Monday, February 12, 2007

Favorite dialogues -- Action Films

No one-liners, these are my favorite verbal exchanges in action movies. And no, they’re not from memory – I definitely solicited some help from the internet:

Quigley, Down Under
They’re stranded in the Australian desert, and she’s “half a pebble off plumb”, or not quite right in the head, hence her name:

Crazy Cora: You know, if we're lost, you can tell me.
Matthew Quigley: We're lost.
Crazy Cora: I can take bad news. Just tell me straight.
Matthew Quigley: I don't know where the hell we are.
Crazy Cora: No sense takin' time to make it sound better than it is.
Matthew Quigley: I reckon we're goin' in circles.
Crazy Cora: Wire things up and I'll see right through. So, just tell me honestly. Are we lost?
Matthew Quigley: Nope. I know exactly where we are.
Crazy Cora: That's good, 'cause, frankly, I was gettin' a little worried.
Matthew Quigley: Don’t know where we’re going, but no sense bein’ late…

The Last Boy Scout
Grizzled private investigator Joe Hallenbeck meets Jimmy Dix, former NFL quarterback:

Joe Hallenbeck: Leather pants.
Jimmy Dix: Yeah.
Joe Hallenbeck: What's something like that run?
Jimmy Dix: Six-fifty.
Joe Hallenbeck: Six hundred and fifty dollars?
Jimmy Dix: Yeah.
Joe Hallenbeck: They're pants.
Jimmy Dix: Yeah.
Joe Hallenbeck: You wear them?
Jimmy Dix: YES.
Joe Hallenbeck: They don't, like, have a TV in them or something?
Jimmy Dix: Nope.
Joe Hallenbeck: I am very old.

Tango & Cash
The movie’s title is the last names of two cops, played by Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone. In this scene they’re talking to a witness that was just interrogated by Cash (Russell):

Witness: Detective Cash assaulted me. He put a chair on my chest and sat on it.
Gabriel Cash: [Tango looks at Cash accusingly, Cash shrugs] I couldn't find a piano.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
With Sean Connery as Indiana’s dad – a perfect casting decision:

Professor Henry Jones: They're trying to kill us.
Indiana Jones: I know, Dad.
Professor Henry Jones: This is a new experience for me.
Indiana Jones: It happens to me all the time.

Two police officers discuss interesting tactical scenarios:

Harry Temple: All right, pop quiz. Airport. Gunman with one hostage. He's using her for cover; he's almost to a plane. You're a hundred feet away. Jack?
Jack: Shoot the hostage.
Harry Temple: What?
Jack: Take her out of the equation. Go for the good wound, he can’t get to the plane with her. Clear shot.
Harry Temple: You’re deeply nuts. You know that?

Lethal Weapon
From a time when Mel Gibson was much less controversial:

Martin Riggs: I do it real good, you know.
Roger Murtaugh: Do what?
Martin Riggs: When I was 19, I did a guy in Laos with a rifle shot at a thousand yards in high wind. Maybe eight or even ten guys in the world could have made that shot. It's the only thing I was ever good at... Well, see you tomorrow.
Roger Murtaugh: Yeah. See you then.

The Matrix
Great movie, with admittedly disappointing sequels:

Neo: What are you trying to tell me? That I can dodge bullets?
Morpheus: No, Neo. I'm trying to tell you that when you're ready, you won't have to.

So how about it, action buffs? What are your favorites?


hard.rox said...

Good ones, Red.

One of my favorites:
"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue." Steve McCroskey, Airplane

Redlefty said...

I love the look on his face (and his hair) after he takes the hit!

FishrCutB8 said...

Rocky: I can't do it.
Adrian: What?
Rocky: I can't beat him.
Adrian: Apollo?
Rocky: Yeah. I been out there walkin' around, thinkin'. I mean, who am I kiddin'? I ain't even in the guy's league.
Adrian: What are we gonna do?
Rocky: I don't know.
Adrian: You worked so hard.
Rocky: Yeah, that don't matter. 'Cause I was nobody before.
Adrian: Don't say that.
Rocky: Ah come on, Adrian, it's true. I was nobody. But that don't matter either, you know? 'Cause I was thinkin', it really don't matter if I lose this fight. It really don't matter if this guy opens my head, either. 'Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody's ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I'm still standin', I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren't just another bum from the neighborhood.

Redlefty said...

Great one!