“It’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it!” If I had a shiny new 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…”
With The War for the Planet of the Apes about to hit our screens, let’s go back and see where the monkey business started.
1968’s The Planet of the Apes was a microcosm of the back end of the Sixties: the end of free love; the space race; the Cold War and the fear of all things nuclear. Upon discovering the remains of the Statue of Liberty, astronaut George Taylor (Charlton Heston) finally realises that the planet run by damn filthy apes was Earth all along.
“Oh my God. I’m back. I’m home. All the time, it was… We finally really did it. You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!”
Thank goodness we’re that much more civilised now.
Which film quotes make you want to nuke the planet? Let me know in the comments below.