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Hugo Cabret (Character)
from Hugo (2011)

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Hugo (2011)
Hugo Cabret: I'd imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.

Isabelle: We could get into trouble.
Hugo Cabret: That's how you know it's an adventure.

Hugo Cabret: I'm sorry, it's broken.
Georges Méliès: No it's not. It worked perfectly!

Isabelle: I think we should be very... clandestine!
Hugo Cabret: [not knowing what "clandestine" means] Um, okay...

Hugo Cabret: Maybe that's why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn't able to do what it was meant to do... Maybe it's the same with people. If you lose your purpose... it's like you're broken.

Hugo Cabret: I've got to go!
Station Inspector: You'll go nowhere until your parents are found.
Hugo Cabret: I don't have any!
Station Inspector: Then it's straight to the orphanage with you! You'll learn a thing or two there. I certainly did. How to follow orders, how to keep to yourself. How to survive without a family, because you don't need one! You don't need a family!
[as Gustav makes a call to the orphanage, Hugo breaks out of the cell and escapes]

Isabelle: [wonders if she dares to ask the question] Where do you live?
Hugo Cabret: [Hugo looks at her for a minute, then turns and points to the giant clock at the train station across the bridge] There.

Hugo Cabret: [Angry and disappointed that the automaton hasn't written anything of sense] What an idiot! Thinking I could fix it!
Isabelle: Hugo...
[Hugo looses his composure and begins smashing various items in the room]
Hugo Cabret: It's broken! It's always been broken!
[Sits in chair, covers his face and begins to cry]
Isabelle: Hugo, it doesn't have to be like this. You can fix it.
Hugo Cabret: [crying] You don't... you don't understand. I thought... I thought if I could fix it... then I wouldn't be so alone.
[Hugo's sobs fill the room. Suddenly, the machine begins to draw again]
Isabelle: Hugo, Hugo look! It... it's not done!
[they watch as the automaton begins to draw a picture]
Hugo Cabret: [voice breaking] It's not writing! It... it's drawing!
[they see it is a scene from the movie "A Trip to the Moon."]
Hugo Cabret: That's the movie my Father saw!
[the automaton signs Georges Méliès'name]
Isabelle: [amazed] Georges Méliès. That's Papa Georges name. Why would your Father's machine sign Papa Georges' name?
Hugo Cabret: I don't know.
[picks up drawing and looks at robot]
Hugo Cabret: Thank you.
[turns to Isabelle]
Hugo Cabret: It was a message from my Father. And now I have to figure it out.