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Captain Nemo (Character)
from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
Captain Nemo: I am not what is called a civilized man, Professor. I have done with society for reasons that seem good to me. Therefore, I do not obey its laws.

Captain Nemo: The natives over there are cannibals. They eat liars with the same enthusiasm as they eat honest men.

Captain Nemo: Think of it. On the surface there is hunger and fear. Men still exercise unjust laws. They fight, tear one another to pieces. A mere few feet beneath the waves their reign ceases, their evil drowns. Here on the ocean floor is the only independence. Here I am free! Imagine what would happen if they controlled machines such as this submarine boat. Far better that they think there's a monster and hunt me with harpoons.

Captain Nemo: [Noticing that Ned is eating with his knife] There's a fork on your left, Mr. Land. Or aren't you accustomed to utensils?
Ned Land: Oh, I'm indifferent to 'em.

Captain Nemo: Eat your pudding, Mr. Land.
Ned Land: I ain't sure it's puddin'.

Captain Nemo: Accept one of these cigars, professor.
Professor Pierre Aronnax, narrator: Thank you.
[He lights it]
Professor Pierre Aronnax, narrator: Delightful smoke. Different somehow. Havana?
Captain Nemo: Seaweed.

Captain Nemo: Ah, we're almost at the island of Crespo. All this was once an island. Although it is now sunk, it is nevertheless fertile. We do our hunting and farming here.
Professor Pierre Aronnax, narrator: Underwater?
Captain Nemo: The sea supplies all my wants.

[Observing the slave island]
Professor Pierre Aronnax, narrator: What is in those sacks they are carrying?
Captain Nemo: Nitrates and phosphate for ammunition. The seeds of war. They're loading a full cargo of death. And when that ship takes it home the world will die a little more. I was once one of those pitiful wretches you see down there. Look at it again, professor, I don't want you to forget what you've seen here today.
Professor Pierre Aronnax, narrator: I've seen enough.
Captain Nemo: It's burned everlastingly in my memory.

Captain Nemo: Do you know the meaning of love, professor?
Professor Pierre Aronnax, narrator: I believe I do.
Captain Nemo: What you fail to understand is the power of hate. It can fill the heart as surely as love can.
Professor Pierre Aronnax, narrator: I'm sorry for you. That's a bitter substitute.

Captain Nemo: Would you care to come along, Professor?
Professor Pierre Aronnax, narrator: No, thank you. The last time I went ashore it was a prelude to murder.

Captain Nemo: ...there is hope for the future. When the world is ready for a new and better life, all this will someday come to pass, in God's good time.

[Ned cautiously samples his "pudding"]
Ned Land: What is it?
Captain Nemo: It's my own recipe: sauté of unborn octopus.

Captain Nemo: I asked you to leave, Professor.
Prof. Pierre Arronax: You also asked me ashore, to show me man's inhumanity to man. Why? To justify this? You are not only a murderer, you are a hypocrite! The proof lies out there!
Captain Nemo: [anguished] YOU CALL THAT MURDER? Well, I see murder, too, not written on those drowned faces out there, but on the faces of dead thousands! They are the assassins, the dealers in death; I am the avenger!

Conseil: Cannibals! Hundreds of cannibals! Captain, Captain, scores of boats!
Ned Land: Captain, we're under attack!
Captain Nemo: Naturally, since you invaded their privacy, they have every right to invade ours.

Captain Nemo: Mr. Land, you saved my life. Why?
Ned Land: That's a good question. Well, there's only one thing a fella can do when he's made a mistake as big as this.
Conseil: What?
Ned Land: Get drunk!

Captain Nemo: You have a great deal to learn, Professor. Your book is brilliant... but it lacks scope. You have carried your work as far as terrestrial science permits. But the REAL story of the ocean depths begins where *you* left off. Wonders... that defy my powers of description... the secrets that are mine alone. Which I am willing to share with you.
Professor Pierre Aronnax, narrator: At the cost of my friends' lives?
Captain Nemo: I'm sorry... but you'll have to choose between them and me.
Professor Pierre Aronnax, narrator: I cannot accept.
Captain Nemo, Professor Pierre Aronnax, narrator: Professor, I regret your choice.
[to first mate]
Captain Nemo, Professor Pierre Aronnax, narrator: Take him up. Secure for sea.


The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Allan Quartermain: Well, we were the faster, but now we're the tortoise to his hare.
Dr. Henry Jekyll: So, we're done?
Tom Sawyer: No, we're alive. If M has any idea to the contrary, that gives us an edge.
Captain Nemo: The sea is vast, he could be anywhere.
Tom Sawyer: Yeah, well, I'm an optimist, now maybe that's a crime to you twisted so-and-so's but it keeps me from going crazy.
Mina Harker: Your optimism's out of place.
Tom Sawyer: You're wrong! Because we'll get out, man... at least, I will. That other agent I told you about... was my childhood friend. We were agents together until the Fantom shot him dead. Now you can be done, but I am not. I will avenge his death.
Dr. Henry Jekyll: It's not about any one of us, Tom, it's bigger than that.
Tom Sawyer: Yes, it is, Jekyll! The fate for the world is in our hands... the world! So M tricked you, he brought you all together and you walked straight into his trap. But the way that I see it, that's the part he did wrong... He brought you together.
Dr. Henry Jekyll: He has a point.
Allan Quartermain: And the boy becomes a man... perhaps a leader of men.
Mina Harker: And Women.

