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Done twice in Across the Universe, once in the song the movie gets its title from, and once by Mr. Kite:
"And tonight Mr. Kite is TOPPING THE BILL BABY! ACROSS THE UNIVERSE!"
Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet: Adele from the title is a carnivorous plant that is capable of eating huge morsels like sausages, mice, dogs or people. The Gardener's minions think they captured detective Nick Carter, their boss's nemesis and the sole obstacle in his plan for a big revenge, but it's actually his sidekick police commissioner Ledvina who was acting as Nick's body double. The Gardener contemplates what to do with him, and his servant eagerly suggests that Adele hasn't had her dinner yet...
Aguirre, the Wrath of God: "I am the wrath of god. The earth I pass will see me and tremble. But whoever follows me and the river will win untold riches."
"Folks, what can I tell you about my next guest? This cat allowed himself to be adored but not loved and his success in show business was met by his failure in his personal relationship bag. Now that's where he really bombed. And he came to believe that work, show business, love, his whole life, even himself and all that jazz was bullshit. He became a numero uno gameplayer to the point where he didn't know where the games ended and the reality began. Like for this cat, the only reality is death, man."
The title for Awake is dropped in the opening moments that explain the premise of the film.
"Each year, over 21,000,000 people receive general anesthesia. The vast majority go to sleep peacefully. They remember nothing. 30,000 of these patients are not so fortunate. They find themselves unable to sleep. Trapped in a phenomenon known as Anesthesia Awareness. These victims are completely paralyzed. They cannot scream for help. They are...Awake."
The Babylon 5 made-for-TV prequel movie seems appropriately titled In the Beginning, taking place a decade before the series. The movie fleshes out the Earth-Minbari War and how the Minbari, with vast technological superiority, very nearly wiped out the human race with only a single military loss. Near the end, Delenn asks another of the Minbari ruling body if there is any glory in genocide. The reply is, "Not as much as in the beginning."
Each Babylon 5 season has a title, such as "Signs and Portents" or "Point of No Return". Some episodes have the same title as the season they occur in. These episodes are typically rather important.
"Tonight is my last chance, the last night of the full moon. And I warn you both; tonight, the beast must die, and will."
In Bend It Like Beckham Jess speaks the exact title once ("No one can cross a ball or bend it like Beckham") and a close variant at another moment ("Anyone can cook aloo gobai, but who can bend a ball like Beckham?").
"Today, you have the chance to be the greatest martial artists in the world. It's up to you. If you give everything you've got, everything, you'll be winners. That I promise you. You can be the Best Of The Best."
"My only hope is the The Big Lebowski kills me before the Germans can cut my dick off."
The Black Cat had nothing to do with its title (which is from an otherwise unrelated story by Edgar Allan Poe), so a black cat walks through some scenes, just to make some sense of it.
In Black Christmas (2006), an old newspaper found in Eve's room mentions that Billy's first rampage was dubbed "Black Christmas".
Also a case of circumstances forcing the Title Drop: most radio conversations, including the "We got a Blackhawk down" line, were taken verbatim from the radio conversations that occurred during the operation. The book author named the book after said line, then the movie came out and used the same title.
Black Narcissus. The Young General explains that it's the perfume he uses to scent his handkerchief.
In Paul Greengrass's film Bloody Sunday, the local cinema's billboard advertises a showing of John Schlesinger's Sunday Bloody Sunday. Ironically, Schlesinger's film is about a bisexual love triangle and has nothing to do with Greengrass's film or the historical events upon which it is based.
In the horror anthology film Body Bags, the Coroner introduces all the stories connected to the new corpses that come in.
The Coroner: Body Bags! See, when it's suicide or murder or an accident they put them in these bags.
"Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did was wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us. In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club."
Cabin By The Lake's name is the same as the script Stanley is writing in-story, but isn't name dropped until the end by a group of body cast models.
"Operation Canadian Bacon" launched by the United States government to provide America with a handy new enemy.
In The Callback Queen, the agent refers to the actress Kate as "something of a callback queen".
