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Death Takes a Holiday (TV Movie 1971) Poster

(1971 TV Movie)

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David Smith: [to John] You're a very courageous man. I mean, taking upon yourself the responsibility for altering the course of another person's life.

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David Smith: [Judge Chapman has realized who David really is] You know, don't you?

Judge Earl Chapman: I know I'd seen you before... but I couldn't quite remember. Each time... each time I had a stroke, it was you waiting. Every time I thought the pain was so bad that it was all over, you were there, weren't you? Standing off a way.

[he chuckles]

Judge Earl Chapman: Waiting... but you were always so dim, so... so vague.

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John Cummings: I think you're a phony... a very clever gold-digging phony, Mr. Smith. I intend to prove that to Peggy and to Judge Chapman.

David Smith: You'd be well advised to leave well enough alone.

John Cummings: But thing's aren't well enough, are they? There's something wrong about you. I want you out of here, off this island.

David Smith: I'm afraid your wants are the least of my concerns right now.

John Cummings: I'll tell you something, Smith... if I have to beat the truth out of you, I'll do it!

David Smith: Take my advice, Mr. Cummings... don't get involved in matters far beyond your control... and far beyond your possible understanding.

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David Smith: [Judge Chapman has realized who David really is] You know, don't you?

Judge Earl Chapman: I knew I'd seen you before... but I couldn't quite remember. Each time... each time I had a stroke, it was you waiting. Every time I thought the pain was so bad that it was all over, you were there, weren't you? Standing off a way.

[he chuckles]

Judge Earl Chapman: Waiting... but you were always so dim, so... so vague.

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Judge Earl Chapman: Giving up is not something I do easily.

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David Smith: I came here to solve what for me has been a riddle for as long as there's been life. I had to understand why people cling so tenaciously to living... why they're so afraid of what I can bring them. I want to know what is there that makes men and women fight so desperately to remain in a world so unhappy, so filled with hate and now so polluted with real poisons.

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Judge Earl Chapman: [to his wife] Your daughter may walk out of here on Death's arm and you just sit there saying "Let's wish her well!"

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Selena Chapman: For you, Death has been the enemy, the destroyer, the arch-villain.

Judge Earl Chapman: He's your friend, I suppose? After all that you've... that this family has suffered?

Selena Chapman: No... he's not my friend. But if I couldn't accept his existence by now, my mind would have been in pieces years ago. No, to me he's just a fact like night or clouds or quiet. How could there be anything so terrifying about anything so common, so inevitable? I don't mean that we should just lie back and accept death like another rainy day, but when it comes to that last moment, who's to say that it's a tragedy... except for those of us who may survive? But no one can speak for those who have left us.

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Judge Earl Chapman: Peggy's hardly even been here yet! In the day of her life, this is only mid-morning!

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Peggy Chapman: There is a tragedy in dying... in dying not knowing absolute love.

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David Smith: [Peggy has tried to throw herself off the cliff] Peggy! What were you trying to do?

Peggy Chapman: You know what I was trying to do.

David Smith: Why? Why would you want to?

Peggy Chapman: [she touches his face] I thought you'd look different... but you don't.

David Smith: He told you?

Peggy Chapman: Yes.

David Smith: And now?

Peggy Chapman: I don't know... I was so frightened at first, so many things bouncing around in my head and then... absolute stillness inside. There were no more questions I had to ask.

David Smith: But you still haven't told me why! Why this?

Peggy Chapman: Because I wanted to leave with you.

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[last lines]

David Smith: Peggy, if I don't stay I'll have to take you, and I can't! I love you, Peggy! I can't take all those years of living from you, not when you make them count for so much!

Peggy Chapman: David, I've waited for you all my life! Do you know what I'm saying? All my life!

[They embrace]

Peggy Chapman: If I go with you, can we be together as we are right now?

David Smith: Yes.

Peggy Chapman: For ever?

David Smith: More.

Peggy Chapman: Then I want to go with you. Now.

David Smith: Peggy, I can't promise you that it will be either more or less than you may have imagined.

Peggy Chapman: I know.

David Smith: You won't regret it?

Peggy Chapman: No... not with you.

David Smith: But you're so young! You've had so few years.

Peggy Chapman: Most people live 'til they're eighty and never know the fulfillment I've known. David... it's Christmas morning. I want to open the next package.

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Peggy Chapman: [first lines, waking up on the beach after nearly drowning] I don't remember... the last thing I know I was in a big kelp bed. I remember thinking I'd never come up from down there. But here I am, aren't I... I guess.

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John Cummings: You do take too many chances.

Peggy Chapman: Now how many is too many? I mean, you don't know until you take the last one, do you? And then that could be the first time or the hundredth

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David Smith: [Peggy has asked him to tell her about himself] In my earliest recollected incarnation, I was the poet Euripedes. That was about 480 B.C. My next trip in was as John the Baptist.

[Peggy laughs]

David Smith: Not too happy a choice, as it turned out. And then somewhere around 810 I served a hitch in Charlemagne's army. Yes, I was a general, I think... at least I had a very fancy uniform.

Peggy Chapman: Wonderful! Because at this rate, we'll be here all night.

David Smith: Wait 'til I get to the fifteenth century. That was easily my best century.

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Judge Earl Chapman: [He has realized] 3:45 on Friday... when all death stopped everywhere! When Peggy-...

David Smith: Drowned. When Peggy accidentally drowned.

Judge Earl Chapman: [grabs hold of David's arm] No! Not Peggy! Please!

David Smith: It's done. It happened. 3:45 Friday her body washed up on the beach.

Judge Earl Chapman: But you let her live!

David Smith: I extended her time a little.

Judge Earl Chapman: [pause, then] How long?

David Smith: Tomorrow. When the weekend is over, I'll take her with me.

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Judge Earl Chapman: What happens in some other life doesn't interest me... why we were put here in the first place doesn't interest me. We're here and every second of it has meaning, and to throw away even one little second is wrong.

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Judge Earl Chapman: Was falling in love with my daughter part of your study?

David Smith: [long pause, then] No... that wasn't planned.

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David Smith: [to Judge Chapman] You won't believe me, will you? I'm not a judge, I'm not God, I'm not even an executioner.

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