Daily Dialogue — August 11, 2017

“Beetlejuice!”

— Beetlejuice (1988), screenplay by Michael McDowell and Warren Skaaren, story by Michael McDowell & Larry Wilson

The Daily Dialogue theme for this week: One Word. Today’s suggestion by Will King.

Trivia: The original script was a horror film, and featured Beetlejuice as a winged, reptilian demon who transformed into a small Middle Eastern man to interact with the Maitlands and the Deetzes. Lydia was a minor character, with her six year old sister Cathy being the Deetz child able to see the Maitlands. Beetlejuice’s goal was to kill the Deetzs, rather than frighten them away, and included sequences where he mauled Cathy in the form of a rabid squirrel and tried to rape Lydia. Subsequent script rewrites turned the film into a comedy and toned down Beetlejuice’s character into the ghost of a wise cracking con-artist rather than a demon.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by Will: “The only way to save Lydia and defeat Beetlejuice is to say his name, which proves to be harder that it seems.”


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Daily Dialogue theme next week:

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The Daily Dialogue theme for next week: One Word.

Talk about minimal dialogue! One. Word. I think this may actually be a tough one. I’ve got a couple in mind, but I may be scratching my brain this to fill out 7 days.

CAN YOU HELP?!?!

What to do:

  • Copy/paste dialogue from IMDb Quotes or some other transcript source.
  • Copy/paste the URL of an accompanying video from YouTube or some other video source.
  • Any trivia about the movie which you think would be of interest to readers, we always welcome that.

I’d also ask you to think about why the dialogue is notable. Is there anything about the dialogue which provides some takeaway related to the craft of writing? If so, feel free to share your Dialogue On Dialogue.

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Upcoming schedule of themes:

August 14-August 20: Broken [Gisela Wehrl]
August 21-August 27: Advice
August 28-September 4: All Is Lost [Gisela Wehrl]
September 5-September 11: Break-Ups
September 12-September 18: Babysitting [Gisela Wehrl]
September 19-September 25: Bar
September 25-October 1: Transportation [Denise Garcia]

If you have any suggestions for Daily Dialogue themes, please post them in a RESPONSE and I’ll be happy to consider them for the series.

Be sure to post your ideas for this week’s theme: One Word.

Continued thanks to all of you Daily Dialogue devotees, your suggested dialogue and dialogue themes. Grateful for your ongoing support of this series!


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Daily Dialogue — July 23, 2017

Ripley: Ash, can you hear me? [slams her hands down on the table] Ash?
Ash: [awakens and starts speaking in an electronic and distorted voice] Yes, I can hear you.
Ripley: What was your special order?
Ash: You read it. I thought it was clear.
Ripley: What was it?
Ash: Bring back life form. Priority One. All other priorities rescinded.
Parker: The damn company. What about our lives, you son of a bitch?
Ash: I repeat, all other priorities are rescinded.
Ripley: How do we kill it, Ash? There’s gotta be a way of killing it. How? How do we do it?
Ash: You can’t.
Parker: That’s bullshit.
Ash: You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.
Lambert: You admire it.
Ash: I admire its purity. A survivor… unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.
Parker: Look, I am… I’ve heard enough of this, and I’m asking you to pull the plug.

Ripley goes to disconnect Ash, who interrupts.

Ash: Last word.
Ripley: What?
Ash: I can’t lie to you about your chances, but… you have my sympathies.

Alien (1979), screenplay by Dan O’Bannon, story by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Scientific Explanation, suggested by Melinda Mahaffey.

Trivia: Many producers have professional “readers” that read and summarize scripts for them. The reader in this case summarized it as “It’s like Jaws (1975), but in space.”

Dialogue On Dialogue: Such a great scene, Ash’s head explaining the ship’s “special order” and ending with a prediction of the crew’s fate. Brilliant.


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Daily Dialogue theme next week: Television

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The Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Television.

“You stay classy, San Diego. I’m Ron Burgundy.”

Movies about television? Tons of ‘em! This should be easy. Let’s put together seven great examples of dialogue in movies in, on, or about television.

What to do:

  • Copy/paste dialogue from IMDb Quotes or some other transcript source.
  • Copy/paste the URL of an accompanying video from YouTube or some other video source.
  • Any trivia about the movie which you think would be of interest to readers, we always welcome that.

I’d also ask you to think about why the dialogue is notable. Is there anything about the dialogue which provides some takeaway related to the craft of writing? If so, feel free to share your Dialogue On Dialogue.

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Be a part of the proud Daily Dialogue tradition, post a suggestion in a RESPONSE, and have your name emblazoned on a blog post which will forever hold a hallowed spot in the Go Into The Story archives!

Upcoming schedule of themes:

July 31-August 6: Transaction [Gisela Wehrl]
August 7-August 13: One Word
August 14-August 20: Broken [Gisela Wehrl]

If you have any suggestions for Daily Dialogue themes, please post them in a RESPONSE and I’ll be happy to consider them for the series.

Be sure to post your ideas for this week’s theme: Television.

Continued thanks to all of you Daily Dialogue devotees, your suggested dialogue and dialogue themes. Grateful for your ongoing support of this series!


