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The 15 Greatest Scenery-Chewing ALL CAPS Lines in Cinema History

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | August 5, 2013 | Comments ()


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Last week, I had the pleasure to watch Bill Paxton in full on Chet Donnelly mode basically strutting through 2 Guns “chewing the dicks off the scenery.” I am an immense fan of a good scenery chew, especially when it’s a good actor who sees ALL CAPS in the screenplay and just gasket-blows through the line like a bat shot out of Meatloaf’s ass. If you’re going to go over the top, GO. OVER. THE. TOP. Deliver that line like you’re trying to yell out a molar anchored into the back of your throat. A great actor can not only take a huge munch out the scenery and win an Oscar for it, he or she can can create an iconic ALL CAPS line.

I like a good ALL CAPS line, y’all. Here’s my 15 favorites:

15. Jeff Bridges in Iron Man: TONY STARK WAS ABLE TO BUILD THIS IN A CAVE. WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS.

14. Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove: MEIN FUHRER I CAN WALK.

13. Eli Roth in Inglorious Basterds: TEDDY FUCKING WILLIAMS HITS IT OUT OF THE PARK

12. Cate Blanchett in Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring: ALL SHALL LOVE ME AND DESPAIR.

11. Willem Dafoe in Boondock Saints: THERE WAS A FIRE FIIIIIGHT.

10. Tom Hiddleston in Thor: TELL MEEEE.

9. Terence Stamp in Superman II: KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!

8. Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire: STELLAAAAAA

7. Darth Vadar in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Mark Hamill in Empire Strikes Back: NOOOOOOOO.

6. Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood: I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE. I DRINK IT UP.

5. William Shatner in Star Trek 2: KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN.

4. Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes: GODDAMN YOU. GODDAMN YOU ALL TO HELL.

3. Mel Gibson in Braveheart: FREEEEDOOOOOMMMMMM.

2. Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest: NOOOO WIIIIIRE HAAAAANGERS


1. Nic Cage in Wicker Man: NOT THE BEES. NO. NOT THE BEES.



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  • Manuel

    "YOU ARE NOT YOUNG!" Dench in Notes on a Scandal

    "GO BACK TO YOUR RATHOLE!" Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age

    " IM DYING IN THIS TOWN!" Kidman in The Hours

    " ALL RIGHT. WAR!" Close in Dangerous Liaisons

    "SUCK MY DICK!" Demi Moore in G.I.Jane

  • Stephanie

    John Goodman in "The Big Lebowski" - "AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO GIVES A SHIT ABOUT THE RULES??"

  • Sofia

    All of Black Swan.

  • What a glorious list. This is why I like life.

  • Andrew Hamm

    Al Pacino in "Heat." " 'CAUSE SHE GOT A GREAT ASS. AND YOU GOT YOUR HEAD ALL THE WAY UP IT."

  • Andrew Hamm

    Gary Oldman in "The Professional:" "EVERYONE!!!!!!"

  • I'm getting here late, so:

    There can be only one - Gary Oldman in "The Professional"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Calla Dain

    Hands down, the best.

  • Conor

    Pacino in "Heat".

    "She's got a GRRRREAT ASS! And you've got your head ALL THE WAY UP IT!"

  • Fabius_Maximus
  • Gord Reid

    This.

  • Paisley Poppins

    He made me WAAAAATTCCHHHH

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • ,
  • Captain Ron Swanson

    "GET ME A MAP OF LOUISIANA!" - Ed Harris in The Firm

  • SmokinLiketheJoker

    THE BEEEEEEES. NOT THE BEEEEESSSSS. Good list and good number one. Im still not sure if Nicholas Cage is a brilliant actor or what.

  • ,

    Maybe somebody already mentioned it (93 comments here, and I have things to do), but:

    "IS THAT MY DAUGHTER IN THERE? IS THAT MY DAUGHTER IN THERE?"

    Sean Penn, "Mystic River"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • I couldn't take him seriously in that movie, he was so goddamn over the top.

  • Mrs. Julien

    That scene was very compelling though.

  • dammitdamian

    Star Wars Revenge of The Sith should be exorcised from the list. It's a terrible, terrible movie and a terrible terrible scene.

  • Another one of my favorites, if only because of how terrible that whole fucking movie is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

    YOU BETRAYED THE LAW!
    LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW!

    Oh, Armand Assante. You needed an Oscar for that.

  • Benderman

    Yeah that's a great one.

