Not to make light of the dead, but while actor Patrick Swazye‘s career ended on a dramatic high point with A&E’s “The Beast,” he also has the distinction of uttering some of the cheesiest movie lines ever. Especially during his decade-long heyday starting in the mid-’80s.
One “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” per career is more than many can hope for. Yet, three years after “Dirty Dancing” Swayze managed to top this endearment beloved my millions of teen girls, with the utterly lame “Ditto” in response to movie wife Demi Moore’s declarations of eternal love in “Ghost.”
Yet, somehow, Swayze always managed to sell even the most ridiculous line, making movie audiences like him all the more. Come to think of it, pairing him with Keanu Reeves — who has a similar skills — in “Point Break” was genius.
With the utmost affection, we’ve put together a few of our other favorite lines from Patrick Swayze’s cinematic resume:
Jed Eckert, “Red Dawn” (1984): “C’mon! We’re all going to die; die standing up!”
Derek Sutton, “Youngblood” (1986): “Thank God there is a sport [hockey] for middle-sized white boys.”
Johnny Castle, “Dirty Dancing” (1987): “No, the … the way he saved her. I .. I mean, I … I could never do anything like that. That was somethin’. I mean, the reason people treat me like I’m nothin’ is because I’m nothin’.”
Dalton, “Road House” (1989): “It’s my way … or the highway.”
Sam Wheat, “Ghost” (1990): “It’s amazing, Molly. The love inside, you take it with you. See ya.”
Bodhi, “Point Break” (1991): “100 percent pure adrenaline!” and “Little hand says it’s time to rock and roll.”
Vida Boheme, “To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar” (1995): “Ready or not, here comes mama!”
What did we miss? What are your favorite Patrick Swayze movie lines?