Gene Hackman in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Conversation" (1974)

The Conversation (1974) Written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Gene Hackman as Harry Caul and John Cazale as Stan (not pictured).

Stan: I can’t see why a couple of questions about what the hell’s going on can get you so outta joint.
Harry: ‘Cause I can’t sit here and explain the personal problems of my clients.
Stan: It wouldn’t hurt if you filled me in a little bit once in a while. Did you ever think of that?
Harry: It has nothing to do with me and even less to do with you.
Stan: It’s curiosity. Did you ever hear of that? It’s just goddamn human nature.
Harry: Listen. If there is one surefire rule that I have learned in this business is that I don’t know anything about human nature. I don’t know anything about curiosity. I don’t… that’s not part of what I do. What I… this is my business.


Making its US debut April 13th at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Shahid is a fairly straight forward biographical film directed by Hansal Mehta about a man who probably isn’t a household name here in the West, but whose remarkable life has something to say to all of us.

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Gena Rowlands in John Cassavetes' "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974)

A Woman Under the Influence (1974) Written and directed by John Cassavetes. Mario Gallo as Harold Jensen and Gena Rowlands as Mabel Longhetti.

Mabel: What’s your name again?
Mr. Jensen: Harold.
Mabel: Harold… Your first name?
Mr. Jensoen: Harold.
Mabel: Harold? Oh, you poor thing. You can’t name somebody Harold.

Dustin Hoffman in Bob Fosse's "Lenny" (1974)

Lenny (1974) Directed by Bob Fosse. Dustin Hoffman as Lenny Bruce and Mickey Gatlin as San Francisco Policeman (not pictured).

Policeman: What makes you think you’ve got the right to say a word like that in a public place?
Lenny: What word is that? I, I, I say a lot of words.
Policeman: You know what word I’m talking about. It’s against the law.
Lenny: I didn’t do it, man, I just said it.

William Powell and Lauren Bacall in "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953)

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) Directed by Jean Negulesco from a screenplay by Nunnally Johnson. William Powell as J.D. Hanley and Lauren Bacall as Schatze Page.

Shatze: What I’m trying to tell you, J.D., is that I’ve always liked older men. Look at Roosevelt. Look at Churchill. Look at that old fellow whatsisname in African Queen… Absolutely crazy about him.

Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in Walter Hill's "48 Hrs." (1982)

48 Hrs. (1982) Directed by Walter Hill. Nick Nolte as Jack Cates and Eddie Murphy as Reggie Hammond.

Reggie: Look, if we go in there and get a phone number or Ganz or a dead Indian, anything that helps us out, turn your back for a half hour and let me go get some pussy.
Jack: What for? Any man that talks about women like you can’t get it up anyhow.
Reggie: I been in prison for three years. My dick gets hard if the wind blows.


From Roger’s paper, The Chicago Sun-Times

I’ve said it before, but when I was a kid, Roger Ebert and his newspaper rival/TV partner Gene Siskel were the guys who introduced the concept to me that movies were art. Movies were something to think about and to be argued about. I don’t have to tell you that the significance of that to me is immeasurable.

Richard Dreyfuss in "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986)

Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) Written and directed by Paul Mazursky. Richard Dreyfuss as Dave Whiteman

Cop: Sir, may I see your driver’s license?
Dave: Uh… yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Uh, huh, huh, huh, huh, who… who hit who?
Cop: May I see your driver’s license please?
Dave: Nuh huh, uh huh, I’m just, I’m just trying to figure out who, who I’m mad at.

Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herbert Edelman, Larry Haines and David Sheiner in "The Odd Couple"

The Odd Couple (1968) Directed by Gene Saks from the play by Neil Simon. Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison, John Fiedler as Vinnie, Herbert Edelman as Murray, Larry Haines as Speed and David Sheiner as Roy

Roy: You can never tell what a guy will do when he’s hysterical.
Murray: Nah, nine times out of ten they don’t jump.
Roy: What about the tenth time?
Murray: They jump. He’s right! There’s a possibility!
Oscar: Not with Felix. I know him. He’s too nervous to kill himself. He wears his seatbelt to the drive-in movie.

Land of the Lost (2009) Directed by Brad Silberling
Will Ferrell as Dr. Rick Marshall and Anna Friel as Holly Cantrell

Holly: What are you eating?
Rick: It’s a doughnut stuffed with M&Ms. That way when you finish the doughnut, you don’t have to eat any M&Ms.

