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Max Payne (Character)
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Max Payne (2001) (VG)
Joey Finito: Ladies and gentlemen, it's the pain in the butt.
Virgillio Finito: Pain to the Max!
Max Payne: You're killing me. Did you make that up yourselves, or did you get some wino downstairs to come up with it? Don't answer that. A rhetorical question. I got something for the boss. Lupino around?
Joey Finito: That kinda depends who's askin' - a friend or a junk squad plant! But don't answer! It's one of them... ah... how'd you put it... rhetorical questions.
Virgillio Finito: Lupino ain't here, but he says "Bye!"

Max Payne: Vinnie Gognitti. Just the man I've been killing to see.
Vinnie Gognitti: Payne! Freakin' Fed! I knew from day one there was something screwy about you! What d'you think you're doing? You're a freakin' cop, you ain't got squat on us! You can't just come in here wavin' your piece like it meant something!
[Gognitti shoots at Max, Max dodges and fires back]
Vinnie Gognitti: Yeeaargh! Oh my God! Oh God! You shot me, aaaahh! You're dead Payne! What the hell are you waiting for, ya apes? Kill 'im! KILL 'IM!
Thugs: With pleasure, boss!
Max Payne: [Narrating] Gognitti bailed. I made like Chow Yun-Fat.

Max Payne: Collecting evidence had gotten old a few hundred bullets back. I was already so far past the point of no return I couldn't even remember what it looked like when I had passed it.

Max Payne: He was trying to buy more sand for his hour glass. I wasn't selling any.

Max Payne: When the darkness fell, New York City became something else, any old Sinatra song notwithstanding. Bad things happened in the night, on the streets of that other city. Noir York City.

Max Payne: [narrating] The cardinal rule in going after someone with an intention to kill was not to make it personal - which it almost always ended up being anyway. It did with me.

Max Payne: So what does B.B. stand for anyway, backstabbing bastard?

Max Payne: The shadows rushed me, bruised mug-shot faces hungry for revenge. They knew my weak points and closed in for the kill. The floor turned into a vortex of green blood. I fell.

Max Payne: Judging by the detonators, the crooks had brought enough explosives to send Lady Liberty into orbit.

Max Payne: [narrating] There was no glory in this. I hadn't asked for this crap. Trouble had come to me, in big dark swarms. The good and the just, they were like gold dust in this city. I had no illusions. I was not one of them. I was no hero. Just me and the gun, and the crook. My options had decreased to a singular course.

[opening narration]
Max Payne: They were all dead. The final gunshot was an exclamation mark on everything that had led to this point. I released my finger from the trigger, and it was over.

Max Payne: [narrating] They were all dead. The final gunshot was an exclamation mark to everything that had led to this point. I released my finger from the trigger. And then it was all over. The storm seemed to lose its frenzy. The ragged clouds gave way to the stars above.
NYPD Deputy Police Chief Jim Bravura: [over megaphone from helicopter] Max Payne, this is Deputy Chief Jim Bravura from the NYPD. We've got the building surrounded. Throw down your weapons and lie down with your hands behind your head!
Max Payne: [narrating] A bit closer to heaven.

Max Payne: [running into Mona Sax, Max's gun pointed] Lisa Punchinello?
Max Payne: [narrating] Lisa Punchinello was the Don's Wife
Mona Sax: [also packing heat] Mona Sax. Lisa's evil twin.
Max Payne: Your safety's off, Evil Twin. You could hurt somebody with that gun of yours.
Mona Sax: Lisa's the damsel in distress. I'm the professional. I'd blow you away without batting an eye.
Max Payne: Sure, and you can check out my credentials splattered all over this joint.

Max Payne: Where's Lupino?
Vinnie Gognitti: Screw you!
Max Payne: Bad start, Vinnie.
[punches him]
Vinnie Gognitti: Aaaaagggh! Police brutality!
Max Payne: I rate pretty high on that.
Vinnie Gognitti: Y-y-ya can't just hurt me in cold blood!
Max Payne: Uh-huh, just keep telling yourself that.

Max Payne: I don't know about angels, but it's fear that gives men wings.

Vinnie Gognitti: Book me, take me in, haul me to the freakin' jail, just don't hurt me!
Max Payne: Your rights will be read at your funeral.

Max Payne: One thing you can count on: You push a man too far, and sooner or later he'll start pushing back.

Max Payne: Turn around, walk away, blow town. That would have been the smart thing to do. I guess I wasn't that smart.

Max Payne: No Payne, No Gain.

Max Payne: You play, you pay, you bastard.

