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September 04, 2006

Greatest Moment in a Movie

I'm not a television kind of guy.

I admit, however, to loving movies.

So, I get to wondering, while "As Time Goes By" is playing on my Comcast Rhapsody, what is my favorite movie moment? This could be answered in two ways--favorite amongst all movies, or favorite within several favorite movies. So, I'll answer both.

At the moment, as time goes by, my favorite movie moment--against all comers--is--a tie. Casablanca is my favorite movie (in case you were not paying attention to the obvious foreshadowing). Two moments stick out in Casablanca as "lump in the throat moments." First, when Rick helps the young Bulgarian couple to win enough money to leave Casablanca. "Have you tried 22 tonight?"

The second Casablanca "lump in the throat" moment is when Lazlo conducts the band in singing "La Marseillaise" to drown out the Nazis singing "The Watch on the Rhine." One does not need to be a Francophile to get Goosebumps.

Two other movie moments that linger for me:
--The "I say a little prayer for you" segment of My Best Friend's Wedding. I haven't a clue why this scene delights me--but there you have it.

--"You had me at hello." This from, of course, Jerry Maguire. (Remember when Tom Cruise just made movies?)

In any event, the last two are what are on my mind at the moment. The first two are still my favorites.

What are yours?

Posted by Mark at September 4, 2006 01:29 AM

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There are so many great quotes I could choose from but I'll limit myself to two of my favorite movies.

For romantic spark, suspense, and intrigue, you can't do much better than Charade. This exchange between Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant is just priceless.

But my most memoraable quote is from Field of Dreams and nobody could do it better than James Earl Jones did with this speech:

"The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It's been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again. Oh people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come."

Posted by: Tom at September 5, 2006 02:02 PM