Katabasis in Modern Film Exact Definition: A descent or journey downward; a trip from the interior of the country to the coast. My Definition: When a character or person is forced to overcome a deep inner or external challenge(s) to better themselves or survive in the respective story. These challenges metaphorically and symbolically represent the downward journey of the character and as a result the person either succumbs or acquires great knowledge and succeeds in their journey. During this semester, we have discussed direct examples of katabatic influences in modern film, such as The Matrix, Apocalypse: Now, Ulysses, City of God, Lord of the Rings, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Other films such as Oscar’s Black Odyssey and Constantine have been discussed on the class blog . For my final project, I went through my vast movie collection and racked my brain to determine everyday movies we watch that have deep katabatic influences. And for the sheer fun of it, I put music over it with katabatic undertones as well. I hope you enjoy.
"History remembers kings! Not soldiers!" -Agamemnon "Row you lazy whores! Row! Greeks are dying! Row!" -Ajax "If they ever tell my story let them say that I walked with giants. Men rise and fall like the winter wheat, but these names will never die. Let them say I lived in the time of Hector, tamer of horses. Let them say I lived in the time of Achilles." -Odysseus "Is there no one else?! Is there no one else?!" -Achilles Achilles:"They will be talking about this war for a thousand years."Hector:"In a thousand years, the dust from our bones will be gone."Achilles:"Yes prince, but our names will remain." "There are no pacts between lions and men." -Achilles "No? You came here because you want your name to last through the ages. A great victory was won today, but that victory is not yours. Kings did not kneel to Achilles! Kings did not pay homage to Achilles!" -Agamemnon Hector:"No son of Troy will ever submit to a foreign ruler!"Agamemnon:"Then every son of Troy shall die!" “ Immortality take it, it’s yours!” -Achilles Troy Sound Bites
Training Day "You gotta decide whether your a wolf... or a sheep." -Alonzo “ You know what I learned today?! I'm not like you!" -Jake "You know what the gas chamber smells like? Pine oil... That's where your headed boy, to a pine oil heaven. I'm gonna get that gun then I'm gonna get that money. I don't believe you got it in you Jake. I'm gonna go get it right now." -Alonzo "It's not what you know.... its what you can prove." -Alonzo "To protect the sheep, you gotta catch the wolf. And it takes a wolf to catch a wolf, you understand?" -Alonzo “ King Kong ain’t got shit on me!” -Alonzo
Road to Perdition “ You rule this town as God rules the Earth.” -Finn McGovern “ I'm something of a rarity.” -Maguire “ I'm glad it's you.” -John Rooney “ It's all business. That's what you fail to grasp. And in business, you must have something to trade. And you, Mr. Sullivan, have nothing to trade. Especially not for anyone as valuable as Connor Rooney.” -Alexander Rance Michael Sullivan: And in return, I'd like you to turn a blind eye to... what I have to do. Frank Nitti: And what is that? Michael Sullivan: Kill the man who murdered my family. “ Just one last thing, and then it's done.” -Michael Sullivan “ May you get to Heaven an hour before the Devil knows you're dead” -John Rooney “ A man of honor always pays his debts... and keeps his word.” -John Rooney “ There are only murderers in this room! Michael! Open your eyes! This is the life we chose, the life we lead. And there is only one guarantee: none of us will see heaven.” -John Sullivan
The Kingdom Ronald Fleury: Which side do you think Allah's on? Colonel Faris Al Ghazi: We are about to find out! Adam Leavitt: Fleury. Tell me what you whispered to Janet, in the briefing, to get her to stop crying about Fran, you know, before all this, before we even got airborne. What'd you say to her? Aunt: Tell me, what did your grandfather whisper in your ear before he died? Adam Leavitt: You remember? Ronald Fleury: I told her we were gonna kill 'em all. 15-Year-Old Grandson: Don't fear them, my child. We are going to kill them all. Attorney General Gideon Young: I'm gonna bury you. FBI Director James Grace: You know, Westmoreland made all of us officers write our own obituaries during Tet, when we thought The Cong were gonna end it all right there. And, once we clued into the fact that life is finite, the thought of losing it didn't scare us anymore. The end comes no matter what, the only thing that matters is how do you wanna go out, on your feet or on your knees? I bring that lesson to this job. I act, knowing that someday this job will end, no matter what. You should do the same. Ronald Fleury: I want in immediately. Prince Thamer: Define immediately. Ronald Fleury: Right the fuck now immediately.
