Best of Boston

1999 Best Quote, Ripped from a Hit Movie

“You can’t handle the truth.”

Governor Paul Cellucci (channeling Jack Nicholson’s megalomaniacal Marine colonel in A Few Good Men) to Scott Harshbarger during the final gubernatorial debate. Better yet: “Failure is not an option.” Connecticut Governor John Rowland (channeling Ed Harris’ cool NASA ground-control astronaut in Apollo 13), shortly before Rowland’s eleventh hour attempt to keep alive his stadium deal with New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft.