In the world of memorable movie quotes from Hollywood flicks, no actor may be quite as omnipresent on any list of the most iconic lines of dialogue as Humphrey Bogart. Heck, four of the all time greatest movie quotes according to the American Film Institute are said by Bogey just in “Casablanca.” Bill Murray may not be as iconic or as represented at Bogart according to the folks at the AFI, but you would have a hard time arguing that he may well be the most quotable actor since, if not of all time. And yet none of his quotes carry quite the insight into the uglier truth about America many work tirelessly to hire as an often forgotten monologue that appeared in his first starring role.
“And even if we win, if we win, HAH! Even if we win! Even if we play so far above our heads that our noses bleed for a week to ten days; even if God in Heaven above comes down and points his hand at our side of the field; even if every man woman and child held hands together and prayed for us to win, it just wouldn’t matter because all the really good looking girls would still go out with the guys from Mohawk because they’ve got all the money!”
This line from “Meatballs” has arguably even more resonance on the day I write it than it did on the day you first heard Bill Murray’s wise beyond his appearance camp counselor spoke them as a rarefied parody of the locker room inspirational speech found in some many dramatic movies. As I write these words, we have a man running for President who is the very embodiment of the kids from Camp Mohawk about which Murray’s character speaks. The speech and the quote ends with the surprisingly rousing mantra of
“It just doesn’t matter…It just doesn’t matter.”
Way back in 1979 Murray was speaking to a future generation of people who think the world is changed significantly when in fact a bunch of stuck-up solipsistic snotty rich kids are still going to get their way simply because they have effortlessly convinced millions to accept their own delusions of self-importance and manifest destiny.
In 2019, nothing has changed except now the snotty kids are actually in charge.