Greatest Opening Film Lines
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Greatest Opening Film Lines
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Greatest Opening Film Lines
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Airplane! (1980)

(Male announcer): "The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in the red zone."
(Female announcer): "The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in the red zone."
(Male announcer): "The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in the red zone."
Play clip (excerpt): Airplane! (1980)

Raging Bull (1980)

"I remember those cheers
They still ring in my ears
And for years they'll remain in my thoughts
'Cuz one night I took off my robe
And what'd I do
I forgot to wear shorts.
I recall every fall, every hook, every jab
The worst way a guy can get rid of his flab
As you know, my life was a jab.
Though I'd much,
Though I'd rather hear you cheer
When you delve, no no
Though I'd rather hear you cheer
When I delve into Shakespeare
'A Horse, a Horse, my Kingdom for a Horse,'
I haven't had a winner in six months
(lights a cigar)
I know I'm no Olivier
I would much rather
I know I'm no Olivier
But if he fought Sugar Ray
He would say
That the thing ain't the ring
It's the play.
So gimme a stage
Where this bull here can rage
And though I can fight
I'd much rather recite
That's entertainment!
That's entertainment."
Play clip (excerpt): Raging Bull (1980)

Body Heat (1981)

- "My God, it's hot. I stepped out of the shower and started sweating again. Still burning? Jesus, it's bigger! What is it?"
- "It's the Seawater Inn. My family used to eat dinner there twenty-five years ago. Now somebody's torched it to clear the lot."
- "Ah, that's a shame."
- "Probably one of my clients."
- "I'm leaving. What do you care? You're watchin' the fire. You're done with me. You've had your fun. You're spent."
- "My history is burning up out here."
- "Hey, I don't mind. I'm leavin'. I'm just gettin' into my uniform here. Why do they make these damn skirts so hard to zip."
- "'You're spent.' Where did you hear that?"

Play clip (excerpt): Body Heat (1981)

Escape From New York (1981)

(narration) "In 1988, the Crime Rate in the United States Rises Four Hundred Percent. The once-great city of New York becomes the one maximum-security prison for the entire country. A fifty-foot containment wall is erected along the New Jersey shoreline, across the Harlem River, and down along the Brooklyn shoreline. It completely surrounds Manhattan Island. All bridges and waterways are mined. The United States Police Force, like an army, is encamped around the island. There are no guards inside the prison. Only prisoners and the worlds they have made. The rules are simple. Once you go in, you don't come out."
Play clip (excerpt): Escape From New York (1981)

My Dinner with Andre (1981)

(voice-over) "The life of a playwright is tough. It's not easy as some people seem to think. You work hard writing plays and nobody puts them on. You take up other lines of work to try to make a living - I became an actor - and people don't hire you. So, you just spend your days doing the errands of your trade. Today, I had to be up by ten in the morning to make some important phone calls. Then, I'd gone to the stationary store to buy envelopes, then to the xerox shop. There were dozens of things to do. By five o'clock, I'd finally made it to the post office and mailed off several copies of my plays. Meanwhile, checking constantly with my answering service to see if my agent had called with any acting work. In the morning, the mailbox had just been stuffed with bills. What was I supposed to do? How was I supposed to pay them? After all, I was already doing my best. I've lived in this city all my life. I grew up on the Upper East Side. And when I was ten years old, I was rich, I was an aristocrat. Riding around in taxis, surrounded by comfort, and all I thought about was art and music. Now, I'm 36, and all I think about is money."
Play clip (excerpt): My Dinner With Andre (1981)

On Golden Pond (1981)

- "Norman. Come here. Come here, Norman. Hurry up. The loons! The loons! They're welcoming us back."
- "I don't hear a thing."

