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his is a list of 25 great film quotes that have stood the test of time and resonated with audiences. The quotes range in time starting with the very first feature-length sound film in 1927 to films into late ‘90s. Quotes were chosen based on a number of factors. First, the quote needed to be recognized by most people, not just movie buffs and film critics, as well as commonly referenced in pop culture. Secondly, only one quote was chosen from each film—Sorry, Casablanca. Finally, the film that the quote came from was and still is popular with audiences, and most play an important role in film history. Of course, not every great quote could be included on this list, but every quote on this list is great.


1927

Who Said It: Al Jolson as Jakie Rabinowitz Director: Alan Crosland Stars: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warnar Oland Box Office Gross: $3,500,000 Adjusted for Inflation: $36,601,525 Oscars: N/A


Film History The Jazz Singer is a historic landmark in film. It’s often thought to be the first sound film, but in fact there were a few films prior to The Jazz Singer that synchronized music, sound and film together. The Jazz Singer was, however, the first featurelength Hollywood film to incorporate dialogue, and the film’s success forced the transition to sound film.    The film is a Warner Bros.’ picture. At the time, Warner Bros. was an up-and-coming studio and thus much more willing to take risks and pursue changes in film technology. Warner Bros. invested a half million dollars with Western Electric in the Vitaphone sound system, a risk that definitely paid off. The Jazz Singer brought profits of $3.5 million at the box-office and transformed Warner Bros. into a competitive film studio.

Fun Fact: Al Jolson performs an entire musical number in full blackface. By 1927, this practice, known as minstrelsy, was over a century old.

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1967

Who Said It: Dustin Hoffman as Ben Braddock Director: Mike Nichols Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft Box Office Gross: $104,397,102 Adjusted for Inflation: $685,426,900 Oscars: Best Director


FILM HISTORY

FUN FACT: In the film, Mrs. Robinson is supposedly much older than Benjamin. In reality, Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman were just under six years apart in age.

The 1960s were full of political and social issues in America. The attitudes towards sex, drugs and race were changing. The issues of Vietnam war and the Civil Rights Movement fueled feelings of anger and mistrust especially towards the government. It didn’t take long for filmmakers to start capturing the country’s animosity on film.   The Graduate was one such film that reflected the spirit of the 1960s. It is about a young, confused new graduate who is mislead and seduced by a corrupt, older women. The film clearly reflects the attitudes of 1960’s American youths toward older generations. Film-makers continued to portray these themes and attitudes into the late 1970s.

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1977

Who Said It: Alec Guinness as Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi Director: George Lucas Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher Box Office Gross: $460,935,665 Adjusted for Inflation: $1,426,738,000 Oscars: Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Music, Best Sound


Film History Star Wars marked a new period in film. Three factors helped launched Hollywood into this new era. First, the late 1970s saw major developments in the technology available for sound and special effects. Dolby Stereo Variable Area soundtrack enhanced the sound quality by leaps and bounds.    Secondly, cultural attitudes were changing in the late ‘70s and ‘80s. With the election of Ronald Reagan, the idea that anyone who worked hard and persevered could have it all was consistently enforced. As a result, the rebels, misfits, and loners of 1970s film were replaced with ordinary citizens making a difference and finding their place in society.    Finally, the system for making films began to shift. Jaws and Star Wars played a major role in this change. These films were major theatrical successes and were at the time the highest grossing films ever. Studios realized that one huge success could fuel the company for the rest of the year. As a result, studios began to focus on just a few large scale films a year, which were intended to be “blockbusters”.

Fun Fact: Star Wars is the most successful

movie-related toy line ever sold with 250 million figured sold between 1978 and 1986.

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1942

Who Said It: Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine Director: Michael Curtiz Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman Box Office Gross: $10,462,500 Adjusted for Inflation: $145,765,575 Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay


Film History In 1942, America had newly entered World War II. The films during this period were filled with pro war and antifascist propaganda. Casablanca was no exception to the trend. The film is filled with antifascist sentiments, but more importantly, it is a film about lost love, honor, duty and self-sacrifice. Those are the themes that impacted audiences and helped make it a success. The film also got a boost from its timely release after Roosevelt and Churchill finished up an important political meeting in Casablanca.   Casablanca is a Warner Bros. production. It was filmed almost entirely on the Warner Bros. studio

set, which was a common practice for director, Michael Curtiz. Surprisingly enough, Casablanca was filmed sequentially because the script was actually written from day to day on set. No one on set knew how the film would end and if Ilsa would leave with her husband, Victor, or stay with her former lover, Rick. In fact, the famous ending line, “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”, wasn’t added until three weeks after filming ended. Humphrey Bogart came in a month later to dub in the line. Even with all the flaws of production, clearly the end result is a beautifully told love story that will be remembered forever.

Fun Fact: There was a major height difference between Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart. Bogart had to stand on blocks and sit on cushions during his scenes with Bergman.

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1992

Who Said It: Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan Director: Penny Marshall Stars: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna Box Office Gross: $107,458,785 Adjusted for Inflation: $168,278,587 Oscars: N/A


Film History A League of Their Own is a film about the first female professional baseball team which began during WWII when all the men were fighting overseas. The film is filled with big stars including Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Rosie O’Donnell, and Madonna. At the time, O’Donnell was not a big star and had only acted in two short run television series previous to the film. The film jump started O’Donnell’s career and led to other roles like Sleepless in Seattle (1993).    The film was well reviewed when it premiered in 1992. Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars and summed it up well with, “What’s fresh are the personalities of the players, the gradual unfolding of their coach and the way this early chapter of women’s liberation fit into the hidebound traditions of professional baseball.”

Fun Fact: All of the injuries and bruises in the film were real injuries the actors received during filming.

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1939

Who Said It: Judy Garland as Dorothy Director: Victor Fleming Stars: Judy Garland Box Office Gross: $14,792,232 Adjusted for Inflation: $228,169,122 Oscars: Best Music, Original Score


Film History The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved musicals of all time; however, the film started out with its far share of problems. The film actually had four different directors. Victor Fleming, the credited director, stayed for the longest period of time but left to work on the other 1939 classic, Gone with the Wind. The original Tin Man, Buddy Ebsen, was forced to quit due to an allergic reaction to the silver dust make-up. The film also had some troubles come Oscar time. It was nominated for six Oscars but could only take home two against the dominating favorite, Gone with the Wind.    The colored world of Oz was created using the Technicolor process which was the first three-strip color process. Three film strips were made in red, green, and blue and then combined to create the final processed film. MGM was the slowest studio to jump on the Technicolor bandwagon, so The Wizard of Oz was MGM’s first feature length Technicolor production. It has since become one of the most memorable Technicolor films of all time.

Fun Fact: In the book, Dorothy’s slippers were silver. Louis B. Mayer, chief of MGM Studios, decided to change them to ruby because he thought they would be more impressive with the Technicolor technology.

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1954

Who Said It: Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy Director: Elia Kazan Stars: Marlon Brando,Eva Marie Saint Box Office Gross: $9,600,000 Adjusted for Inflation: $77,819,242 Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Film Editing


FILM HISTORY On the Waterfront is a classic yet controversial film by director Elia Kazan. It was made in 1954, which is right around the period of the Hollywood blacklist. In 1952, Elia Kazan appeared before the House UnAmerican Activities Commission (HUAC) about his affiliation with the Communist party. Kazan named other Hollywood figures to the committee allowing him to continue his career in Hollywood.    Two years later, Kazan released On the Waterfront. The film centers around Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) who has become mixed up with the mob due to his older brother’s involvement. No one wants to speak up against the mob for fear of what would happen to them. Eventually, Malloy realizes he has to stand up to them and “squeals” to the courts. It’s clear that On the Waterfront is Kazan’s justification for naming names during his meeting with the HUAC. The film received much praise from critics and took home eight Oscars.

Fun Fact:

Marlon Brando had it worked into his contract that he only worked until 4 p.m. everyday so he could go to the psychiatrist. ON THE WATERFRONT 30


1983

Who Said It: Al Pacino as Tony Montana Director: Brian De Palma Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer Box Office Gross: $45,598,982 Adjusted for Inflation: $100,891,953 Oscars: N/A


FILM HISTORY Scarface may not be shocking by today’s standards, but in 1983 the graphic violence, language and depiction of drug-use shocked audiences. Originally, it even earned an X rating from the ratings board of the Motion Picture Association of America. At the time, the institution was only 15 years old, and Scarface would have been the first major motion picture to be released with an X rating, which was normally reserved for pornographic films. It would have prohibited anyone under 17 from viewing the film and severely cut into profits. The film’s director, Brian De Palma, showed the board five different cuts of the film and was finally granted an R rating.

