Wyatt Earp
Kurt Russell as "Wyatt Earp" in Tombstone (1993):
I don't think I'll let you arrest us today, Behan.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Actor: Robert De Niro (age 52 in this movie)
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein's Memorable Quotes:
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[voice-over] Nicky's methods of betting weren't scientific, but they worked. When he won, he collected. When he lost, he told the bookies to go fuck themselves. I mean, what were they going to do, muscle Nicky? Nicky was the muscle.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[voice-over] In Vegas, everybody's gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I'm watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[first lines][voice-over] When you love someone, you've gotta trust them. There's no other way. You've got to give them the key to everything that's yours. Otherwise, what's the point? And for a while, I believed, that's the kind of love I had.

[Ace's car explodes]

Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[repeated line]I can't do that.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Senator
You guys have to be kidding, adjourned? What do you mean adjoured? Mr. Chairman, Senator. You promised me a hearing, you won't allow me a hearing? You didn't even look at the FBI reports. When you were my guest, Mr. Chairman, Senator, at the Tangiers hotel, did you not promise me that I would have a fair hearing?I was never... I was never your guest at the Tangiers...You were never my guest?...that's right.I never comped you? I don't comp you at least 2 or 3 times a month? At the Tangiers?I... I'd like to answer that at this time, Mr. Rothstein is being very typical to this point. He's lying. The only time I was at the Tangiers was when I had dinner with Barney Greenstein.Was I at that dinner? Tell me, was I at that dinner?You were wandering.Was I at that dinner? Was I?You were wandering around. You were in the... you were in the building.I was in the building? You know damn well I was at that dinner, and you swore to me I would have a fair hearing. Did you not? Did you not? Well, tell me I was at least at the dinner. Allow me that much. Give me that much at least!Yes, you were.Yeah. Thanks for not calling me a liar. You son of a bitch.
Flirting Executive
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Hello Mrs. Rothstein, how are you?

[kisses her hand]

You're one of the most gorgeous women I've ever seen, you're a lucky man Mr. Rothstein.[hesitant] Thank you, thanks for that compliment.[voice-over] He was a young kid from the casino. Nice kid, bright boy. What balls on this fuckin' kid. The next day I fired him.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[voice-over] In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and to keep them coming back. The longer they play, the more they lose, and in the end, we get it all.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein

[Don is dismissed from the casino]

Listen, if you didn't know you're bein' scammed, you're too fuckin' dumb to keep this job. If you did know, you were in on it. Either way, you're out. Get out! Go on. Let's go.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[a cowboy has his sock-feet on a table in the casino][to Sherbert] I don't give a shit who he's connected to. Tell him to take his fuckin' feet off the table. What's he think this is, a goddamn sawdust joint?
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Phillip Green
[talking about Don] The guy is history as far as I'm concerned. History.You can't just fire him. Webb's his brother-in-law. He's County Commissioner.So what? Everybody out here with cowboy boots is a fuckin' county commissioner or related to a county commissioner. I'm fuckin' sick of it.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[last lines]And that's that.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[voice-over] The bombing was never authorized, but I suspect I know who lit the fuse. And so did the powers that be.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[voice-over] No matter how big a guy might be, Nicky would take him on. You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun. And if you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he'll keep comin' back and back until one of you is dead.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
You fucking mo-mo, what's the matter with you?
Nicky Santoro
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
So in other words - I'm fucked.In so many words, yes.
Nicky Santoro
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Ace don't... listen, don't... don't make a scene, all right?I want to just talk. I want to talk to that Irish bitch.She didn't know who to turn to. She... she didn't know where to turn. She was tryin' to save your marriage.Yeah? Nicky, I want to talk to that fuckin' bitch.Hey, be fuckin' nice. Calm. Be nice. Don't fuck up in here,
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein

[narrating over Ginger and Nicky in bed]

