While watching last month’s 89th Academy Awards, I was on the verge of concluding that it was one of the most uneventful shows of all time. Well, until IT happened. The big IT; the biggest snafu in the history of the Oscars. Announcing the wrong winner of the best picture category – the top dog of all award categories – seals the deal for “Moonlight” never being forgotten in movie folklore.
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You may not remember what won the Oscar for best picture in 2016 (it was “Spotlight”), but it’s a sure bet that this time next year you’ll still remember that “Moonlight” took home the gold statue in 2017.
When thinking about what makes a particular movie memorable, for me it’s always the dialogue. Movies with great one-liners, that are often quoted in our daily lives, are the films that have staying power. What I truly love is the one-line movie character: one or two lines of dialogue is all the actor has, but somehow their brief onscreen scene seeps into our collective memory. For example, who can forget this great line delivered after Meg Ryan’s character in “When Harry Met Sally” fakes an orgasm in a crowded restaurant:
“I’ll have what she’s having.”
That was it. A single line of flawless dialogue spoken at the perfect moment. One additional little bit of trivia you might not know: the actress who delivered that line was Estelle Reiner, director Rob Reiner’s mother. Meg Ryan’s co-star Billy Crystal discussed that scene here: Billy Crystal discusses “I’ll have what she’s having.”
I live to seek out the great one-line characters. I don’t dream of being a leading actress in a film, but I would love the role of a one-line character, to deliver just one line of perfectly timed dialogue.I don’t dream of being a leading actress but would love to be a one-line character. Click To Tweet
Let’s have a little fun. What follows are a few examples of one-line character quotes. Can you identify the movie in which they were spoken? Let us know how many you get right in the comments section at the end of this post. And please don’t use Google – that’s kinda cheating.
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Please challenge me back – offer up in the comments section any one-line character quotes that are your faves. Remember, quotes need to be from one-line characters, not the leading actor or actress.