The Iron Giant

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The Iron Giant is a 1999 Warner Bros. animated film directed by Brad Bird, based on the The Iron Man (1968) by Ted Hughes.

The Iron Giant[edit]

  • Souls don't die.
  • I am not a gun.
  • No Atomo... I Superman.
  • I fix.
  • Hogarth, you stay. I go. No following.

Hogarth Hughes[edit]

You don't have to be a gun. You are what you choose to be. You choose. Choose.
  • My own giant robot. I am now the luckiest kid in America!
  • It's bad to kill. Guns kill. And you don't have to be a gun. You are what you choose to be. You choose. Choose. [To the Giant, who is in battle mode]

Kent Mansley[edit]

You'd be surprised how many people want to steal scrap. But, man, once I make it into art, I can't give it away. I mean, what am I? A junkman who makes art or an artist who sells junk? You tell me.
  • Two nights ago, at approximately 1900 hours, S.A.T com radar detected an unidentified flying object entering Earth's atmosphere, losing contact with it two-and-a-half miles off the coast of Rockwell. Some assumed it was a large meteor, or a downed satellite, but my office in Washington received a call from someone reporting an actual encounter with the object. This is no meteor, gentlemen! This is something much more serious.
  • LAUNCH THE MISSILE NOW!!!!
  • No, Marv. Big things happen in big places, and the sooner I file my report, the sooner I can get back to them.
  • Biggest thing in this town is probably the homecoming queen... (sees his passenger seat, chomped up) ...oh, my GOD!!! [jumps out of the car]
  • Screw our country... I wanna live!!!

Dean McCoppin[edit]

  • (to Hogarth, about what Earl said) Sorry kid, I didn't really see anything. But if we don't stick up for the kooks, who will?
  • Sorry about the crowbar, kid. You'd be surprised how many people want to steal scrap. But, man, once I make it into art, I can't give it away. I mean, what am I? A junkman who makes art or an artist who sells junk? You tell me.
  • (to Hogarth) This is espresso. It's like Coffee-zilla.
  • (to the Giant) There are two kinds of metal in this yard: (points to scrap pile) Scrap (points to metal art pieces) and Art. If you're going to eat one of them, eat the scrap. What you currently have, IN YOUR MOUTH, is ART!
  • (to Hogarth, about the bullies at his school) Who cares what those creeps think? They don't decide who you are, you do. You are who you choose to be.
  • This rich cat, some industrialist, wanted him for the lobby of his company. He whipped out his checkbook right on the spot. I said, "Hey, you got him for the rest of your life. But what, I gotta let go the moment I give birth?" I mean, come on! Give me some time to cut the umbilical, man.
  • This can't last forever, Hogarth. We gotta tell somebody about it.
  • I'd like to apologize everyone and pay an advance for this! (unzips his pants, Hogarth's pet squirrel comes flying out of his pants, and wrecks havoc in the diner.)

General Rogard[edit]

  • Go to Code Red! Repeat, Code Red!
  • [furious with Mansley] YOU REALIZE HOW MUCH HARDWARE I BROUGHT OUT HERE?! YOU JUST BLEW MILLIONS OF UNCLE SAM'S DOLLARS OUT OF YOUR BUTT!!!
  • [The Giant was hit] Good call, Mansley. [Speaks on comunicator] Secure the area. Let's find out what this thing is and who sent it.

Class Film[edit]

  • (the film begins) A very peaceful, stay-at-home kind of day in a town very much like your own. But then, suddenly, without warning...(the bomb in the film explodes in a similar way to the nukes of Soviet Union and the bomb Little Boy which destroyed Hiroshima) ATOMIC HOLOCAUST!!
  • [Singing] Time to Duck and Cover. The bombs are coming down. A radiation shower will pour throughout your town. Hands up your head, keep low to the ground. Time to Duck and Cover. The bombs are coming down. Duck and Cover. Duck and Cover. Get under the desk with your sister and your brother. Duck and Cover. Duck and Cover. That goes double for your dad and your mother. So, hands over your head, keep low to the ground. 'Cause all the kids who don't will cease to be around.

Dialogue[edit]

Hogarth Hughes: Hey, Mom! You won't believe our good luck. Guess what I found?
Annie Hughes: Hogarth, we've been through this before. No pets.
Hogarth Hughes: But he's not a pet, Mom. He's a friend.
Annie Hughes: Hogarth, we've got to rent a room this year if we're gonna make ends meet, and no one wants to live in a place with shredded upholstery.
Hogarth Hughes: You'll never know he's there. I'll keep him in a cage...
Annie Hughes: ...until you feel sorry for him and set him free... in the house. You remember the raccoon, Hogarth? [Shudders] I remember the raccoon.

