Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Poster

Kurt Russell: Jack Burton



  • [last lines] 

    Jack Burton : Just remember what ol' Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol' storm right square in the eye and he says, "Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it."

  • Jack Burton : When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."

  • Jack Burton : Okay. You people sit tight, hold the fort and keep the home fires burning. And if we're not back by dawn... call the president.

  • Jack Burton : Everybody relax, I'm here.

  • Gracie : I'd go with you but...

    Jack Burton : I know, there's a problem with your face.

  • Jack Burton : I'm a reasonable guy. But, I've just experienced some very unreasonable things.

  • Wang Chi : Here's to the Army and Navy and the battles they have won; here's to America's colors, the colors that never run.

    Jack Burton : May the wings of liberty never lose a feather.

  • Jack Burton : Would you stop rubbing your body up against mine, because I can't concentrate when you do that.

  • Jack Burton : You know what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like this?

    Thunder : Who?

    Jack Burton : Jack Burton. *Me*!

  • Jack Burton : What's in the flask, Egg? Magic potion?

    Egg Shen : Yeah.

    Jack Burton : Thought so, good. What do we do, drink it?

    Egg Shen : Yeah!

    Jack Burton : Good! Thought so.

  • Margo : God, aren't you even gonna kiss her goodbye?

    Jack Burton : Nope.

  • Jack Burton : Like I told my last wife, I says, "Honey, I never drive faster than I can see. Besides that, it's all in the reflexes."

  • Wang Chi : You ready, Jack?

    Jack Burton : I was born ready.

  • Jack Burton : I don't get this at all. I thought Lo Pan...

    Lo Pan : Shut up, Mr. Burton! You are not brought upon this world to get it!

  • Jack Burton : [pointing to Chinese writing on elevator]  What does that say?

    Wang Chi : [speaks Chinese]  Hell of Boiling Oil.

    Jack Burton : You're kidding.

    Wang Chi : Yeah, I am. It says Keep Out.

  • [Jack points to the wall] 

    Jack Burton : Hollow?

    Wang Chi : Hollow.

    Jack Burton : Fuck it.

    [Jack wacks open the hollow wall with his knife] 

  • Jack Burton : Ol' Jack always says... what the hell?

  • Jack Burton : We really shook the pillars of heaven, didn't we, Wang?

  • Jack Burton : You can go off and rule the universe from beyond the grave.

    Lo Pan : Indeed!

    Jack Burton : Or check into a psycho ward, which ever comes first, huh?

  • Jack Burton : All I know is, this Lo Pan character comes out of thin air in the middle of a goddamn alley while his buddies are flying around on wires cutting everybody to shreds, and he just stands there waiting for me to drive my truck straight through him with *light* coming out of his mouth!

  • Jack Burton : Sooner or later I rub everybody the wrong way.

  • Jack Burton : Son of a bitch must pay!

  • Egg Shen : Can see things no one else can see. Do things no one else can do.

    Jack Burton : Real things?

    Egg Shen : As real as Lo Pan!

    Jack Burton : Hey, what more can a guy ask for?

    Egg Shen : Oh, the six-demon bag!

    Jack Burton : Terrific, a six-demon bag. Sensational. What's in it, Egg?

    Egg Shen : Wind, fire, all that kind of thing!

  • Jack Burton : This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.

  • Jack Burton : [speaking to Lo Pan]  Are you crazy... Is that your problem?

  • Jack Burton : Well, ya see, I'm not saying that I've been everywhere and I've done everything, but I do know it's a pretty amazing planet we live on here, and a man would have to be some kind of FOOL to think we're alone in THIS universe.

  • Jack Burton : Which Lo Pan? Little old basket case on wheels or the ten foot tall roadblock?

  • [on phone to insurance company] 

    Jack Burton : I'm gonna tell you about an accident, and I don't wanna hear "act of God"!

  • Jack Burton : Wang, these guys, these Sing Dings...

    Wang Chi : Chang Sings.

    Jack Burton : They got enemies?

    Wang Chi : Wing Kong.

    Jack Burton : Who wear red turbans?

    Wang Chi : [sees they're now surrounded by Wing Kong warriors]  Holy SHIT! These guys are animals, Jack!

  • Jack Burton : Feel pretty good. I'm not, uh, I'm not scared at all. I just feel kind of... feel kind of invincible.

    Wang Chi : Me, too. I got a very positive attitude about this.

    Jack Burton : Good, me too.

    Wang Chi : Yeah!


    Jack Burton : Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me?

  • Gracie : [on their way to confront Lo Pan]  Do you have a gun, I hope?

    Jack Burton : I have a knife.

    Gracie : A knife? This guy's twelve feet tall!

    Jack Burton : Seven. Hey, don't worry, I can handle him.

