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Lt. Hiram Coffey (Character)
from The Abyss (1989)

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The Abyss (1989)
Lt. Coffey: We don't need them. We can't trust them. We may have to take steps. We're gonna have to take steps.

Lt. Coffey: It went straight for the warhead, and they think it's cute.

Lt. Coffey: Everybody just stay calm. The situation is under control.

[Lindsay sees the nuclear warhead]
Lindsey Brigman: You know, you've got some huevos bringin' that thing into my rig. With all that's going on up in the world you bring a nuclear weapon IN HERE?
Lt. Coffey: Mrs. Brigman...
Lindsey Brigman: Does this strike anyone as particularly psychotic, or is it just me?
Lt. Coffey: Mrs. Brigman, you don't need to know the details of our operation, it's better if you don't.
Lindsey Brigman: You're right, I don't need to know, what I need to know is that THING is off this rig, do you hear me ROGER RAMJET?

Lt. Hiram Coffey: Sniff something? Did ya, rat boy?

[passing over the wreck of the Montana]
Lindsey Brigman: Coffey, these are the missile hatches, is that right?
Lt. Hiram Coffey: That's right. It looks like a couple of hatches have sprung. Radiation's nominal. Warheads must still be intact.
Lindsey Brigman: How many are there?
Lt. Hiram Coffey: Twenty-four Trident missiles, eight M.I.R.V.s per missile.
Lindsey Brigman: [after a pause] That's a hundred and ninety-two warheads, Coffey. How powerful are they?
Lt. Hiram Coffey: The M.I.R.V. is a tactical nuke. Uh, fifty kilotons, nominal yield, say... five times Hiroshima.
[One Night, listening, mouths "fuck!"]
Lindsey Brigman: Jesus Christ. It's World War Three in a can.

[One Night is trying to disconnect the umbilical]
Virgil: How's it going, One Night?
Lisa "One Night" Standing: All hell must be breakin' loose up there. This cable's pissin' me off. I can't get a grip on it!
Virgil: Well, keep tryin' baby, just keep tryin'.
Bendix: [back on the Benthic] Shit! We've got a problem! We're losing number two thruster! Bearing's going... It's not holding! We're swinging out of position here!
Benthic Explorer Captain: God damn it!
[the cable slams into One Night's cab]
Lisa "One Night" Standing: Shit!
Alan "Hippy" Carnes: The rig is movin'!
Virgil: Yeah, I can see that!
[to the radio]
Virgil: Topside! Topside, pay out some slack, we're gettin' dragged!
Benthic Explorer Captain: [to the crane operator over radio] Down on number one winch!
Virgil: We're gettin' dragged!
Benthic Explorer Captain: [shouts] Down on one!
[he gestures frantically through the window at the crane operator; the crane operator signals that he can't hear; the crane breaks off the ship and falls into the water]
Benthic Explorer Captain: Shit! Get him on the UQC!
[into the radio]
Benthic Explorer Captain: Bud! We lost the crane!
Virgil: Say again, what?
Benthic Explorer Captain: The crane! We've lost the crane! It's on its way down to you!
Virgil: All right, all right everybody brace for impact! Close all the exterior hatches, let's go go go go!
Lt. Coffey: [to SEALs] You two help secure the rig! Let's go!
Virgil: One Night! One Night, can you hear me? Get the hell outta there, the crane's comin' down!
[part of the cable hits One Night's cab, but she manages to get away]
Lisa "One Night" Standing: I'm okay, I'm clear, Bud!
[the crew braces for impact; Hippy puts Beany in a plastic bag]

Lt. Coffey: Let's get something straight. You people are under my authority.
Catfish De Vries: Look, partner, we don't work for you. We don't take orders from you. And we don't much like you.
Virgil: Hey, Cat. Cat.
Catfish De Vries: Yeah?
Virgil: Why don't you take the first watch on sonar? Okay?

Lt. Coffey: We have no way of warning the surface. And you know what that means? It means, whatever happens, is up to us.