FUN FACT: Oliver Stone wrote this film while battling a cocaine addiction.

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1989

Who Said It: The Voice Director: Phil Alden Robinson Stars: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan Box Office Gross: $64,431,625 Adjusted for Inflation: $115,468,423 Awards: N/A


FILM HISTORY Field of Dreams is a beloved sports film, but it’s definitely not your typical sports movie. A mysterious voice sets the plot in motion propelling Ray Kinsella (Kevin Cosner) to build a baseball field in the middle of his Iowa cornfield. It leads him on a journey of faith and redemption that involves meeting “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Terence Mann, and his deceased father. The film contains very little sport, but it’s still a favorite for many baseball fans and was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.    The film was adapted by Phil Alden from W.P. Kinsella’s novel Shoeless Joe. The character “Shoeless” Joe is based on an actual player by the same name but so is lesser known Archibald “Moonlight” Graham. The dates were adjusted for the film, but Graham played his one and only major league game in June 1905. The description of Graham in the film is based on actual articles written about him. The character Terence Mann (James Earl Jones) is based on the reclusive author, J.D. Salinger. Salinger actually wrote a story, “A Young Girl in 1941 with No Waist at All”, that features a character called Ray Kinsella.

Fun Fact: This was the final film for Burt Lancaster, who played Archibald “Moonlight” Graham.

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1950

Who Said It: Bette Davis as Margo Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Marilyn Monroe Box Office Gross: $63,463 Adjusted for Inflation: $580,710 Oscars: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Recording, Best B/W Costume Design


Film History All About Eve captures the backstage world of Broadway and the lengths one actress will go to for success. Margo Channing (Bette Davis) is the protagonist of the film. She is an aging, 40-year-old Broadway star who is struggling with her increasing age and the feeling of lost power and fame. The role was actually very true to life as Davis was 42 years old and acting roles for her were fewer and far between. This role is considered by many to be her greatest and most memorable role.    Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) manipulates her way into Margo’s life and slowly works her

way to the top. The on screen tension and rivalry between the two leading ladies also played itself out off screen. The new comer Baxter wanted to be nominated for Best Actress instead of Best Supporting Actress. She campaigned for the spot and was nominated putting her in direct competition with her costar, Davis. Many believe Baxter’s nomination split the vote resulting in Davis’ loss to Judy Holiday for Born Yesterday.

Fun Fact: All About Eve held the record for most Oscar

nominations with 14 until Titanic tied it in 1997. It still holds the record for most female acting nominations.

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1989

Who Said It: Estelle Reiner as Older Woman Customer Director: Rob Reiner Stars: Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher Box Office Gross: $92,823,546 Adjusted for Inflation: $166,349,809 Oscars: N/A


Fun Fact: The woman who says, “I’ll have

what she’s having,” is the mother of the director, Rob Reiner.

Film History The powers of Nora Ephron and Rob Reiner combined for this ultimate romantic comedy classic. Ephron is known for Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You’ve Got Mail (1998) while Rob Reiner became famous for This is Spinal Tap (1984) and Stand By Me (1986). When Harry Met Sally answers the question, “Can two friends sleep together and still love each other in the morning?” which happens to be the tag line for the film.    The scene where Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm in the middle of a deli is easily the most famous scene

in the film. The idea for the scene was not an original component of the script but added during filming. Billy Crystal decided that the film needed a greater focus on Sally, and everyone began brainstorming something for Sally to talk about. Ephron suggested the topic of a fake orgasm. Meg Ryan decided to actually do one and performed hours of fake orgasms for the camera. Billy Crystal then added the famous line, “I’ll have what she’s having,” to make it a truly memorable piece of film.

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1975

Who Said It: Roy Scheider as Chief Martin Brody Director: Steven Speilberg Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfus Box Office Gross: $260,000,000 Adjusted for Inflation: $1,025,911,300 Oscars: Best Film Editing, Best Music, Best Sound


Film History

FUN FACT: There were three specialized sharks made for the film. One shark was open on the right side, one was open on the left side, and the third was fully skinned. Each shark cost approximately $250,000 to produce.

