Dr. Anton Phibes
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Dr. Anton Phibes (Character)
from The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

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Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
Biederbeck: What kind of fiend are you?
Phibes: The kind that wins, my friend.

Dr. Phibes: I am protecting you, Victoria, from those who would discover us. I shall eliminate them all, one by one, my love. Yes, even Beiderbeck himself, if need be.

Dr. Phibes: Dear girl, man the machine.

Dr. Phibes: The devil take me? Not for some considerable time, I trust.

Dr. Phibes: I too have searched, Beiderbeck, but not for myself. For my Victoria. I offer you the same goal, the life of your beloved. But hurry. When the bough breaks, my friend...
Biederbeck: It could be a trick. Why should I trust you of all people?
Dr. Phibes: Not me. The ancient artisans who built these chambers. When the gates are unlocked, the water from Diana's pool will drain out and she will be free. Save her! Don't be a fool. Soon it will be too late.
Biederbeck: For whom?
Dr. Phibes: For us all, especially Diana. Every second brings her closer to a terrible death. Can you pay that price, Beiderbeck? The key!
Biederbeck: The devil take you, Phibes.

Dr. Phibes: I call on you once more, Vulnavia, come my trusted aide.
[Vulnavia appears]
Dr. Phibes: Thank you, my dear, for answering my call. Upstairs, in my safe, is a most precious map of papyrus. The way to a pharaoh's tomb! Beneath which flows, each two thousand years, the River of Life. We must make haste and find the river at its flood

Dr. Anton Phibes: Go, Vulnavia. Your work is complete, come and join us on the other side.

[last lines]
Phibes: [singing] Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly / Birds fly over the rainbow, why, oh, why can't I?

Dr. Phibes: Sleep on, my sweet Victoria, for regal claws of noble birds guard well your place of rest. For those poor fools that dare intrude, the penalty is death.

Dr. Phibes: It is a pity in a way. We have so much in common.
Biederbeck: You flatter yourself.
Dr. Phibes: I think not. For years I have had one terrible obsession - to find the river of life once used by the pharaohs of Egypt. It lies beyond those gates, a river that gives new life, again and again and again.
Biederbeck: Why do you think I came here?
Dr. Phibes: You have all the life you need.
Biederbeck: No more, Phibes. The elixir that gave my life for a hundred years is gone. It has suspended time and age, but no more.
Dr. Phibes: How long? How many years?
Biederbeck: Too long to remember. Too long to throw it all away now!

Dr. Anton Phibes: [quoting Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"] If music be the food of love, play on!

Phibes: Those devils! To take from me the two treasures of my life! I shall get them back; he who tries to stop me will die!

Biederbeck: Phibes!
Dr. Phibes: So, at last we meet, Beiderbeck.
Biederbeck: Where's Diana?
Dr. Phibes: Waiting, as we all must wait.

Dr. Phibes: Oh, what happy times of years ago I think of, Victoria. It won't be long now. Soon you will be moving, breathing. Thy in my arms again and I in yours.

Dr. Phibes: So once more I have been forced to kill for you, Victoria. Only that you may live again, my noble wife.

Dr. Phibes: No force in all the world can stop us now!

Biederbeck: So that's it. The key.
Dr. Anton Phibes: My key.
Biederbeck: No. For years I've searched. The temple of Abiskis, the river of life. It's mine, Phibes.
Dr. Anton Phibes: Then your beloved will die. For only the key will save her now.
Biederbeck: You lie. The key controls the gates, nothing more.
Dr. Anton Phibes: The key controls the gates and much more: the life of your Diana. And you have only three minutes to use it. Now, save your Diana.

Phibes: Observe, my sweet Victoria. The waters are receding, as the final revelation is before us. The gates to eternity.
[he looks up]
Phibes: Go, Vulnavia, and let our victim know the full measure of our wrath!

Dr. Phibes: Victoria, for three years I have rested by your side. Now the moon has risen to the exact position which last occurred two thousand years ago, signaling the opening of this crypt, and the beginning of our greatest adventure. We shall embark to the land of Egypt, where years ago I did prepare for us a wondrous shrine. I shall search for the river of life, which holds the key to resurrection for you and eternal life for both of us.

