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On the Beach (1959) Poster

(1959)

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Julian Osborne: The war started when people accepted the idiotic principle that peace could be maintained by arranging to defend themselves with weapons they couldn't possibly use without committing suicide.

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Julian Osborne: The trouble with you is you want a simple answer. There isn't any. The war started when people accepted the idiotic principle that peace could be maintained - - by arranging to defend themselves with weapons they couldn't possibly use - - without committing suicide. Everybody had an atomic bomb, and counter-bombs, and counter-counter bombs. The devices outgrew us; we couldn't control them. I know, I helped build them. God, help me. Somewhere, some poor bloke probably looked at a radar screen and thought he saw something. He knew that if he hesitated one-thousands of a second - his own country would be wiped off the map. So - So, he pushed a button - and the world went - - crazy. And, and...

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Julian Osborne: I shouldn't drink, you know. I inevitably say something brilliant.

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Moira Davidson: There isn't time. No time to love... nothing to remember... nothing worth remembering.

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Morgan: They pushed us too far! They didn't think we'd fight, no matter what they did!

Julian Osborne: And they were wrong. We fought. We expunged them. And we didn't do such a bad job on ourselves.

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Julian Osborne: There was a choice. It was build the bombs, and use them - or risk the United States, the Soviet Union, and the rest of us, would find some way... to go on living.

Morgan: [scoffs] That's wishful thinking if ever I heard it.

Julian Osborne: [softly] I'm not against wishful thinking. Not now.

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Dwight Towers: Mr. Osborne, he's doing a good job for us. He's not used to this kind of duty. He's not feeling well; just a little claustrophobia.

Lungren: Beg your pardon, sir?

Dwight Towers: Professor needs a drink.

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Julian Osborne: In the end, somehow granted the time for examination, we shall find that our so called civilization was gloriously destroyed by a handful of vacuum tubes and transistors. Probably faulty.

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Peter: Now, this is a special kind of - - sleeping pill. I had a devil of a time getting 'em. But, I wanted you to have them on hand and to make sure you knew how to use 'em. - - What happens with the radiation is that you get - you get ill - and you start feeling sick and then you are sick and you go on being sick. You can't keep anything down. You may feel better for awhile; but, but it always comes back. You get weaker.

Mary: And this cures it.

Peter: Darling, you know nothing cures it. This ends it.

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Dwight Towers: Well... how'd you recognize me?

Moira Davidson: I love Americans. They're so naive.

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Moira Davidson: I wouldn't really mind... if you could forget entirely who I am... I don't like myself very much anyway.

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Peter: You remember when we first met? It was on the beach. I thought you were everything I'd always wanted.

Mary: I thought you were so underfed.

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Mary: It's all over now, isn't it?

Peter: Yes, it's all over.

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Julian Osborne: We're all doomed, you know. The whole, silly, drunken, pathetic lot of us. Doomed by the air we're about to breathe. We haven't got a chance!

Mary: Stop it! I won't have it, Julian. I won't! There is hope. There has to be hope. There's always hope. We just can't go on like this. We can't. We - we...

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[first lines]

Dwight Towers: Prepare to surface.

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[last lines]

Mary: God... God, forgive us. Peter, I think I'll have that cup of tea now.

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Submarine Officer: Who do you think started it - the war?

Julian Osborne: Albert Einstein.

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Adm. Bridie: There's one thing that always bothered me, Hosgood. A girl like you - why no young men?

Lt. Hosgood (Bridie's secretary): They never asked me. I guess maybe it was the uniform.

Adm. Bridie: [Toast] To a blind, blind world.

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Julian Osborne: Who would ever have believed that human beings would be stupid enough to blow themselves off the face of the Earth?

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Moira Davidson: Dwight... even if you don't like me, would you please hold on to me just for a moment longer?

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Moira Davidson: You know, I think I've discovered why you fascinate me. Shall I tell you?

Dwight Towers: Uh-huh.