Jaws is the first film in history that can truly be labeled as a blockbuster. It opened to 500 theaters simultaneously, which was unprecedented at the time. The marketing for the film was also revolutionary. Marketing was aggressive and portrayed Jaws as a must-see summer event. Everything paid off, and audiences came in droves to see what Jaws had to offer. It quickly became the highest grossing film of its time with $260 million dollars, which would be roughly $1 billion dollars today. It’s top rank only lasted two year when it was ousted by George Lucas’ Star Wars in 1977.    Although Jaws saw much success, it had its fair share of complications during filming. Spielberg made the decision to capture the entire film at sea instead of in a large tank. The salt water caused many problems for the mechanical shark, nicknamed Bruce. Bruce broke time and time again and Spielberg was lucky to capture enough footage to finish the film. As a result, the audience doesn’t see the shark until almost half way through the film. Spielberg’s clever editing helped to build suspense and makes Jaws all the more frightening.

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1992

Who Said It: Jack Nicholson as Col. Nathan R. Jessep Director: Rob Reiner Stars: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore Box Office Gross: $141,340,178 Adjusted for Inflation: $221,336,259 Awards: N/A


Film History A Few Good Men is directed by Rob Reiner and based on a play by Aaron Sorkin. The courtroom drama stars Tom Cruise as Daniel Kaffee, a lazy Navy lawyer who usually avoids court at all costs. He takes on the case of two Marines accused of murdering another Marine. For the first time, Kaffee prepares to go to court. He and his legal staff start researching and rounding up the facts of the case. Kaffee soon discovers that something’s not quite right especially with Col. Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson).    The film was a major success grossing over $140 million at the US box office. It was also critically acclaimed and nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Nicholson), Best Film Editing, and Best Sound.

Fun Fact: The word “sir” is used 164 times during the film, which is an average of once every 50 seconds.

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1971

Who Said It: Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry Director: Don Siegel Stars: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson Box Office Gross: $28,153,434 Adjusted for Inflation: $147,924,718 Oscars: N/A


Fun Fact: The gun that Dirty Harry uses during the film is

supposedly a Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver, chambered for a .44 Magnum cartridge. This gun could never send victims flying through the air like it does in the film.

Film History Dirty Harry and the four sequels that followed define a moral structure through the actions of one individual and his personal style. This type of film began in the 1960s with the “spaghetti westerns” such as A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan is the most well-known character of this genre. The laws and officials of the city are not enough to keep the order. Callahan must take matters into his own hands to keep criminals off the streets. He’s constantly at odds with the bureaucrats and high officials who wish to stick to the rule book.

In the end, Dirty Harry proves only his personal worth through his will power, style and skill level.   Dirty Harry began Eastwood’s transition to directing. He learned from watching Dirty Harry director, Don Siegel. He even directed the suicide jumper scene in the film. He soon expanded to directing entire feature films. He directed the fourth iteration of Dirty Harry, known as Sudden Impact (1983). This film is most known for the famous line, “Go ahead, make my day,” which is arguably Eastwood’s most famous quote.

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1994

Who Said It: Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump Director: Robert Zemeckis Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field Box Office Gross: $329,691,196 Adjusted for Inflation: $629,150,400 Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Screenplay


Film History Forrest Gump isn’t often thought of for its special effects; however, in 1994, audiences were in awe with the film’s incredibly realistic depictions of historic figures, war, and the loss of limbs. For example, Forrest Gump has several conversations with political figures such as Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. Historical footage was used and manipulated so the filmmakers could make Kennedy and Johnson say anything they wanted resulting in very believable yet hilarious conversations. Another impressive effect was Gary Sinise’s character appearance after both his legs

were amputated. His legs were wrapped in a blue fabric so that they could be digitally removed after filming. What made these effects more shocking is the fact that Forrest Gump isn’t a sci-fi or action movie. It is just a story about an ordinary person living his life. The film truly bridged the gap between reality and the imagination. From this period on special effects reign supreme. Movies nominated for special effects Oscars tend to outgross Best Picture nominees by large margins.

Fun Fact: Tom Hank’s accent in the film was inspired by Michael Conner Humphrey (Young Forrest) who actually spoke that way.

