Thanks to all who participated, or at least left a comment.
Since I didn’t make it clear to everyone that Google was a legitimate research tool in this contest—I apologize, rookie mistake—I numbered everyone who ventured a guess, right or wrong, and tossed the list into the random number generator to get a winner.
But first, here are the answers and a lot of clips. I recommend all of these movies, by the way. Even number six:
Jake Blues (John Belushi), The Blues Brothers
I saw this movie for the first time my freshman year of college. To this day, “Locusts!” is my favorite excuse, for anything.
“This is Sparta!”
—King Leonides (Gerard Butler), 300
You know, this is actually sort of a chick flick, if you watch it with the sound off . . .
I would say so far, adulthood gets a three.
—Candace (voice: Ashley Tinsdale), Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension
“I feel sorry for men who don’t knit—they lead empty lives.”
—J. Pierpont Finch (Robert Morse, who is both adorable and creepy), How to Succeed at Business Without Really Trying
Finch is sucking up to his boss, who knits to relax.
This is one of my favorite musicals—it’s one long con with an emergency save. The title, by the way, is a lie.
Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not ‘every man for himself.’ And the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked ‘em up.
—Wanda (Jamie Lee Curtis), A Fish Called Wanda
Damon Killian (Richard Dawson), The Running Man:
“This is Killian. Get me the Justice Department: Entertainment Division. No, hold that. Operator, get me the President’s agent.”
This may not be a great movie . . . okay, it’s not . . . but it’s one of my favorite cult cheese-fests. Ignore Schwartzenegger (who actually isn’t bad in this, considering the material he was given): Richard Dawson, playing the producer and host of the number one game show in a dystopian America—in which criminals are allowed to win their freedom in a sort of rigged gladiatorial death-match race— is seriously one of the best cold-blooded, calculating villains I’ve ever seen.
It’s more than possible that this movie influenced that drawer novel I threatened as a booby prize.
I want a Winnebago
—Mother (Dan Akroyd), Sneakers
Around the :20 mark, but the rest is awesome, too.
“My foot! My only foot!”
—Fidget (voice: Candy Candido), The Great Mouse Detective
My then-not-husband took me to see this the summer before we were married. It’s one of his favorite movies. And this is what we both say when we stub our toes or drop things on our feet.
Gwen and Jason (Sigourney Weaver and Tim Allen), Galaxy Quest:
Gwen: It makes no logical sense! Why is this here?!
Jason: Because it’s on the television show!
Gwen: Well, forget it! I’m not doing it! This episode was badly written!
This is the quote I screwed up the most—sorry, Kev. You’re right, it’s the perfect clip for writers.
I should have stuck with Gwen’s ending line: “Whoever wrote this episode should die!”
“When I first saw you, I thought you were handsome. Then, of course, you spoke.”
—Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt), As Good as it Gets
I kind of feel that way about Jack Nicholson, too . . . And yes, this was from Mrs. P.
Sarah’s favorite John Wayne quote:
I tried so hard to find a clip and couldn’t! This one needs some context: Ssraight-laced Amelia Dedham (Elizabeth Allen) goes to a tropical island to find her father and finds Mike Donovan (John Wayne) as well. Sparks fly and Amelia usually ends up embarrassed and hopping mad.
At one point, she jumps into the backward-facing seat of golf-cart-jeep-like vehicle, and tells the driver to take her to Donovan so she can tell him off. Just as they pass Donovan walking on the road, the vehicle hits a bump and wham she’s suddenly sitting in the street. Donvan ambles past her and drawls, “Did you hurt your . . . self?”
Naturally, Amelia goes incandescent . . .
Hannah Morgan (the incomparable Lauren Bacall), The Mirror has Two Faces
The quote comes right after Rose says, “Does anyone want coffee?”
Hannah tells her to go ahead and make it, and when Rose says, “Why don’t you make it?” Hannah says . . .
“I’ve buried a husband, I’ve raised two daughters. I’ve made my coffee.”
Feathers and John T. Chance (Angie Dickenson and John Wayne), Rio Bravo:
Feathers: I thought you were never going to say it.
John T: Say what?
Feathers: That you love me.
John T: I said I’d arrest you.
Feathers: It means the same thing, you know that.
This is my favorite Western and I don’t care what you say, Dean Martin and Rickie Nelson could act and Rio Bravo proves it. Plus Angie Dickenson’s character makes this movie.
Here’s a fan-made clip of most of her best moments in Rio Bravo—the quote comes in around 8:54, but there’s quite an interesting one between 4:04 and 4:11. Whew!
—Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves), Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
I have no excuse for this one, but I say it all the time, usually to a bit of information I’m trying to coax out of an uncooperative search engine.
You know . . . For kids!
—Norville (Tim Robbins), Hudsucker Proxy
The other catchphrase that came out of this movie for our family was, “Sure, sure.” This one is far less annoying. Maybe.
And the winner is . . . Sarah Pearson!
Sarah, if I should send the gift card to an e-mail address different from the one you use to comment, please let me know!