Apt Pupil (1998) Poster



Edward French: You can't do this Todd.

Todd Bowden: You have no idea what I can do.

Kurt Dussander: To have someone in your control. To have them know that they are alive only because you have not decided to the contrary. Do you have that power? Ask yourself. It's not an easy question. I think you know that.

Todd Bowden: You know this means we're through don't you? You won't be sein' me around here anymore.

Kurt Dussander: No?

[he starts to prepare drinks]

Kurt Dussander: I suppose I won't.

Todd Bowden: What are you doing?

Kurt Dussander: This is the end. Here. A drink. To our lives together. The beginning and the end.

Todd Bowden: I think you should fuck yourself.

Kurt Dussander: Oh, my dear boy. Don't you see? We are fucking each oher.

Todd Bowden: All great achievements arose from dissatisfaction. It is the desire to do better, to dig deeper that propels a civilization to greatness. All of us have heard the story of Icarus, the young boy who took the wings his father built for him. Wings that were meant to carry him over the ocean to freedom and used them instead for a joyride. For a brief moment Icarus felt what it was like to live like a god, to touch the sun, to soar above the common man. And for doing so he payed the ultimate price. Like Icarus we too have been given gifts: knowledge, education, experience. And with these gifts comes the responsibility of choice. We alone decide how our talents are bestowed upon the world. This is our destiny and we hold it in the palm of our hands.

[Todd presents Dussander with his old SS uniform]

Kurt Dussander: Maybe I'll put it on and do a little shopping, is that what you thought?

Kurt Dussander: Boy, be careful. You play with fire.

Kurt Dussander: [seeing his SS uniform purchased by Todd] Mary, Mother of God!

Kurt Dussander: [regarding the killing] We had opened a door and couldn't be shut.

Todd Bowden: What the hell did you do that for? Going to my school, pretending to be my grandfather? I was this close to turning you in!

Kurt Dussander: But you didn't. Didn't you like the way we put Mr. French on? I saved you from being suspended.

Todd Bowden: Well don't forget, I could walk right in there any time and pick up that phone!

Kurt Dussander: And do what? Do you really think that I would just stand by and let you turn me in without dragging you under with me? You American's self confidence is so bloated that you have forgotten the reality of the situation. 90,000 people died in that camp. To the whole world, I am a monster... and you have known about me. Go ahead, call the police. But just remember this: when I am caught, when those reporters stick their microphones in my face, it will be your name I will repeat over and over again. "Todd Bowden... Todd Bowden. Todd Bowden, yes that was his name. For months, almost a year, he wanted to know everything. That was how he put it... yes... everything."

Todd Bowden: You're crazy. They'll never believe you.

Kurt Dussander: It doesn't matter. And besides, lying to judges and reporters isn't as easy as you think. You have to be brilliant! Can you do that? I know I can. And in any case, do you know what such a scandal can do? It never goes away. Not for you, and not for your parents.

Todd Bowden: You can't do this.

Kurt Dussander: Boy the time for discussion is over. This is how it is: you are going to work. No more stories, no more ordering me around. You are going to spend weekends and all your vacations studying.

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