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Eraserhead (1977) Poster

(1977)

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Lady in the Radiator: [singing] In Heaven, everything is fine. In Heaven, everything is fine. You've got your good things. And I've got mine.

Mrs. X: Henry, may I speak to you a minute? Over here. Did you and Mary have sexual intercourse?

Henry Spencer: [stammering] Why?

Mrs. X: Did you?

Henry Spencer: Why are you asking me this question?

Mrs. X: I have a very good reason, and now I want you to tell me.

Henry Spencer: I'm, I'm very... I love Mary!

Mrs. X: [interrupting] Henry, I asked you if you and Mary had sexual intercourse!

Henry Spencer: Well, I don't... I don't think that's any of your business!

Mrs. X: [interrupting] Henry!

Henry Spencer: I'm sorry.

Mrs. X: You're in very bad trouble if you won't cooperate...

[nuzzling at his neck]

Henry Spencer: Well, I...

[calls]

Henry Spencer: Mary!

Mary X: [grabbing her away] Mother!

[sobs]

Mrs. X: Answer me!

Henry Spencer: I'm too nervous.

Mrs. X: There's a baby. It's at the hospital.

Mary X: Mom!

Mrs. X: And you're the father.

Henry Spencer: Well, well that's impossible! It's only been...

Mary X: Mother, they're still not sure it is a baby!

[first lines]

Beautiful Girl Across the Hall: Are you Henry?

Henry Spencer: Yes?

Beautiful Girl Across the Hall: A girl named "Mary" called on the payphone in the hallway about an hour ago. She said that she's at her parents and that you're invited to dinner.

Henry Spencer: Oh, yeah?

[after a long pause]

Henry Spencer: Well... thank you very much.

[Henry enters his apartment, while the girl slowly closes the door to hers]

Mr. X: Mary usually does the carving but tonight since you are our guest, you could do it, Henry.

Henry Spencer: Of course. I'd be glad to. So I just, uh... I just cut them up like regular chickens?

Mr. X: Sure, just cut them up like regular chickens.

Beautiful Girl Across the Hall: I locked myself out of my apartment...

[pause]

Beautiful Girl Across the Hall: ... and it's so late.

Mr. X: I thought I heard a stranger. We've got chicken tonight. Strangest damn things. They're man made. Little damn things. Smaller than my fist. But they're new. Hi, I'm Bill.

Henry Spencer: Hello there. I'm Henry.

Mrs. X: Henry works at LaPelle's Factory.

Mr. X: Oh. Printing's your business? Plumbing's mine. For 30 years now. I've watched this neighborhood change from pastures to the hell-hole it is now!

Mary X: Dad!

Mrs. X: Bill!

Mr. X: I put every damn pipe in this neighborhood. People think that pipes grow in their homes. But they sure as hell don't! Look at my knees! Look at my knees!

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[the Baby is going into violent convultions and has broken out in spots]

Henry Spencer: Oh! You ARE sick!

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Mary X: [to the crying baby] Shut up!

[Baby continues to cry]

Mary X: I can't take it anymore! I'm going home!

Henry Spencer: What are you talking about?

Mary X: All I need is a decent night's sleep!

Henry Spencer: Why don't you just stay home...

Mary X: I'll do what I want! And you better take good care of things while I'm gone!

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[last lines]

Pencil Machine Operator: It's okay!

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Mr. X: Well Henry, what do you know?

Henry Spencer: Oh, I don't know much of anything.

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Mary X: You wouldn't mind marrying me, would you Henry?

Henry Spencer: Well... No.

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The Boss: COUNTER, PAUL!

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Mrs. X: It's Henry isn't it? Mary tells me you're a very nice fellow. What do you do?

Henry Spencer: Oh, I'm on vacation.

Mrs. X: What did you do?

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Mr. X: The girls have heard this before but... 14 years ago I had an operation on my left arm here. The doctors said that I wouldn't be able to ever use it. But what the hell do they know, I said. So I rubbed it for a half-hour every day. And slowly I could move it a little, and use it to turn a faucet... and pretty soon I had my arm back again. And now, I can't feel a damn thing in it. All numb! I'm afraid to cut it, you know?

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