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Hero Boy (Character)
from The Polar Express (2004)

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The Polar Express (2004)
[last lines]
Hero Boy: At one time most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I've grown old the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.

Hobo: That skirt you're chasing must've moved on ahead. We got to high tail it to the hog, pronto!
Hero Boy: The hog?
Hobo: The engine. The engine, you tenderfoot. We've got to make it before we hit Flat-Top Tunnel.
Hero Boy: Why?
Hobo: [sighs] So many questions. There's but one inch of clearance between the roof of this rattler and the top of Flat-Top Tunnel. Savvy?

[first lines]
Hero Boy: On Christmas Eve many years ago I laid quietly in my bed. I did not rustle the sheets, I breathed slowly and silently. I was listening for a sound I was afraid I'd never hear: the sound of Santa's sleigh bells.

The Conductor: Well, ya comin'?
The Boy: Where?
The Conductor: To the North Pole, of course! This is the Polar Express!

Hobo: One more thing... do you believe in ghosts?
The Boy: [shakes head no]
Hobo: [in a sinister tone] Interesting...

The Boy: I'm looking for a girl.
Hobo: [after a pause; bursts out laughing] Well aren't we all?

[repeated line]
The Boy: I believe.

Hobo: What exactly is... is your persuasion on the Big Man, since you brought him up?
The Boy: Well, I... I want to believe... but...
Hobo: But you don't want to be bamboozled. You don't want to be led down the primrose path! You don't want to be conned or duped. Have the wool pulled over your eyes. Hoodwinked! You don't want to be taken for a ride. Railroaded!
[Hobo puts out fire with the joe]
Hobo: Seeing is believing. Am I right?

The Boy: Is everything all right? What do we do?
The Conductor: Well, considering that we have lost communication with the engineer, and are standing totally exposed on the front of the locomotive, and the train seems to be accelerating, uncontrollably, not to mention that we are headed to Glacier Gulch, which just happens to be the steepest downhill grade in the world, I suggest we all hold on... TIGHTLY!
[the train plunges down the VERY steep downhill tracks and accelerates rapidly]

The Boy: [after sounding the train whistle] I've wanted to do that my whole life!

The Boy: Are you saying that this is all just a... dream?
Hobo: You said it, kid! Not me.

[after he pulling the Emergency Brake, Lonely Boy gets on the train, Hero Girl shook her head to him and Mr. Conductor opens the door]
The Conductor: Who in the blazes applied that Emergency Brake?
Know-It-All: [gets up, points to him] He did!
The Conductor: You!
[He comes to the Hero Boy]
The Conductor: In case you didn't know, that cord is for emergency purposes only!
[He comes to the window, train whistle blows and closes the window]
The Conductor: And in case you weren't aware, tonight is Christmas Eve and in case you hadn't noticed: This train is on a very tight schedule now, young man! Christmas may not be important to some people, but it is very important to the rest of US!
The Boy: But, but...
Hero Girl: He was just trying to stop the train so that kid could get on!
[Conductor sees that Lonely Boy sitting alone in the next carriage]
The Conductor: I see.
[to Hero Boy]
The Conductor: Young man, is that what happened?
[He nods]
The Conductor: Well... Let me remind you: we are on a very tight schedule.
[he checks his watch]
The Conductor: And I've never been late before and I am certainly not going to be late tonight! Now, everybody! Take your seats! please!
[Everyone sits down]
The Conductor: Thank you.