Mitch McDeere
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Mitch McDeere (Character)
from The Firm (1993)

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The Firm (1993)
Mitch McDeere: Anything I can do for you?
Ray McDeere: Sure. Get me outta here.
Mitch McDeere: Where to?
Ray McDeere: Anywhere I can see a whole lotta sky. I get through the days, I even eat the food. It's amazing how much you miss the sky.

Wayne Tarrance: How about you get down on your knees and kiss my ass for not indicting you as a co-conspirator right now, you chickenshit little Harvard cocksucker?
Mitch McDeere: I haven't done anything, and you know it!
Wayne Tarrance: Who gives a fuck? I'm a federal agent! You know what that means, you lowlife motherfucker? It means you've got no rights, your life is mine! I could kick your teeth down your throat and yank 'em out your asshole, and I'm not even violating your civil rights!

Mitch McDeere: You want to know something funny? You actually made me think about the law. I managed to go through three years of law school without doing that.

Mitch McDeere: Let me get this straight: you want me to steal files from the firm, turn them over to the FBI, send my colleagues to jail...
Wayne Tarrance: They roped you into this.
Mitch McDeere: Breach attorney-client privilege, thus getting myself disbarred for life, then testify in open court against the Mafia...
Wayne Tarrance: Well, unfortunately, Mitch...
Mitch McDeere: Let me ask you something: are you out of your fucking mind?

Ray McDeere: How'd you land a job like that with a brother in the slammer?
[Mitch says nothing]
Ray McDeere: I get it. Don't worry, I'd probably have done the same thing.
Mitch McDeere: You're always there for me, Ray...
Ray McDeere: I'd have done the same thing. You think I want to tell the guys around here that I got a brother at Harvard?

Mitch McDeere: I got mine, Wayne, you get the rest of them.
Wayne Tarrance: Get 'em with what? Overbilling, mail fraud? Oh, that's exciting.
Mitch McDeere: It's not sexy, but it's got teeth! Ten thousand dollars and five years in prison. That's ten and five for each act. Have you really looked at that? You've got every partner in the firm on overbilling. There's two hundred fifty acts of documented mail fraud there. That's racketeering! That's minimum one thousand, two hundred fifty years in prison and half a million dollars in fines. That's more than you had on Capone.

Wayne Tarrance: Man, I don't understand you. What'd you do it for? You didn't win a thing.
Mitch McDeere: Oh, yes I did. I won my life back. YOU don't run me, and THEY don't run me!

Mitch McDeere: Are you saying my life is in danger?
Denton Voyles: I am saying that your life as you know it is over.

Mitch McDeere: You are FBI Agent Wayne Terrance, right?
Wayne Tarrance: Yeah, you're damn right! You may be able to get by the local cops, but...
[cell phone rings]
Wayne Tarrance: Hello!
Tammy: Is this Wayne Terrance?
Wayne Tarrance: Who is this?
Tammy: Is this Wayne Terrance?
Wayne Tarrance: Yeah, this is Wayne Terrance?
Tammy: So is this.
[plays tape of previous conversation with Mitch]
Mitch McDeere: [to Wayne Terrance] I think you should reconsider.

Mitch McDeere: Hey Ray, wouldn't it be funny if I went to Harvard, you went to Jail and we both ended up surrounded by crooks.

Mitch McDeere: Did I lose you?
Abby McDeere: You look tired.
Mitch McDeere: Did I?
Abby McDeere: I've loved you all my life. Even before we met. Part of it wasn't even you. It was just a promise of you. But these last days... You kept your promise. How could you lose me?

Avery Tolar: Do you think l'm talking about breaking the law?
Mitch McDeere: No, I'm just trying to figure out how far you want it bent.
Avery Tolar: As far as you can without breaking it.

[Mitch tosses a small cassette to Tarrance]
Mitch McDeere: It's you at the track. I could have gone public with it.
Wayne Tarrance: Then why didn't you?
Mitch McDeere: [smiles] It's against the law.

Mitch McDeere: What led you to law school?
Avery Tolar: It's so far back I don't think I can remember.
Mitch McDeere: Sure you can, Counsellor.
Avery Tolar: I used to caddy for lawyers and their wives on summer weekends. I looked at those long tan legs and just knew I had to be a lawyer. The wives had long tan legs, too.

Mitch McDeere: [kicking DeVasher] You sick son-of-a-bitch!