Nicole Horne: [On the P.A] It will be a cold day in Hell before I let a Narc Cop stop me. Ms. Sax, do your job.
Mona Sax: Relax, Max. You're a nice guy. I don't kill nice guys.
Max Payne: You're not bad yourself.

Max Payne: [narration] She was a nice girl, not really a stone-cold killer, and now she was stone-cold dead.

Max Payne: So much for being subtle.

Frankie Niagara: Pleased to meet ya. I'm Frankie "the Bat" Niagara.
Max Payne: "Niagara," as in you cry a lot?
Max Payne: [narrating] He had a baseball bat and I was tied to a chair. Pissing him off was the smart thing to do.

DEA Agent Alex Balder: Hold it... Max! Jesus, you almost gave me a heart attack! I nearly shot you!
Max Payne: Alex... am I glad to see you.
DEA Agent Alex Balder: What the hell's going on? There are more corpses here than at the City Morgue!
Max Payne: It's an armed robbery. A tunnel job straight through the Roscoe Bank vault through the old station wall. Is this why - ?
DEA Agent Alex Balder: This is Lupino's gig? This is Lupino's doing? Lupino's men? Really?
Max Payne: You sure know how to pick a place. Can you get through?
DEA Agent Alex Balder: No, it's locked. We've gotta get outta here. If it's Lupino, it's - !
[Alex is shot down by an unknown gunman who proceeds to vanish into the night]
Max Payne: Alex? Alex!
Max Payne: [narrating] There was nothing I could do. He was dead. I could tell by the empty accusing stare of his eyes.

Max Payne: [narrating] Lupino thought he could get to us by taking out Alex and leaving me to take the fall for it. All he had gotten was my attention.

Max Payne: Up on that rooftop I was a Ninja, my Kung Fu was strong. I wasn't kidding anybody. At best I was Superman on kryponite, about to fall into where it all went down.

Vinnie Gognitti: You - you can't just kill me in cold blood!
Max Payne: You just keep telling yourself that.

Vladamir: Bang! You're dead Max Payne.
Max Payne: [narrating] I would have laughed, if I could have remembered how.
Max Payne: What's this supposed to be, Cops and Robbers? Look, you want something with me, get in line.

Max Payne: [narrating] Collecting evidence had gotten old a few hundred bullets back.

Max Payne: Everything ripped apart in a New York minute.

Max Payne: [narrating] Punchinello wanted Payne? He'd see the pain.

Max Payne: [narrating] Life was good. The sun setting on a sweet summer's day. The smell of freshly mowed lawns, the sounds of children playing. A house across the river on the Jersey side. A beautiful wife and a baby girl. The American Dream come true.
Max Payne: Honey, I'm home!
Max Payne: [narrating] But dreams have a nasty habit of going bad when you're not looking. The sun went down with practiced bravado. Twilight crawled across the sky, laden with foreboding.
Max Payne: Michelle? Honey, anybody home?
Max Payne: [narrating] I didn't like the way the show started, but they had given me the best seat in the house: front row center.

B.B.: You can't win this one, Max.
Max Payne: Maybe, but I can make damn sure none of you do either.

Max Payne: In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

Max Payne: Valkyr had been meant to be a white-winged maiden that would lift you to a warrior's heaven. But it turned out to be a one-way demon ride to hell. The devil was in the drug. I knew. I had met him.

Max Payne: And now I was going to kill her - the queen of the underworld who had tried to lift herself a bit closer to heaven with her drug money. No begging, no bribes. She knew better. Honor among killers, "we who are about to die." Both of us knew how this would end: in pain and suffering.

Vladimir: You get everything you need?
Max Payne: Check.
Vladimir: I owe you. Anything you need.
Max Payne: This is my solo. When I'm through, Punchinello won't be anybody's problem anymore.
Vladimir: Clear as vodka. But anytime you get between a rock and a hard place, just whistle. This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Max Payne: You really get a bang out of this big-time gangster act, don't you?

Max Payne: [Narrating] Gognitti ran out of steam in a dead end valley with steam boiling out of the sewer grates, like all the fires of hell were burning high beneath us... It was shakedown time.

[as B.B. escapes in a getaway car]
Max Payne: [narrating] B.B. turned out to be another cardboard cut-out bad guy. A bad cop on the take. A cowardly right-hand man fleeing from the scene, leaving his paid thugs to do his dirty work.

Max Payne: [Narrating] Alex and I had a few moments of glory between us. Crime fighting comrades, the best in NYPD-DEA collaborative team... Good-hearted macho bullshit like that. I would have given anything to have him here as my back up. No such luck. No luck at all.

[jumping out the window of an exploding office]
Max Payne: It was an impressive floor show, but I decided to leave early anyway. It was only a one story fall. Lucky me.

[after shooting a speaker in an elevator that is playing cheesy music]
Max Payne: Thank you.

Max Payne: Mona, looking good.
Mona Sax: Max, we've gotta stop meeting like this.

Max Payne: [narrating] I had taken on the role of the mythic detective: Bogart as Marlowe, or as Sam Spade going after the Maltese Falcon. To unravel all the mysteries, following a path of clues to that final revelation, even if it would take me down to the cold, cavernous depths of a grave.

[Max has forcibly overdosed on Valkyr, and is not thinking at all straight]
Max Payne: There was something disturbingly familiar about the note on the desk. The handwriting was all pretty curves.
Michelle Payne: [the note reads] You're in a graphic novel.
Max Payne: The green light washed the lies away. My whole life was just frames, words hanging in the air like bubbles. I was in a graphic novel. Funny as Hell, it was the most horrible thing I could think of.

[Max is still hallucinating on Valkyr, and encounters the same note as before]
Max Payne: There was something disturbingly familiar about the note on the desk. The handwriting was all pretty curves.
Michelle Payne: [the note reads] You're in a computer game, Max.
Max Payne: The truth was like a green crack through my brain. Weapon statistics floating in the air, glimpsed out of the corner of my eye. the repetitious act of shooting, time slowing down to show off my moves. The paranoid feeling of someone controlling my every step. I was in a computer game. Funny as Hell, it was the most horrible thing I could think of.

Max Payne: [narrating] Punchinello was burning to get me. The feeling was mutual. He was trying to put out my flames with gasoline.

Angelo Punchinello: [on the Charon's ship phone] Dime? Angelo Punchinello here.
Max Payne: [chuckles] Angie! Tell me, how much did Dime cost you? I bet it was more than his name.
Angelo Punchinello: Max Payne?
Max Payne: Right the first time.
Angelo Punchinello: You're dead, punk!
Max Payne: You sure you're not confusing me with Boris here? But you are right, of course. Pretty soon we should get together and have a talk.
Angelo Punchinello: You son of a - !
[Max hangs up]
Max Payne: [narrating] Pissing Punchinello off was a dangerous game. But when people get mad, they make mistakes. I should know. That's where I wanted Punchinello, mad enough to trip over his own feet, preferably into a grave.

Max Payne: [narrating] No minotaur lurked in this labyrinth, but somewhere out there, on the clanking deck of his cargo freighter, the skipper of the Charon was waiting, like the ferryman of the River Styx.

Max Payne: [narrating] Sooner or later it was going to catch up with you.
Nicole Horne: Mr. Payne, it's time to show you the benefits of my brew. Be a good boy now.
[she injects him with a syringe of Valkyr]
Max Payne: [narrating] You'd find that Lady Luck was really a hooker, and you were fresh out of cash.

Max Payne: [voiceover] Colder than a walk-in fridge. Cold as a gun.

Max Payne: [Last lines] Woden was there... in the crowd, standing by the sidelines. It wouldn't be over till the man with the patch would say so. He'd say the right words. I knew he would. He'd better. He was grinning smugly. It was the grin of a winner.
Max Payne: [is pushed into cop car] That made two of us.

Max Payne: [narrating] I had a bullet with Nicole Horne's name on it. I had ten thousand bullets with the hag's name on them. She had ultra high-tech security systems, enough mercenaries and weaponry to start World War III. There was no fear.

[last lines]
Max Payne: Woden was there in the crowd, standing by the sidelines. It wouldn't be over till the man with the patch would say so. He'd say the right words. I knew he would. He'd better. Woden grinned smugly. It was the grin of a winner.
[Max is pushed into a squad car]
Max Payne: That made two of us.

Max Payne: After Y2K, the end of the world had become a cliché. But who was I to talk, a brooding underdog avenger alone against an empire of evil, out to right a grave injustice? Everything was subjective. There were only personal apocalypses. Nothing is a cliché when it's happening to you.

Max Payne: Snow was falling like ashes from post-apocalyptic skies, but that was outside. Things would soon get hot in the Don's restaurant.

Max Payne: It wasn't about how smart or how good you were. It was chaos and luck, and anyone who thought different was a fool.

Max Payne: Vlad was one of those old time bad guys with honor and morals, which almost made him one of the good guys. None of us was a saint.

Max Payne: An urban legend come true. You complete the jigsaw puzzle to discover it is a picture of yourself, finishing that same puzzle. A mad, green-eyed killer behind you.

Max Payne: [Examining books dealing with the occult and witchcraft in Ragna Rock nightclub] The room was stacked with light reading such as "Necronomicon," "Witchcraft," and "Paradise Lost"... Old exotic titles like 'Malleus Maleficarum' and 'De Umbrarum Regni Novem Portis'...

