“It’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it!” If I had a shiny new, unforgeable pound coin for every time I’d heard that, I’d be a rich, rich man. Trouble is, it’s not exactly accurate is it? Great dialogue transcends both the performance and the film from whence it came and has the ability to infiltrate popular culture and consciousness.
From the endlessly quotable to the words you wish you’d said yourself, every Friday will feature an iconic iteration. So in the words of Reservoir Dogs’ Joe Cabot…”Let’s go to work.”
Having spent the majority of Unforgiven claiming a case of mistaken identity/reformed character, retired notorious outlaw William Munny (Clint Eastwood) finally goes all Wild West on the town of Big Whiskey. Having shot the sheriff (I can’t remember if he shot the deputy) Little Bill (Gene Hackman), Munny finds himself surrounded and seemingly trapped inside a saloon.
“All right, I’m coming out. Any man I see out there…I’m gonna shoot him. Any sumbitch takes a shot at me…I’m not only gonna kill him, but I’m gonna kill his wife…all his friends…and burn his damn house down.”
Alright, mate Leave it, it’s not worth it!
Happy Belated Birthday, Clint.
Which film quotes leave a ringing in your ears? Let me know in the comments below.