Eva Peron
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Eva Peron (Character)
from Evita (1996)

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Evita (1996)
Eva Perón: Just listen to that! The voice of Argentina! We are *adored*! We are *loved*!

Eva Perón: Put me down for a lifetime of success. Give me credit, I'll find ways of paying.

Eva Perón: What is the good of the strongest heart in a body that's falling apart? A serious flaw.

Eva Perón: Sometimes it's very difficult to keep momentum when it's you that you are following.

Eva Perón: Don't cry for me, Argentina.

[during Eva's funeral]
Eva Perón: [voice] Don't cry for me, Argentina. For I am ordinary, unimportant, and undeserving of such attention unless we all are - I think we all are. So share my glory, so share my coffin... so share my glory, so share my coffin...
Ché: It's our funeral too.

Eva Perón: What's new, Buenos Aires? I'm new! I wanna say I'm just a little stuck on you - you'll be on me too! I get out here Buenos Aires! Stand back - you ought to know what you're gonna get in me: Just a little touch of star quality!

Eva Perón: So what happens now?
Ché: Another suitcase in another hall.
Eva Perón: So what happens now?
Ché: Take your picture off another wall.
Eva Perón: Where am I going to?
Ché: You'll get by, you always have before.
Eva Perón: Where am I going to?

[Eva replaces Juan Perón's sixteen-year-old mistress]
Eva Perón: [to Perón's mistress] Hello, and goodbye. I've just unemployed you. You can go back to school. You've had a good run - I'm sure he enjoyed you. Don't act sad or surprised. Let's be friends, civilized. Come on, little one. Don't sit there like a dummy. The day you knew would arrive is here. You'll survive. So move, funny face!
[beat]
Eva Perón: I like your conversation. You've a catchy turn of phrase. You're obviously going through some adolescent phase.
[Perón's mistress leaves]
Perón's Mistress: So what happens now? So what happens now? Where am I going to?
Juan Perón: You'll get by, you always have before.
Perón's Mistress: Where am I going to?
Eva Perón: Don't ask any more.

Juan Perón: Dice are rolling - the knives are out. Would-be presidents are all around, I don't say they mean harm, but they'd each give an arm... to see us six feet underground.
Eva Perón: It doesn't matter what those morons say. Our nations leaders are a feeble crew. There's only twenty of them anyway. What is twenty next to millions who are looking to you? All you have to do is sit and wait, keeping out of everybody's way. We'll... you'll be handed power on a plate when the ones who matter have their say, and with chaos installed... you can "reluctantly" agree to be called.
Juan Perón: There again, we could be foolish not to quit while we're ahead. For distance lends enchantment, and that is why... all exiles are distinguished. More important - they're not dead. I could find job satisfaction in Paraguay.
Eva Perón: This is crazy defeatist talk! Why commit political suicide? There's no call for any action at all... when you have unions on your side.

Eva Perón: Perón has resigned from the army, and this we avow - the Descamisados are those he is marching with now. He supports you for he loves you, understands you, is one of you! If not... how could he love me?

Eva's Dressers: Eyes! Hair! Mouth! Figure! Dress! Voice! Style! Movement! Hands! Magic! Rings! Glamour! Face! Diamonds! Excitement! Image!
Eva Perón: I came from the people. They need to adore me, so Christian Dior me from my head to my toes. I need to be dazzling - I want to be rainbow high! They must have excitement - and so must I!

Well-to-do People: Thus all fairy stories end. Only an actress would pretend. Affairs of state are her latest play, eight shows a week, two matinees. My, how the worm begins to turn. When will the chorus girl ever learn? My, how the worm begins to turn. When will the chorus girl ever learn?
Eva Perón: The chorus girl hasn't learned the lines you'd like to hear. She won't go scrambling over the backs of the poor to be accepted by making donations just large enough to the correct charity. She won't be president of your wonderful societies of philanthropy. Even if you asked her to be - as you should have asked her to be.

Eva Perón: The actress hasn't learned the lines you'd like to hear. She won't join your clubs. She won't dance in your halls. She won't help the hungry once a month at your tambolas. She'll simply take control... as you disappear.

Ché: Forgive my intrusion, but fine as those sentiments sound... little has changed for us peasants down here on the ground. I hate to sound childish, ungrateful, I don't like to moan. But do you know represent anyone's cause but your own?
Eva Perón: Everything done will be justified by my foundation.

