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Liam Devlin (Character)
from The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

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The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
Liam Devlin: You think I'd sell out.
Col. Max Radl: It's just that you've been so expensive to buy in the first place.

[Seen fighting in a churchyard, speaks as he fights]
Liam Devlin: It's all right, Father, I'm just telling him about the Holy Trinity. You know it? Footwork, timing, and hitting! And a little bit of dirty work. Learn these, my uncle'd say, and you'll inherit the Earth as surely as the meek.

[Devlin has just provided Steiner with a much-needed resource]
Colonel Kurt Steiner: Mr. Devlin, you are an extraordinary man.
Liam Devlin: Col. Steiner, you're an extraordinary judge of character.

Colonel Kurt Steiner: You are going to jump in those clothes?
Liam Devlin: It might look a bit silly going down Mr. Steiner, but i'll be hell of a lot safer when i land on the ground. There is an old poem i know, which freely translated from the Irish says; i realized fear one morning, when the blare of the fox-hunters sound. When they are all chasing after the poor bloody fox, it's safer to be dressed like a hound.
Col. Max Radl: You're quite a literary man, Devlin.
Liam Devlin: The truth be known, Colonel, I'm a bloody literary genius.

Molly Prior: I'm sure you could find a hundred things wrong with me, Mr. Devlin. A thousand. But you wouldn't throw me out of your bed on a wet saturday night i'm sure. That's men for you! Anything is better than nothing.
Liam Devlin: Wait a minute, come here!
Liam Devlin: You don't know the first thing about me. Because if you did you'd know that i much prefer a warm afternoon under the pines to a wet Saturday night any day. And the sand has a terrible way of getting where it shouldn't be.

[last lines]
Liam Devlin: [Molly reading letter from Liam. The letter is read in Liam's voice] Molly, my love... as a great man once said, I have suffered to see change and yet nothing can ever be the same again. I came here to Norfolk to do a job... not to fall in love. By now you'll know the worst of me. Try not to think it. To leave you... is punishment enough. But it will not end here. For as they say in Ireland, we have known the days. Liam.

Liam Devlin: Give me another one of those Bolshevik firecrackers. I think I fell asleep in the snow!

[seeing the german paratroopers in the air]
Liam Devlin: Mother of God... Flying pigs!

Liam Devlin: [to the pilot] How do I jump out of this thing?
Pilot: Undo your safety belt. I turn the aircraft upside down, you drop out.
Liam Devlin: [turning to Steiner] Has it occurred to you that piece of paper you keep waving about could just be a clever forgery?
Colonel Kurt Steiner: Why don't you fly to Berchestgarden and ask him yourself?
Liam Devlin: Oh, let's not bother the man!

Liam Devlin: The only time this plan makes any sense to me is when I'm drunk.

Liam Devlin: [after using a whistle to subdue a gauard dog at the airfield] A little trick I learnt from an uncle I've got in Belfast.
Colonel Kurt Steiner: In the Middle Ages, they'd have burned you for that!

Col. Max Radl: [Handing Devlin an envelope] Your complete instructions
Liam Devlin: What - all of it?
[Holds the envelope to his ear and crinkles it]
Liam Devlin: No cyanide pill?
Col. Max Radl: I couldn't conceive of a situation which would require you to take one!