The Oscars are here!

The Oscars are here!

With the Oscars coming up on Sunday let’s have a look at some classic American movies that give insight into American culture.

Here is a list of four famous American movie quotes that everyone should know:

  1. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

    Roy Scheider in Jaws (1975).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gciFoEbOA8

Da Dun. Da Dun. The movie JAWS might be most memorable for its theme song, but along with the dramatic score comes a slew of famous quotes. You might hear “you’re gonna need a bigger boat” when you’re up against an obstacle and find yourself underestimating your opponent (like a shark big enough to eat the small boat that has set out to catch it!).

  1. “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

    Marlon Brando in The Godfather (1972).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeldwfOwuL8

The Godfather is a classic: Marlon Brando plays Don Corleone, a powerful businessman who will go to any length to protect his family. This quote refers to making an offer that won’t be turned down, either because it is that appealing or, as in Marlon Brando’s case, because you won’t take no for an answer!

  1. “Houston, we have a problem.”

    Tom Hanks in Apollo 13 (1995).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAmsi05P9Uw

Perhaps one of the most quoted movie lines of all time, “Houston, we have a problem” fits into any situation where something is not going as planned. For example, you might say “Houston, we have a problem,” if you’re taking a road trip and the car won’t start!

Note: If you’re unfamiliar with the city, Houston is where NASA’s space center is located.

  1. “Momma always said ‘Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.’’

    Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump (1994).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWzrIX5l0vc

Forrest Gump is a simple character full of wise advice. “Life is like a box of chocolates” is a popular saying to describe how unpredictable life can be (and also often causes debate as to whether our paths in life are predetermined, but that’s a different discussion).