Vincent Freeman
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Vincent Freeman (Character)
from Gattaca (1997)

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Gattaca (1997)
Vincent: There's no gene for fate.

Vincent: We shed 500 million cells a day.

Vincent: He had everything except desire.

Vincent: You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton: I never saved anything for the swim back.

Vincent: I was never more certain of how far away I was from my goal than when I was standing right beside it.

Vincent: They used to say that a child conceived in love has a greater chance of happiness. They don't say that anymore.

Vincent: [narrating] I belonged to a new underclass, no longer determined by social status or the color of your skin. No, we now have discrimination down to a science.

Vincent: There's more vodka in this piss than there is piss.

[last lines]
Vincent: [voiceover] For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving... maybe I'm going home.

Dr. Lamar: Jerome, never shy, pisses on command. Beautiful piece of equipment you've got there, Jerome. I ever told you that?
Vincent: Only every time I'm in here.
Dr. Lamar: Occupational hazard. I see a great many on the course of any given day. Yours just happens to be an exceptional example. Don't know why my folks didn't order one like that for me.

Vincent: Is the only way you can succeed is to see me fail?

Vincent: Blood has no nationality

Vincent: What's this?
Dr. Lamar: New policy, what's the matter? Flight got you nervous.
Vincent: Nope, there's a problem Lamar...
Dr. Lamar: ...I still haven't told you about my son, have I? He's a big fan of yours...
Vincent: Just remember. I was as good as any, and better than most...
Dr. Lamar: ...He wants to apply here...
Vincent: ...I could've gone up and back and nobody would've been the wiser...
Dr. Lamar: ...unfortunately my son's not all that they promised. But then again, who knows what he could do.
[test reveals Vincent as invalid]
Dr. Lamar: For future reference, right-handed men don't hold it with their left. Just one of those things.
[Lamar hits button revealing Jerome's valid i.d]
Vincent: [Vincent stares into Lamar's eyes, hesitating]
Dr. Lamar: You're gonna miss your flight, Vincent.

Vincent: No, there's truly nothing remarkable about the progress of Jerome Morrow...
Vincent: Except that I am *not* Jerome Morrow.

Vincent: I can't go anywhere without seeing my own face. They'll recognize me.
Jerome: They won't recognize you.
Vincent: They'll recognize me.
Jerome: I don't recognize you.

Vincent: It's funny, you work so hard, you do everything you can to get away from a place, and when you finally get your chance to leave, you find a reason to stay.

Vincent: A year is a long time.
Irene: Not so long. Just once around the sun.

[Vincent is applying for employment at Gattaca. He has supplied a urine sample for analysis. When Dr. Lamar puts the sample into a genetic analyzer, the machine identifies it as "VALID", "MORROW, JEROME", "011010100-09564"]
Dr. Lamar: Congratulations.
Vincent: Well, what about the interview?
Dr. Lamar: That was it.

Vincent: They think I killed the mission director.
Jerome: What makes you think that?
Vincent: They found my eye lash.
Jerome: Where?
Vincent: In the corridor.
Jerome: Ah well it could be worse. They could have found it in your eye.

Vincent: I'll never understand what possessed my mother to put her faith in God's hands, rather than her local geneticist.

[During his transformation into "Jerome"]
German: There's still the matter of your height.
Vincent: How tall are you?
Jerome: 4'6"
Vincent: I meant before your accident.

Vincent: How the hell did you get up here?
Jerome: Oh, I could always walk... I've been faking it.

Caesar: Don't clean the glass too well.
Vincent: Why's that?
Caesar: You might get ideas.

[first lines]
Director Josef: You keep your work station so clean, Jerome.
Vincent: It's next to godliness. Isn't that what they say?
Director Josef: Godliness. I reviewed your flight plan. Not one error in a million keystrokes. Phenomenal. It's right that someone like you is taking us to Titan.
Vincent: Has the committee approved the mission? There's been talk of delay.
Director Josef: You shouldn't listen to talk. You leave in a week. You've got a substance test.

Vincent: I'm sorry, the wind caught it...

[Vincent is looking at the 12-fingered pianist]
Irene: You didn't know?
Vincent: Oh, I knew.
Irene: It's amazing, isn't it?
Vincent: Twelve fingers or one, it's how you play
Irene: That piece can only be played with twelve.

Dr. Lamar: You go up next week. Please tell me you're the least bit excited.
Vincent: I'll tell you at the end of the week

Irene: How many launches are there each day, Vincent? A dozen?
Vincent: Sometimes more.
Irene: You're the only one that watches all of them. If you're going to pretend like you don't care, don't look up.

German: You serious about this? I hope you're not wasting my time.
Vincent: No, I... I'd give 100 percent.
German: That'll get you half way there.

Anton Freeman: Vincent! How are you doing this Vincent? How have you done any of this? We have to go back.
Vincent: It's too late for that. We're closer to the other side.
Anton Freeman: What other side? You wanna drown us both?
Vincent: You wanna know how I did it? This is how I did it Anton. I never saved anything for the swim back.

Vincent: [after Vincent's genetic test] What about the interview?
Dr. Lamar: That was it.

[Irene has discovered Vincent's secret]
Irene: I don't even know who you are.
Vincent: I'm the same person I was yesterday.
Irene: I can't hear any more of your lies Jerome...
Vincent: My name is Vincent, all right? Vincent Anton Freeman, and I'm a "faith birth" or a "de-gene-erate", whatever you want to call it; but I am NOT a murderer!
Vincent: You're a "God-child"?
Vincent: [takes Irene's hand and places over his heart] But we do have one thing in common, only I don't have twenty or thirty years left in mine. Mine is already ten thousand beats overdue.
Irene: It's not possible.
Vincent: You are the authority on what is not possible, aren't you Irene? They've got you looking for any flaw, that after a while that's all you see. For what it's worth, I'm here to tell you that it is possible. It is possible.

[Anton confronts Vincent at Gattaca Aerospace]
Vincent: What are you doing here, Anton?
Anton Freeman: I should ask *you* that question. I have a right to be here. You don't.
Vincent: Heh! You almost sound as if you believe that. I committed no murder. You must be disappointed.
Anton Freeman: You've committed *fraud*. Listen, you're in a lot of trouble, Vincent. I can get you out of here...
Vincent: Do you have any idea what it took to get IN here?

[Scene of a beach at sunset]
Vincent: [narrating] I was conceived in the Riviera.
[Camera pans down to reveal Vincent's parents beginning to make love in the back of a Buick Riviera parked by the beach]
Vincent: Not the French Riviera, the Detroit variety.

Irene: I have this crazy idea you're more interested in the murder case than me.
Vincent: You're right. That's crazy.

Vincent: I don't know how to thank you.
Jerome: No, no. I got the better end of the deal. I only lent you my body. You lent me your dream.

Younger Vincent: Don't eat that, it's Pluto.