The Telegraph has collected a gallery of memorable closing lines in films. The list includes:
Humphrey Bogart to Claude Rains at the end of CASABLANCA: “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
Christopher Lloyd to Michael J. Fox in BACK TO THE FUTURE: “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”
Anthony Hopkins to Jodie Foster in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS: “I do wish we could chat longer, but… I’m having an old friend for dinner. Bye.”
Kevin Spacey in THE USUAL SUSPECTS: “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. And like that – poof – he’s gone!”
Joe Mantell to Jack Nicholson in CHINATOWN: “Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.”
Paul Newman to Robert Redford in BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID: “Oh Good. For a moment there, I thought we were in trouble.”
Bill Murray to Andie McDowell in GROUNDHOG DAY: “It’s so beautiful. Let’s live here! We’ll rent to start.”
Gloria Swanson in SUNSET BOULEVARD: “You see, this is my life. It always will be! There’s nothing else – just us – and the cameras – and those wonderful people out there in the dark. All right, Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my close-up.”
David Thomson, writing in the New Republic, loves ALL IS LOST.
“All Is Lost is amazing, deeply moving…It is an adventure and an epic with one person. I am warning you that it may win Best Picture, and that its one person, Robert Redford, deserves what has never come to him before, an Oscar for best actor.
It “is an archetypal role that other actors might have handled—De Niro, Nicholson, John Wayne, Gary Cooper. But Redford has the part, and he is as noble, vulnerable, and harrowed as Cooper at his best. … He shows huge, innate skill in letting us share in what the man is feeling.
“I’m warning you. This is greatness, beautiful but unsettling— At moments … All Is Lost becomes a metaphor for brave spirits in a crushingly organized life. You will be as drained when you see it as you have ever been at a movie…Just when one worries whether a large, crowd-pleasing American film can still contain resonant ideas, here comes such a thing. ”
Read the review here.
Review from Cannes: “exceptional performance” – “impressive one man show” – “exuding charisma” – “plays role with utter naturalism.” Virtually dialogue free. Here is the review.