Ignore the lo-fi and tatty design: Subzin is an incredibly useful, stripped-down search engine that will help you find almost any line from almost any movie you can think of.
Type in “Frankly, my dear” and 11 films come up. (You’ll see lines from Miss Congeniality, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Poetic Justice, as well as Gone With The Wind‘s justifiably famous “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”) The overly familiar “Bill Shakespeare” seem to have appeared in nine films; “Vanna White” appears in seven. The search engine’s not quite exhaustive: we found our favorite quip from Starship Troopers (“MI does the dying—fleet just does the flying”), but had to look elsewhere for Clint Eastwood’s classic ’70s-era comeback, “Dyin’ ain’t much of a living, boy.” (It’s from The Outlaw Josey Wales.) Still, Subzin’s got 95 percent of the lines we looked for, and set us off on all sorts of wonderful tangents. It’s well worth the bookmark.
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