Play clip (excerpt): On Golden Pond (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

"The Hovitos are near. The poison is still fresh, three days. They're following us. If they knew we were here, they would have killed us already."
Play clip (excerpt): Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

The Road Warrior (1982) (aka Mad Max 2, or Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981))
(voice-over narration) "My life fades, the vision dims. All that remains are memories. I remember a time of chaos, ruined dreams, this wasted land. But most of all, I remember the Road Warrior, the man we called Max. To understand who he was, you have to go back to another time when the world was powered by the black fuel and the deserts sprouted great cities of pipe and steel. Gone now, swept away. For reasons long forgotten, two mighty warrior tribes went to war and touched off a blaze which engulfed them all. Without fuel they were nothing. They'd built a house of straw. The thundering machines sputtered and stopped. Their leaders talked and talked and talked, but nothing could stem the avalanche. Their world crumbled, the cities exploded. A whirlwind of looting, a firestorm of fear. Men began to feed on men. On the roads, it was a white-line nightmare. Only those mobile enough to scavenge, brutal enough to pillage, would survive. The gangs took over the highways, ready to wage war for a tank of juice. And in this maelstrom of decay, ordinary men were battered and smashed. Men like Max, the warrior Max. In the roar of an engine, he lost everything, and became a shell of a man, a burnt out, desolate man, a man haunted by the demons of his past. A man who wandered out into the wasteland. And it was here in this blighted place that he learned to live again."
Play clip (excerpt): Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Conan the Barbarian (1982)

(voice-over) "Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, Conan, destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga. Let me tell you of the days of high adventure!"
Play clip (excerpt): Conan the Barbarian (1982)

My Favorite Year (1982)

(voice-over) "1954. You don't get years like that anymore. It was my favorite year..."
Play clip (excerpt): My Favorite Year (1982)

The Outsiders (1983)

[Stevie Wonder: Stay Gold - "Seize upon that moment long ago One breath away and there you will be So young and carefree Again you will see That place in time So gold Still away into that way back when You thought that all would last for ever But like the weather Nothing can ever and be in time Stay gold. But can it be when we can see So vividly a memory And 'yes' you say So must the day too fade away And leave a ray of sun So gold Life is but a twinkling of an eye Yet filled with sorrow and compassion Though not imagined all things that happen Will age too old Though gold Gold, though gold."]
(voice-over) "When I stepped out into the bright sunlight, from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home."
Play clip (excerpt): The Outsiders (1983)

The Right Stuff (1983)
(voice-over) "There was a demon that lived in the air. They said whoever challenged him would die. Their controls would freeze up, their planes would buffet wildly, and they would disintegrate. The demon lived at Mach 1 on the meter, seven hundred and fifty miles an hour, where the air could no longer move out of the way. He lived behind a barrier through which they said no man could ever pass. They called it the sound barrier. Then they built a small plane, the X-1, to try and break the sound barrier. And men came to the high desert of California to ride it. They were called test pilots and no one knew their names."
Risky Business (1983)

(voice-over) "The dream is always the same. Instead of going home, I go to the neighbors'. I ring, but nobody answers. The door is open, so I go inside. I'm looking around for the people, but nobody seems to be there. And then I hear the shower running, so I go upstairs to see what's what. Then I see her. This girl! This incredible girl! I mean, what she's doing there, I don't know, because she doesn't live there. But it's a dream, so I go with it. 'Who's there?' she says. 'Joel,' I say. 'What are you doing here?' 'I don't know what I'm doing here. What are you doing here?' 'I'm taking a shower,' she says. Then I give her: 'Do you want me to go?' 'No,' she says. 'I want you to wash my back.' So now I'm getting enthusiastic about this dream. So, I go to her, but she's hard to find through all the steam and stuff. I keep losing her. Finally, I get to the door and I find myself in a room full of kids taking their College Boards. I'm over three hours late! I've got two minutes to take the whole test. I've just made a terrible mistake. I'll never get to college. My life is ruined."
Play clip (excerpt): Risky Business (1983)

Blood Simple. (1984)

(voice-over) "The world is full o' complainers. An' the fact is, nothin' comes with a guarantee. Now I don't care if you're the pope of Rome, President of the United States or Man of the Year; somethin' can all go wrong. Now go on ahead, y'know, complain, tell your problems to your neighbor, ask for help, 'n watch him fly. Now, in Russia, they got it mapped out so that everyone pulls for everyone else. That's the theory, anyway. But what I know about is Texas, an' down here, you're on your own."
Play clip (excerpt):
Blood Simple. (1984)

