SCEN103 Computer Lab Reverse Internet Challenge

From the movie Meet Joe Black there is a quote in the beginning about love that I (Diana) have been trying to find word for word. Can you find it?? It deals with being in love.

  1. Tried guessing the official movie site (most have them!);
    <http://www.meetjoeblack.com/> worked!
    No quote was to be found though!
  2. Continuing in my usual fashion, I tried AltaVista: +"Meet Joe Black"
  3. Looked over Movieweb's entry for Meet Joe Black. Nothing...
  4. In looking over the entries posted from AltaVista I noticed that there were script selling services. How could I take a peek?
  5. After searching the web fruitlessly, I decided to try the newsgroups. First I searched DejaNews for Meet Joe Black. Looked over some entries and decided that the Brad Pitt newsgroup would be the best place to go.
  6. I subscribed to alt.fan.brad-pitt and posted the following message, hoping that someone had already bought a script and would be willing to help:
        Subject: Quote from Meet Joe Black
        There is a quote in the beginning of the movie
        about being in love that a friend of mine is
        looking for in its exact wording.  Any help
        would be appreciated; thanks in advance.
    
  7. Sure enough, I received the following e-mail message from JanieHO@aol.com:
        I recently got the script of this movie.
        Which scene are you exactly talking about?
        I could send you a transcript. Is it the scene
        where Bill Parrish is talking to Susan while
        they are in the plane? Just let me know. 
    
  8. I replied:
        Thanks for the reply.
        I think it was near the beginning.
        (Unfortunately I didn't see the movie.)
    
  9. And the answer is:
        Here's the full "plane" scene, where Anthony Hopkins
        (Bill Parrish) talks to Claire Forlani (Susan) about love.
        I hope it's the scene your friend is searching for:
        __________________________________________________
    
        PARRISH:  Do you love Drew?
    
        SUSAN:    You mean like you loved Mom?
    
        PARRISH:  Forget about me and Mom - are you going to marry him?
    
        SUSAN:    Probably
    
        PARRISH:  Don't get carried away.
    
        SUSAN:    Ohhh...
    
        PARRISH:  Susan, you're a hell of a woman.
                  You've got a great career, you're beautiful...
    
        SUSAN:    And I'm your daughter and no man
                  will ever be good enough for me.
    
        PARRISH:  Well, I wasn't going to say that...
    
        SUSAN:    What were you going to say? 
    
        PARRISH:  Listen, I'm crazy about the guy -
                  he's smart, he's aggressive, he could
                  carry Parrish Communications into the
                  21st century and me along with it.
    
        SUSAN:    So what's wrong with that?
    
        PARRISH:  That's for me. I'm talking about you.
                  It's not so much what you say about
                  Drew, it's what you don't say.
    
        SUSAN:    You're not listening.
    
        PARRISH:  Oh yes, I am. Not an ounce of excitement,
                  not a whisper of a thrill, this relationship
                  has all the passion of a pair of titmice.
    
        SUSAN:    Don't get dirty, Dad...
    
        PARRISH:  Well, it worries me. I want you to get swept away.
                  I want you to levitate. I want you to sing with
                  rapture and dance like a dervish.
    
        SUSAN:    That's all?
    
        PARRISH:  Be deliriously happy.
                  Or at least leave yourself open to be.
    
        SUSAN:    "Be deliriously happy". I'm going to do my utmost.
    
        PARRISH:  I know it's a cornball thing but love is passion,
                  obsession, someone you can't live without.
                  If you don't start with that, what are you going
                  to end up with? I say fall head over heels.
                  Find someone you can love like crazy and who'll
                  love you the same way back. And how do you find him?
                  Forget your head and listen to your heart.
                  I'm not hearing any heart. Run the risk, if you get
                  hurt, you'll come back. Because, the truth is there
                  is no sense living your life without this.
                  To make the journey and not fall deeply in love -
                  well, you haven't lived a life at all. You have to try.
                  Because if you haven't tried, you haven't lived.     
    
        SUSAN:    Bravo
    
        PARRISH:  Aw... you're tough.
    
        SUSAN:    I'm sorry. But give it to me again. The short version.
    
        PARRISH:  Stay open. Who knows? Lightning could strike.
    
    Answer:
    I know it's a cornball thing but love is passion, obsession, someone you can't live without. If you don't start with that, what are you going to end up with? I say fall head over heels. Find someone you can love like crazy and who'll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart. I'm not hearing any heart. Run the risk, if you get hurt, you'll come back. Because, the truth is there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love - well, you haven't lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven't tried, you haven't lived.

  10. This answer was confirmed from a posting directly to the newsgroup by vvidt@my-dejanews.com. You may see it by entering "Quote from Meet Joe Black" into the search box at DejaNews.


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