More Top 10 Best Lines and Truisms from Some Movies I Kind of Sort of Like [This time, A through M.]

I’ve been delayed for a while from finishing the next post I’d planned on The Golden Compass. But it was for a good cause – the survey for a study on spiritual abuse and churches. It’ll still be a few days til I have time to do some more extensive writing, but I thought I could at least finish my second segment of top 10 lines/truisms from films.

These are all movies which move me in one way or another, a smile, a sigh, a tear, a laugh. Some of these are among my favorites, but I will suggest that if you only pick one of them to see, it absolutely must be Lagaan – an amazing film about justice and a wonderful way to introduce you to Bollywood, if you are not yet familiar with films from India. Other top choices: To End All Wars, on survival in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp in World War II. Millions, a comedy about a boy with faith who sees the saints, and when a bag full of money suddenly drops out of heaven, he’s certain it’s a gift from God for his family to use in helping people in need. Ever After – Drew Barrymore survives a medievally dysfunctional family in the midst of catalyzing an enlightenment utopia. For other notes on all these films, be sure to visit http://www.imdb.com/.

Beautiful People

Dr. Mouldy (Nicholas Farrell). If life works out just a tiny bit in your favor, it can be beautiful – just beautiful!

A Cinderella Story

Fiona, The Wicked Step-Mom (Jennifer Coolidge). Is this the Norwegian salmon I asked for? Because I need my omega-3s.

Samantha (Hilary Duff). Only the best!

Fiona. Ummm! Um-huh! I can tell. You know, it costs a fortune to fly that stuff in from Norwegia.

Danny Deckchair

Danny (Rhys Ifans). [Giving a speech at a political rally.] We’re the little people all right. We’re the ones who grow the crops, tar the roads, build the towns, teach the kids. Yeah, and when there’s some big important thing that needs doin’, it’s always us – the little people – who damn well get it done. [Crowd cheers.] Sometimes we do it to ourselves. I used to think, “I’m just a nobody. Who am I kidding?” But then I came to Clarence where I’ve learned that you don’t have to be a bigwig to be a somebody. It’s the kind of person you are that’s important, and this town is filled with the most important people I’ve ever met. [Big applause.] Ever!

The Enchanted April

Lottie Wilkins (Josie Lawrence). [To Lady Caroline Dester, who has just informed Lottie and Rose that she has exerted her independence and taken the liberty of arranging meals for their group of four British women, which have rented a castle on the Italian coast for the month of April.] I suppose it is good to be independent, but not so much that you don’t allow others to show you kindness.

To End All Wars

Dusty Miller (Mark Strong). You know, a man can experience an incredible amount of pain if he has hope. When he loses his hope, that’s when he dies.

Ever After

Danielle De Barbarac (Drew Barrymore). Breathe … just breathe!

Lagaan

BACKGROUND. It is the Victorian era of the Raj in India, and Bhuvan, a young man from a village in the Central India province of Kutch, accepts a daring challenge on behalf of his village. If he can put together a local team that can beat the local British military team, the Colonel in charge of the outpost will himself pay for this year’s Lagaan (land tax), plus the previous two years of tax, the payment of which was postponed due to drought. Otherwise, the locals must pay triple Lagaan. The only problem is that the villagers have never played cricket, though it has some similarities to a local ball-and-bat game. The Colonel’s sister bristles at this injustice, and she agrees to help the villagers understand the rules of the game.

The following scene occurs as Bhuvan leads nine other men in a practice, as they are looking for their eleventh and final player for the team. The entire town – Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs – are all on the hills surrounding the practice area, watching. Many suggestions are made, but Bhuvan says to keep practicing and see who does well. A hit goes past everyone and rolls in front of Kachra, an Untouchable with a crippled hand.

Bhuvan (Aamir Khan). Hey, Kachra, throw the ball. [Kachra hesitates.] Stop gaping and throw it, will you? [Kachra picks up the ball and throws it overhand lightly. It hits the ground and bounces in an unexpected direction … and Bhuvan misses catching it.] Hey! What did you do?

Kachra (Aditya Lakhia). [Scared.] I didn’t do anything. You told me to throw it.

