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The Stranger (Character)
from High Plains Drifter (1973)

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High Plains Drifter (1973)
Sheriff Dan Shaw: [after the Stranger blows up the hotel and shoots four men] What the hell happened?
The Stranger: Somebody left the door open and the wrong dogs came home.

Mordecai: What happens after?
The Stranger: Hmm?
Mordecai: What do we do when it's over?
The Stranger: Then you live with it.

Sarah Belding: Be careful. You're a man who makes people afraid, and that's dangerous.
The Stranger: It's what people know about themselves inside that makes 'em afraid.

The Stranger: A lot faster than you'll ever live to be.

Preacher: See here, you can't turn all these people out into the night. It is inhuman, brother. Inhuman!
The Stranger: I'm not your brother.
Preacher: We are all brothers in the eyes of God.
The Stranger: All these people, are they your sisters and brothers?
Preacher: They most certainly are.
The Stranger: ...Then you won't mind if they come over and stay at your place, will ya?

The Stranger: Wonder what took her so long to get mad?
Mordecai: Because maybe you didn't go back for more?

The Stranger: I'd love to oblige you. But a man's got to get his rest sometime.
Sarah Belding: Oblige me?
The Stranger: But I tell you what, if you'd come back in about half hour, I'll see what I can do, all right?

Mordacai: What did you say your name was again?
The Stranger: I didn't.
Mordecai: No. I guess you didn't at that, did you?

Sheriff Dan Shaw: Well, I been needin' to talk with you; now's as good a time as any.
The Stranger: What about?
Sheriff Dan Shaw: Billy Borders.
The Stranger: Don't know the man.
Sheriff Dan Shaw: Well, you missed your chance; you shot him yesterday.

Lutie Naylor: [the stranger has bought a round for the house] Let's see, one round for the house plus the smoke; that comes to about eight dollars and fifty cents.
Sheriff Dan Shaw: [chuckling] There's no charge Lutie; you were at the meeting, anything he wants.
Lutie Naylor: I didn't know that mean free whiskey!
Sheriff Dan Shaw: Everybody's got to put something in the kitty.
The Stranger: [Reaches over a takes off Shaw's badge and pins it on Mordecai] 'Bout time this town had a new sheriff.
Mordacai: I'm the new sheriff!
[looks around the saloon]
Mordacai: I'm the new sheriff!
Mayor Jason Hobart: [laughing] I'm sorry, Dan; but you should have seen the look on your face when he took off your badge and pinned it on the runt.
Mordacai: I'm not a runt anymore; I'm the new sheriff!
The Stranger: [reaches over and takes off the mayor's hat and puts it on Mordecai] And the mayor. Any objections?
Mayor Jason Hobart: Uh, no.

Lewis Belding: I got 18 people in my hotel! Where are they gonna go?
The Stranger: Out.

The Stranger: You're going to look pretty silly with that knife sticking out of your ass.

[last scene: the stranger is on his way out of town. He stops at the cemetary, where Mordecai is chiseling a gravestone]
Mordecai: I'm just about done here.
[pause]
Mordecai: I never did know your name...
The Stranger: Yes, you do.
[Mordecai stares at the stranger, confused]
The Stranger: Take care.
Mordecai: [salutes] Yes, sir, captain!
[the Stranger rides away. The camera pans back to reveal the writing on the gravestone: "MARSHAL JIM DUNCAN - REST IN PEACE"]

The Stranger: I like chicken, fried.

[first lines]
The Stranger: Beer... and a bottle.
Lutie Naylor: Ain't much good, but it's all there is.
[brings drinks]
Lutie Naylor: You want anything else?
The Stranger: Just a peaceful hour to drink it in.

The Stranger: I'd like rifles and ammunition for everyone in the regiment.
Gunsmith: What regiment?
The Stranger: The city of Lago volunteer force
Gunsmith: Never heard of it
The Stranger: Well you should have because your in it.

The Stranger: Your feet ma'am are almost as big as your mouth.

The Stranger: [drinking] To your feet, Ma'am. They're not as big as your mouth.