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Some things in life just can't be explained.
- Love is buried under fear, and partnership, is right there under competition, and there's compassion underneath the greed. Nate, you gotta take your eraser and do the work. It's hard work and nobody can do it for you. There's no drug. That's the sum of it.
- [fuming off at his and George Malley's common friends belittling George's abilities] Why do ya have to tear him down? What are ya so afraid of? What have you got to lose? He wasn't selling anything! He didn't want anything from anybody! He wanted nothing from nobody! Nothing! And you people have to tear him down so you can sleep better tonight! So ya can prove that the world is flat and ya can sleep better tonite! Am I right? Am I right?... I'm right... The Hell with all of ya. The Hell with everyone of ya.
- George: This is good, Lace. I think you're a good cook.
- Lace: No, I'm not. I only make two things pretty well: pork chops and, um, turkey.
- George: Hm. Which is this?
- Bonnie: George Malley! You learned the Portuguese language in 20 minutes?
- George: Not all of it.
- Dr. Niedorf: All right, I'll start the questions, and I'll be timing your responses, and we'll be recording. Any questions?
- George: What's your first name?
- Dr. Niedorf: Uh, my first name is Bob. [George reaches across the wide table to shake hands]
- George: Shoot, Bob.
- Dr. Niedorf: Right. Name as many mammals as you can in 60 seconds. Ready? Go. [starts stopwatch]
- George: Hmm. 60 seconds. Well, how would you like that? How about alphabetical? Aardvark, baboon, caribou, dolphin, eohippus, fox, gorilla, hyena, ibex, jackal, kangaroo, lion, marmoset, Newfoundland, ocelot, panda, rat, sloth, tiger, unicorn, varmint, whale, yak, zebra. Now "varmint" is a stretch; so is "Newfoundland" (that's a dog breed); "unicorn" is mythical, "eohippus" is prehistoric. But you weren't being very specific. Now were you, Bob?
- Dr. Niedorf: [pauses, then stops watch and laughs] Well! Ahh, I'll, uh — I'll try to be more specific. You ready for the next one?
- George: Shoot.
- Dr. Niedorf: Answer as quickly as you can... how old is a person born in 1928? [starts stopwatch]
- George: Man or a woman?
- Dr. Niedorf: [stops stopwatch and pauses] Why?
- George: Specifics, Bob.
- Dr. Niedorf: Okay, one more time. How old is a MAN born in 1928? [starts stopwatch]
- George: Still alive?
- Dr. Niedorf: [stops watch, pauses, nods] If a man is born in 1928, and he's still alive, how old is he? [starts stopwatch]
- George: What month?
- Dr. Niedorf: [stops stopwatch] If a man was born October 3, 1928, and he's still alive, how old is he? [starts stopwatch]
- George: What time?
- Dr. Niedorf: 10:00... PM! [starts stopwatch]
- George: Where?
- Dr. Niedorf: [stops stopwatch; now impatient] Anywhere!
- George: Well. Let's get specific, Bob! I mean, if the guy's still alive, born in California, October 3, 1928, 10:00 PM. he 67 years, 9 months, 22 days, 14 hours, and... [takes Bob's hand to see his wristwatch] ...and 12 minutes. If he was born in New York, he's 3 hours older, now isn't he?
- Doc: Let's see, uh... George... George... there's a tumor in your brain, that's spread out like a hand, threads of it, you know, everywhere. But instead of dysfunction — now here's the mystery, George. Instead of destroying brain function, so far it's been stimulating it. We can't understand that. You have more area of active brain use than anybody ever tested — ever — because of those tentacles. I mean, we've seen tumors like this before, it's called astrocytoma. And it explains, uh, the dizziness, and... the illusion of light. But the way it's in there, waking up areas of the brain, it's a... big mystery. So...
- George: And it's killing me.
- George: Hey, would you, uh, love me the rest of my life?
- Lace Pennamin: No. I'm gonna love you for the rest of mine.
Change the World
- If I could reach the stars I'd pull one down for you
Shine it on my heart so you could see the truth
That this love I have inside is everything it seems
But for now I find it's only in my dreams
- John Travolta - George Malley
- Kyra Sedgwick - Lace Pennamin
- Forest Whitaker - Nate Pope
- Robert Duvall - Doc Brunder
- Jeffrey DeMunn - Prof. John Ringold
- Richard Kiley - Dr. Wellin
- David Gallagher - Al Pennamin