Nora Ephron: What were her most memorable movie quotes? [Poll]
The passing of Nora Ephronat the age of 71 has evoked a slew of remembrances for the late writer and director.
It also has stirred up some of the more trenchant pieces of dialogue from a three-decade film career in which she was credited on hits such as “Heartburn,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “You’ve Got Mail” and “Julie & Julia.” Here is a small sampling of some of the choicer bits, and a poll where you can weigh in on which Ephron movie has the sharpest dialogue.
“When you’re attracted to someone, it just means that your subconscious is attracted to their subconscious, subconsciously. So what we think of as fate is just two neuroses knowing that they are a perfect match.” — David Hyde Pierce to Meg Ryan in “Sleepless in Seattle”
“I always read the last page of a book first so that if I die before I finish I’ll know how it turned out.” — Billy Crystal to Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally”
“The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self. — Tom Hanks in “You’ve Got Mail”
“I have to murder and dismember a crustacean.” — Amy Adams in “Julie & Julia”
“I remember in high school her saying, ‘Now what’d you want to take that science class for? There’s no girls in that science class. You take home ec, why don’t you? That’s the way to meet the nice boys.’ ‘Mom,’ I said, ‘There ain’t no boys in home ec. The boys are in the science class.’ ” — Meryl Streep in “Silkwood”
“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” — Billy Crystal to Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally” (We had to.)
Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ZeitchikLAT
Only good movies
Get the Indie Focus newsletter, Mark Olsen's weekly guide to the world of cinema.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.