Monday, July 16, 2007

So cheesy, so nonsensical, and yet... so beautiful.

Classics schmassics. Best movie line ever:

Nobody puts Baby in the corner.

Discuss.

20 comments:

Joe the Troll said...

If that's from "Bringing Up Baby", then I wouldn't even try.

Natsthename said...

Yes, that's a great line, but I don't know about best.line.ever. And that movie is one of the CHEESIEST ever made! I have to laugh at how the 2-week vacation ends up as an entire summer! Jerry Orbach's great, though, and so are Swayze and Grey.

Eden said...

I was all about Patrick Swayze when that came out and I still laughed at that line in the theater.

My fave line is actually an exchange:

"He said 'oil can.'"
"Oil can what?"

Joe the Troll said...

Hmmm.... Swayze? I guess this isn't "Bringing Up Baby", then.

Jeff said...

Dirty Dancing, Joe. Dirty Dancing.

It's a great line, but only made great by the delivery, not so much the writing. If you read that line on paper, you'd think, eh. But when Swayze comes in, his hair blowing in the indoor wind, and he strikes his "I Did Your Daughter" pose and says the line, it's pure cinemagic.

Teacake said...

I agree it's the delivery. It's just so... silly. And yet so earnest. I watch that movie every time it comes on just to see that line. Best of all is VH1's promo when they're going to show it, black text on white background 1 word at a time with very dramatic voiceover. Nobody. Puts. Baby. In the. Corner.

Joe the Troll said...

Yes, Jeff, I figured that out, and was nice enough not to say anything. Never saw it, don't want to, still get annoyed when I think of the fact that I was managing a record store when that movie came out and had half of northern Illinois coming in to sing me the songs that they didn't know the names of. Egad.

Emma said...

First of all, I got here via Eden's blog...I hope "all are welcome." ;)

There's no way I could vote for "nobody puts baby in the corner" as the best line ever.

Of course, I would be hard pressed to pick just one line as my very favorite, but "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli" is right up there.

O' Tim said...

nat wrote: "I have to laugh at how the 2-week vacation ends up as an entire summer!

One of many delightful incongruities. Dirty Dancing also has the cheeseball musical anachronisms like Streets of Fire (Time of my Life v. I Can Dream About You). As Joe attests, a great way to sell albums.


My vote for best line:

BLACK KNIGHT [armless & legless]: Alright, we'll call it a draw.

Jodie K said...

Me niece Haley has a onesie with that line printed on it. Too fab.

Eden said...

We could do a whole post of Monty Python (film only) as well.

"What do you mean? An African or European swallow?"

Teacake said...

Folks. You can't seriously believe there was no tongue in my cheek there.

Of course, there is no one best line. You just couldn't do that, especially not to a movie-quoter like me. I could do a top 50 and still be agonizing over the ones I left off.

Also I agree with Eden. You could do 50 from the Grail alone. "And this is not my nose, it's a false one!"

Natsthename said...

OH GOD, don't get me started with Pythons....

Jeff said...

My favorite Grail line:

Very small rocks?

Natsthename said...

"you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just cause some watery tart threw a sword at you" really gets me going, but then "Come back here and take what's coming to you. I'll bite your legs off!" finishes me off. I'm in serious need of Depends after that....

Joe the Troll said...

I just watched Holy Grail last night.

"Let me go back and face the peril!"

"No, it's too perilous!"

Teacake said...

Very small rocks?

Lead, lead!


"Let me go back and face the peril!"

"No, it's too perilous!"


Bet you're gay.

O' Tim said...

Oh hell, I knew this was going to happen.

teacake - the nose quote is not complete without the visual of her lifting up the carrot to prove it.

GOD:...What are you doing now?
ARTHUR: I'm averting my eyes, O Lord.
GOD: Well don't. It's like those miserable Psalms - they're sooo depressing. Now knock it off!

Say, where's Paula?

Arleen said...

I love Dirty Dancing. Because of the dancing. And Patrick Swayze.

Miz UV said...

I not good with quotes. ~sniffle~