Miscellaneous – Cinema/TV/Fiction
A Few Good Men
”Commander Galloway, why don’t you get yourself a cup of coffee?”
”Thank you, sir, I’m fine.”
”Commander, I would like you to leave the room so that we can talk about you behind your back.”
John M. Jackson, Demi Moore
”It was oregano, Dave, It was $10 worth of oregano.”
”Well, your client thought it was marijuana.”
”My client’s a moron. That’s not against the law.”
Tom Cruise, Matt Craven
”You’re Aunt Ginny? . . . I’m sorry, I was expecting someone older.”
”So was I.”
Tom Cruise, Maud Winchester
”You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded with men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the marines. You have that luxury; you have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives! You don’t want the truth, because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties – you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honour, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a live spent defending something. You use them as a punch line! I have neither the time, nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather that you said ‘thank you.’ And went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn to what you think you are entitled to.”
A Perfect World
"Hey, ever ridden in a time machine before?"
Boy shakes his head.
"Sure you have. What do you thing this is?”
”You lookin' at this thing backwards. This is a 20th century time machine. I'm the captain, and you're the navigator. Out there (pointing forwards), that's the future. Back there, (pointing behind him) well, that's the past. If life's moving too slow, and you want to project yourself into the future, you step on the gas right here, see?"
”And if you want to slow it down, well hell, you just step on the brake here, and you slow 'er down."
”This is the present Philip. Enjoy it while it lasts."
Kevin Costner, J T Lowther
"I need you to help me make a fake movie."
"Heh. You came to the right place."
"I wanna set up a production company and build a cover around making a movie."
"That we’re not gonna make."
"So you wanna come to Hollywood and act like a big shot?"
"Without actually doing anything?"
"You’ll fit right in."
Ben Affleck, John Goodman
" Ok, you got six people hiding out in a town of, what, 4 million people . . . all of whom chant ‘Death to America’ all the livelong day. You want to set up a movie in a week. You want to lie to Hollywood, where everybody lies for a living. Then you’re gonna sneak 007 over here into a country that wants CIA blood on their breakfast cereal and you’re gonna walk the Brady Bunch out of the most watched city in the world."
"Past a hundred militia at the airport. That’s right."
"Right. Look, I gotta tell you, we did suicide missions in the Army that had better odd than this."
"What does it matter. It’s a fake movie."
"If I’m doing a fake movie, it’s gonna be a fake hit."
"It’s not enough. If we’re gonna fool these people, it has to be big. And it has to have something that says it’s authentic."
"I did a movie with Rock Hudson one time. If you wanna sell a lie . . ."
"You get the press to sell it for you."
Alan Arkin, Ben Affleck, John Goodman
Assault on Precinct 13
"You figure I’d be more liable to tell the truth with God watchin’."
”If you believe in God Mr. Portnow.“
"You don’t? I never met a brother who didn’t have faith.”
"I’ve stood in front of dozens of men, who were all staring death in the face. Every single one of them begged for God’s help. After seeing all those pleas go unanswered, I lost my faith."
Fulvio Cecere, Lawrence Fishburne
Behind Enemy Lines
“Just out of curiosity, lieutenant, what happened to you?”
“Sir I signed up to be a fighter pilot. I didn’t want to be a cop. And I certainly didn’t want to be a cop walking the beat in a neighborhood no one cares about. That, and the routine on the ship, kind of wore me out.”
“What you don’t know from experience is that the routine, the systems check, the drills, the maintaining of discipline, that’s what you do to prepare for war.”
“We’re not at war sir.”
“Yes we are. Unless we’re parked at San Diego bay, you’re at war every time you step on this boat. You understand that?”
“No sir, I do not understand. If we’re at war, why doesn’t somebody act like we’re at war. Cause as far as I can tell we go out, we fly around, and we come back. Now we may be pretending we’re in the middle of a fight. But that’s all we’re doing is pretending, cause we’re not fighting, we’re watching.”
Gene Hackman, Owen Wilson
“I do everything I can to make sure that the employees in this hotel are treated equally and fairly. I’m getting complaints that you’re not allowing the kitchen staff off work to vote today.”
“We’re understaffed this week, I’ve got six workers with the flu. I’ve had to deny sick leave too.”
“Did you tell them they couldn’t leave?”
“This no small thing we’re doing tonight. I need every staffer with a pulse . . .”
“Did you tell them they couldn’t leave to vote?”
“They’re not gonna vote. Half of them are illegal, they can’t vote. Why give them the time off to do something they cannot do anyway.”
“You’ll post a memo informing all employees of their right to vote.”
“They can’t put two words of English together.”
“Put up a memo, in English and in Spanish, informing all employees of their right to vote, and allowing them the privilege to do so. Additionally, you will inform them that they will be paid for their time off for this privilege. And because I’m an equal-opportunity kind of guy, you’ve got till the end of the week to clear out your desk and leave. You’re fired, Darrel.”
