Starring Jet Li, Enter the Dragon starring Bruce Lee, and The 36 Chambers of Shaolin starring Gordon Liu— when I came across one of my all time old favorites Barry Gordy’s The Last Dragon. Incidentally, this is currently being remade starring Samuel L Jackson as Sho Nuff, the Shogun of Harlem.
I first saw this movie when I was stationed at Bitburg Airbase in West Germany.
As I began to watch this great Kung fu fantasy flick I began to reminisce about how we (my fellow security police officers) used to watch movies on our 3 day break and then came back to work guarding those F-15s and recite all the great lines from the movies. I remember how much fun we had doing this . . . so, I decided to share a few of my favorite lines with you:
Enter the Dragon (1973) Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee faces O’Hara AKA Bob Wall in the pivotal Fight scene; Ohara smashes some boards with a speed punch but Bruce Lee jus looks at him and states:
“Boards don’t hit back.”
Conan The Barbarian (1982) Conan (Arnold Schwarzegger):
“Crom, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if we were good men or bad. Why we fought, or why we died. All that matters is that two stood against many. That’s what’s important! Valor pleases you, Crom . . . so grant me one request. Grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, then to HELL with you!” (Imagine this in an Austrian accent)
The Last Dragon (1985) Bruce Leroy (Taimak):
“From the cock’s crow to the clocks chime is but an instant.”
Tombstone (1993) Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday (Val Kilmer) and Ringo (Michael Biehn):
Ringo: “I want your blood. And I want your souls.
And I want them both right now!”
Doc Holiday: “I’ll be your huckleberry.”
The Matrix (1999) Neo (Keanu Reeves):
“I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them . . . a world without rules or controls, borders or boundaries.”
Gladiator (2000) Russell Crowe:
“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife; and I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”
Now I know that these are all man flicks, but I really haven’t run across a good line in a chick flick. However, there is a scene in Notting Hill starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts that I have to watch each time it comes on TV. It is a time transition where Hugh Grant walks from the door of his best friend’s house to his quaint little book shop. In that short walk, an entire year passes by. If you haven’t seen it you should.
Well, it’s these types of lines and clips in movies that make going to the theater such a wonderful and exciting experience for me. Do you have a favorite line from a particular movie? Post it in the comments section and if we get enough I will do another favorite movie line segment and include your favorite.
See you at the movies; I will save you a seat.