Hogarth: [to the Giant] Do you talk? You know, words, "Blah, blah, blah" like that? Can you do that? Blah, blah, blah.
The Giant: [in a rusty voice] Blah, blah, blah.
Hogarth: Well... you get the idea.

(Mansley is talking to a construction worker about the power surge)
Kent Mansley: Frankly, I'm not entitled to reveal the specifics of the division I work for, and all of that implies...
Marv: Do you mean...national security?
Kent Mansley: Let's put it this way. Every once in a while, things happen that just can't be rationalized in a conventional way. But the people want to know that their government has a response. I am that response.

(Mansley is on the phone with the general.)
General Rogard: Damn it Mansley, you call me at home for this?
Kent Mansley: You don't understand, sir. It-it-it it-it ate my car.
General Rogard: And you saw this happen?
Kent Mansley: No, I didn't actually see it... It ran off...into the woods.
General Rogard: So you don't have any evidence?
Kent Mansley: But sir, I've got an eyewitness.
General Rogard: An eyewitness with a concussion.
Kent Mansley: Sir, this thing... (Lowers his voice) ...this thing is a menace. It tore up a power station. And caused a train wreck!
General Rogard: What did? Tell me again Mansley, and this time, listen to yourself.
Kent Mansley: (sighs) A giant...metal...monster.
(Hysterical laughter on the other end. Mansley turns around a kitchen mitt that seems to mock him.)
Kent Mansley: Please, sir. I've got a feeling about this one.
General Rogard: That's lovely, Kent. But let me try to explain how this works: If you told me you found, say...ah, a giant footprint, I might send over a expert to make a plaster cast of it. @#!*% , you get me a photograph of this thing and I could probably get some troops over there! But you tell me you have a feeling...
Kent Mansley: All right, then fine. You want evidence? I'll get you evidence. And when I do, I'm gonna want a memo distributed.
General Rogard: That's just swell, Kent.
Kent Mansley: (yelling) I'm gonna want that memo carbon COPIED AND RE-DISTRIBUTED AND-!...
(Rogard hangs up)

Hogarth Hughes: See this? This is called a rock. Rock.
The Iron Giant: Rock.
Hogarth Hughes: Good.
The Iron Giant: [picks up a boulder] Rock?
Hogarth Hughes: Yes.
The Iron Giant: [picks up a tree] Rock!
Hogarth Hughes: No, no. That is a tree. [points to boulder] Rock... [points to tree] tree. Get it?
The Iron Giant: [looks at boulder] Rock... [looks at tree] tree.
Hogarth Hughes: That's right

[After Dean gets washed into the street by a lake's tidal wave the Giant created]
Man: [in truck] Hey!
Dean: [clearly annoyed] Yeah?
Man: You're right in the middle of the road!
Dean: YEAH?
Man: Alright... [drives away]
Dean: I think that's enough fun for one day.

Hogarth: [has just had espresso with Dean, and is not used to its effects] So she moved me up a grade because I wasn't fitting in, so now I'm even more not fitting in. I was getting good grades, you know, like all A's. So my mom says, "You need stimulation" and I go, "No, I'm stimulated enough right now."
Dean: That's for sure.
Hogarth: So she says, "Uh-uh. You don't have a challenge. You need a challenge." So now I'm challenged, all right. I'm challenged enough to hold on to my lunch money because all the big mooses want to pound me because I'm a shrimpy dork who thinks he's smarter than them. But I don't think I'm really smarter, I just do the stupid homework. If everyone else just did the stupid homework, they could move up a grade and get pounded too. Is there any more coffee?

Dean McCoppin: (sees the Giant eating some metal junk and shakes with fear as he is about to take a sip of his coffee) So... where'd he come from?
Hogarth Hughes: He doesn't remember. He's like a... little kid.
Dean McCoppin: Little... yeah... (starts chuckling, then stops) Wait a minute. You can talk to him?
Hogarth Hughes: Kinda. He can't say a lot of words yet, but he understand things pretty good.
Dean McCoppin: Oh yeah, I see.
(Hogarth and Dean start chuckling as the Giant is still eating some metal junk, then they stop)
Hogarth Hughes: He needs food and shelter. (Dean gets up from his chair, pours his coffee onto the ground, and walks back into his "office", slamming the door. 37 minutes later, Hogarth is still pleading to Dean to let the Giant stay in the junkyard, but to no avail.) You got plenty of room here. This place is perfect!
Dean McCoppin: Go away.
Hogarth Hughes: I can have him push the door down. You know I can!
Dean McCoppin: (finally tired of Hogarth's pleading; opens the door) Hogarth! I can't hide it here!
Hogarth Hughes: Him, not it.
Dean McCoppin: Whatever. You don't even know where he came from or what the hell he is!
Hogarth Hughes: He's my friend.
Dean McCoppin: Yeah, yeah. What am I? Am I your friend? (starts walking back in to his office) Bring some frankenbot with out-of-state plates over here and make me change my tune. I don't like that jazz. (lays down on his couch) God, I'm tired.
Hogarth Hughes: So... he can stay?
Dean McCoppin: Tonight. Tomorrow... well, I don't know about tomorrow.
(Hogarth closes the door and breathes a sigh of relief)

