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Col. Chester Phillips: If you have something to say, right now's a perfect time to keep it to yourself.

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Peggy Carter: Wait!

[she kisses Steve]

Peggy Carter: Go get him.

[surprised by the kiss, Steve looks at Colonel Phillips]

Col. Chester Phillips: I'm not kissing you.

Steve Rogers: There's not gonna be a safe landing, but I can try and force it down.

Peggy Carter: I'll-I'll get Howard on the line. He'll know what to do.

Steve Rogers: There's not enough time. This thing's moving too fast and it's heading for New York. I gotta put her in the water.

Peggy Carter: Please don't do this. W-we have time. We can work it out.

Steve Rogers: Right now I'm in the middle of nowhere. If I wait any longer a lot of people are gonna die. Peggy, this is my choice.

Steve Rogers: [turns the plane toward earth] Peggy...

Peggy Carter: I'm here.

Steve Rogers: I'm gonna need a rain check on that dance.

Peggy Carter: All right. A week next Saturday at The Stork Club.

Steve Rogers: You've got it.

Peggy Carter: Eight o'clock on the dot. Don't you dare be late. Understood?

Steve Rogers: You know, I still don't know how to dance.

Peggy Carter: I'll show you how. Just be there.

Steve Rogers: We'll have the band play something slow.

[the ship Cap is piloting is about to crash onto an icy land in the Arctic]

Steve Rogers: I'd hate to step on your...

[the radio goes to static]

Peggy Carter: Steve? Steve?

[Colonel Phillips is nearby as a tear drops down Peggy's face]

Peggy Carter: Steve?

[Colonel Phillips walks off. Peggy is alone, silently sobbing]

Abraham Erskine: Whatever happens tomorrow you must promise me one thing. That you will stay who you are. Not a perfect soldier, but a good man.

Abraham Erskine: Do you want to kill Nazis?

Steve Rogers: Is this a test?

Abraham Erskine: Yes.

Steve Rogers: I don't want to kill anyone. I don't like bullies; I don't care where they're from.

[Steve finds Bucky strapped to a table in one of Schmidt's testing labs and quickly releases him from it]

Steve Rogers: It's me. It's Steve.

James 'Bucky' Barnes: [groggily] Steve?

Steve Rogers: Come on.

James 'Bucky' Barnes: Steve.

Steve Rogers: I thought you were dead.

James 'Bucky' Barnes: [aware of Steve's new size] I thought you were smaller.

Steve Rogers: Can I ask a question?

Abraham Erskine: Just one?

Steve Rogers: Why me?

Abraham Erskine: I suppose that's the only question that matters.

Abraham Erskine: [Displaying a wine bottle] This is from Augsburg, my city. So many people forget that the first country the Nazis invaded was their own. You know, after the last war, they... My people struggled. They... they felt weak... they felt small. Then Hitler comes along with the marching, and the big show, and the flags, and the, and the... and he... he hears of me, and my work, and he finds me, and he says "You." He says "You will make us strong." Well, I am not interested. So he sends the head of Hydra, his research division, a brilliant scientist by the name of Johann Schmidt. Now Schmidt is a member of the inner circle and he is ambitious. He and Hitler share a passion for occult power and Teutonic myth. Hitler uses his fantasies to inspire his followers, but for Schmidt, it is not fantasy. For him, it is real. He has become convinced that there is a great power hidden in the earth, left here by the gods, waiting to be seized by a superior man. So when he hears about my formula and what it can do, he cannot resist. Schmidt must become that superior man.

Steve Rogers: Did it make him stronger?

Abraham Erskine: Yeah, but... there were other... effects. The serum was not ready. But more important, the man. The serum amplifies everything that is inside, so good becomes great; bad becomes worse. This is why you were chosen. Because the strong man who has known power all his life, may lose respect for that power, but a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows... compassion.

Steve Rogers: Thanks. I think.

Abraham Erskine: [Gesturing toward the wine] Get it, get it. Whatever happens tomorrow, you must promise me one thing. That you will stay who you are, not a perfect soldier, but a good man.

Steve Rogers: [showing his shield to Peggy] What do you think?

[Peggy unloads her gun into the shield]

Peggy Carter: [sweetly] Yes. I think it works.

James 'Bucky' Barnes: [looking down a long and steep zip line they'll soon be traveling] Remember when I made you ride the Cyclone on Coney Island?

