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: I don't see playing politics with the truth.
: That's murder they're talking about in there. And if they condone it, how are you gonna turn around and tell these guys why they're locked up?
Richard 'Dickie' Coombes
: What you gon' do about Abraham? Henry Brubaker
: I've got Purcell filling out forms in triplicate, and I'm going to get him released just as soon as I- Richard 'Dickie' Coombes
: Now why do you wanna go and do that? Henry Brubaker
: Do what? Richard 'Dickie' Coombes
: Look, why don't you just leave him be. I mean, all he knows is this place. Henry Brubaker
: You - You knew that he had been in here as long as he'd been in here. Richard 'Dickie' Coombes
: Just leave him alone. He's not- He's not botherin' nobody here. Henry Brubaker
: Hey... You can't hide in prison forever, Coombes.
: Hey. Can we talk? Walter
: Who the fuck are you? I want the man! Henry Brubaker
: I am. I am the man. I'm the new warden here. My name's Henry Brubaker. Walter
: [throws Bullen and advances on Brubaker
] Man, don't be fucking with my head. 'New warden' my ass! Henry Brubaker
: It's true - I swear it. Walter
: Then how come you look like a scumbag? Henry Brubaker
: 'Cause I'm fooling those guys out there.
: Mess with me now; you're gonna regret it later. Richard 'Dickie' Coombes
: We don't work this thing out fast, mister, you're not gonna be around later. Henry Brubaker
: Do you want ID? Richard 'Dickie' Coombes
: Listen, man. All I have to do is raise my right hand and that tower guard's gonna blow you out. Henry Brubaker
: ...or you can continue walking with me, like the smart escort I figure you to be.
Larry Lee Bullen
: I got picked up for vagrancy - a misdemeanor. Next morning, the toilet's broke clean off the damn wall. There's six men in the cell, and they stick me with destruction of city property over $50. Felony number three. Henry Brubaker
: Habitual. That judge gives you life for a toilet. Larry Lee Bullen
: Yeah, or give me the toilet for life. Same difference. Anyhow; here I am shoveling shit for dead men. Henry Brubaker
: Instead, how'd you like to be a trustee, and run my motorpool? Larry Lee Bullen
: Mr. Brubaker, I've been studying you since you first come in. And it's come clear to me that you are one weird fucking individual. I ain't got you figgered out yet - whether you're a good thing or a bad one. Henry Brubaker
: Does that mean you'll run my motorpool? Larry Lee Bullen
] Wear them khakis? Get me a guitar? Be the warden's new boy? Henry Brubaker
: No, you're smarter than that. Larry Lee Bullen
: The whole world's fucked up, Mr. Brubaker. Ain't no use.
: Tower number 3 - who'm I looking at? He's looking at me. Richard 'Dickie' Coombes
: Up there, you got Douglass Mizell. Henry Brubaker
: Who the hell is Doug Mizell? Richard 'Dickie' Coombes
: He's a forger. Three times grand theft. Henry Brubaker
: I want a rundown on everybody that's got tower duty. I- Richard 'Dickie' Coombes
: I do believe that's Purcell's job, sir. Henry Brubaker
: I want only murderers up there; one-time impulse killers. Richard 'Dickie' Coombes
: Well, aren't you taking kind of a chance doing that? Aren't you? I mean, uh... Henry Brubaker
: No, it's the habituals you can't trust. Murderers - most of 'em - already have it out of their system. Guys like you, right? Richard 'Dickie' Coombes
] There's nobody around here like me.
: Let's just take a little bit off around the ears.
[hands barber $2
: Costs five to get you no haircut now, Zaranska. Two only gets you a crew-cut. Zaranska
: Fuck, I could use this on a bed. Barber
: It'll all come off then. Maybe an ear with it. Barber
] What's it be, my man? Henry Brubaker
: [hands barber $5
] Leave the ears.
: What happened? What happened to your eye? Abraham Cook
: Oh, got hit. Henry Brubaker
: With what? Abraham Cook
: With a baseball bat, a trace chain, and a rope with knots in it.
: I'm not in the construction business for my health. Henry Brubaker
: Or anybody else's, it seems.
Richard 'Dickie' Coombes
: Hey, Brubaker, you know something? That's the first time I've heard those guys laugh in fifteen years! Henry Brubaker
: It doesn't bother you, does it?
: Why don't we build them a roof that won't cave in on their heads? Huey Rauch
: That's enough. Henry Brubaker
: An insured roof, this time. Glenn Elwood
: What do you mean? Henry Brubaker
: The collapsed roof isn't covered at all - that's what I mean. But we DO have coverage for thrashing machines, balers, swathers, a tractor... Huey Rauch
: Sounds pretty sensible to me to have the things insured. I approved those policies personally. Henry Brubaker
: You did more than that: your company sold us the policies. The only trouble with it is: we don't have any of that equipment on our farm. It doesn't exist. Huey Rauch
: What you HAVE got Mr. Brubaker is a piss-poor attitude.
: You're not eating? Richard 'Dickie' Coombes
: I don't eat that shit you're eating. Henry Brubaker
: Do you know anything about nutrition? Richard 'Dickie' Coombes
: I know about hungry.
: What are you in for? Abraham Cook
: Manslaughter. Killed my baby brother with a rock. Henry Brubaker
: How long were you sentenced? Abraham Cook
: 35 years. Henry Brubaker
: [looks over Abraham's file
] How long have you been here? Abraham Cook
: You know the answer to that. Henry Brubaker
: Yeah, 38 years and six months.
: I want to know why you always think you can just walk out. Henry Brubaker
: Because that's murder they're talking about in there. And if I condone it, you can't turn around and tell these men why they're locked up. It's one standard for everyone, the way I see it. Lillian Gray
: And you can't see any options, no middle ground. Henry Brubaker
: No, I don't see playing politics with the truth, Lillian. Lillian Gray
: No way to compromise? Henry Brubaker
: Oh, on strategy, maybe... but not on principle. Lillian Gray
] But that's what I... goddamn it, I agree with you... Henry Brubaker
] No you don't. Not really.