Bhuvan. Come here. [Another team member throw him the ball.]  Come here, I said.

Kachra. I didn’t do anything! You said throw and I threw the ball.

Bhuvan. [He waves everyone over to watch, and he has Kachra throw the ball. Again it spins and bounces in an unpredictable way.] We have found our eleventh player! Come, Kachra. [He starts giving directions to other team members to set up some plays, but no one moves.] What’s the matter? Why’s everyone standing and staring?

Lakha (Yashpal Sharma). No, no! We will not play! [All the Muslim villagers stand. “What’s happened?” one of them says.] This damn Untouchable! He can’t play with us. No way! [He walks off the field.]

The Doctor. That’s right. We’ll not mix with an Untouchable. [He, too, walks off the field.]

[Various other team members begin to walk away. “It’s unthinkable!” one says. “I am not playing,” says another. “We too won’t play.” They go off the field and stand on the side, keeping their backs to Bhuvan and Kachra. The village Chief goes over to Bhuvan.]

The Chief. What are you doing? It’s absolutely wrong! You are polluting the whole system. To fight the English is our duty but mixing a low-caste is like poisoning milk. I will not allow this!

Lakha. Kachra, you scum! Get lost!

[Kachra starts to walk away from the crowd, but Bhuvan tells him to stop, and then does the unthinkable – reaches out and holds Kachra’s shoulder. “Oh, my God!” one of the villager women says, “Bhuvan touched an Untouchable!” There is silence, and now all the villagers, regardless of religion are standing and watching intently. Bhuvan speaks directly to the Chief and others.]

Bhuvan. You brand people untouchable and pollute humanity itself. Chief, why are you choking the very air of our village with this caste division! Is it right to destroy and shatter hearts in the name of skin colour? Then why worship Ram who ate a tribal woman’s half-eaten berries? The Lord who ferries us all across this sea of life was himself ferried by a low-caste boatman. You know all this and yet talk of untouchability! And you, Isar Kaka! You are a man of medicine. You check the ailing patient’s pulse and treat him. Do your scriptures tell you not to treat an untouchable? And let him die? If that’s so, it’ll be the darkest blot on humanity. After this no one will regard a man of medicine as God’s other form!

Lakha. Leave all that, Bhuvan. You want a big hefty player, don’t you? This Kachra is a cripple!

Bhuvan. You hands aren’t deformed, right? It’s by God’s grace, Lakha, that you can say all this. But the man you call crippled will be our greatest strength. Wait and see. [Bhuvan goes back over to Kachra and lifts up his hand.] This seemingly lifeless hand will give us victory. Let me remind all of you of one thing. This is not a game we are playing for fun or entertainment. This is a battle we must win! Our only goal is liberation from Lagaan and welfare of our village. And for that, I will not bow before anyone till my last breath! Whether you support me or not, Kachra will play.

[Bhuvan returns to Kachra, again places his hand on Kachra’s shoulder, and holds it there. There is a very long silence … and for what happens next, you must see Lagaan!]

(Sidenote: Please leave a comment to correct any of the names that are wrong. This is one of the films I will be studying in depth eventually, but didn’t have time to go back right now and figure out who is which character. Also, all quotes are taken directly from the English subtitles on this Hindi-language film.)

The Lion in Winter

BACKGROUND. King Henry II of England is getting old. He must decide which of his three sons will be his heir: Richard, the eldest and a warrior; Geoffrey, the second-born and a counselor; or John the youngest and an idiot. Henry loves John. His wife, the fabled and plotting Eleanor of Aquitaine, whom he has confined to prison except for rare occasions, wants Richard as Henry’s successor. No one wants Geoffrey, which makes him dangerous. Throw in some provinces in France (the Vexon and the Aquitaine), a young French king and his sister (who has been promised to wed Richard), and a fast-paced Christmas court intrigue and you have what may be one of the most complex screenplays of the 20th century.

Eleanor (Katharine Hepburn). [To Geoffrey.] You must know Henry isn’t through with John. He’ll keep the Vexon ’til the moon goes blue from cold. And as for Richard’s wedding day, we’ll see the Second Coming first – the needlework alone can last for years!