Steve Rogers: Yeah, and I threw up?

James 'Bucky' Barnes: This isn't payback, is it?

Steve Rogers: [grinning] Now why would I do that?

Red Skull: Arrogance may not be a uniquely American trait, but I must say, you do it better than anyone. But there are limits to what even you can do, Captain, or did Erskine tell you otherwise?

Steve Rogers: He told me you were insane.

Red Skull: Ah. He resented my genius and tried to deny me what was rightfully mine, but he gave you everything. So, what made you so special?

Steve Rogers: Nothing. I'm just a kid from Brooklyn.

James 'Bucky' Barnes: [discovering Steve is taller] What happened to you?

Steve Rogers: I joined the Army.

Johann Schmidt: No matter what lies Erskine told you, you see, I was his greatest success!

[Schmidt removes his face mask and reveals his face as the Red Skull to Steve and Bucky]

James 'Bucky' Barnes: [to Steve] You don't have one of those, do you?

Peggy Carter: How do you feel?

Steve Rogers: Taller.

Steve Rogers: I know this neighborhood. I got beat up in that alley. And that parking lot. And behind that diner.

[last lines]

[Steve Rogers finds himself in New York]

Nick Fury: At ease, soldier! Look, I'm sorry about that little show back there, but we thought it best to break it to you slowly.

Steve Rogers: Break what?

Nick Fury: You've been asleep, Cap. For almost 70 years.

[Steve is silent with shock]

Nick Fury: You gonna be okay?

Steve Rogers: Yeah. Yeah, I just... I had a date.

Peggy Carter: You can't give me orders!

Steve Rogers: The hell I can't! I'm a Captain!

[smiles]

Peggy Carter: You're late.

[hold up broken transmitter]

Steve Rogers: I couldn't call my ride.

Col. Chester Phillips: [looking over the men] You're not REALLY thinking about picking Rogers, are you?

Abraham Erskine: I wasn't just THINKING about it. He is a clear choice.

Col. Chester Phillips: When you brought a ninety-pound asthmatic onto my army base, I let it slide. I thought "What the hell, maybe he'd be useful to you like a gerbil." Never thought you'd pick him.

Peggy Carter: [to soldiers doing push-ups] UP!

Col. Chester Phillips: You put a needle in that kid's arm it's gonna go right through him.

Peggy Carter: [to the soldiers doing jumping jacks] Come on, girls!

Col. Chester Phillips: [looking at Steve's best effort but belabored execution] Look at that. He's makin' me cry.

Abraham Erskine: I am looking for qualities beyond the physical.

Col. Chester Phillips: Do you know how long it took to set up this project? Of all the groveling I had to do in front of Senator What's-his-name's committee?

Abraham Erskine: Yes, I'm well aware of your efforts.

Col. Chester Phillips: Then throw me a bone. Hodge passed every test we gave him. He's big, he's fast, he obeys orders - he's a soldier.

Abraham Erskine: He's a bully.

Col. Chester Phillips: You don't win wars with niceness, doctor. You win wars with guts.

[the Colonel pulls the pin of a grenade and throws it among the recruits]

Col. Chester Phillips: GRENADE!

Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan: Wait. You know what you're doing?

Steve Rogers: Yeah. I knocked out Adolf Hitler over 200 times.

Howard Stark: The moment you think you know what's going on in a woman's head is the moment your goose is well and truly cooked .

[talking about Steve taking the Super-Soldier formula]

James 'Bucky' Barnes: Did it hurt?

Steve Rogers: A little.

James 'Bucky' Barnes: Is this permanent?

Steve Rogers: So far.

[a body is discovered in the Arctic]

SHIELD Lieutenant: Base. Get me a line to the Colonel! I don't care what time it is! This one's waited long enough.

[Steve starts yelling]

Peggy Carter: Shut it down!

Abraham Erskine: Kill the reactor, Mr. Stark! Turn it off! Kill it! Kill the reactor!

Steve Rogers: [from within the chamber] No! Don't! I can do this!

Howard Stark: Seems harmless enough. Hard to see what all the fuss is about.

[gets thrown back]

Howard Stark: Write that down.

Howard Stark: Fondue is just cheese and bread, my friend.

Abraham Erskine: [knocking on the capsule Steve is locked in for the procedure to change him] Steven, can you hear me?

Steve Rogers: It's probably too late to go to the bathroom, right?

