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Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Poster

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Howl: I feel terrible, like there's a weight on my chest.

Young Sophie: A heart's a heavy burden.

Young Sophie: Lets run! Don't fight them, Howl!

Howl: Sorry, I've had enough of running away, Sophie. Now I've got something I want to protect. It's you.

Young Sophie: So you are going away. Please, Howl. I know I can be of help to you, even though I'm not pretty and all I'm good at is cleaning.

Howl: Sophie! Sophie! You're beautiful!

Old Sophie: Well, the nice thing about being old is you've got nothing much to lose.

Howl: I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't torment my friend.

Young Sophie: They say that the best blaze burns brightest, when circumstances are at their worst.

Calcifer: Yeah, but no-one really believes that. Come on, let's be honest.

Old Sophie: A battleship?

Howl: On its way to burn cities and people

Old Sophie: The enemy's? Ours?

Howl: What difference does it make?

Howl: Wow, Sophie, your hair looks just like starlight. It's beautiful.

Young Sophie: You think so? So do I!

[hugs Howl]

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Howl: You're wearing that hat? After all the magic I used to make your dress pretty?

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Howl: [Quietly amused] Calcifer? You're being so obedient.

Calcifer: Not on purpose! She bullied me!

Howl: Not just anybody can do that.

[Looks at Sophie]

Howl: And you are... who?

Old Sophie: Er, You can just call me Grandma Sophie. I'm your new cleaning lady. I just started work today.

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[Howl comes running out of the bathroom, screaming. His hair is now orange]

Howl: Sophie! You, you sabotaged me! Look! Look at what you've done to my hair! Look!

Old Sophie: What a pretty color.

Howl: It's hideous! You completely ruined my magic potions in the bathroom!

Old Sophie: I just organized things, Howl. Nothing's ruined.

Howl: Wrong! Wrong! I specifically ordered you not to get carried away!

[tragically]

Howl: Now I'm repulsive.

[slumps into a chair]

Howl: I can't live like this.

[starts sobbing, head in hands]

Old Sophie: Come on, it's not that bad.

[Howl's hair changes color to purple, then black]

Old Sophie: You should look at it now, its shade is even better.

Howl: [inconsolable] I give up. I see not point in living if I can't be beautiful.

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Old Sophie: I wonder what Howl disguised himself as? Surely not a crow. Can't be a pigeon, he's too flamboyant for that.

[a glider plane with a giggling young woman and her lover flies overhead]

Old Sophie: That could be him.

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Young Sophie: It's... you're scaring me. I have this weird feeling you're going to leave. Howl, tell me what's going on! Please. I don't care if you're a monster.

Howl: I'm just setting things up so all of you can live a comfortable life, Sophie.

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[Two soldiers are bothering Sophie]

Howl: There you are sweetheart, sorry I'm late. I was looking everywhere for you.

Soldier: Hey, hey! We're busy here!

Howl: Are you really? To me, it looked like the two of you were just leaving.

[gestures with his hand, the soldiers are forced to march away]

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Howl: This war is terrible, they bomb from the southern coast to the northern border. It's all in flames now.

Calcifer: I can't stand the fire and gunpowder. Those dopey guys have absolutely no manners.

Howl: My own kind attacked me today.

Calcifer: Who? The Witch of the Wastes?

Howl: No, some hack wizards who turned themselves into monsters for the king.

Calcifer: Those wizards are going to regret doing that. They'll never change back into humans.

Howl: After the war, they won't recall they ever were human.

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[in the secret garden]

Old Sophie: Did you use your magic to make this?

Howl: Only a little, just to help the flowers grow.

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Witch of the Waste: It looks like your true love is in love with someone else!

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Markl: [Shadows begin to creep from walls] He's calling the spirits of darkness... I saw him do this once before when a girl dumped him!

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Old Sophie: All right Calcifer, let's get cooking.

Calcifer: I don't cook! I'm a scary and powerful fire demon!

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Old Sophie: When you're old, all you want to do is stare at the scenery. It's so strange. I've never felt so peaceful before.

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[puts a ring on Sophie's finger]

Howl: This charm will guarantee your safe return. Don't worry, I'll follow behind you in disguise. Now off you go.

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Old Sophie: I can't do this! Why'd you make me come here if you were coming yourself?

Howl: Knowing you'd be there gave me the courage to show up. That woman terrifies me. I can't face her on my own. You saved me, Sophie. I was in big trouble back there.

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[to Sophie]

Howl: See that new color on the dial? There's a new portal. It's a present for you. Come see.

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Young Sophie: It's all so familiar yet I know I've never been here before. I feel so at home.

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Young Sophie: I know where I am! I'm in Howl's childhood!

Howl: [Howl catches one of the falling stars, talks to it, then puts it in his mouth and swallows. He bends over, as if in pain, and then draws Calcifer out of his chest]

Young Sophie: Howl! Calcier! I know how to help you now! Find me in the future!

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Old Sophie: What a dump. When I think of castles, it's not what I picture.

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Howl: So, what do you have in your pocket, Sophie?

Old Sophie: Huh?

[Finds a folded piece of paper]

Old Sophie: What is this?

Howl: Give it to me.

[paper burns leaving marks on the table]

Markl: Scorch marks! Howl, can you read them?

