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Peter Appleton (Character)
from The Majestic (2001)
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Peter Appleton: I'm sorry... but it occurs to me that there is a bigger issue today than whether or not I'm a Communist.
Elvin Clyde: Bigger issue? Mr. Appleton, there 'is' no bigger issue.
Peter Appleton: Actually, not to be contrary, I think there is... Gosh, I don't quite know what to say.
[Peter takes a drink of water]
Peter Appleton: The fact is I... I've never been a man of great conviction. I never saw the percentage in it... and quite frankly, I suppose I, uh... lacked the courage. See, I'm not like Luke Trimble. He had the market cornered on those things. I never met the guy, but I feel like I've gotten to know him. The thing is, I can't help wondering what he'd say... if he were standing here right now. You know, I think what I think he'd probably tell you: the America represented in this room... is not the America he died defending.
[the crowd noise in the background rises]
Peter Appleton: I think he'd tell you your America is bitter...
[Congressman Doyle begins banging his gavel]
Peter Appleton: and cruel... and small.
Congressman Doyle: The chamber will come to order!
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