The Devil Wears Prada (2006) Poster

Meryl Streep: Miranda Priestly



  • Jocelyn : [holding up two belts]  It's a tough call. They're so different.

    [Andy snickers; everyone in the room stops and stares at her] 

    Miranda Priestly : Something funny?

    Andy Sachs : No... No, no, nothing's... you know, it's just... both those belts look exactly the same to me. You know, I'm still learning about this stuff and, uh...

    Miranda Priestly : "This stuff"? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select, I don't know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise, it's not lapis, it's actually cerulean. And you're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent, wasn't it, who showed cerulean military jackets?

    [turns to an outfit she is styling] 

    Miranda Priestly : I think we need a jacket here.

    [Nigel nods, leaves the room] 

    Miranda Priestly : And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores, and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs. And it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room... from a pile of "stuff".

  • Miranda Priestly : Is there some reason that my coffee isn't here? Has she died or something?

  • Miranda Priestly : You thought I didn't know. I've known what was happening for quite some time. It just took me a little while to find a suitable alternative for Jacqueline. And that James Holt job was just so absurdly overpaid that of course she jumped at it. So I just had to tell Irv that Jacqueline was unavailable. Truth is, there's no one that can do what I do. Including her. Any of the other choices would have found that job impossible and the magazine would have suffered. Especially because of the list. The list of designers, photographers, editors, writers, models, all of whom were found by me, nurtured by me and have promised me they will follow me whenever and if ever I choose to leave Runway. So he reconsidered. But I was very very impressed by how intently you tried to warn me. I never thought I would say this, Andrea, but I really, I see a great deal of myself in you. You can see beyond what people want, and what they need and you can choose for yourself.

    Andy Sachs : I don't think I'm like that. I couldn't do what you did to Nigel, Miranda. I couldn't do something like that.

    Miranda Priestly : You already did. To Emily.

    Andy Sachs : That's not what I... no, that was different. I didn't have a choice.

    Miranda Priestly : No, no, you chose. You chose to get ahead. You want this life. Those choices are necessary.

    Andy Sachs : But what if this isn't what I want? I mean what if I don't wanna live the way you live?

    Miranda Priestly : Oh, don't be ridiculous. Andrea. Everybody wants this. Everybody wants to be us.

  • Andy Sachs : [on phone]  Hello Miranda?

    Miranda Priestly : [on the phone from Miami]  My flight has been cancelled. It's some absurd weather problem.

    [a hurricane] 

    Miranda Priestly : I need to get home tonight.

    [New York] 

    Miranda Priestly : The twins have a recital tomorrow morning at school.

    Andy Sachs : What?

    Miranda Priestly : AT SCHOOL!

    Andy Sachs : Absolutely. Let me see what I can do.

    Miranda Priestly : Good.

    [hangs up on her] 

    Andy Sachs : [answering the phone few minutes later]  Miranda, hi, I'm trying to get you a flight but no one is flying out because of the weather.

    Miranda Priestly : Oh, please... it's just- I don't know- drizzling.

    [Background in Miami shows a huge storm and smashing thunder] 

    Miranda Priestly : Someone must be getting out. Call Donatella. Get her jet. Call everybody else that we know that has a jet - Irv? Call every - this is your responsibi - THIS IS YOUR JOB! Get. Me. HOME!

    [hangs up on her] 

    Andy Sachs : Oh my God! She's going to murder me.

    Richard Sachs : What does she want you to do, call the National Guard and have her airlifted out of there?

    Andy Sachs : Of course not!


    Andy Sachs : Could I do that?

  • Miranda Priestly : I need 10 or 15 skirts from Calvin Klein...

    Andy Sachs : What kind of skirts?

    Miranda Priestly : ...please bore someone else with your... questions.

  • Miranda Priestly : Find me that piece of paper I had in my hand yesterday morning.

  • Miranda Priestly : ...You have no sense of fashion...

    Andy Sachs : I think that depends on...

    Miranda Priestly : No, no, that wasn't a question.

  • [repeated line] 

    Miranda Priestly : That's all.

  • Miranda Priestly : By all means move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me.

  • Miranda Priestly : Do you know why I hired you? I always hire the same girl - stylish, slender, of course... worships the magazine. But so often, they turn out to be - I don't know - disappointing and, um... stupid. So you, with that impressive résumé and the big speech about your so-called work ethic - I, um - I thought you would be different. I said to myself, go ahead. Take a chance. Hire the smart, fat girl. I had hope. My God. I live on it. Anyway, you ended up disappointing me more than, um - more than any of the other silly girls.

  • Andy Sachs : [thinking she is about to be fired]  Miranda, about last night. I'm...

    Miranda Priestly : I need the new Harry Potter book for the twins.

    Andy Sachs : [relieved]  Okay. Okay. I'll go down to Barnes and Noble right now.

    Miranda Priestly : [rolling her eyes]  Did you fall down and smack your little head on the pavement?