William H. Macy, Christian Slater.
"Anybody tell money is the root of all evil, doesn’t have any. They say money can’t buy happiness? Look at the smile on my face."
"Your side? What side, Seth? You’re doing wrong. Listen kiddo. I’m not your best friend. That’s your mother’s racket. I’m your father. I tell you when you screw up. I mean, what did you think I was gonna do? Pat you on the back for this casino idea? Tell you what a great entrepreneur you are? So what do you want me to do, Seth? I mean, my God, if I’d called my father to meet me for a cup of coffee to talk about my screw ups, he probably would’ve laughed. We didn’t have nice little chats about why I was a bad boy. I got smacked. And I didn’t do it again. Much simpler."
Charlie Wilson’s War
”Can’t you stay another night?”
”No, I have a vote.”
”An important one?”
”What is it?”
”It a non-binding resolution expressing the (…) of the congress that the department of defense should continue to exercise its authority to support the Boy Scouts of America.”
”Are you f***ing kidding me?”
Jud Taylor, Tom Hanks
”Not for a few minutes. Let’s see what’s on the wires.”
”Why can’t you wait for newspapers like everybody else?”
”Because I think it’s productive to know today’s news today, and makes me one day smarter than you, which I enjoy as well.”
Amy Adams, Tom Hanks
”The congressman will be here in a moment. He’s just coming up from a vote.”
”I’m sure it’s an important one.”
”No, not really.”
Mary Bonner Baker, Peter Gerety
”Joanne. Well, gosh, how nice to hear from you. Could I call you back in a little bit?”
”Is Ronald Reagan in your bedroom right now?”
”Then I’m considerable more important than whoever it is.”
Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts
”Why is congress saying one thing, and doing nothing?”
”Oh, tradition mostly.”
Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks
”You pretty much hit rock bottom when you’ve been told you have character flaws by a man who hanged his predecessor in a military coup.”
”What do you want tanks in mountains for?”
”Oh, I don’t. I just wanted you to know that I know you got them.”
Ken Stott, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
”Without the press asking questions about them?”
”There’s good news there, because the press is going to be busy asking about a weekend in Vegas, and his pending arrest on charges of narcotics possession.”
”Is this true?”
”For our purpose it doesn’t really matter.”
”I’m just explaining that as long as the press sees sex and drugs behind the left hand, you can park a battle carrier behind the right hand, and no one’s going to f***ing notice.”
Ken Stott, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tom Hanks
”The Washington Times wants to know if you’ve ever been in rehab.”
”Well, what are you going to tell them?”
”That you won’t go to rehab because they don’t serve whiskey.”
Tom Hanks, Shirley Appleby
”How did you hook up with Charlie? Are you also passionately involved with the cause of the Afghans?”
”No, I just really wasn’t doing anything else.”
”I mean, how did you get in the CIA?”
”I didn’t. I’m with the department of agriculture.”
”Food and plant division.”
”Specifically apple imports.”
”You don’t seem the apple type.”
Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
”Where are you from.”
”Why do you care?”
”Are you a Catholic?”
”Greek Orthodox, Mrs. Herring”
”Well, that’s still Christian.”
”Imagine my relief.”
”What’s your problem with me?”
”I’ve found, in my business, that when people with time on their hands get involved in politics. I start forgetting who I’m supposed to be shooting at.”
”That would be in the apple import business.”
”I’ll have to remember that.”
Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
”Now look Hart. I don’t like to blow my own horn, but believe me, if Jesus Christ had lived in Chicago today, and if he had $5,000, and he’d come to me, things would have turned out differently.”
”You killed him!”
”No, I shot him. Bullets and the fall killed him.”
Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx
”Well, what did he do to you?”
”What did he do to you?”
”Nothing. I only met him tonight.”
”You just met once, and you kill him like that?”
”What? I should only kill people after I get to know them?”
Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx
“Define irony. A bunch of idiots, dancing on a plane to a song made famous by a band that died in a plane crash.”
Steve Buscemi, remarking on fellow convicts dancing to the tune of Sweet Home Alabama.
”Tommy Suits always said, ‘A confidence game is like putting on a play, where everyone knows their part. The inside man, the roper, the shills, everyone that is, except for the mark.’”
”So what do you do, tiger? You just con people out of their money?”
”There is actually some technique to it.”
”Ah-ha! You mean like – style.”
”Yeah, it helps, don’t you think?”
”No, no, style is at the end of my list, I’ll tell you why. When I was a young man like you just staring out, my first big score, this guy we robbed. I think his name was – Chinatown Schmidt! It was nothing big, my end was about $800. The first thing I did, I go out and get myself a suit, right? Yeah, I look good. It was like white. It was white. It was white white. Oh, I looked good, man. I’m telling you, I walked down the street, everybody was checking me out. Male and female.”
”I’m sure they did.”