The Killing Fields (1984)
(voice-over) "Cambodia. To many Westerners, it seemed a paradise. Another world, a secret world. But the war in neighboring Vietnam burst its borders, and the fighting soon spread to neutral Cambodia. In 1973, I went to cover this side-show struggle as a foreign correspondent of The New York Times. It was there in the war-torn country side amidst the fighting between government troops and the Khymer Rouge guerrillas, that I met my guide and interpreter, Dith Pran, a man who was to change my life in a country that I grew to love and pity."
The Breakfast Club (1985)

(title card) "...And these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through..." DAVID BOWIE.
(voice-over) "Saturday, March 24th, 1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062. Dear Mr. Vernon: We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did was wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, with the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That’s the way we saw each other at 7:00 o'clock this morning. We were brainwashed."

Play clip (excerpt): The Breakfast Club (1985)

Clue (1985)

- "Is everything ready?"
- "Oui, Monsieur."
- "You have your, uhm, instructions."
Play clip (excerpt):
Clue (1985)

Out of Africa (1985)

(voice-over) "He-he even took the Gramophone on safari. Three rifles, supplies for a month and Mozart. He began our friendship with a gift. And later, not long before Tsavo, he gave me another. An incredible gift. A glimpse of the world through God's eye. And I thought: 'Yes, I see. This is the way it was intended.' I've written about all the others, not because I loved them less, but because they were clearer, easier. He was waiting for me there. But I've gone ahead of my story. He'd have hated that. Denys loved to hear a story told well. You see, I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills. But it began before that. It really began in Denmark..."
Play clip (excerpt): Out of Africa (1985)

About Last Night... (1986)

- "So."
- "So what?"
- "So tell me?
- "What?"
- "About last night."
- "Are you kiddin' me?"
- "Yeah."
- "Are you f--kin' kiddin' me?"
- "Yeah."
- "Are you pullin' my leg?"
- "So?"
- "So tits out to here, so."
- "Yeah!"
- "Yeah. 20 couple years old."
- "You gotta be foolin'."
- "No."
- "You devil. What? You think she hadn't been around?"
- "Yeah."
- "Hadn't gone the route?"
- "She knew the route, did she?"
- "Are you f--kin' kiddin' me?"
- "Yeah."
- "She wrote the route."
- "No s--t. So tell me."
- "So, okay, so where am l?"
- "So you're probably at the Pancake House."
- "So, okay. I'm over at the Pancake House. Who walks in over to the cash register but this chick..."
- "Right."
- "The 19 or 20 year old we're talkin' about."
- "Sure."
- "She wants to buy a pack of Viceroys."
- "Oh, I can believe it."
- "Gets the smokes and does this number about how she forgot her purse up in her room."
- "Up in her room?"
- "Yeah."
- "Was she a pro?"
- "At that age?"
- "Yeah."
- "Well, at this point, we don't know. So down we sit, we get to talkin', this, that, blah, blah, blah, and it's: 'Come up to my room and I'll pay ya back for the smokes.'"
- "No!"
- "Yeah!"
- "You're sh-ttin' me."
- "I'm tellin' ya."
- "And was she a pro?"
- "At this point, we don't know. But up we go and it's, 'Sit down, you wanna drink?' 'Well, what have ya got?' 'Bourbon.' 'Fine.' And then what shot does she up and pull? A) She says: 'I think I want to take a shower.'
- "No."
- "Yeah. And B) she says: 'Then let's f--k.'"
- "She said that?"
- "What did I just tell ya?"
- "You're kiddin' me. Was she a pro?"
- "At this point, we don't know. So anyway, I do say: 'I'll join you in the shower, if you have no objections'."
- "Of course."
- "So in to the old shower we go, and does this broad have a body?"
- "Yeah."
- "Are you kidding me?"
- "So tell me."
- "The tits. The legs."
- "The ass."
- "Are you f--kin' foolin' me? The ass on this broad."
- "Young ass?"
- "Well yeah, young broad, young ass."
- "Right."
- "So anyway, we get out, towelin' each other off in his or her full glory."
- "Yeah."
- "And while we're towelin' off, I flick the towel at her, very playfully like, and by accident, it catches her a good one on the ass, thwack, we got this big red mark."
- "No."
- "Well, I'm all sorry and so forth, but what does this broad do - but let out a squeal of pleasure relief that would f--kin' kill a horse."
- "No."
- "So what the hell, I'm liberal, I pick up a chair and I heave it at her."
- "Draw blood?"
- "At this point, no. But what does she say? 'Wait a minute!' She crawls under the bed, pulls out this suitcase from under the bed - from out of the suitcase comes this World War Il flak suit. Sure. Zip, zip, zip. She gets into the flak suit, and we get down on the bed."
- "What are you doin'?"
- "We're f--kin'!"
- "But she's in a flak suit."
- "Right."
- "Well, how do you get in."
- "Well, she leaves the zipper open."
- "Right, right."
- "But the shot is, every thirty seconds or so, she wants me to go 'BOOM' at the top of my lungs."
- "At her?"
- "No, just in general. So we're humpin' and pumpin', and greasin' the old flak suit, every once in a while, I go 'boom'. In the middle of everything, she slithers over to the side of the bed, turns on a little SONY tape recorder."
- "Ah, huh."
- "Wait, wait, wait, wait. I don't know what the shot is. Right, right. All of a sudden I hear comin' out of the tape recorder, 'Rat, tat, tat, tat, tat. Ka-pow. Ka-pow!...KA-POW!' So fine, I'm pumpin' away, the tape recorder's makin' airplane noises. Every once in a while, I go 'Boom', and the broad on the bed starts goin' crazy, right? She's moanin' and groanin', and I'm humpin' and bumpin'. She's screamin', 'Red Dog One to Red Dog Squadron'. Right? All of a sudden, she screams, 'Wait a minute!'. Right! She leans under the bed, pulls out a five-gallon jerry can, opens it up, it's full of gasoline. She splashes it all over the walls, whips a f--kin' zippo out of her flak suit, and 'Whoosh', the whole room goes up in flames. Right? So the tape recorder is goin' 'Rat-tat-tat-tat-tat,' the room is full of smoke, right, the broad jumps back on the bed and she screams, 'Now, give it to me now, for the love of Christ!' So I look at the broad, and I figure, f--k this nonsense. 1-2-6, I'm in the hall, strugglin' into my shorts, make it to the elevator. The whole place is filled with smoke. The elevator arrives, the whole hall is filled with firemen. You know, those f--kin' firemen make out like bandits."
- "Nobody does it normally anymore."
- "Ah, it's these young broads, Danny. They don't know what the f--k they want."
- "Do you think she was a pro?"
- "A pro, Dan?"
- "Yeah."
- "A pro is how you think of yourself. You see my point?"
- "Right."
Play clip (excerpt):
About Last Night... (1986)

