It’s Monday morning. We’re still waiting on the recount result from Norfolk. In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about my favorite movie lines. Here they are in no particular order:
10. “There was one?” (Stripes, 1981) The ultimate statement of cluelessness from an Army private going thru boot camp. My wife has vowed to put this on my headstone.
9. “Ain’t goin’ to be no rematch.” (Rocky 1976) Creed vs. Balboa. Even now, I get all teary-eyed when I see this final scene.
8. “This belt tells the story of my father’s people.” (Last of the Mohicans 1993). Someday, I plan to use this line on the Senate floor. Be prepared.
7. “Noonan, miss it!” (Caddyshack, 1980) If you went to college in the Eighties, you still say this every time your rival stands over a putt, or on the free throw line.
6. “My arrogance, sir, extends only as far as my conscience demands.” (Chariots of Fire, 1981). Eric Liddell is an Olympic runner and Christian missionary who refused to run on Sunday, but wins a gold medal anyway. Brilliant movie.
5. “Baby, you are so money.” (Swingers, 1996). This movie introduced the concept of being cool to a generation of young men. A not a moment too soon.
4. “Greed, for lack of a better term, is good.” (Wall Street, 1987). Sorry, Martin Scorcese. Nobody will ever make a better movie about the finance industry, or New York.
3. “But these go to eleven.” (Spinal Tap, 1979). Nigel Tufnel explaining the attraction behind his favorite amplifier to an earnest Rob Reiner. It’s like ten, but one louder.
2. “Hello, Cleveland!” (Spinal Tap, 1979). I got married in Cleveland in 1996, so this line got plenty of work. Somewhere a band is taking the stage …
1. “Hi, I’m here to see Fawn Leibowitz.” (Animal House, 1979). No, of course, my college friends never utilized this line, or this strategy. Certainly not on a road trip to Smith College in 1987.