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Fielding Mellish (Character)
from Bananas (1971)

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Bananas (1971)
Fielding Mellish: I object, your honor! This trial is a travesty. It's a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.

Fielding Mellish: You busy tonight?
Norma: Some old friends are coming over. We're gonna show some pornographic movies.
Fielding Mellish: You need an usher?

Nancy: Have you ever been to Denmark?
Fielding Mellish: I've been, yes... to the Vatican.
Nancy: The Vatican? The Vatican is in Rome.
Fielding Mellish: Well, they were doing so well in Rome that they opened one in Denmark.

Fielding Mellish: I once stole a pornographic book that was printed in braille. I used to rub the dirty parts.

Fielding Mellish: Blood! That should be on the inside!

Fielding Mellish: You cannot bash in the head of an American citizen without written permission from the State Department.

Fielding Mellish: When is the revolution?
Esposito: Six months.
Fielding Mellish: Six months? I have a rented car!

Fielding Mellish: Doing a sociological study on perversion. I'm up to Advanced Child Molesting.

Nancy: May I ask... what do you do?
Fielding Mellish: I'm a products tester for a large corporation. I make sure products are safe and practical. Today I tested an exercise machine, and an electrically warm toilet seat for cold days.

Fielding Mellish: I love Eastern philosophy. It's... it's metaphysical, and redundant. Abortively pedantic.
Nancy: I know just what you mean!

Fielding Mellish: That's very wise, you know...? That's, I think, pithy.
Nancy: It was pithy. It had... great pith.
Fielding Mellish: Yeth. Pith.

Fielding Mellish: You don't have hostility to the male sex, do you?
Nancy: Oh, Women's Rights do not automatically mean castration.
[Fielding reacts with great pain, doubling over]
Fielding Mellish: Oooh, don't say that word! Now I've got to walk around like this for two days!
Nancy: Oh, I know! You know, I'm the same way on that word "appendicitis". Ooh.
Fielding Mellish: Oooh, but "castration"...!
Nancy: "Castration", "appendicitis", either one!

Fielding Mellish: I love you, I love you.
Nancy: Oh, say it in French! Oh, please, say it in French!
Fielding Mellish: I don't know French.
Nancy: Oh, please... please!
Fielding Mellish: What about Hebrew?
Nancy: [disappointed] Oh.

Fielding Mellish: I had a good relationship with my parents. They very rarely h-... I think they hit me once, actually, in my whole childhood. They, they, uh, started beating me on the 23rd of December in 1942, and stopped beating me in the late Spring of '44.

[Fielding is talking to a psychiatrist]
Fielding Mellish: I was a nervous child - I was a bed wetter. When I was younger, I, uh, I used to sleep with an electric blanket and I was constantly electrocuting myself...

Nancy: I have to tell you something, and I don't know how to break it. Oh, Fielding...
Fielding Mellish: Why? Is something the matter? Am I... am I... Have you seen X-rays of me?

Nancy: I want to go and work with pygmies in Africa... and I want to work with lepers in a leper colony. I don't think that you...
Fielding Mellish: I'm willing to... No, that's perfectly OK. I love leprosy! If that's what you're asking me... I'm perfectly willing to... I like leprosy, I like cholera. I like all the major skin diseases.

Nancy: You're immature, Fielding.
Fielding Mellish: [whining] How am I immature?
Nancy: Well, emotionally, sexually, and intellectually.
Fielding Mellish: Yeah, but what other ways?

Fielding Mellish: Jesus, life is so cruel!
[Fielding slams the locker door on his friend's fingers, who doubles over in pain]
Fielding Mellish: See what I mean?

Fielding Mellish: We fell in love. I fell in love - she just stood there.

Fielding Mellish: I move for a mistrial! Do you realize there's not a single homosexual on that jury?
Judge: Yes there is.
Fielding Mellish: Oh, really, which one? Is it the big guy at the end?

Esposito: From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish. Silence! In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now... 16 years old!
Fielding Mellish: What's the Spanish word for straitjacket?

