A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) Poster


[at the spelling bee]

Charlie Brown: Fussbudget, F-U-S-S-B-U-D-G-E-T, Fussbudget.

[the Peanuts gang watching the spelling bee on TV]

Lucy Van Pelt: Hey! How'd he know that word?

Charlie Brown: [thinking] Well, we lost the first game of the season again. I know it shouldn't bother me, but it does. We always seem to lose the first game of the season and the last game of the season.

[pause, then yells to the sky]

Charlie Brown: And all those stupid games in between!

Linus Van Pelt: You know, Charlie Brown, they say we learn more from losing than from winning.

Charlie Brown: Then that must make me the smartest person in the world.

Linus Van Pelt: Life is difficult, isn't it, Charlie Brown?

Charlie Brown: Yes, it is. But I've developed a new philosophy. I only dread one day at a time.

Lucy Van Pelt: [about Schroeder's Beethoven bust statue] Incidentally, who's this? George Washington?

Lucy Van Pelt: [Walks into Linus's bedroom and raises the shade] Wake up Linus. It's time to go to school.

Linus Van Pelt: Again?

Lucy Van Pelt: What do you mean 'again'?

Linus Van Pelt: [Snuggles back into bed] I went yesterday.

Lucy Van Pelt: Mom's already made your lunch.

[Sets it on his bed and walks out]

Linus Van Pelt: [Sits up in bed, sighs] Guess I might as well go to school. I can't waste a good lunch.

Linus Van Pelt: Don't be discouraged, Charlie Brown. You have nothing to lose. You'll either be the hero, or a goat.

[Snoopy, who is standing next to him, bleats like a goat, then walks away]

Charlie Brown: I'm dying, and all I hear are insults!

Linus Van Pelt: Here, run over to the drinking fountain and soak this handkerchief in cold water.

[Lucy skeptically examines the handkerchief]

Lucy Van Pelt: You're kidding. With a head like Charlie Brown's, you'll need a bedsheet.

Charlie Brown: I'm dying! And all I hear are insults!

Linus Van Pelt: Well, I can understand how you feel. You worked hard, studying for the spelling bee, and I suppose you feel you let everyone down, and you made a fool of yourself and everything. But did you notice something, Charlie Brown?

Charlie Brown: What's that?

Linus Van Pelt: The world didn't come to an end.

[last line of the movie]

Lucy Van Pelt: Welcome home, Charlie Brown.

Charlie Brown: This pitcher's mound is covered with dandelions!

Frieda: Don't touch them Charlie Brown! Don't you dare hurt all those innocent dandelions! They're beautiful! Don't you dare cut them down!

Lucy Van Pelt: Besides... you may not know this, but you look kind of cute standing there surrounded by dandelions.

Charlie Brown: I don't want to look cute!

Charlie Brown: I've never gone through anything like that in my life. I never knew I could be so stupid. I never knew I had so many faults. I never felt so completely miserable.

Lucy Van Pelt: Wait until you get my bill.

Linus Van Pelt: [At the bus stop returning home] I guess nobody realized that we were returning.

Charlie Brown: [At the bus stop departing for the national spelling bee] This whole thing makes me feel as though I'm being drafted.

[Lucy shuts the TV off after Charlie Brown lost the spelling bee]

Lucy Van Pelt: [angrily] Owning 10% of Charlie Brown is like owning 10% of nothing!

[turns the TV on again]

Lucy Van Pelt: Charlie Brown, you - you make me mad!

[shuts the TV off again]

Schroeder: Alright, Charlie Brown, let's get our signals straight. One finger will mean the high straight ball, and two fingers will mean the low straight ball.

Charlie Brown: What about my curveball? And my slider? And my knuckleball? And my sidearm? And my submarine pitch?

Schroeder: One finger will mean the high straight ball, and two fingers will mean the low straight ball.

[Charlie Brown grimaces]

Charlie Brown: Why can't I have an ordinary dog like everyone else?

Patty: Does anyone here know first aid?

Lucy Van Pelt: It's probably not serious. Second or third aid will do.

Linus Van Pelt: My blanket... I can't be without it!

Lucy Van Pelt: You must learn how to smile, Charlie Brown. Smile!

[Charlie Brown smiles; Snoopy smiles more broadly; Lucy compares the two]

Lucy Van Pelt: You've got a smile like a sick pumpkin.

Linus Van Pelt: You look like you've been through shock treatment or something.

Charlie Brown: What's more shocking than having your faults projected on a screen?

[first lines]

Lucy Van Pelt: Aren't the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton. I could just lie here all day and watch them drift by. If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud's formations. What do you think you see, Linus?

Linus Van Pelt: Well, those clouds up there look to me look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean.

[points up]

Linus Van Pelt: That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor. And that group of clouds over there...


Linus Van Pelt: ...gives me the impression of the Stoning of Stephen. I can see the Apostle Paul standing there to one side.

Lucy Van Pelt: Uh huh. That's very good. What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?

Charlie Brown: Well... I was going to say I saw a duckie and a horsie, but I changed my mind.

Lucy Van Pelt: These slides show your tendency toward fatness.

[Next slide]

Lucy Van Pelt: Look at that stomach!

[Next slide]

Lucy Van Pelt: Even your nose is fat, and your legs. Why, I bet if the truth were known, even your toes are fat.

Linus Van Pelt: This blanket is a necessity. It keeps me from cracking up. It may be regarded as a spiritual tourniquet. Without it, I'd be nothing, a ship without a rudder.

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