Detective Nick Curran
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Detective Nick Curran (Character)
from Basic Instinct (1992)

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Basic Instinct (1992)
Nick: What did Manny Vasquez call you?
Catherine: "Bitch" mostly, but he meant it affectionately.

Dr. McElwaine: Nick, when you recollect your childhood, are your recollections pleasing to you?
Nick: Number 1, I don't remember how often I used to jerk off, but it was a lot. Number 2, I wasn't pissed off at my dad, even when I was old enough to know what he and mom were doing in the bedroom. Number 3, I don't look in the toilet before I flush it. Number 4, I haven't wet my bed for a long time. Number 5, why don't the two of you go fuck yourselves; I'm outta here.

Gus: Did you ever do drugs with Mr. Boz?
Catherine: Sure.
Gus: What kind of drugs?
Catherine: Cocaine. Have you ever fucked on cocaine, Nick? It's nice.
[Catherine Tramell uncrosses her legs and it can be seen she's wearing no underwear]
Nick: You like playing games don't you?
Catherine: I have a degree in psychology, it goes with the turf... Games are fun.

[last lines]
Catherine: What do we do now, Nick?
Nick: Fuck like minks, raise rugrats and live happily ever after.
Catherine: Hate rugrats.
Nick: Fuck like minks, forget the rugrats, and live happily ever after.

[Nick just had rough sex with Beth]
Beth Garner: You've never been like that before. Why?
Nick: You tell me, you're the shrink.
Beth Garner: You weren't making love to me!
Nick: Well, who was I making love to?
Beth Garner: You weren't making love at all.

Andrews: There are cum stains all over the sheets.
Nick: Very impressive.
Gus: He got off before he got offed.

Nick: Writing a book about it gives you an alibi for not killing him.
Catherine: Yes it does, doesn't it?

Nick: How did you feel when I told you Johnny Boz had died, that day at the beach?
Catherine: I felt somebody had read my book and was playing a game.
Nick: But you didn't hurt.
Catherine: No.
Nick: Because you didn't love him.
Catherine: That's right.
Nick: Even though you were fucking him.
Catherine: You still get the pleasure. Didn't you ever fuck anybody else while you were married, Nick?

Internal Affairs Investigator: There's no smoking in this building, Detective.
Nick: [repeating Catherine] What are you going to do? Charge me with smoking?

Nick: What's your new book about?
Catherine: A detective. He falls for the wrong woman.
Nick: What happens to him?
Catherine: She kills him.

Gus: Where in the fuck you've been? I went over to your place.
Nick: Easy, cowboy, easy. I wasn't there.
Gus: I went over last night, too.
Nick: No, I wasn't there either.
Gus: You fucked her? Goddamn dumb son of a bitch, you fucked her! Goddamn, you are one dumb son of a bitch!
Nick: Next time I'll use the rubber.

Gus: I thought you said he was a rock and roll star.
Lt. Walker: He was a retired rock and roll star.
Capt. Talcott: A civic-minded, very respectable rock and roll star.
Gus: What's that over there?
Nick: It looks like some civic-minded, very respectable cocaine to me, Gus.

Beth Garner: [knocks on the door at Nick's apartment] Nick! Nick, are you there?
Nick: Go away, Beth! I don't want to see you.
Beth Garner: [unlocks the door and enters the apartment, finding Nick drinking] I still have my keys.
Nick: Put 'em on the table and leave.
[pause]
Nick: [shouts] Put 'em on the goddamn table and leave!
Beth Garner: [throws the keys on the floor] Damn it! Don't shut me out, you owe me more than that!
Nick: I don't owe you anything! And you don't owe me anything. We went to bed 10, maybe 15 times. That's miserable enough to carry an obligation.
Beth Garner: Sometimes I really hate you.
Nick: Oh, then why don't you get yourself some friendly little therapist and try to work out all that hostility. Then maybe you can get off once in a while.

Nick: I'm working my ass off, I'm off the sauce, I even stopped smoking.
Beth Garner: How's not smoking?
Nick: It sucks.

[first lines]
Gus: Who was this fuckin' guy?
Nick: Rock and roll, Gus. Johnny Boz.
Gus: Never heard of him.
Nick: Before your time, cowboy.

Nick: Let me ask you something, Rocky, man to man. I think she's the fuck of the century, what do you think?

Nick: I'm in love with you already, but I'll nail you anyway.

Nick: What is this? Some kind of JOKE?

Nick: You wanna play hard, come on!

Dr. Myron: Do you believe Lieutenant Nilsen deserved to die?
Nick: I didn't know him well enough. I won't miss him.

Catherine: Got some coke?
Nick: I've got a Pepsi in the fridge.

Gus: I don't buy it! There's gotta be somebody there, who knows whats going on.
Nick: I KNOW WHAT HAPPENED ALRIGHT! Catherine told me and everything she said has checked out!
Gus: You've got Goddamn tweety birds flying around your head! You think the two of you will fuck like minks, raise rugrats, and live happily ever after!

Nick: How did you find out?
Catherine: I have friends, I have attorneys. Money buys alot of Attorneys and friends.

Nick: So where is this going?
Catherine: Ask me "What do you want from me Catherine?"
Nick: What the fuck do you want from Catherine?

Nick: How's your new book coming along?
Catherine: It's practically writing itself.

Gus: Everyone she plays with dies.
Nick: I know what that's like.

Nick: So was she ever a suspect?
Sheriff: Nope! There was some talk, but it never panned out.
Nick: What kind of talk?
Sheriff: Girlfriend!
Nick: What he had a girlfriend?
Sheriff: No! She did! But like I said, it never panned out.

Capt. Talcott: Hey Nick!
Nick: What?
Capt. Talcott: Keep your three o'clock!
Nick: You want me to work the case!
Capt. Talcott: I SAID KEEP IT!
Nick: ALRIGHT! I'll keep it.

Nick: Do you have something against ice cubes?
Catherine: [setting down the ice pick] I like rough edges.

Gus: Forgive me for asking, and I don't mean to belabor the obvious, but why've you got your head so far up your ass
Nick: She wants to play. Fine, I can play.
Gus: Everybody she plays with dies.

Beth Garner: Something's going on. You're sleeping with her, aren't you?
Nick: Why are you interested in her?
Beth Garner: My interest is in you, not her. She seduces and manipulates people. She'll do anything she can.
Nick: I thought you hardly knew her?
Beth Garner: I know the type. I'm a psychologist.
Nick: That means... you manipulate people too! You're a practicing psychologist. You're better at it than she is!

Catherine: Somebody has to die.
Nick: Why?
Catherine: Somebody always does.