  • Lo Pan : And when I find her, I will marry her...

    Wang Chi : Never!

    Lo Pan : Ching Dai will be appeased, my curse will be lifted!

    Jack Burton : And you can go on to rule the universe from beyond the grave.

    Lo Pan : Indeed!

    Jack Burton : Or check into a psycho ward, whichever comes first, right?

    Wang Chi : Jack, will you...?

    Jack Burton : "Jack" what? I'm supposed to buy this shit? 2000 years, he can't find one broad to fit the bill? Come on, Dave, you must be doing something seriously wrong!

    Lo Pan : There have been others, to be sure. There are always others. But you know, Mr. Burton, the difficulties between men and women. How seldom it works out? Yet we all keep trying, like fools.

  • Jack Burton : Tall guy, weird clothes. First you see him, then you don't.

  • [in a whore house] 

    Jack Burton : Henry Swanson's my name, and excitement's my game.

    White Tiger : Cash or charge?

    Jack Burton : Oh gosh, cash, I guess. I mean it's not deductible, is it.

  • Jack Burton : That is not water.

    Egg Shen : Black blood of the earth.

    Jack Burton : Do you mean oil?

    Egg Shen : I mean black blood of the earth.

  • Jack Burton : Mutual Fidelity Insurers of Sacramento... well, there's gotta be a listing, honey, cause I pay 'em 6 G's a year in premiums.

    Uncle Chu : China is here, Mr. Burton. The Chang Sing, the Wing Kong, they've been fighting for centuries.

    Jack Burton : What does that mean? "China is here"? I don't even know what the hell that means. All I know is this "Lo Pan" character comes out of thin air in the middle of a goddamn alley while his buddies are flying around on wires cutting everybody to shreds, and he just stands there waiting for me to drive my truck straight through him, with light coming out of his mouth!

    Wang Chi : Jack, please...

    [lightning strikes and Wang becomes silent] 

    Uncle Chu : When did this happen?

    Wang Chi : It didn't, uncle Chu, not like he says.

    Jack Burton : [diverting from his phone call]  Yeah, it did, uncle Chu, 2 hours ago. Tall guy, weird clothes, first you see him then you don't.

    [back to his call] 

    Jack Burton : Yeah, is this just a switch board or something...

    Uncle Chu : Lo Pan appeared on the street? Wang Chi, why didn't you tell me?

    Wang Chi : I didn't want to alarm you, uncle.

    Jack Burton : [on his phone call]  I'm gonna tell you about an accident and I don't want to hear "act of God," alright?

    [enter Eddie] 

    Eddie : Good afternoon, Mr. Wong.

    Wang Chi : Eddie, meet my dear friend Jack Burton. Eddie is the new maitre'd here at the Black Pool.

    Eddie : And a whole lot more.

    Jack Burton : [on his phone call]  I don't know my policy number, it's in the glove compartment. Just look under B-U-R-T-O-N, will ya?

    Eddie : Jack Burton?

    [Jack turns to his name being called] 

    Eddie : Wow, the guy you always told me about, huh? So that was your abandoned truck.

    Jack Burton : Abandoned, like hell!

    [into the phone] 

    Jack Burton : Hey! Hello! Hello! Ahh, Christ.

    Eddie : Bad news. The Lords of Death stole it after you ran away.

    Jack Burton : They stole my truck?

    Wang Chi : Take it easy, Jack, you're with friends. We'll find it for you.

    Jack Burton : Damn right, you will. And my money, and time is money to a guy like me...

    [points to uncle Chu] 

    Jack Burton : ... and your phone is dead, by the way.

  • Uncle Chu : What the hell is Gracie Law doing here?

    Jack Burton : She can't get enough of me.

    Gracie : Hah! He wishes.

  • Egg Shen : Lo Pan is down there.

    Jack Burton : Down where?

    Egg Shen : Where is the universe?

  • Jack Burton : This is gonna take crackerjack timing, Wang.

  • Jack Burton : Oh, my god, no. Please! What is that? Don't tell me!

    Egg Shen : A guardian. What it sees, Lo Pan knows!

  • Jack Burton : I took something. I can see things no one else can see. Why're you dressed like that?

  • Wang Chi : They got this sorta clubhouse thing, you know, where they all hang out.

    Jack Burton : Sharpen their knives, huh?

    Wang Chi : I can't ask you to...

    Jack Burton : Where is it?

    Wang Chi : Thank you, Jack.

  • Jack Burton : You got a tongue, Dave. Ask her yourself.

  • Jack Burton : [tapping on the walls]  Two, three feet thick, I'll bet. Probably welded shut from the outside, and covered with brick by now!

    Wang Chi : Don't give up, Jack!

