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Jack Crawford (Character)
from The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Manhunter (1986)
Will Graham: This started from an abused kid, a battered infant... There's something terrible about...
Jack Crawford: What are you, sympathizing with this guy?
Will Graham: Absolutely... My heart bleeds for him, as a child. Someone took a kid and manufactured a monster. At the same time, as an adult, he's irredeemable. He butchers whole families to pursue trivial fantasies... As an adult, someone should blow the sick fuck out of his socks...
Will Graham: Do you think that's a contradiction, Jack? Does this kind of understanding make you uncomfortable?

Jack Crawford: If I really didn't need you to come back, I wouldn't ask.

Jack Crawford: Look, admit we struck out this month. The lear jet is standing by. The basic lab stuff is on it. You, Zeller, Jimmy Price, the photographer. Anywhere he hits, we can be there in an hour and fifteen minutes. We get the call, we roll. The scene will be fresh. Fresher then we've ever had it.
Will Graham: It's not over yet.
Jack Crawford: Oh, for Christ's sake, it's a foregone conclusion! It's 11:30 P.M., the full moon is happening tonight. Give it up. Forget this month. It's too damn late.
Will Graham: I gave it up! Till you showed up with pictures of two dead families, knowing God damn well that I'd imagine families three, four, five and six. Right?
Jack Crawford: You're fucking right I did! And I'd do it again!
Will Graham: Great! But don't talk to me about late, pal! I'll tell you when it's too fucking late! Until then, we go as late as I wanna take it!

Jack Crawford: Listen, Will, have you seen this week's Tattler?
Will Graham: [scoffs] It's not on my preferred reading list, Jack.
Jack Crawford: Yeah, well, uh... your picture's all over the front page.
Will Graham: Who the hell was it? Lounds?
Jack Crawford: Of course. Who else?
Will Graham: Damn it, Jack! I promised Molly. I promised her!

[first lines]
Jack Crawford: We should have talked at the boatyard. You don't wanna talk about it here.
Will Graham: I'm not fallin' all over myself to talk about much anywhere, Jack.

Jack Crawford: So what are we doing?
Will Graham: The dream. He dreams about being wanted and desired. So he changes people into beings who want and desire him.
Jack Crawford: Changes?
Will Graham: It's a word. Killing and arranging the people to imitate it. And Lecktor told me something: "If one does what God does enough times, one will become as God is." You put it together, you get: If our boy imitates being wanted and desired enough times, he believes he will become one who is wanted and desired and accepted. It'll all come true.

Will Graham: He never regained consciousness. Did you hear the tape?
Jack Crawford: Yeah. Listen, Bowman just broke the code that Lektor used in the Tattler personal ad. It was the State of Maryland statutes. You need to know what it said right now?
Will Graham: What?
Jack Crawford: Listen to me, everything's OK, I've taken care of it.
Will Graham: What is it, Jack?
Jack Crawford: [angry] Bastard gave him your home address. It said 'Graham home, 3860 DeSoto Highway, Cativa, Florida. Save yourself, kill them all.'

Will Graham: The Tooth Fairy's gonna go on until we get smart or we get lucky. He won't stop.
Jack Crawford: Why not?
Will Graham: He's got a genuine taste for it.

Red Dragon (2002)
[Will complains about Freddy Lounds]
Jack Crawford: Forget that prick.

Jack Crawford: How much do you know?
Will Graham: Just what was in the Miami Herald and the Times. Two families killed a month apart in their homes... Birmingham and Atlanta. Circumstances were similar.
Jack Crawford: Not similar, the same.

Lloyd Bowman: I've solved the code. You need to know what it says right now.
Jack Crawford: Okay, Lloyd.
Lloyd Bowman: It says, "Graham home. Marathon, Florida. Save yourself, kill them all."

Mr. Fisk: Mr. Crawford, all you got is a hunch. I got three-hundred-eighty-two employees, and they got a union. I can't just turn you guys loose on their files, not without a court order. There are privacy issues here, and the company's exposure.
Jack Crawford: One of those employees has already killed eleven people that we know of. If he gets away tonight, what is the company's exposure on that?

Jack Crawford: If that painting meant so much to him, why destroy it? And why didn't he kill those two women at the museum? They both got a good look at him.
Will Graham: Maybe he's trying to stop.

Will Graham: This guy's very strong. He's possibly a bodybuilder. He might have some kind of facial disfigurement. He drives a van or a panel truck.
Mr. Fisk: [to the secretary] Sounds like Mr. D.
Chromalux Secretary: Oh, my God.
Jack Crawford: Who's Mr. D?
Mr. Fisk: [to Jack] It's Francis Dolarhyde. He's our manager and technical supervisor.

Jack Crawford: [after Will's visit to Lecter] What do you suppose he meant by "see them living"?
Will Graham: I don't know. I don't know, maybe nothing. It's hard to separate his bullshit.

