'Expendables' adds to canon of great action movie dialogue

Jason-StathamImage Credit: Karen BallardIf you’ve gone to see The Expendables, chances are you went for Sylvester Stallone’s flair for escapist violence (you know you cheered) and classic action movie dialogue (you know you laughed). I’d say Jason Statham’s “Next time I’ll deflate all your balls” — uttered after he took his knife to a basketball held by the man who abused his character’s ex-girlfriend — is the line that got the best response in my screening (after Stallone’s quip about Schwarzenegger’s character wanting to be president). What was your favorite quip from The Expendables? And what quotes make your list of all-time greatest non-catchphrase action movie dialogue?*

* What I call “greatest,” you may think of as “awesomely bad.”

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  • Ceballos

    Yeah, the “balls” line got the biggest laugh at my screening too.

    Not sure if it qualifies as “non-catchphrase”, but my all-time favorite is probably “I ain’t got time to bleed.” – Predator.

  • Robert Taylor

    Stallone: “What was that?”
    Statham: “I just got a text.”

  • Silent E

    One of my all time favorites is from Top Gun (not the quintessential action movie, but anyway): Son, your ego’s writing paychecks your body can’t cash. Classic!

  • Ceballos

    “I ain’t got time to bleed.” – Predator

    (And, yeah, the “balls” line totally got the biggest laugh at my screening.)

  • M-Girl

    Liam Neeson in TAKEN: “I push one button and 38 agents are here before you have time to scratch your worthless balls.”

  • jon trent

    Where’ve you been? Getting my ass kicked!
    What happened to you? Don’t want to talk about it…too hurtful.

  • mtraptor

    Sean Connery in The Rock: “Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and f*ck the prom queen.”

  • Jonathan McMillan

    “Your hairdresser”

  • Paul E. Gunn

    “I want more money…” (Cont’d.) “I have to work TWICE as hard…”

    • Sarah

      Cause he’s smaller.

  • Mike

    Hail Ceasar: Now ya’ll remeber this at christmas!

  • Matrix

    From expendables:
    What’s your name
    I’m Buddah, he’s Pest

    All time?
    Rae Dawn Chong: What Happened to Sully?
    Matrix: I let him go

    • Al

      Arnold: Remember, Sully, when I promised to kill you last?
      Sully: That’s right, Matrix. You did.
      Arnold: I lied.

  • Jon

    Quaid:”Consider it a divorce”

  • JLC

    Sit tight, hold the fort and keep the home fires burning, and if we’re not back by dawn (wink) call the President.

  • DT

    Arnold Schwarzenegger in the ’80s movie RAW DEAL after his inebriated wife throws a cake at him: “You must not drink and bake.”

  • Bwana

    Wind adn the Lion:
    “The world at war … now that would be something to go out on …”

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