Quotable Arnold

By Andreas

Finally seeing The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day back to back got me thinking. Not about the danger of killer robots (though that is a pretty big deal), but about the sheer quantity of unforgettable movie lines that have passed through Arnold Schwarzenegger’s thickly accented lips. Obvious examples from the Terminator movies include “I’ll be back!”, “Come with me if you want to live!”, “Hasta la vista, baby!”, and the one in the image above.

But even when he’s not an unstoppable killing machine, Arnold still has a way with words. For all his failings as an actor (and a human being), he can certainly make otherwise insignificant turns of phrase stick in your head. Coming out of any normal actor’s mouth, “Fuck you, asshole!” would smack of gratuitous vulgarity. Arnold’s unique enunciation makes it funny and convincing—here’s a man who’s visibly straining to use the English language. Whether he’s in an action movie or a bad Ivan Reitman comedy, he gives such excessive passion to his line readings.

In honor of the Governator’s superhuman quotability, I welcome you to vote for your favorite line. Or, if you have other favorites, leave them in the comments below! (Here’s a video compilation if you need ideas.)

Thanks for participating! I’ll announce the results a week from today.


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7 responses to “Quotable Arnold

  1. I can’t believe that “To drive your enemies before you, to crush them, and to hear the lamentation of the women” isn’t on the poll! Talk about iconic.

    That said, my own favorite is “You should not drink…and bake,” from Raw Deal.

    • I wanted to start out with six quotes and build from there with suggestions… honestly, the main reason I didn’t have line initially is because I’ve never seen Conan the Barbarian! However, it is now an option.

  2. Obviously every line from BATMAN & ROBIN is my favorite movie line, so this was an easy choice!

    I totally, unabashedly love Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, and the TERMINATOR series is probably my favorite. Mostly because I like looking at Sarah Connor’s GUNS.

    • That’s a very valid reason. And one of the few advantages that T2 has over the original, which I thought was superior in most respects. (Include in its lack of Edward Furlong.)

  3. I wrote in “You should not drink…and bake” from Raw Deal. Almost went with ‘C’mon, I’m here! Kill me, I’m here!” from Predator, because it’s the first thing that happens when I slip into Ahnold voice.

    Of the ones listed, I’d probably go with the choppah. Predator FTW.

    • I’m ashamed to say I still haven’t seen Predator, especially after it ranked so high in FMWL’s March Midnight Madness competition. But “Get to the choppah!” is still hilarious.

      Oh, and FYI: the other write-in vote (so far) was “See you at the party, Richter!” from when he kills Michael Ironside in Total Recall.

  4. “Get your ass to Mars!” (Total Recall)
    “Let’s Party!” (Commando)
    “Remember, Solly, when i said I would kill you last? I lied!” (Commando)
    “I let him go” (Commando)
    “If it bleeds, we can kill it!” (Predator)

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