"... so what else can I do, but Carry On Cruising?"
"... Carry On Sargeant!"
"She was the girl, I know that now. But I pushed her away. So I've spent every day since then Chasing Amy. So to speak".
The movie Chinatown is infamous for having nothing to do with Chinatown except for one offhand and cryptic reference, which, while obviously important (since Jack Nicholson's character had earlier mentioned that, while serving as a beat cop in Chinatown, he did "as little as possible"), appears to have nothing to do with the rest of the movie.
...until the shocking final sequence, that is. "Forget it, Jake—it's Chinatown...."
Generally speaking, the President of the United States can name any person or group a "clear and present danger" to the safety and security of the USA. This is roughly equivalent to a Mafia don saying that he dislikes someone immensely: don't expect said person to last very long.
If we're counting this...then:
Randal Graves: If title dictated my behavior, as a clerk serving the public, I wouldn't be allowed to spit water at that guy. But I did. So, my point is that people dictate their own behavior. Even though I work in a video store, I choose to go rent movies at Big Choice. Agreed?
"Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. I have the only gun onboard. Welcome to Con Air".
The Dark Knight has a Title Drop as the last line spoken. Also, Harvey Dent says at a press conference, "The night is darkest just before the dawn"; though that's more referencing one of the themes of the film, it's a clever way of doing it by dropping the syllables of the title.
"I'm everyone — and no one. Everywhere — nowhere. Call me... Darkman."
The movie Dead Birds tries to pull a non-verbal version of these. The only scene where a dead bird ever appears — and yes, it's only one — has a dramatic sound in the background, and equally dramatic camera zooming on the only one dead bird that's never mentioned again. The result is that it simply feels ridiculous.
"When I arrived in Carlotta, I thought of the words Marlowe had said to me over fifteen years ago: Dead Men Dont Wear Plaid. Huh. Dead men don't wear plaid. I still don't know what it means."
Sultana: I'll have my revenge, and Deathstalker too.
"So here's the riddle. What does an eight thousand pound mako shark with a brain the size of a flat head V8 engine and no natural predators think about?" The answer comes after several implausible plot-devices: "That's the answer to the riddle. Because that's what an 8000-pound mako thinks about. About freedom. About the Deep Blue Sea."
Mac: What is "easy"? Valerie:[kissing him] This is "easy".
Down and Dirty Duck has multiple lines of dialogue with the word "cheap" in it. At the last minute the film was renamed from "Cheap" to "(Down And) Dirty Duck", which makes the constant referencing seem out of place.
The title of Electric Dreams is heard in the lyrics of four songs played in the movie: "Electric Dreams" by P. P. Arnold, "Together in Electric Dreams" by Giorgio Moroder & Phil Oakey, "Video" by Jeff Lynne, and "Now You're Mine" by Helen Terry.
This is how the title of Entrapment first appears in the movie's dialogue:
Colonel Trautman: Well you did some pushing of your own, John. John Rambo: They drew first blood, not me. Colonel Trautman: Look, Johnny, let me come in and get you the hell out of there. John Rambo:(to himself) They drew first blood.
German movie Goodbye Lenin manages a visual title drop in its climactic moment, when a woman who was in a coma during the end of communism goes outside for the first time. After seeing west german students, car dealers, and western advertisment posters, she watches a helicopter passing by, carrying a dismantled statue of Lenin that seems to stretch out its hand to her before vanishing in the sunset.
Defied in Goodbye Solo. In the second to last scene William very pointedly doesn't say the line as he goes to (probably) kill himself.
In La Haine, Vinz expresses his desire to kill a cop if his hospitalized friend (a victim of police brutality) does not wake from his coma, to show that the banlieusards are finished turning the other cheek. His friend Hubert tries to talk him out of it: "La haine attire la haine!" ("Hatred breeds hatred".)
"I give you Happily Never After!!!" — said by the evil stepmom in...you guessed it, Happily N'Ever After.
Mullins says she and Ashburn are "The Heat". It's a a sign of Ashburn's development when she later echoes it.