Will Graham: Jack, there's only one safe way to carry on a conversation that's one-way blind.
Jack Crawford: Publication.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Jack Crawford: Believe me, you don't want Hannibal Lecter inside your head.

Jack Crawford: Look at it, Starling. Tell me what you see.

Jack Crawford: I remember you from my seminar at UVA. You grilled me pretty hard, as I recall, on the bureau's civil rights record in the Hoover years. I gave you an A.
Clarice Starling: A-minus, Sir.

Jack Crawford: Just do your job, but never forget what he is.
Clarice Starling: And what is that?
[cut to Clarice's first trip to the psychiatric prison]
Dr. Frederick Chilton: Oh, he's a monster. Pure psychopath. So rare to capture one alive. From a research point of view, Lecter is our most prized asset.

Jack Crawford: Starling, when I told that sheriff we shouldn't talk in front of a woman, that really burned you, didn't it? It was just smoke, Starling. I had to get rid of him.
Clarice Starling: It matters, Mr Crawford. Cops look at you to see how to act. It matters.
Jack Crawford: Point taken.

FBI Director Hayden Burke: Jack, Hannibal Lecter's being transferred to Memphis.
Jack Crawford: Transferred?
FBI Director Hayden Burke: Did you have a trainee make some sort of phony offer in the Senator's name?
Jack Crawford: Yeah, I rolled the dice. I had to.
FBI Director Hayden Burke: Well she's mad as hell, Jack. Paul Krendler's over here from Justice. She's asking him to take over in Memphis.

"Hannibal: Hassun (#2.3)" (2014)
Kade Prurnell: Who is he to you that makes you want to risk everything for him?
Jack Crawford: The very cogent reminder of the befalls of having faith in one's fellow man, thank you.

Kade Prurnell: Jesus, Jack. The trail was supposed to put an end to this. Instead, the circus has just added another ring.
Jack Crawford: And we're the clowns.
Kade Prurnell: Who's "we", Jack?

Wendy Vega: How did you meet Will Graham?
Jack Crawford: I met him at the opening of the Evil Minds Research Museum. He didn't agree with what we called it. He told me that the title mythologized banal and cruel men who didn't deserve to be thought of as supervillains.
Wendy Vega: And what was your first impression?
Jack Crawford: He was intelligent, and arrogant. And very likely on the spectrum.
Wendy Vega: Which is why he wasn't real FBI. He didn't pass the screening procedures.
Jack Crawford: Yes.
Wendy Vega: But you felt that he was qualified to work in the field.
Jack Crawford: Under my supervision.
Wendy Vega: And you believed that he was valuable because he could think like a killer.
Jack Crawford: He could think like anybody.
Wendy Vega: Sounds like a supervillain. Five horrendous murders, over forty different pieces of forensic and physical evidence that tell us that Will Graham can think like a killer because he is one. Rather than feel tormented by the work he did, Will Graham enjoyed the cover his role at the FBI gave him to commit his terrible crimes.
Jack Crawford: I don't believe that to be true.
Wendy Vega: Agent Crawford?
Jack Crawford: Will hated every second of the work. He hated it. He didn't fake that. He hated it and I kept making him do it.
Wendy Vega: Why then is it that when you offered him an opportunity to quit, he refused?
Jack Crawford: Because he was saving lives. I had been warned by more than one person that if I pushed Will, I'd break him. I put those checks and balances in place, then ignored them. And here we are.

Jack Crawford: This murder raises serious doubts about the case against Will Graham.
Judge Dawes: Your team provided the evidence.
Kade Prurnell: The overwhelming evidence.
Jack Crawford: So you understand the significance of my questioning it.

"Hannibal: Apéritif (#1.1)" (2013)
Jack Crawford: What are you doing in here?
Special Agent Will Graham: I enjoy the smell of urinal cake.

Jack Crawford: USE THE LADIES' ROOM!

"Hannibal: Buffet Froid (#1.10)" (2013)
Jack Crawford: When did you first recognize that your daughter was struggling with mental illness?
Jocelyn Madchen: When she was nine and she told me that she was thinking about killing me and said that she was already dead.

Jack Crawford: [Talking at the Dr. Sutcliffe murder scene] Georgia Madchen followed you here, and while you're ticking away in the MRI, she does this to your doctor... Why him?
Will Graham: She can't see faces. Maybe she thought he was me.
Jack Crawford: All right, while we're at it, why you?
Will Graham: I don't know... I have a habit of collecting strays... I-I-I told her, tried to tell her the night I saw her, I tried to tell her she was alive. Maybe she heard me... Maybe that hadn't occurred to her in a while.

"Hannibal: The Great Red Dragon (#3.8)" (2015)
Jack Crawford: Jimmy, you're the light of my life.

Will Graham: What's going to happen to it?
Jack Crawford: Please don't worry about the dog.