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Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan: So, let's get this straight.

Gabe Jones: We barely got out of there alive, and you want us to go back?

Steve Rogers: Pretty much.

James Montgomery Falsworth: Sounds rather fun, actually.

Jim Morita: [burps] I'm in.

[Jacques and Gabe converse briefly in French]

Gabe Jones: [referring to himself and Jacques] We're in.

Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan: Hell, I'll always fight. But you gotta do one thing for me.

Steve Rogers: What's that?

Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan: [drinks the rest of his beer in one go] Open a tab.

[they laugh as Steve gets up to go to the bar]

Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan: Well, that was easy.

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Steve Rogers: [after being injected in the arm] That wasn't so bad.

Abraham Erskine: That was penicillin.

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Col. Chester Phillips: Sit down.

[Colonel Phillips puts down a tray of food at a table]

Dr. Arnim Zola: What is this?

Col. Chester Phillips: Steak.

Dr. Arnim Zola: What is in it?

Col. Chester Phillips: Cow.

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Gabe Jones: Who are you supposed to be?

Steve Rogers: I'm... Captain America.

[Steve walks off to free the soldiers trapped below]

James Montgomery Falsworth: I beg your pardon?

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4F Doctor: [looks at Steve's file which shows he has a long list of health issues] Sorry, son.

Steve Rogers: Look, just give me a chance.

4F Doctor: You'd be ineligible on your asthma alone.

Steve Rogers: Is there anything you can do?

4F Doctor: I'm doing it. I'm saving your life.

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HYDRA Soldier: Cut off one head, two more shall...

Col. Chester Phillips: [blows him away] Let's go find two more!

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[from trailer]

Col. Chester Phillips: General Patton has said that wars are fought with weapons but are won by men.

Loud Jerk: You just don't know when to give up, do ya?

Steve Rogers: I could do this all day.

Col. Chester Phillips: Our goal is to create the greatest army in history.

Steve Rogers: I should be going with you. Look, I know you don't think I can do this...

James 'Bucky' Barnes: This isn't a back alley, Steve. It's war!

Col. Chester Phillips: But every army begins with one man.

Abraham Erskine: Five tries in five different cities. I can offer you a chance.

Col. Chester Phillips: He will be the first in a new breed of super-soldier.

Steve Rogers: Why me?

Abraham Erskine: Because a weak man knows the value of strength, of the value of power.

Steve Rogers: That wasn't so bad.

Abraham Erskine: That was penicillin.

Col. Chester Phillips: We are going to win this war because we have the best men.

Abraham Erskine: Now, Mr. Stark.

[Howard Stark engages the machine]

Col. Chester Phillips: And they will, personally, escort Adolf Hitler to the gates of Hell.

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Dr. Arnim Zola: I don't eat meat.

Col. Chester Phillips: Why not?

Dr. Arnim Zola: It disagrees with me.

Col. Chester Phillips: How about cyanide? Does that give you the rumbly tummy, too?

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General: I thought he'd be taller.

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Steve Rogers: Dr. Erskine said that the serum wouldn't just effect my muscles, it would effect my cells. Create a protective system of regeneration and healing. Which means, um, I can't get drunk. Did you know that?

Peggy Carter: Your metabolism burns four times faster than the average person. He thought it could be one of the side effects.

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[Captain America goes to the edge of the dock to rescue the boy thrown in the water by the spy]

Boy at Dock: Go get him! I can swim.

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Steve Rogers: Where are we going?

James 'Bucky' Barnes: The future.

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[Schmidt admires a wooden Norse carving]

Johann Schmidt: Yggdrasil. Tree of the world. Guardian of wisdom. And fate, also.

[discovers a wooden drawer, uncovers the Tesseract]

Johann Schmidt: And the Führer digs for trinkets in the desert.

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Steve Rogers: I had some ideas about the uniform.

Howard Stark: Whatever you want, pal.

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Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan: [looks at Jim Morita while asking Captain America] What, are we taking everybody?

Jim Morita: I'm from Fresno, Ace.

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Red Skull: You could have the power of the gods! Yet you wear a flag on your chest and think you fight a battle of nations! I have seen the future, Captain! There are no flags!

Captain America: Not my future!

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Steve Rogers: Who the hell are you?

Heinz Kruger: The first of many. Cut off one head...

[bites down on cyanide pill]

Heinz Kruger: ...two more shall take its place. Hail Hydra.

