Manliest Movie Quotes

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Sorry that it has been a while since the last post, but I'm in the middle of tithing settlement here.....

This week I have decided to let the Normal Mormon Husbands blog sprout some chest hair and bring up a subject that definietly has a Y chromosome in it somewhere. The topic is so manly, in fact, that the blog is actually beginning to grow some back and ear hair as well. So without further ado, let's open up the discussion on the Manliest Movie Quotes of all-time. Please submit up to three quotes of your own and the comment with the three best nominations will win the Manly Man award. I hope that all of my male readers come up with good recommendations since it would be embarassing for a married mother of several young children to walk away with this award.

I gave this about 45 seconds worth of thought and came up with my list of the ten manliest movie quotes of all-time, which are:

10. "For England, for home, and for the prize!" - Capt. Jack Aubrey, Master and Commander
9. "I play for the United States of America!" - Mike Eruzione, Miracle (about the US Hockey Team)
8. "It's only a flesh wound! Have at you!" - The knight on the losing end of the swordfight, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Classic.
7. "I know Kung Fu." - Neo, The Matrix (Cleanflix edited version, of course)
6. "Cut me, Mick" - Rocky Balboa, Rocky I
5. "My name is Indugo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." - Indugo Montoya, The Princess Bride
4. "If Coach stays, I play. If Coach goes, I go." - Jimmy Chitwood, Hoosiers
3. "Sweep the leg" - The Evil Sensei, Karate Kid
2. "If he dies, he dies" - Ivan Drago, Rocky II
1. "Wolverines!" - Patrick Swaze, Red Dawn

I remember as a teenager living with the fear that we would go to war with Russia. If you have never seen Red Dawn, it stars almost every young cool actor of the early nineties (Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Gray, Lea Thompson, and Charlie Sheen). When the US is suddenly invaded by a Cuban and Russian army, these high school students retreat to the woods and then singlehandedly topple the invasion. Their high school's mascot is the Wolverine, which they yell at very manly moments throughout the movie. I think my voice began to change the first time I yelled, "Wolverines" while pretending that my younger brother, two best friends, and I had become guerilla rebels who somehow saved the country with our .22's. This phrase was so moving to me that when Hunter High School was built and they asked for the incoming students to vote on the mascot, I voted for "Wolverines", which ended up being our mascot.

Best of luck racking your brains and coming up with something that can give the rest of us goosebumps.

12 comments

Angie, the Girl said...

Okay, so I'm totally not going to win this. I know it. So I'm going to use my favorite quotes BY A MAN (as opposed to manliest quotes). Pump a little estrogen into this baby, right off the bat.

1. "You . . . complete . . . me." Tom Cruise (Jerry) in Jerry McGuire to Renee Zellwegger before her face got weird. Although I hold no special affection for Tom, particularly recently, I love this movie. And although I realize that this quote has become a cliche and something of a joke, the first time you hear it--Oh! Best man quote for a woman to hear.

2. Now I'm cheating because I'm going to include a few quotes from "Say Anything," the best high school movie of all time, with the best hero of all time, Lloyd Dobbler, who reminded me a lot of Forrest when I saw it in high school and contributed to my loving the movie. My favorite Lloyd quotes:

"I got a question. If you guys know so much about women, how come you're here at like the Gas 'n' Sip on a Saturday night completely alone drinking beers with no women anywhere?"

and

"Kickboxing. Sport of the future."

and

"She's gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen."

and

"I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that."

(Okay, so that doesn't fit Forrest now, but it would have in 1989).

Just so you don't think I committed these quotes to memory, I cheated and googled them. And--interesting fact--this movie was also written by Cameron Crowe, just like "Jerry McGuire."

3. And, finally, a classic Harry quote from "When Harry Met Sally" (also googled):

"I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."

8:43 PM
Anonymous said...

"I caught you a delicious bass."

8:56 PM
Amy said...

Okay, I could do about 100 Princess Bride quotes and most of them are sorta manly, but I'll limit myself to two:

1. "Am I going mad, or did the word 'think' escape your lips? You were not hired for your brains, you hippopotamic land mass."

2. "My brains, his steal, and your strength, against 60 men. And, you think a little head jiggle is supposed to make me happy? Hmmmm?"

And finally, a good Napoleon Dynamite quote.
3. Kip: "Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter."

It's hard to limit myself to three quotes, but I'll obey the rules and stop. Andrew, just so you know, the guy on Princess Bride is Inigo Montoya, not Indugo Montoya.

7:52 AM
Forrest said...

Drew,
Not sure why you get to name 10 and we only get 3. Seems like someone is letting his authority go to his head ( see Many are called but few are chosen.)
Here are my top 3 Funny Manly Man quotes.
1. From Die Hard, a movie I first saw with Karen Crippen at the Valley Fair movie theatres.
After McClane sets off massive explosion]
John McClane: Is the building on fire?
Sergeant Al Powell: No, but it's gonna need a paint job and a crap load of screen doors.
2. Chevy Chase cool as the other side of the pillow while being arrested in Fletch. Cop "What's your full name? "Fletch F Fletch" Cop "Occupation? I'm a shepard."
3. Chet from Weird Science to his little brother and friend when discovering that they are hung over. "Are you hungry? How about a nice greasy pork sandwich served up in a dirty ash tray?" Great to use on friends and loved ones when they are feeling nauseous.

