Saturday, April 28, 2012

Top 10 Movies Featuring "Fightin' Analysts"

Here are a few of the best movie characters (some real and some fictional) featured in some popular movies from the last few decades.  I've included some of the better quotes/exchanges capturing their fighting spirit.

10. Matt Hooper, Oceanographer/Marine Biologist
One of the better quotes/exchanges:
Police Chief Brody: It doesn't make any sense when you pay a guy like you to watch sharks.
Matt Hooper: Well, uh, it doesn't make much sense for a guy who hates the water to live on an island either.
Police Chief Brody: It's only an island if you look at it from the water.
Matt Hooper: That makes a lot of sense.

9. William Somerset, Detective
One of the better quotes/exchanges:
William Somerset: Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "The world is a fine place and worth fighting for." I agree with the second part.

8. John Nash, Mathematician
One of the better quotes/exchanges:
John Nash: Classes will dull your mind.

7. Will Graham, FBI Profiler
One of the better quotes/exchanges:
Will Graham: I thought you might enjoy the challenge. Find out if you're smarter than the person I'm looking for.
Hannibal Lecter: Then, by implication, you think you're smarter than I am, since it was you who caught me.
Will Graham: No, I know I'm not smarter than you.
Hannibal Lecter: Then how did you catch me?
Will Graham: You had... disadvantages.
Hannibal Lecter: What disadvantages?
Will Graham: You're insane.

6. Jaime Escalante, Mathematics Teacher
One of the better quotes/exchanges:
Jaime Escalante: Tough guys don't do math. Tough guys fry chicken for a living.

5. Michael Bolton, Software Engineer
One of the better quotes/exchanges:
Michael Bolton: I don't know what happened, I must have missed a decimal point or something...
Peter Gibbons: Well, corporate accounts is sure as hell gonna notice $305,326.13 Michael!

This ragtag bunch made up of a Bureau of Prohibition Agent, a Cop, an Agent in Training and an Accountant collaboratively qualify as “Fightin’ Analysts.”
One of the better quotes/exchanges:
Agent Ness: Never stop, never stop fighting till the fight is done.
Al Capone: What'd you say? What're you saying?
Agent Ness: I said, "Never stop fighting till the fight is done."
Al Capone: What?
Agent Ness: You heard me, Capone. It's over.
Al Capone: [sneering] Get out, you're nothing but a lot of talk and a badge.
Agent Ness: Here endeth the lesson.

3. Billy Beene, General Manager and Peter Brand, Assistant General Manager
One of the better quotes/exchanges:
Peter Brand: It's about getting things down to one number. Using the stats the way we read them, we'll find value in players that no one else can see. People are overlooked for a variety of biased reasons and perceived flaws. Age, appearance, personality. Bill James and mathematics cut straight through that. Billy, of the 20,000 notable players for us to consider, I believe that there is a championship team of twenty-five people that we can afford, because everyone else in baseball undervalues them.

2. Will Hunting, Working Class Genius and Sean Maguire, Psychology Teacher
One of the better quotes/exchanges:
Will Hunting: I read your book last night.
Sean Maguire: So you're the one.

1. Jack Ryan, CIA Analyst
One of the better quotes/exchanges:
The President: [on who gets punished for 'Reciprocity'] You'll take the blame. Cutter and Ritter will take some too, but it won't amount to much. They'll get a slap on the wrist and $20,000 an hour on the lecture circuit. The rest, you'll dump on Greer. Yes, you'll take him down with you. You'll *destroy* his reputation. But it won't go any further than that. It's the ol' Potomac two-step, Jack.
Jack Ryan: I'm sorry, Mr. President, I don't dance.