Max Payne 3 (2012) (VG)
Max Payne: [entering nightclub] This kind of place made me want to puke. I needed a real drink to cope with the electronic music and robotic people.

Max Payne: So I guess I'd become what they wanted me to be, a killer. Some rent-a-clown with a gun who puts holes in other bad guys. Well that's what they had paid for, so in the end that's what they got. Say what you want about Americans but we understand capitalism. You buy yourself a product and you get what you pay for, and these chumps had paid for some angry gringo without the sensibilities to know right from wrong. Here I was about to execute this poor bastard like some dime store angel of death and I realized they were correct, I wouldn't know right from wrong if one of them was helping the poor and the other was banging my sister...

Max Payne: It had taken me right into the heart of it. Becker's gimps were everywhere, so he and Branco must be close. Smart move would have been sticking with Da Silva and going straight to the hangar, but when was I ever about smart moves? I'm a dumb move guy, "Hey Max, we'll drive onto the runway, No thanks I'll walk into the main entrance". I'd put a big shit shit-eating grin on my face and let these assholes take turns trying to kill me, that's my style and it's too late in the day to hope for change. Boy were they throwing numbers at this problem, but then I wanted this. Was it redemption? Not really, it was pathetic desperation and not much else. The further in I got the more guys I saw, Becker wasn't running a police force, he was running an army. These guys were better trained and better equipped than anyone I'd seen out here and I seen some mean sons of bitches. The mission was screaming suicide but I didn't give a damn, at least I'd die being a pain in the ass...

Max Payne: [after taking painkillers] Breakfast of champions.

Max Payne: Listen, if you think I can still do a job, what have I got to lose? Apart from the weight. Very funny... Ha ha... Yes, that is a fake laugh, you jerk.

Max Payne: [playing piano] There it was, the soundtrack to my life, and, for a few seconds, came harmony, finally.

Max Payne: The way I see it there's two types of people, those who spend their lives trying to build a future and those who spend their lives trying to rebuild the past.

Max Payne: I'd killed more cops than cholesterol and still no sign of Becker. It wasn't the first time it dawned on me I should probably have gone over the plan in more detail, but it was too late for that now.

Wilson DaSilva: [after Max shot down the private jet]
[running after Max]
Wilson DaSilva: Wait, Max. No! Stop, Max, we have what we need on him now. Let him enjoy the trial and spell him in prison. Let him suffer! Trust me.
Victor Branco: [laughs manically while lying consciously with his wounded leg] You know I'll walk.
Max Payne: You'll walk... WITH A LIMP!
Victor Branco: [screams in pain when Max stomps Victor on his broken leg]

Max Payne: [hitting the button near the painting booth] I was getting good at this.

Max Payne: [taking painkillers] I needed something to improve my game.

Max Payne: The smell in this place reminded me of how long it had been since I'd had any food. A drinker eats when he's loaded. A real drunk eats when he's not.

Max Payne: [hitting the elevator button] So what am I, the button pusher?
Raul Passos: Yeah, you're so good at it. Good job.

Max Payne: Time was a luxury I couldn't afford.

[repeated line]
Max Payne: Fancy seeing you here!

Raul Passos: You wanna camel coat, bro?
Max Payne: I'm fine with the leather!
Raul Passos: There's plenty here goin' begging!
Max Payne: This don't show the blood so much!

[Passos kicks the soccer ball to the goalie while taking care of Max to the first aid kit]
Max Payne: Dumb sport...
Raul Passos: Hey, careful, my friend. That's blasphemy in this town.

Max Payne: [after shot Tony De Marco in the chest, narrating] I don't know why I did it, I guess I never liked seeing girls get hit, but from that moment, I was dead in that town.

Max Payne: [about Tony De Marco, Anthony De Marco's son] This kid had a well-developed sense of humor, from New Jersey.

Max Payne: I thought about saying "the cops", but this wasn't the time for bad jokes.

Max Payne: [after shooting a "pirate" on the zipline] My judgment is lousy, but my hand is steady.

Max Payne: I had a hole in my second favourite drinking arm, and the only way we were likely to get Fabiana back now was in instalments. Whoever our uninvited guests were... I was about done playing soldiers.

Max Payne: [after taking painkillers] My own private welcoming party.

Max Payne: [taking painkillers] Saying goodbye is painful.

Max Payne: [playing piano] This was the place, if not the time, to play my dirge...
Max Payne: [attempts to play the main theme on the piano but hits the wrong note while playing] It didn't come out right, but I wasn't in much of a stare to do anything, apart from kill people. Maybe that's the only thing I'm good for in any circumstance.

