Here are some of the Scenes, Dialogues and Quotes from some of my All-Time Favouriate Classic Movies, which held me mesmerized since my first encounter with ’em..!
Just wanted to share with y’all..
- “I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it.”
– TERRY MALLOY (Marlon Brando) in On the Waterfront (1954)
An iconic scene in the film, where Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) reminds his elder brother, Charley (Rod Steiger) that had it not been for the fixed fight, Terry’s career would have bloomed.
#3 on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movie Quotes
“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.”
– MAXIMUS (Russell Crowe) in Gladiator (2000)
“And one day, not long from now, my looks will go. They will discover I can’t act, and I will become some sad middle-aged woman who looks a bit like someone who was famous for a while.“
– ANNA SCOTT (Julia Roberts) in Notting Hill (1999)
*Though i haven’t watched this movie, but loved this scene i happened to watch on YOUTUBE (mentiones as Best scenes of ‘Notting Hill‘). My brother’s a huge fan of Julia Roberts and often expressed his desire of wacthing this movie, so it was out of my curiosity to catch some scenes, while doing a random search on the internet.
“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here. This is the War Room!“
– PRESIDENT MUFFLEY (Peter Sellers) in Dr. Strangelove (1964) #64 on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movie Quotes
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, commonly known as the former name, is a 1964 British-American black comedy film which satirizes the nuclear scare.
It was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick
Some G Y A N i’ld like to share with y’all about this great Film-Maker –
For the movie Barry Lyndon (1975), Kubrick obtained lenses developed by Zeiss for NASA in order to film scenes under natural candlelight
and for The Shining (1980 – *ing Jack Nicholson) was among the first feature films to make use of a Steadicam for stabilized and fluid tracking shots. He made movies such as Paths of Glory (1957)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Most of Kubrick’s films were nominated for either Oscars, Golden Globes or BAFTAs, and were later acclaimed as being Masterpieces.
One of the best scenes from Scorsese‘s American crime film, GOODFELLAS, the charismatic Tommy De Vito exhibits the first traces of his quick-trigger, psychotic, pathological temper as he entertains other mobsters with hilarious tales of violence laced with four letter words. Henry Hill chuckles at his jokester pal: “You’re a pisser. You’re really funny. You’re really funny.” The comedic scene (improvised by the actors) immediately turns sour and the tension mounts as a seemingly-aggravated Tommy persists in asking – in a cold-blooded, fearsome, and ambiguous tone.
- “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. To me, being a gangster was better than being President of the United States.”
-Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) in GoodFellas (1990)
The Initial scene where Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) witnesses the enormity of the violence of his fellow gangsters and then as he slams the trunk shut, we see a simple zoom shot and then a freeze-frame holds on Henry’s face, as the main title credits play (with a blood-red title for the film). His autobiographical, defiant narration (in voice-over) confirms his choice of a lucrative, criminal lifestyle (that brings him from ‘rags to riches‘)
“All the animals come out at night – whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies. Sick, venal. Someday a real rain’ll come and wash all this scum off the streets. I go all over. I take people to the Bronx, Brooklyn, I take ’em to Harlem. I don’t care. Don’t make no difference to me. It does to some. Some won’t even take spooks. Don’t make no difference to me.”
– Travis Bickle(Robert De Niro) in TAXI DRIVER (1976)
Travis disgusted by the world of urban decay and sleaziness that needs to be raged against and washed away, while driving the Cab.
- “I first saw her at Palantine Campaign headquarters at 63rd and Broadway. She was wearing a white dress. She appeared like an angel. Out of this filthy mess, she is alone. (Narrated from his diary in a cadence – the words are written in large capitals in a close-up) They…cannot…touch…her.”
– Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) in TAXI DRIVER (1976)
When Travis observes Betsy (Cybill Shepherd) from afar, worships her and develops a crush on her, viewing her as an untouchable dream-girl ideal (she is a WASP-ish, angelic beauty in his fantasies).
