Paul Thomas Anderson, as I’m sure you know, is a fantastic director who has made a continuous string of brilliant, extraordinary movies. He’s probably the best American director working in cinema today, and we’re eagerly awaiting more news about the creation of his newest film, The Master. When I heard that he was working on this film, I got so excited I decided to rewatch all his other films in preparation. You can never see a P.T. Anderson movie too many times.
Here are 25 great quotes I picked up from his five movies. Enjoy.
1: “If you stay here, you don’t wanna get caught, okay? We’re talking about kidnapping, extortion, other things, I dunno what. But not good things.”
2: “I know three kinds of karate: jujitsu, aikido, and regular karate.”
3: “I have the money to give you right now, in this moment. I will give you all that I have. Maybe before you were gonna kill me. Maybe. I don’t know. I know John, and I love him like he was my own child. But I can tell you this: I don’t want to die. I killed his father. I can tell you what it was. This is not an excuse. I’m not begging for clemency. All that matters, I do not wish to sacrifice my life for John’s well-being. But I will sacrifice this money for mine because you have asked me. Because after this, I will have done all I can for John and for myself. I’m going to ask you with all the heart and sincerety that I have, please do not put a bullet in me. And, please, don’t tell John what I’ve done. I trust that once I gave you this money, you and I will take separate paths and that this negotiation will settle everything. That is my hope. I don’t wanna die.”
4: “I know some things about Atlantic city…”
5: “This is a very fucked up situation.”
Boogie Nights (1997)
6: “I got a feeling that behind those jeans is something wonderful just waiting to get out.”
7: “I’m ready to shoot right now!”
8: “If it looks like shit, and it sounds like shit, it must be shit!”
9: “I’m gonna keep trying if you guys keep trying. Let’s keep rocking and rolling.”
10: “I’m a star. I’m a star, I’m a star, I’m a star. I’m a big, bright shining star. That’s right.”
11: “These strange things happen all the time.”
12: “And the book says, ‘we may be through with the past, but the past ain’t through with us.'”
13: “I’m quietly judging you.”
14: “The biggest regret of my life… I let my love go.”
15: “Don’t go away, you fucking asshole, don’t go away, you fucking asshole, don’t go away….”
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
16: “I don’t like myself sometimes.”
17: “I didn’t do anything. I’m a nice man. I mind my own business. So you tell me ‘that’s that’ before I beat the hell from you. I have so much strength in me you have no idea. I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine. I would say ‘that’s that’, Mattress Man.”
18: “I’m lookin’ at your face and I just wanna smash it. I just wanna fuckin’ smash it with a sledgehammer and squeeze it. You’re so pretty.”
19: “Healthy Choice and American Airlines got together and put this promotion: If you buy any 10 Healthy Choice products, they will reward you with 500 frequent flier miles; with this special coupon, they’ll up it to 1,000 miles. So, I think they are trying to push their teriyaki chicken which is $1.79, but I went to the supermarket and I looked around and I saw that they had pudding… for 25¢ a cup… comes in packages of four. But insanely… the barcodes… are on the individual cups! So, quarter a cup, say you bought $2.50 worth. That’s worth 500… with the coupon it’s 1,000 miles. It’s a marketing mistake but I’m taking advantage of it. If you were to spend $3,000, that would get you a million frequent flier miles. You would never have to pay for a ticket the rest of your life.”
20: “Yes-that-would-be-great-but-I’m-not-exactly-sure-I-have-so-much-going-on-here-a-lot-depends-on-this-thing-if-it-happens-I-won’t-be-able-to-go-but-if-it-doesn’t-happen-I-might-be-able-to… I probably won’t though.”
There Will Be Blood (2007)
21: “There are times when I look at people and see nothing worth liking.”
22: “One night, I’m going to come to you, inside your house, wherever you’re sleeping, and I’m going to cut your throat.”
24: “I told you I would eat you!”
25: “I’m finished.”
There are so many more I could list than the above 25, especially from Magnolia and There Will Be Blood (in fact, the whole final scene of the latter film could be easily and appropriately quotable), but I’ll leave that up to you.
