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14 Most Iconic Heroic Action Movie Lines of the 1980s

If there’s one film genre that has reverence for the one-liner, it’s action. Sure, Freddy Krueger can dish out a quip or two, but when it comes down to it there’s nobody better than Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, or Jason Statham.

Even Steven Seagal can get a decent line in every now and then. By this point in time, when there’s an action movie hero—especially one who has appeared in a prior film—it’s pretty much stone-cold (Steve Austin) they’re going to be spouting a one-liner at someone who’s about to catch a bullet.

14 “Two Days Ago, I Saw A Vehicle That Would Haul That Tanker. You Want to Get Out of Here? You Talk to Me.” — The Road Warrior (1981)

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There are a few lines in the second-best Mad Max movie, The Road Warrior, that have become as inextricably linked to South Park as they have the source. For instance, Max’s calmly delivered offer to a group of struggling innocents, perpetually surrounded by brutal road-traversing gangs.
Like the aforementioned gangs, Max is a wanderer in the now-decimated world. But, he has at least a moderately-present code of ethics. So, when he sternly delivers his proposal (it’s more of a trade than an act of altruism), both his audience and the theatrical audience know he’s serious, and there’s little chance he’ll mess them over. That’s an action hero…just a very internally conflicted one (hard not to be after most of the Earth’s population has been eradicated).

13 “Call Me Snake.” — Snake Plissken in Escape from New York (1981)

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John Carpenter’s Escape from New York is without a doubt one of the most atmospheric action films, 1980s or otherwise. And Snake Plissken…Oh, Snake Plissken, what a character.
If ever there were a protagonist in a film who couldn’t give less of a solitary s**t, it’s Kurt Russell’s lead in Escape from New York. This attitude holds stable in the sequel, Escape from L.A., but whereas New York was clever and well-written, L.A. was simply too much. That said, in both films, Russell plays both the ultimate unwilling protagonist and the ultimate unwitting protagonist. No one is honest with Snake, and that’s probably the very word he uses when thinking of their chosen levels of honesty. So, he might as well be just as elusive and unpredictable with them. Just cut through the pretense and call him Snake.

12 “It’s Not the Years, Honey, It’s the Mileage.” — Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark is a marvel, a rarity in which every element clicks exactly as it should. But it wouldn’t be that way were it not for Harrison Ford in the role of Indiana Jones.
Jones needs to be cool, regardless of the situation. Whether it’s a rolling bolder or a sword-twirling assassin, he’s a cucumber. Not one human on the planet in 1981 (or, really, now) could do that better than Ford. He was nearly 40 when the original Indy came out, but “It’s not the years, it’s the mileage.” And, even if just viewed as Indy, Ford has gotten much more mileage over the years.
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11 “I Don’t Think You Understand. I Didn’t Come to Rescue Rambo from You. I Came Here to Rescue You from Him.” — First Blood (1982)

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The first Rambo movie, First Blood, probably isn’t what the layman has in mind when the character’s name is brought up. They’re thinking of one of the sequels, particularly the second or third.
But the original film still has that one-man-versus-an-army vibe, it’s just kept at a realistic level as opposed to its successors’ increasingly ludicrous nature. It also has Richard Crenna’s Colonel Sam Trautman delivering one of cinema’s best “No…it’s You who’s in trouble” line. Specifically, the ignorant Sheriff William Teasle is in a tent, fog coasting in from all sides as he plans his next sadistic move to bring down the heroic veteran (mostly to cover his own butt). Trautman confidently enters and, after a brief fruitless conversation with the arrogant sheriff, the veteran tells the man the truth: He is not the one with the upper hand, and lying to himself about that won’t do a darn thing.

10 “Go Ahead, Make My Day.” — Sudden Impact (1983)

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The original, and best, Dirty Harry has the best monologue of the franchise, without a doubt. Harry Callahan stands over a robber (played by Albert Popwell, who would play different characters in four of the five Dirty Harry films), gun in hand and says “.44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya…punk?”
It’s an absolutely amazing line, but it’s pretty darn far from heroic. That said, his other iconic line, in the fourth film, Sudden Impact, is much more in line with the standard vernacular of the action hero. Specifically, while in a restaurant, Harry faces off with another armed criminal; He too, of course is armed, and calmly growls “Go ahead, make my day.”

9 “Come with Me if You Want to Live.” — The Terminator (1984)

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The Terminator is an action movie that functions as a slasher, and like all slashers it has a body count. But there’s someone standing in the way of that body count getting any higher (at least higher by one), and that’s future soldier Kyle Reese.
Reese, like the T-800, has come back in time. But, whereas the T-800 has the goal of killing Sarah Connor, Reese has the intention of saving her or die trying. He does both, all thanks to gaining Connor’s trust with the line “Come with me if you want to live.” Hard to say no to that after seeing a seven-foot tall man shoot up a nightclub and survive a shotgun blast.

