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Capt. John Smith (Character)
from The New World (2005)

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Pocahontas (1995)
John Smith: We've improved the lives of savages all over the world.
Pocahontas: Savages?
John Smith: Uh, not that you're a savage.
Pocahontas: Just my people!
John Smith: No. Listen. That's not what I meant. Let me explain.
Pocahontas: Let go!
John Smith: No, I'm not letting you leave.
Pocahontas: [jumps out of her canoe and climbs up into a tree]
John Smith: Look, don't do this. Savage is just a word, uh, you know. A term for people who are uncivilized.
Pocahontas: Like me.
John Smith: Well, when I say uncivilized, what I mean is, is.
[he grabs a branch, but the branch is not strong enough to hold his weight, and John falls back to the ground. Pocahontas jumps down after him]
Pocahontas: What you mean is, not like you.

John Smith: [about Meeko eating his hardtacks] Is this bottomless pit a friend of yours?

John Smith: Come with me?
Powhatan: You must choose your own path.
Pocahontas: [pause] I'm needed here.

John Smith: It's just a handshake. Here let me show you.
John Smith: [holds out hand]
Pocahontas: Nothing's happening.
John Smith: Uh, no, no. I need your hand first.
[they shake hands]
John Smith: It's how we say "hello".

John Smith: Pocahontas, that tree is talking to me.
Pocahontas: Then you should talk back.
Grandmother Willow: Don't be frightened, young man. My bark is worse than my bite.
Pocahontas: Say something.
John Smith: What do you say to a tree?
Pocahontas: Anything you want.

Grandmother Willow: Come closer, John Smith.
[she inspects him]
Grandmother Willow: He has a good soul. And he's handsome, too.
John Smith: Oh, I like her.
Pocahontas: I knew you would.

John Smith: [about Percy and Meeko] You see what I mean? Once two sides wanna fight, nothing can stop them.
Pocahontas: [Percy and Meeko circling around her] C-Come here, both of you!
John Smith: It's all right! He's only a friend! Bad! Bad dog! Sit!
[Flit laughs, then Meeko snatches him and straightens his beak to be sharp like a sword. He begins to fence off Percy]
Pocahontas: What are you doing? Meeko!
John Smith: Percy, get back here! What are you doing? Stop that!
Grandmother Willow: All right! That's enough!
[Percy stiffens up and faints into the river. Grandmother Willow lifts him back to the stump with one of her branches]
Grandmother Willow: It's enough to make your sap boil.

John Smith: Look, we don't have to fight them.
Thomas: John, what's gotten into you?
John Smith: I met one of them.
Ben: You what?
Thomas: A savage!
John Smith: They're not savages, they can help us. They know the land, they know how to navigate the rivers.
[Meeko pulls out an ear of corn and gives it to John]
John Smith: And look, it's food.
Lon: What is it?
John Smith: It's better than hardtack and gruel, that's for sure.
Wiggins: I like gruel.
Governor Ratcliffe: [takes the corn and throws it on the ground] They don't want to feed us, you ninnies! They want to kill us! All of us! They've got our gold, and they'll do anything to keep it!
John Smith: But there is no gold!
Ben: No gold?
Governor Ratcliffe: [sarcastically] And I suppose your little Indian friend told you this.
John Smith: Yes.
Governor Ratcliffe: Lies! Lies, all of it! Murderous thieves. There's not room for their kind of civilized society!
John Smith: But this is their land!
Governor Ratcliffe: This is my land! I make the laws here! And I say anyone who so much as look at an Indian without killing him on sight, will be tried for treason and hanged!

Grandmother Willow: Now then, there's something I want to show you. Look.
[dips her vine in the water in which glowing ripples begin to form]
Pocahontas: The ripples.
John Smith: What about them?
Grandmother Willow: So small at first, then look how they grow. But someone has to start them.
John Smith: They're not gonna listen to us.
Grandmother Willow: Young man, sometimes the right path is not the easiest one. Don't you see? Only when the fighting stops, can you be together.
[Pocahontas smiles]
John Smith: Alright, let's go talk to your father.
[Pocahontas and John hug each other]

John Smith: Pocahontas.
Pocahontas: [hugs him] I'm so sorry.
John Smith: For what? This? I've gotten out of worse scrapes than this. Can't think of anything right now, but.
Pocahontas: [tearfully] It would've been better if we never met. None of this would've happened.
John Smith: Pocahontas, look at me. I'd rather die tomorrow than live a hundred years without knowing you.
Nakoma: Pocahontas?
Pocahontas: I can't leave you.
John Smith: You never will. No matter what happens to me, I'll always be with you, forever.
Pocahontas: [sadly leaves]

Thomas: [looking at Kocoum's body after shooting him] Is he?
Pocahontas: You killed him.
Thomas: I thought that.
Pocahontas: [Angrily rushes at Thomas] Get away from him!
John Smith: [holds her back] Pocahontas, it wont help! He was only.
Pocahontas: [shouts] He killed him!
John Smith: [they hear other Indians approaching] Thomas! Get out of here!
[Thomas hesitates]
John Smith: [yells] Get out of here!

