Say That! 7 of Angela Bassett’s Best Movie Lines

July 25, 2012  |  
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Lord knows Angela Bassett can deliver the mess out of a line. Whether she’s playing the battered woman, the maternal figure, or a snobby housewife, Angela always makes you believe in her portrayal. Check out her best lines over the years.

Bernadine to John Sr.  in Waiting to Exhale

John: Oh by the way, I’m coming to pick up my kids on Saturday.
Bernadine: Yeah?
And if I hear you had em anywhere near that tramp bi**h, you’re gonna regret it for the rest of your life!

It’s one thing to be pissed at your unfaithful husband; but you can’t rightfully keep him away from his children, even if he is morally bankrupt. Bernie recognized this but at the same time she wasn’t about to have her soon-to-be ex husband parading his new woman in front of their children. And with this line, we think she made that perfectly clear.

Katherine Jackson to Joe Jackson in The Jackson 5: An American Dream

“You’re a liar, and you’re a cheat, and I don’t want you. No, I don’t want you, I don’t want you, I don’t want you, I don’t want you, I don’t want you no more.

Joe’s character was such a slimy dog in this movie. Katherine hung in there through a lot of his foolishness; but once she’d had enough, she snapped. When she throws herself on top of him on the couch, we were hoping she was going to inflict just a bit more damage. Is anybody else surprised that these two are still “legally” together?

Bernadine in the Closet

“Guess what John, you’re the motherf**king improper influence! Get yo’  Shyte, get yo Shyte and get out!”

If there was one scene that accurately illustrates that range of pain and suffering Angela is able to express in a scene, this is it. She nails this! There’s a reason why black women watch this movie and give their men a slight side eye. She had us thinking, “I wish [insert your man’s name here] would do something like that.” Some of you have got this entire scene memorized but go ahead and watch again for old time’s sake. This is a baaadd woman right here.

Mrs. Watson in Jumping the Broom
“Life is like a disco, no matter how the music changes, you just keep on dancing.”

This line is not as strong as some of Angela’s others but we like the sentiment it expresses. Playing Mrs. Watson, it seemed like Angela was completely faultless but as the movie progressed we started to see the skeletons in her closet too.

Gloria: Bernie, this is the stupidest move you’ve made yet. Just because you’re upset with your husband.

Bernie: I love you, Gloria, but I’m not gonna debate this with you, all right? I’m not here for a lecture.

Gloria: Bernie, I’ve been doing your hair for 11 eleven years. One ignorant move by your husband uh-huh, yes.

Gloria: You’re gonna come in here and chop off all your hair?

Bernie: Yes-yes.

Gloria:  I’m not doing this.

Bernie: What is the big deal– just cut it, Gloria.

Gloria” No, I’m not doing it. You gonna wake up tomorrow—

Bernie: You’re not gonna do it? Fine, I’ll do it myself. I’ll do it myself. fine, fine.

People might not have considered this scene to be particularly memorable but I found it especially important because of the very real attachment black women have to our hair. It was empowering to see Bernie say eff it all because she had more important things to focus on.

Tina Turner to Ike Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It?

“That’s your best shot? You can’t do no better than that? Come on, Come on!”

Despite its brutality, this was one of my favorite scenes from this movie, because it finally showed Tina fighting back. Ripping off Ike’s facial hair?! Classic. We didn’t expect Tina to win this battle but we were just happy she was finally giving Ike a run for his money.

Tina Turner to Ike Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It

“I got a room full of people, who come to see me. You hear me Ike? Come to see me. So what do you wanna do? I don’t know, shoot me? Pistol whip me?… Umm hmm.”

We love this final scene! Tina had finally gotten her power back and there was nothing Ike could do to intimidate her anymore. Even though he had a gun, she was mentally beyond his abuse. So powerful.

What did we miss? What are your favorite Angela Bassett lines?

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