Gavin D'Amato
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Gavin D'Amato (Character)
from The War of the Roses (1989)

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The War of the Roses (1989)
Barbara Rose: Have you ever made angry love?
Gavin: Is there any other way?

Gavin: Oliver, my father used to say that a man can never outdo a woman when it comes to love and revenge.

Gavin: There is no winning! Only degrees of losing!

Barbara Rose: Besides money...
[Barbara kicks off one of her heels and puts her foot in Gavin's crotch]
Barbara Rose: what would it take to get you to help me, Gavin?
Gavin: Come on, put your shoes on, Barbara. I haven't been into feet since '82.

Gavin: My father used to say there are four things that tell the world who a man is: his house, his car, his wife and his shoes.

Oliver Rose: What the hell is wrong with you?
Gavin: [cut to interior of Gavin's office] If you're with a woman for any length of time, eventually you'll ask her that question.

Gavin: There are two dilemmas... that rattle the human skull. How do you hold onto someone who won't stay? And how do you get rid of someone who won't go?

[first lines]
Gavin: [Gavin is talking to a client] You have some valid reasons for wanting a divorce.
[blows his nose with a handkerchief]
Gavin: Excuse me. My sinuses are very sensitive to irritants.
[sprays nasal decongestant up his nostrils]
Gavin: In the past five months, I think I've breathed freely with both sides working maybe a week total.
[pulls a cigarette out of a pack]
Gavin: I gotta cut this out. It's gonna kill me.
[lights his cigarette]
Gavin: I hadn't smoked for thirteen years. I kept the last cigarette from my last pack. I said if I never smoked this one cigarette I'll never smoke again, period. Thirteen years I kept that cigarette.
[fetches a plastic case out of a drawer]
Gavin: I had this little case made for it.
[opens it and shows it to him]
Gavin: Thirteen years. And then, one Thursday afternoon, Barbara came to see me. And when she left...

[last lines]
Gavin: [on the phone with his wife] Hi, what're you doing? I'm coming home. Love you.
Gavin: Bye.

Gavin: At 15 I became an evolutionist; and it all became clear. We came from mud. And after 3.8 billion years of evolution, at our core is still mud. Nobody can be a divorce lawyer and doubt that.

Gavin: I should have seen her toes in the pit of my crotch as a cry for help.