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An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

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Martin Vail
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Janet Venable
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Shaughnessy
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Shoat
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Molly
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Aaron / Roy
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Yancy
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Goodman
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Pinero
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Stenner
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Martinez
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Rushman
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Naomi
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Alex
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Connerman
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Weil
Brian Reddy ...
Woodside
Christopher Carroll ...
M.C.
Wendy Cutler ...
Lou
Ron O.J. Parson ...
Turner
Sigrid K. Zahner ...
Vail's Secretary
Diann Burns ...
WLS Anchor
Linda Yu ...
WLS Anchor
Andy Shaw ...
WLS Location Reporter
Mary Ann Childers ...
WBBM Anchor
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WBBM Anchor (as Lester D. Holt)
Sylvia Gomez ...
WBBM Location Reporter
Jon Duncanson ...
WBBM Location Reporter
David Eckert ...
WGN Anchor
Robert Jordan ...
WGN Anchor
Joanie Lum ...
WGN Location Reporter
Randy Salerno ...
WGN Location Reporter
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Postman
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Joe
Randall Slavin ...
Young Boy
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Sergeant
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Precinct Jailer
Joseph F. Kosala ...
Cop (as Joe Kosala)
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Bartender
Peter Schreiner ...
Bailiff
Joseph R. Ryan ...
Old Man
Azalea Davila ...
Linda
Wayne Wright ...
Court Clerk
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Duty Officer
Clarence Williams Jr. ...
Arresting Cop
Rosalie V. Lewis ...
Stenographer
Dwight Brad Dyer ...
Prison Guard
Larry Cook ...
Pilot
Bob Kenney ...
Pilot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio Bardales ...
Choirboy (uncredited)
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Cop (uncredited)
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Banquet Patron (uncredited)
Richard Hempton ...
Inmate (uncredited)

Directed by

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Gregory Hoblit

Written by

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William Diehl ... (novel)
 
Steve Shagan ... (screenplay) and
Ann Biderman ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Patricia Graf ... associate producer
Hawk Koch ... executive producer (as Howard W. Koch Jr.)
Gary Lucchesi ... producer
Robert McMinn ... co-producer
Arnold Rudnick ... associate producer

Music by

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James Newton Howard

Cinematography by

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Michael Chapman ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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David Rosenbloom

Editorial Department

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Jana Lynn Gold ... assistant film editor
Phil Hetos ... color timer
Douglas Kunin ... assistant film editor
Farrel Levy ... additional editor (as Farrel Jane Levy)
Skip Macdonald ... assistant film editor
Wendi Jill Raderman ... assistant film editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed ... negative cutter

Casting By

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Deborah Aquila

Production Design by

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Jeannine Oppewall

Art Direction by

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William Arnold

Set Decoration by

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Cindy Carr

Costume Design by

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Betsy Cox

Makeup Department

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Hallie D'Amore ... key makeup artist
Sterfon Demings ... hair stylist
Elle Elliott ... hair stylist
Margaret E. Elliott ... makeup artist (as Margaret Elliott)
Kathrine Gordon ... hair stylist
Tom Lucas ... makeup artist: Mr. Gere
Carol Meikle ... hair stylist: Mr. Gere
Jeffrey Sacino ... key hair stylist (as Jeffrey M. Sacino)
Art Anthony ... special makeup effects: Chicago (uncredited)

Production Management

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Robert Grand ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Xochi Blymyer ... second second assistant director
J. Stephen Buck ... first assistant director
Gary B. Goldman ... second second assistant director: Chicago (as Gary Goldman)
Randall Newsome ... second second assistant director: Chicago
Lucille OuYang ... second assistant director
Sharon Swab ... dga trainee

