Shane (1953) Poster



Shane: A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.

[first lines]

Joey: Somebody's comin', Pa!

Joe Starrett: Well, let him come.

[last lines]

Joey: Shane! Come back!

Shane: You speaking to me?

Chris Calloway: I don't see nobody else standing there.

[after Shane enters the bar and orders asks for a soda pop, Chris tries to bully him]

Chris Calloway: Well, what'll it be? Lemon, strawberry or lilac, sodbuster?

Shane: You speakin' to me?

Chris Calloway: I don't see nobody else standin' there.

[throws his drink on Shane]

Chris Calloway: Here, have some of this. Smell like a man.

Morgan Ryker: Don't it smell better in here, Grafton? Chris just fumigated a sodbuster.

Sam Grafton: Just take it easy.

Chris Calloway: I was just askin' about sody pop... pigs and taters and one thing and another.

[to Shane]

Chris Calloway: Say, which one of them tater-pickers are you workin' for? Or are you just squattin' on the range?

Shane: Joe Starrett, if it's any of your business.

Chris Calloway: Supposin' I make it my business?

Shane: You were watchin' me down it for quite a spell, weren't you?

Joey: Yes I was.

Shane: You know, I... I like a man who watches things go on around. It means he'll make his mark someday.

[after the meal that the Starretts share with Shane]

Shane: That was an elegant dinner, Mrs. Starrett.

Shane: So you're Jack Wilson.

Jack Wilson: What's that mean to you, Shane?

Shane: I've heard about you.

Jack Wilson: What have you heard, Shane?

Shane: I've heard that you're a low-down Yankee liar.

Jack Wilson: Prove it.

Joey: Was that him? Was that Wilson?

Shane: That was him. That was Wilson, all right, and he was fast, fast on the draw.

Joey: I just love Shane!

Shane: [to Joey] You go home to your mother and your father and grow up to be strong and straight.

Rufus Ryker: I'll kill him if I have to.

Jack Wilson: You mean I'll kill him if you have to.

[Wilson is trying to goad Torrey into drawing on him]

Wilson: I guess they named a lot of that Southern trash after old Stonewall.

Frank 'Stonewall' Torrey: Who'd they name you after? Or do you know?

Wilson: I'm saying that Stonewall Jackson was trash himself. Him and Lee and all the rest of them rebs. You, too.

Frank 'Stonewall' Torrey: You're a low-down lyin' Yankee!

Wilson: Prove it.

Shane: There's no living with a killing. There's no goin' back from one. Right or wrong, it's a brand... a brand sticks. There's no goin' back. Now you run on home to your mother and tell her... tell her everything's alright. And there aren't any more guns in the valley.

Shane: Do you mind putting down that gun? Then I'll leave.

Joe Starrett: What difference does it make, you're leaving anyway?

Shane: I'd like it to be my idea.

Joey: I bet it stings like anything!

Joey: Pa's got things for you to do. And Mother wants you. I know she does!

Joe Starrett: Can't you ask nothin' but questions?

Joe Starrett: What Ryker has comin' isn't fit for a woman to see.

Shane: I gotta be going on.

Joey: Why, Shane?

Shane: A man has to be what he is, Joey. Can't break the mould. I tried it and it didn't work for me.

Joey: We want you, Shane.

Shane: Joey, there's no living with... with a killing. There's no going back from one. Right or wrong, it's a brand. A brand sticks. There's no going back. Now you run on home to your mother, and tell her... tell her everything's all right. And there aren't any more guns in the valley.

Joey: Shane...

[Joey notices that Shane is wounded]

Joey: It's bloody! You're hurt!

Shane: [Shane starts to stroke Joey's hair ] I'm all right, Joey. You go home to your mother and father and grow up to be strong and straight. And, Joey... take care of them, both of them.

Joey: Yes, Shane.

[Shane rides off]

Rufus Ryker: [speaking of Joe Starrett] Tell him I'm a reasonable man. Tell him things have gone far enough. Tell him I'm beat. Tell him anything but, by Jupiter, get him here!

Joe Starrett: Looks like your friends are a little late. What are the Ryker boys up to this time?

[points a rifle at Shane]

Shane: Ryker?

Joe Starrett: That's what I said.

Shane: I wouldn't know a Ryker from your Jersey cow.

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