As it appears to be heading for the twilight, here are five films that may best describe the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign:
1. Das Boot (1981)
Plot: A German U-boat goes on a long and ultimately doomed quest to return home safely.
Key line: They won’t catch us this time! Not this time! They haven’t spotted us! No, they’re all snoring in their bunks! Or, you know what? They’re drinking at the bar, celebrating our sinking! Not yet, my friends. Not yet!
2. The Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
The plot: A famous but tyrannical columnist competes with a young, ambitious press agent who is forced to adopt sleazy tricks to make it big.
Key line: I’d hate to take a bite outta you. You’re a cookie full of arsenic.
3. Primal Fear (1996)
The plot: An ambitious Chicago lawyer is thwarted by a mysterious individual who assumes multiple personalities.
Key Line: I speak. You do not speak. Your job is to just sit there and look innocent.
4. Network (1976)
The plot: A ruthless and ratings-obssessed TV network executive cynically exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor’s ravings and revelations about the media to advance her career.
Key line: I seem to be inept at everything except my work. I’m goddamn good at my work and so I confine myself to that. All I want out of life is a 30 share and a 20 rating.
5. Red River (1948)
The plot: A young cowhand challenges the trail boss’s leadership and splits from the herd. The trail boss relentless pursues him, swearing revenge.
Key line: Cherry was right. You’re soft, you should have let ’em kill me, ’cause I’m gonna kill you. I’ll catch up with ya. I don’t know when, but I’ll catch up. Every time you turn around, expect to see me, ’cause one time you’ll turn around and I’ll be there.
Honorable Mention: Election (1999)
The plot: An ambitious student sees her campaign for student council president upset by a popular athlete.
Key line: He was no competition for me; it was like apples and oranges. I had to work a little harder, that’s all, see I believe in the voters; they understand that elections aren’t just popularity contests, they know this country was built by people just like me who work very hard and don’t have everything handed to them on a silver spoon.
The people at Slate figured this out way back and produced this great mashup: