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Cliff Buxton (Character)
from The Dish (2000)

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The Dish (2000)
Cliff Buxton: Do you know what I thought when this first came up?
Glenn Latham: What, your pipe?
Cliff Buxton: No. The moon mission.
Glenn Latham: You beauty?
Cliff Buxton: I thought, imagine stuffing that up. Isn't that odd?
Glenn Latham: What?
Cliff Buxton: Well, that I was more scared than excited.
Glenn Latham: I don't think that's odd. I feel like that all the time.

Mayor Bob McIntyre: You've just got to tell them.
Cliff Buxton: That we lost Apollo 11?
Mayor Bob McIntyre: Well, I wouldn't say that first.
Cliff Buxton: What would you say first?
Mayor Bob McIntyre: How about "hey, you'll never guess what happened... "

Cliff Buxton: This is science's chance to be daring.

Cliff Buxton: My wife said something. She said, "Failure is never quite so frightening as regret".
Glenn Latham: Oh, that's good advice.
Cliff Buxton: Pretty good.
Glenn Latham: I wish somebody'd tell me that.

Cliff Buxton: Glenn, come here.
Glenn Latham: What?
Al Burnett: Every coordinate in this book has been changed.
Glenn Latham: Yeah... I changed them.
Al Burnett: You what?
Glenn Latham: I changed them.
Al Burnett: Why?
Glenn Latham: Because they were wrong.
Al Burnett: Why were they wrong?
Glenn Latham: Dunno.
Cliff Buxton: No, what about them was wrong?
Glenn Latham: Oh! Well, the figures NASA gave us were for the northern hemisphere... and we're in the southern hemisphere? I can change them back but then you'd be pointing in the wrong d...
Cliff Buxton: Glenn, it might be a good idea for you to tell us these things.
Glenn Latham: Oh, sure, I just didn't wanna worry you... Cuppa tea, Al?

Mayor Bob McIntyre: You remember that night at my place? Trying to sort out the contract with that fella from NASA? 'What about this? What about that?' Two hours, and you finally speak. 'Gentlemen, this should be the contract. We agree to support the Apollo 11 mission.' That was it - one sentence. They couldn't believe it. It was a wonderful moment.
Cliff Buxton: But this isn't.
Mayor Bob McIntyre: No, this is a shithouse moment.

Cliff Buxton: We stuffed?
Glenn Latham: Yep. We're stuffed.

[explaining to Janine how the prime receiving stations work]
Glenn Latham: Imagine the earth as a basketball.
Ross 'Mitch' Mitchell: This'll be good.
Glenn Latham: And on top of the basketball there's...
[to Mitch and Cliff]
Glenn Latham: What's the name of the thing you put the pump into?
Ross 'Mitch' Mitchell: A hole.
Glenn Latham: Yeah but it's got a name.
[Mitch shrugs his shoulders]
Glenn Latham: The valve! Imagine on top there's a valve, and on the bottom there's another valve and...
Ross 'Mitch' Mitchell: You know, basketballs only have one valve, Glenn.
Ross 'Mitch' Mitchell: Well, what's something that has two valves?
Ross 'Mitch' Mitchell: Tuba?
Glenn Latham: It's gotta be round.
Ross 'Mitch' Mitchell: Tamborine?
Glenn Latham: That doesn't have valves!
Ross 'Mitch' Mitchell: Coconut!
Cliff Buxton: Mitch!

[first lines]
Worker: Excuse me sir, I'm afraid you've come in the wrong way.
Cliff Buxton: I'm sorry...
Worker: Yeah, this is the old entrance. The visitors center is back out and around to the left.
Cliff Buxton: Right well, I'll wander out then.
Worker: Well worth it. Some amazing times.