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'Furious 7': Can you distinguish the film and famous writers?

The dialogue of the souped-up 'Furious 7' is filled with unexpected gems

The new movie "Furious 7' is‎ being touted for an assortment of virtues — thrilling action, bro-ish banter and even an unexpectedly sentimental sendoff. Less commonly praised: the film’s writing.

But that doesn't mean the movie doesn't have its moments of Wildean ‎eloquence. In fact, unlike most pulp franchises, there’s often a lyrical quality to the “Furious” dialogue — a philosophical undercurrent, you could say — particularly for Vin Diesel’s truth-declaring Dom Toretto character. After all, as Diesel himself reminded in a recent interview, "Furious" will “probably win Best Picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don't want to be relevant ever."

With that prediction in mind, we've set up nine quotes from "Furious 7" and paired each with a line from a famous writer. See if you can tell which is which. Answer key below (an ain’t here and a verb there have been changed because well, we don’t want to make this too easy).

1.

a) “If you want to know how to kill a shadow, shine a little light on it.”

b) “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”

2.

a)  “It’s only in misery that we recognize the hand of God.”

b) “Where has God’s eye gone?”

3.

a) “Look at that moon. It’s potato weather for sure.”

b) “We’re preparing for a big game of hot potato.”

4.

a)  “The family is a link to our past and a bridge to our future.”

b ) “The most important thing in life will always be family.”

5.

a) “Beware your sins, for they follow you home.”

b) "There ain’t no sinner like a young saint."

6.

a) "Nobody ever wins by the cavalry coming to rescue you."

b) "Woman, I am the cavalry."

7.

a) “The thing about a street fight is that the street always wins”

b) “Great work comes from a street corner.”

8.

a) "Without respect, what separates men from beasts?"

b) "Nothing is sadder than locking a beast in a cage."

9.

a) “When a father gives to his son, both laugh, but when a son gives to his father, both cry.”

b) “Daddy’s gotta go to work.”

 

Answers:

1.

a) “Furious 7”  

b) Louis Brandeis

2.

a) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

b) "Furious 7"

3.

a) Thornton Wilder

b) “Furious 7”

4.

a) Alex Haley

b) “Furious 7”

5.

a) “Furious 7”

b) Aphra Behn

6.

a) Maeve Binchy

b) "Furious 7"

7.

a)  “Furious 7”

b) Albert Camus

8.

a) Confucius

b) "Furious 7"

9.

a ) William Shakespeare

b) “Furious 7”

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