Deadpool, who returns to theaters this weekend, is known for his snark-filled dialogue while dispatching bad guys. Our Roundtable this week celebrates some other great (and some not-so-great) action movie one-liners. Yippee Ki-Yay!
Note: Sorry, we will not have a review of ‘Deadpool 2’ this week. Jason is still off cavorting in the south of France and wasn’t able to catch a screening.
M. Enois Duarte
Easy! My favorite and arguably the best one-liner ever is from James Cameron’s ‘Aliens‘. Throughout the movie, Private Hudson (Bill Paxton) has most of the best lines, but the one I love most is when he starts hysterically yelling, “That’s it, man. Game over, man. Game over!” That really has to be the best line ever, so freaking awesome that a stupid action-comedy uses it as the title to a Netflix original movie.
If I were picking the worst one-liner, on the other hand, what better movie to pull from than the immortal ‘Road House‘? For those willing to endure it, the action drama offers a lot of laughably bad dialogue for nearly two hours, but the best of the worst hits viewers like Patrick Swayze’s swift roundhouse kick to the face. While flirting with the doctor and trying to act tough, Swayze’s Dalton utters the hilarious and bat-shit stupid line, “Pain don’t hurt!” Thirty years later, I’m still laughing!
Coincidentally, both my favorite and least favorite movie one-liners occurred 30,000 feet or so above sea level in the confines of an airliner.
The worst has to be Harrison Ford’s stern, no nonsense quip from ‘Air Force One‘ at the precise moment when you expect some kind of witty retort. Instead, he just boringly growls, “Get off my plane.” Really? That’s the best the writers could come up with?
Fortunately, Samuel L. Jackson made up for this some years later, mainly since the man never says anything boring… ever. There’s no topping his legendary exclamation from the cult favorite ‘Snakes on a Plane‘ when he lets loose with this beauty: “I HAVE HAD IT WITH THESE MOTHERFUCKING SNAKES ON THIS MOTHERFUCKING PLANE!!!!”
Now that’s how you do it right.
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I’m all outta bubblegum.”
-Rowdy Roddie Piper, ‘They Live‘
You know it ranks among the all-time greatest action movie one-liners since it’s quoted in ‘Duke Nukem 3D’.
Nobody delivers a quip better than James Bond, especially the Sean Connery version. One of his best comes early in ‘Goldfinger‘. Bond knocks a random evil henchman into a full bathtub and finishes him off by tossing an electric fan into the water with him. Collecting himself, Bond follows this with a simple, deadpan: “Shocking.”
There’s nothing to the line, but Connery’s exceedingly dry delivery of it is hilarious.
We’ve barely scratched the surface here, and have perhaps passed over some classics. Jesse Ventura’s “I ain’t got time to bleed” from ‘Predator‘ is another favorite of mine. Tell us yours in the Comments.