Silver City (2004 film)

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Silver City is a 2004 comedy/thriller film directed by John Sayles, widely seen as a satire on George W. Bush.

Wes Benteen[edit]

  • People want to back a winner. They need to feel a part of something bigger than they are. They used to advertise the quality of a product — tastes great, whitens your teeth, shaves close, rides like a dream — Now what do they push? America's number one soft drink. Best-selling mid-sized utility vehicle. It isn't "buy the product." It's "Join the club." You make people feel part of a winner, they'll follow you anywhere.
  • American's don't have the patience for underdogs that they used to. A coach goes three seasons without a ring, he's out on his ass... as he should be.


Danny O'Brien: I always pictured you in some smoky hole in the wall, hunched over your computer, spewing your bile at the military-industrial complex.
Mitch Paine: Well, it is a hole in the wall - but I'm surrounded by a bunch of anti-tobacco Fascists.
Danny O'Brien: I think they call them "pro-oxygen" these days.

Dickie Pilager: ['accidentally' conducting an impromptu press conference] I repeat: I'm not raising taxes. We can't just keep throwing the taxpayers' hard-earned money at these perceived — and some of them I admit are real — so-called social problems. We have to get our priorities straight. Education is a priority. Affordable housing for our working people is a priority. Health care is a priority. Our economy is a priority. The environmental - the whole environmental... arena — that's a big priority. Building new roads and maintaining the present — keeping the infrastructure in place, where it belongs, that's a priority.
Nora Allardyce: What isn't a priority?
Dickie Pilager: What's not a priority... is those matters which are of less of a — not that they're not important but — if you're going to have a front burner, which is where you want your priorities, it's like... cooking... there needs to be something sitting on the back one. And that's where your other organizations, your church people and your... organizations formed to help these things, will be happy to pitch in if only government would get out of their way...

Dickie Pilager: [conducting a press conference] In the case of capital offenses I am absolutely in favor of the death penalty. You hear stories about frontier justice - you can bet that the wrongdoers, the folks who couldn't play by the rules, had some respect for that. And there was no... it didn't cost the taxpayer — if they had had taxpayers back then... those were the good old days, I suppose. And all you needed was a good strong rope and a tree to hang it from!
Reporter #1: So you'll be proposing tougher criminal legis -
Dickie Pilager: My message to criminals is this: straighten up or get out. There's no place for you in our state. You do the crime, and by God, you're gonna have to face your lumps.
Nora Allardyce: But the majority of those serving time for drug possession are -
Dickie Pilager: You want to change the behavior? Stiffen the consequences!
Nora Allardyce: There have been reports, Mr. Pilager, that before you became involved in politics you had considerable experience with...
Dickie Pilager: Look, if you're up in a helicopter, airplane, something that flies, you don't want your pilot intoxicated with drugs, do you? And it's that way with our schoolchildren... Junior can't read if he's high on crack. Yeah, air is thin enough up here!

Chuck Raven: 'Environmental Heritage Initiative'...
Chandler Tyson: We thought it sounded better than 'Developers' Bill of Rights.'

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