With the Oscar ceremonies Sunday, it seems the perfect time for another installment of our ongoing series of lists of memorable movie lines.
So, here we go with memorable three-word lines, many of which made the American Film Institute’s fun list “AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes” (PDF).
As always, feel free to add to my sampler with your own suggestions in the Comment area below.
We’ll start with a bunch of “gimmes”:
• “E.T. phone home.” — “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.” AFI ranked this quote No. 15.
• “What a dump!” — Bette Davis’ succinct comment on her surroundings in the 1949 film “Beyond the Forest.” The quote ended up at No. 62 on AFI’s list. In 1966, Martha (Elizabeth Taylor) riffs on the famous line in this scene from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
• “Stop the presses.” — the ultimate newspaper command that prompts a pressroom knockdown battle between tabloid editors Glenn Close and Michael Keaton in “The Paper”
And we’ll wrap up with a great quote from a cult classic with both Minnesota connections — the Coen Brothers — and Sunday’s Oscars. Jeff Bridges, “The Dude” in “The Big Lebowski,” appears to be the clear favorite to win the Oscar for best actor, at least according to this interesting academic research.