    Andy Sachs : Not that I can recall.

    Miranda Priestly : We have all the published Harry Potter books. The twins want to know what happens next.

    Andy Sachs : [realizing with dread]  You want the unpublished manuscript.

    Miranda Priestly : [baiting]  Well, we know everyone in publishing, so it shouldn't be a problem, should it? And you can do anything. Right?

  • Miranda Priestly : I don't understand why it's so difficult to confirm an appointment.

    Emily : I know. I'm so sorry, Miranda. I actually did confirm last night.

    Miranda Priestly : Details of your incompetence do not interest me. Tell Simone I'm not going to approve that girl that she sent me for the Brazilian layout. I asked for clean, athletic, smiling. She sent me dirty, tired and paunchy. And R.S.V.P. yes to Michael Kors' party, I want the driver to drop me off at 9:30 and pick me up at 9:45 sharp. Call Natalie at Glorious Foods and tell her no for the 40th time. No! I don't want dacquoise. I want tortes filled with warm rhubarb compote. Then call my ex-husband and remind him that the parent-teacher conference is at Dalton tonight. Then call my husband, ask him to meet me for dinner at that place I went to with Massimo. Tell Richard I saw the pictures that he sent for that feature on the female paratroopers and they're all so deeply unattractive. Is it impossible to find a lovely, slender, female paratrooper? Am I reaching for the stars here? Not really. Also, I need to see all the things that Nigel has pulled for Gwyneth's second cover try. I wonder if she's lost any of that weight yet.

    [seeing Andy] 

    Miranda Priestly : Who is that?

  • Andy Sachs : [talking about Miranda's husband]  Oh. So I don't need to fetch Stephen from the airport tomorrow?

    Miranda Priestly : Well, if you speak to him and he decides to rethink the divorce, then yes, fetch away. You are very fetching. So, go fetch.

  • [last lines] 

    Miranda Priestly : [to driver]  Go!

  • Jocelyn : [at a board meeting over the April issue]  Well... they're showing a lot of florals right now, so I was thinking...

    Miranda Priestly : Florals? For spring? Ground breaking.

  • Miranda Priestly : [to Andy]  Emily? Emily!

    Nigel : [to Andy]  She means you.

  • Andy Sachs : What if I don't want this?

    Miranda Priestly : Oh, don't be silly - EVERYONE wants this. Everyone wants to be *us*.

  • Andy Sachs : I thought only the first assistant went to the benefit.

    Miranda Priestly : Only when the first assistant hasn't decided to become an incubus of viral plague.

  • Miranda Priestly : No. And I've seen all this before.

    Jocelyn : Theyskens is trying to reinvent the drop waist, so actually it's...

    Miranda Priestly : Where are all the other dresses?

    Lucia : We have some right here.

    Nigel : Stand, watch, and listen.

    Jocelyn : And I think it can be very interesting...

    Miranda Priestly : No. No, I just - it's just baffling to me. Why is it so impossible to put together a decent runthrough? You people have had hours and hours to prepare. It's just so confusing to me. Where are the advertisers?

    Jocelyn : We have some pieces from Banana Republic.

    Miranda Priestly : We need more, don't we? Oh. This is-this might be - What do you think of...

    Nigel : Yeah. Well, you know me. Give me a full ballerina skirt and a hint of saloon and I'm on board.

    Miranda Priestly : But do you think it's too much like...

    Nigel : Like the Lacroix from July? I thought that, but no, not with the right accessories. It should work.

    Miranda Priestly : Where are the belts for this dre - Why is no one ready?

    Lucia : Here. It's a tough call. They're so different.

  • Miranda Priestly : [Andy is at the CK Showroom]  Who's there? Who are you talking to?

    Andy Sachs : I'm sorry, what's your name?

    Liz : Liz.

    Andy Sachs : Liz.

    Miranda Priestly : Oh God. Get away from her, she's useless. And unattractive. Ask for Ivan. Tell him we need 20 skirts for a reshoot.

    [hangs up] 

    Liz : What did she say?

    Andy Sachs : [Embarrassed pause]  Uh. Is Ivan available?

    Liz : Oh.

  • Miranda Priestly : [to Andy]  There you are, Emily. How many times do I have to scream your name?

  • Miranda Priestly : [Andy has set down her steak]  What's that?

    Andy Sachs : Oh...

    Miranda Priestly : I don't want that. I'm having lunch with Irv, I'll be back at 3:00, I'd like my Starbucks waiting. Oh, and if you don't have that Harry Potter book by then, don't even bother coming back

  • Miranda Priestly : And this layout for the Winter Wonderland spread. Not wonderful yet.

  • Miranda Priestly : What about Testino? Where are we on that?

    Nigel : Zac Posen's doing some very sculptural suits. So I suggested that, uh, Testino shoot them at the Noguchi Garden.

    Miranda Priestly : Perfect. Thank God somebody came to work today.

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