Governor Ratcliffe: [after Powhatan has released John Smith] Now's our chance! Fire!
Thomas: No!
Governor Ratcliffe: What?
Thomas: They let him go!
Ben: They don't want to fight!
Governor Ratcliffe: It's a trick, don't you see? Fire!
[no-one moves. Ratcliff grabs someone's gun]
Governor Ratcliffe: Fine! I'll settle this myself!
[he aims at Powhatan]
John Smith: [seeing Ratcliff] No!
[he pushes Powhatan away and is shot in the stomach]
Thomas: John!
[John falls. Thomas turns on Ratcliffe]
Thomas: You shot him!
Governor Ratcliffe: He-he stepped right into it! It was his own fault!

Thomas: [as a bugle is being played] John, you better get down here! The governor's coming ashore!
John Smith: [blows an attacking Flit away from his face] All right, all right! I'm leaving.

John Smith: [to Thomas] Keep both eyes open when you shoot. You see twice as well.

John Smith: You have the most unusual names here. Chechomony, Kuyukanhoic, Pocahontas.
Pocahontas: You have a most unusual name too. John Smith.

Thomas: What do you suppose the New World will look like?
John Smith: Like all the others, I suppose. I've seen hundreds of new worlds, Thomas. What could possibly be different about this one?

Powhatan: Pocahontas, you and Nakoma should be inside the village.
Pocahontas: oh, don't worry about us, Father. We'll be all right.
Nakoma: Yes! We're gathering food for when the warriors arrive.
Powhatan: Don't go far. Now is not the time to be running off.
Pocahontas: Yes, Father!
Powhatan: When I see you wear that necklace, you look just like your mother.
Pocahontas: I miss her.
Powhatan: But she is still with us. Whenever the wind moves through the trees, I feel her presence. Our people looked to her for wisdom and strength. Someday, they will look to you as well.
Pocahontas: I would be honored by that.
Powhatan: You shouldn't be out here alone. I'll send for Kocoum.
Nakoma: All right. What is it?
Pocahontas: What?
Nakoma: You're hiding something.
Pocahontas: I'm not hiding anything.
Nakoma: Pocahontas, you can tell me. I promise I won't tell anyone.
[sees John Smith coming]
Nakoma: Pocahontas look! It's one of them! I'm going to get...
Pocahontas: [thrusts her hand over Nakoma's mouth] What are you doing here?
John Smith: I had to see you again.
Kocoum: Pocahontas. Pocahontas?
Pocahontas: [to Nakoma] Please, don't say anything.
[to John Smith]
Pocahontas: Quick, this way!
Nakoma: But...

John Smith: [singing] If I never knew you/If I never felt this love/I would have no inking of/How precious life can be/And if I never held you/I would never have a clue/How at last I'd find in you/The missing part of me/In this world so full of fear/Full of rage and lies/I can see the truth so clear/In your eyes/So dry your eyes/And I'm so grateful to you/I'd have lived my whole life through/Lost forever/If I never knew you
Pocahontas: [singing] I thought our love would be so beautiful/Somehow we'd make the whole world bright/I never knew that fear and hate could be so strong/All they'd leave us were these whispers in the night/But still my heart is saying we were right/For if I never knew you
John Smith: [singing] There's no moment I regret
Pocahontas: [singing] If I never knew this love
John Smith: [singing] Since the moment that we met
Pocahontas: [singing] I would have no inking of
John Smith: [singing] If our time has gone too fast
Pocahontas: [singing] How precious life can be
John Smith: [singing] I've lived at last
Nakoma: Pocahontas.
Pocahontas: [spoken] I can't leave you.
John Smith: [spoken] You never will. No matter what happens to me, I'll always be with you. Forever.
[singing]
John Smith: And I'm so grateful to you/I'd have lived my whole life through/Empty as the sky/
Pocahontas: [singing] Never knowing why/
John Smith: [singing] Lost forever/If I never knew you
Pocahontas: [singing] Lost forever/If I never knew you

Pocahontas: [singing] And I'm so grateful to you
John Smith: [singing] I'd have lived my whole life through

John Smith: Pocahontas!
Pocahontas: John!
John Smith: Listen to me, my men are planning to attack your people. You've got to warn them.
Pocahontas: Maybe it's not to late to stop this, you have to come with me and talk to my father.
John Smith: [stopping Pocahontas] Pocahontas, talking isn't going to do any good. I already tried talking to my men, but everything about this land has been spooked.
[They hear howling in a distant]


The New World (2005)
John Smith: He who does not work, shall not eat!

