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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
My favorite movie scenes:
By: Joe P. Attanasio
I like to watch movies. Well, not just any movies, probably
less that 5% of all the movies released each year. Like everyone else, certain
scenes or words can become dear to me for one reason or another. I like to call
these “my favorite scenes”, This is not very original, but identifiable by
Over the course of the last forty-fifty years I probably
have less than twenty favorite scenes. I think you can learn a lot about a
person by asking them about their favorite scenes and since I brought this up,
I will save my readers the bother of asking.
FIRST KNIGHT (1995) – Richard Gere, Sean Connery, Julia
Ormond and Ben Cross:
I really liked this movie a lot. Guinevere was abducted and
Lancelot chased the captors relentlessly and eventually saved her and they
escaped. He stopped for a moment to rest in a small grove of trees and she
asked him why they were stopping. “I’m tired.” was his response. She laughs
politely and says, “Never! You battle in your dreams.”
This line exemplified Lancelot’s Spirit and Guinevere’s love
and respect for him. I think all men who consider themselves “champions of a
cause” would like to be seen this way, as tireless in the fight against evil.
PRINCESS BRIDE (1987) – Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin
Wright, Andre the Giant and many more.
Although I have many favorite lines from this movie, one
scene stands out above the rest. Westley was almost killed and mostly dead but
recovering. He was a master planner and was dragged to the city gates by Inigo
Montoya and Fezzik who needed to get inside. The gates were being guarded by
sixty men and there was just the three of them. Westley could not even hold his
own head up he was in such bad shape. “We must get inside but the gate is
guarded by sixty men,” Inigo told Westly while trying to revive him.
“What are our assets?” Westley asked rolling his eyes in a
stupor. “My sword, Fezziks strength and your brains,” was Inigo’s response.
“Impossible,” Westley stated, “I mean, if we only had a wheelbarrow, that would
Indigo responded, “We brought you in a wheelbarrow, it is
Westley said, “Well, why didn't you list that among our
assets in the first place?”
I like dry humor and the whole scene is bathed in it. The
idea of an almost dead man asking what are our assets and chiding them for mot
mentioning a wheelbarrow tickles my twisted funny bone.
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) - Paul Newman,
Robert Redford and Katherine Ross:
They were being chased relentlessly by a special posse of
expert lawmen and were trapped on a rock ledge about 150 feet above a white
water river. With no way out Butch said, “We will jump, I'll jump first.”
Sundance replied, “no.”
“Then you jump first,” Butch countered.
“No, I said,”
“What's the matter with you?” Butch said desperately.
“I can’t swim,” Sundance’s replied.
Butch looks at the 150 foot drop into the rapids then back
at Sundance and breaks out in laughter.
“Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill you.” Butch said
grabbing Sundance’s hand and pulling him over the edge with him.
“OH SHIT…..,” could be heard as they dropped into the river.
I loved this scene as it showed bravado in a no win
situation, The determination to try anything before giving up to certain death,
and doing it with style.
CAT BALLOU (1965) Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan:
One of my favorite movies but one particular scene always
come to mind and has been quoted by me numerous times. Frankie Ballou (Cat’s
father) is in danger from a gun slinger and she convinces her friends to stay
close to him to protect him. Every time he takes a step three guys move with
him. Frankie stops and spreads his arms moving the three people away from him
and says, “Stand back and let me breathe.”
I know this probably sounds mundane but it has stuck with me
all these years.
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948) Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr. and Bela
This old classic is full of ‘tongue in cheek’ humor and is
very entertaining. A local museum operator orders Dracula’s coffin from Europe
and ends up with Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man terrorizing their small
town. He is concerned with the loss of his exhibits and blames Chick Young and
Wilbur Grey. In the final scene all three monsters are chasing Chick and Wilbur
when they pass the curator. Wilbur yells, ”Hey, if you still want your
exhibits, here they come,” as he points at them in pursuit.
I love the line and am always finding ways to use it in
everyday life with my wife. The picture of the three monsters chasing them and
the snarky way Wilbur yells it to the curator is priceless.
INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996) Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff
Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, and Randy
I was moved by the speech the president makes in the face of
obliteration from a conquering race of aliens.
Thomas J. Whitmore:Good morning. Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft
from here will join others from around the world, and you will be launching the
largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. Mankind, that word should have
new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences
any more. We will be united in our common interest. Perhaps it's fate that
today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom.
Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation. We're
fighting for our right to live, to exist and should we win the day, the 4th of
July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the
world declared in one voice, 'We will not go quietly into the night! We will
not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on, we're going to survive.'
Today we celebrate our independence day!
I hope we got to know each other a little better through our
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