”Oh yeah. Anyway, the first day I wore it out, October, it was still a hot out. We were kicking back in Malibu and Chinatown Schmidt, right? He catches up with us, so two guys roll by and boom, boom, boom, boom! Six of us scatter, man. The dust settles, you know. Everybody’s checking their finger and toes. And who is the one guy that got hit, sailor?”
(Edward Burns character nods in his direction.)
”You know why? White suit. I was the first thing they saw, I was the first thing they aimed at, I was the first thing they hit. So what did I learn that day, Jake?”
”Don’t wear white after Labor Day, maybe?”
”No. Sometimes, Jake, style can get you killed.”
Dustin Hoffman, Edward Burns
“Ah, smoking is not good for you, and it’s been deemed that anything that’s not good for you is bad. Hence illegal. Alcohol, caffeine contact sports, meat . . . bad language, chocolate, gasoline, uneducational toys and anything spicy. Abortion is also illegal, but then so is pregnancy if you don’t have a license.”
“I guess you weren’t part of the Cocteau plan.”
“Greed, deception, abuse of power. That’s no plan.”
“That’s why everybody is down here?”
“You got that right. See, according to Coctreau’s plan, I’m the enemy, because I like to think. I like to read. I’m into freedom of speech and freedom of choice. I’m the kind of guy who likes to sit in a greasy spoon and wonder ‘Gee, Should I have a T-bone steak or the jumbo rack barbecued ribs with side order of gravy fries?’ I want high cholesterol. I want to eat bacon and butter and buckets of cheese, ok? I want to smoke Cuban cigars the size of Cincinnati in the non-smoking section. I want to run through the streets naked with green jello all over my body reading Playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly might feel the need to. Ok, pal? I’ve seen the future. You know what it is? It’s a 47-year-old virgin sitting in his pajama drinking a banana-broccoli shake and singing “I’m a wiener.’ You live up top, you live Cocteau’s way. What he wants, when he wants, how he wants. The other choice, come down here, maybe starve to death.”
Sylvester Stallone, Denis Leary.
”Tell me, is there any scientific or forensic insight likely to be gained by spying on this woman in the shower?”
”Shanti, we're trying to make sure the woman is clean.”
Erika Alexander, Adam Goldberg
”I thought you said you didn't believe in changing the past.“
”Right. Well, I also believe in God. Just don't tell anyone.“
”I'm gonna tell everybody.“
Denzel Washington, Adam Goldberg.
Devil in a Blue Dress
”She was still convinced, thought that her Negro blood didn’t matter now that Terell couldn’t use it to keep the man she wanted to marry out of the mayor’s race. She was in love and couldn’t see for dreamin’, any better than the rest of us, I guess. Cause even though we had fought a war to keep the world free, the color line in America worked both ways, and even a rich white man like Todd Carter was afraid to cross it.”
“I know what you're thinking punk. You're thinking, did he fire six shots, or only five? And to tell you the truth, I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being this is a 44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, that will blow your head clean off, you gotta ask yourself a question. Do I feel lucky? Well, do you punk?”
Clint Eastwood. This is the second quote at the end of the film. The first, just after the bank robbery, is slightly different.
“Why does every story have to be do or die with you? Selena, you’re not the only writer here, okay? I’ve got a dozen people out there to keep happy. You know that.”
“Great. So now you’re not only not fucking me anymore, you’re fucking me.”
Eric Bogosian, Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Enemy of the State
“You know what I’ve seen? I’ve seen killers walk free, because the eyewitness was an alcoholic. I’ve seen sex offenders that couldn’t be touched because the victim was a call girl. Credibility! It’s the only currency that means anything on this kind of playing field.”
“Dean’s got the tape and he’s going come out with it. And when he does, I want his credibility. I want people to know he’s lying before they hear what he says. . . . Put taps on his 20 most frequently called numbers and let’s get into his life. The union situation has mob written all over it. And he’s definitely vulnerable on Rachel Banks. I want to know about his wife, I want to know about his parents, I want to know about his gambling problems, his urine samples, his porno rentals. I want to use every means possible to get what we need. Because this little son of a bitch is not going to be the final chapter of my life.”
F/X Murder by Illusion
“Nobody cares about making movies about people any more. All they care about is special effects.”
Diane Venora. (And this was in 1985.)
Full Metal Jacket
”Because I am hard, you will not like me. But the more you hate me, the more you’ll learn I am hard, but I am fair! There is no racial bigotry here! I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers. Here, you are all equally worthless!”
”The enemy has very deceitfully taken advantage of the Tet cease-fire to launch an offensive all over the country. So far, we’ve had it pretty easy here. But we seem to be the exception. Charlie has hit every major military target in Vietnam and hit them hard. In Saigon, the United States embassy has been overrun by suicide squads. Khe Sanh is standing by to be overrun. We also have reports that a division of N.V.A. has occupied all of the city of Hue south of Perfume River. In strategic terms, Charlie’s cut the country in half, the civilian press are about to wet their pants, and we’ve heard that even Cronkite is going to say the war is unwinnable. In other words, it’s a huge s*** sandwich and we’re all gonna have to take a bite.”
