Monday, January 25, 2010

Movie Speech: Life Stinks

I like some of Mel Brooks stuff and yet find other material by him tedious. However, the movie Life Stinks, in my view, is brilliant. If you haven't yet seen it, go out and rent it and don't read any further, there are spoilers ahead.
In the movie Brooks plays Goddard Bolt, the world's richest man, who wagers that he can survive in the ghetto for a month without his resources, wealth and identity.
Whilst there he meets and falls in love with Molly, a bag lady, played by Lesley Anne Warren. The street people call him Pepto, the name left on his forehead from the ink when he sleeps on a piece of Pepto Bismol cardboard on his first night in the slums.
The following scene is where he is in a coma in hospital and close to death:
Pepto, I know you want to give up, but you're wrong. Even without money, life is good. No? What about when you didn't eat for two days and then you had your first big meal at the mission? Wasn't that good? Remember the other night when we drank champagne and danced and rolled around in rags? I know they’re only moments but that’s all life is, just a bunch of moments. Most of them are lousy but once in a while you steal a good one. Come on, come on back to me. Don’t be such a selfish bastard. You’re the only person I can stand. Don’t leave me. I love you. Please, don’t leave me.
(Coming out of his coma):
Molly, you’re crying. What happened? Somebody die?
Somebody lived.

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