Robert De Niro: Top 5 Quotes

  • Robert De Niro Top 5 Quotes

This week it was Robert De Niro’s 71st birthday, and as I was scrawling through Tumblr GIFs and YouTube clips of his most memorable quotes I was reminded of the astounding number of them, all encapsulating iconic characters and films created by the little genius. In this blog post I attempt to whittle these cinematic gems into a top 5, I know you will probably disagree with me, but hey, you think you could do better wise guy?

5. Raging Bull (1980) “Bodder me abott a steak? Huh?”

I remember when I first watched Raging Bull, I was struck by the gritty realness of the arguments (of which there are many!) which is something I hadn’t experienced much growing up watching the latest Tom Cruise Hollywood blockbusters. The scene where Irma under cooks the steak sticks in my mind, you can feel the adrenaline, anger and fear as if you were in the room with them.

4. Meet the Parents (2000) “I have nipples, Greg, could you milk me?”

After watching a masterpiece such as Raging Bull you would never in a million years have imagined he would be asking Ben Stiller if he could milk him like a cat. This is why I love this quote so much, it epitomises his diversity and ability to switch to comedy without a flicker of doubt or insecurity as many other ‘proper’ actors might do.

3. Mean Streets (1973) “You too good for this ten dollars? It's a good ten dollars.”

This was the first collaboration between De Niro and Scorsese and it was a career changing performance which paved the way for roles in Godfather II and Taxi Driver. He plays Johnny Boy, an unpredictable troublemaker obsessed with money – and he doesn’t mind blagging to get it! His elaborate and whimsical tales of why he can’t pay back a loan shark comes to a head in this brilliant scene between Johnny Boy and said loan shark Michael.

2. Taxi Driver "You Talkin' To Me?"

I don’t trust anyone who claims they haven’t said this to themselves in the mirror, everybody has! This has to be the most iconic film & quote of De Niro’s, and it is executed perfectly. If you want proof of how well he acts this scene you only have to look at Mr 50 Cents attempt in Get Rich or Die Trying and compare.

1. Goodfellas (1990) “Look at me, never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.”

Yes, I am biased as this is probably one of my favourite films and characters of all time, but Jimmy Conway’s quotes are delivered sharper than Joe Pesci’s machete in the opening scene. Watch it here

Well there it is, my favourite De Niro quotes from his extensive repertoire so far, let's hope he will treat us to many more golden cinematic moments - i have my fingers crossed for Hands of Stone where De Niro plays the legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcel.

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The great thing about De Niro's career (taking away all the dross he's done recently to fund his ventures in Tribeca) is that these five films are only the tip of the iceberg. The Godfather II, The Untouchables, Cape Fear, Heat, The King Of Comedy, Casino, Wag The Dog, Jackie Brown, Silver Linings Playbook, Awakenings, Midnight Run, Once Upon A Time In America - these are films and parts that other actors would kill to take on. I've always quoted (with absolutely no justification) his rant as Al Capone in The Untouchables about Eliot Ness, the man who was trying to bring him down: "I want you to get this fuck where he breathes. I want you to find this nancy-boy Eliot Ness, I want him DEAD! I want his family DEAD! I want his house burned to the ground and I wanna go there in the middle of the night and I wanna piss on the ashes!" He's a very different actor to Pacino in that he internalises a lot more - he thinks, you can see him working things out while Pacino bellows and throws his arms around, and that's why I love the quote. He absolutely loses it, and it's magnificent.

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