Howl: That is ancient sorcery and quite powerful too.

Markl: Is it from the Witch of the Waste?

Howl: "You who swallowed a falling star, o' heartless man, your heart shall soon be mine." That can't be good for the table.

[covers the marks with his hand]

Markl: Wow! It's gone!

Howl: The mark maybe gone but the spell is still there.

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Howl: Don't be alarmed but I'm being followed. Act normal.

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Markl: Wait! You can't come up here!

Old Sophie: Whatever you don't want me to clean, better hide it now!

Markl: Save my room for last, OK?

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Old Sophie: It was a pleasure meeting you, even if you are my least favorite vegetable! Take care, Turniphead!

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[after Sofi puts a pan and bacon on Calcifer]

Calcifer: Here's another curse for you - may all your bacon burn.

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Howl: You didn't have to come back, Calcifer.

Calcifer: Yeah, I kinda missed you guys, and it looks like it's gonna rain.

Young Sophie: I missed you too, Calcifer.

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Howl: Sorry, it looks like you're involved.

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Letti: What's going on? Someone just told me you floated down into our balcony!

Young Sophie: So that did happen, it wasn't a dream.

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[to Howl]

Calcifer: You shouldn't keep flying around like that. Soon you won't be able to turn back into a human.

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Old Sophie: Howl, why is the Witch of the Wastes trying to hunt you down?

Howl: She was once quite beautiful, so I decided to pursue her, then I realized she wasn't, so then, as usual, I ran away.

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Howl: I've got it! Why don't you go to the palace for me!

Old Sophie: Huh?

Howl: Just say that you're Pendragon's mother and that your son is such a cowardly wizard he's too afraid to show his face. Maybe then Madame Suliman will finally give up on me.

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Old Sophie: Do you know what Madame Suliman said? She said that Howl's heart was stolen by a demon. Tell me now, what do you know?

Calcifer: I'm so sorry but that would be confidential information.

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[walks up to the scarecrow]

Howl: Looks like we have another addition to the family. Hmmm, you've got quite a nasty spell on you too, huh? Seems everyone in this family's got problems.

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Old Sophie: Are you the one moving this castle?

Calcifer: Of course I am! No one else does any work around here.

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Young Sophie: His pole snapped.

[to the scarecrow]

Young Sophie: We'll get you a new one, okay? You saved us, Turnip.

[kisses him]

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Howl: The Witch of the Waste and Madame Sulliman's dog at my table? What possessed you to let them in my house

Calcifer: I didn't let them in here! Sophie crash landed her plane into my face!

Howl: [Laughs]

Old Sophie: Hmph!

Howl: I knew she'd make a great pilot!

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Madam Suliman: That boy is extremely dangerous, his powers are far too great for someone without a heart.

[pause]

Madam Suliman: If he stays selfish, I'm afraid he'll end up just like the Witch of the Wastes.

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[to the Witch of the Wastes]

Howl: Tell me, was that cigar a gift from Madame Suliman, by any chance?

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[Sophie removes Calcifer from the hearth]

Calcifer: No, No, No! Don't do this! Help! Help! Crazy lady with the shovel! If you kick me out that door, the castle could collapse!

Young Sophie: Good!

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Markl: Move it, Grandma! Or you'll lose your nose!

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Witch of the Waste: What a tacky little hat shop. I've never seen such tacky little hats. Yet you are by far the tackiest thing here.

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Witch of the Waste: The best part of that spell, is that you can't tell anyone about it. My regards to Howl.

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Honey: You sound ghastly, like some 90-year-old woman.

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Madam Suliman: It's time to put an end to this idiotic war.

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Young Sophie: Calcifer.

Calcifer: Sophie, I'm so tired.

Young Sophie: If I give Howl back his heart, what will happen to you?

Calcifer: I'll be okay if you do it, I think. I mean, you dumped water on me and Howl and we both survived.

Young Sophie: I'd better try then.

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Letti: Wow! He must have been a wizard then.

Young Sophie: But he was so kind to me. He rescued me, Letti.

Letti: Of course he did, he was trying to steal your heart. You were so lucky Sophie, if that wizard were Howl, he would have eaten it.

Young Sophie: No he wouldn't, Howl only does that to beautiful girls.

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Howl: The Witch of the Wastes is trying to find my castle.

Old Sophie: Ah, I saw her henchmen at the harbor.

Howl: I'm such a big coward, all I do is hide. All of this magic is to keep everybody away. I can't stand how scared I am.

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Howl: Calcifer, move the castle sixty miles west.

[walks away]

Howl: And while you're at it, make hot water for my bath.

Calcifer: Fine, like moving the castle isn't hard enough!

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Howl: Markl, make sure the cleaning lady doesn't get carried away while I'm gone.

Markl: Sophie, what did you do now?

[Sophie shrugs]

Calcifer: She almost smothered me! If I die, Howl dies too, I hope you know.

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Howl: I'm tired, make some hot water for my bath.

Calcifer: Not again!

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Howl: Those things are Suliman's henchmen. Lets go! Faster! We need to take off!

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[repeated line]

Witch of the Waste: Oh, what a pretty fire.

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Old Sophie: Why do you get so cold when you're old? I'm fatter than ever and yet the wind blows right through me!

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Howl: I can give you five minutes of invisibility so use it wisely.

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