Inspiring messages from great movies

Listen to the famous lines and the stories behind them
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Characters team Dec 07. 2020
by Characters team

Let's review some quotes from classic movies. 
Are they apocaliptic or just our world is very predictable?
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Plot – Rita loses her memory after an accident on Mulholland Drive, Hollywood. The woman meets Betty Elms, an Australian actress who has just landed in Los Angeles. With her help, Rita tries to regain her memory and her identity. A man is haunted by a monstrous image. A director threatened by the mafia is forced to choose a stranger for his movie. (2001)
Quote: “It'll be just like in the movies. Pretending to be somebody else.”

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Creator: Harper Lee
Performer: Gregory Peck
Defining moment: “To begin with, this case should never have come to trial...” Finch’s quietly devastating closing argument destroys the prosecution case and has inspired decades’ worth of prospective lawyers.
Fascinating fact: Brock Peters, who played defendant Tom Robinson, gave a eulogy for Peck and addressed him as “my friend Atticus Finch”.
Quote: "Now, gentlemen, in this country our courts are the great levelers. In our courts, all men are created equal. I'm no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and of our jury system. That's no ideal to me. That is a living, working reality!"

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Appearance: The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Creator: Stephen King
Performer: Morgan Freeman
Defining moment: His final parole board. “To tell you the truth, I don’t give a shit.”
Fascinating fact: In the novella, Rita Hayworth And Shawshank Redemption, Red is a white Irishman. He gets his name from his mop of crimson hair.
Quote: “To tell you the truth, I don’t give a shit.”

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Appearance: The Matrix trilogy (1999-2003)
Creators: The Wachowskisha
Performer: Keanu Reeves
Defining moment: A hail of bullets stopped with a simple gesture, an Agent batted aside with casual ease, then annihilated from the inside out. As Morpheus so succinctly put it, "He is The One."
Fascinating fact: Reeves nearly wasn't. Before Keanu landed the role, both Will Smith and Nic Cage passed on Neo's leather trousers.
Quote: The system

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Appearance: The Lord Of The Rings trilogy (2001-2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Creator: J. R. R. Tolkien
Performer: Andy Serkis
Defining moment: Sméagol debating the merits of treachery with his other half in The Two Towers - a scene cunningly orchestrated between the 'innocent' and 'conniving' sides of his inner schism.
Fascinating fact: Gollum's underpants are made of goblin skin. Elasticated, breathable, fresh stench of rot...
Quote: My precious 
 

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Creator: Bret Easton Ellis
Performer: Christian Bale
Defining moment: Patrick Bateman’s soliloquy on the genius of Huey Lewis, followed by his iconic Hip To Be Square flat-ricide.
Fascinating fact: In retrospect, Bret Easton Ellis felt that making Bateman a rabid Huey Lewis fan was unfair. The musician didn’t much mind, even doing his own Funny Or Die spoof.
Quote: I have all the characteristics of a human being: blood, flesh, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust. Something horrible is happening inside of me and I don't know why. My nightly bloodlust has overflown into my days. I feel lethal, on the verge of frenzy. I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.

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Joker is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver. The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker and provides an alternative origin story for the character. Set in 1981, it follows Arthur Fleck, a failed clown and stand-up comedian whose descent into insanity and nihilism inspires a violent counter-cultural revolution against the wealthy in a decaying Gotham City.
Quote: Is it just me, or is it getting crazy  out there?

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Appearance: The Psycho films (1960-1990), Psycho remake (1998)
Creator: Robert Bloch
Performer: Anthony Perkins, Henry Thomas, Vince Vaughn
Defining moment: With a superimposed skull, he says, “I wouldn’t hurt a fly.”
Fascinating fact: Hitchcock always addressed Anthony Perkins on set as ‘Master Bates’. Ho ho ho.
Quote: We all going a little mad sometimes

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Appearance: V For Vendetta (2005)
Creator: Alan Moore, David Lloyd
Performer: Hugo Weaving (though James Purefoy began filming before the role was recast, and some of his scenes still appear with Weaving’s voice-over).
Defining moment: The massed ranks of like-masked protesters appearing at the Houses Of Parliament as V blows the place up and brings down the dystopian government.
Fascinating fact: Weaving based V’s voice on ex-Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Quote: Ideas are bullet proof

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Appearance: Pulp Fiction (1994)
Creator: Quentin Tarantino
Performer: Samuel L. JacksonJules Winnfield: 
Quote: Jules shoots the guy on the couch during Brett's interrogation] Oh I'm sorry, did I break your concentration?
Jules Winnfield: Oh I'm sorry, did I break your concentration?

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