8 Million Ways to Die (1986)

(off-screen voice-over) - "Aw, you don't know where it's gonna come from anymore. Total strangers are killin' each other. Everybody's got a piece."
- "You know, the murder rate used to be around a thousand a year, three a day in the whole county and that was high. Now it's about five a day. Higher in the summer. Fourteen of 'em two Fridays ago...We get the death penalty six, seven times a day, only it's not for murderers, it's for ordinary citizens."
- "Yeah, there are 8 million stories in the naked city. Isn't that an old TV show?...What we got in this town, we've got eight million ways to die. Alright, let's cut the crap and do what we get paid for."

Play clip (excerpt): 8 Million Ways to Die (1986)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

(radio announcer) "WLS. It is a beautiful day in Chicago today. Temperatures expected to reach the upper 70's. Right now, 75 at the lakefront. 74 at Midway, 73 at O'Hare. And now, up in the sky, Don Nelson with Skyview Traffic..."
- "Ferris. Ferris. Tom!?"
- "What's the matter?"
- "Oh, it's Ferris."
- "What? What's wrong?"
- "What's wrong? For Christ's sake, look at him, honey."
- "Ferris?"
- "He doesn't have a fever, but he says his stomach hurts and he's seeing spots."
- "What's the matter, Ferris?"
- "Papa?"
- "Honey, feel his hands, they're cold and clammy."
- "Ew."
- "I'm fine. I get up."
- "No!"
- "No, I have a test today."
- "No, you..."
- "I have to take it. I-I wanna go to a good college, so I can have a fruitful life."
- "Honey, you're not going to school like this now."
- "Oh, fine. What's this? What's his problem?"
- "He doesn't feel well."
- "Yeah, right. Dry that one out, you can fertilize the lawn."
- "Jeanie, is that you? Jeanie? I can't see that far. Jeanie? Jeanie, I..."
- "Bite the big one, junior."
- "Thank you, Jeanie. You get to school."
- "You're letting him stay home? I can't believe this. If I was bleeding out my eyes, you guys would make me go to school. This is so unfair."
- "Jeanie, please don't be upset with me. You have your health, be thankful."
Play clip (excerpt):
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

