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Cyrus (Character)
from The Warriors (1979)

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The Warriors (2005) (VG)
Cyrus: Tell me, Masai, what do you see before you?
Masai: I... I see the Vancortlandt Rangers' turf.
Cyrus: Turf? Turf ain't nothin' but where one gang stops dropping their colors and another gang starts. Lines on a map, that's all turf is. You take away those lines and you'll see... You'll see the possibilities. The profit. The power.

Gramercy Riff: Birdy got wasted by some small-time outfit from Coney. The AC's are looking for retribution.
Cyrus: No. There will be no retribution. Unity and peace is what matters. What is the name of this outfit?
Gramercy Riff: The Warriors.
Cyrus: They aren't on our network. But I want you to keep an eye on them. They might prove useful.

Masai: So where do we start?
Cyrus: We need to spread the word. We must reach out into every corner. Cross every border and convince, convey our message, our motive. And it must be with respect, not force, that they accept out invitation. As this word spreads and possibility enters the minds of all the city's gangs, then this message, this wisdom will begin to make sense. There's no other way. This is our destiny and this is our will. Now, go let all the gangs know about the truce. Forget no one under our network. No more than nine delegates may attend from any given gang and on this day, I want no action. No soldier will carry a shank, a bat, a stick, a brick or a gun. Now go, Masai and let our troops know what must be done.

Cyrus: Can you count, suckers? I say the future is ours, if you can count!
Gang Member #1: Go on, Cyrus! We're with you!
Gang Member #2: Go ahead, bro!
Cyrus: Now, look what we have here before us. We got the Saracens sitting next to the Jones Street Boys. We got the Moonrunners right by the Vancortland Rangers. Nobody is wastin' nobody! That is a miracle. And miracles is the way things ought to be! You're standing right now with nine delegates from a hundred gangs. And there's over a hundred more. Sixty thousand soldiers. Now there ain't but twenty thousand police in the whole town! Can you dig it? Can you dig it? CAN YOU DIG IT?
[the crowd cheers. Cyrus silences them]
Cyrus: Now here's the sum total. ONE GANG could run this city! One gang! Nothing would move without us allowing it to happen. We could tax the crime syndicates, the police... Because we've got the streets, suckers! Can you dig it?
[the crowd cheers. Cyrus silences them]
Cyrus: The problem in the past has been the man turning us against one another. We have been unable to see the truth because we've been fighting for ten square feet of ground. All we have to do is keep up the general truce. We take over one borough at a time. Secure our terriory. Secure our turf. Because it's ALL OUR TURF!

Cyrus: Do you see the possibilites, Masai?
Masai: Cyrus, I see. But the armies... How will we call them out to meet? How do we ensure they come in peace?
Cyrus: We must trust our brothers. We will invite everyone on our network under a night of general truce and I will speak to them. And they will see you cannot deny the truth.
Masai: I warn you, Cyrus, this is not smart.
Cyrus: I don't need warnings. I have faith.


The Warriors (1979)
Cyrus: Can you dig it?

[At the big conclave/street gang meeting, Cyrus, the boss of the street gang appears]
Cyrus: [yelling] Can you count, suckers? I say, the future is ours... if you can count!
[a couple of soldiers cheer for Cyrus]
Cyrus: Now, look what we have here before us. We got the Saracens sitting next to the Jones Street Boys. We've got the Moonrunners right by the Van Cortlandt Rangers. Nobody is wasting nobody. That... is a miracle. And miracles is the way things ought to be.
[Few more soldiers cheering for Cyrus]
Cyrus: You're standing right now with nine delegates from 100 gangs. And there's over a hundred more. That's 20,000 hardcore members. Forty-thousand, counting affiliates, and twenty-thousand more, not organized, but ready to fight: 60,000 soldiers! Now, there ain't but 20,000 police in the whole town. Can you dig it?
Gang Members: Yeah.
Cyrus: Can you dig it?
Gang Members: Yeah!
Cyrus: Can you dig it?
Gang Members: YEAH!
[shouting and Cheering]

Cyrus: Now, here's the sum total: One gang could run this city! One gang. Nothing would move without us allowing it to happen. We could tax the crime syndicates, the police, because WE got the streets, suckers! Can you dig it?
Gang Members: YEAH!
[shouting and Cheering]

Cyrus: The problem in the past has been the man turning us against one another. We have been unable to see the truth, because we have fighting for ten square feet of ground, our turf, our little piece of turf. That's crap, brothers! The turf is ours by right, because it's our turn. All we have to do is keep up the general truce. We take over one borough at a time. Secure our territory... secure our turf... because it's all our turf!

Cyrus: Can you count, suckahs?