Top 5 Movie Quotes About Food and Drink

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Robb Walsh blogged about food and sex in movies, and Katharine Shilcutt provided us with the ten most disturbing food-related scenes in horror flicks. And while a picture (or some footage) is worth a thousand words, sometimes a passing reference to food and drink in film can be just as rich. Here are my five favorites:

5. "I guess she don't like the cornbread, either." (Aliens). Aliens is about the farthest thing from food porn, but ironically one of its most memorable lines concerns comestibles rather than extraterrestrials. This witty comment by Frost (Ricco Ross) comes right after Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) shoves a tray of food at Bishop (Lance Henrikson) during a rather stressful confrontation. Nothing like invoking carbohydrates to diffuse cinematic tension.

4. "I am NOT drinking any fucking Merlot!"(Sideways). Wine snobbery at its best. Miles (Paul Giamatti) flips out at Jack (Thomas Haden Church) when the former tells him to go with the flow (literally) during their double dinner date and accept any varietal that's ordered. Supposedly Merlot sales were not affected by this line, though sales of Pinot Noir (Miles's favorite) shot through the roof.

3. "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." (The Godfather). One person loses his head in this scene, but it ain't Clemenza. After fellow mobster Rocco shoots the traitor Paulie, Clemenza (Richard Castellano) calmly issues this instruction, as he promised his wife he would bring home dessert. Sort of endearing. Sort of.

2. "I'll have what she's having." (When Harry Met Sally). Context is everything for this line. After listening to Sally (Meg Ryan) fake an extensive (and very public) orgasm, fellow random diner (Estelle Reiner, director's mother) utters this hilarious follow-up. Reiner's stoic expression and delivery almost,almost stole the show from Ryan and inspired legions of fans to eat at Katz's Deli.

1. "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." (The Silence of the Lambs). The only thing creepier than Hannibal Lecter's (Anthony Hopkins) words is that slurpy-sucking noise he makes right after. Every time I watch this scene I vow to 1) never work for the U.S. Census, and 2) pick up bottle of Chianti on the way home.



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BDT
BDT

My fav - Cool Hand Luke starring Paul Newman

LUKE:I can eat fifty eggs.

DRAGLINE:Nobody kin eat fifty eggs.

SOCIETY RED:(to Dragline)You just said he could eat anything.

DRAGLINE:(doubtfully, to Luke)You ever eat fifty eggs?

LUKE:Nobody ever ate fifty eggs.

Riverside Rr
Riverside Rr

Two more:

"My momma always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'" Forrest Gump"As god as my witness, I'll never go hurgry again" Gone with the Wind 

Anonymous
Anonymous

Spalding: "I want a hamburger. No, a cheeseburger. I want a hot dog. I want a milkshake. I want potato chips" Judge Smails: "You'll get nothing, and like it!"

TQro
TQro

Julie to Greta: "now taste the catfish. cajun blackened catfish, better than the Perch."Greta serves the table.Resto patrons: "this is not the Perch, we ordered the Perch"Greta: "trust me, you want the catfish."

PM
PM

"I felt he used too man onions, but it was still a good sauce." - Henry Hill

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

Just one little mint, monsieur?  They are wafer-thin.

Heineken?  F*** that sh**!  Pabst Blue Ribbon!

I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded: dead.

"Well let me tell you something now, Johnny. Last Thursday, I turned 95 years old. And I never exercised a day in my life. Every morning, I wake up, and I smoke a cigarette. And then I eat five strips of bacon. And for lunch, I eat a bacon sandwich. And for a midday snack?" "Bacon?" "Bacon! A whole damn plate! And I usually drink my dinner."

Keziah: No thanks, I'm a fruitarian.

Max: I didn't realize that.

William: And, ahm: what exactly is a fruitarian?

Keziah: We believe that fruits and vegetables have feeling so we think cooking is cruel. We only eat things that have actually fallen off a tree or bush - that are, in fact, dead already.

William: Right. Right. Interesting stuff. So, these carrots...

Keziah: Have been murdered, yes.

I'll let y'all guess to see if you can figure those out.  And, though not from a movie, my favorite is:  "If life gives you a lemon, make lemonade. However — if life gives you a pickle, you might as well give up, because pickle-ade is disgusting." - Clifton J. Grey

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

"I used to be able to name every nut that there was. And it used to drive my mother crazy, because she used to say, "Harlan Pepper, if you don't stop naming nuts," and the joke was that we lived in Pine Nut, and I think that's what put it in my mind at that point. So she would hear me in the other room, and she'd just start yelling. I'd say, "Peanut. Hazelnut. Cashew nut. Macadamia nut." That was the one that would send her into going crazy. She'd say, "Would you stop naming nuts!" And Hubert used to be able to make the sound, he couldn't talk, but he'd go "rrrawr rrawr" and that sounded like Macadamia nut. Pine nut, which is a nut, but it's also the name of a town. Pistachio nut. Red pistachio nut. Natural, all natural white pistachio nut." --Harlan Pepper, Best in Show 

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

"I've been trying this new fat free diet I invented. All I've had to eat for the past six days are gummy bears, jelly beans, and candy corns." - Romy & Michele's High School Reunion, a.k.a. the movie version of a bubble bath after a long day.

Albert Nurick
Albert Nurick

"You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France?" - Samuel L Jackson, Pulp Fiction

Bruce R
Bruce R

You've got to like Joe Pesce's "They f#@k you at the drive thru."  It's funny because it's true.

Jennifer
Jennifer

Love. Love. Love. 'If you get tired, pull over.  Ya get hungry- eat sumpin"

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