“It’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it!” If I had a shiny new pound coin for every time I’d heard that, I’d be a rich, rich man. Trouble is, it’s not exactly accurate is it? Great dialogue transcends both the performance and the film from whence it came and has the ability to infiltrate popular culture and consciousness. From the endlessly quotable to the words you wish you’d said yourself, every Friday will feature an iconic iteration. So in the words of Reservoir Dogs‘ Joe Cabot…”Let’s go to work…”
Totes Quotes has been a serious place as of late, so I’ve put a fiver in the swear jar in the name of brightening your day.
In Bruges (2008) finds a pair of bungling assassins laying low in fuckin’ Bruges after a botched hit. Fed up with their ineptitude, crime boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes) gets a bit of verbal when he tries to take matters into his own hands:
Ken: “Harry, let’s face it. And I’m not being funny. I mean no disrespect, but you’re a cunt. You’re a cunt now, and you’ve always been a cunt. And the only thing that’s going to change is that you’re going to be an even bigger cunt. Maybe have some more cunt kids.
Harry: Leave my kids fucking out of it! What have they done? You fucking retract that bit about my cunt fucking kids!
Ken: I retract that bit about your cunt fucking kids.
Harry: Insult my fucking kids? That’s going overboard, mate!
Ken: I retracted it, didn’t I?”
Sorry, not sorry.