And this... this is how she backed him off.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Nicky Santoro
[a plane just landed on the golf course][voice-over] The Feds were watching Nicky play golf for so long that they ran out of gas. Just what I needed, right in front of the control board.A hundred dollars to whoever hits the plane.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[voice-over] Whoever it was, they put the dynamite under the passenger's side. But what they didn't know, what nobody outside the factory knew, was that that model car was made with a metal plate under the driver's seat. It's the only thing that saved my life.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[Last lines][narrating] 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?
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[to Don] Listen to me very carefully. There are three ways of doing things around here: the right way, the wrong way, and the way that *I* do it. You understand?
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Signaller
I'm just curious. I saw you shuffling your checks with your right hand. Can you do that with both hands?No.Can't do it with both hands?No, sir.Can you do it with your left hand?Well, I... I never tried.So you're a righty?Yeah.

[one of the guards repeatedly bangs the signaller's right hand with a hammer]

Now you're gonna have to learn with your left hand.
Pat Webb
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Are we certain that you want the gamin' control board eyeballing your record and your gangster pals like Nicky Santoro?I think you're way out of line talking to me like that. What your saying is libelous, and you're in no position to challenge my expertise.
Signaller
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Winner
[the winner is sent into the casino office, and sees his friend, the signaler, displaying a broken hand]Look what they did to my hand man![to the winner] All right, I'm gonna give you a choice. You can either have the money and the hammer or you can walk out of here. You can't have both. What do you want?I just wanna get outta here.And don't forget to tell your friends what happens if they fuck up around here. You understand?I'm sorry. I made a bad mistake.You're fuckin' right you made a bad mistake. 'Cause if you come back here, if we catch either one of ya, we're gonna break your fuckin' heads and you won't walk out of here. You see that fuckin' saw? We're gonna use it. We don't fuck around in this place. You got it? Get outta here.[relieved] Thank you.

[Security escorts the winner off the premises for good, then tells the other security what to do with the man with the broken right hand]

Throw him out into the alley and just tell the cops he got hit by a car.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[voice-over] Normally, my prospects of coming back alive from a meeting with Nicky were 99 out of 100. But this time, when I heard him say "a couple of hundred yards down the road", I gave myself 50-50.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[voice-over] They had enough of Nicky. They had enough. I mean, how much more were they gonna take? So, they made an example of him and his brother: they buried them while they were still breathing.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Ginger McKenna
You tied up our little daughter to a bed? What the fuck is the matter with you? Is there something mentally wrong with you?[Drunk] It was only for a couple hours Sam... the babysitter wasn't around, so I did what I could.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
This is the end result of all the bright lights, and the comp trips, and all the champagne, and free hotel suites, and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get *your money*.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
I want you to exit this guy off the premises, I want you to exit him off his feet and I want you to use his head to open the fucking door.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Back home, they would have put me in jail for what I'm doing. Here, they're giving me awards.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
For Nicky, Las Vegas was the fucking wild west.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
If you ever come back again, ever, to take her money, next time bring a pistol. That way you've got a chance.
Nicky Santoro
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[Talking in code on a tapped phone]Listen, I gotta meet Clean Face right away, what about the Chez Paris?[subtitles] I gotta meet Charlie the Banker right away at your house, OK?No, you can't, you gotta make a reservation, it's all booked up.No no, it's ok.It's impossible, it's booked up, you gotta make a reservation, it's very difficult to get in.[subtitles] I don't want a meeting at my house.It's ok, I'll use the service entrance. I'll see you at nine.[subtitles] I'll come in from the golf course side. See you at six.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Baker
From now on, I want you to put an equal amount of blueberries in each muffin.

...An equal amount of blueberries in each muffin.