  • Morgan_LaFai

    If you are going to include Vader's, "Nooo!" from new *blech* Star Wars you should include Spock's "Khaaan!" from new Star Trek. Was it as good as the original? No, not even close. But was it infinetly better at capturing the moment than Vader's moment? Why yes, yes it was. Much better. Thanks for asking.

  • I kept scrolling down and scrolling and not seeing THE BEES AAAGH AAAAAGH NOT THE BEES KILLING ME WON'T BRING BACK YOUR FUCKING HONEY!!! and then I *knew* it had to be #1.

    You like a lot of terrible things, Dustin, but sometimes you just get it right.

  • nrvs

    Last one...
    THERE IS A STORM COMING!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • nrvs

    "YOU'RE an inanimate FUCKING object"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • nrvs

    FUCK YOU, THAT'S MY NAME!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • nrvs

    Pail Hackett (Griffin Dunne): WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME!? I'M JUST A WORD PROCESSOR!

    (Couldn't find it on youtube)

  • crackblind

    NO, THE DEFINITION OF IDIOT WHICH YOU FUCKING ARE!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • DeaconG

    The Planet Of The Apes line was much better with what was left out of the clip:
    "YOU MANIACS! YOU BLEW IT UP! AH, DAMN YOU! GOD...DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!"

    I saw this movie in the theatre when it came out, and that line with the shot of what was left of the Statue of Liberty gave me the creeps for days...

  • Don Juan de Markup

    Jules: Say! "what"! again! I dare you! I double-dare you, motherfucker! Say "what" one more goddamn time!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

    Hans Gruber: I am an exceptional thief, Mrs. McClane.

  • howl

    You're tearing me apart, Dustin.

  • e jerry powell

    That #2 was a nice counterpoint to my movie of choice last night.

  • TheOtherGreg
  • Uriah_Creep

    50% of the dialogue in "300" would have been in ALL CAPS.

    FOR TONIGHT, WE DINE IN HELL!

  • BiblioGlow

    Fun fact: The scenery that Jeff Bridges is chewing on in Iron Man? The "I'm sorry, I'm not Tony Stark" guy?
    Ralphie from A Christmas Story.

  • emmalita

    Very cool fun fact.

  • foolsage

    "ENOUGH! YOU ARE, ALL OF YOU, BENEATH ME! I AM A GOD, YOU DULL CREATURE, AND I WILL NOT BE BULLIED BY..."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Archie Leach

    Where's Gunnery Sergeant Hartman shitting on Private Pyle?

  • Obst N. Gemuse

    "ARE YOU NOT AMUSED?!"

    Though I forget which movie that's from, it's a zinger.

  • Professor Sara

    Russ Le Roq in Gladiator, maybe?

  • TheEmpress

    Do you mean, "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?"

  • Sara_Tonin00

    When John Oliver did that last week on The Daily Show I busted a gut laughing.

  • Wigamer

    I teach JH English and will now play the Cate Blanchett/Galadriel clip when I need to whip those little snots into place.
    ETA
    "WHAT'S IN THE BOX?"

  • oilybohunk7

    I'd say "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!"

  • PDamian

    "Locksley! I'll cut your heart out with a spoon!"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

    Alan Rickman is one of the all-time great scene chewers.

  • Jifaner

    He is the best. I love that movie so damn much, mainly for his role.

  • "Why a spoon, cousin?"
    "Because it's dull, you twit, IT'LL HURT MORE!!"

  • DeltaJuliet

    Love, love, love it. So quotable. I think I saw that movie 20 years ago and there are still lines that I walk around saying. Mostly Rickman's, of course.

  • damnitjanet

    Am I the only person who HAAAAAATED There Will Be Blood? Because, I hated it.

  • Bea Pants

    I hated the movie and I hate Daniel Day Lewis's acting style.

  • ljridley

    No. You are not the only one.

  • Scully

    NO CAPES!

  • Tinkerville

    "I'M NOT SHOUTING! ALL RIGHT I AM. I'M SHOUTING, I'M SHOUTING, I'M-- "
    -- Clue.

  • Ian Fay

    Cowboy Near Dark Bill Paxton is best Paxton.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

    Discuss.

  • Slash

    He is great in that movie.

  • puppetDoug

    I'ma letchufinish, but Gary Oldman screaming "EVERYONE!" in Leon is the best ALLCAPS LINE of ALLCAPS TIME

  • puppetDoug

    It was already said, but on my work abacus it took me ten minutes just to scroll down to the comments. Either way, I smell another supercut that needs to happen.

  • Bea Pants

    I can't believe Sally Field's graveside scene from Steel Magnolias didn't make the list.

