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Dean Corso (Character)
from The Ninth Gate (1999)

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The Ninth Gate (1999)
Baroness Kessler: My latest work: "The Devil: History and Myth" - a kind of biography. It will be published early next year.
Dean Corso: Why the devil?
Baroness Kessler: [laughs] I saw him one day. I was fifteen years old, and I saw him as plain as I see you now. It was love at first sight.
Dean Corso: You know, 300 years ago, you'd have been burned at the stake for saying something like that.
Baroness Kessler: 300 years ago I wouldn't have said it!

Liana Telfer: Don't fuck with me!
Dean Corso: I thought I already did.

Liana Telfer: You work for money I take it.
Dean Corso: What else?
Liana Telfer: I have a great deal of money.
Dean Corso: I'm very happy for you.

Bernie: I already told him I had no part of this operation.
Dean Corso: Except ten percent.
Bernie: Twenty percent. The Swiss was my client.
Dean Corso: [shakes his head] No deal.
Bernie: Fifteen. For my children's sake.
Dean Corso: You don't have any children.
Bernie: I'm still young. Give me time.
Dean Corso: [expels a lungful of smoke, unmoved] Ten.

[first lines]
Dean Corso: It's an impressive collection. You have some very rare editions here. Are you sure you want to sell them all?
Old Man's Son: They're of no use to father. Not anymore. Not since he's been this way. His library was his whole world. Now it's just a painful memory.

Boris Balkan: You must see her again.
Dean Corso: Are you kidding? Have you seen her secretary?
Boris Balkan: Try the lunch break.

Boris Balkan: Behold, I plunge my hands in fire! I feel no heat!
Dean Corso: That's just great! Give us another.

Dean Corso: Where's the last engraving? I want it!
The Girl: You're running low on gas.

Dean Corso: [indicating to the engravings] You killed for those! They're worth more than money.
Boris Balkan: Infinitely more. But they happen to be mine... not yours.

Boris Balkan: [performing the ceremony] Now you can watch! I'm entering uncharted territory. Taking the road that leads to equality, with God. You can't come with me... I must travel alone but you may look on, and marvel.
Dean Corso: That's very kind of you.
Boris Balkan: Indeed it is. There have been men who have been burned alive or disemboweled for just a glimpse of what you are about to witness.

[has found Balkan in a castle with the readings and now confronts him]
Boris Balkan: [nervous] Corso.
Dean Corso: What were you expecting? An apparition?
Boris Balkan: You're not wanted here, Mr Corso. Leave!
Dean Corso: I'm the only apparition you'll see tonight.
Boris Balkan: [calmly trying to get rid of Dean so he can have this moment all to himself] You'll find a check at my New York office. Payment in full.

Dean Corso: [pulls Liana's gun on him] Stand aside.
Boris Balkan: I credited you with more finesse.
Dean Corso: You heard me. Stand back!
Boris Balkan: Put that away. It's not your style.
[upon overpowering him and shoving him into a hole in the floor]
Boris Balkan: It seems you found your proper niche at last... I like that.

Dean Corso: I'll be damned!

Boris Balkan: You don't like me, do you?
Dean Corso: I don't have to like you, you're a client and you pay well.

The Girl: He's dead, who cares?
Dean Corso: I do. I could easily wind up the same way.
The Girl: Not with me around, to look after you.
Dean Corso: Oh, I see, you're my Guardian Angel, then.
The Girl: If you say so.

Boris Balkan: Our relations have always been strictly commercial, and that's the way I like it. The professional and the personal should be mutually exclusive.
Dean Corso: Listen, I came here to do some business, not shoot the breeze. If you want to expound your personal philosophies, write another book.

The Girl: What do you plan to do if you see them?
Dean Corso: I'll probably hide behind you.