My light-hearted post about catchphrases prompted a considerable outpouring of suggestions from the readers of this blog, encouraging me to try another game: Last Lines. The classic last line, of course, comes from the same Casablanca that gave us "We'll always have Paris." I refer to Bogart's last words to Claude Rains: "Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." Wikipedia tells me that the line was actually written a month after shooting ended, and Bogart had to be brought back to dub it.
But my all time favorite is a throwaway line delivered by Linda Fiorentino at the very end of Men in Black. She, Will Smith, and Tommy Lee Jones are leaving the scene of their epic engagement with the giant intergalactic cockroach [played with over the top brilliance by Vincent d'Onofrio]. Jones suggests that they consult with Dennis Rodman about some new crisis. "Is he an alien?" Fiorentino ask. Yes, she is told. As she gets in the car, she says ruminatively, "Not much of a disguise."