 James Caan in Michael Mann's "Thief" (1981)

Thief (1981) Written and directed by Michael Mann. James Caan as Frank and Robert Prosky as Leo (not pictured)

Leo: I give you houses. I give you a car. You’re family. I thought you’d come around. What the hell is this? Where is gratitude?
Frank: Where is my end?
Leo: You can’t see day for night
Frank: I can see my money is still in your pocket which is from the yield of my labor. What gratitude? You’re making big profits from my work, my risk, my sweat. But that’s okay, because I elected to make that deal. But now the deal is over. I want my end and I am out.
Leo: Why don’t you join a labor union?
Frank: I am wearin’ it… My money in 24 hours or you will wear your ass for a hat.

Robert Redford and Paul Newman in "The Sting" (1973)

The Sting (1973) Directed by George Roy Hill. Robert Redford as Johnny Hooker and Paul Newman as Henry Gondorff

Hooker: I wouldn’t ask you to do this, you know, if it weren’t for Luther.
Gondorf: Nothin’s gonna make up for Luther. Revenge is for suckers. I been griftin’ thirty years, I never got any.
Hooker: Then why are you doin’ it?
Gondorf: Seems worthwhile, doesn’t it?

South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999)

South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999) Directed by Trey Parker.
Eric Cartman voiced by Trey Parker.

Cartman: Mom, if you were in a German sheisse video… y-you’d tell me, right?

Christa Theret as Andree Heuschling and Michel Bouquet as Pierre-Auguste Renoir in RENOIR
Christa Theret as Andree Heuschling and Michel Bouquet as Pierre-Auguste Renoir in Renoir.
Photo Credit: Fidelite Films and Samuel Goldwyn Films

A dummy dressed as a German soldier hangs in effigy along a quiet country lane on the Côte d’Azur. It’s 1915 and World War I haunts the pastoral picture even from hundreds of miles away. We know what the war portends for the world and that is enough. Nearby, the impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir struggles through his final years; still making life out of color, but wheelchair-bound and barely able to grip his brushes from the rheumatoid arthritis. A self-described cork in the stream, he is a man who has adapted and made the most out of the twists and turns of his life. The story of Pierre-Auguste’s middle son Jean, however, is not yet written. At 21 with his career as a world-renowned filmmaker still 20 years away, Jean has returned from war a wounded man. Almost wilting in the shadow of his great father, he is lost and lacking ambition. Into this nexus between war and peace, between son and father, comes the beautiful Andrée Heuschling, Pierre-Auguste’s new model and a spark that might bring Jean to life.

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Bob Hoskins in "The Long Good Friday" (1980)

The Long Good Friday (1980) Directed by John Mackenzie. Bob Hoskins as Harold Shand and Derek Thompson as Jeff (not pictured)

Harold: (hangs up the phone) This is… a diabolical liberty!
Jeff: What is it?
Harold: Blown up. He’s dead. Eric is dead. A car bomb.
Jeff: Aye?
Harold: Mother’s all right. Suffering from shock. She’s in the London hospital…
Jeff: I don’t understand.
Harold: You need a million dollar computer to understand this. Who’d do such a thing? It’s outrageous! Outside a church? You don’t go crucifying people outside a church – not on Good Friday!

Jeremy Kemp in "Top Secret!" (1984)

Top Secret! (1984) Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker. Jeremy Kemp as General Streck and Warren Clarke as Colonel von Horst (not pictured).

Colonel von Horst: He won’t break. We’ve tried everything. Do you want me to bring out the LeRoy Nieman paintings?
General Streck: No. We cannot risk violating the Geneva Convention.

Thomas Hunter and Nando Gazzolo in Carlo Lizzani's "The Hills Run Red" (1967)

The Hills Run Red (1967) Directed by Carlo Lizzani. Thomas Hunter as Jerry Brewster and Nando Gazzolo as Ken Seagull

Ken: Six hundred thousand dollars and all in one swoop! You know, Jerry, it’d byy a lot of land and horses. When I think this money was supposed to buy cannon, it gives me the creeps…
Jerry: You’ll get the creeps if they get their hands on you. That’s government money and don’t you forget it.

Woody Allen in "Stardust Memories" (1980)

Stardust Memories (1980) Written and directed by Woody Allen. Woody Allen as Sandy Bates.