Tourist: [Max encounters the tourist in the jail cell] Hey, hey, yeah, you, you...
Max Payne: Look who it is, Mr. Strip Club Scumbag!
Tourist: [sighs] You...
Max Payne: Yeah, me.
Tourist: Mr. High and Mighty. Oh, you ain't going to help me?
Max Payne: You get what you deserved, pal.
Tourist: Unbelievable!
Max Payne: Yeah, unbelievable.
Tourist: They were legal!
Max Payne: Mmhmm.
Max Payne: [leaving the tourist's incarceration, narrating] That pervert could enjoy his time.

Max Payne: This town had more smoke and mirrors than a strip-club dressing room.

[repeated line]
Raul Passos: Need a hand?
Max Payne: No. Do you?

Thug: Hey - you Max Payne?
Max Payne: [Narrating] Something told me he wasn't about to tell me I'd won the lottery.

Max Payne: I might have written the book on bad ideas, but Passos wasn't afraid to quote from it.

Max Payne: [Playing piano on the boat after the massacre] ... And the band played on.

Max Payne: [taking painkillers] I needed to get to my unhappy place.

Max Payne: [narrating, after being chased and ambushed by the third sniper and headed towards the Hall of Fame arena] Place was like Fort Knox.

Anders Detling: [Max kicks one of the restroom doors that the green lighted door handle appears, but suddenly helds gunpoint at Anders Detling] Uh- don't shoot, por favor
Anders Detling: !
Max Payne: You're an American?
Anders Detling: Sure. Yeah, I'm from Steele, North Dakota, just outside of Bismark. Anders Detling. This is some place, huh? The-they told me it was a little fresh, but I wasn't expecting things to be quite like this.
Max Payne: No?
Anders Detling: No, see, I've... I've seen things. I was a cop for 25 years. I've seen me run over by combies. I've seen husbands who just ate their wives, but a gun fight in the disco?
Max Payne: You were a cop?
Anders Detling: Yeah, just retired. Whoa, what a life that was. And it gave me the money to raise a family. Look, I got a girl in a college in Wisconsin and a boy who's playing football for Minnesota state. Do you want to see a picture?
Max Payne: No, no that's alright. It sounds nice. Listen, you stay in here, don't be a hero!
Anders Detling: Oh, I won't. I'm retired.
Max Payne: [narrating] Happy, healthy ex-cop, give me a break!

Thug: [in Brazilian Portugese] Hey, American! What are you doing over there?
Max Payne: [replies in Brazilian Portuguese] No comprende!
[I don't know!]
Max Payne: Leave me alone!
Thug: [asks Max in both Brazilian Portuguese and English] Do you got something for me?
Max Payne: For you? I'll tell you what I got. I got a gun and if anybody thinks they're gonna take it from me they'd be dead wrong!

Max Payne: What about Marcelo?
Wilson DaSilva: Marcelo, Marcelo... was an idiot. Were this true, I certainly don't believe he could possibly known about it, but I do believe that some other scheme, you know, some other bullshit, whatever that cash was Victor could have talked into something, I don't know yet.
Max Payne: And Passos?
Wilson DaSilva: Raul Passos is a bum ex-cop.
Wilson DaSilva: [gets in his car, along with Max] He failed in America, failed in Sao Paulo, he was surrounded by more money, and more poverty than his tiny little head can handle. You think guys like that can be brought?
Max Payne: No, but if...
Wilson DaSilva: But nothing. He's probrably not a bad guy. he's just a man caught in the cross fire of a very rich family.
Max Payne: [pauses] What about me?
Wilson DaSilva: You? You're the fall guy. The American, running around, acting like an action hero, killing lots of people.
Wilson DaSilva: [chuckles] You're a stroke of genius.
Max Payne: That ain't how it is.
Wilson DaSilva: You were an angry ex-cop. You were sitting in the bar, with a history of violence, and a history of bad temper. You were perfect.
Max Payne: Me and Passos went to the academy together.
Wilson DaSilva: Did you?
Max Payne: [upsetting] I don't fuckin' know!

Max Payne: [During the escape from the favela shootout, Max runs across a UFE brigade escorting some arrested gang members] Jesus Christ, these bastards weren't playing games.
Max Payne: [Some gang members attempt to escape their captors, but are shot dead by the UFE on the run] These were the same paramilitary cops I had seen executing fools after the failed kidnapping at the party. Nasty business. If these were the guys Da Silva was worried about, maybe he had a point.
Max Payne: [the UFE continues passing by after the incident] Yes, this was definitely them. Jesus Christ, these bastards made the NYPD look like the Hari-Krishnas...