”Sir, does this mean that Ann-Margret’s not coming?”
Actor, Matthew Modine
”Two things you can’t take back on this job, kid: Bullets out of your gun and words out of your mouth.”
”With a new Ferrari in every garage?”
”No, not quite. That belongs to a friend.”
”A tip for your friend. The French registrations plates for this year’s model start with the letter “L”. Even the counterfeit ones.”
Pierce Brosnan, Famke Janssen.
”Do you expect me to talk? ”
”No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.”
Sean Connery, Gert Frobe (Auric Goldfinger)
”You plan to break into the world’s largest bank, but not to steal anything. Why? ”
”Go on, Mr. Bond. ”
”Mr. Ling, the Red Chinese agent at the factory, is a specialist in nuclear fission. But of course! His government’s given you a bomb.”
”I prefer to call it an atomic device. It’s small, but particularly dirty.”
”Cobalt and Iodine?”
”If you explode it in Fort Knox, the entire gold supply of the United States will be radioactive for 57 years.”
”Fifty-eight to be exact.”
”I apologize, Goldfinger. It’s an inspired deal. They get what they want: economic chaos in the West. And the value of your gold increases many times over.”
”I conservatively estimate ten times.”
”Never liked the Swiss. They make them little clocks, these two c*********s come out of them, these little hammers, hit each other on the head. What kind of sick mentality is that?”
House of Sand and Fog
”Perhaps you did not come here to live like a gypsy. But I did not come here to work like an Arab. To be treated like an Arab. For years we have lived a life which we could not afford, and spent almost everything to marry Soraya with a good family. This apartment alone has cost us over $140,000 in rent. And what of Edmail’s university education? Soon, we will have nothing. And then you will see what it is like to walk in the shoes of the gypsies.”
Sir Ben Kingsley
In The Line of Fire
”The irony is so thick, you can chock on it.”
”There’s no f****** irony!”
”Think Frank, think. The same government that trained me to kill, trained you to protect. Yet now you want to kill me, while up on that roof I protected you. They’re going to write books about us, Frank.”
John Malkovich, Clint Eastwood.
”Don’t be a poor sport, Frank. You could have taken me out, but you chose to save your ass. Don’t cry about it now, okay? You know, it is does make me wonder about Dallas though. Did you really do all you could have, or did you make a choice there too? Hmm? Do you really have the guts to take the bullet Frank?
John Malkovich, Clint Eastwood.
”Look, this is not what I do, but I got an idea for one of your commercials. You could see a carpenter making a beautiful chair. And then one of your robots comes in and makes a better chair twice as fast. The you superimpose on the screen “USR: s------- on the little guy.”
”That would be the fade-out.”
”Yeah, I see. I suppose your father lost his job to a robot. Maybe you would have simply banned the internet to keep the libraries open. Prejudice never shows much reason.”
Will Smith, Bruce Greenwood
”Let me tell you, though man. You put this bad in a flick, every motherf****r out there want one. I’m serious as a heart attack. When them Hong Kong flicks came out, every nigger in the world had to have a forty-five. And they ain’t want one, they want two, cause all the niggers want to be the killer. . . . . But you know how them niggers is out there. You can’t tell them shit. They want a forty-five. The killer had a forty-five, they want a forty-five.“
Samuel L. Jackson
”Uh uh, Here we go. AK-47, the very best there is. When you absolutely, positively, gotta kill every motherf****r in the room, accept no substitute.“
Samuel L. Jackson
Lord of War
”You think I just sell guns don’t you? I don’t, I take sides.”
”But in the Iran-Iraq war, you sold guns to both sides.”
”Did you ever consider that I wanted both sides to lose? Bullets change governments far surer than votes.”
Ian Holms, Nicolas Cage
”Selling guns is like selling vacuum cleaners. You make calls, pound the pavement, take orders. I was an equally opportunity merchant of death. I supplied every army, except the Salvation Army. I sold Israeli-made Uzis to Muslims. I sold communist-made bullets to fascists. I even shipped cargo to Afghanistan when they were fighting my fellow Soviets. I never sold to Osama bin Laden. Not on any moral grounds. Back then he was always bouncing checks.”
”Without operations like mine, it would be impossible for certain countries to conduct a respectable war. I was able to navigate around those inconvenient little arms embargoes.”
”There’s nothing better for an arms dealer than a combination of disgruntled soldier and warehouses full of weapons.”
”I have a feeling it wasn’t exactly what comrade Lenin had in mind when he advocated distribution of wealth. But I wasn’t the only one offering a crash course in capitalism.”
Nicolas Cage (narrating)
”These are my Kalashnikov kids, my Boy Brigades. I can see what you are thinking, but we need every man we can get.”
” Even if they’re not men?”
”A bullet from a 14-year-old is just as effective as one from a 40-year-old. Often more effective. No one can stop this bath of blood.”