Hogarth Hughes: First, you take a chocolate bar. Any bar'll do. Do you mind if I...?
Kent Mansley: No, knock yourself out, skipper.
Hogarth Hughes: [crumbles up coca-lax] You crumble up the chocolate into little pieces. [stirs the ice cream] Then you kind of just stir it into the ice cream. See?
Kent Mansley: Yes, I see. What do you call this again?
Hogarth Hughes: Landslide. It's new. Very new. [drops the coca-lax wrapper in the garbage.]
Kent Mansley: Mmmm. Landslide. Topnotch. Mmmm. [while Hogarth makes himself a Landslide with a chocolate bar] You know, Hogarth, we live in a strange and wondrous time: the Atomic Age. But there's a dark side to progress, Hogarth. Ever hear of Sputnik?
Hogarth Hughes: Yeah, first satellite in space.
Kent Mansley: Foreign satellite, Hogarth, and all that implies. Even now it orbits overhead - Boop! Boop! - watching us. We can't see it but it's there, much like that giant thing in the woods. We don't know what it is or what it can do. I don't feel safe, Hogarth. Do you?
Hogarth Hughes: What are you talking about?
Kent Mansley: What am I talking about? (loses patience) What am I talking about?! I'm talking about your goddarned security, Hogarth! While you're snoozing in your widdle jammies, back in Washington we're wide awake and worried! Why? Because everyone wants what we have, Hogarth! Everyone! You think this metal man is fun, but who built it? The Russians? The Chinese? Martians? Canadians? I don't care! All I know is we didn't build it, and that's reason enough to assume the worst and blow it to kingdom come! Now, you are going to tell me about this thing, you are going to lead me to it, and we are going to destroy it before it destroys us! (his stomach begins to rumble) Hold that thought and stay right there!
(Kent rushes to the restroom. As soon as he's gone, Hogarth rushes out the door.)

Hogarth: [sees the Giant, looking upset about the deer, which was shot] I know you feel bad about the deer. But it's not your fault. Things die. It's part of life. It's bad to kill, but it's not bad to die.
Giant: You... die?
Hogarth: Well... yes, someday.
Giant: I die?
Hogarth: I don't know. You're made of metal... but you have feelings. And you think about things. And that means you have a soul, and souls don't die.
Giant: Soul?
Hogarth: Mom says it's something inside of all good things... and that it goes on forever and ever. [Hogarth leaves. The Iron Giant lays back to look at the stars]
Giant: Souls don't die.

Kent Mansley: (interrogates Hogarth in the barn) You're late for dinner, Hogarth. (Hogarth tries to escape from the barn but Kent locks the door and stops him) Your mom's working late tonight, Hogarth. So it's just us guys. And we're gonna have a little chat. Sit down! (shoves Hogarth onto a chair and shines a bright light on him) How's that? A little too bright? Good. Forgive me, Hogarth. I wanted you to learn something.
Hogarth Hughes: What can I learn from you?
Kent Mansley: You can learn this, Hogarth: that I can do anything I want whenever I want if I feel it's in the people's best interest. The giant metal man... where is it?
Hogarth Hughes: I don't know what you're talking about.
Kent Mansley: You don't? Well... (tosses him his pictures, first one of the piece of metal that Hogarth lured the giant with) Does this ring a bell? (Hogarth doesn't answer) No? (tosses him the picture Hogarth accidentally took of himself - with the Giant behind him) How about this? You've been careless, Hogarth.
Hogarth Hughes: It doesn't prove anything!
Kent Mansley: It's enough to get the Army here with one phone call.
Hogarth Hughes: Then what's stopping you?
Kent Mansley: (Angrily) Where's the Giant?! (grabs Hogarth by the jaw) You can't protect him, Hogarth - any more than you can... protect your mother.
Hogarth Hughes: (worried) My mom?
Kent Mansley: (lets go of Hogarth's jaw and sighs) It's difficult to raise a boy all alone. We can make it more difficult. In fact, we can make it so difficult that it would be irresponsible for us to leave you in her care. And all of that implies... you'll be taken away from her, Hogarth.
Hogarth Hughes: You can't do that!
Kent Mansley: Oh, we can... and we will.
Hogarth Hughes: (sees that there is now no other alternative and looks down in defeat) He's in the junkyard. McCoppin's Scrap, off Culver Road.
Kent Mansley: The junkyard. Of course! Food for the metal eater. I wouldn't worry about this, Hogarth. It isn't really happening. This is only... a bad dream.
(Kent stuffs Hogarth with chloroform, knocking him out, and leaving him unconscious)

