Saturday, November 22, 2014

Top Movie Quotes: Nos 80-76

Continuing the countdown of the American Film Institute’s top 100 movie lines (compiled 2005), on their own at first to enable you to see if you can identify the film and the actor speaking the line, then followed by an identification and some trivia.

The next 5 in the countdown:

80. "Yo, Adrian!"

79. Striker: "Surely you can't be serious." 
      Rumack: "I am serious...and don't call me Shirley."

78. "Open the pod bay doors please, HAL."

77. "Soylent Green is people!"

76. ”Hasta la vista, baby.”

80. "Yo, Adrian!"

Spoken by Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in Rocky (1976)

Stallone was broke with $106 in the bank and trying to sell his dog because he couldn’t afford to feed it when he was offered $350,000 for the script he had written for Rocky. His acceptance was conditional on his playing the lead, which major studios refused. They wanted Robert Redford, Ryan O’Neal, Burt Reynolds or James Caan. Eventually United Artists agreed to fund for $1m with a guarantee that if filming went over budget, Winkler and Chartoff would personally fund the extra. The film did go over budget by $100,000, Winkler and Chartoff mortgaging their homes to raise it.

Most of the iconic scenes of Rocky jogging through the streets of Philadelphia were shot without permits, without equipment and without extras. Shopkeepers filmed looking at Rocky jogging had no idea why a man was running and being filmed, although in the context of the movie they are depicted as supporters. The shot of the stall owner tossing him an orange was improvised by the stall owner. He had no idea a movie was being filmed or that he would be in it.

From IMDB:

Writer Sylvester Stallone was inspired to write the screenplay for the film after seeing the Chuck Wepner – Muhammad Ali fight on March 24, 1975 at the Richfield Coliseum outside of Cleveland in Richfield, Ohio. Thirty-six year old Wepner was considered a moderate talent, but no one thought he had a hope against Ali. Indeed, no one expected Wepner to last more than three rounds. As such, the longer the fight went on past the opening three rounds, the more shocked people became; Wepner even managed to knock Ali down in the ninth round (although Ali has always maintained that Wepner was standing on his foot when he fell). Ali immediately opened a blistering offensive in an attempt to drop Wepner and for the next six rounds, he pummeled Wepner mercilessly, breaking his nose and opening large gashes above both his eyes. No matter how hard Ali hit him however, Wepner kept moving forward and continuing to fight (it was this specific aspect of the fight which inspired Stallone). Eventually, with 19 seconds left in the fifteenth and final round, Ali scored a TKO.

79. Striker: "Surely you can't be serious." 

                        Rumack: "I am serious...and don't call me Shirley."

Spoken by Robert Hays as Ted Stryker and Leslie Nielsen as Dr Rumak in Airplane! (1980), released in Australia as Flying High

For the argument between announcers concerning the white and red zones at the airport, the producers hired the same voice artists who had made the real-world announcements at Los Angeles International Airport. At the real airport, the white zone is for loading and unloading of passengers only, and there's no stopping in the red zone (except for transit buses). They were also married to each other in real life.

For the famous scene of the 747 crashing through the large windows inside the terminal, producer Jon Davidson mentions (in the DVD extras) that after the movie, he received numerous letters from various pilots telling him that they have come very close to re-enacting that very scene in real life, with some pilots admitting that they've come so close as to touch the glass with the noses of their airplanes.

Actors such as Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves and Leslie Nielsen were cast because of their reputation for playing no-nonsense characters. Until this film, these actors had not done comedy, so their "straight-arrow" personas and line delivery made the satire in the movie all the more poignant and funny. Bridges was initially reluctant to take his role in the movie, but his sons persuaded him to do it.

78. "Open the pod bay doors please, HAL."

Spoken by Keir Dullea as Dave Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

In the premier screening of the film, 241 people walked out of the theater, including Rock Hudson who said "Will someone tell me what the hell this is about?" Arthur C Clarke once said, "If you understand '2001' completely, we failed. We wanted to raise far more questions than we answered.”

In honor of the book and movie, NASA named a Mars orbiter: 2001 Mars Odyssey. This was not the first time NASA had a connotation with the film; the Apollo 13 command module's callsign was Odyssey during the ill-fated mission.

The movie has many instances of product placement for IBM. The most apparent are the computer panels in the space plane that docks with the space station, the forearm control panel on Dave's spacesuit, and the portable viewing screens on which Dave and Frank watch "The World Tonight." Adding one letter to HAL gives IBM but Kubrick has said that he was not aware of it and would have changed HAL’s name if he had realised.

77. "Soylent Green is people!"

Spoken by Charlton Heston as Dr Robert Thorn in Soylent Green (1973)

The word "Soylent" is a holdover from the Harry Harrison novel "Make Room! Make Room!" upon which this film is based. In the novel, the word is supposed to suggest soybeans and lentils.

A small, green spirulina-based cracker called "Soylent Green" (officially licensed by MGM) was released in July, 2011. The box does not use any images or characters from the film, but rather attempts (humorously) to be an actual product. The ingredients list does not list "people."

