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Johnny Smith (Character)
from "The Dead Zone" (2002)

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The Dead Zone (1983)
Johnny Smith: "Bless me"? Do you know what God did for me? He threw an 18-wheeled truck at me and bounced me into nowhere for five years! When I woke up, my girl was gone, my job was gone, my legs are just about useless... Blessed me? God's been a real sport to me!

Johnny Smith: The ICE... is gonna BREAK!

Johnny Smith: Your house is burning! There's still time!

[first lines]
Johnny Smith: [Johnny is reading "The Raven" to his class] And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting, on the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door, and his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming, and the lamp light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor, and my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, shall be lifted... nevermore.

Johnny Smith: It reminds me of a line from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" the last story I read to my class before... the accident. Ichabod Crane disappears... the line goes: "As he was a bachelor, and in nobody's debt, nobody troubled their head about him anymore."
Sarah Bracknell: Is that what you feel?
Johnny Smith: Is what I want... what I want.

Johnny Smith: [John has "seen" Stillson become President and trigger WW3, and now is making up his mind how to prevent Stillson's holocaust] If you could go back in time to Germany, before Hitler came to power, knowing what you know now, would you kill him?
Dr. Sam Weizak: Is that why you sent for me, to ask me this, uh... this question?

Johnny Smith: What about my question?
Dr. Sam Weizak: Huh? Huh? Oh, you mean the one about Hitler?
Johnny Smith: What would you do?
Dr. Sam Weizak: I don't like this, John. What are you getting at?
Johnny Smith: What would you do? Would you kill him?
Dr. Sam Weizak: All right. All right. I'll give you an answer. I'm a man of medicine. I'm expected to save lives and ease suffering. I love people. Therefore, I would have no choice but to kill the son of a bitch.
Johnny Smith: You'd never get away alive.
Dr. Sam Weizak: It doesn't matter. I would kill him.
[lifting drink]
Dr. Sam Weizak: Nasdro via. Skol.

[last lines]
Johnny Smith: Goodbye.
Sarah Bracknell: I love you.

Johnny Smith: I've been tutoring this boy named Stuart. In the vision, I saw him drown. But that's not the point. In the vision, something was missing.
Dr. Sam Weizak: How - how do you mean?
Johnny Smith: It was like... a blank spot, a dead zone.
Dr. Sam Weizak: First of all, tell me, did the boy, in fact, drown?
Johnny Smith: His father wanted him to play hockey. I talked him out of it. The boy's alive.
Dr. Sam Weizak: Ah. Yes. Don't you see how clear it is? Not only can you see the future, you can...
Johnny Smith: I can change it.
Dr. Sam Weizak: You can change it, exactly. Here. Yes, John. That is your... your "dead zone." The possibility of... of altering the outcome of your premonitions. It's fascinating. Let me make a note.

Johnny Smith: [to Stillson] It's over. You're finished.

Sarah Bracknell: You're looking good.
Johnny Smith: Yeah, it's called the coma diet - lose weight while ya sleep

Johnny Smith: Your father says there's something wrong with you, he wants me to bring you out of your shell. I don't know what to do.
Chris Stuart: You don't have to do anything. It's my dad that lives in a shell, not me.

Johnny Smith: [touching the mother of a serial killer] You knew? Didn't you?
Henrietta Dodd: You... you're a devil, sent from Hell!


"The Dead Zone: A Very Dead Zone Christmas (#4.12)" (2005)
Johnny Smith: Worst case scenario, I'll break out the blow torch and we'll fire that sucker up from the inside out.

Alex Sinclair: What happened to forgetting about commercialism and searching for inner peace?
Johnny Smith: What are you, crazy? This is Christmas in America.

Johnny Smith: I thought you hated last-minute shopping.
Alex Sinclair: Who can resist taking down a couple of dishonest soccer moms?

Johnny Smith: A female psychic, Santa Claus with amnesia, and the cast of Oliver! Not exactly a Norman Rockwell painting.

Johnny Smith: [to Sara] Why didn't I marry you? Oh, right, I was in a coma.

Walt: [about Santa incorrectly reeling off reindeer names] Randolph?
Johnny Smith: Forget it. He's on a roll.

Johnny Smith: Let's go eat this turducken thing.