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1959

Who Said It: Joe E. Brown as Osgood Fielding III Director: Billy Wilder Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon Box Office Gross: $25,000,000 Adjusted for Inflation: $186,807,093 Awards: Best Costume Design


Film History In 1922, Hollywood established self-imposed restrictions known as the Production Code. This code, which wasn’t fully enforced until 1934, prohibited depictions of drug trafficking or drug use, sexual perversion, “white slavery”, mixed race sexual relationship and any form of nudity. Films without the Production Code’s seal of approval were not distributed and anyone showing unapproved films would face a $25,000 penalty.    The Code started to weaken in the 1950s with the threat of television. Billy Wilder put the system to the test with Some Like It Hot. The film dealt with cross-dressing, sexual innuendos, and spoofs of common sexual stereotypes. Marilyn Monroe also had several outfits that definitely tested the code. Some Like It Hot was the first film to go out without the Production Code’s seal of approval, but the film was still a huge success. It was actually the highest performing comedy of its time. The fact that Some Like It Hot was able to succeed without approval of the Production Code weakened it even further. Finally in 1968, the restrictions were replaced with the rating system we know today.

Fun Fact: Tony Curtis asked Billy Wilder if he could imitate Cary Grant for his stint as the millionaire. Wilder liked it and agreed. Apparently, when Grant saw the parody of himself , he said, “I don’t talk like that.”

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1976

Who Said It: Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle Director: Martin Scorsese Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster Box Office Gross: $28,262,574 Adjusted for Inflation: $109,968,912 Awards: N/A


Film History Martin Scorsese is the mastermind behind Taxi Driver and many other classic films; however, he did not always dream of becoming a great director. Originally he wanted to become a priest, and religious symbolism is common in his films. Much of Scorsese’s work depicts a fallen world filled with people striving for salvation no matter the costs. Taxi Driver is thought to be an extreme variation

of this fallen saint figure. Travis Bickle, the main character played by Robert DeNiro, becomes obsessed with cleansing the world of evil through bloodshed. He becomes frighteningly isolated and even describes himself saying, “I’m God’s lonely man.” The film solidified Scorsese’s reputation in Hollywood and made DeNiro a star.

Fun Fact: Paul Schrader wrote the

script for Taxi Driver in five days. As he was writing, he kept a loaded gun on his desk for motivation and inspiration.

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1984

Who Said It: Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator Director: James Cameron Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton Box Office Gross: $38,371,200 Adjusted for Inflation: $81,798,838 Oscars: N/A


Film History The 1980s were full of mythic, escapist films with big budgets and loads of special effects. The Terminator is just one such film. It achieves its mythic status from its super villain who looks human but is actually a nearly impossible to destroy machine. There were three sequels to follow The Terminator and all followed a similar formula. Because of the large scale budgets of the blockbuster films in the 1980s, studios were only willing to spend the money on film projects that were safe and could guarantee profits. This is the reason so many sequels have been made since 1980 and likely the reason for the existence of the later films in the Terminator series. FUN FACT:

O.J. Simpson was considered for the role of the Terminator, but the producers feared he was “too nice� to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer. THE TERMINATOR 74


1996

Who Said It: Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire Director: Cameron Crowe Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. , Renee Zellweger Box Office Gross: $153,620,822 Adjusted for Inflation: $216,118,977 Oscars: Best Supporting Actor


Film History Jerry Maguire is about a 35-year-old sports agent who has a mid-life crisis and writes a mission statement about the sports management industry and how it should shift focus to the clients instead of money. He sends the mission statement to every employee in his company which eventually leads to his firing and the loss of every client but NFL football receiver, Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding, Jr.). Single mother Dorothy Boyd (Renée Zellweger) is so inspired by Maguire’s message that she leaves her job to support him.    The film is the brainchild of Cameron Crowe, also known for Say Anything (1989) and Almost Famous (2000). He wrote, co-produced and directed the film. It took him three years to finish the script, which had been written with Tom Hanks in mind. By the time he finally finished the script, he felt Hanks was too old for the role. Many memorable quotes have come from the film including, “Show me the money!”, “You complete me.”, and “You had me at hello.” The credit for such a quotable movie goes to Cameron Crowe and his script which earned a nomination for Best Screenplay.