Max Payne: [In the abandoned hotel, after Max had rigged all pillars scheduled for demolition with C-4] That was the last of the explosives. I'd just hoped that was enough to bring down the building. And all the evil in it.
Max Payne: [Max goes outside, flashing the detonator in plain view of the Crachá Preto's marksmen, taking firing positions] Who wants to take a shot? You see what this is? Come on, anybody? Wanna be a hero? I got nothing to lose, let's do it!
Neves: [Arriving at the scene, speaking in Portuguese] What the fuck is going on around here?
Max Payne: [In Portuguese] Mister Neves.
Neves: [Seeing Max with the detonator] What the fuck is your problem, man?
Max Payne: [laughs in sarcasm] My problem? My problem? Wanna know what my problem is? You're turning humans into glue! That's what my fucking problem is!
Neves: I don't know what you're talking about, American! All I know is what I hear about you. You bodyguard for the Brancos, they are all dead. You help the poor, today, many of them dead. You are a proper American hero!
Max Payne: Well, at least I fucking tried!
Neves: [Ironically applauding] Well done with your effort. The whole city is grateful. The great American savior of the poor.
Max Payne: That's right!
Neves: You think you made any difference? You think stopping this legitimate business venture is helping anyone?
Max Payne: [Angry] Legitimate? You're stealing people's organs!
Neves: We paid for everything! We have the records!
Max Payne: [Ironically] Oh, so, people can sell their livers? Their hearts, their eyeballs? You're insane, you sick fuck!
Neves: We kept people safe in the city. Decent people. Safe! I know a lot of powerful people.
Max Payne: [Triggers the detonator] Well, your "powerful people" aren't gonna help you out of this one, buddy!

Marcelo Branco: Say Max, you're a man of the world. What do you fuckin' do with it?
Max Payne: about what?
Marcelo Branco: what do you do about life?
Max Payne: Look at me, I'm standing in a nightclub, listening to music I can't stand, I'm five thousand miles from home, I'm armed and I'm drinking. You don't want to listen to advice from me, amigo.

Max Payne: I was a dumb American in a place where dumb Americans are less popular than the clap...

Max Payne: [as a Favela gang member holds Max at gunpoint, shouting at him in Portuguese] Haven't you figured this out yet? I DON'T SPEAK YOUR FUCKING LANGUAGE!

Max Payne: A barely recovering alcoholic and an unarmed pregnant woman. We were hardly a SEAL team.

Max Payne: I'd been shot more times than I could remember, but this felt different. Maybe fate was sending me a message. Trying to tell me my luck was finally about to run out. Or maybe I just severed an artery and was bleeding out like any number of fools who got shot playing with guns. Either way, I was failing fast.

Max Payne: We'd half destroyed Sao Paulo's most hallowed place of worship. Looking back it was strange how the cops never showed up. But things had a habit of only making sense to me looking back long after I'd run out of time to fix them.

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (2003) (VG)
Max Payne: What about Mona Sax?
Vladimir Lem: I know of her, her reputation as a hired killer. I hear she is a stone fox. I would fuck her.
Max Payne: [narrating] Right then, I hated Vlad.

Vladimir Lem: I hate to do this, but you know how you are, you would never let it go.
Max Payne: [narrating] Einstein was right. Time is relative to the observer. When you're looking down the barrel of a gun time slows down, your whole life flashes by, heartbreak and scars. Stay with it, and you can live a lifetime in that split second.
Vladimir Lem: Besides, a gentleman always avenges the insults done to his lady. You did kill Winterson.
[shoots Max in the head]

Max Payne: [narrating] Vlad was right. There are no choices. Nothing but a straight line. The illusion comes afterwards, when you ask 'Why me?' and 'What if?' when you look back, see the branches, like a pruned bonsai tree, or a forked lightning. If you had done something differently, it wouldn't be you, it would be someone else looking back, asking a different set of questions.

Max Payne: [narrating] The past is a gaping hole. You try to run from it, but the more you run, the deeper, more terrible it grows behind you, its edges yawning at your heels. Your only chance is to turn around and face it. But it's like looking down into the grave of your love. Or kissing the mouth of a gun, a bullet trembling in its dark nest, ready to blow your head off.

Max Payne: [narrating] The past is a puzzle, like a broken mirror. As you piece it together, you cut yourself, your image keeps shifting. And you change with it. It could destroy you, drive you mad. It could set you free.

[last lines]
Max Payne: [narrating] I had a dream of my wife. She was dead. But it was all right.

Max Payne: [narrating while jumping out of a window] Throw the rules out the window, odds are you'll go that way too.

Mona Sax: There's a contract out on us.
Max Payne: There's no "us" in this.