Do you know how long that's going to take?I don't care how long it takes. Put an equal amount in each muffin.
Nicky Santoro
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Where the fuck do you get off talking to people about me behind my back, going over my head?What people?What people, d'ja think I wasn't gonna find out?I don't even know what you're talking about Nick...No? You said I'm bringing heat on YOU? I gotta listen to people because of your fuckin shit? You're orderin me out? You better get your own fuckin army pal!I didn't do anything, I mean, I didn't order you or anybody. I only told Andy Stone that you had a lot of heat on you and that was a problem.You want me to get out of my own fuckin town?Yeah I said l-let the bullshit blow over for a while, so I can run the casino. Anything goes wrong with the casino it's my ass, it's not yours, it's my ass!Oh I don't know whether you know this or not, but you only have your fuckin casino because I made that possible. I'm what counts out here, not your fuckin country clubs or your fuckin TV shows! And what the fuck are you doing on TV anyhow? You know I get calls from back home every fuckin day, they think you went bat shit!I'm only on TV because I got to be able to hang around the casino. You understand that, you know that, come on.Your fuckin ass! You coulda had the food and beverage job without going on television. You wanted to go on TV.Yeah I did want to go on TV. That way I have a forum, I can fight back. I'm known. People see me. They know they can't fuck around with me like they could if I was an unknown, that's right, yeah!You're making a big fuckin spectacle of yourself!Me? I wouldn't even be in this situation if it wasn't for you. You brought down so much fuckin heat on me, I mean every time I meet somebody the big question is "do I know you?"Oh sure now you wanna bring your fuckin license on me, is that it?No, Nicky, when you asked me if you could come out here, what did I tell you? I mean you asked me and I know you were gonna come out no matter what I said, but what did I tell you? Do you remember what I told you? Do you remember what I told you?Back- Back up, back up a fuckin' minute here. One minute. I asked you? When the fuck did I ever ask you if I could come out here? Get this through your head, you...You never...Get this through your head you Jew motherfucker, you. You only exist out here because of me. That's the only reason. Without me, you, personally, every fuckin' wise guy skell around'll take a piece of your fuckin' Jew ass. Then where you gonna go? You're fuckin' warned. Don't ever go over my fuckin' head again. You motherfucker, you.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[to Ginger] Greedy bitch!
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Nicky Santoro
[voice-over] Before I ever ran a casino or got myself blown up, Ace Rothstein was a helluva handicapper, I can tell you that. I was so good that when I bet, I can change the odds for every bookmaker in the country. I'm serious. I had it down so cold that I was given paradise on earth. I was given one of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas to run: The Tangiers, by the only kind of guys that can get you that kind of money. Sixty-two million seven hundred thousand dollars. I don't know all the details.[voice-over] Matter of fact, nobody knew all the details. But it should have been perfect. I mean he had me, Nicky Santoro, his best friend watching his ass. And he had Ginger, the woman he loved on his arm. But in the end, we fucked it all up. It should have been so sweet, too. But it turned out to be the last time that street guys like us were ever given anything that fuckin' valuable again.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein

[voice-over; notices a couple of card counters]

Now here's this guy reading the dealer's whole card and signaling his buddy at this table.

[the signaler, using a small telegraph, types a morse code to his friend at the other table]

And that's just what these hustlers look for. They cruise from casino to casino, looking for weak dealers the way lions look for weak antelope.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[voice-over] They never know what hit them. And if, and when, they do find out that they just got zapped by a cattle prod, they wish they really did have a heart attack.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Billy Sherbert
Cowboy
Security Guard #4
[close shot of socked feet up on casino table]I don't give a shit who he's connected to. Tell him to take his fuckin' feet off the table. What's he think this is, a goddamn sawdust joint?[goes up to Cowboy] Sir, would you mind taking your feet off the table and putting your shoes back on?Yeah, I would mind. I'm having a bad night.[walks back over to Ace] Fuckin' asshole won't budge.[smoking a cigarette] Call security.

[advances towards cowboy and says firmly]

How are you?[trying to avoid eye contact and says sour] Good. How are you?[getting right to the point] Fine. Good. You want to do me a favor? You want to take your feet off the table and put your shoes back on?[now making eye contact] Fuck you![looks in disbelief][with serious look][goes back to Sherbert to see that security has arrived and says to them pointing at cowboy] I want you vacate this guy off the premises, and I want you to exit him off his feet and use his head to open the fucking door.[approach cowboy and one tries to say firmly but nice] Sir, you're gonna have to leave. You mind accompanying us outside?Bullshit, I ain't going anywhere.[one guard grabs the cowboy by the arms, the other by the legs and says] Bullshit, you're coming with us![mainly at Ace who casually watches the scene unfold while smoking his cigarette] Fuck you! FUCK YOU! You know who you're fucking with? Huh? Do you? You fucking faggot! Do you know who you're fucking with?[now using Cowboy like a battering ram at the doors] Here we go![shocked at this] I don't believe this!

