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July 18th, 2002

I know every line!

Something I’ve noticed amongst my friends: there’s at least one movie that one of us has completely memorized. I could write pages upon pages about how this represents the incredible amount of repetitive media in our society, but that’s not fun. What I want to know is, what movie (or movies) do you have memorized?

Traditionally, my group of friends has had The Princess Bride memorized for years. Me? I’m working on the entire Back to the Future trilogy.

“I’m George, George McFly. I’m your density.”

“…I…I mean, destiny.”

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday July 18, 2002 -- 9:24:00 am
Animal House
Better Off Dead

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday July 18, 2002 -- 9:40:47 am
You gotta go with the classic: Rocky Horror Picture Show.

FROM: Denise
DATE: Thursday July 18, 2002 -- 9:41:20 am
The Birdcage:
"He blew a bubble with his gum while I was singing!He can't do that while I'm singing!'
"Chewing gum helps me think"
"Honey, you're wasting your gum."

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday July 18, 2002 -- 10:19:10 am
Dawn of the Dead... Evil Dead 2... Dead/Alive...

What does this say about me?

Paul -- I always imagined you as having one of the world's best movie-line memories.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Thursday July 18, 2002 -- 10:37:49 am
My group in college repeated Stripes over and over again:

Recruiter: "Are either of you boys homosexual?"
Bill Murray: "Like, flaming?"
Harold Ramis: "No, but we are willing to learn."
Recruiter: "I'll take that as a 'No'"

John Candy: "You guys might not have notice, but I am a little overweight. The doctor said I swallowed a lot of aggression--along with a lot of pizzas. Anyway, I thought I could join the army. You guys got a what--six week training program, lots of exercise. When I get outta here, I'm going to be a lean, green fighting machine."

and Caddyshack:

Bill Murray: "So the dali lama comes up to me and says, gungal gu, no wait, gungala gun gungulu, which means on your deathbed you will receive total consciousness. So I got that going for me, which is nice."

Others were Blues Brothers, Fletch, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, National Lampoon's Vacation and Weird Science, which I knew almost all the lines to from my friends even though I've never actually seen them.

Anything Monty Python


I could continue. God, it seems this list doesn't end. Did I have a life in college? My observation is that usually the movie is usually a "guy" comedy (humor from a male perspective, with characters who are usually single males interacting with each other and where female characters play a predominantly background role or are more important for plot devices such as acting as a stimulus that the male characters respond to in different ways (the quintessential example would be Splash where the woman is an aquatic alien shapechanger), and that movie dialog rehash is a predominantly male activity. In fact there weren't any women I knew of who joined in. Most women treated rehashing movie dialog for entertainment as an annoying male social habit to be begrudgingly tolerated, criticized, and labelled "immature." I suppose it's a way to have a conversation without actually saying anything personal about yourself or each other in a noncompetitive atomosphere where everyone's opinion is taken for granted (they like the movie). Ultimately it's a great form of male bonding; the movie is rebuilt as participants contribute dialog (and mimick actors) to complete the project a collaborative effort.
I do see that Denise has responded so there are some women who engage in movie dialog rehash, but in my experience this would be a huge minority, and perhaps Denise is the lone female in a crowd of four to six friends who regularly meet socially (a common college arrangement)--although the context of the Birdcage doesn't sound like a typical "guy" movie. I have seen it, and the play/musical, both are great, but it's just not the kind of movie that my group would have picked (we were about 10 with two women, a "double group," but the women refused to participate in rehash.
Rocky Horror is something else entirely: an entire subculture of usually fashionably outcast artistic types (and lay RH "virgins") engaging in fashionably weirdo behavior replete with costumes and props. Rocky Horror is more an experience than simple dialog rehash. It's an actual event at a completely different level. Dialog rehash in my experience is more of a "pick-up" game that can take place anywhere. Of course you can just rehash RH, but it's not the same as "doing" RH.

Okay, I'm done now. I've bored even myself.

"Using the whole fist doc?"--Fletch

FROM: Denise
DATE: Thursday July 18, 2002 -- 11:38:00 am
Well, Joseph-honestly, that's one of the few ovies I DO know entirely. But "my crowd" is all actors/singers/performers, so that kinda explains The Birdcage-LOL! But I noticed that it IS a guy thing to recite movie lines,tho-one guy I know can recite any line from any movie- even B movies-and he and his friend try to stump each other by reciting "odd" lines-and they always get them right.
I agree with you on Rocky Horror,tho-I'm artistic and the scene is kinda freaky even for me. I mean, it's fun to go to the midnight shows, but the whole thing about going every week, wearing costumes,etc. borders slightly on a cult-LOL! Not to say it's bad, but I could never do it every week-requires too much toast-LOL!

