Something in my eye

We watched the last of these last week, leading to a discussion of, among other things, scenes or lines or moments that "get you every time."

Not a bad topic for a Monday morning, so here are 10 of mine. Feel free to agree or scoff or offer your own in comments below.

1. "Son, if I'd only gotten to be a doctor for five minutes, now that would have been a tragedy."

From a movie that's basically Terms of Endearment for guys. Which brings us to the movie that's basically Steel Magnolias for guys:

2. "You're an All-American and our Captain, act like it!" "I believe I am."

3. "And we'll fight like 20 armies and we won't … give … …"

4. "The tag at the end was bigger than the entire parade. I thought to myseIf: Thank God I got to see this in my lifetime."

5. "Waitin' for that shout from the crowd"

"(Turn it up)"

The sound of 3,000 ghosts crashing a block party.

6. "But I don't understand. … I don't understand how this all happens. How we go through this. I mean, I knew her, and then she's — There's just a body, and I don't understand why she just can't get back in it and not be dead anymore. It's stupid. It's mortal and stupid. And and Xander's crying and not talking, and and I was having fruit punch, and I thought, well, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch ever, and she'll never have eggs, or yawn or brush her hair, not ever, and no one will explain to me why."

(See also: Magic Snow)

7. "Your daddy's poor today / And he will be poor forever …"

8. "Zebleckas. Pilashusky. Shucavage. Andrukitis. Karalunas. Bergalis."

9. "I will take it. I will take it. I will take the Ring …"

Roger Ebert: "Deep movie emotions for me usually come not when the characters are sad, but when they are good."

10. "This is gold. Two more people. He would've given me two for it. At least one. He would've give me one. One more. One more person. …"

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  • Sarah

    The bit in Lilo & Stitch that gets me is a little before that, when he’s in the woods and he cries out “Lost!” hoping something will answer.
    In no particular order:
    “Here’s a man who has been cruelly used.” The horror and pity in Rapaport’s eyes as he sees the scars on Clancy Brown’s back – and he doesn’t even know the truth of it.
    This is a comic mini-series, and pretty obscure – not sure if i’m getting it right; “Coat is not we.”
    The long, long tracking shot from the Branagh Henry V.
    “Let it be said that we were found – very close together.” (Not sure if I’m quoting this exactly.)
    The opening credits of Watchmen

  • JessicaR

    “These hands are beautiful. These hands are my hands.” posted by Nicole
    Aw, I’m a big Ron Perlman fan so I have a soft spot for that series.

  • Aussiesmurf

    There is also an Australian book called “So Much to Tell you”. The last line, which is meaningless without context, is a daughter saying to her father “I’ve got so much to tell you”.
    Every. Single. Time.

  • Hawker Hurricane

    From the Novel “The Great Escape” (different in the film, but similar).
    German Officer: Here is the list of those killed attempting to escape. Here is the list of those captured.
    American Officer: How many of those captured were wounded?
    German Officer: None of them.

  • Chip

    Bubbles running up his sister’s stairs.

  • #10….That bit from Schindler’s List sort of changed the way I see/saw everything I think.

  • Eleas

    And, because this is a dream–
    –you must never forget that this is a dream–
    –you are not surprised when, without any gentle transition, but as matter-of-factly as any dream discovery–
    –the mausoleum is no longer a mausoleum. You — all of you — are now standing upon a bridge.
    Has the building
    become a bridge? Was it always this way? Or have you left the mausoleum far behind, on some dark, transitional journey?
    You cannot tell.
    Now the girl in the red dress talks to you all, as the boats begins its passage along the slow stream.
    And her words make sense of everything.
    She gives you peace. She gives you meaning.
    And she bids her brother goodbye.

  • Peter: [over radio] Where were you born?
    June: Boston.
    Peter: Mass.?
    June: Yes.
    Peter: That’s a place to be born, history was made there. Are you in love with anybody? No, no don’t answer that.
    June: I could love a man like you, Peter.
    Peter: I love you, June. You’re life and I’m leaving you.

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  • Look up, Hannah! The soul of man has been given wings and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow – into the light of hope, into the future, the glorious future that belongs to you, to me, and to all of us. Look up, Hannah… look up!