Ché: Tell me before I seek worthier pastures and thereby restore self-esteem, how can you be so short-sighted to look never further than this week or next week to have no impossible dream?
Eva Perón: Allow me to help you slink off to the sidelines and mark your adieu with three cheers! But first, tell me who'd be delighted if I said I'd take on the world's greatest problems - from war to pollution, no hope of solution, even if I lived for one hundred years?

Eva Perón: Have I said too much? There's nothing more I can think of to say to you. But all you have to do is look at me to know that every word is true.

Eva Perón: [learning she is dying] Where do we go from here? This isn't where we intended to be. We had it all, you believed in me, I believed in you. Certainties disappear. What do we do for our dream to survive? How do we keep all our passions alive as we used to do? Deep in my heart I'm concealing things that I'm longing to say. Scared to confess what I'm feeling - frightened you'll slip away. You must love me. You must love me.

Eva Perón: Why are you at my side? How can I be any use to you now? Give me a chance and I'll let you see how nothing has changed.

Eva Perón: The actress hasn't learned the lines you'd like to hear. She's sad for her country. Sad to be defeated... by her own weak body.

Eva Perón: I want to tell the people of Argentina - I've decided I should decline all the honors and titles you've pressed me to take. For I'm contented - let me simply go on as the woman who brings her people to the heart of Perón. Don't cry for me, Argentina. The truth is I shall not leave you. Though it may get harder for you to see me, I'm Argentina, and always will be.

Eva Perón: The choice was mine and mine completely. I could have any prize that I desired. I could burn with the spendor of the brightest fire, or else - or else, I could choose time. Remember... I was very young then. And a year was forever and a day. So what use could fifty, sixty, seventy be? I saw the lights, and I was on my way. And how I lived. How they shone! But how soon the lights were gone.
[dies]

Eva Perón: But you really should know, I'd be good for you... I'd be surprisingly good for you.

Eva Perón: High flying adored, that's good to hear but unimportant. My story's quite usual, local girl makes good, weds famous man! I was slap in the right place at the perfect time. Filled a gap, I was lucky, but one thing I'll say for me, no-one else can fill it like I can!

Eva Perón: And as for fortune, and as for fame... I never invited them in, though it seemed to the world they were all I desired.

Eva Perón: Did you hear that? They called me a whore! They actually called me a whore!
Prince Fuspoli: But, Signora Perón, it's an easy mistake. I'm still called an admiral, though I gave up the sea long ago.

Eva Perón: I'm their savior, that's what they call me, so Lauren Bacall me.

Eva Perón: Your act hasn't changed much.
Agustin Magaldi: Neither has yours.

Eva Perón: I already know what cooks, how the dirty city feels and looks. I tasted it last night... didn't I?

Eva Perón: I am only a radio star with just one weekly show / but speaking as one of the people, I want you to know / we are tired of / the decline of / Argentina with no sign of / a government able to give us the things we deserve.

Juan Perón: Eva, you are dying.
Eva Perón: So what happens now? Where am I going to?
Juan Perón: Don't ask any more.

Eva Perón: Tell me, before you get onto your high horse, just what do you expect me to do?

Eva Perón: Call in three months time and I'll be fine, I know. Well, maybe not that fine, but I'll survive anyhow. I won't recall the names and places of each sad occasion, but that's no consolation here and now.

Eva Perón: It won't be easy, you'll think it's strange, when I try to explain how I feel, that I still need your love after all I have done...

Eva Perón, Ché: There is evil ever around fundamental system of government. Quite incidental!

Eva Perón: I'm not that ill. Bad moments come, but they go. Some days are fine. Some a little bit harder. But that doesn't mean we should give up our dream. Have you ever seen me defeated? Don't you forget what I've been through and yet, I'm still standing.

Eva Perón: I came from the people. they need to adore me. So Christian Dior me, from my head to my toes.

Brother Juan: Seems to me there's no point in resisting. She's made up her mind you've no choice. Why don't you be the man who discovered her, you'll never be remembered for your voice.
Agustin Magaldi: The city can be paradise for those who have the cash, the class, and the connections for what you need to make a splash. The likes of you get swept up in the morning with the trash. If you were rich or middle class...
Eva Perón: SCREW the middle classes! I will never accept them. My father's other family was middle class, and we were kept out of sight, hidden from view at his funeral.

Young Eva: [as she is being dragged away from her father's funeral] No, he's my papa, he's my papa! No, he's my papa! HE'S MY PAPA!