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The Mask of Zorro (1998) Poster

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Elena: [in a confessional, Alejandro posing as a priest] I have broken the fourth commandment, padre.

Alejandro Murrieta: You killed somebody?

Elena: No, that is not the fourth commandment.

Alejandro Murrieta: [pause] Of course not. Tell me, in what way did you break the most sacred of commandments.

Elena: I dishonored my father.

Alejandro Murrieta: That is not so bad. Maybe your father deserved it.

Elena: What?

Alejandro Murrieta: I said tell me more, my child.

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Don Diego de la Vega: There is a saying, a very old saying: when the pupil is ready the master will appear.

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Captain Harrison Love: The lady and I were trying to dance.

Alejandro Murrieta: You were trying. She was succeeding.

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Stupid Soldier: Hey... I thought you were tied up.

Joaquin Murrieta: That is because you are stupid.

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Alejandro Murrieta: Do you surrender?

Elena: Never, but I may scream.

Alejandro Murrieta: I understand. Sometimes I have that effect.

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Elena: [in a confessional, Alejandro posing as a priest] Forgive me father for I have sinned. It has been three days since my last confession.

Alejandro Murrieta: Three days? How many sins could you have committed in three days? Come back when you have more time, please.

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Don Diego de la Vega: You have passion, Alejandro, and your skill is growing. But to enter Montero's world, I must give you something which is completely beyond your reach.

Alejandro Murrieta: Ah, yes? And what is that?

Don Diego de la Vega: Charm.

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Captain Harrison Love: Are you all right?

Don Rafael Montero: Do you have the map?

Captain Harrison Love: We'll find it.

Don Rafael Montero: Is your army ready to fight Santa Anna's?

Captain Harrison Love: No, sir.

Don Rafael Montero: Then why are you asking me if I'm all right? Of course I'm not all right.

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Don Diego de la Vega: [after beating Alejandro in a training session] Lesson number one: never attack in anger. Lesson number two...

[smells Alejandro, who is very dirty]

Don Diego de la Vega: Come with me.

Alejandro Murrieta: [Don Diego de la Vega leaves; Alejandro sniffs his own underarm] What?

[later, as he washes in a pool]

Alejandro Murrieta: So what is lesson number three?

Don Diego de la Vega: To get to lesson number four.

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Alejandro Murrieta: [about Zorro] He probably wears the mask to hide his bald head and unsightly features.

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Don Diego de la Vega: Do you know how to use that thing?

Alejandro Murrieta: Yes. The pointy end goes into the other man.

Don Diego de la Vega: [sighs] This is going to take a lot of work.

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Don Diego de la Vega: Convince Montero that you're a gentleman of stature, and he will let you into his circle.

Alejandro Murrieta: Me? A gentleman?

[pause]

Alejandro Murrieta: This is going to take a lot of work.

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Don Diego de la Vega: This is called a training circle, a master's wheel. This circle will be your world, your whole life. Until I tell you otherwise, there is nothing outside of it.

Alejandro Murrieta: Capitan Love is...

Don Diego de la Vega: There is NOTHING outside of it. Captain Love does not exist until I say he exists. As your skill with the sword improves, you will progress to a smaller circle. With each new circle, your world contracts, bringing you that much closer to your adversary, that much closer to retribution.

Alejandro Murrieta: I like that part.

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Don Diego de la Vega: [telling a story to his baby daughter] And suddenly lightning flashed and a mighty thunder shook the wasted land, and the evil king glared at the good prince and said...

[sees Esperanza watching him]

Don Diego de la Vega: ... something very forgettable.

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Alejandro Murrieta: [whispering to his baby son] And so it was. Lighting split the sky, thunder shook the earth, and then all was quiet. The great warrior known as Zorro was gone. The people of the land gave him a hero's funeral, the largest anyone had ever seen. They came from far and wide to say farewell to their brave and noble champion. But don't worry, little Joaquin. Whenever great deeds are remembered, your grandfather will live on. For there must always, always be a Zorro. And some day, when he's needed, we will see him again... on his fearsome steed Tornado, riding like the wind, his sword blazing in the sun... leaping, jumping, swinging through the air... fighting like a lion. Fighting like a tiger. Fighting...