[smashes the cowboy against and through the doors head first]

Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Nicky Santoro
Cowboy

[voice over after having cowboy thrown out]

Sure enough, an hour later, I get the call.[on payphone] Ace, what happened over there? I mean, did you know that guy you threw out was with me?

[in background the cowboy stands there with some other guys]

[on casino phone] No, I didn't know that. But you know what he did? He insulted Billy. And then I walked over to him politely and he tells me to go fuck myself. Then he called me a faggot.[in a you don't say type of voice] What?So what do you think I do? I threw that cocksucker out.What? Hold on a second.

[to cowboy]

Hey, come here.[does][losing it] You called my friend a faggot? You tell him to go fuck himself?Nicky, I didn't.Is that what you did?[stuttering] I did. I didn't[angry] Tell him to go fuck himself? You fucking hick! Fucking.

[Nicky hits cowboy with phone. He falls down]

you big fucking hick, you. Come here. Come here.

[to guys]

Get him up. Come here.[does all banged up]You go over there right now and you apologize. You better hope he lets you back in. If you ever get out of line over there again, I'll smash your fucking head so hard you won't be able to get that cowboy hat on. You hear me? Fucking hick.[into phone] Ace, listen to me. this guy obviously doesn't know who he was talking to, you understand? He doesn't know that, uh, we're dear friends. I mean, he's already very sorry. But, uh, if you could do me a favor to let him back in, I swear to you he'll never get out of line again. I promise you that.If he does it again, he's out for good. I don't care what it is, Nick, I'm gonna ha- I'll - I'll never let him in the place again.I'm sorry about this. Really. All right, Ace?Okay.Thanks, pal.

[hangs up and turns to cowboy for round two of his scolding]

[to cowboy] You took your boots off? You put your feet on the table... you shit-kicking, stinky, horse-manure-smelling motherfucker you! You fuck me up over there, I'll stick you in a hole in the fucking desert! You understand?

[slaps cowboy]

Go over there and apologize.

[kicks the cowboy]

Go! Get the fuck over there!
Female Newscaster
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
A routine licensing hearing turned into bedlam yesterday when the flamboyant Tangiers Casino executive, Sam "Ace" Rothstein accused the state's top gaming officials of corruption and hypocrisy.What are you runnin' for, Bob? What are you running for? Don't you remember? You promised me a fair hearing when you were getting comped at my hotel, and you were asking me for copies of your bills so you could put 'em on your expense account!In a wild outburst that followed his gaming license denial, Rothstein followed several stunned commissioners into the hallway where he continued his harangue until his own lawyers and friends urged him to leave.Bullshit! Bullshit! We all have a past. You have a past. I have a past. And my past is no worse than yours. But you guys think you have the right to pass judgement on me!Long suspected of running the Tangiers without a license, yesterday's hearing was to determine whether someone with Rothstein's history was qualified to officially hold a top gaming post.Fuckin' hypocrites!
Frankie Avalon
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
I have a large family.How many kids do you have?I'm very proud to say that we have eight children.That's amazing.[audience applauding] No, no, please. Please. There's nothing to it, heh. It was my pleasure.
Ginger McKenna
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Okay, I didn't have lunch with Jennifer.Who were you with?I was with someone.I know you were with someone, who were you with?

[pause]

I just hope it's not someone who I think it might be. I just hope it's not them.
Ginger McKenna
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
We had a deal, remember? He said if things didn't work out, I could take my stuff and my daughter and leave.Look in my eyes. Look - look in my eyes. You know me. Do you see anything in these eyes that would let someone in your condition take my child away from me? You know that'll never happen.
Ginger McKenna
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
[Ace questions Ginger on how much money she and Lester spent when they tried to kidnap Amy]Would you knock it off, Sam?I'm just trying to figure it out.Nothing to figure out. I'm home, we're working it out.Yeah, but I've been told before we're working it out. To think that you're home...

