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Perry Smith (Character)
from Capote (2005)

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In Cold Blood (1967)
Perry: It doesn't make sense. I mean what happened. It had nothing to do with the Clutters. They never hurt me. They just happened to be there. I thought Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman... I thought so right up to the time I cut his throat.

[last lines]
Perry: [his last words] I'd like to apologize, but... who to?

Perry: It's true! Really true! We're on our way and never coming back. Never! And no regrets.
Dick: For you. You're leaving nothing. What about my old man... and my mother? They'll still be there when my checks start bouncing.
Perry: It's nice the way you think about your folks.
Dick: Yeah! I'm a real thoughtful bastard.

Perry: When you hit the end of the rope... your muscles lose control. I'm afraid I'll mess myself.
Prison Guard: It's nothing to be ashamed of. They all do it.

Dick: Did you ever hang any paper?
Perry: I couldn't cash a check, even if it was good!

Perry: I despise people who can't control themselves.

Perry: Do you have any aspirin? They took my aspirin away.
Alvin Dewey: Fellin' bad?
Perry: My legs do.

Dick: Did you see those guys? They coulda robbed us!
Perry: What of?

Perry: That was stupid - stealin' a lousy pack of razor blades! To prove what?
Dick: It's the national pastime, baby, stealin' and cheatin'. If they ever count every cheatin' wife and tax chiseler, the whole country would be behind prison walls.

Dick: Next move... Mexico. Once we beat it out of the country.
Perry: On what? $43 and a smile and bullshit.
[First use of the word 'bullshit' in a Hollywood film]
Dick: You guessed it, chief. It's the smile that does it. Like it says in the commercials, the family that sticks together lives forever.

Perry: [to himself, looking in a bathroom mirror] Stick 'em up!
Perry: Hey, buddy!
Perry: [realizing he's being watched] How long you been standin' there?
Dick: Long enough to catch your late late show.

Perry: [quoting his father] Look at me boy! Take a good look! Cause I'm the last living thing you're ever gonna see!


Capote (2005)
Perry Smith: I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment that I cut his throat.

Truman Capote: Perry, I know what 'exacerbate' means.
Perry Smith: Okay... well...
Truman Capote: There is not a word or a sentence or a concept that you can illuminate for me.

Perry Smith: [of Hickok] He's naturally mendacious. Not to be trusted. If he had a hundred dollars he'd steal a stick of chewing gum.


Infamous (2006)
Perry Smith: ...I am not a character. I'm a human-fucking-being.

Perry Smith: What is punishment? Being in jail isn't punishment, if you didn't like it on the outside. And neither is death, if it was painful to live.