Mr. Brown
Quentin Tarantino as "Mr. Brown" in Reservoir Dogs (1992):
[after Mr. Pink's tipping conversation] Jesus Christ!
Goodfellas (1990) 18 Memorable Quotes
Memorable Quotes:
Henry Hill
[narrating] For as long as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster. To me that was better than being president of the United States. To be a gangster was to own the world.
Henry Hill
Jimmy was the kind of guy that rooted for bad guys in the movies.
Henry Hill
[first lines]The fuck is that?
Tommy DeVito
Sure, mom, I settle down with a nice girl every night, then I'm free the next morning.
James Conway
I'm not mad, I'm proud of you. You took your first pinch like a man and you learn two great things in your life. Look at me, never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.
Tommy DeVito
You know Spider, you're a fuckin' mumbling stuttering little fuck. You know that?
Henry Hill
[narrating] As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.
Tommy DeVito
[after killing Morrie] I thought he'd never shut the fuck up.
Morris Kessler
Henry Hill
James Conway
Henry, you're a good kid, I've been good to you, you've been good to me. But there's something really unreasonable going on here. Jimmy's being an unconsionable ball-breaker. I never agreed to 3 points on top of the vig! Am I something special? Some sort of schmuck on wheels?Morrie, please! You borrowed Jimmy's money, pay him.I never agreed to 3 points on top of the vig! What am I, fuckin nuts? Come on!Are you gonna argue with Jimmy Conway? Just give him his money so we can get the fuck outta here!Hey! Fuck 'em! Fuck 'em in the ear! What are you talking about? Fuck 'em in the other ear, that son of a bitch! Did I ever bust his balls? Did I? Did I? I could've jumped the dime a million times, and I wouldn't have to pay tip!Come on, Morrie, you're talking crazy, stop it!

[Grabs telephone cord and chokes Morrie with it, then his wig falls off and Henry starts laughing]

You got money for that fuckin commercial. Fuckin' commercial, you don't got my money, you don't got my fuckin money, huh?Jimmy, he'll pay, he'll pay.I'll fuckin kill you, get the money, you fuckin' cocksucker, you hear me?

[Phone rings]

Pay me my money.Hello? Who's this? He's here.

[Gives phone to Henry]

Jimmy, I'm sorry.Yeah? You should be sorry. Don't fuckin do it again and give me the money. Give me the fuckin money, You hear me? You hear me, I gotta come here and you bust my balls? Give me the fuckin money.OK, OK, OK. I'll pay you kid.
Doctor
James Conway
[1313]:[hesitating] Why don't you go fuck yourself, Tommy?[stunned silence] Whoa! Can't believe what I just heard. Hey Spider, here. This is for you.

[tosses money on the table]

Attaboy! I got respect for this kid. He's got a lot of fucking balls. Good for you! Don't take no shit off nobody.
James Conway
Henry Hill
Tommy DeVito
What's the fuckin' matter with you? What - what is the fuckin' matter with you? What are you, stupid or what? Tommy, Tommy, I'm kidding with you. What the fuck are you doin'? What are you, a fuckin' sick maniac?How am I meant to know you're kidding? What you mean, you're kidding? You breaking my fuckin' balls?I'm fuckin' kidding with you! You fuckin' shoot the guy?He's dead.Good shot. What do you want from me? Good shot. Fuckin' rat anyway. His family's all rats. He'll grow up to be a rat.You stupid bastard, I can't fuckin' believe you. Now, you're gonna dig the fuckin' thing now. You're gonna dig the hole. You're gonna do it. I got no fuckin' lime. You're gonna do it.Who the fuck cares? I'll dig the fuckin' hole. I don't give a fuck. What is it, the first hole I dug? Not the first time I dug a hole. I'll fuckin' dig a hole. Where are the shovels?
Frankie Carbone
Tommy DeVito
I could never hit that number.

[unintelligible]

Frankie, Frankie, Frankie. What the fuck does 528 have to do with 460? I can't believe this guy. Fuckin' 528 ain't even close to 460. Now what the fuck does that got to do with anything?Eh, I been playin' that numba for three years.
Pete The Killer
[points] By the way, I took care of that thing for ya.
Henry Hill
Tommy DeVito
You're a pistol, you're really funny. You're really funny.What do you mean I'm funny?It's funny, you know. It's a good story, it's funny, you're a funny guy.