[his eyes narrow]

After what you just put me through with Amy... is a favor to me?

[pause]

So counting the watch, maybe four thousand for expenses over the weekends, of which you must have had a good time. I know he did. That's for sure. I know that fucking peice of shit had a good fucking time. On my money. You might as well have fucked him, which you probably did anyway. You looking me a certain way. You're teary-eyed. I get it. You're good actress, you know that? Good fucking actress. Can't fucking get that pity out of people. I'm no john. You understand? You always thought I was but I'm not. I'm no sucker. Fucking pimp cocksucker. He's lucky I didn't kill him last time. Lucky he's fucking living. And if you had stayed with him, and you would have run away, you would have been dead, both of you. Dead! Dead!
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Ginger McKenna
Are you out of your fucking mind? You tie up our kid and lock the fucking door? Are you out of your mind? That's our child. Are you out of your fucking mind?It was just for a little while, Sam. The baby-sitter wasn't there.I ought to fucking have you committed. You fucking do that again, I'll...I was just gonna be out for a little while. She was asleep. I was gonna be right back before she even woke up.Listen. Listen, you fucking cunt. Listen to me.Fuck you. I was gonna be back before she woke up.Listen to me. Listen carefully. You ever touch her again, you ever do anything like that again, I'll fucking kill ya, pure and simple. You hear me? Pure and fuckin' simple.Why don't you just let me go, Sam?I'll fucking kill you. You fucking whore.I'll sign anything you want me to sign. I just want the key to my jewelry, and I want you to let me go.You want your jewelry?I want you to let me go.And let you disgrace me, you fucking pig? Let you disgrace me? Get up and be a mother. Get in the car and go to the house right now. Get up and get in the... get... get up. Get up![Being forced toward the door] I wouldn't do that if I were you. I wouldn't do that...Get the fuck... are you threatening me? I'll fucking kill you in this place. Get up and go home.I'm going! I'm going!
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Ginger McKenna
Now you need approval from him to go home?So what? So who fucking blew you in the parking lot before you came in, huh?You make me sick, you fuck. Once a fuckin' hooker, always a hooker.Oh, fuck you! Fuck you, Sam Rothstein! *Fuck you*!
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Don Ward
Four reels, sevens across on three $15,000 jackpots. Do you have any idea what the odds are?Shoot, it's gotta be in the millions, maybe more.Three fuckin' jackpots in 20 minutes? Why didn't you pull the machines? Why didn't you call me?Well, it happened so quick, 3 guys won; I didn't have a chance...[interrupts] You didn't see the scam? You didn't see what was going on?Well, there's no way to determine that...Yes there is! An infallible way, they won!Well, it's a casino! People gotta win sometimes.[grows more irritated] Ward, you're pissing me off. Now you're insulting my intelligence; what you think I am, a fuckin' idiot? You know goddamn well that someone had to get into those machines and set those fuckin' reels. The probability of one four-reel machine is a million and a half to one; the probability of three machines in a row; it's in the billions! It cannot happen, would not happen, you fuckin' momo! What's the matter with you? Didn't you see you were being set up on the second win?I really think...[interrupts] Wait! You didn't see that you were being set up on the second win?I really think you're overreacting...Listen, you fuckin' yokel, I've had it with you. I've been carrying your ass in this place ever since I got here. Get your ass and get your things and get out of here.You're firing me?I'm firing you. No, I'm not firing, I'm firing you, ya...You might regret this, Mr. Rothstein.I'll regret it even more if I keep you on.This is not the way to treat people.Listen, if you didn't know you were being scammed you're too fuckin' dumb to keep this job, if you did know, you were in on it. Either way, YOU'RE OUT! Get out. Go on, let's go.
Sam 'Ace' Rothstein
Nicky Santoro
[From trailer]I tried to do everything I could for you, even though I knew, deep down inside, you would bury me.I bury you? You buried yourself.
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