The Amityville Horror George Lutz: Houses don't kill people. People kill people. Father Callaway: Mrs. Lutz, get you and your family out of that house. Right now! George Lutz: Do I look nuts to you? The House: Catch them! Kill them! George Lutz: So, look, I gotta ask what's the catch? There's always a catch. Realtor: There was a tragedy, a crime... a murder. George Lutz: When the body suffers... the spirit flowers. George Lutz: Now, hold it steady. Because if you get shaky, I get shaky. Kathy Lutz: I just read about this man, Ketcham... who tortured Indians on my land. On my basement. I read about how he slit his throat, so that his prescence would live forever. Do you believe this could be true? George Lutz: Home, sweet, home.
Cry Wolf Dodger: Avoid suspicion, manipulate your friends, and eliminate your enemies. Dodger: You guys have no imagination. It's like your playing checkers, and I'm playing chess. Dodger: Even if any of that were true... [pauses] Dodger: Who would believe you? Owen Matthews: This is high school. Nothing's for real. Dodger: Why don't we play the game with school? We're the wolves, they're the sheep. Mercedes: I don't think they'd all fit in the chapel.
The Departed Billy Costigan: When my mother dies, we don't have any more connection Madolyn: Why is the last patient of the day always the hardest? Billy Costigan: Because you're tired and you don't give a shit. It's not super-natural. Colin Sullivan: Just fucking kill me. Just fucking kill me. Billy Costigan: I am killing you. Billy Costigan: [to Frank Costello] You accuse me once, I put up with it. You accuse me twice... I quit. You pressure me to fear for my life and I will put a fucking bullet in your head as if you were anybody else. Okay? Colin Sullivan: Do you know what will happen if you shoot me? Billy Costigan: Yeah, this bullet will go right through your fucking head! Billy Costigan: No, I gotta get out. I can't be doing this anymore. You know what's gonna happen? Oliver Queenan: What? Billy Costigan: I know he's gonna find out who I am and he's gonna fucking kill me. Oliver Queenan: I'm really sorry... I swear to God I am. I'll get you out of this. It won't be immediately but I will get you out. Two weeks at most. Billy Costigan: Do you want him to chop me up and feed me to the poor, huh, is that what you want?
The Recruit Walter Burke: You got to give me one thing. I'm a scary judge of talent. Here goes nothing. James Clayton: All I know about the CIA is that they're a bunch of fat, old white guys who fell asleep when we needed them most. James Clayton: Would I have to kill anyone? Walter Burke: Would you like to? Psychiatrist: How do upsetting problems generally make you feel? James Clayton: Upset . Walter Burke: Rule number one: do not get caught. Psychiatrist #1: Would you consider yourself subjectively firm or objectively flexible? James Clayton: Metaphysically wrinkle-free? Walter Burke: They came for you. James Clayton: Yeah. Walter Burke: The line to the CIA was a fake. You never told them. James Clayton: No, you did. Nothing is what it seems. James Clayton: Everything is a test!
Tigerland Staff Sgt. Thomas: Any questions? Bozz: I got a question, Sergeant. If I'm dead, how come I can ask you a question? Bozz: What else they gonna do? Send us to Viet-Fucking-Nam? Too late for that shit. Bozz: Nobody saves anybody you stupid son of a bitch. Bozz: Hey let's not become friends, Jim. You could be dead tomorrow and I'd miss you too much. Private: Sarge, you got any advice on how to stay alive in Vietnam? Sergeant Cota: Yes, I do, Private. Don't go. Bozz: Just because you wear those sergeant's stripes don't mean you ain't gonna die. Bozz: Is this a trick? You tryin' to make me a hero, or somethin'? SFC Ezra Landers: Nope. Bozz: I don't like the rehearsals, so I'm gonna skip the show. Capt. Saunders: You are pissing your life away. Bozz: Well, I don't need the fucking army and I don't need the fucking war to tell me that, Sir!