Sandy: You can’t control life. It doesn’t wind up perfectly. Only art you can control — art and masturbation — two areas in which I am an absolute expert.


Pam Grier in "Foxy Brown" (1974)

Foxy Brown (1974) Written and directed by Jack Hill. Pam Grier as Foxy Brown, Antonio Fargas as Link Brown (not pictured) and Sally Ann Stroud as Deb (not pictured)

Foxy: (as she finishes trashing Link’s apartment) You’re movin’ out, brother. Outta town! And I mean it, Link. You think you’re back in with those people, but they got a stick of dynamite up your ass and the fuse is burnin’. You understand me? Now, I want you out! O-U-T! (tips over the wardrobe and storms out)
Deb: Who does she think she is?
Link: That’s my sister, baby, and she’s a whole lotta woman.

Ben Kingsley in "Sexy Beast" (2000)

Sexy Beast (2000) Directed by Jonathan Glazer. Ben Kingsley as Don Logan and Ray Winstone as Gal Dove.

Gal: What can I say, Don? I’ve said it all. I’m retired.
Don: Shut up. Cunt. Ya louse. You got some fuckin’ neck, ain’t you? Retired? Fuck off, you’re revoltin’. Look at your fuckin’ suntan. You’re like leather. Like a leather man, your skin. You could make a fucking suitcase out of you. ‘oldall. You’re like a crocodile. Fat crocodile. Fat bastard. You look like fuckin’ Idi Amin. You know wha’ I mean? Stay here? You should be ashamed of yourself. Who do you fink you are? King of the castle? Cock of the walk? (punches Gal in the stomach) What, you fink this is the wheel of fortune? You fink you can just make your dough and fuck off? Leave the table? “Thanks, Don. See you, Don. Off to sunny Spain now, Don. Fuck off, Don.” Lie in your pool like a fat blob laughing at me. D’you fink I’m gonna ‘ave that? You really fink I’m gonna ‘ave that, ya ponce? All right, I’ll make it easy for ya. God, you’re fuckin’ tryin’. Are you gonna do the job? It’s not a difficult question, are you gonna do the job, yes or no?
Gal: Don…
Don: Say it.
Gal: No.
Don: Yes. Fuck off, wanker. You’re doin’ it.

Vincent Price and Carol Ohmart in "House on Haunted Hill" (1959)

House on Haunted Hill (1959) Directed by William Castle. Vincent Price as Frederick Loren and Carol Ohmart as Annabelle Loren.

Frederick: You remember the fun we had when you poisoned me?
Annabelle: (laughs) Something you ate, the doctor said.
Frederick: Yes… arsenic on the rocks.

Patrick Huard in "Starbuck"

The appealing French-Canadian comedy Starbuck stars Patrick Huard (Bon Cop Bad Cop) as David Wozniak, an irresponsible shaggy dog of a man a decade past the age where that kind of shtick is still lovable. In younger days it seems, David repeatedly helped himself over a series of minor financial hurdles as a regular sperm donor at a nearby fertility clinic under the alias “Starbuck.” Like the famously prolific bull stud that name comes from, it turns out David’s particular sperm were much more motivated than he was himself and the clinic used them time and time again to great success. 20 years or so later, David finds out just how successful when the clinic is named in a class action lawsuit brought by 142 of the 533 children he wound up spawning and who want to know his identity. It’s a potential nightmare for David and he does everything he can to remain anonymous, but maybe this realization will lead the way toward him finally growing up.

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Frank Sinatra and Trevor Howard in "Von Ryan's Express" (1965)

Von Ryan’s Express (1965) Directed by Mark Robson. Frank Sinatra as Colonel Joseph L. Ryan and Trevor Howard as Major Eric Fincham

Fincham: I can’t expect you to understand this, but these men belong to the Ninth Fusiliers. This regiment fought with Marlborough in Seventeen Hundred and Four, with Wellington against Napoleon, froze and died in the Crimea. These men are all volunteers to a man, professionals and they’ve come to fight a war.
Ryan: It may come as a piece of news to you, Major, but that’s why we’re all here.
Fincham: Yes, but each in his different way. You ought to know that, you’re a professional.
Ryan: Negative. I’m what they call at home a 90-day wonder. I’m an aeroplane driver, Major. My business is flying.
Fincham: Ours is soldiering.
Ryan: Okay, clue me. Suppose you do rig an escape. How many men do you figure to get clear?
Fincham: Colonel Ryan, if one gets out, it’s a victory.

