It (1990 film)

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It (also referred to as Stephen King's It) is a 1990 horror television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King.

Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace. Written by Stephen King (novel), Lawrence D. Cohen, & Tommy Lee Wallace.

It / Pennywise[edit]

  • I, Georgie, am Pennywise, the Dancing Clown! You are Georgie! So now we know each udda! Keeerect?
  • I'll kill you all! [laughs] I'll drive you crazy, and I'll kill you all! I'm every nightmare you've ever had! I'm your worst dream come true! I'M EVERYTHING YOU EVER WERE AFRAID OF! RAAAAH!
  • It's okay, Eddie. Hi! I just wanted to say hell-ooo! Hot enough for ya up there, is it? [Giggles. his hands appear through the shower drain] This is a little inconvenient, Eddie. Just hold on while I make a few adjustments! [stretches the drain into a wide hole, then appears halfway out] Here I am, wheezie! Hey, you're gonna like it down here! [Eddie hyperventilates] Won't do any good to run, girly boy! See you in your dreams! Oh, and come back anytime! Bring your friends! [Looks away, then looks back growling viciously, showing his sharp teeth, laughs and then vanishes]
  • You're too old to stop me! You're all too old!
  • Let go. Be afraid. You all taste so much better when you're afraid.
  • It all floats down here!
  • What's the matter? One balloon not enough? TRY A BUNCH!
  • [Speaking as Stan's disembodied head and voice] Sorry I'm late. Well, let's see who's here. B-B-B-B-B-B-Billy boy! Richie, you still here? We never expected you to stick around. Nice nose job. No one would ever suspect. Haystack! Putting on a little weight, huh? Speaking of dads, Bevvie, yours isn't worried about you anymore. He loves your choice in men. Weezie, how's your sex life? What's your sex life? Well, Mikey, you did it. You got us all back here. I guess it's 'cause it's the only way you'd ever see us, since you're so lame, you'd never leave this town. I finally made it, guys. I'm in the deadlights now. [Voice changes to Pennywise's voice] And you know what? It's true what they say. We all float down here, and you will, too. In fact, they ALL FLOAT! THEY ALL FLOAT!
  • [last dialogue] Silly boy. You still think you can see...meeee! [soft chuckle] You'll never see me. You'll see only what your little mind can allow. Go! Now...for if you stay, you'll lose your little mind in my deadlights, like all the others... like all the others. [laughs maniacally and fades away]

Others[edit]

  • Richie Tozier: Listen, kids. This campfire stuff is fun, it really is, but it doesn't matter how painstakingly we go over these sewer plans or how many damn flashlights or helmets you've got in that box. When the sun comes up, I'm dust, and I would suggest that you follow me and get the hell out of Dodge!
  • Henry Bowers: Hello nigger. I'm here to pay you back. I'll pay you all back.
  • Bev Marsh: Why does It have to be so mean?
  • Mike: There's something terribly wrong here in Derry, and you know it!
  • Eddie Kaspbrak: I believe in Santa Claus. I believe in the Easter Bunny. I believe in the Tooth Fairy. But I don't believe in you. This is battery acid. Now, you disappear!
  • Alvin Marsh: I worry about you, Bevvie. Sometimes I worry a lot.
  • Bev Marsh: “Your hair is winter fire, January embers. My heart burns there, too.”

Dialogue[edit]

Pennywise: Hi, Georgie! Aren't cha gonna say... hello? [Georgie shakes his head] Awww, come on bucko! Don't you want a... balloon?
Georgie: I'm not supposed to take stuff from strangers; My dad said so.
Pennywise: Very wise of ya dad, Georgie - very wise indeed. I, Georgie, am Pennywise, the Dancing Clown - and you are Georgie! So now we know each other! Keeerect?
Georgie: I guess so... I gotta go.
Pennywise: Go? Without this? [shows Georgie his fallen paper boat]
Georgie: It's my boat!
Pennywise: EX-actly! Go on, kiddo... Take it. [Georgie stares, unsure about reaching into the stormdrain for his boat] Awww... You want it, don't you, Georgie? Of course you do... and there's cotton candy, rides, and all sorts of surprises down here... and balloons too! All colors.
Georgie: Do they float? [reaches in for his boat]
Pennywise: [face begins changing from a smile to a frown] Ohh yes... they float Georgie... they float... and when you're down here, with me... YOU'LL FLOAT TOO!
[Pennywise grabs Georgie's arm and pulls him toward the stormdrain]