Spartan Curtis: I fucked up. I tried to help. Scott: That's usually when people fuck up. Scott: You had your whole life to prepare for this moment. Why aren't you ready? Scott: What they gotcha teachin' here, young sergeant? Jackie Black: Edged weapons, sir. Knife fighting. Scott: Don't you teach 'em knife fighting. Teach 'em to kill. That way, they meet some son of a bitch who studied knife fighting, they send his soul to hell. Scott: You didn't see no sign baby, 'cause she wasn't there. The hardest thing, y'know what it is? It isn't going in the door, it's coming out. You ever come down offa drugs? The most powerful drug in the world is adrenaline. I told you everything I know. Stand down. Scott: Honey, you got all the slack in the world until I leave this room. Then I'm gonna zero you out. Burch: I need to ask you to do something. Scott: I am here to get the girl back, sir. And there is nothing I will not do to get the girl back. Jackie Black: We got the girl back. Scott: Yeah. She just took the long way home. Scott: He sent me. Laura Newton: One man. Scott: "One riot, one Ranger." You ever heard that? Scott: Look, you go home some wave their hats, some turn their backs. It's all the same. None of them know where you've been.
Jarhead D.I. Fitch: What the fuck are you even doing here? Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Sir, I got lost on the way to college, sir. Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Every war is different, every war is the same. Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: I wanted the pink mist. Sgt. Siek: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for I am the baddest mother fucker in the valley Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: For most problems the Marine is issued a solution. If ill, go to sickbay. If wounded, call a Corpsman. If dead, report to graves registration. If losing his mind, however, no standard solution exists. Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: We call this friendly fire, friendly fucking, or getting friendly fucked. All Marines: This is my rifle, this is my gun. This is for fighting and this is for fun.
Smoking Aces Hollis Elmore: You shot me, and you murdered my friends... and you dumped us in the lake. Darwin Tremor: Pretty much. Richard Messner: You tell me something. Is he the Rosetta Stone? He's gonna blow the lid off the last sixty years? Is he gonna show you where all the bodies are buried? Or is his ultimate worth bullshit? Utterly useless/ Darwin Tremor: Sometimes, fate just... fate just up-and-fucks you for no good reason. That the way'a the world! The way it's always gonna be. Alright then, peace bro. Stanley Locke: You are finished... Richard Messner: Look at my fucking face, you just figure that out? Messner: So you send us in there, bugles blaring, and when it bottom out, we’re the last to know! Locke: We need cohesion to move forward son, not... Messner: Oh shitcan the cue-card rhetoric and talk to me like a man.You withheld information while Carruthers lay dying in vain and in the dark. And your reasons for doing that are exactly what? Messner: The Bureau betrayed us, you betrayed us Deputy Director! Locke: It’s time for you to get back on a jet to DC and make no further inquiry into this matter. Is that understood Agent Messner?
Sarge: Semper Fi, Motherfucker! Faithful to the corps John. Sarge: Are you gonna shoot me? John Grimm: Yeah, was thinking about it Goat: Be sober; be vigilant because your adversary the Devil walketh about seeking whom he may devour. Corporal Dean Portman: That's real comforting Goat, that ain't freaking me out at all. Sarge: Kill them all, let God sort them out. John Grimm: Like The Kid said, "Go to Hell"! Sarge: I didn't see shit. And I ain't paid to see shit. Samantha Grimm: 10% of the human genome is still unmapped. Some say it's the genetic blueprint for the soul. John Grimm: Don't give me an excuse, Portman. No one here will miss you. Sarge: [after shooting one of his men dead] I need soldiers. I don't need anyone else, but "soldiers". Corporal Dean Portman: Five bucks says this shit ain't nothing but a disgruntled employee with a gun.