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Daily Dialogue — July 22, 2017

Dr. Louise Banks: The weapon is their language. They gave it all to us. Do you understand what that means?
Colonel Weber: So we can learn heptapod. If we survive.
Dr. Louise Banks: If you learn it, when you really learn it, you begin to perceive time the way that they do. So you can see what’s to come. But time, it isn’t the same for them. It’s non-linear.

Arrival (2016), screenplay by Eric Heisserer, short story by Ted Chiang

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Scientific Explanation, suggested by Melinda Mahaffey.

Trivia: Director Denis Villeneuve and screenwriter Eric Heisserer created a fully functioning, visual, alien language. Heisserer, Villeneuve and their teams managed to create a “logogram bible,” which included over a hundred different completely operative logo-grams, seventy-one of which are actually featured in the movie.

Dialogue On Dialogue: The idea of non-linear time is a huge key to understanding the story, even on a personal level with Louise’s journey.


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Daily Dialogue — July 19, 2017

“Now, if my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles an hour, you’re going to see some serious shit!”

Back to the Future (1985), written by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Scientific Explanation, suggested by Melinda Mahaffey. Today’s recommendation by Gisela Wehrl.

Trivia: In the earlier drafts in the screenplay, the Flux Capacitor was called the Temporal Field Capacitor.

Dialogue On Dialogue: There are many scientific explanations provided by Dr. Brown in BTTF. This is perhaps his most memorable line.


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Daily Dialogue — July 12, 2017

Father Levesque: You know your notion of a true meaning of a miracle… well… I just want to thank you.

Ned tries to shrug off the gratitude.

Father Levesque: I’m sorry if I disturbed you.
Ned: Oh, well, uh… I was just, uh…
Father Levesque: The word you’re looking for is praying, I believe.

Ned breaks down into tears.

We’re No Angels (1989), screenplay by David Mamet

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Church. Today’s suggestion by Greg Netterville.

Trivia: This remake of We’re No Angels (1955) is based on three sources: (1) The original 1955 movie We’re No Angels (1955); (2) the American play, “My Three Angels”, written by Bella Spewack and Sam Spewack; and (3) the French play, “La Cuisine Des Anges”, written by Albert Husson, the American play in turn also being based on the French play.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by Greg: “Ahhhh, the good-old days… Back when comedy was mined out of situation and relied on wit. Vintage De Niro, gotta love it!”


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Daily Dialogue — July 10, 2017

“Michael Francis Rizzi, do you renounce Satan? And all his works? And all his pomps?”

The Godfather (1972), screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, novel by Mario Puzo

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Church.

Trivia: According to Francis Ford Coppola on the DVD commentary, the intercutting of the baptism scene with the gang killings during the movie’s climax did not really work until editor Peter Zinner added the organ soundtrack.

Dialogue On Dialogue: The cross cuts between baptism (new life) and the murders (death) is one of the most famous sequences in movie history. Michael lies his way through the liturgical rite demonstrating how far he’s gone into his role as the Godfather.


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Daily Dialogue — July 9, 2017

“You can’t win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can imagine.”

Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope (1977), written by George Lucas

The Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Sacrifice, suggested by Denise Garcia.

Trivia: According to commentary tracks, Peter Diamond wishes he could have had the Lightsaber fight between Obi-Wan and Vader reshot, because they were constantly breaking the blades.

Dialogue On Dialogue: When is one sacrificing one’s life not a real sacrifice? When the victim gets to come back “more powerful” than ever.


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Daily Dialogue theme next week: Church

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The Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Church.

“Churches give me the creeps.” — Angel Heart (1987)

I’m running movies through my mind and you know what? There are a lot of scenes I can think of off the top my head which feature a church setting. How about you? Let’s see if we can come up with 7 of them. Drama. Horrors. Crime. Comedy. Church scenes across the genres.

What to do:

  • Copy/paste dialogue from IMDb Quotes or some other transcript source.
  • Copy/paste the URL of an accompanying video from YouTube or some other video source.
  • Any trivia about the movie which you think would be of interest to readers, we always welcome that.

I’d also ask you to think about why the dialogue is notable. Is there anything about the dialogue which provides some takeaway related to the craft of writing? If so, feel free to share your Dialogue On Dialogue.

Consecutive days of Daily Dialogue posts: 3,341.

Be a part of the proud Daily Dialogue tradition, post a suggestion in a RESPONSE, and have your name emblazoned on a blog post which will forever hold a hallowed spot in the Go Into The Story archives!

Upcoming schedule of themes:

July 17-July 23: Scientific Explanation [Melinda Mahaffey]
July 24-July 30: Television
July 31-August 6: Transaction [Gisela Wehrl]
August 7-August 13: One Word
August 14-August 20: Broken [Gisela Wehrl]

If you have any suggestions for Daily Dialogue themes, please post them in a RESPONSE and I’ll be happy to consider them for the series.

Be sure to post your ideas for this week’s theme: Church.

Continued thanks to all of you Daily Dialogue devotees, your suggested dialogue and dialogue themes. Grateful for your ongoing support of this series!


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