Fun Fact: At one point in the film, Tom Cruise’s character says, “That’s truth. Can you handle it?”, a reference to the famous line from A Few Good Men (1992), which also starred Tom Cruise. JERRY MAGUIRE 78


1950

Who Said It: Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond Director: Billy Wilder Stars: Gloria Swanson, William Holden Box Office Gross: $5,000,000 Adjusted for Inflation: $45,751,907 Oscars: Best Art Direction, Best Music, Best Writing/Screenplay


FILM HISTORY It’s hard to believe that Some Like It Hot and Sunset Boulevard came from the same director, but indeed Billy Wilder was the master behind both films. Sunset Boulevard is Wilder’s darkest film noir and focuses on the aging silent film actress Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) who is desperate to remain a star. William Holden plays a screenwriter who begins a relationship with Desmond after being showered with gifts and bribes. He quickly becomes trapped in her web of delusion.    The film is a dark behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood and many of the things depicted are real. For example, Gloria Swanson was actually an aging silent film star, and her own silent film, Queen Kelly (1932), is included in the film. Wilder used the actual Paramount film studios to film the scenes that took place there. Cecil B. DeMille, the famous Hollywood director, also played himself.

FUN FACT: According to her daughter, Gloria Swanson stayed in character throughout the entire production.

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1986

Who Said It: Tom Cruise as Maverick Director: Tony Scott Stars: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer Box Office Gross: $176,650,237 Adjusted for Inflation: $349,015,938 Awards: Best Music


FILM HISTORY

FUN FACT: The US Navy put recruiting booths in major

theaters showing Top Gun to try and capture some of the pumped up men leaving the theater. It resulted in the highest application rate in years.

Top Gun is the perfect example of a 1980’s blockbuster. The film had a hefty production budget, impressive stunts, special effects, and action. It also has a very clear cut hero of the story. The young hot shot pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) quickly wins us over with his charm. He’s skilled, attractive, and wins the girl. The film was constructed from start to finish to be an entertaining and reassuring film. The formula is simple and the result is a big box office hit. Top Gun was number one it’s opening weekend and went on to gross $176 million at the box office.   Top Gun also did well in home video sales when video tapes were still a relatively new technology. The film became the best-selling videocassette in history on just pre-orders alone. That may have been due to the pricing considering it was the lowest priced video released selling at $26.95. Videocassette up until that time had been selling for around the $80 range. Its success even continued to high DVD sales when its special-edition was released in 2004.

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1972

Who Said It: Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone Director: Francis Ford Coppola Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan Box Office Gross: $134,966,411 Adjusted for Inflation: $632,169,800 Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Screenplay


The Godfather is arguably one of the greatest films of all time. The American Film Institute ranks it second only to Citizen Kane (1941) on its list of 100 Greatest Films. Francis Ford Coppola, who is the first major director to be schooled from a university film program, shot to stardom after the film’s release.    Coppola’s vision for the film was to avoid portraying the Mafia as a disease but rather a symptom of American life. It is about the struggle to separate business from personal life and values. The Mafia is just a more extremist form of capitalist competition with business rules that result in the harshest of punishments. Coppola described it once saying, “Basically, both the Mafia and America feel they are benevolent organizations, and both the Mafia and America have their hands stained with blood from what is necessary to do to protect their power and interests.” The subject may be about the Mafia, but the themes of The Godfather are easily relatable which is why the film will forever remain a beloved classic.

Fun Fact: When Marlon Brando won the Oscar for

Best Actor, he had Sacheen Littlefeather represent him. She refused to accept the Oscar statue and instead made a speech about Hollywood’s mistreatment of Native Americans. THE GODFATHER 90


1964

Who Said It: Sean Connery as James Bond Director: Guy Hamilton Stars: Sean Connery, Gert Frรถbe, Honor Blackman Box Office Gross: $51,081,062 Adjusted for Inflation: $356,987,19 Oscars: Best Effects


Film History

FUN FACT: Honor Blackman, who plays Pussy Galore, is the oldest ever Bond Girl. At the time of filming, she was 37 years old.

The James Bond series held its ranking as the most successful franchise for many years. It only recently lost the title to the other monster series also out of Britain, Harry Potter. The first Bond film was Dr. No, released through United Artists in 1962. Goldfinger was the third Bond film to be released, and it was the film to solidify the series with audiences. It is the first Bond film to be considered a blockbuster, breaking many box office records around the world. Its budget of $3 million, a lot at the time, was recouped in just two weeks. Many consider Goldfinger to be greatest film of the James Bond series.