”It’s not bath of blood, its blood bath.”
”Thank you, but I prefer it my way.”
Eamonn Walker, Nicolas Cage.
”You know, they call me the Lord of War, but perhaps it is you.”
”It’s not Lord of War. It’s Warlord.”
”Thank you, but I prefer it my way.”
Eamonn Walker, Nicolas Cage.
Men in Black
“A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals, and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago, everybody knew the earth was the centre of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everyone knew the earth was flat. And fifteen minutes ago, you knew that people were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”
Tommy Lee Jones, recruiting Will Smith to join MIB.
”Why didn’t they make a phone call?”
”Why should they?”
”Mr. Anderson, these boys were trained activists. They’re taught to check in every hour, and if they’re arrested, the moment they’re released from custody. The hotel is two minutes from the jail, they could have phoned from the lobby. Just doesn’t follow.”
”Maybe they went for a beer?”
”Not these boys. The civil rights office started making calls as soon as they didn’t check in.”
”The sheriff’s office here said they had no idea where the boys were. First lie.”
”By who? The sheriff’s office or the civil rights office?”
”Who would you believe?”
”Mr. Ward, I don’t know if you knew it or not, but I was a sheriff in a little Mississippi town just like this.”
”Yes I am aware of that Mr. Ward.”
”Well, lying just don’t come into it you know. We were ten miles from Memphis, and a million miles from the rest of the world. Now if the sheriff in a little town like this says that’s what’s happened, then that’s happened.”
Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman.
”You admire these kids, don’t you?”
”I think they’re being used. I think they’re being sent down here in their Volkswagens and their sneakers just to get their heads cracked open.”
”Did it ever occur to you that they believed in what they were doing?”
”Did it ever occur to them they were going to end up dead?”
”In Washington, they sure as hell knew, didn’t they?
”Some things are worth dying for.”
”Well, down here, they see things a little differently. People down here feel some things are worth killing for.”
”Where does it come from, all this hatred?”
Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe.
”You like baseball, do you, Anderson?”
”Yeah I do. You know, it’s the only time a black man can wave a stick at a white man, and not start a riot.”
R. Lee Ermey, Gene Hackman
“How come you got a hot dog in your mouth while you're threading the projector? Why do you eat while you're working? Why do you eat all the time?”
“It's all psychological Max. I eat so I don't think about food.”
Nick Nolte, Chazz Palminteri.
Notes on a Scandal
”The first day of a new term. Here come the local pubescent proles, the future plumbers and shop assistants, and doubtless the odd terrorist too.”
”In the old days we confiscated cigarettes and wank mags. Now it’s knives and crack cocaine. And they call it progress.”
Judy Dench, narrating.
”This is your report? On the history department? On its entire workings? And your general thoughts for its future development?”
”You’ll find it’s quite thorough, Headmaster.”
(Headmaster quoting from report)
”The history department functions much as one would expect for a school of this stature and intake. Examination results have been consistent for 30 years, below the national average but above the level of catastrophe. Recommendation: no change necessary.”
”Took me most of the summer to write it.”
Michael Maloney, Judy Dench
”Hard to read the wispy novice. Is she a sphinx or simply stupid? Artfully dishevelled today. The tweedy tramp coat is an abhorrence. It seems to say, ‘I’m just like you.’ But clearly she’s not. A fey person I suspect. Fey.”
”She has certainly rippled the waters of our stagnant pond. They flock to her. Even limp little Brian had a go. Oh, the horror.”
Judy Dench, narrating.
”What’s her name?”
”Mia. How did Marcellus and her meet?”
”I don’t know. However people meet people. She used to be an actress.”
”Oh, really? She do anything I’d have seen?”
”I think her biggest deal was she starred in a pilot.”
”Pilot? What’s a pilot?”
”Well, you know the shows on TV?”
”I don’t watch TV.”
”Yeah, but you are aware that there is an invention called television, on this invention they show shows, right.”
”Well, the way they pick TV shows is they make one show. That show’s called a pilot. Then they show that one show to the people who pick shows, on the strength of that one show, they decide if they wanna make more shows. Some get chosen and become television programmes, some don’t, become nothin’. She starred in one of the ones that became nothing.”
John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson
Saving Private Ryan
”You wanna explain the math of this to me? I mean where’s the sense of risking the lives of the eight of us to save one guy?”
”Hey, so, Captain, what about you? I mean, don’t you gripe at all?”
”I don’t gripe to you Reiben. I’m a captain. There’s a chain of command. The gripes go up, not down. Always up.”
Edward Burns, Tom Hanks.
"You know what could have prevented all of this, don’t you?"
"Pictures. How could make up characters, if everyone you wrote about had to be photographed."
