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(1986)

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Bo Hodges: You realize who goes to see movies. Eighty percent of them are between the ages of 12 and 22. And you know what the kids like?

Michael Burgess: What?

Bo Hodges: Well, this may sound silly to you, but kids go completely ape if you do three things in a picture: defy authority, destroy property, and take people's clothes off.

Michael Burgess: [bollixed] What does that have to do with American history?

Bo Hodges: Oh, come on, Michael, think about it for a second. Why do kids defy authority? Because they're in rebellion. The American revolution, Michael, was the ultimate rebellion. *And* they destroyed property! So all we had to do with these lunatics' help was to get their clothes off.

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Michael Burgess: [Meeting the director for the first time] Yeah, the script is, uh... very interesting. There are only a couple of things I have a problem with.

Bo Hodges: [unconcerned] Oh, yeah? What are they?

Michael Burgess: The story, and the dialogue.

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Stanley Gould: Wonderful welcome. Maniacs in tights - Shooting.

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[Stanley is trying to check into his hotel]

Stanley Gould: I have to get right to my suite. I'm the writer.

Stuntman: So? I'm the stunt coordinator.

Stanley Gould: So you can fall down later - I have writing that can't wait.

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[On Stanley's adaptation of Michael's book]

Stanley Gould: You're not upset are you?

Michael Burgess: [annoyed] I think I should warn you - I have a sword in my bag.

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Gretchen: [to Michael] How can you teach History and have such a short memory?

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Michael Burgess: Hi Mom. I brought you your groceries

Cecelia Burgess: Put them on the TV.

Michael Burgess: Mom, why do you always put your groceries on the TV?

Cecelia Burgess: I always put them there and keep them there for a week. The radiation kills the poison that they put in them.

Michael Burgess: Mom, there's no poison in your groceries. Why don't you put them in the kitchen?

Cecelia Burgess: You know why.

[whispers]

Cecelia Burgess: Because "he's" in there.

Michael Burgess: Who, Mom? The Devil?

[Cecelia nods]

Michael Burgess: Mom, the Devil is not in your kitchen.

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Michael Burgess: [of the screenplay's historical inaccuracies] Tarleton was a vicious ruthless beast! Why would she fall in love with this guy?

Bo Hodges: He's number four at the box office.

Michael Burgess: What?

Bo Hodges: Elliott James is an international star. He comes on the screen in Paris, they wet their pants in Manila. If she *doesn't* fall in love with him, the audience will set fire to the *ushers*.

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Michael Burgess: [on meeting the lead actress out of period costume] I'm trying to get used to how *different* you look. You--you know, you're two different people!

Faith Healy: Oh, well, if all I could be is two different people, I'd be out of business!

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Elliott James: [of his philandering] You know what my problem is? The way they smell. The perfume of their skin. It's, it's so intoxicating. I told my wife I'd never even *look* at other women if only I could cut off my nose.

Michael Burgess: What'd she say?

Elliott James: She said I was aiming too high.

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Faith Healy: [on seeing Michael nearly pick a fight with her co-star Elliott out of jealousy] I think if you have a complaint, you ought to take it up with me.

Michael Burgess: Exactly how far do you take being Mary Slocum?

Faith Healy: How far do you take being an historian?

Michael Burgess: I would stop short of sleeping with George the Third. *Why* would you have anything to do with him?

Faith Healy: Because he's a witty, charming man, and because it helps our scenes.

Michael Burgess: Helps your *scenes*?

Faith Healy: When I look in his eyes now, there's someone there. Do you--do you know what it feels like to act with someone who has the emotional depth of an eggplant?

Michael Burgess: [truly astonished] You're not at *all* like her!

Faith Healy: [quietly, also astonished] Where have you been the last ten weeks?

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Michael Burgess: [Stanley calls Michael and himself "The Two Musketeers"] I'm not a musketeer, I'm a historian!

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Michael Burgess: [to Stanley, who wants to inject more comedy into the screenplay] The American Revolution was NOT a goddamned vaudeville show!

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Gretchen: I'll tell you what, Mrs. Burgess, why don't I make you some lunch?

Cecelia Burgess: Sure! Some poisoned food would just finish me off!

Michael Burgess: Well, they were all out of poisoned food today. We got the other kind.

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Cecelia Burgess: I don't eat anything that hasn't been sitting on the TV for 24 hours. The radiation kills whatever poison they put in there.

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Bo Hodges: Remind me not to talk to Faith when she's in her street clothes.

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