Jim 'Jamie' Graham
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Jim 'Jamie' Graham (Character)
from Empire of the Sun (1987)

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Empire of the Sun (1987)
Jim: I can't remember what my parents look like.

Jim: I was dreaming about God.
Mother: What did he say?
Jim: Nothing.
Jim: He was playing tennis.

Jim: I was dreaming about God.
Mary Graham: What did he say?
Jim: Nothing. He was playing tennis. Perhaps that's where God is all the time and that's why you can't see Him when you're awake, do you think?
Mary Graham: I don't know. I don't know about God.
Jim: Perhaps He's our dream... and we're His.

[Frank and Basie are about to leave Jim in the street]
Jim: [desperately] Basie, first I could show you some rich pickings. Hundreds of houses left empty. I could show you some of the houses I lived in before Frank found me. They were luxuriant!
Basie: Luxuriant? You had good sense being born there, Jim. I'm sure there was good living.
Jim: There certainly was good living, Basie. There - there was opulence!
Basie: Heh heh. Opulence. Frank, we'll go and take a look at some of these houses. Let's go, Frank. Opulence.

Jim: If the Americans land, the Japanese will fight.
Dr. Rawlins: You admire the Japanese?
Jim: Well, they're brave, aren't they?
Dr. Rawlins: That's important, is it, Jim?
Jim: It's a good thing if you want to win a war.
Dr. Rawlins: But we don't want them to win, do we. Remember, we're British.
Jim: Yes. I've never been there.

Jim: We'll have to leave the camp.
Basie: That's the idea, Jim. First one side feeds you and the other side tries to get you killed, then it's turned around; it's all timing.

Basie: Jim, didn't I teach you anything?
Jim: Yes! You taught me that people will do anything for a potato.

[Nurses attempt to wake a sickly man]
Jim: Can I have his shoes when he's dead?
Dr. Rawlins: God you're a pragmatist, Jim.

Maxton: I heard you resigned from the Scouts.
Jim: I've become an atheist.

[Jim grabs wildly at Chinese soldiers after hearing about the atomic bomb]
Jim: I saw it! I saw it! It was like a white light in the sky.

Jim: Learned a new word today. Atom bomb. It was like the God taking a photograph.

Jim: Amatus sum, amatus es, amatus est.

[Jim's hassling the truck driver on the way to Soochow]
Jim: Do you know where we are? We're here, see? And now we have to turn left. Do you hear me? When I say turn left, you turn left! When I say turn right, turn right! You have to do what I say otherwise we'll never get to Soochow then you'll be shot!

Jim: Dr. Rawlin, do you remember how we had helped build the runway? If we die like the others, our bones would be IN the runway. In a way, it's OUR runway...
Dr. Rawlins: No it's THEIR runway, Jim! Try not to think so much! Try not to THINK so much!

[after Basie's friend killed Jim's Japanese friend]
Jim: Bastard! He gave me a mango!
Basie: I'll give you a whole goddamn fruit salad. There are Frigidaires falling from the sky. It's kingdom come!
Jim: He was my friend!
Basie: He was a Jap!
Jim: The war's over!

Jim: I touched it! I touched it! I felt the heat! I can taste it in my mouth, oil and cordite!

Jim: Are you with the American Fleet?
Frank: American Fleet! Looks like you lost your shirt kid.

Basie: Don't let me down kid you're an American now.
Jim: [in a Brooklyn accent] Hey how'ya doin' Frank?

Jim: [during an American airstrike] P-51! Cadillac of the sky!

Jim: Would you like a Hershey bar?
Nina: Oh yes, please
Jim: So would I kid, have you got one?

Jim: I can bring everyone back. Everyone.

Jim: [about the Japanese troops camped nearby] It almost looks as if they're waiting for something to happen...
John Graham, Jim's father: Yes.
Jim: They didn't look angry or anything...
Maxton: It's not their anger; it's their patience.