Linda E. Smith, Peter Sarsgaard
”This is Mr. Hadley, he’s captain of the guards, I’m Mr. Norton, the warden, you are convicted felons. That’s why they’ve sent you to me. Rule number one, no blasphemy. I’ll not have the Lord’s name taken in vain in my prison. The other rules you’ll figure as you go along. . . I believe in two things, discipline and the bible. Here you’ll receive both. Put your trust in the Lord. Your ass belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank. "
”Brook’s ain’t no bug. He’s just. . . just institutionalized."
” Institutionalized”, my ass. "
”The man’s been here fifty years, Hayward. Fifty years! This is all he knows. In here, he’s an important man, he’s an educated man. Outside, he’s nothing. Just a used up con with arthritis in both hands. Probably couldn’t get a library card if he tried. Know what I’m trying to say? "
”Red, I do believe you’re talking out of your ass. "
”You believe whatever you want Floyd. But I’m telling you, these walls are funny. First you hate them, then you get used to them. Enough time passes, it gets so you depend on them. That’s institutionalized. . . . They send you here for life, and that’s exactly what they take. The part that counts anyway. "
Morgan Freeman, William Sadler, Brian Libby
”Dear fellas, I can’t believe how fast things move on the outside. I saw an automobile once when I was a kid. But now, they’re everywhere. The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry. The parole board got me into this halfway house. Called “The Brewer”, and a job, bagging grocery’s at the Food-Way. It’s hard work, and I try to keep up, but my hands hurt most of the time. I don’t think the store manager likes me very much. Sometimes after work, I go to the park and feed the birds, I keep thinking, ‘Jake might just show up and say hello’. But he never does. I hope wherever he is, he’s doing ok, making new friends."
”I have trouble sleeping tonight. I have bad dreams like I’m falling. I wake up scared. Sometimes it takes me a while to remember where I am. Maybe I should get me a gun, and rob me the food way so they’ll send me home. I could shoot the manager whilst I’m at it. Sort of like a bonus. I guess I am too old for that sort of nonsense anymore. I don’t like it here. I’m tired of being afraid all the time. I’ve decided not to stay. I doubt they kick up any fuss, not for an old crook like me. "
The character of James Whitmore, in a letter to his former cell mates.
”I know you’re good Andy, but all that paper leaves a trail. Now anybody gets curious, FBI, IRS, whatever, it’s going to lead to somebody. "
”Sure it is, but not to me. And certainly not to the warden. "
”All right, who? "
”Randall Stevens, "
”The “silent”, silent partner. He’s the guilty one, your honour. Man with the bank accounts. It’s where the filtering process starts. If they trace anything, it’s gonna lead to him."
”But who is he? "
”He’s a phantom, an apparition, second cousin to Harvey the rabbit. I conjured him, out of thin air. He doesn’t exit, except on paper."
”Andy, you can’t just make a person up. "
”Sure you can, if you know how the system works, where the cracks are. It’s amazing what you can be accomplished by mail. Mr. Stevens has a birth certificate, driver’s license social security number. . . If they ever trace any of those accounts, they’re gonna wind up chasing a figment of my imagination."
”Well, I’ll be damned. Did I say you were good? You a Rembrandt."
”You know, the funny thing is, on the outside, I was an honest man. Straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook."
Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins
”Sometimes it makes me sad though, Andy being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is just more drab and empty that they are gone. I guess I just miss my friend."
“Ellis Boyd Redding, your file says you served forty years of a life sentence. You feel you have been rehabilitated? "
“Rehabilitated? Well now, let me see… You know, I don’t have any idea what that means. "
“What I mean, are you ready to rejoin society? "
”I know what you think it means sonny. To me, it’s just a made up word, a politician’s word, so that young fellas like yourself can wear a suit and a tie, have a job. But what you really want to know, am I sorry for what I did? "
”Well, are you? "
”There’s not a day goes by that I don’t feel regret. Not because I’m in here, or because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then, a young stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him, I want to try to talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can’t. That kid’s long gone, and this old man is all that’s left. I gotta live with that. Rehabilitated? It’s just a bullshit word. So you go on and stamp your form sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because to tell you the truth, I don’t give a shit."
Brian Brophy, Morgan Freeman
”There’s a harsh truth to face. No way I’m gonna make it on the outside. All I do anymore is think of ways to break my parole, so maybe they’ll send me back."
”Terrible thing to live in fear. Brooks Hatlen knew it. Knew it all too well. All I want is to be back were things make sense. Where I won’t have to be afraid all the time. "
“Well, this day's been really disappointing, I don't mind saying."
"Why, because you didn't get to kill everyone?"
”There will come a time, boy, when you’ll wish you'd never met me."
"Mister, I'm already there.”
"But as you see, I'm in charge here. I drop this stick, and they pick your friend up with a sponge. Are you ready to die friend?"
“Oh, in 200 hundred years, we've come from I regret but I have one life to give for my country to f*** you!"
Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper & Jeff Daniels.
“Ok, Pop quiz. Airport, gunman with one hostage, he's using her for cover, he's almost to a plane. You're a hundred feet away. . . . Jack?"
"Shoot the hostage."