Pocahontas: Did you find your Indies, John? You shall.
Captain John Smith: [after a long reflective pause] I may have sailed past them.

John Smith: [voice over] If only I could go down that river. To love her in the wild, forget the name of Smith. I should tell her. Tell her what? It was just a dream. I am now awake.

Captain John Smith: Love... shall we deny it when it visits us... shall we not take what we are given.

Captain Christopher Newport: Let him go.
Colonist: You said to hang him, sir.
Captain Christopher Newport: Now remember Smith, you've come to these shores in chains. You're under a cloud, which you'll darken considerably if I hear any more of your mutinous remarks. Is that understood?
John Smith: [nods in recognition]

John Smith: [to Pocahontas] Don't trust me. You don't know who I am!

John Smith: I thought it was dream... what we knew in the forest. It's the only truth.

Captain John Smith: [voice over] Who are you whom I so faintly hear? Who urge me ever on? What voice is this that speaks within me... guides me towards the best? We shall make a new start. A fresh beginning. Here the blessings of the earth are bestowed upon all. None need grow poor. Here there is good ground for all, and no cost but one's labor. We shall build a true common wealth, hard work and self reliance our virtues. We shall have no landlords to reack us with high rents or extort the fruit of our labor.

John Smith: Who are you?
Pocahontas: Who are you?
John Rolfe: Who are you?

Captain John Smith: [voice over] They are gentle, loving, faithful, lacking in all guile and trickery. The words denoting lying, deceit, greed, envy, slander, and forgiveness have never been heard. They have no jealousy, no sense of possesion. Real, what I thought a dream.

Captain John Smith: How many lands behind me? How many seas?

Captain John Smith: We don't take hostages. King James would not approve.
Captain Argall: You'd rather see us annihilated?
Captain John Smith: She's done enough for us. She risked a beating out of her own brains to save mine. Had she not fed us, you would have starved. She's been the instrument to preserve this colony from disaster. We shall not return her kindness by making her a captive! Come Argall, threaten me! Then I'd know I was gonna live for 1,000 years.
Captain Argall: She and her lot are on the berge of killing us all. I expect there will be scarce a handfull alive when the boats return if they ever do. You told us yourself that her father regards her as no one else. Or, do you have private reasons for this attitude of yours?
Captain John Smith: Return to your post. The penalty for disobeying an order of the president is hanging. You're breaking the laws. This is mutiny.
Captain Argall: Me breaking the laws?
Captain Argall: [shouting] I have information Smith here is planning to marry the wench and make himself King of Virginia.

Captain John Smith: [voiceover] There is only this - all else is unreal.

Captain John Smith: [voiceover] At the moment I was to die she threw herself upon me.

Captain John Smith: There's something I know when I'm with you that I forget when I'm away.

[about Pocahontas]
Captain John Smith: All the children of the king were beautiful, but she, the youngest, was so exceedingly so that the sun himself - though he saw her often - was surprised whenever she came out into his presence. Her father had a dozen wives, a hundred children, but she was his favorite. She exceeded the rest not only in feature and proportion but in wit and spirit too. All loved her.

John Smith: [pondering to himself] I let her love me. I made her love me.

John Smith: He that will not work shall not eat! The labors of honest and industrious men shall not be consumed to maintain the idleness of a few!


Captain John Smith and Pocahontas (1953)
Wingfield: By whose order do you assume this authority?
Capt. John Smith: By whose order do you question it?

Capt. John Smith: I see nothing unusual - the best reason to be watchful.

Rolfe: [Referring to Nantaquas] This rogue means to kill you.
Capt. John Smith: It's plain he has no love for me.

Capt. John Smith: [Referring to Pocahantas] Women! What's bothering the queer little creature now?

Capt. John Smith: [to Rolfe] You scratch at your worries as a dog has fleas.


Pocahontas: The Legend (1995)
John Smith: The new world!


"Animaniacs: Jokahontas/Boids on the Hood/Mighty Wakko at the Bat (#4.3)" (1996)
Dot Warner: [pointing at John Smith's hand] What's that all about?
John Smith: A handshake is how we say "hello".
Dot Warner: [smiling suggestively at him] Would you like to see how we do it?
Yakko Warner: Goodnight everybody!


Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998) (V)
John Smith: [Pocahontas runs off] Pocahontas!
[he tries to run after her, John restrains him]
John Rolfe: Let her go.
John Smith: You may not care about her safety...
John Rolfe: [rounding on him] Don't you dare tell me I don't care about her!
John Smith: [realizes the truth] You love her.