The Top Ten: One-word lines in films


John Rentoul
Saturday 20 September 2014 01:28
'Ahhhhhhh… ahh… ah… ah…ahhhhhhhhh'
'Ahhhhhhh… ahh… ah… ah…ahhhhhhhhh'

This list was suggested by Mark Wallace, and I am taking some of these on trust as they are from films I haven't seen and, in the case of 'Evil Dead 2', have no desire to see. There were a couple of nominations from 'Withnail and I', but I didn't understand them.

1. 'Stella!'

Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski, in A Streetcar Named Desire. From Omer Lev and Jess Bowie.

2. 'Groovy'

Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, after he straps a chainsaw to his stump, Evil Dead 2. Nominated by Twlldunyrpobsais.

3. 'Bottom'

A minion's response to Silas Ramsbottom introducing himself, Despicable Me 2. From Tony Payne.

4. 'Ahhhhhhh… ahh… ah… ah…ahhhhhhhhh'

Tarzan. Thanks to David Lindsell.

5. 'Plastics'

Career advice to the Graduate. From Western Independent and Omer Lev.

6. 'Rosebud'

Orson Welles as Citizen Kane. Possibly the most famous, although I've never seen the point. Nominated by many, including, er, Citizen Sane.

7. 'Attica!'

Al Pacino as Sonny Wortzik, Dog Day Afternoon. Nominated by Omer Lev and Robert Epstein.

8. 'Always'

Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. From Lutra Nippon.

9. 'Supercali- fragilistic- expialidocious'

Mary Poppins. Nominated by Labour History Group.

10. 'Madness!'

Major Clipton, The Bridge on the River Kwai. Recalled by Richard T Kelly.

Next week: Misleading definitions of words (irony means 'a bit like iron').

Coming soon: First sentences of non-fiction books. Send your suggestions, and ideas for future Top 10s, to

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