“Take her out of the equation. Go for a good wound and he can't get to the plane with her. Clear shot."
“You're deeply nuts, you know that. Shoot the hostage!"
Keanu Reeves Jeff Daniels
"What do you think Jack, you think if you pick up all the bus driver's teeth, they'll give you another medal?"
"You think I wouldn't have been prepared. Two years I spent setting up that elevator job. Two years I invested myself in it. You couldn't understand the kind of commitment that I have. You ruin a man's life work and you think you can walk away. You got blinders on to the world. But I got your attention now didn't I Jack."
“Why don't you come after me?"
"No! This is about me! This is about my money! This is about money due me, which I will collect. Three point seven million dollars. It's my nest egg jack. At my age you’ve got to think ahead."
"When I find you..."
“Pop quiz hot shot. There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour the bomb is armed, if it drops below 50 it blows up. What do you do? What do you do?"
Dennis Hopper, Keanu Reeves.
“ What do you want?"
“I want money Jack. I wish I had some loftier purpose, but I'm afraid in the end it's just the money Jack. I would like large, non sequential bills in two clear plastic bags, unmarked. Can you remember all that?"
“Why are you telling me for?"
“Because I want you to help me get it before it gets too late. I hate negotiators Jack. They talk to you like they're your best friend, and they don't even know you. Why are they messing with me? Do they think I’m doing this for fun?"
“You still don’t get it do you Jack? The beauty of it. A bomb is made to explode. That’s its meaning, its purpose. Your life is empty because you spend it trying to stop the bomb from becoming . . . And for who? For what? Do you know what a bomb is Jack, that doesn’t explode? It’s a cheap gold watch, buddy.”
”This pistol, it belonged to General Sir Henry Watkins. .455 calber. Very rare. Hard to find the rounds. I have them made by Holland & Holland of London. Twenty-seven pounds each.”
”You should put the money to better use.” Lennie James, Glynn Turman
”This is a catch and release stream, isn’t it?”
”Yeah I believe it is.”
”You got to see the irony in that, Senator. The Chairman of the joint subcommittee on crime fishing in a catch and release stream.”
John Travolta, Sam Shepherd
The Boat that rocked
”Believe me they will find a way. Governments loathe people being free.”
”You see, that’s the whole point of being the government. If you don’t like something, you simply make a law that makes it illegal.”
The Damned United
”I’m gonna give you some good advice Brian Clough. No matter how good you think you are, or how clever, or how many fancy new friends you make on the telly, the reality of footballing life is this. The chairman is the boss, then comes the directors, then the secretary, then the fans, then the players, and finally, last of all, bottom of the heap, the lowest of the low, comes the one who, in the end we can all do without, the f****** manager.”
”Failure is never quite so frightening as regret.”
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
”When you have to shoot, shoot. Don’t talk.”
The Hunt for Red October
”I must oversee the stability of the crew, Captain.”
”By invading my privacy?”
”Privacy is not of major concern in the Soviet Union, comrade. It’s often contrary to the public good. (reading from book) ‘Behold, I am coming as a thief. And they gathered them together in a place called Armageddon. And the seventh angel poured forth his bowl into the air, and a voice cried out from heaven, saying “It is done.”’ A man with your responsibilities reading about the end of the world. And what’s this, ‘I am become death, the destroyer of worlds’?”
Peter Firth, Sean Connery.
”Listen, I’m a politician, which means I’m a cheat and a liar, and when I’m not kissing babies, I’m stealing their lollipops, but it also means I keep my options open.”
”Mr Ambassador, you have nearly 100 naval vessels operating in the North Atlantic right now. Your aircraft has dropped enough sonar buoys so that a man could walk from Greenland to Iceland to Scotland without getting his feet wet. Now, shall we dispense with the bull? . . . . And what looks like an exercise could be the prelude to war. How can we tell the difference? Prudence demands that we deploy our ships to observe yours. It would be well for your government to consider that having your ships and ours, your aircraft and ours, in such proximity is inherently dangerous. Wars have begun that way Mr. Ambassador.”
”We’re looking for two negroes in a white car.”
”Any two will do?”
Fulvio Cecere, Denzel Washington.
”Agent Keller? Morning. Special Agent Lewis, FBI. This is Agent King. We’re on loan.”
”(Catherine Keener to Sean Penn) Which means they have to be returned in the same condition, or we don’t get our money back. ”
Robert Clohessy, Catherine Keener
The Italian Job
”Oh! One more thing. Just remember this. In this country, they drive on the wrong side of the road.
The Mask of Zorro
”The lady and I were trying to dance.”
”You were trying. She was succeeding. Forgive me Captain. A shameless joke at your expense, and I hope it will not be the last.”
Matt Letscher, Antonio Banderas
The Mirror Crack’d
”Mr. Wright, I understand that you’re a film producer.”
”Oh no, sir. A director.”
”Is that any different?”
