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Simple Men (1992) Poster

(1992)

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Ned Riffle: I want adventure. I want romance.

Bill McCabe: Ned, there is no such thing as adventure. There's no such thing as romance. There's only trouble and desire.

Ned Riffle: Trouble and desire.

Bill McCabe: That's right. And the funny thing is, when you desire something you immediately get into trouble. And when you're in trouble you don't desire anything at all.

Ned Riffle: I see.

Bill McCabe: It's impossible.

Ned Riffle: It's ironic.

Bill McCabe: It's a fucking tragedy is what it is, Ned.

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Dennis McCabe: I've never been to Long Island.

Bill McCabe: Yes you have.

Dennis McCabe: I have?

Bill McCabe: Yeah. You've been to Queens. Queens is Long Island.

Dennis McCabe: Queens is a part of New York City. I don't think it's really considered part of Long Island.

Bill McCabe: It's part of New York City, but it's on Long Island.

Dennis McCabe: Queens is a borough.

Bill McCabe: A borough, on Long Island.

Dennis McCabe: A borough of New York City.

Bill McCabe: Right.

Dennis McCabe: Long Island's a terminal moraine.

Bill McCabe: A what?

Dennis McCabe: A terminal moraine. It's the earth that's deposited by a receding glacier.

Bill McCabe: Well, shit, what are we waiting for, huh? Come on.

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Elina: [after Dennis kisses her] You shouldn't do that.

Dennis McCabe: Why not?

Elina: Because I'm your father's girlfriend?

Dennis McCabe: My father's a womanizer. He's a married man and he stood you up.

Elina: You have no respect for your father.

Dennis McCabe: I don't know him. But I respect his taste in women.

Elina: So then go make love to your mother.

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Ned: What is that thing?

Bill: That's the Blessed Virgin, Ned.

Ned: She's pretty, huh?

Bill: Not only is she pretty, but she's got a nice personality, and she's the mother of God.

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Ned: Nothing like a machine to make a man feel insignificant.

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Bill McCabe: Look Dennis, the difference between dad and me is that I just fuck with the law; he fucked with the government.

Dennis McCabe: The law and the government are the same thing.

Bill McCabe: No, it isn't. Government doesn't have to obey the law.

Dennis McCabe: O, maybe that's not the way things should be.

Bill McCabe: Who wants the fucking government that's got to obey the law.

Dennis McCabe: A lot of people do.

Bill McCabe: Yeah, well that's why a lot of people aren't running this country.

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Sheriff: Why do women exist?

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Ned: Listen, Dennis. Let me tell you something about the law. The law is just a contract. A contract between the rich people who own everything, and the poor people who want to take it away. And the contract says, if you break the law and get away with it fine. But if you break the rules and get caught you got to play by the rules and pay the price. It's no big moral thing, you don't need ideology to knock off a liquor store.

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Bill McCabe: Look, you'll take care of that motorcycle, will ya?

Dennis McCabe: Fuck you, I wanna play pool.

Bill McCabe: You don't play pool, you shoot pool.

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Dennis McCabe: I know he's a man of his word. I know he believes in things.

Elina: He's a womanizer.

Dennis McCabe: Yea, well, ah, he wouldn't leave a woman as attractive as yourself behind.

Elina: You're a womanizer too, then.

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Sheriff: Kate, this man we're dealing with is quite possibly a dangerous criminal.

Kate: How do you know?

Sheriff: What do you mean how do I know?

Kate: What is it that makes a man dangerous anyway?

Sheriff: [frustrated] Look, I'm asking the questions here, okay.

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[Last lines]

Sheriff: Don't leave.

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