Erik King in Brian De Palma's "Casualties of War" (1989)

Casualties of War (1989) Directed by Brian De Palma. Erik King as Brown.

Brown: I’m a armor-plated motherfucker. I’m a armor-plated motherfucker. I’m a armor-plated motherfucker…

Franco Nero in Sergo Corbucci's "The Mercenary" (1968)

The Mercenary (1968) Directed by Sergio Corbucci. Franco Nero as Sergei Kowalski  and Franco Ressel as Studs

Studs: (points his gun at Kowalski) Polack! You play around with me, I’ll see that you’re gonna get murdered. You play with fire, you’re gonna get burned!
Kowalski: I wear gloves.
Studs: I don’t see them. I don’t see them!
Kowalski: I took them off because without gloves I shoot better. (drops his glass, draws and shoots the gun out of Studs’ hand before the glass hits the floor)

Al Pacino and Diane Keaton in "The Godfather: Part III" (1990)

The Godfather: Part III (1990) Directed and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola. Al Pacino as Michael Corleone and Diane Keaton as Kay Adams Michelson

Michael: I want you to forgive me.
Kay: For what?
Michael: Everything.
Kay: Oh. Like God, huh?
Michael: No, I need something a little closer.

John Cazale and Al Pacino in "The Godfather: Part II" (1974)

The Godfather: Part II (1974) Directed and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola. John Cazale as Fredo Corleono and Al Pacino as Michael Corleone

Fredo: Sometimes I think I should’ve married a woman like you did. Like Kay. Have kids, have a family. For once in my life, be more like… Pop.
Michael: It’s not easy to be a son, Fredo. It’s not easy.
Fredo: You know, Mama used to tease me. She’d say, uh, “You don’t belong to me. You were left on the doorstep by gypsies.” Sometimes I think it’s true.

Diane Keaton and Al Pacino in "The Godfather" (1972)

The Godfather (1972) Directed and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola. Diane Keaton as Kay Adams and Al Pacino as Michael Corleone

Kay: I thought you weren’t going to become a man like your father. That’s what you told me.
Michael: My father’s no different than any powerful man… any man who’s responsible for other people. Like a senator or a president.
Kay: Do you know how naïve you sound?
Michael: Why?
Kay: Senators and presidents don’t have men killed.
Michael: Oh… Who’s being naïve, Kay?

Tom Noonan in Michael Mann's "Manhunter" (1986)

Manhunter (1986) Written and directed by Michael Mann. Tom Noonan as Francis Dollarhyde

Dollarhyde: Before me, you are a slug in the sun. You are privy to a great awakening and you recognize nothing. You’re an ant in the afterbirth. It is your nature to do one thing correctly: tremble. But fear is not what you owe me. No, Lounds. You and the others… you owe me awe!

Kurt Katch and Henry Daniell in "Watch on the Rhine" (1943)

Watch on the Rhine (1943) Directed by Herman Shumlin. Screenplay by Dashiell Hammett from the play by Lillian Hellman. Kurt Katch as Herr Blecher and Henry Daniell as Baron Phili von Ramme

Von Ramme: It is generally supposed, Mr. Chandler, that these little talks of Blecher’s are most instructive… and unpleasant.
Blecher: Baron von Ramme, too much may be generally supposed.
Von Ramme: A threat, Butcher Boy?
Blecher: “Butcher Boy.” That is funny, yes. We Nazis are always funny. And we have a funny leader with a funny mustache. His name used to be Schicklgruber and he was a paperhanger. That too is funny, yes. And so we have divided the world into two parts: those like you who want to work for us or with us, and those others who lie awake trembling and hating us because they are afraid of us. Tell me, is not that also funny? No, I wouldn’t threaten you, Phili.  You could not be handled that way.
Von Ramme: With all your other duties, you still had time to make a study of me.
Blecher: You’re not complicated.
Von Ramme: No?
Blecher: No. Aristocrat. Bred to government service. Contemptuous of us and our methods, but chiefly because we are not gentlemen. Would be satisfied enough doing the same things, or worse, under some stupid Hohenzollern. You are too cynical to be really dangerous, Baron von Ramme.
Von Ramme: Bravo. You make me ashamed of being so simple.

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