“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…”
Having just turned twenty, Totes Quotes wishes a belated Happy Birthday to Curtis Hanson’s LA Confidential. So, we didn’t get you anything, but it’s the thought that counts and we think you’re endlessly quotable and sharply scripted. Here’s one of our favourites: when rough and ready cop Bud White (Russell Crowe) shows off his strong-arm skills on the District Attorney.
“Ellis Loew: Come on, don’t try that “Good Cop-Bad Cop” crap on me. I practically invented it. So what if some homo actor is dead? Boys, girls, ten of them step off the bus to L.A. every day…
White smashes Loew’s head into the mirror and then sticks it into the toilet
Loew: Pull him off me, Exley!
Ed Exley: I don’t know how.
Bud White: Now, I know you think you’re the A-number one hotshot. Well, here’s the juice: if I take you out, there’ll be ten more lawyers to take your place tomorrow. They just won’t come on the bus, that’s all!”
Which quotes would you send us for our birthday? (It’s December, BT Dubs!)