[laughs]

What do you mean, you mean the way I talk? What?It's just, you know. You're just funny, it's... funny, the way you tell the story and everything.[it becomes quiet] Funny how? What's funny about it?[1332]:Tommy no, You got it all wrong.Oh, oh, Anthony. He's a big boy, he knows what he said. What did ya say? Funny how?Jus...What?Just... ya know... you're funny.You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it's me, I'm a little fucked up maybe, but I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to fuckin' amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?Just... you know, how you tell the story, what?No, no, I don't know, you said it. How do I know? You said I'm funny. How the fuck am I funny, what the fuck is so funny about me? Tell me, tell me what's funny![long pause] Get the fuck out of here, Tommy![everyone laughs] Ya motherfucker! I almost had him, I almost had him. Ya stuttering prick ya. Frankie, was he shaking? I wonder about you sometimes, Henry. You may fold under questioning.
Tommy DeVito
Billy Batts
No more shines, Billy.What?I said, no more shines. Maybe you didn't hear about it, you've been away a long time. They didn't go up there and tell you. I don't shine shoes anymore.Relax, will ya? Ya flip right out, what's got into you? I'm breaking your balls a little bit, that's all. I'm only kidding with ya...Sometimes you don't sound like you're kidding, you know, there's a lotta people around...I'm only kidding with you, we're having a party, I just came home and I haven't seen you in a long time and I'm breaking your balls, and you're getting fucking fresh. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to offend you.I'm sorry too. It's okay. No problem.Okay, salud.[takes a drink] Now go home and get your fuckin' shinebox.Mother fuckin' mutt! You, you fucking piece of shit![taunting] Yeah, yeah, yeah, come on, come on, come on!Motherfucking... He bought his fucking button! That fake old tough guy! You bought your fucking button!You mother fuck... Fuck! Keep that motherfucker here, keep him here!

[leaves]

Henry Hill
[narrating] And when the cops, when they assigned a whole army to stop Jimmy, what'd he do? He made 'em partners.
Henry Hill
[narrating] Whenever we needed money, we'd rob the airport. To us, it was better than Citibank.
Henry Hill
[narrating] And then there was Jimmy Two Times, who got that nickname because he said everything twice, like:[1324]:I'm gonna go get the papers, get the papers.
Morris Kessler
What am I? A schmuck on wheels?
Henry Hill
All they got from Paulie was protection from other guys looking to rip them off. That's what it's all about. That's what the FBI can never understand - that what Paulie and the organization offer is protection for the kinds of guys who can't go to the cops. They're like the police department for wiseguys.
Henry Hill
[narrating] Paulie may have moved slow, but it was only because Paulie didn't have to move for anybody.
Henry Hill
[narrating] One day some of the kids from the neighborhood carried my mother's groceries all the way home. You know why? It was outta respect.
Henry Hill
[narrating] Thirty-two hundred dollars he gave me. Thirty-two hundred dollars for a lifetime. It wasn't even enough to pay for the coffin.
Tommy DeVito
What the fuck are you doing? You're hanging around my fuckin' neck like a vulture, like impending danger.
Henry Hill
You know, we always called each other good fellas. Like you said to, uh, somebody, :You're gonna like this guy. He's all right. He's a good fella. He's one of us.: You understand? We were good fellas. Wiseguys. But Jimmy and I could never be made because we had Irish blood. It didn't even matter that my mother was Sicilian. To become a member of a crew you've got to be one hundred per cent Italian so they can trace all your relatives back to the old country. See, it's the highest honor they can give you. It means you belong to a family and crew. It means that nobody can fuck around with you. It also means you could fuck around with anybody just as long as they aren't also a member. It's like a license to steal. It's a license to do anything. As far as Jimmy was concerned with Tommy being made, it was like we were all being made. We would now have one of our own as a member.
Tommy DeVito
Hey, Spider, that fuckin' bandage on your foot is bigger than your fuckin' head.
Henry Hill
[

With the suitcase open on the desk, Henry counts out stacks of cash]

Thirty-five, forty, forty-five, fifty, sixty thousand.[1290]:It's gonna be a good summer.
Henry Hill
[last lines][narrating] Anything I wanted was a phone call away. Free cars. The keys to a dozen hideout flats all over the city. I bet twenty, thirty grand over a weekend and then I'd either blow the winnings in a week or go to the sharks to pay back the bookies.