Soylent Green is a running gag that has appeared in some Simpsons episodes set in the future. In one such episode, there is a sign in the Kwik E Mart stating that Soylent Green now has 30% more girls:

76. ”Hasta la vista, baby.”

Spoken by Artnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Given Arnold Schwarzenegger’s $15-million salary and his total of 700 words of dialog, he was paid $21,429 per word. "Hasta la vista, baby" cost $85,716.

Sarah Connor’s opening narration:

Three billion human lives ended on August 29th, 1997. The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day. They lived only to face a new nightmare: the war against the machines. The computer which controlled the machines, Skynet, sent two Terminators back through time. Their mission: to destroy the leader of the human resistance, John Connor, my son. The first Terminator was programmed to strike at me in the year 1984, before John was born. It failed. The second was set to strike at John himself when he was still a child. As before, the resistance was able to send a lone warrior, a protector for John. It was just a question of which one of them would reach him first.

The world famous phrase "Hasta la Vista, Baby" is translated to "Sayonara, Baby" in the Spanish version of the film, to preserve the humorous nature.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Funny Friday

The fact that I spent time with an Irish client yesterday and told him my favourite Irish joke inspired the selection of Irish humour as today's Funny Friday theme. My favourite Irish joke is included below but it is a repeat, having previously been posted on Bytes.

By the way, the pic above is a movie still from the wonderful 1959 Disney flick Darby O'Gill and the Little People. The main romantic lead in that film was none other than a young Sean Connery in one of his early, pre-James Bond films:

Murphy told Quinn that his wife was driving him to drink. Quinn thinks he's very lucky because his own wife makes him walk.

An American lawyer asked, "Paddy, why is it that whenever you ask an Irishman a question, he answers with another question? "Who told you that?" asked Paddy.

Female Irish customer: "Could I be trying on that dress in the window?" Shopkeeper: "I'd prefer that you use the dressing room."

"Your glass is empty O'Flaherty, will you be having another?"
"And why would I be wanting two empty glasses?" replied O'Flaherty.

Mrs. Feeney shouted from the kitchen, "Is that you I hear spittin' in the vase on the mantle piece?" "No," said himself, "but I'm gettin' closer all the time."

Finnegan: My wife has a terrible habit of staying up 'til two o'clock in the morning. I can't break her of it. 

Keenan: What on earth is she doin' at that time? 

Finnegan: Waitin' for me to come home.

On his way home one night, Paddy dropped into the pub.The barman poured him a beer and asked if he wanted to be in a raffle.

"What's it for?" asked Paddy. 

"It's for a poor widow with 13 kids" said the barman.

Paddy shook his head, "No good for me. I'd never be able to keep them."

Slaney phoned the maternity ward at the hospital. "Quick!" He said. "Send an ambulance, my wife is goin' to have a baby!" "Tell me, is this her first baby?" the intern asked. "No, this is her husband, Kevin, speakin'."

On the occasion of his 20th wedding anniversary, Daniel Patrick is in the pub celebrating with his mates. He lifts a glass and toasts his marriage: "Here's to the best years o' me life, spent between the legs o' me wife." All the mates cheer and applaud this fine and noble sentiment, and raise another glass or two (or three, or four). Back home, Daniel tells his wife about the ovation he received, but since he knows she won't approve the language, changes it to: "Here's to the best years o' me life, spent in church beside me wife." A few days later, the Mrs. meets one of the mates who had cheered Daniel in the pub. The toast is mentioned. "Oh, you heard? says the mate. "Yes, indeed," she says. "Twas a fine, fine toast," the mate says. "Indeed it was," says the Mrs., "even if it happened only twice these twenty years, and the second time he fell asleep before it was over."

And finally, my favourite:

"My god! What happened to you?" the bartender asked Kelly as he hobbled in on a crutch, one arm in a cast.

"I got in a tiff with Riley."

"Riley? He's just a wee fellow," the barkeep said surprised.

"He must have had something in his hand."

"That he did," Kelly said. "A shovel it was."

"Dear Lord. Didn't you have anything in your hand?"

"Aye, that I did--Mrs. Riley's left breast." Kelly said. "And a beautiful thing it was, but not much use in a fight!"

Corn Corner:

Billy stops Paddy in Dublin and asks for the quickest way to Cork.
Paddy says, "Are you on foot or in the car?"
Billy says, "In the car."
Paddy says, "That's the quickest way."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Goldfish and Goldwyn

“A self-made man may prefer a self-made name.”

- Judge Learned Hand, 1923

Born Billings Learned Hand (1872-1961), Judge Learned Hand was an American judge and philosopher. Highly regarded as a judge and as a defender of civil liberties, he remains a highly quoted figure in both law and philosophy. The second and last child of Samuel Hand and Lydia Learned, He dropped the name “Billings” when aged 27, believing that it sounded pompous.