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1995

Who Said It: Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell Director: Ron Howard Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon Box Office Gross: $172,071,312 Adjusted for Inflation: $248,220,626 Oscars: Best Film Editing, Best Sound


Film History Apollo 13 is based on the true story of the 1970’s Apollo 13 lunar mission that never made it to the moon due to technical problems. The script was adapted from the book Lost Moon by Jim Lovell, the main character of the film, and Jeffrey Kluger. The film is directed by Ron Howard whose previous directorial projects included Splash (1984) and Cocoon (1985).    This was the first film made with the cooperation of NASA. Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, and Kevin Bacon all went to the U.S. Space Camp

to prepare for the film. They were taught all 500 buttons and switches used to control the spacecraft. NASA’s KC-135 reduced gravity air crafts were used for filming to create a weightless environment. It was the first time such a technique was used, and it actually made the filming process much faster and easier because the camera could be put at any angle since it was also weightless.

Fun Fact: Tom Hanks could never actually be an astronaut because he is too tall. He is 6’1” and the maximum height is 6’0”.

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1939

Who Said It: Clark Gable as Red Butler Director: Victor Fleming Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh Box Office Gross: $198,655,278 Adjusted for Inflation: $1,618,377,500 Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Writing


Film History Gone with the Wind is one of the greatest and most beloved films of all time. The production for the film was the biggest Hollywood had ever seen and required enormous sets and army of staff including thousands of extras, assistant directors, and production assistants. Much of the sets built were later burned for the famous burning of Atlanta scene. It was filmed in Technicolor which just increased the already staggering budget.    Even casting the actors was no easy task. David O. Selznick, independent producer for the film, knew only Clark Gable could play the role of Rhett Butler. Selznick had to pay cash as well as a percentage of the film’s profits to borrow Gable from MGM. The search for Scarlett O’Hara was much more involved. A nationwide search was conducted and almost every young actress was tested for the role. Vivien Leigh wasn’t chosen until the last second. Everything came together in the end and Gone with the Wind became the highest grossing film with $198 million at the box office. If adjusted for inflation, Gone with the Wind remains the highest grossing movie of all time.

Fun Fact: Not only was Hattie McDaniel the first

African-American to be nominated and win an Academy Award, she was also the first African-American to attend the awards show as a guest. Nevertheless, she was still placed in the very back by the kitchen.

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Index

“Wait a minute. Wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet”........03 “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?”...........07 “May the Force be with you.”......................................................11 “Here’s looking at you, kid.”........................................................15 “There’s no crying in baseball!”...................................................19 “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”....................23 “You don’t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.”............................................................................27 “Say ‘hello’ to my little friend!”...................................................31 “If you build it, he will come.”.....................................................35 “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going be a bumpy night.”.................39 “I’ll have what she’s having.”......................................................43 “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”............................................47 “You can’t handle the truth.”......................................................51

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“You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”....................................................................55 “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”.................................59 “Well, nobody’s perfect.”...........................................................63 “You talkin’ to me?”...................................................................67 “I’ll be back.”..............................................................................71 “Show me the money!”..............................................................75 “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”.....................79 “I feel the need—the need for speed!”........................................83 “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”......................87 “A martini. Shaken, not stirred.”.................................................91 “Houston, we have a problem.”..................................................95 “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”......................................99

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Bibliography

“AFI’s 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes.” American Film Institute. Web. 11 Apr. 2011. <http://www.afi.com/>. “Director Protest X Rating Given to Movie ‘Scarface’” Sarasota Herald Tribune 05 Nov. 1983: 7a-8a. Print. Dirks, Tim. Greatest Films - The Best Movies in Cinematic History. Web. 10 Apr. 2011. <http://www.filmsite.org/>. Dixon, Wheeler W., and Gwendolyn Audrey. Foster. A Short History of Film. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2008. Print. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Web. 10 Apr. 2011. <http:// www.imdb.com/>. Mast, Gerald. A Short History of the Movies. Ed. Bruce F. Kawin. 5th ed. New York: Macmillan, 1992. Print. Wexman, Virginia Wright., and Jack C. Ellis. A History of Film. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2010. Print.

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COLOPHON

This book was created by Amanda Monarch for her graphic design BFA thesis at Indiana University. The book was printed digitally and bond with a coptic binding method.


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