The Fly (1986)

- "What am I working on? Uh, I'm working on something that'll change the world and human life as we know it."
- "Change it a lot or just a bit? You'll have to be more specific."
- "What, you want me to be specific here, in this room, with, uh, half the scientific community of North America eavesdropping?"
- "Is there another way?"
- "You could come back to my lab. Listen, I'll make you cappuccino. I have a Faema of my very own. You know what that is? It's not the dilettante's plastic kitchen model. It's one of those, uh... uh., uh, real restaurant espresso machines with a-an eagle on top and..."
- "Somehow I get the feeling you don't get out much."
- "You can tell that?"
- "Yeah."
- "I think you're making a mistake. I think you really want to talk to me."
- "Sorry, I have three other interviews to do before this party's over."
- "Yeah, but they're not working on something that'll change the world as we know it."
- "They say they are."
- "Yeah, but they're lying. I'm not."

Play clip (excerpt): The Fly (1986)

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

(voice-over) "God, she's beautiful. She's got the prettiest eyes. She looks so sexy in that sweater. I just want to be alone with her and hold her and kiss her, and tell her how much I love her, take care of her. Stop it, you idiot. She's your wife's sister. But I can't help it. I'm consumed by her. It's been months now. I dream about her. I- I, I think about her at the office. Oh, Lee. What am I gonna do? I hear myself mooning over you, and it's disgusting. Before, when she squeezed past me in the doorway, and I smelt that perfume on the back of her neck, Jesus, I, I thought I was gonna swoon! Easy, you're a dignified financial advisor. It doesn't look good for you to swoon."
Play clip (excerpt): Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

(voice-over) (narrator reading scrolling text) "On the twenty-third day of the month of September, in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence. And this terrifying enemy surfaced, as such enemies often do, in the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places..."
Play clip (excerpt): Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

The Mission (1986)

(dictating): "Your Holiness, the little matter that brought me here to the furthest edge of your light on Earth is now settled. And the Indians are once more free to be enslaved by the Spanish and Portuguese settlers. I don't think that's hitting the right note. Begin again. Your Holiness, I write to you in this year of Our Lord 1758 from the southern continent of the Americas, from the town of Asunción, in the Province of La Plata, two weeks march from the great mission of San Miguel. These missions have provided a refuge for the Indians against the worst depredations of the settlers and have earned much resentment because of it. The noble souls of these Indians incline towards music. Indeed, many a violin played in the academies of Rome itself has been made by their nimble and gifted hands. It was from these missions the Jesuit fathers carried the word of God to the high and undiscovered plateau to those Indians still existing in their natural state and received in return, martyrdom."
Play clip (excerpt): The Mission (1986)

Stand By Me (1986)

(voice-over) "I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being. It happened in the summer of 1959 - a long time ago, but only if you measure in terms of years. I was living in a small town in Oregon called Castle Rock. There were only twelve hundred and eighty-one people. But to me, it was the whole world."
Play clip (excerpt): Stand By Me (1986)

Back to the Beach (1987)
"25 years ago, my parents were the most popular teenagers in America. It's true. My Dad was a teen idol. Girls threw themselves at him. Unfortunately, this was 1962, and he had to throw them back. When Dad wasn't singing, he spent his life on a surfboard. They called him the Big Kahuna. When I was born, Dad wanted to call me the little Kahuna - luckily, he settled for Bobby. As for Mom, she joined that strange cult called the Mouseketeers. She became the first pin-up queen for boys under twelve. Anyhow, they got married and moved to Ohio right after the accident. Don't get him started on the surf accident. Around our house, we have this nightly ritual - it's called dinner and the accident story. Let me spare you this - 20 years ago while surfing, this humongous wave knocked the Kahuna right on his head and he's never been the same since....This is my Dad now. The closest he gets to the ocean these days is when he plays the surf king in order to sell cars on TV. Yep, the Big Kahuna now owns Friendly Ford, the largest dealership in Ohio."
Dirty Dancing (1987)

