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Poll: Anaphora, Epiphora...

An anaphora is the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses, an epiphora is the same thing but at the end.

Which of these classic movie quotes consisting of such repetitions is your personal favorite?

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(see that was an anaphora with "You can" and an epiphora with "here")

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    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

    "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!"("GOLD HAT")
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    On the Waterfront (1954)

    "You don't understand! I could’ve had class. I could’ve been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am." (TERRY MALLOY)
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    Ghostbusters (1984)

    "We came. We saw. We kicked its ass." (PETER VENKMAN)
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    Goodfellas (1990)

    "What do you mean, funny? Funny how? How'm I funny??...How the f--k am I funny? What the f--k is so funny about me? Tell me? Tell me what's funny!..." (TOMMY DEVITO)
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    The Dark Knight (2008)

    "He turns to me and says, "Why so serious?" Comes at me with the knife."WHY SO SERIOUS?" He sticks the blade in my mouth... "Let's put a smile on that face." And... Why so serious?" (THE JOKER)
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    Fight Club (1999)

    "Gentlemen, welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!" (TYLER DURDEN)
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    The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

    "I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope." (RED)
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    And Justice for All (1979)

    "You're out of order! You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order! They're out of order!" (ARTHUR KIRKLAND)
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    Rocky (1976)

    "Talkin' about your prime. What about my prime, Mick? At least you had a prime! I didn't have no prime. I didn't have nothin'." (ROCKY BALBOA)
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    Donnie Brasco (1997)

    "Forget about it" is, like, if you agree with someone, you know, like "Raquel Welch is one great piece of ass. Forget about it!" But then, if you disagree, like "A Lincoln is better than a Cadillac? Forget about it!" You know? But then, it's also like if something's the greatest thing in the world, like, "Minghia! Those peppers! Forget about it!" But it's also like saying "Go to hell!" too. Like, you know, like "Hey Paulie, you got a one-inch pecker?" and Paulie says "Forget about it!" (DONNIE BRASCO)
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    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

    "If you hold back anything, I'll kill ya. If you bend the truth or I think you're bending the truth, I'll kill ya. If you forget anything, I'll kill ya. In fact, you're gonna have to work very hard to stay alive, Nick. Now, do you understand everything I've just said? 'Cause if you don't, I'll kill ya!" (RORY BREAKER)
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    Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

    "My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you." (GEORGE M. COHAN)
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    Bull Durham (1988)

    "I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve. And I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days." (CRASH DAVIS)
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    When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

    "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." (HARRY)
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    The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

    "Wherever you can look - wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad. I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry and they know supper's ready, and when the people are eatin' the stuff they raise and livin' in the houses they build - I'll be there, too." (TOM JOAD)
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    Gaslight (1944)

    "But because I am mad, I hate you.Because I am mad, I have betrayed you. And because I'm mad, I'm rejoicing in my heart, without a shred of pity, without a shred of regret, watching you go with glory in my heart!" (PAULA ALQUIST)
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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

    "You think I'm licked. You all think I'm licked. Well, I'm not licked." (JEFFERSON SMITH)
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    Goodfellas (1990)

    "Now the guy's got Paulie as a partner. Any problems, he goes to Paulie. Trouble with the bill? He can go to Paulie. Trouble with the cops, deliveries, Tommy, he can call Paulie. But now the guy's gotta come up with Paulie's money every week, no matter what. Business bad? F--k you, pay me. Oh, you had a fire? F--k you, pay me. Place got hit by lightning, huh? F--k you, pay me." (HENRY HILL)
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    The Wizard of Oz (1939)

    "I'll fight you both together if you want. I'll fight you with one paw tied behind my back. I'll fight you standing on one foot.I'll fight you with my eyes closed... ohh, pullin' an axe on me, eh?"(COWARDLY LION)
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    Full Metal Jacket (1987)

    "But until that day you are pukes. You are the lowest form of life on Earth. You are not even human fucking beings. You are nothing but unorganized grabastic pieces of amphibian s--t!" (GUNNERY SERGEANT HARTMAN)

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