FROM: Monica
DATE: Thursday July 18, 2002 -- 12:05:31 pm
all I got up to was knowing the lines in Ren and Stimpy episodes. But once I get a copy of "Hell Comes to Frogtown" I'll probably memorize that! (you GOTTA see that movie)

FROM: Greg
DATE: Thursday July 18, 2002 -- 12:10:37 pm
"Hell Comes to Frogtown" - Is that movie based in France?

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday July 18, 2002 -- 12:20:40 pm
Ryan: Paul -- I always imagined you as having one of the world's best movie-line memories.

Yes, but I can't remember important details in life. The stupid movie one-liners I remember. Lovely!

FROM: Dave
DATE: Thursday July 18, 2002 -- 2:45:24 pm
THE PRODUCERS - "Springtime for Hitler"...

FROM: Monica
DATE: Thursday July 18, 2002 -- 2:56:03 pm
Greg-- :-)
I don't think the French would have "when Johnny comes marching home again" as one of the main songs in the movie. The pink van is, however, suspiciously French.

Sigh. You gotta love a movie with the opening line "hey, squidlips!" said to some mutant toad in a kind of bee-keeper costume...

I just looked at IMDb for this movie and saw that there's a THIRD one (I've seen the first two). Oh, joy!!!

FROM: Mike [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday July 18, 2002 -- 5:06:30 pm
Fletch - I could probably say it backwards if I really tried.

FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Thursday July 18, 2002 -- 5:46:06 pm
Better off Dead - w/ John Cusack

"Man, now that's a real shame when folks be throwin' away a perfectly good white boy like that!"

FROM: jk
DATE: Thursday July 18, 2002 -- 11:51:41 pm
Sixteen Candles...Automobile? Lake! Big lake!

Pretty in Pink....Blaine? Blaine!? That's not a name, that's a major household appliance.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Friday July 19, 2002 -- 12:16:19 am
The only one I know entirely through dialogue-wise would be Pee Wee's Big Adventure. I know almost all of UHF and the Wedding Singer, but not every single line.

DATE: Friday July 19, 2002 -- 2:39:39 pm
Dong! (clap, clap) Dong?! Where is my automobile?

And here we have lovely french fries, and french toast, and salad with french dressing! 16 candles

Sorry your mom's face burned off.
Better Off Dead

I know these may not be exact lines, but it's been a while. This Ping has really put me in the mood to rent a stack of old favorites.

DATE: Friday July 19, 2002 -- 2:40:38 pm
Oops, the french one was Better Off Dead, I just goofed.

Oh Harold, She's gotten her boobies!

FROM: MollyCule
DATE: Friday July 19, 2002 -- 7:56:17 pm
I can't possibly be the only one here who has PCU mostly memorized, can I?

FROM: dave
DATE: Friday July 19, 2002 -- 11:13:27 pm
I'm with Ryan on this one.

I can do Monty Python, sometimes with voices.

But I'll bet I'm the only one with Ferocious Female Freedom Fighters memorized...

"Excuse me, are you Madonna?"
"No, I don't think so."
"What a coincidence! I didn't think so either!"

FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Monday July 22, 2002 -- 11:00:49 am
My whole group of buddies seem to have photographic memories when it comes to movies. Paul knows Mark (who is probably the worst offender of anyone I know), and I tell you that guy can watch "ANY" movie and recite it word for word after seeing it "ONCE". I literally saw Liar, Liar before I ever SAW it if you get my drift. LoL

However, the ubiquitous listing of movies that I can recite from (and there's more than this, just depends on the mood and when something triggers it):

Better off Dead (by the way, it's "I'm real sorry your mom blew up") ;-) hehe

Monique: "But what else is zare to do in the states but see zee Brooklyn Dodge-ers?"
Lane: "I dunno, you might make a friend... y'know ::squeezing Monique's cheeks:: FRIEND... FRIEND..."

Charles: "Awww man, it's Christmas Eve... I could be home drinking this Monster Egg-nog my brother makes with lighter fluid."

"Go that way, really fast... if something gets in your way, turn." - said 2x's in show (once by Charles and once by Monique)

Charles: "::smiling and waving as Lane falls down hill on skis, attempting to ski the K2:: NOW TURN!!"

Paperboy: "I want my 2 dollars!"

Paperboy: ::shaking off falling freefall into snow:: "Uhh, 2 dollars."