"Hannibal: Coquilles (#1.5)" (2013)
Jack Crawford: There are no jurisdictional rivalries here. The local police begged us to take this. Where's your head?
Will Graham: It's on my pillow. I didn't sleep.
Jack Crawford: Got just the thing to wake you up.
[Will and Jack enter the grisly crime scene]
Will Graham: Okay, I'm awake.

Bella Crawford: Would I be a terrible guest if I skipped this course?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Too rich?
Bella Crawford: Too cruel.
Jack Crawford: Phylis.
Bella Crawford: Jack.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: First and worst sign of sociopathic behavior: cruelty to animals.
Jack Crawford: Well, that doesn't apply in the kitchen.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I have no taste for animal cruelty, which is why I employ an ethical butcher.
Bella Crawford: An ethical butcher? Be kind to animals and then eat them?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I'm afraid I insist on it. No need for unnecessary suffering. Human emotions are a gift from our animal ancestors. Cruelty is a gift humanity has given itself.

"Hannibal: ...And the Beast from the Sea (#3.11)" (2015)
Jack Crawford: You have hubbed hell, Dr. Lecter.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I often do.

"Hannibal: Tome-wan (#2.12)" (2014)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Lack of trust in other people increases the need for religion. If you can't rely on others, you have to rely on God.
Jack Crawford: I'm relying on myself

"Hannibal: Digestivo (#3.7)" (2015)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Congratulations, Jack. You caught the Chesapeake Ripper.
Jack Crawford: I didn't catch you. You surrendered.

"Hannibal: Futamono (#2.6)" (2014)
Jack Crawford: Hannibal Lecter is not the Chesapeake Ripper.
Will Graham: If the Ripper is killing, you can bet Hannibal Lecter is having a dinner party. You and I probably sipped wine while swallowing the people who who we were trying to give justice, Jack.

"Hannibal: Aperitivo (#3.4)" (2015)
Jack Crawford: You remember when you decided to call Hannibal?
Will Graham: I wasn't decided when I called him. I just called him. I deliberated while the phone rang. I decided when I heard his voice.
Jack Crawford: You told him we knew.
Will Graham: I told him to leave, 'cause I wanted him to run.
Jack Crawford: Why?
Will Graham: Because... Because he was my friend. And because I wanted to run away with him.

"Hannibal: Relevés (#1.12)" (2013)
Will Graham: [about Virginia Madchen's death] Listen, something went wrong, and we will never know what that is, but for all the doctors she saw, for all of the help she received, she was fighting that wrong alone.
Jack Crawford: There is nothing you could do about that.
Will Graham: All her adult life this woman was misunderstood, and what I can do is make sure that her death isn't misunderstood... She didn't kill herself.

"Hannibal: Trou Normand (#1.9)" (2013)
Will Graham: I'm sorry about yesterday.
Jack Crawford: Sorry about what?
Will Graham: I... I wasn't feeling like myself.
Jack Crawford: Well, not feeling like yourself, that's kind of what you do, isn't it?

"Hannibal: Oeuf (#1.4)" (2013)
Jack Crawford: When misery rains, it pours.

"Hannibal: Savoureux (#1.13)" (2013)
Jack Crawford: [to Will] My biggest fear is that we'll learn that you knew what you were doing the whole time.

"Hannibal: Secondo (#3.3)" (2015)
Jack Crawford: Who among us doesn't want understanding and acceptance?

"Hannibal: Kaiseki (#2.1)" (2014)
Dr. Alana Bloom: Declaring Hannibal's guilt is more important to Will than establishing his own defense.
Jack Crawford: Hannibal's not guilty.
Dr. Alana Bloom: Neither is Will. But he's clinging to the hope Hannibal did this so he doesn't have to face what he did.
Jack Crawford: Convince me he didn't know what he was doing. I would really like to be convinced, Alana.
Dr. Alana Bloom: A psychopath wouldn't be so scared of the truth, Jack. Will's terrified, but that's not stopping him from trying to find it.
Jack Crawford: [petting one of Will's dogs] Somebody's got to find the truth, eh, Winston?
Dr. Alana Bloom: If Will doesn't remember what he did, he'll never accept the truth.

"Hannibal: Mizumono (#2.13)" (2014)
Jack Crawford: [Jack about to arrest Hannibal] I want to thank you, Dr. Lecter, for your friendship.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: The most beautiful quality of a true friendship is to understand and be understood with absolute clarity.
Jack Crawford: Then this is the clearest moment of our friendship.

"Hannibal: The Number of the Beast Is 666 (#3.12)" (2015)
Jack Crawford: Where's the other one?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: [smiling] This one can provide you anything the other one can.

"Hannibal: Shiizakana (#2.9)" (2014)
Jack Crawford: I used to be afraid of losing my memory. What I wouldn't give to forget a thing or two now.

"Hannibal: Contorno (#3.5)" (2015)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: How will you feel when I'm gone?
Jack Crawford: Alive.

"Hannibal: Sakizuke (#2.2)" (2014)
Jack Crawford: Will Graham is either delusional or a psychopath, neither of which I can trust.