Pennywise: Let go. Be afraid You all taste so much better when you're afraid.
Bill: Kill It, Bev!
Pennywise: Kill?! [laughs] Me?! Oh you are priceless, brat! I am eternal, child. I am the eater of worlds, and of children. And you are next!
Eddie: This is battery acid, you slime!
[Eddie sprays Pennywise with his aspirator.]

Mike: My dad says there's no way to date this one. He says it's probably from the early or mid-1700s when Derry was a logging town.
Bill: Hold it. P-P-P-Pennywise the clown?
Richie: That's him. That's him!
Ben: 200 years ago? He was here then?
Stan: Come on, it's just a drawing!
Mike: Now, look; Here he is again. The same man.
Bev: It's not a man.
Bill: It... IT! [the scrapbook begins flapping] Th-That's what happened back in Georgie's room. [the scrapbook stops at a page and the picture comes to life. The kids see Pennywise dancing] Look!
[Pennywise spots the children, growls and climbs up to a lamppost to scare them]
Pennywise: I'll kill you all! [laughs] I'll drive you crazy, and I'll kill you all! I'm every nightmare you've ever had! I'm your worst dream come true! I'M EVERYTHING YOU EVER WERE AFRAID OF!
Stan: [grabs the book and throws it] NO!
Everyone else: YES!
Bill: Don't let it get to you, man.
Ben: You saw it, too.
Stan: I didn't want to...
Bill: But you did.
Stan: ...Yes. Okay. If that's what you want... Yes.
Bill: Yes, that's what I wanted, you turkey.

Eddie: What are we gonna do?
Stan: Do? What do you mean "Do"? I just want to forget about it.
Bev: It's not just us, it's all the other kids too. Like Velma Daniels, she was in my class. Who's gonna be next?
Bill: B-Bev's right, we gotta do something.
Ben: We gotta tell somebody.
Bev: They don't see what we see.
Eddie: Why?
Bill: When you grow up, you stop believing.
Richie: They'd just laugh their heads off and put us in a nuthatch.
Ben: It kills kids. Damn it.
Bev: We've gotta do something.
Bill: [after a long pause] Help me. You killed my brother George, you bastard! Let's see you now. Let's see you now. It's scared of us you know? I can feel that. I swear to God I can. I... I wanna kill it. Help me. Please help me. Help
[the rest of the Losers embrace Bill in their circle]

Bill: [reading a paper] He th-th-thrusts hi-his fists...
Ben: [takes the paper] "He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts." That's all it says, over and over.
Bill: [stuttering heavily] My m-m-m-om g-gave me that to to to... sttttt! to help with my st-st-st-stutter!
Richie: No offense pal, it ain't workin'.
[Bill looks at him, and Richie blows him a kiss]

Richie: What are you saying, Eddie? You're still a virgin?
Eddie: Yeah.
Richie: Well I can't help you there, pal.

Richie: I just flew in from L.A., and boy is my tail-section tired... We're hot tonight, it's great to be back here in Derry, breathing in that old Derry Air. Eddie, get all of their names, I want to put them on my Christmas mailer, no, Denbrough there, let's put him on my Norman Mailer. [puts Eddie in a head-lock] I love this guy, he's like the brother I never had. [turns Eddie face-up] Wait a minute! He IS the brother I never had!
Mike: Beep beep, Richie. [on the telephone] Hello, Stan? ..Is this the Uris residence? I'm trying to get hold of Stan Uris- [pause] Oh... Thank you. Thank you, very much. [hangs up] Stan is dead. He cut his wrists in the bathtub right after I phoned him.

