Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke

  • Highest Rated: 100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015)
  • Lowest Rated: 2% Getaway (2013)
  • Birthday: Nov 6, 1970
  • Birthplace: Austin, Texas, USA
  • Bearing the kind of sensitive-man good looks that have led many to think he would be perfect for a career as a tortured, latte-chugging intellectual, Ethan Hawke instead emerged in the 1990s as both a talented actor and a thinking girls' poster boy. In addition to acting, Hawke penned two novels -- The Hottest State, which is rumored to be based on a former relationship he had with singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb, and the best-selling Ash Wednesday. Born November 6, 1970, in Austin, TX, to teenage parents who separated when he was a toddler, Hawke was raised by his mother. The two led an itinerant existence until she married again, and the family settled in Princeton Junction, NJ. There Hawke began to study acting at Princeton's McCarter Theatre, and at the age of 14, he made his film debut in Explorers (1985). A sci-fi fantasy flick that starred the actor alongside River Phoenix, it didn't make much of an impact upon its theatrical release, but thanks to the presence of both Hawke and Phoenix, it went on to a second life on cable.Following his debut, Hawke stopped acting professionally to attend Carnegie Mellon University. His college career didn't last long, however; while still a student, Hawke was chosen to play one of the young protagonists of Peter Weir's Dead Poets Society. The 1989 film, which marked the beginning of Robin Williams' turn toward more dramatic roles, was a success, and Hawke, in his role as the shy, cringing Todd Anderson, made prep school angst look so photogenic that he soon had something of a teenage following. After starring as Ted Danson's son in Dad the same year, Hawke went on to make a string of movies that allowed him to demonstrate his talent but never quite propelled him further into the realm of stardom. White Fang (1991) provided him with a go at adventure by casting him as a young gold miner who forms a bond with the titular canine, while Waterland (1992) had Hawke plumbing the depths of mild delinquency as the troublesome student of an emotionally estranged Jeremy Irons. Unfortunately, almost nobody saw Waterland, and the same could be said of Hawke's other film that year, the WWII drama A Midnight Clear. Lack of an audience obscured the actor's strong performances in both films, and it was not until 1994 that he began to gain recognition for something besides Dead Poets Society. In that year, Hawke created something of a reputation for himself, both on- and offscreen. Offscreen, he became tabloid fodder when he was caught dancing with a then-married Julia Roberts and thus gained a certain -- if fleeting -- kind of notoriety. On screen, the actor starred in Ben Stiller's Reality Bites, portraying the kind of goateed, ennui-mired, more-sensitive-than-thou slacker that helped get him labeled as such in real life. Matters weren't helped when, that same year, the actor published The Hottest State, a meditation on love from the point-of-view of an angst-ridden twentysomething that was scorned by many critics as pretentious posturing.After starring as another sensitive student of life in Richard Linklater's romantic talkathon Before Sunrise (1995), Hawke went back to his sci-fi roots with Gattaca (1997), a near-future parable about the dangers of genetic engineering. Although the film was a relative disappointment, it did present Hawke with an introduction to co-star Uma Thurman, whom he married in 1998 and had a daughter with later that same year. Also in 1998, the actor starred opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in an adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations; despite mixed reviews, the film heightened Hawke's profile while further establishing him as one of the leading interpreters of sensitive-boy artistic angst. After a starring turn as one of the titular Newton Boys alongside Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, and Vincent D'Onofrio in Richard Linklater's neglected 1998 Western, Hawke took on an entirely different role in 1999. Starring in Scott Hicks' Snow Falling on Cedars, he portrayed a journ

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

80% The Truth (La vérité) Hank 2020
67% Adopt a Highway Russ Millings 2019
68% Stockholm Kaj Hansson / Lars Nystrom 2019
45% The Kid Sheriff Pat Garrett 2019
No Score Yet Stockholm Actor 2019
83% Juliet, Naked Tucker Crowe 2018
95% Blaze Producer Director Screenwriter 2018
77% The King Actor 2018
93% First Reformed Toller 2018
52% 24 Hours to Live Travis Conrad 2017
47% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Jolly the Pimp $40.5M 2017
89% Maudie Everett Lewis $6.2M 2017
76% In a Valley of Violence Paul $50.9K 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven Goodnight Robicheaux $93.4M 2016
94% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny Actor 2016
79% The Phenom Hopper Sr. 2016
87% Maggie's Plan John $3.4M 2016
88% Born To Be Blue Chet Baker $0.9M 2016
15% Regression Bruce Kenner 2016
16% Sinister 2 Ellison Oswalt 2015
58% Ten Thousand Saints Les 2015
75% Good Kill Thomas Egan 2015
31% Cymbeline Iachimo 2015
100% Seymour: An Introduction Director $0.8M 2015