Johnny Smith: Go answer the door.
Johnny 'JJ' Bannerman: But it didn't ring.
[doorbell rings]
Johnny 'JJ' Bannerman: cool.

Alex Sinclair: And I thought who else do you know that might be on his own this time of year?
Johnny Smith: And you thought of me.

Johnny Smith: Go answer the door.
Johnny 'JJ' Bannerman: But it didn't ring.
[doorbell rings]
Johnny 'JJ' Bannerman: cool.


"The Dead Zone: Wheel of Fortune (#1.1)" (2002)
Johnny Smith: Who's President?
Bruce Lewis: George Bush.
Johnny Smith: Bush? Bush... again?
Bruce Lewis: Son. Long, long story.

[On Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura, who was a professional wrestler in the '70s]
Johnny Smith: Let me get this straight. They elected a professional wrestler for governor?
[His therapist fills him in on other things that happened since 1996]
Bruce Lewis: What else? Oh... Bill Clinton... got busted for getting head in the Oval Office from a 22-year old intern.

Johnny Smith: The dog ate your computer?
Bradford: Actually, I was going for rats.

Dr. Tran: Johnny, as a neurologist, there's only one thing I know less about than the brain.
Johnny Smith: What's that?
Dr. Tran: Your brain.

Johnny Smith: When we look at a tree from below, we see bunches of leaves, without composition, without organization, randomly spread all over the branches. But... nothing in nature is random. From above, we can see that each leaf has chosen the absolute perfect position on the tree to gain exposure to sunlight. This is nature's tapestry, people. And it absolutely never fails to astonish.


"The Dead Zone: The Man Who Never Was (#2.9)" (2003)
Jeffrey Grissom: Do you know what they do to those animals so you can eat your precious veal? Think about that the next time you take a bite of animal flesh.
Johnny Smith: Yes sir, I probably will now.

Johnny Smith: I don't think I saw him, I saw him, I'm not crazy!
Sheriff Walt Bannerman: No, you just have visions.

Bill Stade: He was here this morning and he tried to grab my wife.
Johnny Smith: I didn't try to grab her. I tried to touch her. There's a big difference.

Johnny Smith: You think I'm going to let go of this...you think I'm not going to find Jeffrey Grissom, you're wrong.
Stade Child: Mommy, the mean man is scaring me.
Johnny Smith: You ain't seen nothing yet, kid. If you really are a kid.

Johnny Smith: [after signing an autograph for Raul] Don't let me catch you selling these on eBay.


"The Dead Zone: Total Awareness (#3.5)" (2004)
Johnny Smith: Just when you think you're too paranoid, you realize you aren't paranoid enough.

Johnny Smith: Well, I'm glad everything went well.
Sarah Bracknell Bannerman: [to phone] The kids had a great time, but J.J. missed you.
Johnny Smith: Oh yeah? Well, I'm making it up to him.
Sarah Bracknell Bannerman: [to phone] How?
Johnny Smith: That's classified information, Sarah.

[last lines]
Johnny 'JJ' Bannerman: Watch out!
Johnny 'JJ' Bannerman: Oh! Hey! Hey, J.J., I'm letting you skateboard in the house, but you've got to watch the moulding, OK?
[sound of crash from another room]
Johnny 'JJ' Bannerman: [voice] Sorry!
Johnny Smith: [to himself] It's OK, it's OK. I'm a fun dad...

Johnny Smith: Hold on a minute. You've got total access to my home security cameras, and I'm not allowed to know how? Seems very "1984", doesn't it?
Rob Coulter: "1984" was twenty years ago, Mr. Smith. Surely it's worth sacrificing a little privacy to feel safe.

Rob Coulter: Do you think you can stop the future? You take down Eyetrap, and there's going to be another program just like it on-line before the new year. And you know why? Because the American public is buying what we're selling. They think our technology protects them, that it's good for them.
Johnny Smith: The technology is not good or bad. It's the people in charge of it.


"The Dead Zone: Visions (#2.19)" (2003)
[first lines]
Sarah Bracknell Bannerman: Johnny? Johnny.
Johnny Smith: Sorry, what?
Sarah Bracknell Bannerman: Are you feeling OK?
Johnny Smith: U-uh, yeah. I'm having a great time.
Sarah Bracknell Bannerman: Staring at your shoes?
Johnny Smith: They're really cool shoes.
Sarah Bracknell Bannerman: You weren't having a vision, were you?
Johnny Smith: Actually, I was. I saw myself, at home, watching ESPN.