Pennywise: (indicating a number of freshly dug graves) Take your pick, B-b-b-Billy boy. Oh, except for the one on the end, that's already taken. Sorry.
Bill: I remember you, and I remember we beat you. I'm not afraid of you.
[Pennywise snarls and bares his teeth angrily]

Pennywise: Last chance, Tozier - get out before it gets dark tonight. You're TOO OLD to stop me! You're ALL TOO OLD!
Richie (to the Librarian): Tell Mike Hanlon, if you see him-
Pennywise: Excuse me, sir, do you have Prince Albert in a can? You DO?! Well, you better let the poor guy out! Wa-ha! Wa-ha! Wa-ha!
Richie (to the Librarian): Tell Mike Hanlon that I had to go, that I had to get cleaned up! Tell him! Tell him! Tell him, I'll see him tonight!
Pennywise: GET OUT!! Last chance, Tozier! Get out! Get out while you can!
[Richie runs out of the library.]
Pennywise: (off-screen) Excuse me, ma'am, is your refrigerator running? [gasps] It IS?! Well, you better catch it before it runs away! Wa-ha! Wa-ha! Wa-ha!

Bill: Audra, my brother who died...
Audra: Yes, George?
Bill: He didn't just die. He was muh-murdered.
Audra: Why didn't you ever...?
Bill: Tell you? Because I forgot. Almost like it never happened. I know that this doesn't make any sense, but I have to go.
Audra: But why?
Bill: Because we made a pruh-promise.
Audra: Why are you stuttering like that?
Bill: I don't know. I used to stutter all the time when I was a kid.

Bill: Swear to me. Swear to me that if it isn't dead, we'll all come back.
Bev: I swear.
Ben: Swear.
Mike: I swear it.
Richie: I swear.
Eddie: I swear, too.
Stan: Swear.

Mike: ...If you want to see Henry Bowers, you'll find him up at Juniper Hills.
Bev: Ever since the trial where he confessed to all the murders of all the children.
Ben: He was down there with us, down there in the sewer.
Richie: That creep was going to kill Stan.
Eddie: He was going to kill us all.
Bill: I remember when they pulled him out, his hair had turned white...
Ben: He was babbling about a bright light...
Bev: ...and a clown.
Mike: And no one believed him.
Bill: Except when he said that he murdered all the kids.

Richie: I hope that someone remembered to bring something useful, like a machine gun.
Bev: [holding up slingshot] I brought this. It's the only thing I saved from those days.
Ben: I remember you were a dead shot, Bev.
Eddie: Couldn't miss.
Ben: It was like it was supposed to be, Bev. Remember? You hit the clown, Pennywise, in the head. It broke open.
Bev: And underneath it was a light.
Ben: Bright lights.
Bill: Dead lights.

Richie: One out of ten. You're worse than I am, kiddo. At this rate, we might as well let that damn clown take us one by one.
Bill: Beep beep, Richie. Who's left? Ben? Bev?
Richie: Yeah, and one of them better be good, Bill, because right now, you're in the lead with a pathetic three out of ten.
Bill: Richie, will you PLEASE shut up?!
Richie: You know, you don't stutter all the time?

Mike: Thanks.
Stan: Any time.
Mike: Who are you guys anyway?
Eddie: We're sort of a club.
Bev: Yeah, the Losers Club.
Richie: Yeah.
Bill: You w-want in?
Mike: Yeah. Yeah, I do.

Mrs. Hanscom: We'll have a home of our own one day, Benny, I promise.
Ben: I know, Mama.
Mrs. Hanscom: Benny, as long as we're guests in this house, I need you to help me.
Ben: They wouldn't treat us like this if Daddy were still alive.
Mrs. Hanscom: I need you to come inside now and apologize.
Ben: Apologize? But he was...
Mrs. Hanscom: Benny, you must.
Ben: I hate it here! I hate it here! [climbs onto his bicycle and rides off]
Mrs. Hanscom: Benny! Benny!