Dr. Anton Phibes: Here where mystic lines converge, we shall find the door way which seperates the living from the dead!

Dr. Phibes: No! While I slept in sweet oblivion, who dared destroy my house? The safe. Could it still be here?
[he checks and finds it is empty]
Dr. Phibes: What fiend has taken it? Only one who seeks eternal life as I do... Beiderbeck!

Dr. Anton Phibes: You cannot threaten the dead with death, my friend. Only with life, eternal life!

Phibes: [to his pet hawk who's feeding off Shavers' corpse] Did you have a good dinner?
[hawk squawks in reply]


The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Dr. Phibes: [from the poster] Love means never having to say you're ugly.

Dr. Vesalius: Your wife, no, Phibes, but *you* I *will* kill!
Dr. Phibes: But you can't, Doctor: I-AM-AL-REA-DY... DEAD. Your son needs you.

Dr. Phibes: [to Vesalius, after Phibes has kidnapped Lem] Nine killed her; nine shall die! Eight have died, soon to be nine! Nine eternities in doom! The organ plays till midnight! The large house in Maldene Square. Come alone!

Dr. Phibes: I will have killed nine times in my life, Dr. Vesalius; how many murders can be attributed to you?
Dr. Vesalius: None, for I did not kill your wife!
Dr. Phibes: No?
Dr. Vesalius: I tried to save her...
Dr. Phibes: With a knife in your hands? Doctor, I have no faith in your profession! I was told, after my crash that I would never speak again. The doctors were, of course, wrong, for as you see and can hear, I have used my knowledge of music and acoustics to re-create my voice!
Dr. Vesalius: You don't need to remind me of your ingenuity, Dr. Phibes... WHERE IS MY SON?

Dr. Vesalius: For God's sake!
Dr. Anton Phibes: Don't cry upon God, Dr. Vesalius. He is on my side! He led me, showed me the way in my quest for vengeance.

Dr. Anton Phibes: Where can we find two better hemispheres, without sharp north, without declining west? My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears, and true plain hearts do in thee faces rest. Within twenty-four hours, my work will be finished, and then, my precious jewel, I will join you in your setting. We shall be reunited forever in a secluded corner of the great elysian field of the beautiful beyond!

Dr. Anton Phibes: Perhaps your hands will shake and he, too, will die under your knife. A few remaining minutes are all you have. Because when the acid reaches him, he will have a face like mine!

Dr. Phibes: Vulnavia, my work is almost complete. Go and destroy all that I have created.

Dr. Phibes: You will see your son, under conditions that may bring back memories to you, Doctor. You need not be alarmed, he's already been anaesthetized.

Dr. Phibes: My love, sweet Queen and noble wife. I alone remain to bring delivery of your pain. Severed my darling, too quickly from this life. Of fires drawn and memories met, I shall hold our two hearts again in single time. Nine killed you. Nine shall die. Nine times, nine! Nine killed you! Nine shall die! Nine eternities in DOOM!

Dr. Anton Phibes: A few remaining minutes are all you have because when the acid reaches him he will have a face like mine!

Dr. Phibes: [from trailer] What lovely music for a murder... or two... or three... or nine.

Dr. Phibes: [from trailer] Ladies and gentlemen, I want you to meet a dear friend.

Dr. Phibes: [from trailer] Are you ready for Dr. Phibes? Hmm?

Dr. Phibes: [from trailer] Dr. Phibes who samples the finer things in life in his own imitable way and experiments with fascinating instruments of death.

Dr. Phibes: Work faster, Doctor! The acid is descending! My wife existed only six minutes on the operating table, and then she was dead. You murdered her...
Dr. Vesalius: No!
Dr. Phibes: *MURDERED HER*... But *he* will have what *she* did not: a second chance!

Dr. Phibes: My love, my sweet Queen, my noble wife. Severed, too quickly, too cruelly from this life. I remain and suffer to bring delivery of your pain. Of fires drawn and memories met, soon we shall hold our two precious hearts in single time.