Moira Davidson: Because you take me for granted. I know women aren't supposed to like that sort of thing, but somehow I do. I've been treated in every other way. Like a child. And sometimes like - well, like things I've probably deserved. But I've never been pushed around in - in such a nice way and treated something like a wife. - - I suppose what I mean is - like an American wife.

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Mary: [as she is bent over wearing a bathing suit, Peter snaps a towel on Mary's behind] Peter, how could you!

Peter: Oh, I don't know, really, I just held the towel like this and...

Mary: Very funny.

Peter: You're starting to get your figure back, arent' ya... You know, after Jennifer and all. Little here. A little there.

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Mary: Was he married, do you know?

Peter: Two kids.

Mary: And there gone.

Peter: Yes, they were in America.

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Mary: We would have to get someone for him, wouldn't we? What about Moira?

Peter: Well, why not, if she's sober this weekend.

Mary: Julian said she's given it up.

Peter: Oh, no, darling, you didn't listen. Julian said she'd given up gin - for brandy. She says she can drink more brandy.

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Peter: Moira's not a bad notion, point of fact.

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Moira Davidson: You're looking for me.

Moira Davidson: Am I?

Dwight Towers: I'm Moira Davidson. M-O-I-R-A. It was a very fashionable name when... my mother was young and impressionable. I'm a throwback.

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Dwight Towers: Where's Holmes?

Moira Davidson: Oh, he's decking the halls with holly. He sent me for better or worse.

Dwight Towers: Better, I'd say.

Moira Davidson: I'm your date - or, whatever you call it.

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Dwight Towers: Is there a place where I might stop where I can get a little breakfast?

Moira Davidson: What?

Dwight Towers: A little breakfast.

Moira Davidson: Do you mean that in addition to everything else, I have to watch you eat bacon and eggs and all that muck?

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Moira Davidson: You have to buy me a couple of drinks to get me started.

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Elderly Woman at Holmes Party: My second husband was an American. We traveled all over the world - and everywhere we went he say to people, "I am an American. I am an American." They finally shot him in one of those eastern countries.

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Moira Davidson: I can't decide if I'm more objectionable drunk or sober?

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Moira Davidson: All I want to know is: if everybody was so smart, why didn't they know what would happen?

Dwight Towers: They did.

Moira Davidson: Well, I - I can't take it. I - oh, yes, I can take it! But, it's unfair. It's unfair because I didn't do anything. And nobody I know did anything.

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Moira Davidson: The only thing I could understand is geography. And I like geography.

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Moira Davidson: A very nice man asked me to wait here. I don't think he knew what to do with me.

Dwight Towers: That's debatable.

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Moira Davidson: I take it you put me to bed?

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Moira Davidson: I've never had it happen quite like that before.

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Moira Davidson: My obvious job was to seduce you. So, I suppose my pride is hurt. I also feel ashamed.

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Dwight Towers: [to Moira] Well, you can't go down in a submarine in that ballet costume.

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Julian Osborne: It's like looking at a French movie.

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Moira Davidson: When the dentist is drilling your tooth, what do you think about? The nicest thing or sex or what?

Dwight Towers: Fishing. Trout fishing - in a clean mountain stream.

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Mary: You never wrestle with me any more.

Peter: Now, what does that mean?

Mary: I mean exactly what I say, you never wrestle with me any more.

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Moira Davidson: Wouldn't you like to try?

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Peter: Have you ever been to San Francisco?

Julian Osborne: Yes, I have. A week on the way down. I met a lovely girl. Longest, loveliest legs I've ever seen. Full of martinis - both of them. The legs, I mean.

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Dwight Towers: Is your invitation to spread a little fertilizer still open?

Moira Davidson: [Smiles, laughs] Can you stay for a few day?

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Adm. Bridie: Would you have a glass of sherry - with an old man?

Lt. Hosgood (Bridie's secretary): No, sir. But, I would very much like to have one with you, sir.

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Mary: Now, it's all over, isn't it?

Peter: It's all over.

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Peter: [Last lines] Darling.

Mary: God, God forgive us. Peter, I think I'll have that cup of tea, now.

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