Paperboy: "2 dollars... cash." ::flicking open switchblade comb and combing hair::

Dad: "Mellow off"

Dad: "It's a brand new year"

Dad: "Right off"
Lane: "That's 'ON', dad"

Mother: "Oh you fixed the door, it's a Christmas miracle!"
Lane ::in garage trying to commit suicide with car running looking at tiny teddy bear he bought Beth for Christmas::
"Why are you so small?" ::passes out from fumes, knocks car into reverse, drives through new garage door::

Almost anything by Mel Brooks:

Character 1: "The Sheriff is a ::bell gongs::"
Character 2: "What'd he say?"
Character 3: "He said the Sheriff is near"
Character 1: "No God Flang God Varmit, I said the Sheriff is a ::gong::" - Blazing Saddles

"Say hello to our new... ::sheriff welcome sign flips up and spins:: ::derogatory expletive for black person withheld::" - Blazing Saddles

Mel Brooks dressed up as Indian talking to rest of tribe: "Shewww... day darker den us" - Blazing Saddles

"Hold it, hold it... what in the Wide-Wide-World of Sports is going on?" - Blazing Saddles

"That was a close one, almost lost a $200 handcart" - Blazing Saddles

::sheriff dressed up as Western Union man:: "Telegram for Mongo... Telegram for Mongo" - Blazing Saddles

Sheriff: "What are your pleasures, what do you like to do?"
Gene Wylder: "Play chess... screw."
Sheriff: "Well let's play chess." - Blazing Saddles

"It's Frahn-ken-steen" - Young Frankenstein

Dr. Frankenstein: "Elevate me!"
Female lead: "Here?"
Dr. Frankenstein: "Yes, yes, raise the platform!"
Female lead: "Oh, that..." - Young Frankenstein

"It's good to be the king." - History of the World Part 1

"Hitler on Ice" - History of the World Part 1


::human chess match going:: "The Bishop jumps the Queen, the Rook jumps the Queen, the Knight jumps the Queen, EVERYBODY jumps the queen..." - History of the World Part 1

Blinkin: "Master Robin back from the Crusades... OH, YOU LOST YOUR ARMS! But you've grown a nice set of boobs ::feeling female statue's busts::"
Robin Hood: "Over here Blinkin" - Robin Hood "Men in Tites"


"Where's your Drill Sergeant?"

Bill Murray ::driving taxi cab and weaving::: "Oh man, I don't feel so good, I wish I hadn't drank that whole bottle of cough syrup..."

Sixteen Candles:

::Long Duck Dong hanging upside down from top bunk looking at Molly Ringwald::
"What's happenin... hot stuff?"

"Oh sexy girlfriend!" ::falls out of tree, tackles Jake::"

Cusack and brother to Anthony Michael Hall:
AMH: "Alright... ::walking away::"
::Cusack and brother look at each other, say in unison::
"Girl's underpants"
AMH: ::looks squeamish::

::AMH pinned inside coffee table after Jake sees eye poking up between pretzels after party::
::screaming:: JAAAAAAAKE!! ::banging on glass:: JAAAAAAKE!!

Cusack's brother: "You know, black and white would really capture the moment?" ::Cusack agreeing and awwwing::
AMH ::slapping them::: "Will you just take the picture?!?"

My dad's pretty good with most John Candy movies. Especially Summer Rental and Who's Harry Crumb although he can recite the same movies I can a good percentage of the time. My buddy's are all pretty good with Monty Python and Mel Brooks stuff too. Mark is pretty adept with the British series Absolutely Fabulous too as he'll quote it a lot.

It's funny this thread got brought up, as he and I were going around quoting a bunch of these movies (especially Better off Dead) the other day where applicable in "real-life" situations. LoL

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday July 26, 2002 -- 1:44:01 pm
I don't know how I forgot to mention Kentucky Fried Movie...

"Jesus... did a cow shit in here?"

"Show me you're nuts..."

FROM: Jeff
DATE: Monday July 28, 2003 -- 11:30:51 am
Bottle Rocket
Major League
Rocky IV

FROM: Tina
DATE: Monday July 28, 2003 -- 10:33:09 pm
I know Sixteen Candles by heart, but what about REVENGE OF THE NERDS!

"What the fuck are robster craws!"

and Booger's tshirts:
"Gimme Head Til I'm Dead"! Classic.

I LOVE REVENGE OF THE NERDS #1. But the sequels sucked ass.


FROM: Kate
DATE: Monday July 28, 2003 -- 11:04:58 pm
Jesus Christ Superstar
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Robin Hood: Men in Tights

DATE: Tuesday July 29, 2003 -- 8:47:39 am
Top Gun obviously.
Almost all my mates from uni can
quote that film pretty much throughout... Put us all together in a room with a big TV, Top Gun on DVD and a few slabs of beer and it all gets very silly very quickly.

Other than that the original Star Wars trilogy and the Indiana Jones films are pretty damn quotable too (although I struggle with Wookie sounds and other alien languages)

FROM: jess
DATE: Saturday January 31, 2004 -- 3:41:07 pm
sixteen candles,dong(when he's in the tree): oh sexy girlfriend!?i love that!
i also love john cusack in one crazy summer
that is my favorite!

FROM: Hazel Trichomonas
DATE: Tuesday May 3, 2005 -- 10:54:37 am
The Producers
Porked in Sardinia

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