one-liners

The spirit of a whole film captured in a single line (or three).

  • …words are insufficient. Almost everything except things like ‘pass the gravy’ is a lie of a sort. And that being the case, I shall shut up.
  • There is something to be said for silence.
  • You dive at your own risk.
  • I don’t mind a reasonable amount of trouble.
  • Welcome to the 7 1/2 floor…
  • It’s a fairytale town, isn’t it? How’s a fairytale town not somebody’s fucking thing?
  • Lip my stockings!
  • Wednesday, play with your food.
  • These people are extras. Extra people. Extras are so patient. They just sit. Extras. These humans are extras. Extra humans.
  • Only do me a favor? … Stop calling me Vernon.
  • I’m running out of heroes, man… Guys like you are in short supply.
  • You are being followed, William Blake.
  • I never forget an Oola.
  • It’s a very difficult thing – but I’m nice to her.
  • Do you have any famous last words? … ‘Not yet’ Is that famous?
  • Silencio
  • Oh, and… pass the gravy.

And the films, alphabeticaly. The match is yours to make.

  • Being John Malcowich, 1999, screenplay by Charlie Kaufman
  • Dead Man, 1995, screenplay by Jim Jarmusch
  • In Bruges, 2008, screenplay by Martin McDonagh
  • Iris, 2001, screenplay by Richard Eyre & Charles Wood, based on John Bayley’s memoirs (x2 lines)
  • Lost in Translation, 2003, screenplay by Sofia Coppola
  • Mulholland Dr., 2001, screenplay by David Lynch
  • The Addams Family, 1991, screenplay by Caroline Thompson & Larry Wilson, original characters by Charles Addams
  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, 1988, screenplay Terry Gilliam & Charles McKeown
  • The Big Blue [Le Grand Bleu], 1988, screenplay by Luc Besson, Robert Garland, Marylin Golden
  • The Insider, 1999, screenplay by Eric Roth & Michael Mann, based on the article ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ by Marie Brenner
  • The Maltese Falcon, 1941, screenplay by John Huston, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett
  • The Piano, 1993, screenplay by Jane Campion
  • Venus, 2006, screenplay by Hanif Kureishi
  • Wings of Desire [Der Himmel über Berlin], 1987, screenplay by Wim Wenders & Peter Handke
  • Wonder Boys, 2000, screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by Michael Chabon (x2 lines)

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