Movie Quiz: Meryl Streep

More than a few of us consider Meryl Streep to be the finest screen actress in the world today. Perhaps ever.

Here are some lines of dialogue she’s delivered. See if you can match them to the movie they came from and the name of the character who spoke them.



A. “I came here to take my son home. And I realized he already is home.”
B. “Details of your incompetence do not interest me.”
C. “You think I contaminated myself. You think I did that?”
D. “Perhaps he knew, as I did not, that the Earth was made round so that we would not see too far down the road.”
E. “Thank God I got sober now so I can be hyper-conscious for this series of humiliations.”
F. “What I came to understand is that change is not a choice. Not for a species of plant, and not for me.”
G. “That is what we do. That is what people do. They stay alive for each other.”
H. “I went outside, tripped over the chaise lounge, hit my head on the cement and rolled into the pool.”
I. “Do you know that they do to soft, bald, overweight Republicans in prison, Ernest?”
J. “I have long imagined a day such as this. I have longed for it. I was lost from the moment I saw you.”
K. “I'm never getting married again. I don't believe in marriage.”
L. “If no one's in the kitchen, who's to see?”
M. “Duct tape will not make an honest man out of you.”
N. “There's nothing wrong with me. Except that I love him.”
O. “What if I did drink too much wine? Whose business is that anyway? Who knows how much I didn't drink, huh?”
a. Adaptation (2002)
b. The Hours (2002)
c. The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)
d. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
e. Julie and Julia (2009)
f. Heartburn (1986)
g. Out of Africa (1985)
h. Falling In Love (1984)
i. Silkwood (1983)
j. Defending Your Life (1991)
k. Postcards from the Edge (1990)
l. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
m. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
n. Ironweed (1987)
o. Death Becomes Her (1992)
1. Julia Child
2. Karen Silkwood
3. Julia (NOT Julia Child)
4. Yolanda Johnson
5. Susan Orlean
6. Miranda Priestly
7. Suzanne Vale
8. Clarissa Vaughn
9. Helen Archer
10. Joanna Kramer
11. Molly Gilmore
12. Madeline Ashton
13. Rachel Samstat
14. Sarah
15. Karen (NOT Karen Silkwood)

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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