Blade Trinity Hannibal King: [after watching Blade casually kill a familiar] You know, at some point, you, uh, you might wanna consider sitting down with somebody. You know, have a little share time? Kick back. Get in touch with your inner child, that sorta thing. Also, just a thought, but you might wanna consider blinking once in a while. [Blade stops and slowly turns to look at Hannibal] Hannibal King: I'm sorry, I, uh... I ate a lot of sugar today. Ray Cumberland: Say, how many people have you killed, Blade? Thirty? Forty? Fifty? Blade: One thousand, one hundred and eighty two. But they were all familiars. Danica Talos: Enough! It's not funny anymore! Hannibal King: No, it's not, you horse-humping bitch! But it will be a few seconds from now. See, that tickle that you're feeling in the back of your throat right now? That's atomized colloidal silver. It's being pumped through the building's air conditioning system, you cock-juggling thundercunt! Which means the fat lady should be singing, right... about... now! [pause where nothing happens] Hannibal King: Heh, this is awkward. [still nothing] Hannibal King: Do you have a cell phone? Hannibal King: So, can we just go right ahead and sign you up for one of our secret Nightstalker decoder rings?
A Few Good Men Kaffee: Maybe, if we work at it, we can get Dawson charged with the Kennedy assassination. Kaffee: You don't need a patch on your arm to have honor. Kaffee: I want the truth! Col. Jessep: [shouts] You can’t handle the truth! Kaffee: And the hits just keep on coming. Kaffee: Colonel Jessup, isn't it true that you ordered the Code Red on Santiago? Lt. Weinberg: Look, we all... Kaffee: [interrupts with game-show buzzer sound] eeehhhhh! Time's up! What do we have for the losers, judge? Well, for our defendants, it's a life time at exotic Fort Leavenworth! And, for defense counsel Kaffee, that's right, it's a court martial! Yes, Johnny! After falsely accusing a highly decorated Marine officer of conspiracy and perjury, Lieutenant Kaffee will have a long and prosperous career teaching... typewriter maintenance at the Rocco Globbo School for Women! Thank you for playing "Should we or should we not listen to the advice of the galactically stupid!" Kaffee: Oh, I forgot. You were sick the day they taught law at law school. Col. Jessep: Take caution in your tone, Commander. I'm a fair guy, but this fucking heat is making me absolutely crazy. Lt. Weinberg: Why do you like them so much? Galloway: Because they stand upon a wall and say, "Nothing's going to hurt you tonight, not on my watch."
Enemy At the Gates General Paulus: How are you going to go about finding this young Russian? Major König: I'll fix it so that he is the one who finds me. Vasilli: You've promised people a victory I can't deliver. I don't stand a chance against this man. Vassili: Sad to have a dream you know won't happen. Nikita Khruschev: Look at him with pride, because he's looking at you. The whole country is looking at you. Vasilli: No! He'll kill you. He'll kill you and then I'll run after you and he'll kill me too. This is what he wants. I'll get him. I promise I'll get him. I'll get his rifle for you, I promise, Tania. Danilov: I've been such a fool, Vassili. Man will always be a man. There is no new man. We tried so hard to create a society that was equal, where there'd be nothing to envy your neighbour. But there's always something to envy. A smile, a friendship, something you don't have and want to appropriate. In this world, even a Soviet one, there will always be rich and poor. Rich in gifts, poor in gifts. Rich in love, poor in love.
Fight Club Narrator: This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time. Tyler Durden: Fuck off with your sofa units and strine green stripe patterns, I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let... lets evolve, let the chips fall where they may. Tyler Durden: Only after disaster can we be resurrected. Tyler Durden: Now, a question of etiquette - as I pass, do I give you the ass or the crotch? Tyler Durden: First you have to give up, first you have to *know*... not fear... *know*... that someday you're gonna die. Tyler Durden: All the ways you wish you could be, that's me. I look like you wanna look, I fuck like you wanna fuck, I am smart, capable, and most importantly, I am free in all the ways that you are not. Tyler Durden: It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything. Narrator: On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero. Tyler Durden: Listen up, maggots. You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else. Tyler Durden: The things you own end up owning you. Tyler Durden: OK: any historic figure. Narrator: I'd fight Gandhi. Tyler Durden: Good answer. Narrator: If you wake up at a different time in a different place, could you wake up as a different person? Tyler Durden: Without pain, without sacrifice, we would have nothing. Like the first monkey shot into space. Narrator: And then, something happened. I let go. Lost in oblivion. Dark and silent and complete. I found freedom. Losing all hope was freedom. Tyler Durden: Fuck what you know. You need to forget about what you know, that's your problem. Forget about what you think you know about life, about friendship, and especially about you and me.
