Movie Quiz: The Duke Speaks

John Wayne may have played more memorable characters and uttered more quoteworthy lines than any other actor in American film.

For today’s quiz, match the movie title with the Duke’s character and a line of dialogue he spoke in that film.




1. The Shootist (1976)
2. The Conqueror (1956)
3. Island in the Sky (1953)
4. The Alamo (1960)
5. The Searchers (1956)
6. The Quiet Man (1952)
7. The Shepherd of the Hills (1941)
8. The Big Trail (1930)
9. Hondo (1953)
10. The Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
11. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
12. True Grit (1969)
13. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
14. The Wings of Eagles (1957)
15. She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)
A. Captain Dooley
B. Sean Thornton
C. Genghis Khan
D. Stryker
E. Tom Doniphon
F. Hondo Lane
G. Breck Coleman
H. Centurion
I. "Spig" Wead
J. J.B. Books
K. Davy Crockett
L. Young Matt
M. Rooster Cogburn
N. Nathan Brittles
O. Ethan Edwards
a. "Republic. I like the sound of the word."
b. "Nothing can stop us! Not even the snows of winter, nor the peaks of the highest mountain. We're building a nation and we got to suffer!"
c. "Fill your hands, you son of a bitch!"
d. "There'll be no locks or bolts between us, Mary Kate... except those in your own mercenary little heart!"
e. "Whoa, take 'er easy there, Pilgrim."
f. "The bigger the man, the deeper the imprint. And when he's in love, he suffers knowing it's a dead end."
g. "I stole you. I will keep you. Before the sun sets you will come willingly to my arms."
h. "That’ll be the day."
i. "Surely this must be the son of God."
j. "I'm gonna move that toe!"
k. "Chawing tobacco is a nasty habit. Been known to turn a man's stomach."
l. "Everybody gets dead. It was his turn."
m. "I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them."
n. "Life is tough, but it's tougher if you're stupid."
o. "I'll shoot the first one of ya to leave camp. I'll aim for your legs. I may miss and hit ya in the back of the head. Either way serves ya right."

About the Author

Robert W. Butler is a lifelong Kansas City area resident, a graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School and the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. For several decades he was the movie editor of the Kansas City Star; he now writes a movie-themed blog at He's married to the former Ellen Vaughan; they are the proud parents of LA-based comedian, writer, director and TV personality Blair Butler. He used to be a dog person but now lives with two cats, thus demonstrating the flexibility of the human condition.

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