As I was answering a thread on IMDb about one's favorite classic 4 word film line, I remembered this personal anecdote.
I voted for "We'll always have Paris." -Casablanca (1942).
I actually had someone earnestly quote to me this line while we were on our high school trip in France in 1989. We were on our single day of the trip in Avignon, France at the time of the quote was made. I'm ashamed to have forgotten that girl's name. She, her friend, and myself walked around Paris when we were not on the group tour thing. I'm sure the girl knew I had a crush on her but I wasn't socially prepared to act on those feelings at the time. When she quoted the film line, we were on our last leg of our class trip before heading back to Paris and to the airport. Perhaps she was being cheeky and as usual my socially retarded self took it as personal at the time. Who knows?!
She was a high school student from Arkansas while I was a high school student in Ashland, MA. Being an idiot like I am today, I never kept up correspondence with her and her friend. Another life's regrets I suppose.
So have you found yourself quoting a famous film line not out of irony or sarcasm but in earnest to your respective moment? Or perhaps you found yourself the recipient of such a cinematic recital of a gesture - be it grandly epic or modest and intimate?
NY 's Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo, had promoted some gun control legislation in 1994.
I successfully campaigned against it. He was up for re-election.
Heavily Democratic NY had not had a Republican Governor for 20 years
Some of my friends urged me to join the campaign against him. I did.
I was used to participating in political campaigns when I was a young school kid.
It was fun. In NY, as conservatives, we were used to losing.
So, I volunteered to join the campaign to fight for and to lose
the NY Governorship, but something was out-of-line:
several respected polls had the GOP ahead of Cuomo.
It stayed that way for week after week, until a 3rd party candidate
joined in the race and until ostensibly Republican NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani
stabbed us in the back and endorsed Cuomo, whereupon we dropped in the polls
and after that, we plummeted down further. Morale was not too good.
All the polls had us very far behind. It was a tense
campaign. I was emotionally invested.
We persisted to Election Day. After the polls closed and we had called in the votes,
we assembled in a hotel ballroom to watch the results; we won
I also noticed that the GOP had won both houses of Congress,
for the first time since Roosevelt was President.
Bill Clinton attributed this to the NRA because of his "assault weapon" ban.
I felt somewhat relieved. A victory party, combined with
finishing up some work, was announced for the next day
in our office. I attended. We were glad. It was quiet
while we finished up some paperwork. I raised my voice
and shouted: "WHAT ONCE WAS OURS, IS OURS ONCE AGAIN!"
(Gene Roddenberry "Omega Glory")
The quote was immediately recognized.