"Say hello to my little friend"
If you went to college, someone had this poster. And someone quoted it. At. Every. Party. I've never actually seen this movie, all the way through, but it's been referenced in enough "hip-hop" specials, that I think I have seen it, just in snippets. Also, if you want to be a rapper, you need to own this movie, and constantly compare your struggle to the struggle of Tony Montana. The movie, or his name needs to come up in every third rap song. Also, note how it is a movie about a cuban drug dealer, portrayed by Al Pacino, who is not Cuban. Don't give notice to the subtle racism of that fact. The one part you need to know, for purposes of understanding movie references, and making jokes at parties, is the scene with this quote.
"We'll always have Paris"
This movie is beautiful, and my dad cries every time they sing the French National Anthem. Not really, but he does make me sing it along with the movie. Also, not true, but I think he would try if he could.
There are several great lines from this film, "Here's looking at you", "Play it Sam, play our song", "Of all the gin joints..." but this line is my favorite, because it so beautifully summarizes their relationship.
"A Dingo Ate My Baby!"
For most of my life, I thought this quote originated from Seinfeld. See, this is why you need a list like this, so you know all the pop culture references. I've tried to watch this movie when it comes on television, but I always start it too late, and then I lose interest because I really only care about hearing Meryl Streep say "A Dingo Ate My Baby!!"
"Soylent Green is PEOPLE!!!"
By telling you this quote, I've given away the big mystery. But you really don't need to watch the movie, just know this line. Throw it out during intense debates about environmental issues, or food inspection issues, there's several opportunities to work this one into conversations.
"Funny, like a clown. I amuse you."
You crack a joke at a party, or the bar, or wherever, someone laughs, immediately go into this classic rant by Joe Pesci from Goodfellas. It never gets old. Okay, actually it does, use it sporadically. Now also, if you haven't seen Goodfellas, a) stop reading this list, cause you should go watch it and b) you know what people are talking about when they say "what? like I amuse you? like I am here for your amusement". Must have good Brooklyn accent to actually make this work.
"I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take this anymore"
People at tea parties everywhere are chanting this now. Except probably not, they probably haven't seen this movie cause they're too busy doing what Glenn Beck tells them to do. This really is one of the greatest movies of all time, and everyone should go see it.
Now you can be mad as hell about being fired from your tv job for low ratings, or mad at someone throwing out your bacon, like this kid. (okay, I just really wanted an excuse to embed this video, because everyone needs to see this video. So, watch this video, then go rent Network)
"I knew it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart"
This is a good one to say to your roommate when you catch them eating your food, or sleeping with your lover. It will show you're upset, but it's because you love them so much, that it cuts so deeply. The second you broke my heart is the key phrase.
"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in"
There are several great comedic moments that reference this line. This is when Al Pacino was starting to get the Al Pacino "Hoo-Ah" Scent of A Woman voice, and to truly appreciate this line, you have to say it with that gusto.
Alright, I'll be honest. Don't call me a liar. I haven't seen this movie, at all. But when I was researching for quotes for this list, I came across this little gem:
Jack Nicholson: "Now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven't broken any rules"
Lonna Thayer: "You want me to hold the chicken, huh?"
Jack Nicholson: "I want you to hold it between your knees"
Ohhh! What is even happening in this scene? I'm so curious. Now I need to see this movie. Is she I might add it to my Netflix queue. This probably makes sense in the movie, but out of context, amazing. I'm going to try to work it into every party conversation. When the convo lulls, I'll just yell out real aggressively "I want you to hold the chicken salad between your knees!"
Update: After watching this diner scene, yeah, I love this guy.