[Ben bikes out to riverbank after an argument with his mother]
Offstage voice: Ben! Benny! Up here, Ben!
Ben: Daddy? [turns around and sees a man in military uniform]
Captain Hanscom: Hi Ben! [motions towards waterworks building] That's my home now, son! [Ben cannot believe it when suddenly he sees his father holding a balloon]
Captain Hanscom: You want a balloon, Ben? They float!
Pennywise: They all float.
Captain Hanscom: Come on, son! You'll like it down there!
Pennywise: You'll never have to grow up! [laughs and disappears as a skeleton comes out of the water] They float. They all float. And when you're down here with me, fat boy, you'll float too. [laughs]

[Ben has just finished telling a story]
Eddie: That's great, Ben. You should write that one down.
Ben: Bill's our writer.
Bill: I just write horror stories.

Richie: So, you, Haystack, what are you building? A dam or something?
Ben: Yeah.
Richie: Have you ever built one before?
Ben: No.
Richie: How do you know it will work?
Ben: Well, of course it would. Why wouldn't it?
Richie: Yeah, but how do you know?
Ben: I just know.
Bill: Yeah, he just knows.
Bev: Yeah.
Eddie: Yeah.
Stan: Yeah.
Richie: Well, okay.

Richie: Don't talk. You're gonna be fine, Spaghetti-Man.
Eddie: Richie, please. For the last time, don't call me that. You know how I... [dies]

External links[edit]

Encyclopedic article on It (1990 film) at Wikipedia

Adaptations of works by Stephen King
  Films     The Shining (1980) · Cujo (1983) · The Dead Zone (1983) · Christine (1983) · Cat's Eye (1985) · Silver Bullet (1985) · Stand by Me (1986) · The Running Man (1987) · Tales from the
  Darkside: The Movie
(1990) · Graveyard Shift (1990) · Misery (1990) · The Lawnmower Man (1992) · Sleepwalkers (1992) · The Dark Half (1993) · Needful Things (1993) · The
  Shawshank Redemption
(1994) · Dolores Claiborne (1995) · Thinner (1996) · The Night Flier (1997) · Apt Pupil (1998) · The Green Mile (1999) · Hearts in Atlantis (2001) · Dreamcatcher 
  (2003) · Secret Window (2004) · Riding the Bullet (2004) · 1408 (2007) · The Mist (2007) · Dolan's Cadillac (2009) · A Good Marriage (2014) · Cell (2016)  
  Carrie     Carrie (1976) · The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) · Carrie (2002) · Carrie (2013)  
  Creepshow     Creepshow (1982) · Creepshow 2 (1987) · Creepshow III (2007)  
  Children of the Corn     Children of the Corn (1984) · The Final Sacrifice (1993) · Urban Harvest (1995) · The Gathering (1996) · Fields of Terror (1998) · Isaac's Return (1999) ·
  Revelation (2001) · Children of the Corn (2009) · Genesis (2011)  
  Firestarter     Firestarter (1984) · Rekindled (2002)  
  Trucks     Maximum Overdrive (1986) · Trucks (1997)  
  Pet Sematary     Pet Sematary (1989) · Pet Sematary Two (1992)  
  The Mangler     The Mangler (1995) · The Mangler 2 (2001) · *The Mangler Reborn (2005)  
  Television     Episodes     "Gramma" (1986) · "Sorry, Right Number" (1987) · "The Revelations of Becka Paulson" (1997)  
  Series     Golden Years (1991) · The Dead Zone (2002–07) · Kingdom Hospital (2004) · Haven (2010–present) · Under the Dome (2013–15) · 11.22.63 (2016)  
  Films or miniseries     It (1990) · The Tommyknockers (1993) · The Stand (1994) · The Langoliers (1995) · The Shining (1997) · Quicksilver Highway (1997) · Storm of the Century
  (1999) · Stephen King's Desperation (2006) · Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006) · Bag of Bones (2011) · Big Driver (2014)  
  Salem's Lot     Salem's Lot (1979) · A Return to Salem's Lot (1987) · Salem's Lot (2004)  
  Sometimes They Come Back     Sometimes They Come Back (1991) · Sometimes They Come Back... Again (1996) · Sometimes They Come Back... for More
  (1998)  
  Rose Red     Rose Red (2002) · The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (2003)  
  See also     {{Stephen King}}