Done in the most Anvilicious manner in High School Musical 3: Senior Year: not only is the title of the Show Within a Show "Senior Year", but our protagonists end the show by singing a goodbye-to-the-audience song as the Title Drops down in front of the screen (in the style of the first movie's poster). And just to make sure that we know what kind of "high school musical" they're on about, they jump up, again like the first movie's poster.
"I used to be like you...a long time ago. All brand new and perfect. No mistakes, no regrets. People look at you and think of how wonderful your future will be. They want you to be something special...like a doctor or a lawyer. I hate to tell you this, but if you grow up here, you're more likely to wind up selling your bodies on the streets, or shooting dope from dirty needles in a bus stop. And if you're successful, you'll make money selling junk to crackheads, and won't think twice about killing someone's wife, because you won't even know it's wrong in the first place. Maybe...you'll end up like me. A Hobo with a Shotgun."
The title Holy Motors appears as a neon sign right before the ending.
Home Alone is used in conversation several times throughout the first film.
"It must be some kind of...Hot Tub Time Machine." Craig Robinson lampshades the trope by delivering a deadpan Aside Glance to the camera immediately after saying the line.
"..But I still have to face The Hours, don't I? I mean, the hours after the party, and the hours after that..."
It's perpetual in Highway61 but the first time Highway 61 is mentioned, Pokey is explaining the iconic roadway to Jackie.
I Know Who Killed Me had a really bad drop, since it didn't even make sense in the context of the scene (hint: she wasn't killed).
The Ides Of March features a subversion. The film's working title of Farragut North (the name of the play that it's based on) gets title dropped twice. Meanwhile, The Ides of March is never said once in the film.
Accidentally averted in Tomorrow Never Dies; originally it was titled Tomorrow Never Lies, with the intent that this would be the slogan of Carver's newspaper, Tomorrow.
They pulled it in the video game version, however. As he's dying, Carver pushes the three minute countdown for the nuclear launch and drops it horribly out of place.
Though "Nobody Does It Better" is the name of the Theme Tune from The Spy Who Loved Me, it still drops the movie's title. But does it so classy: "I wasn't lookin' but somehow you found me, it tried to hide from your love light, but like heaven above me. The spy who loved me, is keepin' all my secrets safe tonight."
The title characters of a famous French movie were introducing themselves to a girl. To make sure of their names, she asked, "Jim et Jules?" The response? "Non, Jules et Jim!"
In the 2001 indie film Jump Tomorrow, George uses the title words to talk a man out of suicide. Later, the man turns the words back at him when telling him to stay another night at the family of the girl he really loves, rather than go to the wedding he's been pressured into.
"Dr. Grant, my dear Dr. Sattler, welcome . . . to Jurassic Park!"
"Looked dead, didn't I? But I wasn't. But it wasn't from lack of trying, I can tell you that. Actually, Bill's last bullet put me in a coma — a coma I was to lie in for four years. When I woke up, I went on what the movie advertisements refer to as a "Roaring Rampage of Revenge". I roared. And I rampaged. And I got bloody satisfaction. I've killed a hell of a lot of people to get to this point, but I have only one more. The last one. The one I'm driving to right now. The only one left. And when I arrive at my destination, I am gonna Kill Bill."
Kill Me Again: Said by Joanne Whalley to Val Kilmer.
Kingdom of Heaven deserves some credit for making its Title Drop fit in naturally with a larger conversation about what it is that makes the Holy Land so appealing to many pilgrims.
Balian: What could a king ask of a man like me? Godfrey: A new world. A better world than has ever been seen. A kingdom of conscience. A kingdom of heaven.
Laser Mission, a goofy espionage flick starring Brandon Lee and Ernest Borgnine, has an awkward example:
Nameless Government Official: Professor Braun is perhaps the world's leading expert in laser weaponry, and his presence in the Kavango means that the Soviet block is planning some sort of laser mission. That could tip the balance of power in the entire African continent.
"See, now it is mumbo jumbo like that, and skinny little lizards like you thinkin' they The Last Dragon that gives kung-fu a bad name."
