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Twitter Users Ponder their Most Used Coen Brothers Phrase

By Petr Knava | Social Media | February 9, 2021 |

By Petr Knava | Social Media | February 9, 2021 |


I absolutely adore the films of the Coen Brothers. I didn’t care much for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, but No Country For Old Men, Burn After Reading, The Big Lebowski, and Fargo are some of my favourite films of all time; and Inside Llewyn Davis, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, A Serious Man, Hail, Cesar!, and Barton Fink are right up there in the next level of appreciation.

One of the greatest things about even the lesser Coen films is the sheer volume of quotable characters that they are populated by. The filmmakers have a way of creating these outsized, eccentric, ludicrous personalities, and of casting actors who can play them while seemingly effortlessly delivering the Coens’ oft-ornate dialogue, that when it comes to quotable moments, it all leads to an embarrassment of riches.

Twitter pondered this question yesterday when Joe Garden tweeted the following prompt:

My brain jumped straight to two films: No Country For Old Men, and Burn After Reading—the latter of which I gushed over a few years ago here. Two movies that are in many ways the polar opposites of one another, yet which share many strands of DNA—a creative pattern that the Coen Brothers love to return to frequently. No Country and Burn also share a panoply of quotable characters and moments, and they were the ones I immediately thought of in response to Garden’s prompt. Chad Feldheimer’s, ‘Secure your shit.’ Or the Burn After Reading’s lawyer, ‘Because here’s a man… Here’s a man practised in deceit.’ Or simply Anton Chigurh’s, ‘Friendo.’ Or Llewelyn Moss’, ‘Ain’t got no agua.’ Or indeed the pitch perfect Desert Aire Manager from No Country: ‘Did you not hear me? We can’t give out no information.’

Here’s how Twitter responded to Garden’s prompt:

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Petr is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.

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