Wednesday, June 28, 2006

One of my favorite movie scenes

Here's a snippet from a great film. Can you name it? (note: the dashed lines indicate a small edit):

King Arthur: Old woman.
Dennis: Man.
King Arthur: Man, sorry. What knight lives in that castle over there?
Dennis: I'm 37.
King Arthur: What?
Dennis: I'm 37. I'm not old.
King Arthur: Well I can't just call you "man".
Dennis: Well you could say "Dennis".
King Arthur: I didn't know you were called Dennis.
Dennis: Well you didn't bother to find out did you?
King Arthur: I did say sorry about the "old woman", but from behind you looked...
Dennis: What I object to is you automatically treat me like an inferior.
King Arthur: Well I am king.
Dennis: Oh, king eh? Very nice. And how'd you get that, eh? By exploiting the workers. By hanging on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society.

King Arthur: I am your king.
Woman: Well I didn't vote for you.
King Arthur: You don't vote for kings.
Woman: Well how'd you become king then?
[Angelic music plays... ]
King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.
Dennis: [interrupting] Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

Dennis: Oh, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.

Dennis: Oh but if I went 'round sayin' I was Emperor, just because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away.

Dennis: Come and see the violence inherent in the system. Help! Help! I'm being repressed!
King Arthur: Bloody peasant!
Dennis: Oh, what a giveaway! Did you hear that? Did you hear that, eh? That's what I'm on about! Did you see him repressing me? You saw him, Didn't you?


Rinda Elliott said...

Well, it wouldn't be fair for me to answer since I've blogged about this being one of my favorites. (g)

Kelli McBride said...

I am writing a midterm exam for my World Lit class, and one of the questions is: What quest is Jason, Medea's husband, famous for? One of the choices is: Defeating the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannogg. I was going to write: Lobbing the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. I wonder if any of them will get it. ;-)

Rinda Elliott said...

LOL!!!!!! Man, does Ammanda like --oops-- this movie? We should get together and watch. I wish my husband would finish our movie room. We could always meet at Ammanda's. heh heh

Michele said...

This smacks of Python.
I've not seen it enough to quote it, but darn if this isn't as funny if not.
"I'm being repressed" *giggle*

Betty S said...

"Holy Grail" and "Life of Bryan" are two of my favorite movies ever.

Betty S said...

Let's watch them. Drink wine. And laugh till we hurt.

Kelli McBride said...

Two of my friends know Monty Python so well, that whenever we get together to party (one's a teacher at SSC and the other is married to a teacher), inevitably, someone mentions Python, and the two of them start dialoging. It's hilarious!

When I get back from Mexico, we'll try to get together for this. Oh, and the Barbara Cartland movie marathon as well. ;-)

Rinda Elliott said...

Barbara Carland movies???? Have to think on that one.

My sisters and I do the dialogue to the Holy Grail. My family used to get together just to rewatch the movie.