Tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS, AFI continues their listmania with The Top 100 Movie Quotes. How much you want to bet that the actors who performed them get more credit than the writers who wrote them?
A .pdf with the 400 that were nominated is available, in case you wan’t to lay odds on gems like “The dingo took my baby!” from A Cry in the Dark (2:1 against) or “Rosebud…” from Citizen Kane (2:1 in favor of taking the top spot).
Feel free to drop your favorite quotes in the comments below.
UPDATE: Liveblogging, of sorts…
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8:02 Shut up, Brosnan. Let’s get to the quotes!
8:06 I see they’ve borrowed a page from VH1’s Remember the… series. Enough with lame jokes by comedians, get to the movies!
8:11 Okay, up and running. We’ve had “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” and “I’m king of the world” and “My mudda tanks you, my fadda tanks you, my sista tanks you, and I tank you.”
8:13 Hard to keep up. This is as much a celebration of great movie moments as it is famous lines.
8:14 Caddyshack, yay!
8:17 While the commercials run, let me tell you that it looks like the AFI link above is down. C’mon AFI ISP, allocate some bandwidth, stat!
8:18 Modern update to “Who’s on First”
8:22 Difficult choosing just one vapid Bond quote…
8:23 William Friedkin reads backwards calling “Win just one for the gipper” an American thought. Get over yourself, Mr. Exorcist.
8:25 ‘Quick, a musical — we need a gay man to comment on this!’
8:26 “Attica!” That would’ve been in my top 30 at least. I love how they have to explain the reference.
8:27 My LoTR fav quote: “Po-TAY-toes!”
8:27 George Lucas should not be filmed in profile. Ever again.
8:29 From Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings to the old King Kong – nice transition.
8:31 Answer Funny Girl, provided you actually consider Barbra a “star of American film”. Odd that the other two competitors (Judy Garland, Vivian Leigh) are also gay icons…
8:33 Commercial break discussion topic: Now that I’m on the West Coast, can I actually liveblog stuff like this that is tape delayed?
8:34 Commercial for Herbie: Fully Loaded. Raise your hands if you’re thinking of going to see it. Hm, didn’t think so.
8:38 Hard to pick one Airplane literalism.
8:40 “Ooooooooopen the pod baaaaaaaaaaaay dooooooooors!”
8:40 Nice cut on ‘this conversation’. Almost too nice. Is the list ordered based on transition points for the show?
8:41 “Soylent Ray is Romano!” or “Romano cheese is Ray. It’s Raaaay!”
8:41 “Hasta la vista, baby!” – ‘It’s amazing how these Mexican quotes pop out of our movies.’
8:42 #75 “I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers.” More self-delusional quote to come… from Sunset Boulevard.
8:43 “I want the truth.” “You can’t handle the… I mean, she’s my daughter. I mean, she’s my sister. Oh… whatever.”
8:45 What about “Top o’ the world, ma”?
8:46 Ah, The Jazz Singer, another rascist classic.
8:47 Bill Goldman has a great intro to his Marathon Man screenplay in this book.
8:51 W.C. Fields… I hope he gets some lines. “Water? I never drink water. Fish make love in it.”
8:52 “Here’s Johnny!” That would seem to be trademark infringement. Jennifer Connely on The Shining.
8:54 Word. Many good lines came outta Casablanca.
8:56 Celebration of the character of Sherlock Holmes… Uh, duh. He’s a great literary character.
8:57 “Gentleman, you can’t fight in here. This is the war room!” One of J. Ott’s top ten!
8:59 Wow, they even dug Dennis Miller up out of his grave to say a few words. “Bogart in love, that’s like Hammurabi writing the Ten Commandments.”
9:00 “Say hello to my little frenn!” reminds me of that horrible commercial they show before movies with the guy at the grocery story doing bad impressions. They’ve even done a sequel to it now. Please, if any people responsible for approving a third are out there, please shoot yourselves!
9:03 Gone with the Wind — oh, yes, another racist classic! Where’s the Hattie McDaniel’s quote, eh?
9:04 Easy quiz. Godfather II won the Oscar. How about some trivia about which movie sequel brought low a great series. I nominate Godfather III, Star Wars: Episode I and Casino Royale.
9:08 Commercial break: Geico is making the old Energizer Bunny parody thing work!
9:09 Prediction: “You broke my heart!”
9:10 Drat! “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”
9:10 “Greed is good” from the movie Capitol Hill er, Wall Street.
9:13 Trivia: Annie Hall was almost not about Annie Hall. It was almost about Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine.
9:16 Oh, Tom Cruise, you had Katie Holmes at “What do you think of Scientology?”
9:18 “Do you feel fascist, punk?”
9:18 My battery is getting low and Lillian is asleep on my lap… so I’m signing off for now. Maybe I’ll be back to comment on the top ten.
10:17 Ah, nourished and now Lillian has moved her slumberhead to the other end of the couch.
10:18 No matter who comes #1, Casablanca looks like the big winner.
10:20 “Rosebud” #17??? There goes my pension.
10:26 Despite what the outros keep saying, the AFI Top 100 Quotes list is not up at Moviefone.com. And it won’t be up on AFI’s website till 11pm EST. So no spoilers.
10:27 Cool Hand Luke is great movie that is so much better than this over-quoted line. What of “Nobody can eat fifty eggs!” ; “I don’t care if it rains or freezes / ‘Cause I got a plasic Jesus / Sittin’ on the dashboard of my car” ; “He killed Blue!” ; “There will be no smoking in the prone position in bed” ; and so on…
10:30 This show is doing one thing quite well: it is reminding me of films that I own that I don’t watch enough. Short list: Cool Hand Luke, Sunset Boulevard, Dr. Strangelove and Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
10:31 Commercial break: “Presenting t.v.’s next copycat body-of-the-week show… Criminal Masterminds!”
10:33 Final ten, baby.
10:34 #10 “You talkin’ to me?” Taxi Driver written by Paul Schrader
10:35 #9 “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” All About Eve written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
10:36 #8 “May the force be with you.” Star Wars written by George Lucas
10:37 Will I be able to keep naming the writers, since AFI isn’t?
10:38 #7 “Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” Sunset Boulevard written by Billy Wilder
10:39 The tease: another Dirty Harry line. It has to be the hot dog quote.
10:44 #6 “Go ahead, make my day.” Sudden Impact written by Joseph Stinson
10:46 #5 “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Casablanca by the Epstein bros.
10:47 #4 “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.” Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum — okay, adapted for the screen by a host of writers I won’t even bother to list.
10:52 #3 “I coulda beena contenda…” On the Waterfront written by Budd Schulberg, who I’ve been in the same room with.
10:54 Am I off on the numbers? I’m sorry, I have to look at the screen once in a while. UPDATE: Fixed. I had two number fives.
10:55 #2 “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” The Godfather adapted from Mario Puzo’s novel by Francis Ford Coppola
10:57 Casablanca is the big winner!
10:58 #1 “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!” Casablanca by F. Scott Fitzgerald. No, really.
11:00 Good night to you, Pierce Brosnan.