Total Recall (1990 film)

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Total Recall is an American science fiction film released on June 1, 1990, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Ronald Shusett, Dan O'Bannon, Jon Povill and Gary Goldman. It was based on the novelette We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick.


  • Now this is the plan: Get your ass to Mars. Then go to the Hilton and flash that Brubaker ID at the desk. That's all there is to it. Just do what I tell you, and we can nail that son of a bitch. Fuck you and me. I'm counting on you, buddy. Don't let me down.
  • Come on, Cohaagen. You got what you want. Give these people air.
  • You blew my cover!
  • My name is NOT Quaid!
  • What the fuck did I do wrong?!


  • If I'm not me...who the hell am I?
  • [after severing Richter's arms at the elevator] See ya at the party, Richter!
  • [chances upon another pair of guards after fooling Richter and company with the hologram-bracelet] Ha ha ha, you think this is the real Quaid? [guards look behind them] It is! [Quaid shoots the guards]
  • Come on. Don't bullshit me.


[While preparing to depart for Mars, Douglas Quaid opens a briefcase with a video of Carl Hauser and plays it]
Hauser: Howdy, stranger. This is Hauser. If things have gone wrong, I'm talking to myself and you've got a wet towel wrapped around your head. Whatever your name is, get ready for the big surprise: You are not you, you're me.
Quaid: No shit.

Hauser: All my life I've worked for Mars intelligence. I did Cohaagen's dirty work. But a few weeks ago I met somebody—a woman—and I learned a few things like playing for the wrong team. All I can do now is try to make up for it. See, there's enough shit in here [points at his own brain] to fuck Cohaagen good. Now unfortunately, if you're listening to this, that means that he has got to me first. And here comes the hard part, old buddy. Now it is all up to you.
Quaid: Great.

Hauser: First, let's get rid of that bug in your head. Take this thing [shows a device] out of the case and stick it up your nose. Don't worry. It's self-guiding.
[Quaid does exactly what Hauser says]
Hauser: Just shove real hard.
[Quaid takes a breath as the device clips into the inside of his nose]
Hauser: When you hear the crunch, you're there.
[Quaid struggles to remove the bug inside his nose]
Hauser: Just pull it out. Be careful. It's my head, too.
[Quaid struggles to remove the bug inside his nose as he screams in pain, which he succeeds]

[A shuttle has just docked at Mars. Tourists disembark and are vetted into a processing station, to include a woman in a frumpy dress. A member of Mars Customs looks over her passport]
Customs Agent: How long do you plan to spend on Mars, M'aam?
Fat Lady: Two weeks.
Customs Agent: [stamps passport] Have you brought any fruits or vegetables onto the planet?
Fat Lady: Two weeks.
Customs Agent: Excuse me?
Fat Lady:Two weeks..two weeks... [starts having a seizure, attracting the attention of everyone. Richter, who is on Mars, pays attention to this odd sight]
Richter: [low voice] Quaid. [normal] that's Quaid!
Security Officer: What?
Richter: The woman. Get him... her!
Security Officer: Arrest that woman!
Quaid: Catch!
Quaid removes fat lady's head then throws it at security officer
Fat Lady: Get ready for a big surprise!
Head explodes

[Richter visits Martian Administrator Vilos Cohaagen]
Richter: [sees stoic face] You wanted to see me, sir?
Vilos Cohaagen: Richter, do you know why I'm such a happy person?
Richter: No, sir.
Cohaagen: Because I have one of the greatest jobs in the solar system. As long as the terbinium keeps flowing, I can do anything I want. Anything! [rises from his desk and approaches Richter] In fact, the only thing I worry about is, one day, if the rebels win, it all might end. [points finger in Richter's face] And you're fucking MAKING IT HAPPEN! First, you tried to kill Quaid and then you let him get away.
Richter: He had help from our side, sir.
Cohaagen: I know that.
Richter: But, I thought -
Cohaagen: Who told you to THINK? I don't give you enough information to THINK! You do as you're told, THAT'S WHAT YOU DO!

[Benny drops off Quaid at Venusville]
Mutant Man: Do you want to know your future?
Quaid: What about my past?
Benny: Hey! [takes Quaid away from him]
Mutant Woman: [sees Quaid looking at her as he and Benny pass by] Read your mind, your palm, your aura?
Mutant Little Girl: I bet I can tell your birthday...You are a Taurus?
Quaid: How did you guess?

