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(1996 TV Movie)

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Catherine: [to Countess Bruce] My dear, I am about to seize the throne of Russia. What on earth shall I wear?

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[to Potemkin]

Catherine: [in Latin, quoting Vergil] Blessings on your courage, boy; that's the way to the stars.

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[on building an empire]

Pugachev: To build a house, you must first level the ground!

Catherine: Oh no. You lay foundations.

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Catherine: [voiceover] I'm told that in France they call me "Catherine le Grand." *Le* Grand... the masculine gender. "Catherine the Great."

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Catherine: I was just thinking of a line from our favorite poet.

Potemkin: How like you. Which one?

Catherine: Nunc scio quid sit amor.

Potemkin: [smiles and translates] Now I know what love is.

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[to Saltykov, regarding Catherine]

Elizabeth: I didn't bring her here to read books. I brought her here to breed sons.

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[first lines]

Catherine: The 21st of August 1745... my wedding day. I was fifteen. The Grand Duke Peter was two years older, and we were both pawns in a political game.

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Razumovsky: [refering to his position as lover to Empress Elizabeth] The Emperor of the Night takes many positions, but none of them political.

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[Catherine refuses to come to a state dinner]

Peter: This is an insult to an honored guest!

Catherine: Oh, you honor him, do you?

Peter: Yes, I do!

Catherine: Then why have you sent him to dinner on the arm of your whore?

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Elizabeth: But now tell me, when I'm dead, will you seek to take power?

Catherine: Yes.

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Schwerin: By the order of His Imperial Majesty Czar Peter, you are under arrest.

Catherine: What will you do, Count Schwerin? Shoot me? Here?

[pause]

Catherine: Then shoot me.

[Schwerin hesitates, then lowers his pistol]

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Catherine: It may take time, but together we are going to change this country.

Catherine: [in French] L'homme est né libre, et partout il est dans les fers.

Bestuzhev: [translating] "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains"?

Catherine: Rousseau. Don't you read him?

Bestuzhev: Um, he's a bit revolutionary for me, Ma'am.

[Catherine smiles knowingly; Bestuzhev does the same but looks uncomfortable]

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Bestuzhev: [to Catherine] Politics is a brutal business, Ma'am. Are you sure you've got the stomach for it?

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Elizabeth: Plots! Plots! I won't have it! I WON'T HAVE IT!

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Catherine: [to Bestuzhev] All or nothing. If I commit myself to you, you must commit yourself to me!

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Saltykov: I love you! How can you doubt it? My God, don't you remember that first night?

Catherine: [Detached] Oh, yes. It will always remind me that a man can practice the art of a whore as well as a woman.

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Catherine: I can only assume you don't understand the position you're refusing.

Potemkin: Stallion-in-chief to her Imperial Highness? Emperor of the Night?

[she slaps his face]

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Catherine: Language. I've been corresponding with Monsieur Voltaire on the subject. And he tells a delightful story about a lady at the court of Versailles. This... grand personnage was heard to say, "That dreadful bother at the Tower of Babel, language getting all mixed up... such a pity! Otherwise, everyone would always have spoken French."

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