Betsy appears, crossing over to her office’s entrance in slow motion. With Betsy, Herrmann’s bluesy theme music (not heard since the film’s beginning) returns and expands blissfully, introduced by a harp. Behind her in the frame, Martin Scorsese sits against a wall. As Betsy reaches the door, a dissolve brings a scroll over the words of Travis’ journal with Travis still reading them in voice-over.
- “I realize now how much she’s just like the others – cold and distant, and many people are like that. Women for sure. They’re like a union.“
– Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) in TAXI DRIVER (1976)
After being soured by the whole experience of his awkward date and aborted relationship with an upper-middle-class woman beyond his reach, he condemns her and begins his descent into isolation, psychosis (and armed violence)
“Bonasera, Bonasera. What have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully? If you’d come to me in friendship, then this scum that ruined your daughter would be suffering this very day. And if by chance an honest man like yourself should make enemies, then they would become my enemies. And then they would fear you.“
-Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando)– The Godfather
An iconic scene (Best opening scene of a movie ever made) in the History of Cinema. where the funeral director Amerigo Bonasera (an Italian American) asks Don Vito Corleone for murderous revenge (instead of justice) for the threatened near-rape and brutal beating suffered by his daughter (To whom Vito Corleone‘s Wife is the GODMOTHER) by her non-Italian boyfriend and his friend. But he doesn’t ask with respect & neither does offer his friendship to the DON. This makes the DON angry and he speaks up.
Senator Geary (G. D. Spradlin) [Geary‘s character is reportedly based upon corrupt Nevada Senator Pat McCarren] is brought to the Tahoe Boathouse for a private meeting in Michael Corleone‘s (AL Pacino) new office and headquarters to speak about the gaming license on a new casino – part of the Corleone expansion plan in the state after moving westward from the East Coast. In their presence is forty-two year old Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall), Michael‘s trusted lawyer. Outside the picture window, celebrants play croquet on the lawn while corrupt deals are engineered inside.
Inside the office, Senator Geary turns sinister and corrupt. He speaks toughly, bluntly and “more frankly” about his real feelings for the Corleones in Nevada, insults Michael and his family personally, and tries to extort money from the cooly confident chieftain
Geary: The Corleone family has done very well here in Nevada. You own, or you control, two major hotels in Vegas, one in Reno. The licenses were grandfathered in so there was no problem with the Gaming Commission. Now, my sources tell me that you plan to make a move against the Tropigala. They tell me that within a week you’re gonna move Klingman out. That’s quite an expansion. However, it will leave you with one little technical problem. Ahh! – the license will still be in Klingman‘s name…Well, let’s cut out the bulls–t. I don’t want to spend any more time here than I have to. You can have the license – the price is $250,000, plus a monthly payment of five percent of the gross. Of all four hotels, Mr. Corleone.
Michael: Now the price for the license is less than $20,000, am I right?
Geary: That’s right.
Michael: Now why would I ever consider paying more than that?
Geary: Because I intend to squeeze you. I don’t like your kind of people. I don’t like to see you come out to this clean country in oily hair and dressed up in those silk suits, and try to pass yourselves off as decent Americans. I’ll do business with you but the fact is that I despise your masquerade, the dishonest way you pose yourself. Yourself and your whole fucking family.
Michael: Senator, we’re both part of the same hypocrisy. But never think it applies to my family.
Calmly, Michael rejects the “little games” of the Senator, refusing to pay even the $20,000 legal fee for the gaming license of the casino he will take over from Klingman:
“My offer is this – ‘nothing’. Not even the fee for the gaming license, which I would appreciate if you would put up personally.”
This scene is from Francis Ford Coppola’s American crime epic The Godfather Part II (1974). The way Al Pacino & G. D. Spradlin delivered their dialouges and Created this ironical magic on-screen, really deserves a Standing Oviation, especially where Michael gives an indication to the senator through his eyes, that not to even think again of his family while talking bussines. It’s Extremely Mesmerizing, in its own way!