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It’s not a coincidence that rather than that explosion, that stunt or that love scene from that great movie, it’s more likely to be the best on screen exchanges that seep into the public consciousness to become legendary – maybe even part of the lexicon. “A Royalle with cheese” makes you smile (and if you’re here you should know why) but only because of the context that line is taken from.
We’re not even talking about the catchphrases like “show me the money” or “you talking to me?”, we’re talking about the back and forth between great actors that brilliantly reveals character, cleverly tells the story in a few smart words or crack us up with its wit .
Sometimes it’s these exchanges that make a movie, not the throw away one-liners, and more than the director, the actors or the producers it’s the writers we have to thank for these moments of greatness – without them nobody remotely connected to film and the wider industry would even have a job! Literally.
While you ponder these unbelievably unsung heroes of the industry (of which I am one – struggling) I’ll remind you just how strong their Kung-Fu is with a list of some of the greatest exchanges in movie history. And, while the list is in no particular order, my all time favourite is the Clint Eastwood entry. Just Saying.
1. Pulp Fiction, writer, Quentin Tarantino – “Say What Again”. Still QT’s best film exactly because of moments like this. The first time around it was only after a few minutes it dawned on me that Jules (Sam Jackson) is actually just toying with the soon to be dead Brett, in the same way a cat toys with a mouse before the final coup de grace. “They speak English in What?” Classic.
2. Anchorman, writers, Will Ferrell, Adam Mckay – “Time To Musk Up”. Will Ferrell’s best film with so many choice cuts to choose from. The absurdity of this exchange is delicious, as is the knowledge that something can be ‘made with bits of real Panther’. I dare you not to giggle like a fool.