Pleasantville (1998) Poster


J.T. Walsh: Big Bob



  • Big Bob : [bangs the gavel]  You're out of order!

    David : Why am I out of order?

    [approaches Big Bob] 

    Big Bob : Because I'm not gonna let you turn this courtroom into a circus!

    David : Well, I don't think it's a circus, and I don't think they do, either.

    [David turns to look at the crowd, where many of the black-and-white people are changing into color. There are gasps and murmurs. Jennifer grins] 

    Big Bob : [bangs the gavel]  This behavior must stop at once.

    David : But see? That's just the point! It can't stop at once, because it's in you, and you can't stop something that's inside you.

    Big Bob : It is not inside *me*!

    David : [amused]  Oh, sure it is.

    Big Bob : No, it is not!

    David : [Leans forward and speaks confidentially with a mischievous grin]  What do you want to do to me right now? Come on. Everyone is turning colors. Kids are making out in the street. No one is getting their dinner.

    [Raises his voice for all to hear] 

    David : Hell, you could have a flood any minute! Pretty soon, the women could be going off to work, while the men stayed at home and cooked!

    Big Bob : That is not going to happen!

    David : [with defiant delight]  But it *could* happen!

    Big Bob : [enraged]  *No, it could not!*

    [Big Bob suddenly turns pink, and David grins victoriously] 

  • Big Bob : Up until now everything around here has been, well, pleasant. Recently certain things have become unpleasant. Now, it seems to me that the first thing we have to do is to separate out the things that are pleasant from the things that are unpleasant.

  • [Pleasantville's first-ever rainstorm] 

    Big Bob : Well, we're safe for now. Thank goodness we're in a bowling alley.

  • David : Yeah, where's our lawyer?

    Big Bob : Oh, I think we want to keep these proceedings as pleasant as possible.

  • Big Bob : My friends, this isn't about George's dinner. It's not about Roy's shirt. It's a question of values. It's a question of whether we want to hold on to those values that made this place great. So, a time has come to make a decision. Are we in this thing alone or are we in it together?

  • Big Bob : That's real rain, people.

  • Big Bob : Everybody really likes you, George.

    George Parker : Oh. Well...

    Big Bob : No! They do! And it's not just 'cause you're a good bowler. It's 'cause people respect you!

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