[Henry leaves the witness stand and speaks directly to the camera]

Didn't matter. It didn't mean anything. When I was broke, I'd go out and rob some more. We ran everything. We paid off cops. We paid off lawyers. We paid off judges. Everybody had their hands out. Everything was for the taking. And now it's all over.

[narrating]

And that's the hardest part. Today everything is different; there's no action... have to wait around like everyone else. Can't even get decent food - right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce, and I got egg noodles and ketchup. I'm an average nobody... get to live the rest of my life like a schnook.
Karen Hill

[buzzing over and over on her husband's girlfriend's intercom]

This is Karen Hill, I want to talk to you. Hello? Don't hang up on me. I want to talk to you. You keep away from my husband, you understand me? Hello? ANSWER ME. I'm going to tell everybody that walks in this building that in 2R, Rossi, you're nothing but a whore.

[gets on phone]

[1293]:Is this the superintendent?... Yes, sir, I would like you to know that you have a whore living in 2R. Rossi, Janice Rossi... He's MY husband. Get your own goddamn man.
Billy Batts
Go home and get your fucking shine box.
Tommy DeVito
Billy Batts
Just don't go busting my balls, Billy, okay?Hey, Tommy, if I was gonna break your balls, I'd tell you to go home and get your shine box.

[to his friends]

Now this kid, this kid was great. They, they used to call him Spitshine Tommy.
Frankie Carbone

[Morrie jokes at the table]

Morrie, stop breaking my balls, all right?
Morris Kessler

[on Morrie's wig commercial]

Don't buy wigs that come off at the wrong time.
Tommy DeVito
What, do you got me on a fuckin' pay-no-mind list kid?
Tommy DeVito
He said, "No, you're gonna tell me something today, tough guy." I said, "All right, I'll tell you something: go fuck your mother."
James Conway
[1290]:

[after Spider tells Tommy to "go fuck yourself"]

I can't believe what I just hear.

[he throws some money on the table]

[1290]:Here, Spider, this is for you. I got respect for this kid. He's got alot of fucking balls. Good for you, don't take no shit of nobody. He shoots him in the foot he tells him to go fuck himself.

[to Tommy, joking]

[1290]:Tommy, you gonna let him get away with that? You gonna let this fucking punk get away with that? What's the matter? What's the world coming to?

[Tommy pulls out a gun and shoots Spider in the chest]

James Conway
Henry Hill
Tommy DeVito
Anthony Stabile

[Tommy has shot Spider]

I'm fucking kidding with you; you fucking shoot the guy?He's dead.I'm a good shot, what do you want from me? I'm a good shot.How could you miss at this distance?
Tommy DeVito
Kidding? How am I meant to know you're kidding? You're breaking my fucking balls.
Tommy DeVito

[Tommy holds up a gun at the truck driver he's hijacking]

Where's the strong box you fuckin' varmint, you?
Paul Cicero
Sonny Bunz
You know anything about this fucking restaurant business?[Talking to Henry] He knows everything about it. I mean he's in the joint 24 hours a day. I mean another fucking few minutes he could be a stool that's how often he's in there.
Henry Hill
[narrating] Now the guy's got Paulie as a partner. Any problems, he goes to Paulie. Trouble with the bill? He can go to Paulie. Trouble with the cops, deliveries, Tommy, he can call Paulie. But now the guy's gotta come up with Paulie's money every week, no matter what. Business bad? Fuck you, pay me. Oh, you had a fire? Fuck you, pay me. Place got hit by lightning, huh? Fuck you, pay me.
Henry Hill
[narrating] When they found Carbone in the meat truck, he was frozen so stiff it took them three days to thaw him out for the autopsy.
Henry Hill
For us to live any other way was nuts. Uh, to us, those goody-good people who worked shitty jobs for bum paychecks and took the subway to work every day, and worried about their bills, were dead. I mean they were suckers. They had no balls. If we wanted something we just took it. If anyone complained twice they got hit so bad, believe me, they never complained again.
Tommy DeVito
What do you want to tell me now, tough guy? I said, "Bing, what are you doing here? I thought I told you to go fuck your mother!"