83% Predestination The Bartender $0.3M 2015
40% 21 Years: Richard Linklater Actor 2014
97% Boyhood Dad $18.9M 2014
2% Getaway Brent Magna $10.5M 2013
39% The Purge James Sandin $64.5M 2013
97% Before Midnight Screenwriter Jesse $8.2M 2013
No Score Yet Welcome Nowhere Actor 2013
98% Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God Pat 2012
64% Sinister Ellison Oswalt $48.2M 2012
59% The Woman in the Fifth Tom $0.2M 2012
No Score Yet George Bellows Narrator 2012
44% Brooklyn's Finest Sal $26.8M 2010
68% Daybreakers Edward Dalton $30.1M 2010
25% Staten Island (Little New York) Sully Halverson 2009
71% Chelsea on the Rocks Actor 2009
37% New York, I Love You Writer (Yvan Attal segment) $1.7M 2009
65% What Doesn't Kill You Paulie 2008
88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Hank $7M 2007
32% The Hottest State Screenwriter Vince Director 2007
No Score Yet Tonight at Noon Actor 2007
50% Fast Food Nation Pete $1M 2006
11% One Last Thing Dylan's Father (uncredited) 2006
62% Lord of War Jack Valentine $24.1M 2005
59% Assault on Precinct 13 Jake Roenick $20M 2005
95% Before Sunset Screenwriter Jesse $5.7M 2004
22% Taking Lives Costa $32.7M 2004
40% The Jimmy Show Ray 2001
77% Tape Vin 2001
72% Training Day Jake 2001
26% Chelsea Walls Director 2001
81% Waking Life Jesse $2.1M 2001
57% Hamlet Hamlet 2000
39% Snow Falling on Cedars Ishmael Chambers 1999
67% Joe the King Len 1999
22% The Velocity of Gary Actor 1999
63% The Newton Boys Jess Newton 1998
37% Great Expectations Finnegan Bell 1998
83% Gattaca Vincent/Jerome 1997
No Score Yet Great Performances Actor 1997
33% Search and Destroy Roger $0.4M 1995
100% Before Sunrise Jesse 1995
96% Quiz Show Student in Classroom (uncredited) 1994
71% White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf Jack (uncredited) 1994
67% Floundering Jimmy 1994
66% Reality Bites Troy Dyer 1993
67% Rich in Love Frobiness 1993
62% Alive Nando 1993
53% Waterland Matthew Price 1992
88% A Midnight Clear Will Knott 1992
25% Mystery Date Tom McHugh 1991
63% White Fang Jack 1991
60% Dad Billy Tremont 1989
84% Dead Poets Society Todd Anderson 1989
No Score Yet Lion's Den Actor 1988
77% Explorers Ben Crandall 1985

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No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Appearing
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
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No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
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  • 2019
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No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Talking With Chris Hardwick
2017-2018
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2012
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2015
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No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2015
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No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
2013-2018
Host
  • 2015
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No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2015
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  • 2012
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
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  • 2014
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No Score Yet Conan
2010
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  • 2014
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  • 2011
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2013
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No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Moby Dick
2011
Starbuck
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2004
89% Alias
2001-2006
Jim Lennox
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000

QUOTES FROM Ethan Hawke CHARACTERS

Chet Baker
I want my life back.
Chet Baker
I want to play. All I want is to play.
Chet Baker
Miles said to come back once I've lived a little. I've lived a little.
Chet Baker
Why don't you come back to my place so we can sing.
Troy Dyer
Honey, all you have to be by the time you're 23 is yourself.
Jake
I told you that's my evidence, do you want to go to jail or do you want to go home?
Dad
Hey. Grab the McCain sign
Mason
Dad, we could get arrested.
Dad
Just put it in the car. I'm bein' patriotic.
The Bartender
What if I could put him in front of you? The man that ruined your life? If I could guarantee that you'd get away with it would you kill him?
Jesse
Happiness is in doing, not in getting what you want.
Jesse
We all see the world through our own tiny keyhole.
Dad
Hey. Grab the McCain sign.
Mason
Dad, we could get arrested.
Dad
Just put it in the car. I'm being patriotic.
Dad
You don't want the bumpers.
Dad
"You don't want the bumpers. Life doesn't give you bumpers."
Dad
Life doesn't give you bumpers.
Ronny Rosario
Hey, Sal. Thanks for watching my back out there today. They're gonna pin a medal on you, bro.
Sal Procida
If I had given it a second thought, I wouldn't have lifted a finger for you. I would have done what I came here to do, so don't go patting me on the back. I don't deserve it.
Ellison Oswalt
Bad things happen to good people and they still have to have their story told.
The Voice
Drive away.
Brent Magna
I cant I got a kid in the car!
Brent Magna
I can't. I got a kid in the car!
