Robert Towne


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  • ''He wouldn't ask to go to the head if he had the runs.''
    Robert Towne (b. 1936), U.S. screenwriter, and Hal Ashby. Budduskey (Jack Nicholson), The Last Detail, of his prisoner (1973).
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  • ''Well, kid, there are more things in this life than you can possibly imagine. I knew a whore once in Wilmington. She had a glass eye. She used to take it out and work people off for a dollar.''
    Robert Towne (b. 1936), U.S. screenwriter, and Hal Ashby. Budduskey (Jack Nicholson), The Last Detail, to a young sailor (1973).
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  • ''I don't get tough with anyone, Mr. Gittes. My lawyer does.''
    Robert Towne (b. 1936), U.S. screenwriter. Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway), Chinatown, to Mr. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) (1974).
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  • ''You're dumber than you think I think you are.''
    Robert Towne (b. 1936), U.S. screenwriter. J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson), Chinatown, to Lt. Escobar (Perry Lopez) (1974).
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  • ''I'm not in business to be loved, but I am in business.''
    Robert Towne (b. 1936), U.S. screenwriter, and Roman Polanski. Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson), Chinatown (1974).
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  • ''I'm not supposed to be the one that's caught with his pants down.''
    Robert Towne (b. 1936), U.S. screenwriter, and Roman Polanski. Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson), Chinatown (1974).
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  • ''Of course I'm respectable. I'm old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.''
    Robert Towne (b. 1936), U.S. screenwriter, and Roman Polanski. Noah Cross (John Huston), Chinatown (1974).
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  • ''You see, Mr. Gittes, most people never have to face the fact that at the right time, in the right place, they're capable ofanything.''
    Robert Towne (b. 1936), U.S. screenwriter, and Roman Polanski. Noah Cross (John Huston), Chinatown, concerning incest with his daughter (1974).
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  • ''You're a very nosy fellow, kitty-cat, huh? You know what happens to nosy fellows? Huh? No? Wanna guess? Huh? No? Okay. They lose their noses.''
    Robert Towne (b. 1936), U.S. screenwriter, and Roman Polanski. The thug in a white suit (Roman Polanski), Chinatown (1974).
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