Top 3 Truly Manly man comments.
1. Clint Eastwood from Unforgiven. After walking into a bar to start a gunfight against 7 guys Clint's character shoots the bar owner first for displaying Clint's dead friend in front of the bar. "You just shot an unarmed man!" "Well, he should have armed himself..."
2. Russel Crowe, Gladiator, one of the first lines in the movie. "Upon my command, unleash hell."
3. Harrison Ford Raiders of the Lost Ark. The best part is that he doesn't even say anything. While running through the middle eastern city looking for his kidnapped girlfriend the crowd steps aside to show a big mean guy swinging a large sword in a threatening manner. Harrison watches the show for a minute and then pulls out his pistol and shoots him dead. (Never bring a knife to a gun fight).
Honorable mention going to the female cop, Frances McDormand, in Fargo, " So I guess that's your buddy in the wood chipper?"

12:38 PM
Anonymous said...

Forrest's comment about Harrison Ford's wordless gunplay, reminded me of an old movie "Blazing Saddles" where Clevon Little slugs a horse in the jaw and drops it.
It was funny in the 70's, it's probably politically incorrect now, plus I'm pretty sure it was Rated "R" so I will remain anonymous.

1:41 PM
Ang said...

Hey, annonymous. You don't have to be afraid that the movie you cite is rated R. You can just pretend like you saw it on TNT like the rest of us.
:-)
Ang
p.s.--In my first entry where I mention Renee Zellwegger's face going weird, I don't mean that it went weird in the movie. I mean that it went weird a few years after the movie was made. Just to clarify.

1:46 PM
Sandy said...

Just to warn any easily offended types, our nominations could possibly be rated PG:

1. "She loves me fer my body", said by Mater (aka Larry the Cable Guy) in Cars.

2. "There's a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours." Wesley, Princess Bride.

3. "Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul." the Principal in Billy Madison. Jake claims this is a manly quote because as a teacher, he really wishes he could get away with saying this to kids every day.

The truth is, we haven't seen a lot of "action/violent/man" shows lately, as they are almost exclusively now rated R and/or have Keanu Reeves in them, which I think are both against "For the Strength of Youth."

By the way, are we still Presidents, or do we lose our title when the new contest is over?

3:26 PM
Dave said...

My first nomination is from Lance on Orange County.
"Do you want me to get naked and start the revolution?"
Man’s two favorite activities: being naked and fighting.

Who could forget the manly comedy of Napoleon Dynamite.
"I see you're drinking one percent. Is that because you think you're fat?"
I like this one because it emphasizes the usual inconsiderate nature of men.

And finally, from Stanley Spadowski on UHF (which is, by the way, the funniest movie ever created by man) I give you a quote which captures the undying spirit of man to conquer and overcome.
“Life is like a mop. Sometimes life gets full of dirt and crud and hairballs and things and you gotta clean it out. You gotta stick it in here and rinse it off and start all over again. And sometimes life sticks to the floor so much that a mop, a mop, it's not good enough. You gotta get down there with like a toothbrush, you know, and you gotta really scrub 'cause you gotta get it off. But if that doesn't work, you can't give up. You gotta stand right up. You gotta run to a window and say, "These floors are dirty as hell, and I'm not gonna take it any more."”

5:27 PM
Forrest said...

Dave,
I've got to admit that UHF quote is pretty funny. I've never seen UHF, and probably never will. I seem to recall that this movie came out in like 1988, were you even born???
Also, Anonymous Barb, some of us new you back in the day when movie ratings and Stake Conf weren't exactly your highest priorities. No hiding here, we're family.

7:32 PM

3. “I’ll make it.” Jimmy Chipwood
Nothing say manliness and confidence better than Jimmy Chipwood’s give me the ball statement at the end of the movie.

2. “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.” Russell Crowe , Cleanflicks version of Gladiator.

1. “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day. “
Henry V - Kenneth Branagh

There was a reason why Shakespeare is a master of his craft and this is it


Greg

8:15 AM
andrea said...

Man, you guys are good at this! I don't think I have a chance at winning, but I'll share my quotes anyway.

TOP GUN: Son, your ego is writing checks your body can't cash.

MATRIX: (After being called Mr. Anderson by the creepy Agent Smith over and over) "My name is Neo."

TOMBSTONE: "I'm your huckleberry." Very manly movie. Very funny line.

4:22 AM

To prove that my selections are the top. See the links below

3. Hoosier Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNLeyznt6vM

2. Gladiator line: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_1hkxJ3cg4

1. Crispen Day Speech http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAvmLDkAgAM

8:24 AM