Being a nerd, I watch a lot of science fiction films. So, here, in no particular order, are five of my favorite famous science fiction movie quotes:
1) KLAATU BARADA NIKTO
This three-word phrase was uttered in the old classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still, by the alien visitor Klaatu. Interestingly, the words, which are obviously in a fictional alien language, have never been translated officially, which kind of lends them a mysterious quality, though fans have been making up their own translations for years. Whatever it meant, it was enough to get Klaatu’s deadly robot buddy to not destroy the Earth as we know it in the film.
Supposedly, the phrase can be heard (in a barely audible form) in the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still because Keanu Reeves really wanted to say the famous words. (I didn’t hear it, but then, the volume wasn’t exactly movie-theater-quality on my old TV).
2) NO. I AM YOUR FATHER
Often misquoted and stemming from one of the most famous scenes in movie history, this line is what Darth Vader actually says. (And one of my nerdy pet peeves is hearing the misquoted version).
3) E.T. PHONE HOME
How can anyone not like this movie? OK, yeah, I’m sure there are haters out there, but I personally loved this film growing up. An interesting tidbit: the scenes of the film were shot for the most part in order, so that the actors’ emotions by the end of the film would be more real.
4) LIVE LONG AND PROSPER
Ah, the Vulcan Salute. A classic phrase (and accompanying hand gesture) from the Star Trek franchise, it has been uttered in many an episode and film. Leonard Nimoy (Spock’s actor, for non-nerds. Though why a non-nerd would even know who Spock is, I’m not sure) actually invented the phrase and gesture based on a Jewish blessing.
5) GET AWAY FROM HER, YOU BITCH!
Sorry for the sudden increase in vulgarity, but this quote comes from one of my all-time favorite science fiction scenes. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about: In the Alien-sequel film, Aliens, a huge black spiky murderous acid-blooded alien queen is advancing toward the little girl that the protagonist has spent much of the film protecting. Then, in this oft-referenced scene, Ellen Ripley, the aforementioned protagonist, comes out in a huge mechanical loading machine. End of story, the alien queen goes out the airlock, and the little girl is prevented from getting sucked out with it by half an android (long story). Oh, and Ripley is safe, too. For now–there are several sequels after this not really worth mentioning.
So, that’s my top 5, pretty much. Hope you enjoyed it (and maybe learned a little fact or two along the way?)