Comment from Annie on a recent post got me thinking… which movies can I quote, if not verbatim… close enough for government work… all the way through?

Here’s a “I’m a bit tipsy but these immediate sprang to mind” list:

  1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  2. Star Wars
  3. Better Off Dead
  4.  Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  5. His Girl Friday
  6. North by Northwest
  7. Rear Window
  8. How to Steal a Million
  9. The Thin Man
  10. The Thin Man Returns
  11. The Guns of Navarone
  12. The Great Escape
  13. The Magnificent Seven
  14. The Terminator
  15. Aliens
  16. Die Hard
  17. Arsenic and Old Lace
  18. Big Trouble in Little China

I’m sure I can think of others when it’s not midnight.



Patrick is a mid-40 year old geek with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a master's degree in Information Systems. Nothing he says here has anything to do with the official position of his employer or any other institution.


    • Me too! it is the best road trip/house cleaning soundtrack ever

    • Musicals don’t (can’t) count. That would mean that it’d be pretty much automatic for people to know: West Side Story, Cats, Oklahoma, Phantom, Big River, Caberet, Grease, Sound of Music, Chess, Damn Yankees, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler, Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors, Singing in the Rain, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Le Mis, and Pajama Game.

      Or so I’ve heard.

    • That’s amazing, doc.
      I know the entire score of that myself.

  1. Thanks PC glad I could be an inspiration. But what about Ghostbusters?

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    • Yes, I can do Ghostbusters. Also The Princess Bride and Singin’ In The Rain.

      On reflection, it’s not kosher to say I can do “His Girl Friday”. Most of it, though.

  2. I could definitely do Raiders and Star Wars. Princess Bride, Life of Brian and Holy Grail. Plan 9. Amadeus.

    Oh, Spinal Tap. Definitely Spinal Tap.

  3. Duck Soup, Horse Feathers, A Night at the Opera … (you get the idea)

    The Princess Bride (The most quotable movie ever. Anyone who says differently is selling something.)

    Some episodes of Sports Night (“The whole episode?” “The whole episode.” “Not just the Casey and Dan parts?” “The whole episode.” “You know, lots of people can do the Casey and Dan parts.” “Listen to what I’m telling you: The whole episode.” “OK, the whole episode.” “Anyway, Casey and Dan.”)

    The Maltese Falcon (because when a film’s screenplay is that tight, you’re supposed to do something about it.)

  4. Blade Runner. Especially in my line of work.

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