Max Payne: [narrating] Without Mona's help, I'd be a dead man. Suddenly, for the first time in I don't know how long, I realized, I didn't wish to be dead.

Max Payne: [narrating] One last thing left to do. I was compelled to give Vlad his gun back... one bullet at a time.

Max Payne: [narrating] When entertainment turns into a surreal reflection of your life, you're a lucky man if you can laugh at the joke. Luck and I weren't on speaking terms. Or maybe the place was just too lame to be funny.

Max Payne: [narrating] Your past has a way of sneaking up on you. You'll hear broken echoes of it everywhere, like a bad replay. You'll get mad at everyone for reminding you about it, even if it's all in your head.

Max Payne: [narrating] Death is inevitable. Our fear of it makes us play safe, blocks out emotion. It's a losing game, without passion you are already dead.

Max Payne: [narrating] The trouble with wanting something is the fear of losing it, or never getting it. The thought makes you weak.

Max Payne: [narrating] 'The things that I want' by Max Payne. A smoke. A whiskey. For the sun to shine. I want to sleep, to forget. To change the past. My wife and baby girl back. Unlimited ammo and a license to kill. Right then, more than anything, I wanted her.

Max Payne: [following Mona to her address] Why I was there again? Wait! Wait just a minute. Talk to me!
Mona Sax: What are you so afraid of? What do you want from me?
Max Payne: [coming closer to Mona] 'The things that I want' by Max Payne
Max Payne: A smoke. A Whiskey. For the sun to shine.
Max Payne: [starting a passionate kissing session] I want to sleep, to forget. To change the past. My wife and baby girl back
Max Payne: Unlimited ammo and a licence to kill. Right then, more than anything, I wanted her.
Mona Sax: [after they broke up with noises of some guns and men] You led them here. Up to my place! We can take them there.

Max Payne: [in the manor of Alfred Woden, after Max and Mona dealed with some men together] Mona, wait. Stop. This is love.
Max Payne: [Mona hits Max's head with her gun] When someone drags you from the wreckage when you have given in, ready to just lie there and die.
Mona Sax: [pointing her pistol to Max] I told you not to come here. It's my job to clear up this mess and you're a part of it. Throw away your guns.
Max Payne: [Max throws his guns away] This is love. When someone, no matter what the cost, shows you there is hope, a choice, that you can put down your gun.
Mona Sax: [after a while pulls back her pistol] See? I can't do it.
Mona Sax: [dropping her pistol] You're a bastard, Max.
Max Payne: [Vlad appears at the back of Mona] This is love. Love Hurts.
[Vlad shoots Mona at her back]

Max Payne: [after founding lots of dead body in a building] Mona, I know this sounds crazy, but I need you to go and call the cops. I need them here.
Mona Sax: You're right. You are crazy. I'm a fugitive, Max. I just escaped from custody.
Max Payne: I wouldn't ask if...
Mona Sax: Go to hell, Max.
Max Payne: Mona? Damn.

Max Payne: [narrating] I felt the rise of that old familiar feeling... I hated it... I welcomed it...

Max Payne: [narrating] The genius of the hole: no matter how long you spend climbing out, you can still fall back down in an instant.

Max Payne: [narrating] I lied to myself that it was over. I was still alive. My loved ones were still dead. It wasn't over.

Max Payne: [narrating] As surely as the bullet rips through the victim's flesh, organ and bone, it shatters the image of the man who presses the trigger.

Max Payne: [narrating] If Mona couldn't make it to the other side of the yard, I wouldn't make it out of there alive. It was that simple.

Max Payne: [narrating] Like all the bad things in my life, it started with the death of a woman. I couldn't save her.

Max Payne: [narrating] By talking of fate, Vlad had been asking for my blessing to his plan to murder me. I had been keeping to the back beat, reacting to Vlad's moves, cleaning up after him.
[Max enters Vlad's resturant carrying a shotgun]
Max Payne: No more.

Max Payne: Mona?
Mona Sax: Max, we've gotta stop meeting like this.

[Max is given the choice to escape from his situation]
Max Payne: [narrating] I didn't deserve to walk away. There are no happy endings.

Max Payne: [narrating] She came to get me through the fire.

Max Payne: [narrating] Winterson would've found a way to do this nice, neat and clean. Logic told me backup should be on its way; someone must've heard the gunfire. Logic was such a liar.

Max Payne: [narrating] Firing a gun is a binary choice. You either pull the trigger or you don't...

Max Payne: Vlad, shut up and stay alive. I'm coming.
Vladimir Lem: Max! You heard him. He's coming for you!