Assault On Precinct 13 Marion Bishop: Marcus Duvall still lives. To me this is unacceptable. Marcus Duvall: [Kneels in front of a kneeling Sabian] How many are inside? Alex Sabian: Uh... 100. Marcus Duvall: Answer the question. Kahane: Answer, bitch! Alex Sabian: [stares at Duvall] Marcus Duvall: You're a brave woman. [Stands up and shoots Sabian point blank in the head] Jake Roenick: Listen to me. What are we talking about, really? Getting high? No. We're talking about a journey, man. A subconscious safari. A mental expedition, OK, a mind trek. This planet has been raped, pillaged and fucked! And the mind is the only uncharted territory. And this shit is the ship. It's the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria and you... are fuckin' Magellan. Oh fuck... I spilled some. So what do you say my Serbian motherfucking friend? Do you want to take a trip or do you want to sit on your ass? Marko: Yeah, OK, Napoleon... let's see what you got. Jake Roenick: [Throwing a badge on the table] So, I just killed someone. His name was Danny Barbaro... he works for Ray Portnow. Tell me Bishop, why are police officers risking their lives to get to you? Marion Bishop: I suppose you know who I am, Sergant Roenick? Jake Roenick: You're a scumbag gangster. Marion Bishop: Well, one of my scumbag partners in crime is your fellow officer, Marcus DuVall. Me and DuVall used to split things fifty-fifty. Marcus got greedy, he wanted more. Jake Roenick: So what? Marion Bishop: So, if I go to court and finger all of them... they go to jail, for the rest of their days.
SE7EN William Somerset: If you kill him, He wins. David Mills: Fuckin' Dante... poetry-writing faggot! Piece of shit, motherfucker! Dr. Beardsley: He's experienced about as much pain and suffering as anyone I've encountered, give or take, and he still has Hell to look forward to. John Doe: Realize detective, the only reason that I'm here right now is that I wanted to be. David Mills: No, no, we would have got you eventually. John Doe: Oh really? So, what were you doing? Biding your time? Toying with me? Allowing five innocent people to die until you felt like springing your trap? Tell me, what was the indisputable evidence you were going to use on me right before I walked up to you and put my hands in the air? John Doe: What sick ridiculous puppets we are / and what gross little stage we dance on / What fun we have dancing and fucking / Not a care in the world / Not knowing that we are nothing / We are not what was intended. William Somerset: I just don't think I can continue to live in a place that embraces and nurtures apathy as if it was virtue. David Mills: You're no different. You're no better. William Somerset: I didn't say I was different or better. I'm not. Hell, I sympathize; I sympathize completely. Apathy is the solution. I mean, it's easier to lose yourself in drugs than it is to cope with life. It's easier to steal what you want than it is to earn it. It's easier to beat a child than it is to raise it. Hell, love costs: it takes effort and work. John Doe: Nothing wrong with a man taking pleasure in his work. I won't deny my own personal desire to turn each sin against the sinner. David Mills: What's in the box?!
