The political heat is rising in America as both parties begin the long dance associated with choosing their candidates for the Presidency. Two unlikely Iowa primary winners named Obama and Huckabee have pushed the front-runners back on their heels. It should make for an interesting next couple of months. Politics has always been a part of the movies, ever since Jimmy Stewart filibustered and won in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Here are my favorite 10 film quotes about the blustery art of running for government.
“I’m for total honest democracy. I also believe the American system can work.”
Stardust Memories (1980) – Sandy Bates (Woody Allen)
An Inconvenient Truth (2006) – Al Gore (himself)
“In America, political will is a renewable resource.”
“An educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern.”
Sicko (2007) – Tony Benn (himself)
“Time is the enemy of power.”
Elizabeth I (2005) – Queen Elizabeth I (Helen Mirren)
Ben-Hur (1959) – Pontius Pilate (Frank Thring)
“Rome is the mob. Conjure magic for them and they'll be distracted. Take away their freedom and still they'll roar. The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the senate, it's the sand of the coliseum.”
Gladiator (2000) – Gracchus (Derek Jacobi)
The Outlaw Josie Wales (1975) – Ten Bears (Will Sampson)
“It's sad that governments are chiefed by the double tongues.”
“It seems there exists a growing compulsion to use power merely to beget more power, money merely to beget more money, irrespective of the true cost to the nation's soul. And it is this sickness, a kind of moral blindness, commerce without conscience, which threatens to strike at the very soul of this nation.”
An Ideal Husband (1999) – Sir Robert Chiltern (Jeremy Northam)
“Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons.”Man of the Year (2006) – Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams)
“You answered without saying anything. That's politics.”
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – Jackson Bentley (Arthur Kennedy)
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