A particularly brilliant title drop occurs in the Anthony Perkins / Stephen Sondheim-penned murder mystery The Last of Sheila. Seemingly referring to the puzzle-happy Clinton Green's obsession with his wife who was killed in a hit-and-run accident ("I wonder if we'll ever hear the last of Sheila?" says one character), the title is actually a clue to a puzzle set up near the beginning of the play, which ultimately reveals Clinton's murderer: Each of the six guests / suspects are given 'dirty secrets' that actually are the secrets of one of their fellow guests. Each secret corresponds to a letter in the word "Sheila"; the murderer is uncovered when one guest acting as detective cracks the puzzle and realises that the murderer replaced the final secret, "Alcoholic", with "Hit and Run Killer", in order to guilt someone into confessing their accidental killing of Sheila. As the detective points out, "the last of Sheila isn't an H, it's an A."
Near the end of Layer Cake, a major character (Michael Gambon) who's struggled to the top explains how life works to the protagonist (Daniel Craig). He sums it up with "Welcome to the layer cake, son." The main character is then seen having dinner with his friends and deciding he doesn't want to be part of organized crime anymore. Guess what they're eating.
At the beginning of the first Lethal Weapon "Well, I guess you should be classified as a Lethal Weapon", Murtaugh says to Riggs.
While in the previous World War 2 blockbuster based on a Cornelius Ryan book, Field Marshal Rommel makes his speech incorporating the quote from which the title The Longest Day was taken right at the beginning.
""The Lookout": "That's the most important job of all.. you're the lookout"
Each of the movies in The Lord of the Rings trilogy feature a Title Drop, mostly to stem the confusion about what they refer to. In the first movie, Elrond proclaims "You shall be the Fellowship of the Ring!" In the second movie, Saruman says "Who now dares to stand against the union of the two towers?" In the third movie, Gandalf says to Denethor "It is not your place to deny the return of the King, steward!" Although the meanings of the first and third titles were already pretty clear, the books never came out and said which of the three towers that figured decisively in The Two Towers were the title ones. The movie line refers to Saruman's tower, Orthanc, and Sauron's fortress of Barad-dûr. Supplementary information (among them the Tolkien-drawn book cover) show Orthanc and Minas Morgul. The latter isn't in the film, so it wouldn't make sense otherwise.
Peter Jackson also had a habit of dropping chapter titles into The Fellowship of the Ring, although having characters refer to "the long-expected party" and "a shortcut to mushrooms" was more in-jokey than portentous. Composer Howard Shore got in on the act in the titles of some of the pieces of the score he wrote.
Bilbo's line "I'm not at home!" may refer to the chapter "Not at Home" from The Hobbit.
Gandalf also mutters the words "riddles in the dark" to himself while waiting for Frodo. That's the chapter of The Hobbit in which Bilbo finds the Ring.
Also: "There is only one Lord of the Rings, only one who can bend it to his will. And he does not share power!" This line is used, as in the book, to prevent audience-members from thinking that the title refers to Frodo.
Shannon Hamilton: Smart-ass ex-boyfriend! I've got two things to tell you. One: I don't like you. I see you every week in this mall. I don't like you shiftless layabouts. You're one of those loser fucking mallrat kids. You don't come to the mall to shop or work. You hang out all day, act like you fucking live here. Well, I have no respect for people with no shopping agenda.
Adso: And yet, now that I am an old, old man, I must confess that of all the faces that appear to me out of the past, the one I see most clearly is that of the girl of whom I've never ceased to dream these many long years. She was the only earthly love in my life, yet I never knew, nor ever learned, her name.
In Nil By Mouth, Ray gives a speech about his father that goes some way toward explaining his behaviour. During it, he mentions an incident in which he saw the words 'Nil By Mouth' written above his father's hospital bed.
In Ocean's 12, someone refers to the team as "Ocean's 11", the name of the previous movie. One of the characters later complains about this.
