Deep Impact (1998)
Alan Rittenhouse: I know you're just a reporter, but you used to be a person, right?
President Beck: We watched as the bombs shattered the second comet into a million pieces of ice and rock that burned harmlessly in our atmosphere and lit up the sky for an hour. Still, we were left with the devastation of the first. The waters reached as far inland as the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. It washed away farms and towns, forests and skyscrapers. But, the water receded. The wave hit Europe and Africa too. Millions were lost, and countless more left homeless. But the waters receded. Cities fall, but they are rebuilt. And heroes die, but they are remembered. We honor them with every brick we lay, with every field we sow, With every child we comfort, and then teach to rejoice in what we have been re-given. Our planet. Our home. So now, let us begin.
Jenny Lerner: When I was 11, I stole $32 from your wallet.
Jason Lerner: When you were a baby I once dropped you on your head.
Spurgeon Tanner: [about the Wolf comet] Now the outgassing has created a vent a half mile wide and at least two miles deep. Comet gets closer to the sun; sun melts the ice, ice turns to steam. We get a big hole, okay? So, how many nukes do we have left in the back?
Mikhail Tulchinsky: Four.
Spurgeon Tanner: Okay. If we can get the remaining bombs in that vent, there shouldn't be anything left of that comet bigger than a suitcase. Now, we can't do anything about the little one, but you know... it just might give them a chance. Now, without the arming codes, we're going to have to wait to set the bomb timers until we get closer to Earth, to raise Houston.
Mikhail Tulchinsky: We may not have enough life support left to get back into the cargo bay for the nukes. Much less to go down to the comet.
Mark Simon: We sure as hell don't have enough propellent left in the Messiah to maneuver with. How are we supposed to get back off the surface once we've... once we've gotten down there?
[Fish is silent, and everyone's expression changes knowingly]
Orin Monash: We don't.
Andrea Baker: [smiles briefly] Well, look on the bright side. We'll all have high schools named after us.
Jason Thurman: Hey Leo, you're going to have more sex than anyone in our class!
Spurgeon Tanner: [reading to Oren Monash, blinded and strapped to a bunk in the spacecraft] Well, let's get started. Moby Dick. Chapter One. Call me Ishmael...
Oren Monash: Fish. Why the hell do they call you FISH?
Spurgeon Tanner: Well, Spurgeon... Sturgeon... FISH. Took about 15 minutes my first day at the Naval Academy.
President Beck: We always thought the deadline for public knowledge was the publication of next year's budget since we've spent more money than we can account for. That won't happen for two weeks. I don't suppose I could prevail upon you to wait two weeks in the name of national security?
Jenny Lerner: Two weeks? There's no such thing as two weeks in the news business.
[President Beck & Jenny are discussing the upcoming news conference about the comet]
Jenny Lerner: I want exclusivity.
President Beck: Now listen, young lady. This is a presidential favour. I'm letting you go because I don't want another headache. And I'm trusting you because I know what this can do for your career. Now, it may seem like we have each other over the same barrel but it just seems that way.
Jenny Lerner: I want...
President Beck: You want?
Jenny Lerner: May I... May I have the first question?
President Beck: I'll see you Tuesday, Miss Lerner.
Jenny Lerner: We know everything.
Alan Rittenhouse: Nobody knows everything.
Robin Lerner: [to Jenny about wedding] Jason says "Lie lie lie lie, til death do us part" blah blah blah. And she says yes, and he says yes and it's kissie kissie kissie and congratulations.
Robin Lerner: Jenny, you now have a stepmother who is two years older than you.
Morten Entrekin: People knew about the Manhattan Project, you know, and they kept it a secret.
Jenny Lerner: That was just the creation of the atom bomb.
Jenny Lerner: [about Rittenhouse] Biggest story in history? What an ego.
Spurgeon Tanner: We don't have time to talk, Houston. There's nothing we can do about the smaller one, but... we do have a plan. We need the arming codes for the last four nukes.
Otis Hefter: Arming codes? What the hell for?
Spurgeon Tanner: Mitch, we can do or we can teach. What's your pleasure?
Otis Hefter: [sighs, and shouts to his people] Get the arming codes! Get the God-damn codes!