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Quotes from South Pacific (1958)

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    • Emile de Becque: When all you care about is here, this is a good place to be.
    • [referring to racial prejudice]
    • Nellie: This is something that's born in me!
    • Emile de Becque: What makes her talk like that - you and she? I do not believe it is born in you! I do not believe it!
    • Lt. Cable: It's not born in you - it happens after you're born!
    • [giving a shrunken head to Lt. Cable]
    • Bloody Mary: You like I give you, free!
    • Luther Billis: Free? You never gave me anything free!
    • Bloody Mary: You no sexy like lieu-tellen.
    • [the ancient Mary is looking him up and down]
    • Bloody Mary: Lieu-tellen, you sexy man.
    • Lt. Cable: Thanks... You're looking pretty... er, fit yourself.
    • Nellie: What a pinhead I was!
    • [Cable has been told that Nellie is in love with Emile]
    • Lt. Cable: That's hard to believe, sir; they tell me he's a middle-aged man.
    • [fuming]
    • Capt. George Brackett: Cable, it is a common mistake for boys of your age and athletic ability to underestimate men who have reached their maturity. Young women frequently find older men attractive, strange as it may seem. I myself am over fifty. I am a bachelor. And Cable, I do not, by any means, consider myself th-r-rough.
    • [to Harbison, who is trying not to laugh]
    • Capt. George Brackett: What's the matter, Bill?
    • Cmdr. Bill Harbison: Nothing - -evidently!
    • [He bursts out laughing]
    • Lt. Buzz Adams: You gotta do something to break the monotony out here, Lieutenant. You know, if this war ever really gets started ...
    • [as if he knew something that Buzz Adams does not]
    • Lt. Cable: It'll get started.
    • [taken by surprise]
    • Lt. Buzz Adams: Sure - sure, it'll get started.
    • Luther Billis: That darn Bali Hai. Why does it have to be off-limits? You can get everything over there... shrunken heads, bracelets.
    • Stewpot: She's a nice little girl, but some of them nurses - the officers can have 'em.
    • Sailor / Seabee: They got 'em.
    • Stewpot: Well, they can have 'em.
    • Cmdr. Bill Harbison: Miss Forbush, what Capt. Brackett wants to know - did you discuss politics?
    • Nellie: No sir.
    • [Looking at Harbison]
    • Capt. George Brackett: Would you have discussed politics, commander?
    • Lt. Cable: He's kept a few secrets from her, hasn't he?
    • Capt. George Brackett: Well, you don't spring a couple of Polynesian kids on a woman right off the bat.
    • Cmdr. Bill Harbison: I'm afraid we aren't going to get much out of her. She's obviously in love with him.
    • Lt. Cable: Oh, that's hard to believe, sir. They tell me he's a middle-aged man.
    • Nellie: Do you get letters from your mother telling you that everything you do is wrong?
    • Lt. Cable: No. My mother thinks everything I do is right. Of course, I don't tell her everything I do.
    • Nellie: Mother says older men are better for a girl than young men.
    • Lt. Cable: This has been a discovering day for me.
    • Emile de Becque: You must never return anything you stole. Then they'll know you stole it.
    • Nellie: You know what I mean, Emile?
    • Emile de Becque: Yes. We're both knuckleheads - cockeyed optimists.
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