Fielding Mellish: I'm not suited to this job. Where do I come off testing products? Machines hate me. I should be working at a job that I have some kinda aptitude for, like donating sperm to an artificial insemination lab.

Esposito: You have a chance to die for freedom.
Fielding Mellish: Yes, well, freedom is wonderful. On the other hand, if you're dead, it's a tremendous drawback to your sex life.

Fielding Mellish: [nervously speaking at a fundraiser dinner, while posing as the San Marcos president] Although the United States is a very rich country, and San Marcos is a very poor one, there are a great many things we have to offer your country in return for aid. For instance, there... there are locusts. We have more locusts. There are locusts of all races and creeds. These, these locusts, incidentally, are available at popular prices. And so, by the way, are most of the women of San Marcos. Now then, despite the tiny size of our nation, few people realize that we lead the world in hernias. They also fail to realize that before Columbus discovered your country, he... he stopped in San Marcos and contracted a disease which today can be cured with one shot of penicillin.

Nancy: Can... can you, like, define the meaning of love?
Fielding Mellish: What do you... define... it's love! I love you! I... I want you in a way of cherishing your... your... your totality and your otherness, and... and in the sense of a presence, and a being, and a whole coming and a going in a room with grapefruit, and... and love of a thing of nature in a sense of not wanting or being jealous of the thing that a person possesses.
Nancy: Do you have any gum?

Fielding Mellish: Can you believe that? She says I'm not leader enough for her. Who was she looking for... Hitler?

[Fielding is eating with the rebels at their camp]
Fielding Mellish: What the hell is this stuff anyhow?
Rebel Soldier: Leezard.

Fielding Mellish: Nancy... you, think there's any possibility that maybe the two of us could get married?
Fielding Mellish: I mean, if you're gonna fool around with women's lib, you're gonna need somebody to support you.

Fielding Mellish: [At a fundraising dinner] I am reminded tonight of the farmer who had an incestuous relationship with both his daughters simultaneously.

Witness: I'm sorry to disappoint you, but I've known Fielding Mellish for years and he's a warm, wonderful human being.
Fielding Mellish: Uh, would the clerk read that statement back please?
Court Clerk: "I've known Fielding Mellish for years and he's a rotten, conniving, dishonest little rat."
Fielding Mellish: Ok, I just wanted to make sure you were getting it.
Judge: You're out of order!

Fielding Mellish: I'm so depressed... I'd kill myself if I thought that she would marry me!

Fielding Mellish: [getting off the plane in the USA disguised as the President of San Marcos]
The interpreter: [in English] I am Mr. Hernandez, the official interpreter!
Senator: Welcome to the United States.
The interpreter: [in English to Fielding] "Welcome to the United States."
Fielding Mellish: [in English] Thank you!
The interpreter: [to the Senator] "Thank you!"
Senator: Did you have a good flight?
The interpreter: [in English to Fielding] "Did you have a good flight?"
Fielding Mellish: [in English] Yes, I did!
The interpreter: [in English to the Senator] "Yes, I did!"
Senator: Well, we hope your stay in our country...
The interpreter: [English, to Fielding] "We hope your stay in our country..."
Senator: ...will be delightful!
The interpreter: [in English] "... will be delightful!"
Fielding Mellish: [in English] I am looking forward to it...
The interpreter: [to the Senator] "I am looking forward to it..."
Fielding Mellish: Ah, with great anticipation!
The interpreter: [to the Senator] "With great anticipation!"
The interpreter: [Two men in orderly uniforms and butterfly nets appear and attempt to drag the interpreter away]

Rebel Leader: Remember, with a snake bite, you must SUCK the poison out, remember - you SUCK it out...
Fielding Mellish: I cannot, I cannot suck anyone who I am not engaged to...
Snake Bite Lady: [running topless clasping her breast] Snake bite, Snake bite! I've been bitten by a snake!
[all rebels chase her]

Fielding Mellish: I've read Kierkegaard.
Nancy: Oh, well, he's Danish.
Fielding Mellish: Yes... he would be the first to admit it.