Jonathan Pryce: Juan Perón
Juan Perón : Dice are rolling - the knives are out. Would-be presidents are all around, I don't say they mean harm, but they'd each give an arm... to see us six feet underground.
Eva Perón : It doesn't matter what those morons say. Our nations leaders are a feeble crew. There's only twenty of them anyway. What is twenty next to millions who are looking to you? All you have to do is sit and wait, keeping out of everybody's way. We'll... you'll be handed power on a plate when the ones who matter have their say, and with chaos installed... you can "reluctantly" agree to be called.
Juan Perón : There again, we could be foolish not to quit while we're ahead. For distance lends enchantment, and that is why... all exiles are distinguished. More important - they're not dead. I could find job satisfaction in Paraguay.
Eva Perón : This is crazy defeatist talk! Why commit political suicide? There's no call for any action at all... when you have unions on your side.
[Eva replaces Juan Perón's sixteen-year-old mistress]
Eva Perón : [to Perón's mistress] Hello, and goodbye. I've just unemployed you. You can go back to school. You've had a good run - I'm sure he enjoyed you. Don't act sad or surprised. Let's be friends, civilized. Come on, little one. Don't sit there like a dummy. The day you knew would arrive is here. You'll survive. So move, funny face!
Eva Perón : I like your conversation. You've a catchy turn of phrase. You're obviously going through some adolescent phase.
[Perón's mistress leaves]
Perón's Mistress : So what happens now? So what happens now? Where am I going to?
Juan Perón : You'll get by, you always have before.
Perón's Mistress : Where am I going to?
Eva Perón : Don't ask any more.
Juan Perón : But, on the other hand - she's all they have. She's a diamond in their dull gray lives - and that's the hardest kind of stone - it usually survives. And when you think about it, can you recall the last time they loved anyone at all? She's not a bauble you can brush aside. She's been out doing what we just talked about - example: Gave us back our businesses, got the English out. And when you think about it, well, why not do one or two of the things we promised to? But on the other hand, she's slowing down. She's lost a little of that magic drive. But I would not advise those critics present to derive any satisfaction from her fading star. She's the one whose kept us where we are.
Perón's Generals : She's the one... who's kept *you* where *you* are.
Juan Perón : Your little body's slowly breaking down. You're losing speed, you're losing strength, not style. That goes on flourishing forever, but your eyes, your smile do not have the sparkle of your fantastic past. If you climb one more mountain, it could be your last.
Juan Perón : I stand here as a servant of the people/ As we come together for a marvelous cause, you've shown by your presence, your deeds and applause/ What the people can do/ True power is yours, not the government's/ unless it represents the people!