Samuel Goldwyn (1879-1974) was born Szmul Gelbfisz in Warsaw, Poland to a Hasidic Jewish family. At a young age he travelled to England where he began using the name Samuel Goldfish. In 1899 he moved to the US and became involved in the motion picture industry. In 1916 he and partners Edgar and Archibald Selwyn combined their names to form Goldwyn Pictures Corporation. He used the name Goldwyn thereafter.

In 1923 Goldwyn, no longer with Goldwyn Pictures Corporation, intended to form Samuel Goldwyn Incorporated. Goldwyn Pictures Corporation objected, saying that the name had been theirs from the days that Samuel had been only a Goldfish. Seeking an injunction to restrain him, Goldwyn sought to legally change his Goldwyn. The suit came before Judge Learned Hand who proclaimed that “A self-made man may prefer a self-made name.” He dismissed the application to restrain and allowed the name change, but ruling that Goldwyn had to put the banner “Samuel Goldwyn presents” before his pictures.

Today Goldwyn is also remembered for his abuse of the English language . . .

"An oral contract isn't worth the paper it's written on." 

"Gentlemen, include me out."

"I've gone where the hand of man has never set foot." 

"Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined." 

"If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive." 

"They stayed away in droves." 

"Don't improve it into a flop!" 

"I don't want yes-men around me. I want everyone to tell the truth, even if it costs them their jobs." 

"I read part of it all the way through." 

"I had a great idea this morning, but I didn't like it." 

"If I look confused it's because I'm thinking." 

"That's the trouble with directors. Always biting the hand that lays the golden egg." 

"Tell them to stand closer apart." 

"For your information, just answer me one question!" 

"You fail to overlook the crucial point." 

"In two words, impossible." 

"It's absolutely impossible, but it has possibilities." 

"Go see that turkey for yourself, and see for yourself why you shouldn't see it."
"A hospital is no place to be sick." 

"Give me a couple of years, and I'll make that actress an overnight success." 

"If I were in this business only for the business, I wouldn't be in this business." 

"I'm willing to admit that I may not always be right, but I am never wrong." 

"Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day." 

"Even if they had it in the streets, I wouldn't go." -- On Mardi Gras. 

"Yes, but keep copies." -- When his secretary asked him if she should destroy files that were over ten years old. 

"True, I've been a long time making up my mind, but now I'm giving you a definite answer. I won't say yes, and I won't say no -- but I'm giving you a definite maybe." 

"I don't care if it doesn't make a nickel. I just want every man, woman, and child in America to see it." 

"A bachelor's life is no life for a single man." 

"Can she sing? She's practically a Florence Nightingale." 

"Let's have some new cliches." 

"Why did you do that? Every Tom, Dick and Harry is named Sam!" -- When a friend told him he named his son Sam. 

"I paid too much for it, but it's worth it." 

"Yes, but that's our strongest weak point." -- When a reporter asked a young Samuel Goldwyn if he'd ever made a picture before. 

"The trouble with this business is the dearth of bad pictures." 

"You've got to take the bull between your teeth." 

"We have that Indian scene. We can get the Indians from the reservoir." 

"I have been laid up with intentional flu." 

"He treats me like the dirt under my feet." 

"I want to make a picture about the Russian secret police -- the GOP." 

"Let's bring it up to date with some snappy nineteenth century dialogue." 

"There is a statue of limitation." 

"I never put on a pair of shoes until I've worn them at least five years." 

"Never make forecasts, especially about the future." 

"I don't think anyone should write his autobiography until after he's dead." 

"Modern dancing is old fashioned." 

"This makes me so sore it gets my dandruff up." 

"Why is everything so dirty here?" Goldwyn once asked of a film director. When told it was supposed to be a slum, Goldwyn responded, "Well, this slum cost a lot of money. It should look better than an ordinary slum." 

"Keep a stiff upper chin." 

"Gentlemen, listen to me slowly." 

"Don't worry about the war. It's all over but the shooting." 

"To hell with the cost, if it's a good story, I'll make it." -- When told a particular script was "too caustic" for film. 

"Our comedies are not to be laughed at." 

"Put it out of your mind. In no time, it will be a forgotten memory."

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014


The chameleon has a tongue that is 1.5 times the length of its body.

Porpoises have been known to surf the bow wave of ships, dolphins surf the waves at beaches.

The blue whale, the largest animal to have ever existed, is 100m (100 feet) long and weighs  113 tonnes (125 tons). This is as much as 4 large dinosaurs (Brontosauri), 23 elephants, 230 cows or 1800 men.

Some animals produce their own lights, called bioluminescence. The Brazilian railroad worm has a red light on its head and green lights down its side. It lacks a turn signal.

The fastest bird is the peregrine falcon. It can fly at a speed of over 322kph (2000mph). The highest recorded speed of a peregrine falcon is 389 km/h (242 mph).

Animals with some of the longest lives are:

the giant tortoise (152 years);

the fin whale (116 years) 

the deep-sea clam (100 years).

The narwhal, or narwhale, is a medium-sized toothed whale and possesses a large "tusk" from a protruding canine tooth. It lives year-round in the Arctic waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia

Chimpanzees use tools more than any other animal except man.