[Dr. Edgemar's trying to explain Quaid's situation and offers a special pill]
Douglas Quaid: All right, let's say you're telling the truth and this is all a dream, then I could pull this trigger [points gun at Edgemar] and it won't matter.
Lori: Doug, don't do it.
Dr. Edgemar: It won't make the slightest difference to me Doug. The consequences to you will be devastating. In your mind, I'll be dead, and with no one to guide you out, you'll be stuck in permanent psychosis.
Lori: Doug, let Dr Edgemar help you.
Dr. Edgemar: The walls of reality will come crashing down. One minute, you'll be the savior of the rebel cause; next thing you know, you'll be Cohaagen's bosom buddy. You even have fantasies about alien civilizations as you requested; but in the end, back on Earth, you'll be lobotomized! [tries to let it sink in Quaid] So get a grip on yourself, Doug, and put down that gun!

[Lori is about to kill Melina but Quaid shoots her dagger off her hand]
Lori: Doug, honey... you wouldn't hurt me, would you, sweetheart? Sweetheart, be reasonable. After all, we're married!
Douglas Quaid: [Lori goes for her gun, Quaid shoots her in the head, killing her] Consider that a divorce!
Melina: That was your wife? [Quaid nods; Melina gets up] What a bitch!

[Benny has shot Kuato after the security forces storm the Resistance hideout]
Kuato: Quaid, Quaid...
Benny: Forget it, man, his fortune-telling days are over.
Kuato: Start the Mars-[Richter finishes off Kuato with a headshot]
Richter: [pause; calmly, to Quaid] Mr Cohaagen would like to talk to you.

[Quaid leaves Johnny Cab after delivering a briefcase]
Johnny Cab: The fare is 18 credits, please.
Douglas Quaid: Sue me, dickhead.
[Johnny Cab starts to malfunction as the taxi van drives autonomously in an attempt to run over Quaid, only to end up hitting a wall where it explodes]
Johnny Cab: We hope you enjoy the ride. Haha...
[Johnny Cab self-destructs along with the van]

[Quaid and Melina find the terbinium oxygen generator's control room. Quaid prepares to activate it, but...]
Vilos Cohaagen: Don't touch that! Get away! Get back!
Douglas Quaid: What are you afraid of? Turn it on.
Cohaagen: Impossible! Once the reaction starts, it'll spread to all the terbinium in the planet. Mars will go into global meltdown. That's why the aliens never turned it on.
Quaid: And you expect me to believe you?
Cohaagen: Who gives a shit what you believe?! In 30 seconds you'll be dead, and I'll [shows detonator] blow this place up and be home in time for Corn Flakes! [Shoots several inches near Quaid] I didn't want it to end this way, I wanted Hauser back, but no, you had to be Quaid!
Quaid: I am Quaid.
Cohaagen: You're nothing! You're nobody! You're a stupid dream! [aims firearm] Well, all dreams come to an end.

[Quaid and Melina are amazed at the newly terraformed Mars]
Melina: I can't believe it, it's like a dream. [sees Quaid distraught] What's wrong?
Douglas Quaid: I just had a terrible thought... what if this is a dream?
Melina: Well, then, kiss me quick before you wake up!

About Total Recall (1990 film)[edit]

  • I felt the movie, in some way, should not take itself too seriously. In fact, ultimately, the casting of Arnold -- he was already cast before I was there. So I had to take Arnold. I liked the script already, but Arnold was playing the main part. So, take it or leave it. I said I wanted to do it with Harrison Ford, like in "Blade Runner." But I might have made a mistake because "Blade Runner" is also very serious. And because Arnold was there, that changed everything. Arnold being there made it really necessary to flip it a little bit. And I think, in retrospect, it was a gift. Arnold was supposed to be an accountant in the original story and it was still in the script. And I'm like, "Arnold an accountant? That's ridiculous." So I proposed, "Let's have him do something physical." What are those things he's using?


  • They stole his mind. Now he wants it back. Get ready for the ride of your life.
  • Your mind is the center of your life. It is everything you hear, everything you see, everything you feel... It is everything you ARE. You wouldn't know if you lost your mind... Would you know if someone STOLE it?
  • What if you discovered somebody stole your mind... and there was only one way to get it back?
  • In this world, they can steal your mind, erase your memory, and give you another identity. But the most dangerous thing that can happen to you is... TOTAL RECALL.
  • He'll show you a side of Mars that no one on Earth has ever seen before... He should be so lucky.


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