In the movie "Olympus Has Fallen" a dying Secret Service Agent drops the title into his walkie talkie... and then drops a bad guy or two
Daniel mentions the phrase Pain and Gain when talking about fitness to a kid.
Too many musicals to list have title songs, but the movie version of The Pajama Game deserves credit for having the title card appear word by word as Hines sings, "The Pajama Game is the game I'm in..."
RoboCop 2 is one of the rare cases this trope has been done by a sequel with a number in the title. Normally this wouldn't count, considering that "RoboCop 2" is a "character" in the movie, but it's that unusual.
Brilliantly subverted in the Indie Movie "Rocket Science;" the main character has a stutter, and when trying to figure out love, he says, "You know, it shouldn't be, it really shouldn't be, it shouldn't be rocket, uh, shouldn't be rocket, um, sometimes..." stopping just short of saying the whole title.
A threefer occurs in The Rundown, which Title Drops the title ("Your kid was a tough rundown, Billy"), the working title (sign reading "El Dorado" vandalized to read "Helldorado") and an alternate title ("Welcome to the Jungle, tough guy").
It's worth noting that across 28 seasons of TV shows and 12 movies this is the only time the phrase "star trek" is uttered, though one other instance comes close.
The German dub of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones has Yoda deliver one at the end, in place of "Clone War". Badly done since it's in a negative context, implying that Yoda considers the clones the worst part of the mess, even though they're on the same side.
"Okay listen up. I wanna know it all, everything. Olsen, I wanna see photos of him everywhere. No, I want the photos. Sports, how are they going to get that plane out of the stadium? Travel, where did he go? Was he on vacation? If so, where? Gossip, has he met somebody? Fashion, is that a new suit? Uh, health, has he gained weight? What's he been eating? Business, how is this gonna effect the stock market? Long-term? Short-term? Politics, does he still stand for truth, justice, all that stuff? Lifestyle... Superman Returns."
In Suspect Zero, the titular numbered suspect is often mentioned in the cryptic communications between FBI Agent Mackelway and Serial Killer O'Ryan.
Leonardo: We're ninjas. Raphael: We're mutants. Donatello: Technically we're turtles. Michelangelo: Oh, and we're teenagers, but we can still have "adult conversations". April: Ninja, mutant, turtle, teenagers? Donatello: When you put it like that, it sounds ridiculous!
In the giant mutant ant flick Them, the title is what a traumatized young girl screams when given a whiff of formic acid.
Later on, a scientist quips "We haven't seen the end of them!"
This is provided textually in They Live!. Nada comes across some street graffiti stating "They Live. We Sleep." It refers to the aliens who are secretly ruling mankind.
Towards the end of Unthinkable, Samuel L. Jackson's character, a torture expert working for the US military, says "what I am about to do...is unthinkable".
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps has a partial one: "Money is the bitch that never sleeps".
The end of We Were Soldiers has a war photographer narrating "...for we were soldiers once, and young". This is directly lifted from the historical novel "We Were Soldiers Once, And Young", which ends the exact same way.
Wild Things is an odd Double Subverted example. The original title of the film was Sex Crimes, which is one of the first phrases spoken in the film during the high school's opening presentation about sexual harassment. It was changed to Wild Things later on, but the title was retained in several foreign countries.
Djinn: Lovely to see you again, Morgana. Did you really think you could kill me? Evil never dies.
Djinn: [after Morgana wishes him to go back in the opal] I see you've done your homework. Unfortunately for you, it's not that easy. After all, I am the wishmaster here. So any wishes pertaining to me are circumscribed by the prophecy.
Uttered several times in WNUF Halloween Special, as the title is always spoken loud when the programme goes for a "commercial break" and comes back from it.
Shingen Yashida: What kind of monster are you? Logan: The Wolverine!
Done interestingly in You Can Count On Me; at the end, the lead character's brother asks her to remember what they used to tell each other back when they were kids. This was the title sentence, but neither one of them actually says it.
"And though I never would've anticipated it, in the end she did for me what I have done for so many: help solve a problem, first by observation, then by careful intervention — in other words, the Zero Effect."