Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) Poster


Patricia: My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement.

Mr. Waturi: But can he do the job. I know he can get the job but can he DO the job? I'm NOT arguing that with you. I'm not arguing that with YOU. I'm not ARGUING that with you. I'm not ARGUING that with you Harry! Harry... Harry... Yeah Harry... but can he DO the job. I know he can GET the job but can he do the job?

Marshall: They just pay me to drive the limo, sir. I'm not here to tell you who you are.

Joe Banks: I didn't ask you to tell me who I am.

Marshall: You were hinting around about clothes. That happens to be a very important topic to me, sir. Clothes, Mr...

Joe Banks: Banks.

Marshall: Banks. Clothes make the man. I believe that. You say to me you want to go shopping, you want to buy clothes, but you don't know what kind. You leave that hanging in the air, like I'm going to fill in the blank, that to me is like asking me who you are, and I don't know who you are, I don't want to know. It's taken me my whole life to find out who I am, and I'm tired now, you hear what I'm saying?

Joe Banks: Dear God, whose name I do not know - thank you for my life. I forgot how BIG... thank you. Thank you for my life.

Mr. Waturi: I know he can get the job, but can he do the job?

Waponi Chief: Do you want to marry him?

Patricia: Yes.

Waponi Chief: Do you want to marry her?

Joe Banks: Yes.

Waponi Chief: Good. You're married.

Joe Banks: [shaking the Chief's hand] Thank you, Chief.

Patricia: Thank you, Chief.

Waponi Chief: I'm going now.

Angelica: Would you like to hear one of my poems?

Joe Banks: Sure.

Angelica: Long ago, the delicate tangles of his hair... covered the emptiness of my hand... Would you like to hear it again?

Joe Banks: Ok.

Angelica: Long ago, the delicate tangles of his hair... covered the emptiness of my hand.

Joe Banks: I have less than six months to live. The Waponis believe they need a human sacrifice or their island is going to sink into the ocean. They have this mineral your father wants so he hired me to leap into their volcano.

Patricia: What?

Joe Banks: You're not going to make me say that again, are you?

Joe Banks: You look terrible, Mr. Waturi. You look like a bag of shit stuffed in a cheap suit. Not that anyone could look good under these zombie lights. I, I, I, I can feel them sucking the juice out of my eyeball. Suck, suck, suck, SUCK...

[makes a sucking noise]

Joe Banks: For 300 bucks a week, that's the news. For 300 bucks a week, I've lived in this sink, this used rubber.

Mr. Waturi: You watch it, mister! There's a woman here!

Joe Banks: [shouting] Don't you think I know that, Frank? Don't you think I am aware there is a woman here? I can smell her, like, like a flower. I can taste her, like sugar on my tongue. When I'm 20 feet away I can hear the fabric of her dress when she moves in her chair!

Patricia: Nobody knows anything, Joe. We'll take this leap, and we'll see. We'll jump, and we'll see. That's life, right?

[Joe is about to jump into the volcano]

Patricia: I love you!

Joe Banks: I love you, too! I've never been in love with anybody before, either! It's great! I'm glad! But the timing stinks.

[kisses her on the cheek]

Joe Banks: I've gotta go.

Luggage Salesman: Have you thought much about luggage, Mr. Banks?

Joe Banks: No.

Luggage Salesman: It's the central preoccupation of my life.

Angelica: I have no response to that.

Angelica: You must be tired.

Joe Banks: I don't mind talking.

Angelica: Well, I do! This is one of those typical conversations where we're all open and sharing our innermost thoughts and it's all bullshit and a lie and it doesn't cost *you* anything!

Patricia: You mean you were diagnosed with something called a brain cloud and didn't ask for a second opinion?

Dr. Ellison: And what did you do in the fire department?

Joe Banks: Well... I put out fires.

Dr. Ellison: You have some time left, Mr. Banks. You have some life left. My advice to you is: live it well.

Angelica: You're in a rotten mood.

Patricia: It's the sunshine. Gets me down.

Patricia: I'm soul sick.

Patricia: [addressing Joe his first night aboard the Tweedle Dee] I've always kept clear of my father's stuff ever since I got out on my own. And now he's pulling me back in. He knew I wanted this boat and he used it and he got me working for him, which I swore I would never do. I feel ashamed because I had a price. He named it and now I know that about myself. And I could treat you like I did back out on the dock, but that would be me kicking myself for selling out, which isn't fair to you. Doesn't make me feel any better. I don't know what your situation is but I wanted you to know what mine is not just to explain some rude behavior, but because we're on a little boat for a while and... I'm soul sick. And you're going to see that.

Waponis Chief: We are the children of children and we live as we are shown.

Luggage Salesman: This is our premier steamer trunk, it's all handmade, only the finest materials. It's even watertight, tight as a drum. If I had the need, and the wherewithal, Mr. Banks, this would be my trunk of choice.

Joe Banks: I'll take four of them.

Luggage Salesman: May you live to be a thousand years old, sir.

Joe Banks: And Frank, the coffee. It stinks. It tastes like arsenic. These lights give me a headache; if they don't give you a headache, you must be dead, so let's arrange the funeral!

Joe Banks: What's that? A teddy bear?

Waponi Chief: It's my soul.

Joe Banks: Oh, I hope you don't lose it.

Waponi Chief: Me too.

Samuel Harvey Graynamore: Well, does it take more guts to twice traverse a staircase in a burning building, or to make a one-time leap into a volcano? Damned if I know, Kemosabe.

Patricia: I wonder where we'll end up?

Joe Banks: Away from the things of man, my love. Away from the things of man.

Patricia: That outfit's wearing you, Felix.

Joe Banks: Why are you calling me Felix. My name is Joe.

Patricia: I am calling you Felix because I do what I want.

Marshall: What kinda clothes do you got now?

Joe Banks: Well, I got the kinda clothes I'm wearing.

Marshall: So you got no clothes.

[Joe and Marshall are both wearing Armani tuxedos]

Joe Banks: Feel like I'm getting married.

Marshall: I feel like I'm giving you away.

Angelica: I am completely untrustworthy... I'm a flibbertigibbet.

Marshall: Listen, ain't you got nobody?

Joe Banks: No. But there are certain times in your life when I guess you're not supposed to have anybody, you know? There are certain doors you have to go through alone.

Marshall: ...You're gonna be all right.

Marshall: You're coming into focus, kid!

Joe Banks: And why, I ask myself, why have I put up with you? I can't imagine, but now I know. Fear. Yellow freakin' fear. I've been too chicken shit afraid to live my life so I sold it to you for three hundred freakin' dollars a week!

Patricia: You're afraid of the commitment? You're gonna have to love and honor me for about 30 seconds.

Joe Banks: I've never been to L.A. before.

Angelica: What do you think?

Joe Banks: It looks fake. I like it!

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Joe Banks: So I'm not sick? Except for this terminal disease?

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Joe Banks: [shouting] Take me... to the volcano!

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Joe Banks: I tell you one thing, though. Wherever we go, whatever we do, we're gonna take this luggage with us!

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Joe Banks: And then I'll be staying on a tiny island and I don't know if I'll be living in a hut, or what.

Luggage Salesman: Very exciting... as a luggage problem!

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Joe Banks: I bribed them to sing a song that would drive us insane and make our hearts swell and burst.

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