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The 11 Best Movie Quotes About the Olympics

chariots of fireThe Beijing Summer Olympics will bring to center stage all the good, the bad, and the ugly that is high profile sport.  Many Olympic movies have been made, trying to capture those universal themes of excellence, commitment, and personal sacrifice.  The best of the bunch is Chariots of Fire, a fascinating tale of two completely different British runners who compete for gold at the 1924 Olympics.  Here are the 11 best movie quotes about the essence of Olympian ideals.
 

The Top 5 Movie Quotes About Cycling

breaking awayHollywood producers have seldom seen cycling as a central theme for the movies they create.  The most notable exception is 1979's Breaking Away, where a young man who idolizes Italian bike racers transitions from adolescence to adulthood and rallies his friends to compete in the Little Indy 500.  Although there are few cycling films, there are even fewer movie quotes about the sport.  Here are the only five quotes we can find about the love of biking.

What 'Never' To Do: 20 Advice Quotes from the Movies

love guruAlthough it was one of the worst movies of 2008, The Love Guru film made us wonder: what bits of advice have movies offered to film goers in the past?  Advice often comes preceded by one of two words - "Always..." or "Never...".  This week, we ignore the traditional "Never say never" advice and begin with 20 useful bits of film advice from Never Neverland. 

REALITY "We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented."

Movie quote from: The Truman Show (1998) - Christof (Ed Harris)truman

Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) lives an ideal life in the beautiful and secure town of Seahaven.  He has a great job, a loving wife, and everybody knows and loves him.  He has no idea that his world is actually a huge Hollywood set populated with actors portraying characters in his life's story.  Set in the skies over Seahaven lives Cristof (Ed Harris), the man who writes and directs the script that is Truman's life.  The Truman Show is an intriguing consideration; is it wise to seek a deeper understanding of the reality behind the reality we perceive?

The 10 Best Movie Quotes About Fathers

dadFathers in film follow a fairly standard set of stereotypes.  Dads are either 'out of touch', as in Father of the Bride and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, dominating patriarchs, as in There Will Be Blood and The Godfather, heroic role models as in To Kill a Mockingbird and Cinderella Man, or self-serving bad guys like those found in Star Wars and Paper Moon.  In truth, most fathers are just imperfect people doing the best they can to raise their kids.  Here are the 10 best movie quotes about our Dads.

The 10 Smartest Movie Quotes of 2000

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7 Best Movie Quotes About Horses

seabiscuitIn 1978, Affirmed ran his way into the history books at the Belmont Stakes, winning the last Triple Crown of horse racing.  Thirty years later, Big Brown will try to match that rare achievement by winning his third major race this year.  Horses have been a part of pop culture since the dawn of film.  From Black Beauty to National Velvet to Seabiscuit, we have loved to love our horses.  Here are the best seven movie quotes about a horse.

9 Bits of Motherly Advice from the Movies

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Mothers in the movies are not always portrayed in a positive light.  Think Mommy DearestHowever, motherly advice is often referenced in film.  Beyond the standards of not taking candy from strangers (except on Halloween) and staying out of the pool after meals, here are nine useful pieces of advice from Moms referenced on the big screen.

SAMENESS: “After living in the dark for so long, a glimpse of the light can make you giddy.”

Movie quote from: The Good Girl (2002) - Justine Last (Jennifer Aniston)

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Justine Last (Jennifer Aniston) works a mundane job at the Retail Rodeo.  She goes home each night to her stoned couch potato husband and follows the same routines, deadened by the unending repetitiveness of her days.  Justine feels confined by her obligations, gathering meaning from nothing day-to-day.  This makes for an explosive situation in the film The Good Girl, especially when her comfortably numb existence gets a glimpse of her untouched emotions.

6 Favorite Movie Quotes About the Pope

shoes of the fishermanLife is full of ironies.  Just as the Muslim religion passed Roman Catholic as the world’s largest religion, Pope Benedict XVI conducted the third-ever mass at Yankee Stadium, following the lead of Popes Paul VI and John Paul II in earlier decades.  It’s clearly time for some pop culture papacy.  The Pope has always been featured in various screenplays across the ages, including Becket, The Agony and the Ecstasy, The Shoes of the Fisherman, Godfather III, The Omen, and, most recently, in The Da Vinci Code.  Here are our six favorite movie quotes about the spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

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