Herald-Whig

'Here's looking at you, kid,' and other memorable movie moments

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 10, 2018 8:55 am

It's summertime, and that means two things.

1. It's hot.

2. There will be plenty of major movies released, which is good news on two fronts. Who doesn't like a good movie, and the theaters we watch them in are air-conditioned (see No. 1).

For me, the best parts of any movie -- summer or otherwise -- are the unforgettable lines you take away from them. For example:

º Who can ever forget Clark Gable's timeless offering, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Even people who have never seen "Gone With the Wind" are familiar with that famous Rhett Butler uttering.

º Or how about Marlon Brando's classic response as Vito Corleone? "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse," he first said more than 50 years ago in "The Godfather." To this day, that phrase remains a part of many daily conversations.

When you're taking in some of this summer's blockbusters, keep your ears open along with your eyes. You never know when the next great catchphrase is going to make an appearance.

While "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" and "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse" are true classics, they didn't quite make my list of favorites. Here are my personal picks for best movie lines ever:

1. "You've got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?" I have probably watched Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" (1971) a dozen times, and the last 11 have been just to hear that line.

2. "Bond. James Bond." Sean Connery first told us that in "Dr. No" (1962), and it has never had the same kind of effect when Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan or even Daniel Craig mirror it. Connery should have copyrighted both the phrase and delivery.

3. "If you build it, he will come." I still get goose bumps even thinking about that line. "Field of Dreams" (1989) remains Kevin Costner's finest work, although "Bull Durham" (1988) is a close second.

4. "Go ahead, make my day." Another classic from Eastwood, this one from "Sudden Impact" (1983).

5. "You're gonna need a bigger boat." Remember seeing "Jaws" (1975) for the first time? And remember when Roy Scheider said that? I thought you would.

6. "Hasta la vista, baby." Admit it, you've used that line at least once in your life, and we have Arnold Schwarzenegger and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991) to thank for it.

7. "Here's looking at you, kid." Without question, this is my favorite Humphrey Bogart line, which reminds me that I haven't seen "Casablanca" (1942) in quite some time.

8. "Say hello to my little friend!" True, "Scarface" (1983) was a terrible movie, but Al Pacino's hairdo and this line both make it worth watching.

9. "You talking to me?" This was the movie ("Taxi Driver," 1976) when we knew Robert DeNiro was going to be a major star.

10. "Love means never having to say you're sorry." OK, OK. It's schlocky as heck, but 48 years after "Love Story" (1970), I can still hear that famous Ryan O'Neal-Ali MacGraw conversation.