Sometimes my characters are movie-quoting fools. Sometimes they refer to books. Sometimes they’ll quote anything. Always somebody asks me where a line or a phrase is from. So here are quotations and allusions from some of the books. We’re updating all the time, so stay tuned.
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“We can’t stop here, this is bat country.” Quoted from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Screenplay by Terry Gilliam from Hunter S. Thompson’s novel.
“It’s not the Bates Motel.” Reference to Psycho. Screenplay by Robert Bloch and Joseph Stefano from a short story by Robert Bloch.
“The fall will kill us.” Quoted from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Screenplay by William Goldman.
“Do you think the Church of Temptation is like the Church of Baseball?” Reference to Bull Durham. Screenplay by Ron Shelton.
“It’s quiet. Too quiet.” Cliché from war and adventure movies.
“I bet the Chinese food is terrible.” Quoted from My Cousin Vinny. Screenplay by Dale Launer.
“The pillars reported us to some outback nazi law-enforcement agency and now they’ve run us down like dogs.” Reference to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Quoted from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Screenplay by Terry Gilliam from Hunter S. Thompson’s novel.
“It’s one of the classic blunders, right up there with “never get involved in land war in Asia.” Paraphrase from The Princess Bride. Screenplay by William Goldman from his novel.
“I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Quoted from A Streetcar Named Desire. Screenplay by Oscar Saul from stage play by Tennessee Williams.
“My name is Inigo Montoya.” Quoted from The Princess Bride. Screenplay by William Goldman from his novel.
“No point in mentioning those bats. The poor bastard will see them soon enough.” Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Screenplay by Terry Gilliam from Hunter S. Thompson’s novel.
“I’ve read The Second Sex. I’ve read The Cinderella Complex. I’m responsible for my own orgasm.” Quoted from Tootsie. Screenplay by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal.
“He went places no man has gone before.” Paraphrase from the opening of Star Trek. Television series and movie franchise created by Gene Roddenberry.
“And some day you’ll drop dead and I’ll come to your funeral in a red dress.” Quoted from Moonstruck. Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley.
“When you first came in for breakfast, when I first saw you, I thought you were handsome. Then, of course, you spoke.” Quoted from As Good As It Gets. Screenplay by James L. Brooks.
“You don’t want to have sex, you want to have sex in the movies.” Paraphrased from Sleepless in Seattle. Screenplay by Jeff Arch and Nora Ephron.
“Why don’t you pass the time by playing a little solitaire?” Quoted from The Manchurian Candidate. Screenplay by George Axelrod.
“Go sell paranoid someplace else. We’re all stocked up here.” Paraphrase from As Good As It Gets. Screenplay by James L. Brooks.
“They’ll see and they’ll know and they’ll say,’Why she wouldn’t even hurt a fly.’” “We all go a little mad sometimes.” Quoted from Psycho. Screenplay by Robert Bloch and Joseph Stefano from a short story by Robert Bloch.
“She did everything but mention my good bag and cheap shoes.” “As long as she didn’t invite you to the house for a nice Chianti and fava beans.” Reference to Silence of the Lambs. Screenplay by Ted Tally from Thomas Harris’s novel.
“I had you at ‘hello’.” Paraphrase from Jerry Maguire. Screenplay by Cameron Crowe.
“You men are all alike. Seven or eight quick ones and you’re off with the boys.” Quoted from Young Frankenstein. Screenplay by Gene Wilder from Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein (a loose interpretation but a great one).
“Your luck’s about to change, cher.” Quoted from The Big Easy. Screenplay by Daniel Petrie Jr.
“Who runs this place, Norman Bates?” “It’s okay, the showers don’t work anyway.” Reference to Psycho. Screenplay by Robert Bloch and Joseph Stefano from a short story by Robert Bloch.
“Couldn’t he get Nurse Ratched?” Reference to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Screenplay by Bo Goldman and Laurence Hauben from Ken Kesey’s novel.
“And thanks to Amy, he now sleeps with the fishes.” Reference to The Godfather. Screenplay by Francis Coppola from Mario Puzo’s novel.
“We’re going to need a bigger dock.” Reference to Jaws. Screenplay by Peter Benchley and Gail Gottleib from Benchley’s novel.
“Right here. On the Oriental.” Quoted from Prizzi’s Honor. Screenplay by Richard Condon and Janet Roach from Condon’s novel.
“Take me to bed or lose me forever.” Quoted from Top Gun. Screenplay by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr.
“Why, Mr. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?” Paraphrase from The Graduate. Screenplay by Calder Willingham from Charles Webb’s novel.
“This boy is toast.” Paraphrase from Ghostbusters. Screenplay by Dan Ayckroyd and Harold Ramis.
“We’re America, we’re 10 and 1″ Quoted from Marathon Man. Screenplay by William Goldman from his novel.
“We all go a little mad sometimes.” Quoted from Psycho. Screenplay by Robert Bloch and Joseph Stefano from a short story by Robert Bloch.
“I coulda been a contendah.” Quoted from On the Waterfront. Screenplay by Malcolm Johnson.
“This isn’t the junior chamber of commerce, Brad.” Quoted from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Screenplay by Richard O’Brien and Jim Sharman.
“Thank goodness we’re in a bowling alley.” Quoted from Pleasantville. Screenplay by Gary Ross.
“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” Quoted from All About Eve. Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
“It looked like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” Paraphrase from Casablanca. Screenplay by Joan Alison from Murray Burnett’s play Everybody Comes To Rick’s.