Leave a comment with what you thought of my selections, and list some quotes of your own. What directors do you find easily quotable? What do you think of Paul Thomas Anderson’s films? Let me know.
Thanks for reading.
We all know that a lot of great movies get overlooked, but even more often we see classic lines from films that people don’t remember or notice. Well, I’m here to pay tribute to twenty-five of my favourites that most people just can’t identify.
1: “I think we’ll be okay here, Leon.” — Leon
2: “The town will never be the same. After the Tangiers, the big corporations took it all over. Today it looks like Disneyland. And while the kids play cardboard pirates, Mommy and Daddy drop the house payments and Junior’s college money on the poker slots. In the old days, dealers knew your name, what you drank, what you played. Today, it’s like checkin’ into an airport. And if you order room service, you’re lucky if you get it by Thursday. Today, it’s all gone. You get a whale show up with four million in a suitcase, and some twenty-five-year-old hotel school kid is gonna want his Social Security Number. After the Teamsters got knocked out of the box, the corporations tore down practically every one of the old casinos. And where did the money come from to rebuild the pyramids? Junk bonds. But in the end, I wound up right back where I started. I could still pick winners, and I could still make money for all kinds of people back home. And why mess up a good thing?” — Casino
3: “Shut up and deal.” — The Apartment
4: “Malkovich, Malkovich.” — Being John Malkovich
5: “When the truth… is found to be lies. And all the hope… within you dies. Then what?” — A Serious Man
6: “You don’t get to tell me what to do ever again.” — American Beauty
7: “A little boy went out to play. When he opened his door, he saw the world. As he passed through the doorway, he caused a reflection. Evil was born. Evil was born, and followed the boy.” — Inland Empire
8: “My fucking wife has an ass in her cock over in the driveway, alright? I’m sorry if my thoughts aren’t with the photography of the film we’re shooting tomorrow!” — Boogie Nights
9: “No, don’t do it!” — Persona
10: “Silencio.” — Mulholland Dr.
11: “I apologise to you, sir, for not telling you sooner that you’re a degenerate, sadistic old man. And you can go to HELL before I apologise to you now or ever again.” — Paths of Glory
12: “If you men only knew.” — Eyes Wide Shut
13: “The fact that my client has been ridden more than the Seattle Slew is irrelevant.” — Liar, Liar
14: “You get me slapped with a fine. You pick fights with the customers and I have to patch everything up. You get us chased out of a funeral home by violating a corpse. To top it all off, you ruined my relationship with Veronica! What’s your encore? Do you, like, anally rape my mother while pouring sugar in my gas tank?” — Clerks
15: “Try getting a reservation at Dorsia now, you fucking stupid bastard!” — American Psycho
16: “Are you gonna bark all day, little doggy, or are you gonna bite?” — Reservoir Dogs
17: “Hit me.” — Blue Velvet
18: “I’m somebody now, Harry. Everybody likes me. Soon, millions of people will see me and they’ll all like me. I’ll tell them about you, and your father, how good he was to us. Remember? It’s a reason to get up in the morning. It’s a reason to lose weight, to fit in the red dress. It’s a reason to smile. It makes tomorrow all right. What have I got Harry, hm? Why should I even make the bed, or wash the dishes? I do them, but why should I? I’m alone. Your father’s gone, you’re gone. I got no one to care for. What have I got, Harry? I’m lonely. I’m old.” — Requiem for a Dream
19: “And I feel profoundly grateful to my life, which gives me so much.” — Cries and Whispers
20: “I just wanted to hold a little baby.” — Dancer in the Dark
21: “This shit is about to go off!” — Hot Fuzz
22: “We’re a couple that doesn’t touch.” — Buffalo ’66
23: “To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people! I’ve known sheep that could outwit you. I’ve worn dresses with higher IQs. But you think you’re an intellectual, don’t you, ape?” — A Fish Called Wanda
24: “Squeal like a pig!” — Deliverance
25: “I’m finished.” — There Will Be Blood
Those are my twenty-five, and I can probably think of a lot more. Leave a comment with what you thought of my choices, and let me know some of your own.
Thanks for reading.