Quote of the Week #80: Brian De Palma

In anticipation of the upcoming US release of the documentary film De Palma detailing the life of the famous director, we’ve pulled together a few quotes from some of his more famous movies (all quotes pulled from IMDB):

Carrie (1976)

Margaret White: [referring to Carrie’s prom gown] Red. I might have known it would be red.

Carrie: It’s pink, Mama.

[presenting her corsage]

Carrie: Look what Tommy gave me, Mama. Aren’t they beautiful?

Margaret White: I can see your dirty pillows. Everyone will.

Carrie: Breasts, Mama. They’re called breasts, and every woman has them.

Scarface (1983)

Tony Montana: What you lookin’ at? You all a bunch of fuckin’ assholes. You know why? You don’t have the guts to be what you wanna be? You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your fuckin’ fingers and say, “That’s the bad guy.” So… what that make you? Good? You’re not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie. Me, I don’t have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. So say good night to the bad guy! Come on. The last time you gonna see a bad guy like this again, let me tell you. Come on. Make way for the bad guy. There’s a bad guy comin’ through! Better get outta his way!

The Untouchables (1987)

Capone: A man becomes preeminent, he’s expected to have enthusiasms. Enthusiasms, enthusiasms… What are mine? What draws my admiration? What is that which gives me joy? Baseball! A man stands alone at the plate. This is the time for what? For individual achievement. There he stands alone. But in the field, what? Part of a team. Teamwork… Looks, throws, catches, hustles. Part of one big team. Bats himself the live-long day, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and so on. If his team don’t field… what is he? You follow me? No one. Sunny day, the stands are full of fans. What does he have to say? I’m goin’ out there for myself. But… I get nowhere unless the team wins.

Raising Cain (1992)

Carter: Karen, do you realize that no one really knows anything about personality development. Everything up to now has been pure conjecture. All we psychiatrists do is-is chase cows after the barn door has been opened.

Carter: [Carter fake sneezes into his hand] Here, for the first time, we’ll have an opportunity to observe what happens… when it happens and precisely monitor the psychological consequences.

Mission: Impossible (1996)

Ethan Hunt: So, how does it feel to be a solid citizen again?

Luther Stickell: Man, I don’t know. I’m gonna miss bein’ disreputable.

Ethan Hunt: Well, Luther, if it makes you feel any better, I’ll always think of you that way.

Mission to Mars (2000)

Terri Fisher: The genetic difference between men and apes is only three percent. But that three percent gave us Einstein, Mozart…

Phil Ohlmyer: …Jack The Ripper.


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