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Mother Night (1996) Poster

(1996)

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George Kraft: The Brotherhood of the Walking Wounded. It's the largest organization in the world. You don't even know it exists until you're in it. You get your membership card when you lose the one thing that gives your life any meaning, the thing that binds you together. The thing that holds the group in one piece is the fact that the members are absolutely incapable of speaking to one another.

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Howard W. Campbell Jr.: I was deposited on to the streets of New York, restored to the mainstream of life. I took several steps down the sidewalk when something happened. It was not guilt that froze me; I had taught myself never to feel guilt. It wasn't the fear of death; I had taught myself to think of death as a friend. It was not the thought of being unloved that froze me; I had taught myself to do without love. What froze me was the fact that I had absolutely no reason to move in any direction.

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Black Fuhrer of Harlem: Most things in this world don't work, but aspirin do.

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George Kraft: All the best writers are dead.

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Howard W. Campbell Jr.: Yes, I've changed. People should be changed by World Wars or what are World Wars for.

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Frank Wirtanen: Your role will remain classified, and Uncle Sam's official position is you're the scum of the earth.

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Howard W. Campbell Jr.: I guess the moral here is: you must be careful what you pretend to be because in the end you are who you're pretending to be.

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Frank Wirtanen: You love good, you hate evil, and you'd do anything for the sake of romance.

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Resi Noth: You no longer... you no longer believe that love is the only thing to live for?

Howard W. Campbell Jr.: No.

Resi Noth: [starting to cry] Then tell me what to live for. Tell me anything. It does not have to be love. Anything at all! I will live for that chair! Or that - that picture on the wall! Or that crack on the... over there! Just tell me. Tell me what you live for and I will live for that too!

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Howard W. Campbell Jr.: Do you believe you're guilty of murdering six million Jews?

Eichmann: Absolutely not.

Howard W. Campbell Jr.: [laughing] Oh, you were simply a soldier, were you, huh? Taking orders from the higher-ups, is that right, Eichmann? Like any good soldier.

Eichmann: [after pause] Campbell?

Howard W. Campbell Jr.: Yes?

Eichmann: About those six million...

Howard W. Campbell Jr.: Yes?

Eichmann: I don't take credit for all of them. I'm sure I could spare you a few.

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Reverend Dr. Lionel Jones: Are you familiar with my book "Christ was not a Jew"?

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Howard W. Campbell Jr.: My dear sweet Eva, this is the only way I know how to make good the frightful wrong which has befallen us. It does not matter what lies ahead, for I have a full life behind me, all in those few sweet hours with you. I once told you that I would pledge my life for our nation of two, and reside there even in death, as surely as I reside in heaven when your arms are around me. Soon it will be time to keep that pledge, and I rejoice to think that earthly distractions will no longer intrude on my eternal devotion to you. From this moment forward our nation of two is the only country I will know.

[from Campbell's play, spoken onstage by Helga Noth / Sheryl Lee]

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[first lines]

Prison Warden: Do you prefer German or English?

Howard W. Campbell Jr.: English.

Prison Warden: You are to write down your memoirs for the Haifa Institute For The Documentation of War Criminals. You have three weeks to complete your memoirs before your trial begins. Do you have any questions?

Howard W. Campbell Jr.: No, this is great. Thanks for everything.

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Howard W. Campbell Jr.: It takes a heap of living to make a house a home.

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Eichmann: [voice from nearby prison cell] You've got to learn how to relax. It's important to learn how to relax.

Howard W. Campbell Jr.: [starts laughing uncontrollably] That's how I got here.

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Howard W. Campbell Jr.: I, Howard W. Campbell, Jr., am an American by birth, a Nazi by reputation, and a nationless person by inclination. I am awaiting a fair trial for my war crimes by the state of Israel.

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