Jesse
I...I...I thought I was gonna totally lose it in there. When I first saw you...I mean, how did you even know I was going to be here?
Celine
Well, it's my favorite bookstore in Paris. I, um...You can sit down for hours and read. I love it. There's fleas, but, you know...
Jesse
I heard this story once about when the Germans were occupying Paris and they had to retreat back. They wired Notre Dame to blow, but they had to leave one guy in charge of hitting the switch. And the guy, the soldier, he couldn't do it. You know, he just sat there, knocked out by how beautiful the place was. And then when the allied troops came in, they found all the explosives just lying there and the switch unturned, and they found the same thing at Sacre Couer, Eiffel Tower. Couple other places I think...
Celine
Is that true?
Jesse
I don't know. I always liked the story, though.
Jesse
I don't know. I always liked the story though.
Jesse
Skinnier, I think. A little thinner.
Celine
Did you think I was fat before?
Jesse
[laughing] No!
Jesse
No!
Celine
Yeah, you thought I was a fatty. No, you thought I was a fatty! Yeah, you, you wrote a book about a fat French girl!
Jesse
So that night was like a sad memory for you?
Jesse
Everything that's interesting costs a little bit of money. I'm telling you.
Celine
Now I know why Sylvia Plath put her head in a toaster.
Jesse
It was an oven.
Jesse
God knows he has many problems and has struggled his whole life connecting and being present, even with those he loves the most. And for that he is deeply sorry. But you are his only hope.
Jesse
After that breakup, I just wanna be a ghost, completely anonymous.
Brent Magna
I want my wife back!!!
Brent Magna
I want my wife back!
Brent Magna
"I can't believe that worked!"
Brent Magna
I can't believe that worked!
Brent Magna
I want my wife back!
Brent Magna
What am I gonna do with her.
Jesse
I don't know, I think that if I could just accept the fact that my life is supposed to be difficult. You know, that's what to be expected, then I might not get so pissed-off about it and I'll just be glad when something nice happens.
Jesse
Oh, God, why didn't we exchange phone numbers and stuff? Why didn't we do that?
Celine
Because we were young and stupid.
Jesse
Do you think we still are?
Celine
I guess when you're young, you just believe there'll be many people with whom you'll connect with. Later in life, you realize it only happens a few times.
Jesse
And you can screw it up, you know, misconnect
Jesse
And you can screw it up, you know, misconnect.
Jesse
In the months leading up to my wedding, I was thinking about you all the time. I mean, even on my way there; I'm in the car, a buddy of mine is driving me downtown and I'm staring out the window, and I think I see you, not far from the church, right? Folding up an umbrella and walking into a deli on the corner of 13th and Broadway. And I thought I was going crazy, but now I think it probably was you.
Celine
I lived on 11th and Broadway.
Jesse
You see?
Celine
Memory is a wonderful thing if you don't have to deal with the past.
Jesse
Life's hard. It's supposed to be. If we didn't suffer, we'd never learn anything.
Brent Magna
"I want my wife back"
Brent Magna
I want my wife back.
Jesse
But i also know that you love me. And i'm okay with you being a complicated human being. I don't want to live a boring life, where two people own each other, where two people are institutionalized in a box that others created because that is a bunch of stifling bullshit.
Jesse
I'm giving you my whole life, okay? I got nothing larger to give. I'm not giving it to anybody else. If you're looking for permission to disqualify me, I'm not gonna give it to you. Okay? I love you. And I'm not in conflict about it, okay?
Jesse
I wish you would find the time. You somehow manage to find the time to complain about 8 hours a day. I mean, I love the way you sing, okay. I fucked up my whole life cause of the way you sing. Alright? If you took 1/8th of the energy that you spend on bitching, whinning and worrying, if you put that energy into plain scales you would be like... fucking Django Reinhardt.
Jesse
you have to be a little deluded to be motivated..
Jesse
You have to be a little deluded to be motivated.
Jesse
You are the fucking mayor of crazy town.
Jesse
You remember that guy who loved you and you had that great romance with? It's me.
James Sandin
We're gonna make it through tonight, and everything is gonna be okay.
Zoey Sandin
Nothing is ever going to be okay again.
James Sandin
Why did you let him into our home? We have no idea who's after him!
James Sandin
You don't remember how bad it was, Charlie, the poverty, all the crime. This night saved our country.
James Sandin
Look I know that this is difficult to understand at your age but tonight allows people a release for all the hatred, and violence, and aggression that they keep up inside them.
Ellison
Tracy, nobody died here.It's not like we're sleeping where somebody was killed, or they had to wipe blood off the walls for the open house.
Ellison
Tracy, nobody died here. It's not like we're sleeping where somebody was killed or they had to wipe blood off the walls for the open house.
Tracy
You're saying it didn't happen here?
Ellison
No, no. It happened in the backyard.
