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Quotes from Mean Streets

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    • Johnny Boy: What's the matter, you too good for this ten dollars? Huh? You too good for it? It's a good ten dollars. Know somethin' Mikey? You make me laugh. You know that?
    • [They all raise their glasses to The Queen]
    • Charlie: You know what the Queen said? If I had balls, I'd be King.
    • Charlie: Twenty dollars! Let's go da movies!
    • [referring to his epileptic cousin Teresa]
    • Johnny Boy: I always wondered what happens when she comes. Does she have a fit?
    • Johnny Boy: Y'know Joey Clams...
    • Charlie: 'ey!
    • Johnny Boy: 'ey...
    • Charlie: Yeah.
    • Johnny Boy: ...Joey Scala, yeah.
    • Charlie: I know him too, yeah.
    • Johnny Boy: ...yeah. No. No, Joey Scala is Joey Clams.
    • Charlie: Right.
    • Johnny Boy: Right.
    • Charlie: ...they're the same person!
    • Johnny Boy: Yeah!
    • Johnny Boy: You see, I borrow money all over this neighborhood, left and right from every BODY, I never pay them back. So, I can't borrow no money from nobody no more, right? So, who would that leave me to borrow money from but you? I borrow money from you, because you're the only jerk-off around here who I can borrow money from without payin' back, right? You know, 'cause that's what you are, that's what I think of you: a jerk-off.
    • Johnny Boy: Hey, sorry lady! I'm sorry! I hate that lady with a passion... with a vengeance.
    • Charlie: You know something? She is really good-lookin'. I gotta say that again. She is really good-lookin'. But she's black. You can see that real plain, right? Look, there isn't much of a difference anyway, is there. Well, is there?
    • Tony DeVienazo: Stay out of my place, I know your face!
    • Oscar: Look Charlie, you're a good boy. Will you just tell your uncle that I have nothing. There is nothing to give him. No envelopes with cash inside, no checks, nothing.
    • Charlie: That bad, huh?
    • Oscar: I can't make this week's payment and if this keeps up not next week's either.
    • Charlie: Not next week's either... listen... you tell that to Giovanni, not me.
    • Oscar: Listen, I should wrap up this place in a ribbon and hand it to him, you know that. I don't need this aggravation. I'm getting old.
    • Charlie: He'd rather have the loan payed, you know that.
    • Giovanni Cappa: This Johnny Boy is like your mister Groppi... a little crazy. It's nice you should help him out because of his family and our family but watch yourself... Don't spoil anything. His whole family has problems... his cousin, the girl who lives next door to you...
    • Charlie: Teresa.
    • Giovanni Cappa: ...The one who's sick, right? In the head.
    • Charlie: No, she's got epilepsy.
    • Giovanni Cappa: Yeah. That's what I said, sick in the head.
    • [repeated line]
    • Charlie: What's the matter with you?
    • Giovanni Cappa: Honorable men go with honorable men.
    • Giovanni Cappa: I learned this from Charley Lucky during the World War II.
    • Charlie: Oh? What did he do?
    • Giovanni Cappa: What did he do? He was there, that's what he did.
    • [the cops have broken up the fight, taken a bribe, and left the bar]
    • Joey 'Clams' Scala: This is the drink we never had before.
    • Charlie: Alright. Okay. Thanks a lot, Lord. Thanks a lot for opening my eyes. We talk about penance and you see this through the door.
    • [Johnny Boy putting his pants back on at a Tony's joint]
    • Charlie: Well, we play by your rules, don't we. Well, don't we?
    • Johnny Boy: You don't know what happened to me. I'm so depressed about other things, I can't worry about payments. You know what I mean? I come home last Tuesday, I had my money, cash, blah blah bing bing, I'm comin' home, I ran into Jimmy Sparks. I owe Jimmy Sparks seven hundred, like for four months, I gotta pay they guy. He lives in my building. He hangs out across the street. I gotta pay the guy, right?
    • Johnny Boy: So, I was in there, playin' bankers and brokers, all of the sudden, I'm ahead like six-seven hundred dollars. I'm really winnin'. All the sudden some kid walks in and the kid yells that the bulls are comin', right. Now that the cops are comin', everybody runs away,.