    Jack Burton : Oh, okay, I won't, Wang! Let's just *chew* our way outta here.

  • Egg Shen : You will come out no more!

    Jack Burton : What? Huh? What'll come out no more?

    Egg Shen : Come on.

    Jack Burton : Dammit!

  • Jack Burton : What does that mean? Huh? "China is here." I don't even know what the hell that means.

  • Gracie : [Jack starts up the Pork Chop Express]  What was that?

    Jack Burton : 6.9 on the Richter scale!

  • Lo Pan : [Yells at Wang in Chinese after growing frustrated with Jack's dismissive attitude]  Mr. Burton, if you have an influence over your youthful friend, you better exert it now. Otherwise, I will have you both brought out to the hell where people are skinned alive, it's that simple, understand?

    Jack Burton : [Leans forward]  Are you crazy, is that your problem?

    Wang Chi : No, he means it, Jack.

  • Wang Chi : Jack, first I gotta go somewhere, Jack.

    Jack Burton : No, you don't.

    Wang Chi : Yeah, I do. So how 'bout we meet at my restaurant in a few hours, you know? I pay the money then.

    Jack Burton : Pay the money now! Where you gotta go?

    Wang Chi : The airport.

    Jack Burton : Yeah, right. Over my dead body.

    Wang Chi : If need be.

  • Lo Pan : Then Ching Dai will be happy and my curse will be lifted!

    Jack Burton : And go off to rule the universe from beyond the grave.

    Lo Pan : Indeed!

    Jack Burton : Or check into a psycho ward, which ever comes first huh!

  • Jack Burton : We really shook the pillars of heaven, didn't we, Wang?

    Wang Chi : No horseshit, Jack.

    Jack Burton : No horseshit.

  • Jack Burton : Is this gonna get ugly, now? Huh? I hope not. Because I thought what we were here, racial differences notwithstanding, was just a couple of old friends. You know, just both of us Californians.

  • Wang Chi : Jack, listen, I need more of your help. I can't pay you today, okay?

    Jack Burton : Oh, shit.

    Wang Chi : How can I? I need all my cash for Miao Yin.

    Eddie : And it's gonna cost. She's got green eyes.

    Gracie : Oh no, seriously? Oh, that's an extra to these people. It's like leather bucket seats, it's double the price.

  • Jack Burton : We made it. Holy shit, we made it!

  • Eddie : Well sure it was a war. And anybody that showed up was gonna join Lem Lee in the Hell of Being Cut to Pieces.

    Jack Burton : Hell of being what?

    Eddie : Chinese have a lot of Hells.

  • Jack Burton : Abandoned like hell!

  • Jack Burton : If you have problem like that again, just reach for the sky!

  • Lo Pan : [Catches Jack's knife in midair, pauses to examine it, nodding in approval]  Good knife. Goodbye, Mr. Burton.

    [throws it] 

    Jack Burton : [quickly catches knife and throws it back, hitting Lo Pan right between the eyes] 

    Lo Pan : [Lo Pan falls backwards and impacts the ground with a shockwave that sets the statues ringing the room falling like dominoes, shattering to bits] 

    Jack Burton : It's all in the reflexes.

  • Jack Burton : How do you do, ma'am? Henry Swanson's my name and excitement's my game.

  • Jack Burton : So who are we pickin' up?

    Wang Chi : A girl. I don't wanna talk about it.

    Jack Burton : A girl? Where from?

    Wang Chi : Peking. This is a big day in my life. I should have gone home and gotten 40 winks.

    Jack Burton : A girl from China? All right, I never done that. I picked up girls from everywhere else, but never from China.

  • Jack Burton : What, I'm supposed to buy this shit? 2,000 years and he can't find a broad to fit the bill? Come on, Dave, you must be doin' somethin' seriously wrong.

  • Jack Burton : Wait a minute!

    Gracie : Don't!

    Jack Burton : Don't what?

    Gracie : The Lords of Death. Street gang. Punks from Chinatown. What are they doing here?

  • Jack Burton : Let's you and me have a little talk, friend.

  • Jack Burton : Whoa. Who is that?

    Wang Chi : She has green eyes. You know how rare that is, Jack?

    Jack Burton : How can you tell from here?

    Wang Chi : Not her, she's trouble. Miao Yin. Beautiful green eyes, like creamy jade.

    Jack Burton : Trouble, huh?

  • Wang Chi : Jack, check this out.

    Jack Burton : So what is this? Chinese or somethin'? Countin' backwards?

    Wang Chi : Not backwards. Downwards.

  • Jack Burton : Hey Egg! How'd you get up there?

    Egg Shen : It wasn't easy!

  • Wang Chi : Come on, Jack. Don't be afraid.

    Jack Burton : Afraid? Are you kidding?

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