Bruce Lewis: I don't think this is such a good idea. Maybe we should wait till she gets home?
Johnny Smith: And say what? Mind if we come in and try to figure out how you get killed?

Christopher Wey: Who the hell are you?
Johnny Smith: I'm the guy who could've had the life you take for granted. Difference between us is I lost it all in one night, and you're just pissing yours away.

[last lines]
Johnny Smith: I did everything that you asked. Now tell me what you know!
Christopher Wey: I lied. I don't know what happened. I was asleep, remember?
Johnny Smith: If you don't know, you can find out.
Christopher Wey: You don't know what it's like out there. You can't trust anyone!
Johnny Smith: You can trust me.
Christopher Wey: I'm not sure.
[Wey shows him a cover of Newsweek magazine with Johnny's photo on it; the headline reads "Will This Man DESTROY the WORLD?". Johnny is shocked]


"The Dead Zone: The Combination (#2.18)" (2003)
[first lines]
[Johnny meets Bruce at the airport, holding up a cardboard sign "LEWIS"]
Johnny Smith: Uh, Mister Lewis! Bruce Lewis?
Bruce Lewis: [smiling] Johnny.
Johnny Smith: Hey, man. What's up?
Bruce Lewis: Glad to see you.
Johnny Smith: Me too. So, ah, your limo awaits, sir.
Bruce Lewis: More like a busted-ass Jeep. But I'll take it.

Johnny Smith: I've made a self-fulfilling prophecy. You heard his trainer. One bit of doubt, one bit of hesitation and he's dead. And who planted that doubt in his head? Me. Danny Avila believes in me, in my prediction more than he believes in himself. So if this is a self-fulfilling prophecy, maybe it's the prophecy that needs to change.
Bruce Lewis: Change how? You mean lie to him about what you're seeing? Make him believe the he's gonna win?
Johnny Smith: Maybe believing in a lie is better than knowing the truth.
Bruce Lewis: That's a scary thought, John.

Johnny Smith: I lied to him. I touched him, then lied right to his face.
Bruce Lewis: I thought that was the game plan.
Johnny Smith: Only it isn't working. Nothing's changed yet. He must not believe me.
Bruce Lewis: Maybe he'll believe it when you do.
Johnny Smith: Believe what? It's a lie. I made it up, remember?
Bruce Lewis: It's not a lie! It's a hope. Like my Dad used to say, "What makes a hope reality is faith".

Johnny Smith: "Change one detail and all of life changes". Do you think that one detail can just be you, and what you're willing to believe, have faith in?


"The Dead Zone: Deja Voodoo (#2.15)" (2003)
[first lines]
[Johnny and Bruce enter a restaurant]
Johnny Smith: Busy night, huh?
Bruce Lewis: Yeah. It'll be crowded everywhere. It's Friday.
Johnny Smith: I'ma grab us a seat.
Bruce Lewis: I'll put our name in.
Johnny Smith: [at the bar] This seat taken?
Natalie Connor: No.

Johnny Smith: You see that woman sitting next to me?
Bruce Lewis: Yeah.
Johnny Smith: I just had a vision of her kissing me.
Bruce Lewis: [smiling] Ye-eah? I have visions like that all the time. Except mine don't come true.

Johnny Smith: There's nothing I can do that won't screw it up somehow. I'ma just sit here, eat some clams, and she will be back, all right?
Bruce Lewis: Not necessarily. You could be changing the future just by deciding to sit on your ass and do nothing.

[last lines]
Johnny Smith: Sheriff Bannerman please.
Bruce Lewis: What was that all about?
Johnny Smith: I'll tell you in a minute
[to phone]
Johnny Smith: Yeah Walt? This is John. We have got a little situation here.


"The Dead Zone: The Storm (#2.13)" (2003)
Johnny Smith: Listen to yourself, Johnny. You're talking to a tornado.

Johnny Smith: If you let me go, I'll tell you how you're gonna break your leg.
Bruce Lewis: Break my leg?
Johnny Smith: Big white cast...clump...clump...clumping around for six weeks. I can save you all that pain.
Bruce Lewis: Liar. You didn't see any broken leg.
Johnny Smith: Suit yourself.
Johnny Smith: You know how your skin all red and itchy under the cast and you can't scratch it?
Bruce Lewis: That's not funny.

