Greatest Opening Lines

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'Revolution is the only lawful, equal, effectual war. It was in Russia that this war was declared and begun.' (title card)
'Hello, hello, hello. Is that the clinic? This is Senf, the Head Porter, Grand Hotel. How's my wife? Is she in pain? Isn't the child coming soon? Patience? Would you have patience?
'OK. Say, Jones and Barry are doing a show!'
(sung) 'Gone are my blues and gone are my tears. I've got good news to shout in your ears. The long-lost dollar has come back to the fold.'
'Hunger strike, eh? How long has this been going on?'
'What do we care if we were expelled from college, Scarlett. The war is gonna start any day now, so it won't affect college anyhow.'
'Senator Samuel Foley - dead, yeah, yeah, died a minute ago - here at St. Vincent's.'
'This picture takes place in Paris in those wonderful days when a siren was a brunette and not an alarm.'
'Apaches, Captain! The hills are swarmin' with 'em.'
'For nearly forty years this story has given faithful service to the Young in Heart; and Time has been powerless to put its kindly philosophy out of fashion.'
'Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again.'
'Rosebud...'
'You're only wasting your time writing speeches like that. Why worry about the people and their problems? Think of your own.'
'I am packing my belongings in the shawl my mother used to wear when she went to the market. And I'm going from my valley. And this time, I shall never return.'
(voice-over) 'With the coming of the Second World War, many eyes in imprisoned Europe turned hopefully or desperately toward the freedom of the Americas.'
'Even as fog continues to lie in the valleys, so does ancient sin cling to the low places, the depressions in the world consciousness.'
'The magnificence of the Ambersons began in 1873.'
'Our story takes you down this shadowed path to a remote and guarded building in the English Midlands, Melbridge County Asylum.'
(voice-over) 'Lubinski, Kubinski, Lominski, Rozanski and Poznanski. We're in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. It's August 1939. Europe is still at peace.'
'I am Matthew Macauley. I have been dead for two years, but so much of me is still living that I know now the end is only the beginning.'
'This is a Hallowe'en tale of Brooklyn, where anything can happen - - and it usually does. At 3 P.M. on this particular day, this was happening -' (title screen)
'This is the story of that unconquerable fortress - the American home, 1943.'
'Mildred!'
'Deep among the lonely sun-baked hills of Texas, the great and weatherbeaten stone still stands. The Comanches called it Squaw's Head Rock.'
'To me a dollar was a dollar in any language.'
(voice-over) 'My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name, Phillip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than 'Pip'.'
(voice-over) 'I owe everything to George Bailey. Help him, Dear Father.'
'This is the universe. Big, isn't it?'
'You've got them mixed up! You're making a mistake. You're making a mistake with the reindeer. Tsk tsk tsk.'
'Manhattan, New York, USA. In any discussion of contemporary America and how its people live, we must inevitably start with Manhattan, New York City, USA.'
'I never knew the old Vienna before the war, with its Strauss music, its glamour and easy charm - Constantinople suited me better.'
'Yes, this is Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. It's about five o'clock in the morning. That's the Homicide Squad - complete with detectives and newspapermen.'
'This is the Appian Way. The most famous road that leads to Rome, as all roads lead to Rome.'
'I beg your pardon, but aren't you Guy Haines?'
'Somebody's comin', Pa.'
'I don't know about you, but it always makes me sore when I see those war pictures.'
'Joey, Joey Doyle!...Hey, I got one of your birds.'
'It started - for me, it started - last Thursday, in response to an urgent message from my nurse, I hurried home from a medical convention I'd been attending.'
'Gelsomina!....Gelsomina!'
'Call me Ishmael.'
'Who are you?' 'I am Death.'
'Have you ever heard of multiple personality?'
'Even if you accept the belief that a high Trendex automatically means a rising sales curve...'
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'Greetings, my friends! We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.'
'You never did eat your lunch, did you?'
'On Sunday, August 13th, 1961, the eyes of America were on the nation's capital, where Roger Maris was hitting home runs #44 and 45 against the Senators.'
'Watch this shot now. Shoot man. Go.'
'He was the most extraordinary man I ever knew.'
'Maycomb was a tired old town, even in 1932 when I first knew it. Somehow, it was hotter then. Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning.'
'Don't tell me, you didn't know it was loaded.'
'My car's thirsty. Can I please have some water?'
'Excuse me...my name's Barrett, sir.'
'As in every stone of this size, there is a flaw.'
'Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to violence, the word and the act.'
(sung) 'The hills are alive, With the sound of music...'
'This is a story of long, long ago, when the world was just beginning.'
'Hey boy, what you doin' with my Mama's car? Wait there!'
'Hello, gorgeous.'
'Please, sir, I want some more.'
'Here you are, sir. Main Level D.'
'Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou nor thy sons with thee least ye shall die...'