Friday Night Lights Charles Billingsley: Can't hold on to the lamp, can't hold on to the football. Don Billingsley: I can hold on to the football, Dad. Now get the hell out of here! Boobie Miles: I get straight A's. I'm a athlete. Reporter: In what subject? Boobie Miles: Hey, there's only one subject. It's football. Brian Chavez: We got to lighten up. We're 17. Don Billingsley: Do you feel 17? Mike Winchell: I don't feel 17. Coach Gary Gaines: Gentlemen, the hopes and dreams of an entire town are riding on your shoulders. You may never matter again in your life as much as you do right now. Coach Gary Gaines: Being perfect is when you can look someone in the eye and know you did not let them down. Ivory Christian: I'll knock your ass out in flip flops. Ivory Christian: What's wrong with y'all? Y'all are playin' like some little girls! Y'all act like you never played football before! These guys are nothin'! They bleed just like we do, and sweat just like we do. They went through two-a-days. We went through two-a-days in 110 degree heat. I want you to hit everything that move! If the ref gets in your way, you hit him! They're cheatin' us too! They're against us too. This is our team. This is us! Let's go right now! Let's get it off now and let's go! Mike Winchell: Hey Boobie, you didn't lift. Boobie Miles: C'mon man. This is god given. The only thing I gotta do is show up. Coach Gary Gaines: We're in the business of winning. Coach Gary Gaines: I've seen you fight. I've seen you not quit. Can you give me a great effort and just a little bit more. Can you be perfect?
Tombstone Wyatt Earp: I spent my whole life not knowing what I want out of it, just chasing my tail. Now for the first time I know exactly what I want and who... that's the damnable misery of it. Doc Holliday: It appears my hypocrisy knows no bounds. Wyatt Earp: How are you? Doc Holliday: I'm dying, how are you? Morgan Earp: Look at all the stars. You look up and you think, "God made all this and He remembered to make a little speck like me." It's kind of flattering, really. Johnny Ringo: I want your blood. And I want your souls. And I want them both right now! Doc Holliday: It's true, you are a good woman. Then again, you may be the antichrist. Doc Holliday: Make no mistake, it's not revenge he's after. It's a reckonin'. Wyatt Earp: You gonna do somethin'? Or are you just gonna stand there and bleed? Doc Holliday: Nonsense, I have not yet begun to defile myself. Doc Holliday: What do you want Wyatt? Wyatt Earp: Just to live a normal life. Doc Holliday: There is no normal life, Wyatt, there's just life, ya live it. Wyatt Earp: I don't know how. Doc Holliday: Sure ya do, say goodbye to me, go grab that spirited actress and make her your own. Take that spirit from her and don't look back. Live every second, live right on through to the end. Live Wyatt, live for me. Wyatt, if you were ever my friend... if ya ever had even the slightest of feelin' for me, leave now, leave now... please. Wyatt Earp: Thanks for always being there, Doc.
The Punisher Joan: What makes you any different from them? The Punisher: They have something to lose. The Punisher: I have work to do. Read your newspaper everyday and you'll understand. Joan: Which section? The Punisher: The obituaries. Candelaria: Vaya con Dios, Castle. Go with God. Frank Castle: God's going to sit this one out. The Punisher: Those who do evil to others - the killers, the rapists, psychos, sadists - you will come to know me well. Frank Castle is dead. Call me... The Punisher. The Punisher: I leave this as a declaration of intent, so no one will be confused. One: "Si vis pacem, para bellum." Latin. Boot Camp Sergeant made us recite it like a prayer. "Si vis pacem, para bellum - If you want peace, prepare for war." Two: Frank Castle is dead. He died with his family. Three: in certain extreme situations, the law is inadequate. In order to shame its inadequacy, it is necessary to act outside the law. To pursue... natural justice. This is not vengeance. Revenge is not a valid motive, it's an emotional response. No, not vengeance. Punishment. Accountant #1: You know whose money this is? You know whose building this is? The Punisher: Howard Saint's. Accountant #2: He's gonna fuck your life up. The Punisher: He already fucked my life up. Spacker Dave: [to Castle after being tortured] They tried to make me talk... I gave 'em nothin'... Frank Castle: You don't know me... and since I've been here I've brought ya nothin' but trouble. Why were you willing to die for me? Spacker Dave: 'Cause you're one of us... you're family.
We Own The Night Joseph Grusinsky: Remember. It's better to be judged by twelve people, than carried by six. Bobby Green: Oh man. This shit is making me feel light as a feather! Burt Grusinsky: If you piss in your pants, you only stay warm for so long. Joseph Grusinsky: I love you very much. Bobby Green: I love you too.