Johnny Smith: [to gas station manager,] I'm being abducted. The African American man outside attacked me and forced me into his car.


"The Dead Zone: Exile (#6.11)" (2007)
Wanda Purcell: Where you from?
Johnny Smith: Cleaves Mills, Maine.
Wanda Purcell: And you come all this way for some one who is not exactly your girlfriend?
Johnny Smith: Ah, it's hard to explain. I didn't really leave Maine lookin' for anyone. I guess, it's just more about... getting lost.
Wanda Purcell: Hmm... Honey, I've been to getting lost. The million dollar question is why?

Johnny Smith: I still don't get it. Why all this happened and how. I mean, you showed up here because I called you. But I only called you because I had this postcard.
Alex Sinclair: So?
Johnny Smith: How did I get a vision off this post card if you never touched it?
Alex Sinclair: Photo by Wanda Purcell? Hey, that's you...
Wanda Purcell: Yup. Took the picture myself. Had the postcards printed too.
Johnny Smith: Wait a minute. Wanda... you made these postcards?
Wanda Purcell: Aha.
Johnny Smith: Do you know the day that your baby was born?
Wanda Purcell: Well, of course I do. How could I forget? It was 30 years ago yesterday.
Johnny Smith: Alex, this is a little bit weird, but are you ahhh... were you adopted?
Alex Sinclair: Uhm, I don't really talk about it, but... yeh.
Johnny Smith: She turned 30 yesteday, and she's adopted.


"The Dead Zone: The Hunt (#2.16)" (2003)
Colonel Burt Halsey: You're a psychometric, right? Touch-enabled cognitive episodes, visions with full-spectrum real-time feedback.
Johnny Smith: Don't think I've ever heard it put quite that way before. Yeah.

Johnny Smith: As a wise philosopher once said, "A man's gotta know his limitations."
Sylvia: Which wise philosopher was that?
Johnny Smith: Clint Eastwood, in "Magnum Force". Actually, maybe it was "Sudden Impact".


"The Dead Zone: Enemy Mind (#1.7)" (2002)
Jill Deer: You know what's funny about this?
Johnny Smith: Not much.

Johnny Smith: You know what's funny about this?
Jill Deer: Um... not much?


"The Dead Zone: The Mountain (#2.17)" (2003)
[first lines]
[JJ, Johnny and Walt are fishing in a lake]
Johnny Smith: Well, the fish aren't hungry, but I am.


"The Dead Zone: Playing God (#2.11)" (2003)
Patrick Hanchin: Do you have a social problem or some form of Tourette's?
Johnny Smith: Just making conversation.
Patrick Hanchin: This is a bar. You want conversation, go to a Starbucks.
Johnny Smith: What about bar stool philosophy?
[pause]
Johnny Smith: Guess I do have a problem, though.


"The Dead Zone: Zion (#2.12)" (2003)
Johnny Smith: I found out more about you in the last two hours than you've told me in the last two years.
Bruce Lewis: There's a lot of ghosts here. Starting with me.


"The Dead Zone: Precipitate (#2.5)" (2003)
Johnny Smith: Tell me it's not 2009.
Bruce Lewis: It's not 2009.
Johnny Smith: Thank You.
Bruce Lewis: It's 2011.
Johnny Smith: Did the Red Sox win the World Series yet?


"The Dead Zone: Misbegotten (#2.7)" (2003)
Bruce Lewis: Instead of a moat with sharks, how about koi?
Johnny Smith: No
Bruce Lewis: Man-eating koi?


"The Dead Zone: The House (#1.6)" (2002)
Bruce Lewis: You sure he's dead?
Johnny Smith: Some talent huh? I think Lindsay's right, I should go on the Psychic Channel and make some money. Hi, your brother's dead. That would be thirty dollars. Visa or Mastercard?


"The Dead Zone: Double Vision (#4.3)" (2005)
Johnny Smith: Wait a minute... I see him.
Sheriff Walt Bannerman: Who the shooter?
Johnny Smith: No, the victim. I got to go.
Sheriff Walt Bannerman: John...
[Closes his cell phone]
Sheriff Walt Bannerman: I got to stop taking these calls.