Learning from Movies: Harley and Marlboro

Posted on May 2, 2011


That’s Harley Davidson & the Marlboro Man, but you can be forgiven for not remembering this 1991 scifi re-telling of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

  • Always know the table before you shoot.
  • Never make a bet if you can’t pay the debt.
  • If you lose, stand up straight and tall and walk like a man.
  • You can think too much. Sometimes you have to act.
  • Live so that, when you’re ready to die, you don’t have to make any excuses.
  • Squeeze the trigger, don’t jerk it.
  • Some business is better left unfinished.
  • It’s better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool.
  • Always have an exit strategy.
  • The right person can make you, and the wrong one can break you.
  • Never chase buses or women, you always get left behind.
  • Once is a coincidence, twice is a pattern. Three times? You better figure out what you’re doing wrong.
  • When you’re at death’s door and the devil’s knocking, a crazy plan is better than none.
  • It’s not over until you make it right.
  • Oh God, if you’re up there, and if you’re watching from wherever it is you’re watching from, look away for a moment.
  • You know, that gun costs about two dollars every time you fire it. That’s two bucks a bullet. You spent twelve dollars and didn’t hit a goddamn thing. I nailed one and it cost about four and a quarter.
  • We’re not charmed. We’re pissed off.
  • In life, family is who you make it.

When you can’t count on anything else, you find your real friends.