8 “You’re A Funny Guy, Sully, I Like You. That’s Why I’m Going to Kill You Last.” — John Matrix in Commando (1985)

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Arnold Schwarzenegger mostly sticks to action movies. And, as far as straightforward action movies go, Commando ranks high, and not just in his filmography.
Every story beat that should be hit (kidnapping, shootouts at a compound, drugs, mercenaries) is hit, and hit well. This is at least partially owed to the script by Steven E. de Souza, which is way smarter than it’s given credit for. It’s a script that knows what its audience wants, and it gives it to them. Take, for instance, John Matrix’s several interactions with Sully, played to smarmy perfection by The Warriors and John Wick’s David Patrick Kelly. First, he promises to kill the jerk last. Then, he reveals he lied, and let’s Sully take a tumble off a mountain.

7 “Let Off Some Steam, Bennett.” — John Matrix in Commando (1985)

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Commando is one of the definitive silly action movies, and the silliness extends to its sadistic villains. Sully is silly in his own right, because he’s just a low-level crook with a high opinion of himself.
But then there’s Vernon Wells’ Bennett, a former ally of John Matrix’s who now has an almost sexually-related desire to drag a knife across Matrix’s neck. He constantly tells Matrix how much he wants to kill him, but no Genie ever arrives to grant him his wish. In fact, quite the opposite.

6 “Get Away from Her, You Bi***!” — Aliens (1986)

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Almost certainly the most iconic line of an already iconic franchise, Aliens’ “Get away from her, you b****” is a chunk of dialogue that’s often brought up. This includes in other movies, such as Scream 2.
Sigourney Weaver was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in Aliens, which is simultaneously a testament to the strength of her performance just as much as it is a slight against the Academy’s bias against genre films. Weaver’s Ripley has gone from survivor to warrior mother, and the fact that her arc feels so organic throughout the film helps her iconic line in the climax feel much the same. The Queen Xenomorph is headed right for “Newt,” but then the elevator doors slide open and out steps Ripley with a firm command from one mother to another: “Get away from her, you bi***!”

5 “You’re A Disease, and I’m the Cure.” — Cobra (1986)

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A solid short action movie with zero filler, Cobra features Sylvester Stallone at the top of his game. This hold true even if the script isn’t as up to the task as he is. Really, the best performance of the film is Brian Thompson’s preposterously underrated work in the villainous role of the Night Slasher.
Could Thompson have gotten away with just looking incredibly intimidating, but once he dives into his empassioned third-act, metal factory monologue it’s clear he has as much control of the room as the ultra-confident Marion Cobretti. The Night Slasher doesn’t care if he lives or dies, and he outright invites his main foe to join him in the third act. Such a boisterous and sadistic villain requires an equally confident adversary, and “Cobra” makes it clear in the opening scene he’s just that, when he tells a convenience store robber “You’re a disease and I’m the cure.”

4 “Dead or Alive, You’re Coming With Me!” — RoboCop (1987)

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Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop is one of the 1980s’ most quotable films, action or otherwise, and this extends to the hero just as it does the film’s villains. For every “Can you fly, Bobby?” or “I’m cashing you out, Bob.” there’s a “Your move, creep.” or, a little more often, “Dead or alive, you’re coming with me.”
The world of RoboCop is one packed with brutal violence, blown-up storefronts, one-liners, and commentary on society at large. Every filmmaking aspect works just as well as every other, but it’s just that much more effective for giving audiences not one but at least four legitimately iconic lines.

3 “Yippee-Ki-Yay, Motherf*****!” — Die Hard (1988)

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John McTiernan’s Die Hard is perhaps the most efficient and entertaining straightforward action film out there, and it’s as much a blast now as it ever was. At the very least, it’s the best Christmas action movie, even over Lethal Weapon.
One thing is for absolute sure, “Yippee-Ki-Yay, Motherf*****!” is the definitive action film line. To not have repeated it in the underrated Die Hard 2 (not to mention the other three sequels) would have been to commit a travesty. It’s the type of line that’s unique to the protagonist the audience is spending time with (AKA growing to love). He’ll put his life on the line for others, and every now and then he just might catch himself having some fun while doing so.

2 “I’m Batman.” — Batman (1989)

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Anticipation was at a fever pitch for Tim Burton’s Batman, but there was skepticism regarding whether comedic actor Michael Keaton could pull off the role. With two words in the opening scene, he answered that question.
It’s nighttime in Gotham City and two crooks have just committed a robbery. A shadowy figure approaches from behind, listening to their conversation (which just so happens to be about him). Before long, one crook is unconscious and the other is being held over the side of a building. He asks, “Who are you?” with a shaking voice. The reply is much calmer: “I’m Batman.”
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1 “I’m Gonna Take You to the Bank, Senator Trent…The Blood Bank.” — Hard to Kill (1990)

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Fine, so Hard to Kill is a ’90s movie, but it was a February 1990 movie. So, at the very least, it was shot in the 1980s. It certainly feels like a 1980s movie (as evidenced by the participation of Weird Science sex symbol Kelly LeBrock).
The thing about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s one-liners is they’re typically either well-written and slightly related to the narrative, or they’re so outlandish they’re a hoot. The closest Seagal ever came to matching that level of creativity was his threat to a television, currently showing the sinister Senator Vernon Trent (a wonderful but underutilized William Sadler). Naturally, the Senator delves into cliché every now and then, but his most over-used phrase is “You can take that to the bank.” Seagal’s Detective Mason Storm has a similar suggestion, just with a bit more lead.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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