'What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant? That she loved Mozart and Bach, the Beatles, and me?'
'Radar!' 'Yes, sir.'
'...Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.'
(voice-over) 'There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim'
'Death ends a life, but it does not end a relationship, which struggles on in the survivor's mind toward some resolution which it may never find.'
'I believe in America. America has made my fortune. And I raised my daughter in the American fashion. I gave her freedom, but - I taught her never to dishonor her family.'
'Come on, boys! The way you're lolly-gaggin' around here with them picks and them shovels, you'd think it was 120 degrees. It can't be more than 114. (laughter)'
'All right, Curly, enough's enough. You can't eat the venetian blinds. I just had 'em installed on Wednesday.'
'Gentlemen, cock your pistols!'
'Whoa, there!' [clip-clopping of coconut shells before and after]
'Do you think they'll come, sir?'
'There's an old joke: Two elderly women are at a Catskill Mountain resort. And one of 'em says: 'Boy, the food in this place is really terrible.'
'Will you just watch the hair? You know, I work on my hair a long time and you hit it. He hits my hair.'
'In the decade of the 1930s, even the great city of Metropolis was not spared the ravages of the world-wide depression.'
'Long ago, the great Frith made the world. He made all the stars, and the Earth lived among the stars. He made all the animals and birds, and at first, he made them all the same.'
'Saigon. S***. I'm still only in Saigon. Every time I think I'm gonna wake up back in the jungle...'
'I am not a bum. I'm a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends and... uh... my thermos. Huh? My story? Okay.'
''Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion.' Uh, no, make that: 'He-he...romanticized it all out of proportion.'
'I'm Statler.'
(Male announcer): 'The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in the red zone.'
'My god, it's hot. I stepped out of the shower and started sweating again.'
'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.'
'The life of a playwright is tough. It's not as easy as some people seem to think.'
'Norman. Come here. Come here, Norman. Hurry up. The loons! The loons! They're welcoming us back.'
'The Hovitos are near. The poison is still fresh, three days. They're following us.'
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'Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of.'
'1954. You don't get years like that anymore. It was my favorite year...'
'When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind...'
'The dream is always the same.'
'He even took the gramophone on safari.'
'What am I working on? Uh, I'm working on something that'll change the world and human life as we know it.'
'God, she's beautiful. She's got the prettiest eyes. She looks so sexy in that sweater.'
'On the 23rd 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'
(voice-over) 'I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being.'
'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!'
'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...'
'September 21, 1945... that was the night I died.'
'Take off your clothes.'
'Wake up! Wake up, wake up, wake up, up you wake, up you wake, up you wake, up you wake!'
'Garbage. All I've been thinking about all week is garbage. I mean, I just can't stop thinking about it.'
'As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. To me, being a gangster was better than being President of the United States.'
(voice-over) 'Three billion human lives ended on August 29, 1997. The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day.'
'In the name of Allah the merciful, all praises due to Allah, Lord of all the worlds. The one God to whom praise is due forever.'
'Oh... f***! F***!'
(voice-over) 'One time my cousin Walter got this cat stuck up his ass. True story. He bought it at our local mall, so the whole fiasco wound up on the news.'
(narrated) 'Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family, Choose a f--king big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players'
(voice-over) ''Come to Los Angeles! The sun shines bright, the beaches are wide and inviting, and the orange groves stretch as far as the eye can see.'
'Way out west there was this fella I wanna tell ya about. Goes by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At least that was the handle his loving parents gave him'
'We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold.'
'I need a father who's a role model, not some horny geek boy who's gonna spray his shorts whenever I bring a girlfriend home from school. What a lame-o.'
(voice-over) 'People are always asking me if I know Tyler Durden…'
'What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over.'
'Say, any of you boys smithies?'
(voice-over) 'Who am I? You sure you wanna know? The story of my life is not for the faint of heart.'
'Do you consider the book to be autobiographical?'
'God will forgive them. He'll forgive them and allow them into Heaven. I can't live with that.'
'Who are you?'
'You look at that river gently flowing by. You notice the leaves rustling with the wind. You hear the birds; you hear the tree frogs. In the distance you hear a cow.'
'I don't want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me. Years ago we had the church. That was only a way of saying - we had each other.'
'Are you watching closely?'
'According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies'
'I was Sheriff of this county when I was 25 years old. Hard to believe.'
(voice-over, in part) 'This is Harvey Milk speaking on Friday, November 18th. This is only to be played in the event of my death by assassination.'
(voice-over) 'I'd never given much thought to how I would die. But dying in the place of someone I love seems like a good way to go.'
(title card) 'The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug' - Chris Hedges
(voice-over) 'We had such potential, such promise. But we squandered our gifts, our intelligence. Our blind pursuit of technology only sped us quicker to our doom.'

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