The Fast & Furious movies might not be the most factually-correct, nor does it have the most complicated plots. But what it does – and continues to do well – are the over-the-top action scenes, fancy cars, and iconic one-liners.
The simple recipe is so successful that the franchise now spans nine movies (plus a spin-off) over the course of 20 years. In fact, the first movie in the series, The Fast And The Furious, just celebrated its 20th anniversary this past Tuesday.
So to commemorate the cult favourite’s milestone while we wait for the franchise’s ninth instalment that is due for a theatre release in Malaysia (hopefully) soon, let’s take a look back at some of the most quotable dialogues from the first-ever Fast & Furious movie.
1. “More than you can afford, pal. Ferrari.”
This one’s an instant classic. While driving the iconic orange Supra, Brian pulled up next to a Ferrari F355 Spider at the traffic light. And as one would, he complemented the car, and asked the man driving how much does a car like that costs.
In response, perhaps to impress the lady sitting next to him, the F355 driver said to Brian and Toretto condescendingly: “More than you can afford, pal. Ferrari.” A drag race then ensued, and as anyone could’ve guessed, our heroes obviously “smoked” him.
The most ironic thing about this whole exchange is that the MK IV Toyota Supra in the movie was just sold for an eye-watering USD550,000 (~RM2.2 million), which is probably a whole lot more than what a Ferrari F355 is worth these days.
2. “Granny shifting, not double clutching like you should.”
This one’s actually pretty funny, because it makes zero sense at all. The iconic line was said by Dom to Brian, after Brian blew up his Eclipse’s engine while drag racing. But… why on earth would you ever double clutch in a drag race?
First of all, depressing a clutch twice will always be slower than just doing it once – that’s just simple maths. But the biggest hole in the statement is the fact that double clutching is usually done to rev-match your engine between gears during downshifts, and the only time you’ll downshift in a drag race is to slow down after the crossing the finish line.
The line definitely sounded cool when we were all young and knew nothing about cars, but now, we just can’t help but chuckle whenever we hear it. Credit where credit is due, though – ‘granny shifting’ is just pure comedic genius.
3. “Ask any racer. Any real racer. It don’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile – winning’s winning.”
Dominic Toretto’s iconic mic-drop statement, after calling out Brian’s “subpar” shifting techniques. The last part of the line, “winning’s winning”, has also become some sort of mantra for many racing drivers, including Daniel Ricciardo (who’s a massive movie buff, by the way).
Although we can’t argue with the logic behind the statement, we feel that Dominic does come off as a bit of a bad winner here, especially after Brian just destroyed his car after using “100 shots of NOS” and frying the piston rings.
4. “If we have to, overnight parts from Japan.”
This line is another one that’s now heavily ingrained into car culture, particularly in the JDM scene, and it all came from Dominic’s handyman Jesse’s comments when Brian brought in a junkyard-find MK IV Toyota Supra.
Need to replace something on your car? “Just overnight parts from Japan, bro”. It doesn’t even have to be literally imported from the country; the quote is now used to refer to any new parts that you’ve ordered for the car.
Bonus: “I’ll have the tuna… no crust.”
The beautiful friendship between Dom and Brian, the backbone of the entire Fast & Furious movie franchise, and it all started with a simple tuna sandwich – with no crust. The unassuming tuna sandwich is Brian’s standard order when he stakes out at the Toretto’s Market and Café while working undercover for the LA Police Department, and of course, flirting with Dom’s sister, Mia.
It was at the café where Brian first met Dom, although the situation wasn’t the most friendly as the latter was trying to break up a fight. But as we all know, their relationship only blossomed after that. You’re not human if you didn’t shed a tear when they parted ways after the “one last ride” (RIP, Paul Walker).
So there you have it, the most memorable quotes from “The Fast and the Furious” that we can think of! Which one is your favourite, or did we miss out on any? Let us know in the comments section below.