Can you match these quotes to the right '80s movie?

Maria Trimarchi

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Think you're the best when it comes to '80s movies? A lean, mean fighting machine? Prove it. See if you can match these quotes from the most popular movies from the decade of excess.

"I'll be back."

You can't help but hear it (or say it) in Arnold Schwarzenegger's accent, can you. We were introduced to Schwarzenegger as The Terminator in 1984, when he was hunting Sarah Connor.

"Wax on, wax off."

After a summer of getting beaten up by the local gang of karate-trained hooligans from high school, Daniel LaRusso begs Mr. Miyagi to train him. But instead of starting with foot sweeps and knee strikes, Daniel finds himself doing routine chores around Miyagi's place -- like waxing his classic cars. But little did he know that these chores were his training. Now, remember, "Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don't forget to breathe, very important."

"Say 'hello' to my little friend!"

The original "Scarface" was a 1932 film directed by Howard Hawks. It was Al Pacino who is said to have pushed for a remake, and plays Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant who becomes a drug kingpin in Miami. The movie was first given an X rating for its violence, which accelerates as Montana makes the fatal mistake of using his own product.

"Go ahead, make my day."

Go ahead, make Harry "Dirty Harry" Callahan's day. The quote, whick became a Dirty Harry catchphrase, is from the 1983 film "Sudden Impact."

"Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

That was the summer of 1963 - when everybody called her Baby, and it didn't occur to her to mind. That was before President Kennedy was shot, before the Beatles came, when she couldn't wait to join the Peace Corps, and she thought she'd never find a guy as great as her dad. That was the summer she went to Kellerman's. There, dance instructor Johnny Castle and Frances "Baby" Houseman meet the night she carries a watermelon up to the staff quarters. And then, at then end, there's the night when Johnny states so matter of factly that, "nobody puts Baby in a corner" -- and they do the lift.

"We're on a mission from God."

It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses. You know how to respond: Hit it. They'll never get caught. They're on a mission from God. "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues, that is. The two, played by John Belishi and Dan Ackroyd, put the band back together to save the Catholic orphanage where they grew up, in the 1980 comedy, "The Blues Brothers."


"The Princess Bride" introduced us to Inigo Montoya, Fezzik, Miracle Max, Buttercup and Westley aka the Dread Pirate Roberts. And, of course, the Sicilian, Vizzini, who continually uses the exclamation, "Inconceivable!" when he really means "Impossible!" Vizzini, we don't think that word means what you think it means.

"I feel the need ... the need for speed!"

We could tell you, but then we'd have to kill you. Kidding! It's Pete "Maverick" Mitchell who says this, along with his friend Goose (who joins in on the "need for speed" part).

"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads."

He made a time machine ... out of a Delorean. It's Dr. Emmett Brown who says this to Marty, as he, Marty and Jennifer prepare to go to the future at the end of the Robert Zemeckis-directed film "Back to the Future."

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it."

How could you possible handle school (or work) on a day like this? This movie is so quotable it's hard to reconcile that director John Hughes wrote the script for "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" in less than a week. Over the years, fans have pieced together that Ferris, Cameron and Sloane's skip day was June 5, 1985. Danke schoen, Ferris.

"I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way."

It's the femme fatale of animation, Jessica Rabbit (voiced by Kathleen Turner) who says this to Eddie Valiant -- originally in the novel, "Who Censored Roger Rabbit?" -- in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" The quote is also nominated as one of the greatest by the American Film Institute's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes series.

"No. I am your father."

So many people quote this, and yet so many don't get it quite right. Often, you'll hear, "Luke, I am your father." Close, but not quite. Just after Darth Vader has cut off Luke's hand, he, again, tries to persuade Skywalker to join the Dark Side. And it's here he tells Luke that Obi-Wan never told him what really happened to hia father. Luke, who thinks Vader killed his father, is just as surprised as audiences were to hear that no, it is Darth Vader who is his father. Search your feelings; you know it to be true! Noooooooo!

"I know you are, but what am I?"

"I know you are, but what am I?! I know you are, but what am I?! I know you are, but what am I?! I know you are, but what am I?! I know you are, but what am I?! ... Infinity!" It's rhetorical and childish, but you can't deny it's funny. "You're crazy! I know you are, but what am I? You're a nerd! I know you are, but what am I?" Oh, and the comic gold that is Pee-wee and Francis.

"O Captain! My Captain!"

The first to stand on his desk and say it as John Keating is collecting his belongings, is Todd Anderson. Then Knox Overstreet. Followed by Pitts, then Meeks, and so on. "Carpe ... Carpe Diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary."

"Be excellent to each other, and party on dudes!”

Bill and Ted are late for their final project. Will they fail? Of course not! Their time-traveling guests have a message for everyone: party on, dudes! (Oh, and San Dimas High School football rules!)