(radio) "Hi, everybody, this is your Cousin Brucie. Whoa! Our summer romances are in full bloom, and everybody, but everybody's in love. So cousins, here's a great song from the Four Seasons." [Song: "Big Girls Don't Cry"]
(voice-over) "That was the summer of 1963 when everybody called me 'Baby', and it didn't occur to me to mind. That was before President Kennedy was shot, before the Beatles came when I couldn't wait to join the Peace Corps, and I thought I'd never find a guy as great as my dad. That was the summer we went to Kellerman's."
Play clip (excerpt): Dirty Dancing (1987)

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

- "I am Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior drill instructor. From now on, you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be 'Sir!' Do you maggots understand that?"
- (unison) "Sir, yes Sir."
- "Bulls--t, I can't hear you. Sound off like you gotta pair!"
- (unison) "SIR, YES SIR!"
- "If you ladies leave my island, if you survive recruit training, you will be a weapon. You will be a minister of death praying for war. But until that day, you are pukes. You are the lowest form of life on Earth. You are not even human f--kin' beings. You are nothing but unorganized grabastic pieces of amphibian s--t! Because I am hard, you will not like me. But the more you hate me, the more you will learn. I am hard but I am fair. There is no racial bigotry here. I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers. Here you are all equally worthless. And my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps. Do you maggots understand that?"
- (unison) "SIR, YES SIR!"
- "Bulls--t, I can't hear you."
- (unison) "SIR, YES SIR!"
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Play clip (excerpt): Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Radio Days (1987)

(voice-over) "Once upon a time, many years ago, two burglars broke into our neighbor's house in Rockaway. Mr. and Mrs. Needleman had gone to a movie, and the following events occurred..."
Play clip (excerpt): Radio Days (1987)

The Accidental Tourist (1988)
(voice-over) "A business traveler should bring only what fits in a carry-on bag. Checking your luggage is asking for trouble.
- Add several travel-size packets of detergent so you won't fall into the hands of unfamiliar laundries. There are very few necessities in this world which do not come from travel-size packets.
- One suit is plenty, if you take along travel size packets of spot remover. The suit should be medium gray. Gray not only hides the dirt, but is handy for sudden funerals.
- Always bring a book as protection against strangers. Magazines don't last and newspapers from elsewhere remind you, you don't belong. But don't take more than one book. It is a common mistake to overestimate one's potential free time and consequently overpack. In travel, as in most of life, less is invariably more.
- And most importantly, never take along anything on your journey so valuable or dear, that its loss would devastate you"
Grave of the Fireflies (1988, Jp.) (aka Hotaru no haka)

(voice-over) "September 21, 1945... that was the night I died."
Play clips (excerpt): Grave of the Fireflies (1988) (English dub) Grave of the Fireflies (1988) (Japanese)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

(title card) In Prague, in 1968, there lived a young doctor named Tomas...
- "Take off your clothes."
- "What?"
- "I said, 'Take off your clothes.'"
- "But you saw everything last night."
- "Mmm, but I need to check something."

Play clip (excerpt): The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

Do the Right Thing (1989)

(alarm clock sounds) "Wake up! Wake up, wake up, wake up, up you wake, up you wake, up you wake, up you wake! This is Mister Senor Love Daddy, your voice of choice, the world's only twelve-hour strongman on the air, here on WE LOVE Radio, 108 FM, the last on your dial but first in your hearts and that's the truth, Ruth. Here I am. Am I here? Ya know it. It ya know. This is Mister Senor Love Daddy doin' the nasty to your ears, your ears to the nasty. I'se only play da platters dat matter, da matters dey platter, and that's the truth, Ruth. From the heart of Bed-Stuy, you're listening to WE LOVE Radio. Doin' the ying and the yang, the hip and the hop, the stupid, fresh thing, the flippity-flop. AWOOO! I have today's forecast for you. Hot! The color for today is black. That's right, black. So you can absorb some of these rays and save that heat for winter. So you wanna get on out there and wear that black and be involved! Also, today's temperature's gonna rise up over 100 degrees. So that's a Jheri-curl alert. That's right, Jheri-curl alert. If you have a Jheri curl, stay in the house, or you'll end up with a permanent plastic helmet on your head forever. All right, we're gonna say hello to Mister and Missus, that's Mister and Missus. And happy birthday to Big Red, Little Red, and Miss Annie Mae, who's 100 today, and if you're careful and stay out of the heat..."
Play clip (excerpt): Do the Right Thing (1989)