[Mina jumps and gasps like something just grabbed her behind]
Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man): I've been waiting all week to do that.
Allan Quatermain: Get a grip, man.
Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man): Well, I thought I just did.
[Mina slaps him]
Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man): Oooh, Mina...
Captain Nemo: Report.
Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man): Well, hello to you, too. And need I remind you, I am naked in the snow. I can't feel any of my extremities. And I mean... any of them.

[Clanging metal sounds from inside Nautilus]
Tom Sawyer: What is it?
Captain Nemo: The sound of treachery.

Captain Nemo: Contain your evil, Doctor. I'll not have the brute free upon my ship. Must I take drastic steps?
Dr. Henry Jekyll: I am in control.
Captain Nemo: I very much doubt it.
Dr. Henry Jekyll: Your talk is all well and good, sir... but your own past is far from laudable.

Allan Quatermain: I may have been overly rude earlier... when I called you a pirate.
Captain Nemo: And I may have been overly charitable... when I said I wasn't. But I try to live in the now... where the ghosts of old wrongs do not abide.

Captain Nemo: We have trouble.
Mr. Hyde: Trouble? I call it sport.

Captain Nemo: [Seeing the Dante-Beast] What is that thing?
Mr. Hyde: It's me on a bad day.

Captain Nemo: This is my first mate.
Ishmael: Call me Ishmael, please.

Marksman #1: Draw your pistol.
Captain Nemo: I walk a different path.
[Draws his sword and attacks, successfully]

Captain Nemo: You underestimate the Nautilus. You underestimate her greatly.

Rodney Skinner (the Invisible Man): Oh, scotch anyone?
Dorian Gray: Help yourself.
Mina Harker: Don't let it ruin your makeup.
Captain Nemo: I'm impressed, Mr. Gray. You take Skinner's uniqueness in your stride.
Dorian Gray: Well, I've seen too much in my life to shock easily.

Captain Nemo: Behold Nautilus; the Sword of the Ocean. Next stop Paris.

Allan Quartermain: [after the exploration pod has been stolen] We can track it.
Captain Nemo: Track it? I intend to catch it!

Captain Nemo: [after Mina has killed marksman] Extraordinary!

Ishmael: Shall I wait, Captain?
Captain Nemo: No, bring my lady to me.

Allan Quartermain: The Phantom is M. And the hunt is still on.
Dr. Henry Jekyll: What are you talking about?
Allan Quartermain: The Phantom is M. The same man who recruited us.
Dr. Henry Jekyll: [trying to examine Allan's wound] Let me see that.
[he is shrugged off]
Captain Nemo: But how?
Allan Quartermain: We'll get our answers. Where are the others?
Mina Harker: [entering] Dorian's missing in action. And Mr. Skinner must have fled when he realized we knew.
Allan Quartermain: [concerned] Sawyer?
Tom Sawyer: [entering with a bloody lip] He'll live to fight another day.
Mina Harker: [advances towards Tom, he draws back] Don't worry, I've had my fill of throats for this evening.


"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1997)
Captain Nemo: The sea covers seven tenths of the Earth. Its breadth is pure, and wholesome. It is an immense world, pulsating with every form of life. Here there are no despots. On the surface, men still exercise their endless laws, fight and indulge in all their bloody earthly horrors, but below the surface their power ceases... their dominion vanishes. To live, gentlemen, in the embrace of the sea... only here is there independence... here, I recognize no master... here, I am free.

Captain Nemo: The surface... I never thought I'd want to see it so badly.

Captain Nemo: No-one will ever use the Nautilus as an instrument of conquest... no-one.

Ned Land: [suspicious that the dinner laid out before them is poisoned] I'd feel better if I saw you eating some of it first.
Captain Nemo: I promise you... that if I wanted to kill you, I would resort to more direct means.


Mysterious Island (1961)
Captain Nemo: [to Spilitt] You supply the ink. The soldiers supply the blood.

Captain Nemo: What I did was in the name of peace. Your war, like all wars, glories in devastation and death.
Captain Cyrus Harding: Well, my war will set men free.

Captain Nemo: Now Captain Harding, aren't you ready to dance with the devil now?
Captain Cyrus Harding: Show me the pumps and the power to raise that ship, and then you'll have seven new waltz partners.


The Amazing Captain Nemo (1978) (TV)
Captain Nemo: [the villains have over-ridden Nautilus's guidance system] Someone has taken control of my nuclear submarine!


30,000 Leagues Under the Sea (2007) (V)
Lieutenant Aronnaux: You control these things?
Captain Nemo: I control a lot of things.


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1997) (TV)
Captain Nemo: I've always dreamed of finding a woman with a first-rate mind. Someone who can understand me.