Character Recites Film Title in Dialogue

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  1. Neil Anderson

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    my favorite part of the Brosnan James Bond movies is the part where James Bond says the title of the movie.
     
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  2. S. P. Honeybunch

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    We have to distinguish between a title that has a character's name and title that is a phrase. A phrase is more of a dramatic element than a character's name.
     
  3. Scowl

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    "You can say anything to me."
     
  4. Scowl

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    Maybe the idea here is that the title of the film isn't clear until someone says it?

    "I'm your history teacher from now on. We will discuss current events. We will call this class American History... X."

    "Do you like quotes, Alex? You know, like, famous quotes? I find reading them inspirational. In my reading I've come across some you might like... the quote goes, 'How happy is the blameless vestal's lot / The world forgetting by the world forgot / Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind / Each prayer accepted and each wish resigned.'"
     
  5. Honey Bunches of Sadness

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    I presume you're referring to this?:

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    I don't recall that line of dialogue. But it's been decades since I saw the film.
     
  6. S. P. Honeybunch

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    Should a character necessarily have to speak the title for understanding the movie? Is the director dumbing things down by feeling the need to insert the title into the dialogue? There's nothing wrong with speaking the title unless the director or screenwriter is trying to awkwardly force the issue.
     
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  8. HaileyMcComet

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    In the opening scene of The Godfather, Marlon Brando says, "You don't even think to call me Godfather."

    The movie turned out OK anyway.
     
  9. S. P. Honeybunch

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    True, but 'Godfather" isn't a profound or complex title that signifies meaning beyond the name of a character. We have to separate a title that simply mentions the name of a character with titles that convey deeper meanings and mysteries.
     
  10. swandown

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    "Robocop 2" and "Wayne's World 2" -- yes, the characters actually said "two"!
     
  11. Big Jimbo

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    I think it is only in the title card in the beginning although in the novel Scarlett muses whether Tara was still standing or was it gone with the wind that swept through Georgia (Sherman’s army). It comes from a poem “Non sum quails eram bonae Sub Rega Cynare” by Ernest Dowson 1867-1900. Margaret Mitchell thought of calling the book “Tomorrow is another day” or “Bugles sang true”. A couple of phrases from Dowson in his poems have come to be remembered: “Days of Wine and Roses” and “I have been faithful…in my fashion”.

    I guess Blofield telling James Bond “You only live twice” kind of explains the title although the movie is pretty flawed
     
  12. ex_mixer

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    I read an interview with Penn Jillette many years ago where he described a weekly Friday night get together with his buddies. They would meet at the Howard Johnson's in Times Square for a late dinner and then hit a Midnight movie screening. Any time a character in the movie would say the title of the film the entire group would stand and give a brief standing ovation. :D I find these "title drops" to be amusing and not necessarily a sign of a stinker....

    Here's a link to a video montage of 150 movie "title drops"....

    Video: 150 Film Characters Saying The Title Of The Movie They're In
     
  13. Captain Groovy

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    "This is an easy gig. It's a Midnight Run for chrissakes!" - Moscone (Bail Bonds)

    Of course, it turns out to be anything but.

    Fantastic film. Line makes perfect sense.
     
  14. MrJerry1876

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    In Weird Al Yankovic's UHF, characters say it twice.
    Uncle Harvey says it early on (when he won the station)
    "It's a little UHF station on the edge of town..."
    It's just him describing the TV station.

    And Fletcher says it in anger towards the end, putting emphasis on the fact that it is just a small, local TV station:
    "Because of some fly-by-night UHF station. A UHF station!"
    Again, it's him describing the station.
    These lines don't enhance the film or detract anything from it.

    Also, there's the song at the end, but I don't count that.
     
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  15. MrJerry1876

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    In Solo: A Star Wars Story, an imperial officer writes "Solo" in Han's imperial application because he doesn't have a last name and he is alone.
    "Han..." punches keys on the computer, "Solo."
    This is rather early on in the movie. It is also emphasized, and seems a bit corny. When people say it later, it's normal.
     
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  18. Maurice

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    Anyone else reminded of this very silly Family Guy scene?



    Not just the Brosnan ones. Off the top of my head, there are a couple of them in the Roger Moore films too. In For Your Eyes Only, along with the secret dossier stamped with the title phrase that Bond gets in his briefing, there's the sultry "For your eyes only darling" the Bond girl says to him at the end before she strips off. And in A View To A Kill, there's even a shared one when Christopher Walken's Zorin and Grace Jones's May Day are on his blimp and have this exchange:

    May Day: [overlooking San Francisco bay from the blimp] Wow. What a view!
    Zorin: To a kill!


    I have a hunch there are others.
     
  19. misterjones

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    The first thing that occurred to me. Nice closure for the film. Until then, one is never entirely sure why the film has that title. There are hints earlier, of course, and one might have to put them all together to see the meaning most clearly (e.g., at 1:32 in the following).

     
  20. Matt Richardson

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    Kirk Douglas/Ace in the Hole
     
  21. glennzo

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    Taken (skip to 0:22)

     
  22. HaileyMcComet

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    I don't remember reading anything like that in the opening post.
     
  23. S. P. Honeybunch

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