Art Department

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Paul V. Allen Sr. ... set dresser: Chicago (as Paul Allen)
Randolph W. Andell ... assistant property master
P. Scott Bailey ... set dresser (as Scott Bailey)
Julie Brooke Beattie ... set dresser (as Julie Beattie)
Louisa Bonnie ... set designer
Mary A. Brady ... set dresser: Chicago (as Mary Brady)
Javier Carrillo ... propmaker foreperson
Daniel B. Clancy ... leadperson: Chicago
Francis N. 'Lucky' Costello ... painter (as Frank 'Lucky' Costello)
Jon Danniells ... lead man
Dave DeGaetano ... construction coordinator
Edward England ... construction coordinator: Chicago
Andrew P. Flores ... paint foreperson (as Andy Flores)
Joanna Gilliam ... set dresser
Robert M. Hagman ... propmaker foreperson (as Bob Hagman)
Aaron C. Holden Jr. ... assistant property master: Chicago
Jack Johnson ... production illustrator
Robert Kelter ... paint foreperson: Chicago (as Robert J. Kelter)
Erin Kemp ... set designer
Keith A. Kropf ... location foreman (as Keith Kropf)
Robin Laughlin ... paint foreperson (as Bob Laughlin)
Kacy Magedman ... art department coordinator
Quentin Matthys ... set dresser: Chicago
Steven B. Melton ... property master
Tom Osman ... art department coordinator: Chicago
Tyler Osman ... propmaker foreperson: Chicago
Tyler Patton ... set dresser
Walter J. Piers ... set dresser: Chicago (as Walter Piers)
Mark Poll ... set designer
Joel Prihoda ... labor foreperson: Chicago
Steven Rigamat ... propmaker foreperson (as Steven W. Rigamat)
Paul Stanwyck ... head scenic painter
William Tessaro ... location foreman (as Bill Tessaro)
Suzan Wexler ... assistant art director
Tim Wilp ... head painter: Chicago (as Timothy W. Wilp)
Ken Abraham ... set dresser (uncredited)
Anthony Joseph Fatigato ... painter (uncredited)
Sean Hood ... swing gang (uncredited)
William Lakoff ... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael W. Moore ... prop maker (uncredited)
Jeff O'Bannon ... laborer (uncredited)
Troy Osman ... construction foreman (uncredited)
Eric Yount ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Bob Baron ... adr mixer
Pamela Bentkowski ... supervising foley editor (as Pam Bentkowski)
Allan Bromberg ... sound effects editor
Steve Cantamessa ... sound mixer
Kevin E. Carpenter ... re-recording mixer
Anne Couk ... assistant sound editor
Joe Dorn ... supervising adr editor
Patrick J. Foley ... dialogue editor (as Patrick Foley)
Bruce Fortune ... supervising sound editor
Cameron Frankley ... sound effects editor
Dana LeBlanc Frankley ... apprentice sound editor (as Dana LeBlanc)
Marilyn Graf ... foley mixer
Jeffrey J. Haboush ... re-recording mixer
Robin Harlan ... foley artist
Scott La Rue ... cable person (as Scott LaRue)
Courtenay Marvin ... assistant sound editor
Anthony Milch ... sound effects editor (as Tony Milch)
Sarah Monat ... foley artist
Jeffrey R. Payne ... dialogue editor (as Jeff Payne)
Carin Rogers ... supervising dialogue editor
Robert Schaper ... re-recording mixer
Randy Singer ... foley mixer
Thomas W. Small ... foley editor (as Thomas Small)
Greg Stacy ... sound effects editor
Mike Szakmeister ... dialogue editor
Gary Thomas ... boom operator
Bill Ward ... assistant sound editor
Daryl Ziemke ... utility sound: Chicago
Matt Colleran ... transfer recordist (uncredited)
Mark L. Mangino ... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Ron Meredith ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Don Riozz McNichols ... special effects: Chicago (as Donald Rio McNichols)
Matthew W. Mungle ... special effects makeup (as Matthew Mungle)
Tom Ryba ... special effects coordinator: Chicago (as Thomas P. Ryba)

Visual Effects by

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Rob Burton ... visual effects supervisor: DQI
Mark Galvin ... visual effects executive producer: DQI
Mike Gunning ... visual effects producer: DQI
Michael S. Harbour ... 3D church modeling: Dream Quest Images / 3D church rendering: Dream Quest Images (as Michael Harbour)
Rory Hinnen ... data management
Jen Howard ... digital artist: Dream Quest Images
Rick Lopez ... output technician: DQI / scanning: DQI
John Murrah ... technical supervisor: Dream Quest Images