”Yes sir. The producer supplies all the money, the director spends it. Then the producer yells that the director is spending too much money, the director doesn’t pay attention, and goes on right spending. The director gets all the credit, the producer gets an ulcer. You see, it’s all very simple. Excuse me.”
Rock Hudson, Charles Lloyd-Pack.
The Mothman Prophecies
”I think we can assume that these entities are more advanced than us. Why don’t they just come right out and tell us what’s on their minds?”
”You’re more advanced than a cockroach. Have you ever tried explaining yourself to one of them?”
Richard Gere, Alan Bates.
”You told me that you got it on a dig in Thebes.”
”Well, I was mistaken.”
”You lied to me.”
”I lie to everybody. What makes you so special?”
”I am your sister.”
”Well, that just makes you more gullible.”
Rachel Weisz, John Hannah
”You were actually were at Hamunaptra?”
”Yeah, I was there.”
”Every damn day.”
Rachel Weisz, Brandon Frasier
”Mm-hmm. Well, we had dinner, and I bought a couple of rounds. Uh, Colonel Vertikoff identified the KGB guy, and we were able to stop the nerve gas from getting to Iraq. So how do you repay a man like that?”
”Sports Utility Vehicle?”
”That’s exactly right. Dimitri has a teenage daughter. She likes to go four-wheeling. I know this Ford guy in Maryland who cut me a great deal on those Explorers. I like, I like the Bronco a little bit better myself . . . .”
”Colonel, let me get this straight. You spent taxpayers money to buy and ship a Ford Explorer 8,000 miles to the teenage daughter of a Russian Colonel?”
”Yes, ma’am. Think of it as exporting good will.”
George Clooney, Joan Copeland
”Doctor, you can run your charts and you theories all you want. In the field, this is how it works. The good guys – that’s us – we chase the bad guys, and they don’t wear black hats. They are, however, all alike. They demand power and respect, and they’re willing to pay top dollar to get it. And that is our highly motivated buyer.”
”What about other motivations?”
”Not important to me.”
”Whether it’s important to you or not, there are people out there who don’t care about money and don’t give a damn about respect, people who believe the killing of innocent men and women is justified. For them it is about rage, frustration, hatred. The feel pain, and they’re determined to share it with the world.”
George Clooney, Nicole Kidman
"Tell me, what do you hear from your head? Even with one as empty as yours, an occasional thought must creep in sometimes. Like eh, maybe we don’t need the gun. Like maybe we already have a bullet. Careful now, don’t try too much. You might pull something.”
”I mean it honey. The world is being Fed-Ex’d to hell on a handcart. I really believe that anyone who’s even thinking about having a child in this world is coldly considering an act of cruelty. I know, I’m rambling. I’m complaining. I’m sorry. What’s your news, baby?”
Nicholas Cage, Vanessa Marcil.
”You come very highly recommended. B.A. Columbia; M.A., PhD, John Hopkins. Biochemistry, toxicology.”
”Well, I’m one of those fortunate people who like my job, sir. Got my first chemistry set when I was seven. Blew my eyebrows off. We never saw the cat again. Been into ever since.”
”What do you know about V.X. gas?”
”Liquid. Failed pesticide discovered by mistake in 1952. Actually it’s kind of like champagne that way. The Franciscan monks thought they were making white wine. Somehow the bottle carbonated. Voila! Champagne. And then the whole thing just ………”
”The gas, Dr. Goodspeed.”
”It’s very, very horrible, sir. It’s one of those things we wish we could disinvent.”
John Spencer, Nicholas Cage.
”Don’t you ever stop eatin’?”
”Not when it’s free.”
The Third Man
“You know what the fellow said: In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."
“You want to get Capone? Here’s how you get him. He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way, and that’s how you get Capone.”
”Now, do you want that? Are you ready to do that?”
”Smart kid. He read my mind.”
”With your English, he doesn’t have much choice.”
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara.
“I got another problem here. I gotta send somebody from this squadron to Mirimar. I gotta do something here, I still ... I still can't believe it. I gotta give you your dream shot. I'm gonna send you up against the best. You two characters are going to top gun!”
Wag the Dog
“Why is the president in China?
“You’re goddamn right. It’s got nothing to do with the B-3 bomber.”
“There is no B-3 bomber.”
“I just said that. There is no B-3 bomber, and I don’t know why these rumours get started.”
Robert De Niro, Actor.
“The war isn’t over till I say it’s over. Ok? This is my picture, not the CIA’s picture. You think you’re in a tight spot now? All right, Conrad, try making the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.. Tell him King.”
“Three of the horsemen died.”
“Hear what he’s saying? Three of the horsemen died two weeks before the end of principal photography. This is nothing. This is nothing. This is, this is, just Act One, ‘The War.’”
Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Leary.
The Dogs of War
“If piss willy buggers like that had been in charge of building our empire Craddock, we would by now just about have colonized the Isle of Wight.”
The character of Sir James Mason, from the Frederick Forsythe novel.