Geoffrey (John Castle). I know. You know I know. I know you know I know. We know Henry knows, and Henry knows we know it. We’re a knowledgeable family!

Millions

Damian (Alex Etel). [He’s sitting in his playhouse made from moving boxes, which suddenly, a saint drops in, complete in nun’s habit and with what appears to be a globus cruciger (cross-bearing orb showing authority or dominion).] Clare of Assisi! 1194 till 1253.

St. Clare (Kathryn Pogson). That’s right! I used to have a hermitage meself once. [She pulls out a lighter and fires up a smoke.] I used to go and hide up there. Anyone needed me, I’d send ’em a vision … sort ’em out. That’s why I’m the patron saint of television. I was like human television!

Damian. You’re the patron saint of television?

St. Clare. Keeps me busy, you know. [Takes another deep drag on her smoke.]

Damian. Are you allowed to smoke up there?

St. Clare. You can do what you like up there, son. It’s down here you have to make the effort.

Mobsters and Mormons

BACKGROUND. Carmine Pasquale has been involved with the East Coast Mob, but is overlooked for a promotion within The Family. After Carmine squeals to the police and his boss is put into jail, he and his wife and son are put into the witness protection program, and sent to an obscure town in Utah. There they are, of course, real standouts who just do not fit in … though they are beginning to try. While I have done some studies of Mormon theology and am no fan of it, I do happen to find many funny fish-out-of-water moments in this Mormon comedy genre film.

Gina Pasquale (Jeanette Puhich). Carmine Zindeli Pasquale, this Sunday you are gonna get dressed, your son is gonna get dressed, and we are gonna go to church LIKE A NOR-MAL, HAP-PY FAM-LY!!!

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4 thoughts on “More Top 10 Best Lines and Truisms from Some Movies I Kind of Sort of Like [This time, A through M.]

  1. Ah, at least there are two movies in your list that I’ve seen!

    Ever After is one of our family favs…one of our favorite lines goes “…your aim would suggest otherwise” and another is “I shall go down in history as the man who unlocked a door” and…well, we have entirely too many favorites, like “It was a bee.”

    The Lion in Winter is, of course, a favorite because it is a bit of ancient (and, of course, knowledgeable) family history. I’m just glad we descend from daughter Eleanor (who was, thankfully, not in the movie :^))…although you might recognize a bit of mother Eleanor in your Abbess….I just love the entire soliloquy from Henry when he, heartbroken, decides to disown all three sons!

    I have not seen the new version with Glenn Close as Eleanor…have you? I have heard she is very good, but how do you outdo Kate Hepburn???

  2. Hi Peggy!

    I have indeed seen the TV mini-series version of The Lion in Winter, and Glenn Close probably comes as near to a Kate-Hepburn-ish performance as perhaps is possible, other than maybe Angelica Houston or, who knows, Emma Thompson. But what Glenn Close conveys with a mere hand gesture when being escorted to prison is simply amazing.

    And Patrick Stewart is, methinks, even better than Peter O’Toole from the original, and the supporting cast of the three sons are all better, but Jonathan Rhys Meyers as King of France is not as good as Timothy Dalton. And the Orff-Kodaly-style music of the movie was better than that of the mini-series. Both adapted the same original play, but the TV version is half an hour longer of savory fare!

    Ah well. Could they not, through the magic of Macintosh (bias-bias) merge the two for a best-of-the-best? All in all, think I tip more toward the TV mini-series version … who woulda thunk it?!

  3. yeahhhhhhhhhh!!!! Lagaan is the best movie EVER!!! Thanks for putting the quotes up, you’re the only person I’ve found who has them (in English).

    ps: you should check out Mangal Pandey, it’s produced and stars Aamir Khan (bhuvan in lagaan) and deals with issues of nationalism and caste. I won’t give anything away, except that Aamir really likes the idea of the clever untouchable.

  4. Hi Rallie, thanks for the comment – Lagaan is a truly wondrous film. Have you seen the book about the making of it: The Spirit of Lagaan? I appreciate the heroic efforts and teamwork that went on behind this epic production … it’s all an amazing “seamless garment.”

    Thanks too for the suggestion on Mangal Pandey … sounds MOST intriguing, and I’ve put it on my get-this-soon list already!

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