“I’ll be back”, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s infamous threat from the 1984 sci-fi classic The Terminator, has been voted the movie line we are most likely to quote.
It beat off stiff competition from Gone with the Wind: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”, and Star Wars “May the Force be with you.”
Also on the list are two quotes which, like “Play it again Sam”, are actually misquotes.
“Beam me up Scotty” was never said in Star Trek, and “Do you feel lucky, punk” was never used in Dirty Harry. For the pedants out there, the actual quote is:
“...you’ve got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?”
Anyway, I digress. What I think is most interesting about the list is that there is not a single female quote on it they are all quotes by men.
I do not think for one moment that this is because there are no great female quotes. There are countless, from the classic: “I’m ready for my close-up”, the sexy “You just put your lips together - and blow”, the feisty: “Get away from her, you bitch”, the profane: “F**k me gently with a chainsaw”, to the misquoted: “Come up and see me sometime”.
No, for me it is because men quote movies far more than women do. There is something specifically, peculiarly masculine about being able to pull a film quote out of the air. And, of course, making it clear to everyone within earshot that it is actually a quote from a film. Men can spend entire evenings in the pub just reeling off film quotes.
My girlfriend constantly teases me about my “geeky” tendency for quoting. Women, I find, are much sneakier when using another’s words. There’s no reference to the source material. They just don’t let on.
So it comes as quite a shock and a revelation when I am watching an episode of Sex And The City and entire conversations we have had are suddenly replayed onscreen with her as Carrie Bradshaw and me as “unnamed evil male”.
Anyway, enough already. Just drop me a line with your favourite movie quote.
Incidentally, my favourite is “When a man’s jawbone drops off, it’s time to re-assess the situation” from Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners, but the one I find myself using most often is “I have moments” from Assault on Precinct 13. Don’t ask me why…