"I'll have what she's having."

After Sally schools Harry with a fake orgasm while they lunch at Katz's Delicatessen, it's director Rob Reiner's mother, Estelle, who delivers the line, "I'll have what's she's having." Awkward.

"No. 5 is alive!"

"No. 5" is a robot built as part of a series of prototypes for the U.S. military's S.A.I.N.T. (Strategic Artificially Intelligent Nuclear Transport) program. He escapes, and, of course everything works out in the end. No. 5 goes on to rename himself Johnny Five -- because "No. 5 is ALIVE!"

"Can I borrow your underpants for 10 minutes?"

Farmer Ted, also known as "The Geek," likes to think of himself as a ladies' man. He borrows Sam's underpants and charges $1 a head to see them in the boys' bathroom, in "Sixteen Candles."

"These go to 11."

"The numbers all go to 11. Look, right across the board, 11, 11, 11 ..." says Spinal Tap guitarist Nigel Tufnel as he proudly shows off his amps to filmmaker Marty Dibergi in "This Is Spinal Tap." But when Marty asks him why not keep 10 as the top number, but make it louder, Nigel pauses. "These go to 11," he repeats.

"Snap out of it!"

It's probably not the reaction he was expecting, when Ronny Cammareri tells Loretta that he's in love with her. Loretta responds with, "Snap out of it!" -- and slaps him across the face, twice.

"You have to purify yourself in Lake Minnetonka."

The Kid, in "Purple Rain," doubts Apollonia would pass the initiation -- "to purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka." Apollonia strips off her clothes, runs toward the lake and jumps in. But, in the end, "That ain't Lake Minnetonka," he says.

"How very."

What's your damage, Heather? Veronica Sawyer is obviously not a Heather, however she's best friends with them. Together, they're the most powerful clique at Westerburg High School, in Sherwood, Ohio -- and "Ronnie" is your most sarcastic friend.

"It's not the years, honey. It's the mileage."

Indy says this to Marion Ravenwood, in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," after she comments that he's "not the man [she] knew 10 years ago."

"If you build it, he will come."

Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella keeps hearing a voice in his cornfield; "If you built it, he will come." And the voice is right. After Ray plows a baseball diamond in that cornfield, Shoeless Joe Jackson and the ghosts of other baseball players play there.

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

It's not what Wendy Torrance expects to see when she looks at the stacks of single-line typed pages: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. But then, not much about living at the Overlook Hotel is what you'd expect.

"So, what would you little maniacs like to do first?"

Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly use their computer, a Barbie doll, and a handful of other odds and ends to create their dream woman: Lisa. And when she comes to life, she asks them this very thing.

"Be afraid. Be very afraid."

This highly-quoted line was nominated as one of the greatest film quotes by The American Film Institute's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes series. It was first said by Ronnie, to warn Tawny.

"You're so cool, Brewster."

Edward "Evil" Thompson doesn't believe there are vampires living next door to Charley Brewster, but he humors him. Evil Ed is later turned into a vampire, branded with a cross on his forehead.

"When someone asks if you are a god, you say, 'Yes!'"

Do you believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis? Perfect. Have we got a job for you. (But remember, don't cross the streams.)

"I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen."

When Diane Court breaks up with Lloyd Dobler before leaving for her scholarship to study in England, she makes him promise to write. And, she gives him a pen. In the end, it's Diane who does the writing -- to her dad, during his stretch in prison.

"We'd better get back, 'cause it'll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night ... mostly."

This is the same scene where Pvt. Hudson delivers the line, "That's it, man. Game over, man." But it's Newt, in "Aliens" who warns Ripley and the Marines about the creatures coming out at night ... mostly.

"So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right?"

Sitting around the library, Bender, Claire and Brian are talking about clubs -- academic versus other kinds of clubs. In physics club, Brian says, they talk about physics and properties of physics. And that's when Bender delivers this line, "So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right?"

"They're heeeere!"

A kid, a static TV screen and some terrorizing ghosts scared a generation of moviegoers when it hit the big screen in 1982. "Poltergeist" has since been ranked at No. 80 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years ... 100 Thrills list.

"Don't call me Shirley."

When Ted Striker says to Dr. Rumack, "Surely you can't be serious," Rumack responds with the now-infamous comeback, "I am serious ... and don't call me Shirley." Comedic gold. Coincidentally, there was a Shirley on the flight, and we see her commenting that she hadn't felt "this awful since we saw that Ronald Reagan film."

"There can be only one."

Scot Connor MacLeod is immortal and began the battle to be the only one in the Scottish Highlands in 1536. In 1986 New York City, he's still in the battle, fighting to kill the remaining immortals by beheading them.

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