in your whole skinny body.”
  32. “He’s poked his pecker in some sorry trash bins.”
  33. “Once again that oaf has ruined my day!”
  34. “What do you give a wife that has everything? An injection of insulin.”
  35. “People”? I ain’t “people.” I am a – “a shimmering, glowing star in the cinema firmament.”
  36. “Before, he was evil and my enemy; now, he is evil and my friend.”
  37. “Oh, I wish Daddy could be here right now! You can never lose your talent, he used to tell me. You can lose everything else, but, you can’t lose your talent.”
  38. “You know I get the feeling like a whipped dog some days. Some night I’m gonna bite back, I swear!”
  39.  (Hildy Johnson) “I suppose I proposed to you?” (Walter Burns) “Well, you practically did, making goo-goo eyes at me for two years until I broke down.”
  40. “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!”
  41. “I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.”


  1. Peter Lorre to Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca.
  2. Taxi Driver.
  3. Peter Finch in Network.
  4. Cool Hand Luke.
  5. Rhett (Clark Gable) to Scarlett (Vivian Leigh) in Gone With the Wind.
  6. Apocalypse Now.
  7. Miranda in Picnic at Hanging Rock.
  8. The Godfather.
  9. Dracula.
  10. World weary cynical Bail bondsman Max Cherry (Robert Forster) in Jackie Brown.
  11. Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) in Duck Soup.
  12. J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) in Sweet Smell of Success.
  13. Katherine Hepburn in State of the Union.
  14. Private Eye Sam Spade to gunsel Wilmer in The Maltese Falcon.
  15. Myra Savage in Séance on a Wet Afternoon.
  16. Cary Grant to Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief.
  17. Philosophical discussion in Pulp Fiction.
  18. Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx) in A Night at the Opera.
  19. As Good as it Gets.
  20. Dirty Harry.
  21. Cynical copper Trevor Howard, reviewing ‘Oklahoma Kid’ in The Third Man.
  22. Anthony Quinn to Anthony Quayle in Lawrence of Arabia.
  23. Thank You for Smoking.
  24. First Blood.
  25. The Sixth Sense.
  26. General Turgidson (George C. Scott) explains a first strike policy to the President (Peter Sellars) in Dr. Strangelove.
  27. Withnail to I, after declining to understudy in The Seagull in Withnail & I.
  28. Harold picks apart Michael’s soul in The Boys in the Band.
  29. Five Easy Pieces.
  30. Homer to Hud in Hud.
  31. Bert Gordon tells it straight to ‘Fast’ Eddie Felson in The Hustler.
  32. Libby Holden (Kathy Bates) about Governor Jack Stanton in Primary Colors.
  33. Uncle Monty (about his cat) in Withnail & I.
  34. Klaus von Bülow (Jeremy Irons) in Reversal of Fortune.
  35. Lina Lamont explains her contractual rights in Singin’ in the Rain.
  36. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.
  37. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
  38. Affliction.
  39. His Girl Friday.
  40. Dr. Strangelove.
  41. Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) in Sunset Boulevard.


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