Quotations From DAVID MAMET


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  • I'm responding to the will of the people.
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Al Capone (Robert DeNiro), The Untouchables, a remark made to reporters questioning Capone's criminal activities (1987). The real Capone's businesses—however illegal—were not too far removed from this remark. "This American system of ours," Capone told an interviewer, "call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you like (it) gives to each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it."

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  • Life in the movie business is like the beginning of a new love affair: it's full of surprises and you're constantly getting fucked.
    David Mamet (b. 1947), U.S. playwright. Charlie Fox, in Speed the Plow, sc. 1 (1988).

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  • The surprise is half the battle. Many things are half the battle, losing is half the battle. Let's think about what's the whole battle.
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner), The Untouchables, said to a Canadian Mountie who believes surprising bootleggers is half the battle (1987).
  • Never stop fighting 'til the fight is done.
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner), The Untouchables, remark to Al Capone (Robert DeNiro) after Capone has been convicted on tax evasion (1987).
  • I grew up in a tough neighborhood and we used to say 'you can get further with a kind word and a gun than just a kind word.'
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Al Capone (Robert DeNiro), The Untouchables, response to reporters questioning his unorthodox business methods (1987).
  • I think I'm going to have a drink.
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner), The Untouchables, retort to a reporter wanting to know what the famed law officer is going to do now that Prohibition has been repealed (1987).
  • We respond to a drama to that extent to which it corresponds to our dreamlife.
    David Mamet (b. 1947), U.S. playwright. Writing in Restaurants, "A National Dream-Life," (1986).
  • In a restaurant one is both observed and unobserved. Joy and sorrow can be displayed and observed "unwittingly," the writer scowling naively and the diners wondering, What the hell is he doing?
    David Mamet (b. 1947), U.S. playwright. "Some Thoughts on Writing in Restaurants," Writing in Restaurants (1986).

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  • You got an all-out prize fight, you wait 'til the fight's over, one guy's left standing and that's how you know who's won.
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Al Capone (Robert DeNiro), The Untouchables, remark to reporters regarding the upcoming tax evasion case against him (1987).
  • You've just fulfilled the first role of law enforcement. Make sure when your shift is over you go home alive.
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePlama. Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery), The Untouchables, advice to Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) in their first confrontation (1987).

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