Couple’s ‘Airplane!’-winning bracket picked in prize drawing

Dennis and Amy Becktell hold up their winning bracket. The couple chose “Airplane!” as their most quotable movie winner.



It started over a plate of eggs, sausage and biscuits and gravy, which, it could be argued, is a great way to start almost anything.

Amy Becktell grabbed the Most Quotable Movie Ever! bracket from the Nov. 22 Out & About and told her husband and cook, Dennis Becktell, that it was time to fill out the bracket.

“By the time we ate breakfast, we were done,” Amy said.

The husband and wife team agreed that the 1980 comedy “Airplane!” was the winner and 1994 drama “Forrest Gump” was a close second.

They submitted their bracket, and Rachel and I pulled their entry from the nearly 100 other submissions we received between Nov. 22 and Dec. 6, including several from outside the Western Slope.

The Becktells won $50 in movie theater gift cards from The Daily Sentinel and a gift basket from Seasons to Follow, 612 Main St., packed with candy, soda and popcorn for optimal movie-watching.

When asked why they picked “Airplane!,” Dennis said with a smile, “Surely, you wouldn’t ask about that one.”

He, of course, was referring to this exchange in the film:

Rumack: Can you fly this plane and land it?

Ted Striker: Surely, you can’t be serious.

Rumack: I am serious…and don’t call me Shirley.

Memorable movie lines must “relate to life,” Dennis said, “not only today but over time,” said Dennis, 68, who is retired.

A truly memorable movie line has to generate an emotional response, whatever that is, said Amy, 57.

In their shared opinion, however, remembering the exact movie quote isn’t as important as the scene in which a line was said and how that scene made them feel.

The Becktells said they had fun with the challenge, and after the initial shock of winning wore off, Dennis said he and his wife will probably share the gift basket with “lots of people,” although he wanted the candy canes and Peanut M&M’s

Amy wants to use the gift cards to see “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” or the Sandra Bullock science-fiction film “Gravity.”

As someone who has struggled with hearing impairment, Amy said going to movies can be difficult. However, Regal Cinemas 14 has Sony’s Entertainment Access Glasses that allow deaf or hard-of-hearing customers to view closed-captioned text on their lenses.

The lightweight glasses make movies so much more enjoyable, she said.

In addition to being a project manager at Mind Springs Health, Amy is a volunteer with the Western Colorado chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America and a board member on the Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

(An employee at Carmike Cinemas 7 said the company offers Sony’s glasses in large cities but not in Grand Junction.)


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