    • Johnny Boy: I was so crazy, I wanted to kill this kid. Meanwhile, I gotta get back in the game, bing bing bing, I lose four hundred dollars!
    • Johnny Boy: Meanwhile, I lost the deal, I go outside, I'm a little depressed, now. Anyway, I wanna cut this story short, 'cause I know you don't wanna hear all this and, I know I know I know, but, I'm gonna - to make a long story short, anyway, I went to Hal Kaplan, gotta new tie and I got this shirt. Do you like this shirt? It's nice. This tie...
    • Charlie: Hey! Michael doesn't care if your depressed. What is he - your priest? What do go out shopping when you owe somebody money, Johnny. That ain't right.
    • Michael Longo: We just stiffed a couple of kids.
    • Charlie: Ah, how much did you take 'em for?
    • Michael Longo: Twenty dollars.
    • Charlie: What are you laughin' at? Twenty dollars! Let's got to the movies!
    • Johnny Boy: Ah, it feels good. Hey, Charlie? The streets are empty. Thanks. Thank God. With that feast on, you can't even move in your own neighborhood. I hate that feast with a passion!
    • Charlie: How you been Joey?
    • Joey 'Clams' Scala: Not bad.
    • Charlie: You're lookin' good. Looks like you took off a couple of tons.
    • [after paying a bribe]
    • Joey 'Clams' Scala: Everyday it's Christmas with these cops.
    • Tony DeVienazo: You want me to say it? You gotta be like me.
    • Johnny Boy: You're grandma's gonna die, right?
    • Charlie: Yeah, right.
    • Johnny Boy: Did you like her?
    • Johnny Boy: What do you mean do I like her? She's my grandma.
    • Johnny Boy: So what? That don't mean nothin'. So what?
    • Charlie: What's the matter with you?
    • Johnny Boy: What's a matter wit chu?
    • Charlie: Anyway, she ain't dead yet. God forbid. So, shut up.
    • Charlie: I hate the sun. Come on, let's go inside, will ya?
    • Teresa: What else do you hate?
    • Charlie: I hate the ocean and I hate the beach and I hate the sun and - the grass and the trees - and I hate heat!
    • Teresa: Charlie, what do you like?
    • Charlie: I like spaghetti and clam sauce, mountains, Francis of Assisi, chickens with lemon and garlic, John Wayne...
    • Teresa: You know, there aren't any mountains in Manhattan.
    • Charlie: Tall buildings are the same thing. And I like you.
    • Giovanni Cappa: These politicians... Ball Breakers. All blackmailers... if they had to live honestly, they would starve to death. They are not like us. They know where to come when they need us. I realized this a long time ago during the World War II. Charlie Lackey was working for the government, taking care of the docks.
    • Charlie: What did he do?
    • Giovanni Cappa: What did he do? He was there. That's what he did.
    • Michael Longo: I swear to Jesus Christ on the goddamn cross, if that kid thinks he's makin' a jerk-off out of me, I'm gonna break his legs.
    • Michael Longo: What do I look like? A jerk? On his next payday, I'm comin' down here to Tony's. Johnny Boy better show or I'm gonna find him and I'm gonna break his fuckin' legs. Do we understand each other?
    • Charlie: I heard you.
    • Michael Longo: Good.
    • Charlie: Don't be smart, Johnny.
    • Johnny Boy: What do you mean? I ain't smart. I'm stupid. Remember? I'm so stupid you gotta look out for me. Right? Right?
    • Johnny Boy: Y'know Joey Clams...
    • Michael Longo: 'ey!
    • Johnny Boy: 'ey...
    • Michael Longo: Yeah.
    • Johnny Boy: ...Joey Scallops, yeah.
    • Michael Longo: I know him too, yeah.
    • Johnny Boy: ...yeah. No. No, Joey Scallops is Joey Clams.
    • Michael Longo: Right.
    • Johnny Boy: Right.
    • Michael Longo: ...they're the same person!
    • Johnny Boy: Yeah!
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