[group laughs]

I thought he was gonna shit!
Tommy DeVito

[Tommy mocks at Spider]

Oklahoma kid. That's me. I'm the Oklahoma kid. You fuckin' varmint! Dance. Dance. YAHOO, YA MOTHERFUCKER!

[shoots Spider in the foot]

Paul Cicero
Henry Hill
Tommy DeVito
I don't want any more of that shit.What shit? What are you talking about?Just stay away from the garbage, you know what I mean.Look, Paulie?I'm not talking about what you did inside, you did what you had to do, I'm talking about now, from now, here and now.Paulie, why would I want to get into that...Don't make a jerk out of me, just don't do it... just don't do it. Now I want to talk to you about Jimmy, you have to watch out for him. He's a good earner but he's wild, takes too many chances.Yeah I know that, I know Jimmy, you think I would take chances like Jimmy?And Tommy he's a good kid too. But he's crazy, he's a cowboy, he's got too much to prove. You gotta watch out for kids like this.Yeah I know what they are, I only use them for certain things, believe me you don't have to worry.Listen, I aint gonna get fucked like Gribbs, understand. Gribbs is 70 years old and the fuckin guy's gonna die in prison, I don't need that. So I'm warning everybody, EVERYBODY. It could be my son, it could be anybody. Gribbs got 20 years just for saying hello to some fuck who was sneaking behind his back selling junk, I don't need that, aint gonna happen to me, you understand.Uh huh.You know that you're only out early because I got you a job. I don't need this heat, understand that.Uh huh.And you see anybody fucking around with this shit you're going to tell me right.Yeah.[slaps him] That means anybody!All right.Yeah?Yeah, of course.
Henry Hill
I swear to my fucking mother, if you touch her again, YOU'RE DEAD.
Tommy DeVito
James Conway
Oh, I like this one... One dog goes one way, the other dog goes the other way, and this guy's sayin', "Whadda ya want from me?' Guy's got a nice head of white hair, it's beautiful.Looks like someone we know.Oh, my... no, without the beard? Oh, shhhhhh...!

[laughs]

Stacks Edwards
Tommy DeVito
What time is it?It's eleven thirty, we're supposed to be there by nine.Be ready in a minute.Yeah, you were always fuckin' late, you were late for your own fuckin' funeral.

[shoots him]

Henry Hill
[narrating] Jimmy had never asked me to whack somebody before - but now he's asking me to go down to Florida and do a hit with Anthony? That's when I knew I would never have come back from Florida alive.
Henry Hill
[narrating] Jimmy had never asked me to do a hit before, and now he's asking me to go down to Florida with Andy to make a hit.

[Jimmy gives him a pack of matches with a number]

[narrating] That's when I knew I would never have come back from Florida alive.
Tommy DeVito
James Conway

[has just killed the talkative Morrie]

I thought he'd never shut the *fuck* up.Yeah. Pain in the ass.
Tommy DeVito
You dizzy motherfucker, you!
Tommy DeVito
Frankie Carbone

[about Morrie's corpse]

Hey Frank, let's chop him up.All right.

[starts to get out of the car]

Where you going? Where you going, you dizzy motherfucker, you?To chop him up.At Charlie's, not here!