Mike the cowboy: Hey, you Max Payne?
Max Payne: Afraid so...
Mike the cowboy: Max! I'm Mike, Vladimir's friend! You are the sheriff, how about making me your deputy?
Max Payne: Let's go bail out your boss before he talks us all to death.
Mike the cowboy: Let's ride!

Max Payne: [narrating] Vinnie was about to piss his pants, he'd end up short circuiting the bomb and blowing us both up...

Operator: Thank you for calling Dangerous Liaisons. For Candy, press one. For Sandy, press two. For Mona, press three.
Max Payne: [presses three on the phone]
Operator: You pressed three for Mona.
Mona (not Sax): Hi, this is Mona. What's your name?
Max Payne: I just need someone to talk to.
Mona (not Sax): Honey, this is a phone sex line; all we do is talk.
Max Payne: Right. It's... how do you fix something like that? How do you make amends? I thought it would help, but it only made it worse.
Mona (not Sax): Just give me your credit card number and I can listen to you all night.
Max Payne: Killing them all only made it worse; it didn't bring them back.
Mona (not Sax): Hey! What are you, some kind of a weirdo?
Max Payne: Sorry... this was... sorry.
[Hangs up]

Max Payne: [narrating] If you think nothing can get to you, you're lying to yourself. At best, you're temporarily dead. A lightning bolt can reanimate you without a warning.

Max Payne: With no way to deal with the past, I kept my eyes on the road, off the rear view mirror and the roadkill behind me. I chased lesser mysteries, other people's crimes.

Max Payne: [walking in room filled with bodies] Like always, the dead had all the answers I was missing. It wasn't that they weren't eager to talk. Quite the contrary. The dead had plenty to say. And once they started, they would never shut up. Their words would keep you awake at night. The bodies, all the evidence of all the murders the cleaners had done, all the answers. It would take days to dig through it.

Max Payne: [narrating] There was a blind spot in my head, a bullet-shaped hole where the answers should be. Call it denial. I wanted to dig inside my skull and scrape out the pain.

Max Payne: [narrating] There are things in life you cannot choose. How you feel.

Max Payne: [narrating] We are willing to suffer, to die for the things we care about. For love, for the right choices. Because of her, I had solved the case. My case, all of it. Who I am.

Max Payne: [narrating] All this time, we got the fable of sleeping beauty wrong. The prince didn't kiss her to wake her up. No one who's slept for a hundred years is likely to wake up. It was the other way around. He kisses her to wake himself up from the nightmare that has brought him there.

Vinnie Gognitti: Payne, you gotta help me! There's a freaking bomb in here. If I take the head off, if blows. Bye bye Vinnie. You're a freaking cop, you've gotta help me.
Max Payne: [Max grabs his head] How did this happen?
Vinnie Gognitti: The russian tricked me.
Max Payne: Join the club.

Max Payne: [narrating] A funhouse is a linear sequence of scares. Take it or leave it is the only choice given. Makes you think about free will: have our choices been made for us because of who we are?

[Max goes to meet Mona at her hideout but just as he gets there he sees that she is taking a shower]
Max Payne: You've switched tactics. We need to talk.
Mona Sax: Bring me a towel, will you.
[Max gives Mona a towel and she puts in on]
Mona Sax: Now that you are here, you can watch my back while I get dressed.
Max Payne: All she had told me is that someone wanted us dead. The way she was acting, I was the only one in danger here.

Max Payne (2008)
Max Payne: There's an army of bodies under this river - criminals, people who ran out of time, out of friends. Next time they drag this river, they'll find me at the bottom with the rest of them. There won't be anyone left to say I was different. I could feel the dead down there, just below my feet, reaching up to welcome me as one of their own. It was an easy mistake to make.

[last lines]
Max Payne: I don't know about heaven. But I do believe in angels.

[first lines]
Max Payne: I don't believe in heaven. I believe in pain. I believe in fear. I believe in death.

Mona Sax: Drop your weapon.
Max Payne: Just take it easy.
[Max drops gun]
Mona Sax: Remove your backup piece with your left hand.
Max Payne: That's it.
Mona Sax: Kneel down.
Max Payne: What?
Mona Sax: Kneel the fuck down! We need to talk about my sister.

Mona Sax: You don't wanna make it out alive. You think that if he puts you out of your misery, you'll be with them again.
Max Payne: Yeah, well, that's how it works.

Bum: Aw, hell, no. What, you a cop or somethin'?
Max Payne: Not tonight.

Doug: Are you followin' us, asshole?
Max Payne: No. I'm only following you.

Det. Alex Balder: Is that what you think? That I didn't work Michelle's case? I did everything. Everything!
Max Payne: He's still out there somewhere. One of them is still out there. That's everything!