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[Zola tests the Cube on a machine]

Dr. Arnim Zola: Twenty... forty... sixty... stabilizing at seventy percent.

Johann Schmidt: I have not come all this way for safety, doctor.

[switches the machine to full power]

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James Montgomery Falsworth: [toasts] To the Captain!

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[Schmidt and Zola go to the rooftop, where a one-man escape helicopter is waiting]

Dr. Arnim Zola: What about me? Where will I sit?

Red Skull: [hands the key to his car to Zola] Not a scratch, Doctor. Not a scratch.

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Steve Rogers: Sir, if you're going after Schmidt, I want in

Col. Chester Phillips: You're an experiment. You're going to Alamogordo.

Steve Rogers: The serum worked.

Col. Chester Phillips: I asked for an army and all I got was you. You are not enough.

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Red Skull: You are deluded, Captain. You pretend to be a simple soldier, but in reality you are just afraid to admit that we have left humanity behind. Unlike you, I embrace it proudly. Without fear!

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Dr. Arnim Zola: Schmidt believes he walks in the footsteps of the gods.

Col. Chester Phillips: Hm!

Dr. Arnim Zola: Only the world itself will satisfy him.

Col. Chester Phillips: Did you realize that's nuts, don't you?

Dr. Arnim Zola: The insanity of the plan is of no consequence.

Col. Chester Phillips: And why is that?

Dr. Arnim Zola: Because he can do it!

Col. Chester Phillips: What's his target?

Dr. Arnim Zola: His target is everywhere.

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Johann Schmidt: Captain America! How exciting! I'm a great fan of your films!

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[in the Arctic, looking for Captain America]

Howard Stark: Just keep looking.

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Steve Rogers: [picking up a shield] What about this one?

Howard Stark: No, no, that's just a prototype.

Steve Rogers: What's it made of?

Howard Stark: Vibranium. It's stronger than steel and a third the weight. It's completely vibration absorbent.

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Steve Rogers: You save me any of that schnapps?

Abraham Erskine: Not as much as I should have. Sorry.

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Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan: [to a guard who's just knocked off his hat with a billy club] You know, Fritz, one of these days I'm gonna have a stick of my own.

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SHIELD Agent: [as Steve escapes] All agents, Code 13!

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Tower Keeper: You cannot control the power you hold. You will burn!

Johann Schmidt: I already have.

[shoots and kills the Tower Keeper, rubs his cheekbone]

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[first lines]

Search Team Leader: Are you the guys from Washington?

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Red Skull: YOU ARE FAILING!

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Spoilers 

The quote items below may give away important plot points.

Peggy Carter: You have no idea how to talk to a woman, do you?

Steve Rogers: I think this is the longest conversation I've had with one. Women aren't exactly lining up to dance with a guy they might step on.

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Peggy Carter: [to soldiers in training] Faster, ladies! Come on! My GRANDMOTHER has more life in her, God rest her soul. MOVE IT!

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Senator Brandt: Geez! Somebody get THAT kid a SANDWICH.

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Col. Chester Phillips: General Patton has said that wars are fought with weapons but are won by men. We are going to win this war because we have the best... men.

[the colonel's speech falters as his eyes fall sadly upon Steve. He glances over to catch Dr. Erskine's eye, which Dr. Erskine tactfully avoids]

Col. Chester Phillips: [gulping] ... and because they are gonna get better. Much better. The Strategic Scientific Reserve is an allied effort made up of the best minds in the free world. Our goal is to create the best army in history, but every army starts with one man. At the end of this week, we will choose that man. He will be the first in a new breed of super-soldier. You may personally escort Adolf Hitler to the gates of Hell.

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Steve Rogers: What about the others? Are you planning a rescue mission?

Col. Chester Phillips: Yeah, it's called winning the war.

Steve Rogers: But if you know where they are, why not at least...

Col. Chester Phillips: They're thirty miles behind the lines, through some of the most heavily fortified territory in Europe. We'd lose more men than we'd save, but I don't expect you to understand that because you're a chorus girl.

Steve Rogers: I think I understand just fine.

Col. Chester Phillips: Well, then understand it somewhere else.

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Steve Rogers: [Right before they zipline onto the moving train Dr. Zola is on] We've only got about a 10 second window. You miss that window and we're all just bugs on a windshield!

Steve Rogers: Mind the Gap!

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