Field of Dreams (1989)

(voice-over) "My father's name was John Kinsella. It's an Irish name. He was born in North Dakota in 1896, and never saw a big city until he came back from France in 1918. He settled in Chicago where he quickly learned to live and die with the White Sox. Died a little when they lost the 1919 World Series. Died a lot the following summer when eight members of the team were accused of throwing that series. He played in the minors for a year too, but nothing ever came of it. Moved to Brooklyn in '35, married Mom in '38. He was already an old man working at the naval yards when I was born in 1952. My name's Ray Kinsella. Mom died when I was three, and I suppose Dad did the best he could. Instead of Mother Goose, I was put to bed at night to stories of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and the great Shoeless Joe Jackson. Dad was a Yankees fan then, so of course I rooted for Brooklyn. But in '58, the Dodgers moved away, so we had to find other things to fight about. We did. And when it came time to go to college, I picked the farthest one from home I could find. This, of course, drove him right up the wall, which I suppose was the point. Officially, my major was English, but really it was the '60s. I marched, I smoked some grass, I tried to like sitar music, and I met Annie. The only thing we had in common was that she came from Iowa, and I had once heard of Iowa. After graduation, we moved to the Midwest and stayed with her family as long as we could, almost a full afternoon. Annie and I got married in June of '74. Dad died that fall. A few years later, Karin was born. She smelled weird, but we loved her anyway. Then Annie got the crazy idea that she could talk me into buying a farm. I'm thirty-six years old, I love my family, I love baseball, and I'm about to become a farmer. But until I heard the Voice, I'd never done a crazy thing in my whole life."
Play clip (excerpt): Field of Dreams (1989)

sex, lies and videotape (1989)

- "Garbage. All I've been thinkin' about all week is garbage. I mean, I just can't stop thinkin' about it."
- "What kind of thoughts about garbage?"
- "I just, I've gotten real concerned over what's gonna happen with all the garbage. I mean, we've got so much of it. You know? I mean, we have to run out of places to put this stuff eventually. The last time I-I started feelin' this way is when that barge was stranded and, you know, it was goin' around the island and nobody would claim it. Do you remember that?"
- "Yes, I remember. Do you have any idea what may have triggered this concern?"
- "Yeah. Yeah. You see, the other night John was takin' out the garbage, and he kept spilling things out of the container, and that made me...I started imagining, like, (a) garbage can that produces garbage. And it doesn't stop, it just keeps producin' garbage. And it just keeps overflowin'. And, you know, what would you do to try to stop something like that?"
- "Ann, do you see any pattern here?"
- "What do you mean?"
- "Well, last week we were talking about your obsession with the families of airline fatalities. Now we're talking about your concern over the garbage problem."
- "Yeah, so?"
- "Well, if you think about it, I think you'll see that the object of your obsession is invariably something negative which you have no control over."
- "Yeah, but how many people do you think run around obsessing over how great and how happy things are? You know, I mean, maybe they do, but I don't think they're in therapy. Anyway, bein' happy isn't all that great. I mean, the last time I was really happy, I got so fat. I must've put on 25 pounds. I thought John was gonna have a stroke."
Play clip (excerpt): Sex, Lies & Videotape (1989)

When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

"I was sitting with my friend Arthur Kornblum, in a restaurant. It was a Horn & Hardart cafeteria. And this beautiful girl walked in and I turned to Arthur and I said, 'Arthur, you see that girl? I'm going to marry her.' And two weeks later we were married. And it's over 50 years later and we are still married."
Play clip (excerpt): When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

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