[Carbone mumbles to himself in Italian]

Come on, what are you doing? Let's get the fuck outta here. I oughta let him

[Morrie's corpse]

fucking drive. What are you waiting for?The car's cold.Get the fuck outta here! What fucking warm enough? Get outta here!
Henry Hill
James Conway
I only bought the damn guns because he wanted them and now he didn't want them.What the fuck are these? None of them fit. What's the matter with you? What, do you want me to pay for this shit? I'm not paying for it!I didn't say a thing. He was so pissed off, he didn't even say goodbye.Stop with those fucking drugs. They're making your mind into mush. You hear me? Take'em back!
Henry Hill

[Henry has just been busted for dealing drugs]

For a second I thought I was dead. But, when I heard all the noise, I knew they were cops. Only cops talk that way. If they'd been wiseguys, I wouldn't have heard a thing. I would've been dead.
Police Detective
[to Henry] Talk to me, when was the last time you took a collar? Hey fuckhead, I'm talking to you. You don't wanna say a fucking word to me, you don't have to. I don't really give a fuck. Twenty five years, pal, that's what you're looking at.
Truck Driver at Diner

[Henry and Tommy just boosted a rig]

Hey, you got a phone? Two niggers just stole my truck. You believe that shit, huh? You fuckin' believe that?
Henry Hill
If you're part of a crew, nobody ever tells you that they're going to kill you, doesn't happen that way. There weren't any arguments or curses like in the movies. See, your murderers come with smiles, they come as your friends, the people who've cared for you all of your life. And they always seem to come at a time that you're at your weakest and most in need of their help.
Sonny Bunz
But I'm worried, I mean, I'm hearin' all kinds a fuckin' bad things. I mean he's treating me like I'm a fuckin' half-a-fag or somethin'. I'm gonna wind up a lammist, I gotta go on the fuckin' lam in order to get away from this guy? This ain't right, Paulie.
Henry Hill

[after Karen points gun at him while hes sleeping]

I got enough to worry about getting whacked on the street! I gotta come home for this! I should fucking kill you!
Billy Batts

[under his breath after Tommy leaves the bar]

I'll fuck him in his ass. I fucked kids like him in the can in the ass. Fuckin' trying to break up my party.
James Conway

[Frenchy is describing a large shipment of cash at Idlewild Airport to Jimmy and Henry]

What about the security?[1297]:Security? You're looking at it.
Police Detective
[to Henry] Hey, your pals are here. You don't want to talk to me, you're gonna have a fucking problem all night 'cause I'll be on you like shit. New York State. Twenty five fucking years, pal.

[the detectives bring in the utensils Henry used to make coke]

What, were you guys grocery shopping? What, are we going to make a cake? Gonna make a fucking cake? Got anything good in there or what?

[a detective tastes the residue in a pan]

Is it good?

[detective nods; to Henry]

Ha ha ha ha. Bye bye, dickhead. Ha ha ha. See you in Attica, dick.
Tommy DeVito
All right so he got shot in the foot, what is it a big fuckin' deal?
Tommy DeVito
James Conway

[Infuriated at Spider and speaking to the other card players]

Hey, what's that movie that Bogart made?[1332]:Which one?The one where he played a cowboy. He only did one.[1332]:Oh... ah... The Oklahoma Kid.Shane?Oklahoma Kid![to Jimmy] Shane...

[They all laugh]

Karen Hill
Henry Hill
What do you do?I'm in construction.

[She feels the softness of his hands]

They don't feel like you're in construction.Ah, I'm a union delegate.
Karen Hill
One night, Bobby Vinton sent us champagne. There was nothing like it. I didn't think there was anything strange in any of this. You know, a twenty-one-year-old kid with such connections. He was an exciting guy. He was really nice. He introduced me to everybody. Everybody wanted to be nice to him. And he knew how to handle it.
Karen Hill
[narrating] After awhile, it got to be all normal. None of it seemed like crime. It was more like Henry was enterprising, and that he and the guys were making a few bucks hustling, while all the other guys were sitting on their asses, waiting for handouts. Our husbands weren't brain surgeons, they were blue-collar guys. The only way they could make extra money, real extra money, was to go out and cut a few corners.

