Daily Dialogue theme next week: Marriage proposals!

April 15th, 2012 by

Teddy Pasternak blew in with this suggestion: Marriage proposals. Along with this take:

Spring is in the air! How about marriage proposals? There are a ton of examples of this: some funny, some sad, some deceitful, some obligatory, some honest. As I was looking for scenes it became very clear how much culture, tradition and geographical location play a part in how proposals are written. Just like every scene should, of course, the good ones grow organically from the situation and the dynamic between the characters.

To which I say: “I do.” Next week, we explore movie marriage proposals:

Teddy has already noted some good examples including Vera Drake and Muriel’s Wedding, but there are plenty of others. If a movie marriage proposal scene jumps into your mind, please post it in comments. The usual drill:

* Copy/paste dialogue from IMDB Quotes or some other transcript source.

* Copy/paste the URL of an accompanying video from MovieClips or YouTube.

There were several other good suggestions for dialogue themes, so here is our upcoming schedule for the next several weeks:

April 23-29: Narration [Lloyd Morgan]

April 30-May 6: Revelations [Alexander Gorelik]

May 7-May 13: First Dates [churnage]

May 14-May 20: Non-verbal ‘dialogue’ [Liz Swan]

But this week, let’s focus on marriage proposals. See you in comments!

7 thoughts on “Daily Dialogue theme next week: Marriage proposals!

  1. The Knocked Up proposal without the engagement ring would be a must: http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/k/knocked-up-script-transcript.html

    Dialogue starts at “Look, Allison, I’m sure this isn’t
    how you pictured it being, exactly,” but unfortunately i can’t find a video source for the scene :(

  2. Mike Boles says:

    Gotta go with Nora Ephron and When Harry Met Sally. The word marriage is nowhere to be found, which makes it so perfect…especially for these characters. I really love this film….

    http://movieclips.com/8E9G4-when-harry-met-sally-movie-harry-loves-sally/

    Harry: I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and the thing is, I love you.
    Sally: What?
    Harry: I love you.
    Sally: How do you expect me to respond to this?
    Harry: How about, you love me too?
    Sally: How about, I’m leaving?
    Harry: Doesn’t what I said mean anything to you?
    Sally: I’m sorry, Harry. I know it’s New Year’s Eve. I know you’re feeling lonely, but you just can’t show up here, tell me you love me, and expect that to make everything all right. It doesn’t work this way.
    Harry: Well, how does it work?
    Sally: I don’t know, but not this way.
    Harry: How about this way? I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

    1. blknwite says:

      yes yes my first choice!

  3. Moonstruck

    LORETTA
    What’s the matter?

    MR. JOHNNY
    My scalp is not getting enough blood
    sometimes.

    Loretta looks at him strangely. Bobo rolls up the dessert
    cart. WE SEE Loretta and Mr. Johnny through the frame of the
    dessert cart. They turn and look at the desserts.

    MR. JOHNNY
    Have Something.

    LORETTA
    I shouldn’t.

    MR. JOHNNY
    Will you marry me?

    LORETTA
    What?

    MR. JOHNNY
    Will you marry me?

    LORETTA
    Bobo, take the cart away.

    He does.

    LORETTA
    (continuing)
    Are you proposing marriage to me?

    MR. JOHNNY
    Yes?

    LORETTA
    You know I was married and that my
    husband died. But what you don’t
    know is I think he and I had Bad
    Luck.

    MR. JOHNNY
    What do you mean?

    LORETTA
    We got married at the City Hall and
    I think it gave bad luck the whole
    marriage.

    MR. JOHNNY
    I don’t understand.

    LORETTA
    Right from the start we didn’t do it
    right. Could you kneel down?

    MR. JOHNNY
    On the floor?

    LORETTA
    Yes, on the floor.

    MR. JOHNNY
    This is a good suit.

    LORETTA
    I helped you buy it. It came with
    two pairs of pants. It’s for luck,
    Johnny. When you propose marriage to
    a woman, you should kneel down.

    MR. JOHNNY
    Alright.

    Mr. Johnny slowly gets out of his chair. There’s not enough
    room for him to kneel down. He has to ask two off-duty PRO
    WRESTLERS who are eating dinner to move their chairs. They
    do so with bemused expressions. Their names are BOB and MOOK.

    SHY WAITER BRINGS PERRY A FRESH GLASS OF VODKA ASKS THE SHY
    WAITER

    PERRY
    Is that man praying?

    MR. JOHNNY ON HIS KNEES ADDRESSES LORETTA

    JOHNNY
    So. Will you ma…

    LORETTA
    (interrupting)
    Where’s the ring?

    MR. JOHNNY
    (at a loss)
    The ring?

    BOB AND MOOK ARE WATCHING MR. JOHNNY’S PERFORMANCE

    They are deadpan mugs.

    BOB
    (to Mr. Johnny)
    A ring. That’s right.

    MOOK
    I woulda sprung for a ring if it was
    me.

    BOBO AND EDDIE STAND NEAR THE KITCHEN WATCHING

    BOBO
    She’s got him on his knees. He’s
    ruining his suit.

    LORETTA AND MR. JOHNNY

    LORETTA
    You could use your pinky ring.

    MR. JOHNNY
    I like this ring.

    LORETTA
    You propose to a woman you should
    offer her a ring of engagement.

    Mr. Johnny takes off the ring and holds it out to her.

    MR. JOHNNY
    Loretta. Loretta Castorini Clark. On
    my knees. In front of all these
    people. Will you marry me?

    She meekly accepts the ring from him and takes his hands.

    LORETTA
    Yes, Johnny. Yes, John Anthony
    Cammareri. I will marry you. I will
    be your wife.

    Mr. Johnny slowly stands up, brushes off his knees. The
    restaurant has fallen utterly silent. Loretta smiles. They
    embrace. Loretta kisses him quickly.

    http://cli.ps/eF6o

  4. blknwite says:

    Natural Born Killers in film Mickey and Mallory on Bridge, red scarf floats down, can’t find scene in all the scripts online so it must have been added later but here’s clip http://youtu.be/Slwpt4gtCNg.

  5. blknwite says:

    white scarf why did i think it was red that was the blood drops…

  6. Mike Boles says:

    Howsabout an action proposal/wedding? Very efficient.
    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End by Rossio/Elliott and this would be nothing without Hans Zimmer’s classic score…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvenEcIHw8E&feature=related

    Will Turner: [during the final battle] Will you marry me?
    Elizabeth Swann: I don’t think now’s the best time!
    Will Turner: Now may be the only time! I love you. I’ve made my choice. What’s yours?
    Elizabeth Swann: Barbossa!
    [Will shocked because of her ‘choice’]
    Elizabeth Swann: [to Barbossa] Marry us!
    [Will is relieved]
    Barbossa: I’m a little busy at the moment!
    Will Turner: Barbossa, Now!
    Barbossa: Fine then.
    Barbossa: Dearly Beloved, we be gathered here today…
    [is set upon by a fish-person, who he kicks in the face]
    Barbossa: … to nail yer gizzard to the mast, yer poxy cur!
    Will Turner:Elizabeth Swann, do you take me to be your husband?
    Elizabeth Swann: I do.
    Will Turner: Great!
    [more fighting]
    Elizabeth Swann: Will Turner, do you take me to be your wife, in sickness and in health, with health being less likely?
    Will Turner: I do.
    [more fighting]
    Barbossa: As Captain, I now pronounce you…
    [interrupted by fighting]
    Barbossa: You may kiss…
    [more fighting]
    Barbossa: …You may kiss…
    [more fighting]
    Barbossa: …JUST KISS!

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