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: That Ted Forrester's nice-looking, isn't he? Veda likes him. Monte
: Who wouldn't? He has a million dollars.
: Oh, I wish I could get that interested in work. Ida
: You were probably frightened by a callus at an early age!
: Drink? Mildred
: You drink too much. Monte
: I know, I do too much of everything. I'm spoiled. Mildred
: You've too many sisters... They all seem to be my size too. Monte
: I know, I like them your size.
: To brotherly love.
: We weren't expecting you Mildred, obviously. Veda
: It's just as well you know. I'm glad you know. Mildred
: How long has this been going on?
: That's what I like about you, Ida. You're so delightfully provincial. Ida
] And I like you, too.
: Don't look now, Junior, but you're standing under a brick wall. Monte
: I don't get it. Ida
: You will - when it falls on you.
: In the Beragon family, there is an old Spanish proverb: One man's poison is another man's meat.
: Does it make a difference what she thinks? Or what she pays for? Monty Beragon
: You thought you held the strings on everybody, didn't you? You thought you could come around and dress me up and use me as bait to lure your famous daughter back to the teat! Mildred Pierce
: No. Monty Beragon
: But it was live bait, Mildred. It was live bait! And guess what? This time the quarry and the bait fell in love! No kidding! And for the first time in your life, there's nothing, you hear me, nothing you can do about it! Veda Pierce
: Darling, please. All this screaming. Get dressed now and we'll clear out.
: Sit down a minute and take a lesson in interior decorating. Mildred Pierce
: Love lessons in decorating. Monty Beragon
: Do you know the best room I was ever in? Mildred Pierce
: No, tell me. Monty Beragon
: That den of yours, or Bert's rather, over in Glendale. Everything in that room meant something to that guy. Those banquets, those foolish looking blueprints of houses that'll never be built. They do things to you because it's all part of him and that's why the room is good. And do you know the worst room I was ever in? Mildred Pierce
: Go on. I'm learning. Monty Beragon
: It's that living room of yours in the same house. Not one thing in it, until that piano came, ever meant a thing to you - or anybody else. You see, a home isn't meant to be a museum filled with Picasso paintings or oriental rugs like this place used to be. It's meant to be furnished with things that actually matter. Let's have this place the way we want it. And if you don't like the "pie wagon" corner, I do.
: I get it. You want the "I love you." scene. Mildred Pierce
: I want you to go. Monty Beragon
: Oh, we're talking about words. I'm not a poet. I... I say something my own way and wham, you go moral on me. It's a pure question of communication, and... Mildred Pierce
: That's a lie! Monty Beragon
: If you don't... Mildred Pierce
: All I've ever been to you is a piece of tail. You're ashamed of me! It's no surprise. I've known it all along! Why don't you just admit it, Monty? You look down on me because I work!