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It's been one of the all-time most repeatable movie lines ever since Clint Eastwood uttered it on screen in Sudden Impact : "Go ahead, make my day. The quote was actually written by Charles B. Pierce, an independent filmmaker who got the phrase from his father. It was a favorite threat that the elder Pierce would make to his son: "Just let me come home one more day without you mowing the lawn, son, just go ahead -- make my day. Pierce's father could hardly have known just how famous that line would become; it's consistently ranked among the most memorable lines ever said on screen, and was even used by President Ronald Reagan in a public statement about taxes.
Though his most famous line might be "Go ahead, make my day," Dirty Harry has uttered a few others film fans are fond of regurgitating. From Dirty Harrythere's the line often misquoted as "do you feel lucky, punk? Well do ya, punk?
Eastwood in 'Sudden Impact. Continuing to read his morning paper, he waits for the waitress to pour his coffee, not even looking up. He lays his money on the counter and walks out with his coffee. Then, taking a swallow, he quickly spits it out as it is full of sugar and the waitress knows that he always drinks his coffee black. Callahan goes back inside from the back of the place, realizing that something is up.
The last thief grabs the waitress and holds a gun to her head. Here, Eastwood dares the nervous hood to do something stupid with the famous line: "Go ahead, make my day. And after a long pause, the bad guy backs down. Scene from Vice Squad. Ina year before the movie Sudden Impact came out, a minor film called Vice Squad played in theaters, and contained a similar quote. The movie was based on actual events on the streets of Hollywood. In one scene, Detective Tom Walsh played by Gary Swanson and his associates are arresting a pimp named Ramrod, who is very abusive to women.
Source: pastdaily. The quote went on to become a popular catchphrase among celebrities and fans alike. Even Ronald Reagan, who was also an actor before he became president, used it for dramatic effect. At an American Business Conference inthe famously anti-tax president said:.
And I have only one thing to say to the tax increasers: Go ahead — make my day. Clint Eastwood has even quoted himself besides in the movies. At a Republican National Convention inhe ended his speech with the quote. Back to the Future III. Source: Pinterest. The series deals with time travel and alternate realities ; in this one, Marty travels in time back to the old west. Of course, no one in that time period has ever heard of Clint Eastwood so they think nothing of it. When Marty is challenged to a gunfight, he practices being tough while looking in the mirror -- and of course, this tough-guy practice involves saying the famous quote, "Go ahead, make my day.
Fox's lips, but film fans loved the reference. Many others have borrowed the saying for different reasons and not just in the movies. Toggle. More from Groovy History.
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