[sees Elena watching him]

Alejandro Murrieta: ... as safely as possible.

Elena: Is this your idea of putting the baby to sleep?

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Elena: When I sleep, I will dream of this dashing rogue Zorro. But what face shall I give him?

Alejandro Murrieta: He has been many different men, but he has loved you as all of them.

Elena: How can I refuse such a man? Do you know where I might find him?

Alejandro Murrieta: You know Zorro. He could be anywhere.

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Captain Harrison Love: [Fighting with Zorro] You're doing well. Your brother would have shot himself by now.

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Alejandro Murrieta: I miss my brother, sir.

Don Diego de la Vega: Your brother is dead. We lose the ones we love; we cannot change it. Put it aside.

Alejandro Murrieta: How? How can I do what is needed, when all I feel is... hate.

Don Diego de la Vega: You hide it

[Holds up black mask]

Don Diego de la Vega: with this.

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Alejandro: I've never lost a fight.

Don Diego de la Vega: Except to a crippled old man just now.

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Alejandro Murrieta: Did you miss me?

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Alejandro Murrieta: Just one question.

Captain Harrison Love: Really? What is that?

Alejandro Murrieta: How would you like your remains displayed?

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Don Rafael Montero: Do you recognize him?

Elena: No, but he was young and vigorous.

[pause]

Elena: He was very vigorous, father.

Don Rafael Montero: Vigorous?

Elena: [sighing deeply] Yes.

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Alejandro Murrieta: Is something funny?

Captain Harrison Love: Strange, actually. This is the second time I've shot this man while he was flying through the air.

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Alejandro Murrieta: I would have killed him.

Don Diego de la Vega: No, not today. He is trained to kill. You seem trained to drink. Oh, yes, my friend, you would have fought very bravely, and died very quickly. Who then would avenge your brother?

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Elena: Yes, were you looking for something?

Alejandro: A sense of the miraculous in everyday life.

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Captain Harrison Love: After all, it's only one man...

Don Rafael: It isn't just one man, damn it. It's ZORRO.

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Don Rafael Montero: I have come to apologize, Esperanza. I'm sorry that I could not protect this country from the peasants who have overrun it. I'm sorry that I couldn't make you love me. And I'm sorry that I have to leave you without a husband.

[to his guards]

Don Rafael Montero: Arrest him.

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Don Diego de la Vega: You should not trade something like that for a mere glass of whiskey.

Alejandro Murrieta: Why not? You think I could get two?

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Don Diego de la Vega: You cannot imagine, Rafael, how I have dreamed of this moment, night and day, twenty long years.

Don Rafael Montero: Really? I haven't given you a second thought.

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Don Rafael Montero: You know, I'm starting to wonder if you really want this operation to succeed at all, Captain.

Captain Harrison Love: What are you saying?

Don Rafael Montero: What I am saying, Captain, is that I think my horse could run this army better than you!

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Alejandro Murrieta: So, how much are we worth?

Three-Fingered Jack: Uh, all told... about two hundred pesos?

Joaquin Murrieta: That's it? After all the payrolls we've robbed, a lousy two hundred pesos apiece, that's all we're worth?

Cpl. Armando Garcia: We're wasting time.

Three-Fingered Jack: Now that's two hundred pesos for the both of you.

Alejandro Murrieta: What? Are you crazy? Don't take it, Jack!

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Alejandro Murrieta: Look at me, I look like a butterfly. This is the most stupid thing I've ever done.

Don Diego de la Vega: I doubt that.

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Don Rafael Montero: I would never have let any harm come to her...

Don Diego de la Vega: She was never yours to protect.

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Alejandro Murrieta: [upon first meeting her] Be careful senorita, there are dangerous men about.

Elena: Well if you see one, be sure to point him out.

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Don Diego de la Vega: [to Elena as he lays dying] The world is a very strange place... to have found you at last - only to lose you again.

Elena: You will never lose me, Father.

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Watering Station Owner: [after the Muriettas "escape" from the soldiers at the watering station]

[whispering]

Watering Station Owner: Hey. They've got a strongbox on the wagon.

Joaquin Murrieta: [also whispering] We know. That's why we came.

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Fray Felipe: This is the house of God!

Captain Harrison Love: We'll be gone before he gets back.

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