The Last Samurai Katsumoto: You believe a man can change his destiny? Algren: I think a man does what he can, until his destiny is revealed. Emperor Meiji: Tell me how he died. Algren: I will tell you how he lived. Katsumoto: The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life. Algren: There was once a battle at a place called Thermopylae, where three hundred brave Greeks held off a Persian army of a million men... a million, you understand this number? Katsumoto: I understand this number. Algren: He fought with the Samurai? Simon Graham: He IS Samurai. Algren: [narrating] Winter, 1877. What does it mean to be Samurai? To devote yourself utterly to a set of moral principles. To seek a stillness of your mind. And to master the way of the sword. Algren: What does it say? Katsumoto: "I belong to the warrior in whom the old ways have joined the new." Algren: Your highness... if you believe me to be your enemy, command me, and I will gladly take my life. Katsumoto: What happened to the warriors at Thermopylae? Algren: Dead to the last man.
The Bourne Ultimatum Jason Bourne: Do you even know why you're supposed to kill me? Look at us. Look at what they make you give. Noah Vosen: Issue a standing kill order on Jason Bourne, effective immediately. CIA Agent: Uh, sir he drove off the roof. Noah Vosen: What? CIA Agent: He drove off the roof! Jason Bourne: They'll kill you for giving me this. Pamela Landy: 4/15/71 isn't much of a code. I guess Vosen is on his way already. Jason Bourne: Why'd you do it? Pamela Landy: This isn't what I signed up for. What they did to you. Blackbriar. This isn't us. Jason Bourne: Then do something about it. Everything you need is in there. Jason Bourne: No. This is where it started for me. This is where it ends. Dr. Albert Hirsch: You're no longer David Webb. From now on you'll be known as Jason Bourne. Welcome to the program. Jason Bourne: Why did you pick me? Dr. Albert Hirsch: You really don't remember, do you? We didn't pick you. You picked us. You volunteered. Right here. Right here, even after you were warned.
Scarface Tony Montana: I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. Tony Montana: I kill a communist for fun, but for a green card, I gonna carve him up real nice. Tony Montana: I'm Tony Montana! You fuck with me, you fuckin' with the best! Tony Montana: Okay. Say hello to my little friend! Tony Montana: In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women. Tony Montana: Who put this thing together? Me, that's who! Who do I trust? Me! Tony Montana: I never fucked anybody over in my life didn't have it coming to them. You got that? All I have in this world is my balls and my word and I don't break them for no one. Do you understand? That piece of shit up there, I never liked him, I never trusted him. For all I know he had me set up and had my friend Angel Fernandez killed. But that's history. I'm here, he's not. Do you wanna go on with me, you say it. You don't, then you make a move. Tony Montana: The only thing in this world that gives orders... is balls. Tony Montana: Every dog has his day, huh, Mel? 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! Tony Montana: Me, I want what's coming to me. Manny: Oh, well what's coming to you? Tony Montana: The world, chico, and everything in it. Tony Montana: What'd you think of that, huh? What you think, I'm a fucking worm like you? I told you, man, I told you! Don't fuck with me! I told you, no fucking kids! No, but you wouldn't listen, why, you stupid fuck, look at you now.
The Godfather Michael: Luca Brasi held a gun to the bandleader's head, and my father assured him that either his signature or his brains would be on the release. Don Corleone: Do you spend time with your family? Good. Because a man that doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man. Michael: I'll make him an offer he can't refuse. Sonny: You touch my sister again, I'll kill you. Peter Clemenza: Leave the gun. Take the cannoli. Don Corleone: [seeing Sonny in the mortuary] Look how they massacred my boy. Michael: You know my father? Men are coming here to kill him, now help me, please. Clemenza: You know, Mike, we was all proud of you being a hero and all. Your father too. Michael: [speaking to Carlo] Only don't tell me you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and makes me very angry. Michael Corleone: Where does it say that you can't kill a cop? Tom Hagen: Come on, Mikey... Michael Corleone: Tom, wait a minute. I'm talking about a cop that's mixed up in drugs. I'm talking about a - a - a dishonest cop - a crooked cop who got mixed up in the rackets and got what was coming to him. That's a terrific story. And we have newspaper people on the payroll, don't we, Tom? Michael Corleone: And they might like a story like that. Tom Hagen: They might, they just might. Michael Corleone: [to Sonny] It's not personal, Sonny. It's strictly business.