[Cuts to Henry and Tommy hijacking a truck]

Henry Hill
[narrating] It was revenge for Billy Batts, and a lot of other things. And there was nothing that we could do about it. Batts was a made man, and Tommy wasn't. And we had to sit still and take it. It was among the Italians. It was real greaseball shit. They even shot Tommy in the face so his mother couldn't give him an open coffin at the funeral.
Billy Batts
James Conway
Hey Jimmy! What's right is right. You understand what I'm talking about?It's all right. It's all right.No. The kid's over here. We're hugging and kissing over here. And two minutes later, he's acting like a fucking jerk.No, no, no, no, no. You insulted him a little bit. You got a little bit out of order yourself.No I didn't insult him. I didn't insult him.I'm sorry. You insulted him a little bit.No, I didn't insult nobody. Give us a drink. Give us a drink.
Karen Hill
Please stop feeding the dog from the table... from the plate on top of it.
Billy Batts
James Conway
Give us a drink. And give some to those Irish hoodlums down there.There's only one Irishman in here.On the house. Salud.Top of the mornin'.
Tommy DeVito
What the fuck you looking at? Come on. Make that coffee to go. Let's go.

[Frankie mumbles something and goes to the door with the coffee pot in his hand]

What the fuck are you doing? It's a joke! A joke! Put the fucking pot down!
Tommy DeVito
What am I, a mirage?
Tommy's Mother
Has Tommy ever told you about my painting?
Henry Hill
[narrating] By the time I grew up, there was thirty billion a year in cargo moving through Idlewild Airport and believe me, we tried to steal every bit of it.
Tommy DeVito
James Conway
Henry Hill

[Henry, Jimmy and Tommy are digging up Billy Batts' decomposed corpse. Henry is coughing from the stench, while the others don't appear to be bothered]

Hey, Henry, Henry, hurry up, will ya? My mother's gonna make some fried peppers and sausage for us.

[Jimmy and Tommy laugh while Henry coughs]

Oh, hey, Henry, Henry! Here's an arm!Very funny, guys.Here's a leg!Here's a wing!

[laughs]

Hey, what do you like, the leg or the wing, Henry? Or ya still go for the old hearts and lungs?[Vomiting] Oh, that's so bad!
James Conway
Vinnie
Henry Hill
Yeah.Yeah.Who's this?This is Vinnie.Vinnie, what happened?Well we-...You get it straightened out?No, we had a problem... and uh, we tried to do everything we could.What d'you mean?Well, you what I mean. He's gone, and we couldn't do nothing about it.

[pause]

That's it.What d'you mean? What d'you mean? Uh...He's gone. Uh, he's gone.

[pause]

And that's it.[smashing telephone] Fuck. Can't fuckin' believe that, can't fuckin'...[crying] Fuck it, fuck... the fuck...

[Henry exits diner]

What happened?They whacked him. They fuckin' whacked him.Aw, fuck.

[Jimmy kicks phone booth]

Motherfucker!

[pushes over phone booth]

[cries]
James Conway

[Knocks on the car window of two cops following him. They cops have fallen asleep]

Come on fuckos, let's go for a ride.
James Conway

[after kicking Batts to near death]

Look what this fucking mutt did to my shoes.
Tommy DeVito
We hit the deer and his paw... What do you call it? The paw.[1290]:

[Speaking through a mouth full of pasta]

The hoof.It got caught in the grill. I got to hack it off.
Paul Cicero
Copa Captain
Tommy's a bad seed. What am I supposed to do? Shoot him?That wouldn't' be a bad idea.
Karen Hill
I know there are women, like my best friends, who would have gotten out of there the minute their boyfriend gave them a gun to hide. But I didn't. I got to admit the truth. It turned me on.
James Conway
Henry Hill
Watch this.Ah, don't fuck with them.I do it all the time. Bust their fucking balls.Don't give'em the satisfaction, the fucks.[taps on car window of two cops following him, who had fallen asleep] Come on, fuckos, let's go for a ride.

[he and Henry laugh]

Keep'em up all night.
Tuddy Cicero

[as Paulie is being arrested]

Why don't you boys go down to Wall Street and find some real crooks? Whoever sold you those suits had a wonderful sense of humor.
Johnny Dio
Paul Cicero
How do you like your steak?Medium rare.Huh. An aristocrat.
Tommy DeVito
I gotta wonder about you sometimes, Henry. You may fold under questioning.
Henry Hill
Now take me to jail.
Stacks Edwards
This drink is better than sex, baby.
Karen Hill

[after Henry has stood her up on what was to be their second date]

You got some nerve standing me up like that last night! Nobody does that to me! Who the Hell do you think you are? Frankie Valli or some kinda bigshot?