We’ve all experienced that moment when a line in a movie connects with us in a
powerful way. Whether the words are inspiring, heartwarming, frightening, or
comical, one thing for certain is that they evoke an emotion that lingers long after
the closing credits. I sat down with the core members of the Something’s Awry
Productions team to find out what movie quotes have moved them and why.
Our Favorite Movie Quotes and Why We Love Them:
1. Amy / Producer – I don’t know why I like this so much but one of my favorite
quotes is from Lord of the Rings: Return of the King when the villain makes a snide
comment about how no man can kill him and the female character, Eowyn, whips off
her helmet and says “I am no man!” and promptly kills him. I guess it has
something to do with bucking conventions and stereotypes and the assumption that
a worthy opponent is obviously male. I also feel that sometimes people or
businesses get overlooked because they are not the norm or not seen as a player,
when in reality they can make just as much or more of an impact than the perceived
people of power.
2. Kris / Director / Animator / Editor
“Hasta la vista, baby” from Terminator 2. Not only is this one of my all time
favorite movies, but the quote itself bookmarks what is an already amazing action
scene from the film and is perhaps one of the more badass moments in film history.
3. Kurtis / Creative Director
I’m a fan of this line from the “mad as hell” speech from Network:
“All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad! You’ve got to say ‘I’m a human being GOD DAMMIT! MY LIFE HAS VALUE!'” It’s a great line in a great speech. Peter Finch gives an absolutely riveting performance. Just like it does in the film, it manages to tap into a feeling of societal anxiety and act as a cathartic release. It’s also an important message to remember. There are a lot of things out there that subtly or not so subtly diminish the worth of human beings on a daily basis. To hear a full-throated statement to the contrary is viscerally satisfying.
4. Nik / Writer / Casting Director
“She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
— To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
So I cheated a bit. This line is spoken by Macbeth in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of
the same name, and in several film adaptations of the work, though the delivery that
comes to mind is that of Michael Fassbender in the 2015 adaption, “Macbeth”.
Macbeth speaks this soliloquy right after his servant informs him that his wife and
queen is dead from grief, before the final battle where he is defeated in Act V. I love
Shakespeare, and as a filmmaker and screenwriter I love to see his work adapted on
the screen. I think this speech is beautiful and is rightfully one of Shakespeare’s
most famous. Tragic, powerful, and desolate, the line “All our yesterdays have
lighted fools the way to dusty death”, is what really does it for me. I think it’s
wonderfully written. (We couldn’t find that specific scene so here is Patrick Stewart’s more modern take on it!)
5. Jamie / Production Coordinator – “Not my daughter, you bitch!” There
is nothing better to me than when Molly Weasley stands up to Bellatrix in Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. I love this quote because it signifies more
than just a fellow mom standing up for her child; it’s the fierce determination to
protect something you believe in and love even when you appear to be the
Happy movie watching, and let us know your favorite quotes and why you love
them in the comments!
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