The Truman Show (1998) Poster


[repeated line]

Truman: Good morning, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!

Christof: We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.

Truman Burbank: Somebody help me, I'm being spontaneous!

Christof: I know you better than you know yourself.

Truman: You never had a camera in my head!

[Truman attempts to leave his town and a convoy of cars pulls in front of him to block his exit]

Truman Burbank: Blocked at every turn. Beautifully synchronized, don't you agree?

Meryl: You're blaming me for the traffic?

Truman Burbank: Should I?

Meryl: Truman, let's go home.

Truman Burbank: You're right. We could be stuck here for hours. It could be like this all the way to Atlantic City. Let's go back. I'm sorry. I don't know what got into me.

Meryl: Truman, can you slow down?

Truman Burbank: Yes, I can't.

Meryl: Truman. Truman, that's our turnoff.

Truman Burbank: I changed my mind. What's New Orleans like this time of year? Mardi Gras, woooooo! Ha ha ha ha ha! Hoo hoo hoo! Whoooohoo! Look, Meryl! Same road, no cars. It's magic! Hahaha!

Meryl: You let me out, Truman. You're not right in the head. You want to destroy yourself you do it on your own.

Truman Burbank: I think I'd like a little company.

Truman Burbank: Was nothing real?

Christof: You were real. That's what made you so good to watch...

Truman: The early bird gathers no moss! The rolling stone catches the worm!

[first lines]

Christof: We've become bored with watching actors give us phony emotions. We are tired of pyrotechnics and special effects. While the world he inhabits is, in some respects, counterfeit, there's nothing fake about Truman himself. No scripts, no cue cards. It isn't always Shakespeare, but it's genuine. It's a life.

Travel Agent: Where would you like to go?

Truman: Fiji.

Travel Agent: When?

Truman: [pats his suitcase] Today.

Travel Agent: [types on her computer] Oh, I'm sorry, but we don't have another flight for a least a month.

Truman: A month?

Travel Agent: It's the busy season.

Network Executive: For God's sake, Chris! The whole world is watching. We can't let him die in front of a live audience!

Christof: He was born in front of a live audience.

Marlon: Where the hell's Fiji? Near Florida?

Truman: [pointing to golf ball] See here?

Marlon: Yeah.

Truman: This is us...

[guides finger halfway around ball]

Truman: and all the way around here... FIJI. You can't get any further away before you start coming back.

Marlon: [Emotional almost to the point of tears] The point is, I would gladly step in front of traffic for you Truman. And the last thing I would ever do to you...

Christof: [Feeding Marlon his lines] ... is lie to you.

Marlon: ...is lie to you.

Christof: Cue the sun!

Truman Burbank: It was Dad. I swear! Dressed like a homeless man. And you know what else was strange? A business man and a woman with a little dog came out of nowhere and forced him onto a bus.

Truman's Mother: Well! It's about time they cleaned up the trash downtown before we become just like the rest of the country.

Christof: If his was more than just a vague ambition, if he was absolutely determined to discover the truth, there's no way we could prevent him.

Truman: [to an unseen Christof] Who are you?

Christof: [on a speaker] I am the Creator - of a television show that gives hope and joy and inspiration to millions.

Truman: Then who am I?

Christof: You're the star.

Sylvia: Look at what you've done to him!

Christof: I have given Truman the chance to lead a normal life. The world, the place you live in, is the sick place.

Truman: [Sailing in the artificially-roughened winds and seas - he shouts to the sky] Is that the best you can do?

[Christof, in the "moon room", whips around to face the screen, shocked]

Truman: You're gonna have to kill me!


Truman: What do ya do with a drunken sailor? What do ya do with a drunken sailor? What do ya do with a drunken sailor ear-lye in the mor-nin'!

Truman: What are you gonna do? Dice me, slice me, or peel me? There are so many choices.

[Truman is missing - the Lunar Room studio, everyone nervous]

Network Executive: [hunging up a phone call] The sponsors are threatening to rip up their contracts!

Christof: [pointing at the "Technical fault... Please stand by... " graphic] Why? We're getting higher ratings for this graphic than we've ever had on this show.

Truman: I hereby proclaim this planet Trumania of the Burbank Galaxy.

Christof: Everything on this show is for sale.

Young Truman: I want to be an explorer, like the Great Magellan.

Teacher: [indicating a map of the world] Oh, you're too late! There's nothing left to explore!

Truman: [after scaring the two control room directors by seemingly talking to them, then easing them by seeming to revert back to his eccentricity, while they look at their notes temporarily] That one's for free.

[Meryl is describing a product]

Truman: Who are you talking to?

[last lines]

Security Guard: You want another slice?

Security Guard: No, I'm OK.

Security Guard: What else is on

Security Guard: Yeah, let's see what else is on

Security Guard: Where's the TV guide

Meryl: [Spinning around the roundabout] Truman, I think I'm going to throw up!

Truman: Me too!

Meryl: Hi, honey! Look what I got free at the checkout. It's a "Chef's Pal". It's a dicer, grater, peeler, all in one. Never needs sharpening, dishwasher safe!

Truman: Wow... that's amazing!

Truman Burbank: Lauren, right? It's on your book.

Lauren: Lauren. Right. Right.

Truman Burbank: Well, I'm Truman.

Lauren: Yeah. I know. Look, Truman, I'm not allowed to talk to you. You know.

Truman Burbank: Yeah, well, I can understand, I'm a pretty dangerous character.

Truman's Father: [Truman has disappeared and the whole community is looking for him. His dad calls out] Truman! It's Dad.

[Awkward pause]

Truman's Father: ...Let's talk.

Truman: I figure we can scrape together $8,000...

Meryl: Every time you and Marlon get together...

Truman: We can bum around the world for a year on that!

Meryl: And then what, Truman? We'd be where we were five years ago. You're talking like a teenager.

Truman: Well, maybe I feel like a teenager.

Meryl: We have mortgage payments, Truman.

[He sighs]

Meryl: We have car payments. What, we're going to just walk away from our financial obligations?

Truman: [He stands, whirls around, bends pleadingly, his hands reaching as though to grab the world] It would be an adventure!

Meryl: I thought we were gonna try for a baby.

[He turns away and rubs the back of his neck]

Meryl: Isn't that enough of an adventure?

Truman: [Truman turns back, waves his arms dramatically] That can wait. I want to get away, see some of the world! Explore!

Meryl: [teasing him] Honey, you wanna be an explorer.

[She rises, goes to him, strokes his cheek]

Meryl: This'll pass. We all think like this now and then.

Marlon: That's the big guy. Quite a paint brush he's got.

Christof: That's our hero shot.

Truman: Can you tell her I had to go to Fiji and that I'll call her when I get there?

Christof: I'm determined that television's first on-air conception still take place.

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