Nikita Khrushchev
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Nikita Khrushchev (Character)
from Enemy at the Gates (2001)

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Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Nikita Khrushchev: Vodka is a luxury we have. Caviar is a luxury we have. Time is not.

Nikita Khrushchev: You won't give up the river bank. I don't care if you lost half your men. Lose the other half. Lose yourself.

Nikita Khrushchev: [addressing a roomful of Soviet political officers] My name... is Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev. I've come to take things in hand here. This city... is not Kursk, nor is it Kiev, nor Minsk. This city... is Stalingrad. *Stalingrad*! This city bears the name of the Boss. It's more than a city, it's a symbol. If the Germans... capture this city... the entire country will collapse. Now... I want our boys to raise their heads. I want them to act like they have *balls*! I want them to stop shitting their pants! That's your job. As political officers... I'm counting on you.
[he looks at one man]
Nikita Khrushchev: You. What's your suggestion?
Sweating Officer: [visibly nervous] Sh-shoot all the other generals who have retreated, and their chiefs of staff, too.
Stammering Officer: [Khrushchev moves down the line to another man] M-m-m-make some examples. D-d-d-d-d-d-deport the families of the d-d-d-deserters -
Nikita Khrushchev: [turning away] Yes, that's all been done.
Danilov: [from the back of the room] Give them hope!
[Khrushchev turns around and strides down the line to Danilov]
Danilov: Here, the men's only choice is between German bullets and ours. But there's another way. The way of courage. The way of love of the Motherland. We must publish the army newspaper again. We must tell magnificent stories, stories that extol sacrifice, bravery. We must make them believe in the victory. We must give them hope, pride, a desire to fight. Yes... we need to make examples. But examples to *follow*. What we need...
[he glances quickly at Khrushchev]
Danilov: ... are heroes.
Nikita Khrushchev: [Khrushchev looks around, then leans in closer to Danilov] Do you know any heroes around here?
Danilov: Yes, comrade. I know one.

Nikita Khrushchev: Write it then - "Vasilli Zaitsev is *not* dead. This is what he had for breakfast this morning, here's a picture of him reading today's newspaper." You're the poet.

Nikita Khruschev: I have to report this to the Boss.
[puts a gun on the table]
Nikita Khruschev: Perhaps you'd prefer to avoid the red tape.

Nikita Khruschev: Look at him with pride, because he's looking at you. The whole country is looking at you.

Reporters: Vassily!
Nikita Khrushchev: [Smiling] Come to my hand!
[Hugging Vassily]
Reporters: Did you come to volunteer?
Nikita Khrushchev: [to Vassily] Put you cap back on you! You'll look more heroic!
Reporters: Comrade Zaytsev!
Nikita Khrushchev: I love this little fella!
Reporters: Vassily! Was it true that you volunteered for the front?
Reporters: Vassily! How old are you, Vassily?
Reporters: You know what this true mean for our country?
Reporters: Is it true that you killed the first wolf when you were 5?
Reporters: Tell us how many fascists have you killed today!
Nikita Khrushchev: It's a sign that the Germans are starting to shit their pants!
Reporters: Tell us how are you going to deal with it!
Vasilli: Eh, I...
Nikita Khrushchev: Oh, enough! No...
Reporters: One more question...
Nikita Khrushchev: Take him to the Boss! He likes good hunting stories!
[Starring at portrait of Stalin]
Nikita Khrushchev: Look at him with pride! 'Cause Stalin's looking at you. The whole country is looking at you!


Na Deribasovskoy khoroshaya pogoda, ili Na Brayton-Bich opyat idut dozhdi (1993)
Kravchuk: Artist! Give me last chance! I'll kill, I'll throw this agent to the Hell!
Nikita Khrushchev: No, I will throw you to the Hell! I will throw all you to the Hell how I'll do it with damn capitalism! You're fools! You're weeklings! You're pederasts! One their agent - and ours are dead!
Katz: Katz always suggested to surrender, suggested to surrender, suggested to surrender, suggested to...
Kravchuk: [beats Katz] There is no time to surrender! The Sheikh comes tomorrow!
Nikita Khrushchev: And if you show humanism here too...
[removes his boot and knocks it to a tribune]
Nikita Khrushchev: I'll beat you!
Kravchuk: I swear, the Sheikh's operation will be OK! I swear, Artist!
Nikita Khrushchev: Oh, what's about your ear?
[laughs]
Nikita Khrushchev: Why you're such black-eared? What's a abstractionism with you?
Kravchuk: Oh, Artist! Do you think I can get any piece of a leather from our greed people? I take it for implantation from one negro...
Nikita Khrushchev: See, comrade Katz! It's good example of international friendship! I suggest to present all-Union health resort Crimea to the negro comrades!


The Missiles of October (1974) (TV)
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev: [thinking about President Kennedy on the other side of the world, before being interrupted again] Just now, I work and he sleeps. Then, he works and I sleep.
[pauses]
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev: Perhaps soon we both sleep...


Stalin (1992) (TV)
Nikita Khrushchev: Have you thought about it? About what we said after Stalin dies?
Vyacheslav Molotov: Like what?
Nikita Khrushchev: His crimes?
Vyacheslav Molotov: What crimes?
Nikita Khrushchev: Millions...
Vyacheslav Molotov: Nikita, you are too emotional. You talk too much. Who are we to judge Stalin. Before him we were a weak, backward country, Now look at us. We control half of Europe... the whole of China... We have the atomic bomb... We command respect. Without Stalin, it would have take twenty years longer.
Vyacheslav Molotov: I don't be;ieve it. Without the purges, the arrests, the killings... without Stalin, we could have been a great country.
Vyacheslav Molotov: Our history required Stalin.