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« on: May 18, 2008, 02:16:36 PM »

There again this topic comes about because of another thread on another board, but with all the profanity used in today's films, how little of it is used effectively. But here are three films in which I think it is used effectively.

"Lair of the White Worm"
Lady Sylvia Marsh's (Amanda Donohoe's) "S***!" when her speech to Kevin (Chris Pitt), who is sitting there--paralyzed--in the tub, after she has bit him on his penis, when performing oral sex on him, is interrupted by the front door bell ringing.

"True Grit"
Rooster Cogburn's (John Wayne's) "Fill yer hands you s.o.b.!" to "Lucky" Ned Pepper (Robert Duvall). Except he didn't say s.o.b.

"The 25th Hour"
What I call Edward Norton's "F-word" speech in the film, as he cusses out jive-talkin' Afro-Americans, Asian store owners, Hindi cab drivers, Russian mafiosos in Brighton Beach, corrupt white cops, rich white ladies on Park Avenue, etc. I think the only reason he could get away with it, is because he is non-partial in his cussing, and he cusses out himself the most.

And the most surprising use of profanity . . .
"Don Donald"
Where Donald Duck says "S.o.b.!" Except he doesn't say s.o.b. My sister once had a friend who worked for Disney Studios, so they could get any animated film made by Disney. Thus, they would constantly get this one, just to watch Donald Duck curse.

And what are your best examples of profanity used in a film?
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2008, 02:48:51 PM »

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." is the Number 1 movie line EVER according to AFI. I believe it is the first time a profanity was used in a main stream film.
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2008, 04:02:36 PM »

Anything that comes out of Gunnery Sgt. Hartman's mouth in "Full Metal Jacket".

Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: "Are you quitting on me? Well, are you? Then quit, you slimy fu**ing walrus-looking piece of s**t! Get the f**k off of my obstacle! Get the f**k down off of my obstacle! NOW! MOVE IT! I'm going to rip your balls off, so you cannot contaminate the rest of the world! I will motivate you, Private Pyle, IF IT SHORT-DICKS EVERY CANNIBAL ON THE CONGO!"
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2008, 05:03:06 PM »

The Thing: "You've gotta be f**king kidding."
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2008, 05:19:26 PM »

I won't list specifics (theres too many) but here are some the sources of some of my favorite swears in movie. 
Scarface
The Big Lebowski
Total Recall
Pulp Fiction
Clerks
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2008, 05:21:45 PM »

I didn't think much of Fargo, but when the Indian guy was beating Steve Buscemi, I though this line was well-used:

"F*** you, you f***ing motherf***er!"
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2008, 06:07:38 PM »

About every line spoken by Drayton or Chop-Top in Texas Chainsaw Part 2 BounceGiggle "Hog-b***h fudgepackers!"
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2008, 07:03:06 PM »

Blade Trinity

When Ryan Reynolds sees the vampire Rottweiler dogs come around the corner and the teeny little Pomeranian has huge Predator like jaws growling at him.

"F**k me!  F**k me sideways!
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2008, 08:53:40 PM »

I enjoyed Clive Owen's retort in the recent Shoot 'Em Up: "f**k you, you f**king f**kers."

Here's something tangentially related, before Grant Morrison's run on Doom Patrol went for mature readers he had the best workaround for swearing I've ever seen. One of the antagonists was a character who could only speak in anagrams. At some point during the story, somebody gets the drop on him leading to a panel where he turns around and shouts, "This!"

I thought it was funny.
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2008, 09:01:01 PM »

Also from The Thing:  "Yeah!?  Well, f**k you too!"

Pulp Fiction made good use of profanity....And Shoot 'Em Up.

Just like Bruce Willis and Harrison Ford made a career out of their smirk, Samuel L. Jackson made his career out of the word motherf**ker.
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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2008, 08:24:45 AM »

I quite liked this one particular scene in South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut.  It's a showdown between Eric Cartman and Saddam Hussein, and it's a parody of the Dragonball Z/Pokemon craze of the time.  Cartman's "V-Chip" is backfiring and everytime he curses, he can shoot electricity.  So he goes on this long rant saying every curse word he can think of, and culminates with a big yell of "Barbara Streisand" as his "ultimate" curse word.
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2008, 09:55:02 AM »

In general i agree with Ash.  Full metal jacket has some of the best swearing ever.


also Blue Vlevet "heinekin?  f**k that s**t! pabst blue Ribbon!"
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« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2008, 10:47:25 AM »

I think every line recited by Joe Pesci in "Goodfellas" could count, especially the long, drawn out joke that he tells at the beginning of the infamous "Am I funny?!" scene with Ray Liotta.

On T.V it has to be Basil Fawlty's (John Cleese) violent attack on his malfunctioning car including calling it a
"Vicious B!$%*^!". However, the episode where he lambasts the fake 'toff' who has been conning him rigid with repeated usage of the same profane epithet is actually just as effective.
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« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2008, 11:28:23 AM »

Ralphie in A CHRISTMAS STORY: "Ooooh, fuuuuudggge."

(Only he didn't say "fudge")

Darren McGavin's classic unintelligible cussing is pretty funny, too.

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« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2008, 11:43:31 AM »

Near the ending of GET SHORTY, HARVEY KEITEL makes a cameo with one line, whirling to face the camera, pointing a pistol, he exclaims:
"F*ck you, f*ck ball." 
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