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Cold-blooded statements from cinema's most notable tough-nuts

Clip joint regular FreakyChucker ventures above the line for the first time for this week's offering.

What's not to love about a bad-ass one-liner? A single piece of dialogue that instantly freezes the breath right there in your chest, leaving you in no doubt whatsoever that what you are dealing with here is one stone-cold tough melon farmer.

Note that the whole "one line" thing is kind of crucial here. So there'll be no Samuel L Jackson, Pulp Fiction-style striking down with furious vengeance in this list. Neither will George C Scott's opening speech from Patton be making an appearance. Those examples were part of some long (though admittedly bad-ass) speeches – and 'bad–ass speeches' are a whole different Clip joint. (As is the comparable killer comebacks topic – Ed).

Also, while we're throwing parameters around, you will find no Clint Eastwood "Do you feel lucky? »

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