Death Becomes Her

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Death Becomes Her is a 1992 dark comedy film starring Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep and Bruce Willis. The film focuses on a childish pair of rivals who drink a magic potion that promises eternal youth.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Written by Martin Donovan and David Koepp.

Madeline Ashton[edit]

  • Wrinkled, wrinkled little star, hope they never see the scars.
  • You're dressed, special occasion?
  • Oh for Christ's sake at least lie quickly!
  • (after seeing herself transformed from drinking the potion) I'm a girl!
  • Ernest, my ass...I can see... my ass!
  • Ernest I'm in the morgue.
  • Ain't nobody can play dead like me, Ernest.
  • And she even paid for the hardware, don't you just love it?
  • (whilst peering through a gaping hole in Helen) You're a fraud Helen a walking lie and I can see right through you.

Helen Sharp[edit]

  • She was a homewrecker, she was a man eater, and she was a bad actress.
  • (while confronting Madeline Ashton) Listen, that was a long time ago, you didn't steal him, he went to you. It wasn't you, it was him. I just want you to know something that I have never ever blamed you, never.
  • (while confronting Ernest Menville) No Ernest, she has wasted you, she married an brilliant surgeon and turned him into a undertaker. I want you to know something, I have never blamed you for leaving me. I always knew it was her. She is a woman Ernest, a woman, from Newark, for God's sake. I will never forgive her for what she has done to you. Never.
  • Divorce? In California? That is exactly what she wants you to do. You have no talent for poverty.
  • En garde, BITCH!
  • (Last lines. Helen and Madeleine shatter into pieces after falling down stairs) Do you remember where you parked the car?

Lisle Von Rhoman[edit]

  • Make some room for my friend, for Christ's sake. But... keep your ass handy.
  • This is life's ultimate cruelty. It offers us a taste of youth and vitality, and then it makes us witness our own decay.

Dialogue[edit]

Anna: How about a nice colagen buff instead?
Madeline Ashton: A colagen buff? You might as well ask me to wash with soap and water!
Anna: I could do your make-up myself
Madeline Ashton: Make-up is pointless! It does nothing anymore. Are you even listening to me? Do you even care? You just stand there with your twenty-two year old skin and your tits like rocks and laugh at me.

Helen Sharp: Oh, ok. If she's not dead you tell her to come down, you tell her to come down here and kiss me on the...
Madeline Ashton: Kiss you on the what?
Helen Sharp: Mad?
Madeline Ashton: Hel...What have you two been plotting down here? Or should I say what else?

Psychiatrist: Is this where we are Helen? Six months of therapy, you are not even one pound lighter, and we are still talking about Madeline Ashton.
Helen Sharp: Do you think I enjoy talking about Madeline Ashton
Psychiatrist: Do you think I enjoy it? Is that what you think? Well you'd better think again. (sighs) Oh Helen! For you to have a life ... for any of us to have a life ... You have got to forget about her. You have to erase her from your mind. You have to completely eliminate every...
Helen Sharp: What...?
Psychiatrist: You have to completely eliminate...
Helen Sharp: You're right. you are absolutely right.

Ernest Menville: [after the sample of potion restores his hand] Oh my god...
Lisle Von Rhoman: [blushes] Thank you.

Lisle Von Rhoman: Go on... Drink it... It is the completion of your life's work. You gave other people youth and wasted your own! Drink. And you will be able to work again forever! Drink... drink, Dr. Menville. You owe yourself another chance! Drink! It's the right choice! The only choice! Drink! SEMPRE VIVE! LIVE FOREVER!
Ernest Menville: Then what?
Lisle Von Rhoman: What?
Ernest Menville: Then what happens?
Lisle Von Rhoman: What?
Ernest Menville: I don't want to live forever. I mean, it sounds good, but what am I gonna do? What if I get bored?
Lisle Von Rhoman: What?
Ernest Menville: And what if I get lonely? Who am I gonna hang around with, Madeleine and Helen?
Lisle Von Rhoman: But you'll never grow old!
Ernest Menville: Yes, but everybody else will! I'll have to watch everyone around me die. I don't think this is right. This is not a dream. This is a nightmare!

Cast[edit]

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