Boondock Saints Murphy: We're sorta like 7-Eleven. We're not always doing business, but we're always open. Connor: That is nicely put. Connor: Now you will receive us. Murphy: We do not ask for your poor, or your hungry. Connor: We do not want your tired and sick. Murphy: It is your corrupt we claim. Connor: It is your evil that will be sought by us. Murphy: With every breath we shall hunt them down. Connor: Each day, we will spill their blood till it rains down from the skies. Murphy: Do not kill, do not rape, do not steal, these are principles which every man of every faith can embrace. Connor: These are not polite suggestions, these are codes of behavior and those of you that ignore them will pay the dearest cost. Murphy: There are varying degrees of evil, we urge you lesser forms of filth not to push the bounds and cross over, into true corruption, into our domain. Connor: For if you do, one day you will look behind you and you will see we three. And on that day, you will reap it. Murphy: And we will send you to whatever god you wish. Il Duce: Whosoever shed man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed. For in the image of God may deem man. Connor: We haven't really got a system of deciding who, Roc. It's, uh... Rocco: Me! *Me*! I'm the guy! I know everyone! Their habits, who they hang out with, who they talk to! I've got phone numbers, addresses! I know who they're fucking! I know where they live! We could kill *everyone.* Murphy: So what do you think? Connor: I'm strangely comfortable with it. Il Duce: Never shall innocent blood be shed, yet the blood of the wicked shall flow like a river. The Three shall spread their blackened wings and be the vengeful striking hammer of God. Murphy: Yeah, it's St. Patty's Day, everyone's Irish tonight. Why don't you just pull up a stool and have a drink with us?
King Leonidas : The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and before this battle was over, even a god-king can bleed. 300 Astinos : "Fight in the shade" ! Dilios : Immortals... we put their name to the test. Dilios : Give thanks, men, to Leonidas and the brave 300! TO VICTORY! Stelios : It's an honor to die at your side. King Le onidas : It's an honor to have lived at yours. Queen Gorgo : Come back with your shield, or on it. King Leonidas : You have many slaves, Xerxes, but few warriors. It won't be long before they fear my spears more than your whips. Dilios : The old ones say we Spartans are descended from Hercules himself. Bold Leonidas gives testament to our bloodline. His roar is long and loud. King Leonidas : You there, Ephialtes. May you live forever. Stelios : We are with you, sire! For Sparta, for freedom, to the death! King Leonidas : Spartans! Prepare for glory! Daxos : Glory? Have you gone mad? There is no glory to be had now! Only retreat, or surrender or death! King Leonidas : Wel l, that's an easy choice for us, Arcadian! Spartans never retreat! Spartans never surrender! Go spread the word. Let every Greek assembled know the truth of this. Let each among them search his own soul. And while you're at it, search your own. King Leonidas : Children, gather round! No retreat, no surrender; that is Spartan law. And by Spartan law we will stand and fight... and die. A new age has begun. An age of freedom, and all will know, that 300 Spartans gave their last breath to defend it! King Leonidas : You are generous as you are divine, O king of kings. Such an offer only a madman would refuse. But the, uh, the idea of kneeling, it's- You see, slaughtering all those men of yours has, uh, well it's left a nasty cramp in my leg, so kneeling will be hard for me. Xerxes : It isn't wise to stand against me, Leonidas. Imagine what horrible fate awaits my enemies when I would gladly kill any of my own men for victory. King L eonidas : And I would die for any one of mine. King Leonidas : Give them nothing! But take from them everything! King Leonidas : This is where we hold them! This is where we fight! This is where they die! Captain : On t hese sh ields, boys! [ Spartans cheer ] King Leonidas : Remem ber this day, men, for it will be yours for all time. King Leonidas : Madness? This is SPARTA!
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