Annie Hughes: For some reason the army is in our front yard, Mr. Mansley.
Kent: Please, call me Kent.

General Rogard: (furious with Mansley) You'll be chief inspector of subway toilets by the time I'm finished with you! Now pack up. I'll expect you back in Washington to clear out your office.
Kent Mansley: Yes, sir.

Hogarth Hughes: Bye, Kent, and all that implies.

General Rogard: That missile is targeted to the Giant's current position! Where's the Giant, Mansley?!
Kent Mansley: [Upon realizing the Giant is right above them] Ooh... We can duck and cover! There's a fallout shelter right there-
General Rogard: [Angrily] There's no way to survive this, you idiot!
Kent Mansley: You mean we're all going to...
General Rogard: To die, Mansley. For our country.
Kent Mansley: Screw our country! I wanna live! [He attempts to escape Rockwell to save himself but is stopped by the Giant. The troops surround Kent and hold him at gunpoint to arrest him.]
General Rogard: [to the troops] Hold him men, make sure he stays there. Like a good soldier.

Kent Mansley: Thanks for letting me use your phone, Mrs....
Annie Hughes: Hughes. Annie Hughes and this is my son, Hogarth.
Kent Mansley: Thank you, Annie. Hobart.
Hogarth Hughes: That's Hogarth!
Kent Mansley: [starts the car] Hogarth? That's an embarrassing name. They might as well call him Zeppo or something. [after thanking Hogarth's family] What kind of sick person would name a kid Hogar-?
[stops and looks over to Hogarth's smashed B-B gun. It reads part of Hogarth's name: Hog- Hug-]
Kent Mansley: Hog Hug. Hog Hug? Hogarth Hughes!
[stops the car he was driving]
[the door knocks]
Hogarth Hughes: [opens the door for Mr. Mansley] Kent Mansley. You work for the government.
Kent Mansley: I wasn't gonna say that. I have something for you, Hogarth. [hands out Hogarth's B-B gun]
Annie Hughes: Your B-B gun. Where did you find that?
Kent Mansley: Up at the power station.
Annie Hughes: Hogarth was out there the other night.
Kent Mansley: Really? See anything unusual, Hogarth?
Hogarth Hughes: No thing...unusual, really?

Hogarth: Giant?
[the Giant looks down to Hogarth]
Giant: Hogarth. You stay. I go. No following.
[the Giant faces the missile]
Hogarth: I love you.

(As the Giant is about to sacrifice itself to save the town)
Hogarth: [voice over] You are who you choose to be.
The Giant: [last words] Superman.
[The atomic bomb hits the Giant, killing him.]

Annie Hughes: Would you say Grace, please?
Hogarth Hughes: [rolls his eyes, then sees the Giant's hand walking through his kitchen] Oh, my God! [his mother looks up at him] Uhh, Oh my God...We, uh...thank you for the...food that Mom has put in front of us and- STOP! ...Uh, uh- the devil! From doing bad things. And uh- get out of here! Uh...Satan? Go! Go...so that we may live in peace. Amen.
Annie Hughes: Amen. That was...really unusual, Hogarth.

Hogarth Hughes: [Sees the screw knocking on his bedroom window and Hogarth opens the window to release the screw after remembering the Giant can fix himself and is not dead] See ya later!

Dean: [To Hogarth] I'm gonna have some coffee. What do you want, some milk, or what? Milk?
Hogarth: Coffee's fine. [Dean gives Hogarth the look] I drink it. I'm hip.
Dean: I don't know. This is espresso, you know? It's like coffee-zilla.
Hogarth: I said, I'm hip.

Annie: [after observing Dean's artwork] Hmm. I see why Hogarth sneaks out here.
Dean: You mean, you know about that?
Annie: [mischievously] Ha. Now I do.

Voice cast[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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