    "I'M FIIIIIIINNNE!!"

  • FOUR STONES GETS YOU FOUR CRATES, BUT ZERO STONES, ZERO CRATES!!

    http://youtu.be/1yXTzj_Acos

  • Sara_Tonin00

    That's what I'm talking about.

  • John W

    "WHAT HE MEANS IS OLD TESTAMENT, MR MAYOR, REAL WRATH OF GOD TYPE STUFF! FIRE AND BRIMSTONE COMING DOWN FROM THE SKIES! RIVERS AND SEAS BOILING!"

    "THE DEAD RISING FROM THE GRAVES!"

    "HUMAN SACRIFICES, DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER...MASS HYSTERIA!"

  • Thanks so much! I was thinking "this chick is TOAST!" but these are great lines, too.
    Actually this whole movie is ridiculously quotable. "Four FEET above the covers..." "Ray. What DID YOU DO, RAY?"

  • John W

    WHEN SOMEONE ASK YOU IF YOU'RE A GOD, YOU SAY YES!

  • "Ghostbusters. WADDYA WANT?" followed by "WE GOT ONE!"

  • damnitjanet

    Hell to the yes.

  • Giroux IA

    "That's one big twinkie."

  • John W

    "I WANT THE TRUTH!"

    "YOU CAN"T HANDLE THE TRUTH!"

  • Maguita NYC

    No Jack Nicholson on the list!

    Tom Cruise's "Respect the C*ck and tame the C You Next Tuesday" - from seduce and destroy in Magnolia was great!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • meadowdancer

    Gary Oldman should be on this list WTF Pajiba?

  • NateMan

    I actually prefer Hiddleston's "Mewling quim" speech from Avengers for scene chewing.

  • Rooks

    Did you guys already see this nifty Loki gif about this exact scene? http://i.imgur.com/g1Fwmqi.gif

    Also...
    HELLO! MY NAME IS INIGO MONTOYA!! YOU KILLED MY FATHER! PREPARE TO DIE!!!

  • Guest

    National Lampoon's Vacation "SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP. MOVE OUT OF THAT SEAT AGAIN AND I'LL SPLIT YOUR LIP"

  • delle

    YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

  • No one chews scenery like Jack.

    HEEEERE'S JOHNNY!

  • Nessun

    It's not the best on the list, I admit, but Dafoe's line in Boondock Saints gives me goosebumps every time.

  • John W

    "IT AIN'T THE WAY I WANTED IT! I CAN HANDLE THINGS! I'M SMART! NOT LIKE EVERYBODY SAYS...DUMB..I'M SMART AND I WANT RESPECT!"
    Fredo Corleone.

  • Some Guy

    Well, in Whoville they say,
    Fredo Corleone's balls grew three sizes that day.

    Such a great actor.

  • John W

    I was waiting to see who was number 1 and yep I agree.

  • el_mediocre

    No Pacino kinda makes the list invalid for me. I mean, isn't this literally what people pay him to do in their films now?

  • Mrs. Julien

    As opposed to the quiet menace of threatening Connie with his disappointment in Godfather II.

  • Horatio Postlethwaite

    INCONCEIVABLE!!

  • Horatio Postlethwaite

    The Vader NOOOO from Episode 3 was not great. It was awful.

  • meadowdancer

    LMAO I was just about to say that.

  • Jakesalterego

    She's got a GREAT ASS! And you got your head ALL THE WAY UP IT!

  • PDamian

    Love this line, but what's it from?

  • Benderman

    Heat

  • Jakesalterego

    Al Pacino says it in Heat.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I should have scrolled down.

    [doffs cap]

  • Kristen Mc

    Me too......

  • Natallica

    ENGLISH, MOTHERFUCKER, DO YOU SPEAK IT?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    What?

  • Julie Chase

    :bang:

  • lowercase_see

    You can't fight in here! This is the war room!

  • Joe Grunenwald

    There's a pretty good "NOOOOO" from Obi-Wan in Episode I, too, if you want to include all Star Wars NOOOOOOOs.

  • Giroux IA

    The added Vader "no" in ROTJ makes baby jesus cry.

  • Stallonewolf
  • NoSenseOfPorpoise

    Yes. This.

  • Helo

    If Bill Paxton chewed the dicks of scenery, Oldman's yapper's got a side of scrotum somewhere in there.

  • damnitjanet

    Thank you. I was going to post this, but thought SOMEONE had to have beat me to it.

  • John W

    You win. I forgot about this gem.

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