Stunts

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Lanier Edwards ... stunts
Rick Le Fevour ... stunts
Ray Lykins ... stunts
Ernie F. Orsatti ... stunt coordinator (as Ernie Orsatti)
Noon Orsatti ... stunts
Denney Pierce ... stunts
Scott Blackwood ... stunt double (uncredited)
Tom Lowell ... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Paoli ... stunt double: Richard Gere (uncredited)
Linda Perlin ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Patric J. Abaravich ... best boy electric (as Patric Abaravich)
Audie Aragon ... dolly grip (as Audi Aragon)
Jeff Beebe ... grip
Alphonse Blumenthal ... assistant chief lighting technician: Chicago
Tom Bookout ... grip (as Thomas Bookout)
George W. Borthwick ... grip (as George Wells Borthwick)
David Boyd ... second camera operator
Steve Bradarich ... video playback operator: Chicago
Mark Burnett ... video assist operator
Paul Caven ... electrician (as Paul 'Bones' Caven)
Chris Collins ... second assistant camera: Chicago
Armando Contreras ... grip
Gerrit Dangremond ... camera operator: Chicago
Ben Felthouse ... rigging electrician
Chris Freres ... second company grip: Chicago
Scot Gaal ... assistant chief rigging lighting technician (as Scott Gaal)
Joe Gallo ... electrician (as Joseph Gallo)
Bill Guerre ... rigging electrician (as William Guerre)
Michael R. Gurasich ... second assistant camera (as Michael Gurasich)
Steven Hiller ... first assistant camera: Chicago
Frank M. Holgate ... aerial camera operator: Chicago (as Frank Holgate)
John Hudecek ... dolly grip: Chicago
Kenji Inouye ... second company grip
Frederick Irving ... electrician (as Frederick E. Irving)
Gina Isaacs ... electrician
Ed Jackson ... second company rigging grip (as Edward A. Jackson)
William T. Jones ... first company rigging grip (as Wm. T. 'Jake' Jones)
Greg Kittelson ... electrician
Tommy Klines ... second assistant camera
Jono Kouzouyan ... chief lighting technician
Morgan Michael Lewis ... first company grip: Chicago
Anthony J. Lullo ... assistant chief lighting technician: Chicago (as Anthony Lullo)
Mark Marcum ... video supervisor
Donald Navarrete ... rigging electrician
Ron Phillips ... still photographer
R. Bruce Prochal ... chief rigging lighting technician (as Bruce Prochal)
Bill Roe ... camera operator
Rodney Sandoval ... camera loader
Brett Santucci ... grip
Steven Silverstein ... second assistant camera: Chicago
Mark Simon ... camera operator: Chicago
Michael 'Dutch' Van Woert ... assistant chief lighting technician (as 'Dutch' Van Woert)
Zoran Veselic ... first assistant camera
John Waldo ... second assistant camera: Chicago
Thomas E. Whalen ... video assist operator: Chicago
Sandy Williams ... first company grip (as Walter 'Sandy' Williams)
Ignacio Woolfolk ... rigging grip
David Norris ... camera technician: Wescam camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Tony Hobbs ... extras casting: Central/Cennex Casting
Tracy Kaplan ... casting: Chicago
DeVera Marcus ... voice casting (as Dee Marcus)
Karen Miller ... casting associate
Karen Peake ... extras casting: Chicago
Alex Wald ... casting assistant (as Alex Rosenberg)
Tricia Wood ... casting assistant
Patti Carns Kalles ... casting: Seattle (uncredited)
Jason James ... casting: Seattle (uncredited)
Regina Prokop ... extras casting coordinator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lori DeLapp ... costumer (as Lori McClellen)
Kimberly Guenther Durkin ... costume supervisor (as Kimberly Guenther)
Elaine Perlmann ... costumer (as Elaine Davis)
Gary J. Saldutti ... costumer
Adrienne Wait ... costumer
Heather Pollock ... set costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Jacolyn Baker ... location manager: Chicago (as Jacolyn J. Baker)
Mark Mamalakis ... assistant location manager: Chicago
John Panzarella ... location manager
Leslie Thorson ... assistant location manager
James R. McAllister ... location assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

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Terence Blanchard ... musician: horn solos
Brad Dechter ... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
James Newton Howard ... orchestrator
Artie Kane ... conductor
Jo Ann Kane ... music preparation
Tom Kramer ... preview music editor
Michael Mason ... music scoring coordinator
Shawn Murphy ... score mixer / score recordist
David Olson ... assistant music editor
J. Peter Robinson ... composer: incidental source music
Jim Weidman ... music editor
John Beal ... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Denise Carver ... music consultant (uncredited)
Dan Goldwasser ... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Frank Macchia ... music preparation (uncredited)
Michael Mason ... score co-producer (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Steve Brodsky ... transportation coordinator (as Steven Brodsky)
Michael P. Deal ... transportation captain: Chicago
Craig Fehrman ... transportation captain
James Hogan ... transportation captain: Chicago (as James A. Hogan)
Thaddeus E. Larkowski ... transportation coordinator: Chicago
Gaston Veilleux ... transportation captain
Robert Wallace ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Rashied Aljuwani ... craft service
Wendy Altman-Cohen ... Principal Eyewear
Dana Armonda ... production assistant: Chicago
Jeffrey Berk ... assistant production coordinator
Jeanne Bischoff ... legal technical advisor
Michele Bock ... production assistant
Robert Breech ... legal technical advisor
Raymond Bulinski ... craft service: Chicago
Douglas M. Cambell ... craft service (as Doug Campbell)
Michael Elyanow ... assistant: Mr. Hoblit
Leslie Anne Engel ... production assistant: Chicago (as Leslie Engel)
Orlando García ... chef (as Orlando Garcia)
George Gonzalez ... chef helper
Patricia Graf ... assistant: Mr. Hoblit
Jennifer Greenfield ... assistant: Mr. Gere
Julie Herman ... production assistant: Chicago
James C. Hoffman ... production assistant
Rachel Hudgins ... assistant: Mr. Gere
Steve Hurley ... legal technical advisor (as Stephen Hurley)
Christine Hurrey ... payroll auditor
Pamela Jaeckle ... production coordinator
Brendan C. Kennedy ... assistant: Mr. Koch Jr.: as Brendan Kennedy
Emily Koch ... assistant: Mr. Lucchesi
Scott R. Kowalchyk ... production assistant (as Scott Kowalchyk)
Robyn L. Kreger ... assistant: Mr. Koch Jr. (as Robyn Kreger)
Kevin Landry ... production auditor (as Kevin E. Landry)
Matt Luber ... assistant: Mr. Lucchesi
Leslie Mikol ... production assistant: Chicago
Fae Moore ... production assistant
Gerald F. Nichols ... production assistant: Chicago
Phill Norman ... title designer
Sandy O'Neill ... unit publicist
Lisa J. Olin ... legal clearances
Jesus Padillo ... chef helper (as Jesus Padilla)
Brian C. Pawlowski ... production assistant: Chicago (as Brian Pawlowski)
John Rash ... assistant production auditor
John Redmond ... police technical advisor
Sharron Reynolds ... script supervisor (as Sharron Reynolds-Enriquez)
Jeff Richman ... production assistant: Chicago
Jessica Sandler ... production assistant
Gene Strange ... assistant production auditor
Robert H. Turlington ... production assistant (as Robert Turlington)
Bekki Vallin ... assistant production coordinator: Chicago
Carolyn White ... assistant production coordinator (as Carolyn J. White)
Laurel Wolowic ... production assistant: Chicago
Frank Catalano ... adr (uncredited)
William M. DeLuca ... mechanic (uncredited)
Carol Riggins ... animal trainer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Courtroom thriller about a slick, hotshot lawyer who takes the seemingly unwinnable case of a young altar boy accused of murdering an eminent catholic priest. Written by Jonathan Broxton

Plot Keywords
Taglines Sooner or later a man who wears two faces forgets which one is real. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Peur primale (France)
  • Zwielicht (Germany)
  • Las dos caras de la verdad (Spain)
  • Les dues cares de la veritat (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Fovos enstiktou (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 129 min
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Box Office

Budget $30,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $9,900,000
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $102,616,183

Did You Know?

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Trivia This is Edward Norton's motion picture debut. See more »
Goofs (at around 31 mins) The blood at the scene of the murder (where Vail comes in some days after the murder), and the blood on Aaron's sneakers, shown in the court, should be brown, because some time has passed and blood coagulates. When blood coagulates it turns from red to brown. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Primal Fear/A Thin Line Between Love and Hate/Faithful/The Last Supper/The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1996). See more »
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Quotes [last lines]
[while in a holding cell in the back of the courthouse]
Roy: Mr. Vail?
Martin Vail: Yeah?
Roy: [stammering] Will you t-tell Miss Venable I'm sorry? Tell her I hope her neck is okay.
Martin Vail: Yeah... I will.
[begins walking away, then turns back]
Martin Vail: Wait... What did you just say? What? You told me just a few minutes ago that you didn't remember. You blacked out. You "lost time" yet again. So, how do you know about her neck?
Roy: [slow clapping sardonically; sneers] Well... good for you, Marty. I was going to let it go at that. You was looking so happy just now. I was thinking, hmmm God. But to tell you the truth, I'm glad you figured it out, because I have been dying to tell you. I just didn't know who you'd wanna hear it from, you know? Aaron or Roy... or Roy or Aaron. Well, I'll let you in on a little secret. A sort of a client-attorney-privilege type of a secret, you know what I mean? It don't matter who you hear it from. It's the same story.
[stammering as Aaron]
Roy: [in a southern accent] I j-j-just... had to kill Linda, Mr. Vail.
[normal voice as Roy]
Roy: That cunt just got what she deserved. But... cutting up that son of a bitch Rushman? That was just a fucking work of art.
Martin Vail: You're good. You are really good.
Roy: Yeah. I did get caught, though, didn't I?
Martin Vail: So there never... there never was a Roy?
Roy: Jesus Christ, Marty. If that's what you think, I am disappointed in you, I don't mind telling you. There never was an Aaron... counselor! Come on, Marty! I thought you had it figured, there at the end. The way you put me on the stand like that? That was fucking brilliant, Marty! And that whole thing like "act-like-a-man"? Jesus, I knew exactly what you wanted from me. It was like we were dancing, Marty!
Martin Vail: Guard!
Roy: [as Vail walks away] Oh come on, don't be like that, Marty. We did it, man. We fucking did it! We're a great team, you and me. You think I could've done this without you? You're just feeling a little angry here, because you started to care about old Aaron, I can understand that, but... you know, love hurts, Marty. What can I say? Hey, I'm just kidding, bud! I didn't mean to hurt your feelings! What else was I supposed to do? Hey, you're gonna thank me down the road, because this is gonna toughen you right up, Martin Vail! You hear me? That's a promise!
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