Tracy
That is so sick! God, you think that makes a difference?!
Tracy
That is so sick! God, you think that makes a difference?
Celine
I feel close to you.
Jesse
Yeah…?
Jesse
Yeah?
Celine
But sometimes…I don’t know… I feel like you’re breathing helium, and I’m breathing oxygen.
Celine
But sometimes, I don't know? I feel like you're breathing helium and I'm breathing oxygen.
Edward Dalton
Um, I think they went that way.
Troy Dyer
You see Lainy, this is all we need. A couple smokes, a cup of coffee, and a little bit of conversation. You and me and five bucks.
Celine
I'm dying inside...I'm dying because I'm so numb. I don't feel pain or excitement, I'm not even bitter, I'm just...
Jesse
You think you're the one dyin' inside? My life... is 24/7 bad.
Tracy
There are plenty of other ways you can provide for this family.
Ellison
Doing what? Teaching? Editing journalism textbooks? Don't you understand that writing is what gives my life meaning? These books are my legacy!
Tracy
I have always supported you doing what you love, Ellison. But writing isn't the meaning of your life. You and me, right here, this marriage: that's the meaning of your life. And your legacy? That's Ashley and Trevor. Your kids are your legacy.
Tracy
Do you understand what you've done this time? The kind of jeopardy you've put your children in? Your marriage?
Ellison
Yes! I do!
Tracy
Is there anything you won't do for your goddamn book?!
Jesse
Why is it, that a dog, sleeping in the sun, is so beautiful, y'know, it is, it's beautiful, but a guy, standing at a bank machine, trying to take some money out, looks like a complete moron?
Celine
How have I changed?
Jesse
You used to wear your hair down
Celine
Oh you mean like that (releases her hair from her ponytail),What else?
Celine
Oh you mean like that [releases her hair from her ponytail] What else?
Jesse
You face is thinner...
Celine
You mean i was fat? Oh my god you wrote a book about a fat french girl. (puts her head in between her hands)
Celine
You mean I was fat? Oh my god you wrote a book about a fat french girl. [puts her head in between her hands]
Jesse
Everybody's parents fucked them up. Rich kids parents gave them too much. Poor kids, not enough. You know, too much attention, not enough attention. They either left them or they stuck around and taught them the wrong things.
Jesse
Sometimes I dream about being a good father and a good husband. And sometimes it feels really close. But then other times it seems silly like it would ruin my whole life. And it's not just a fear of commitment or that I'm incapable of caring or loving because... I can. It's just that, if I'm totally honest with myself I think I'd rather die knowing that I was really good at something. That I had excelled in some way than that I'd just been in a nice, caring relationship.
Lelaina Pierce
I just don't know why things can't go back to normal at the end of the half hour, like on Brady Bunch or something.
Troy Dyer
Because Mr. Brady died of AIDS.
Troy Dyer
There's no secret handshake. There's an IQ prerequisite, but there's no secret handshake.
Troy Dyer
He's the reason why Cliff Notes were invented.
Troy Dyer
Hello, you've reached the winter of our discontent.
Jesse
Look, I am just so happy, all right, to be with you.I am. I am so glad you didn't forget about me, okay?
Jesse
Look, I am just so happy, all right, to be with you. I am. I am so glad you didn't forget about me, okay?
Celine
No, I didn't. And it pisses me off, okay? You come here to paris all romantic, and married.Okay? Screw you.
Celine
No, I didn't. And it pisses me off, okay? You come here to Paris all romantic, and married. Okay? Screw you.
Celine
You don't want to see me again?
Jesse
No, of course I do. If somebody gave me the choice right now of to never see you again or to marry you, I would marry you.
Jesse
I think we should.
Celine
Then it's like some male fantasy.Meet a French girl in train, fuck her and never see her again.
Ellison
We have found you in a box...
Trevor
A box?
Ellison
Shall I tell you about that time you tried to pee in the dryer?
Jesse
You know what drives me crazy? It's all these people talking about how great technology is, and how it saves all this time. But, what good is saved time, if nobody uses it? If it just turns into more busy work. You never hear somebody say, "With the time I've saved by using my word processor, I'm gonna go to a Zen monastery and hang out". I mean, you never hear that.
Jesse
You know what drives me crazy? It's all these people talking about how great technology is, and how it saves all this time. But, what good is saved time, if nobody uses it? If it just turns into more busy work. You never hear somebody say, 'With the time I've saved by using my word processor, I'm gonna go to a Zen monastery and hang out'. I mean, you never hear that.
Ellison
Oh my god, it's the missing kids...
Todd Anderson
[standing on his desk] Oh captain, my captain.
Ellison
Get the kids. Pack the car. We have to leave here now.
Ashley
I didn't want to move here
Ellison
We couldn't afford to live in the old house anymore. Plus, the new story I'm writing is here.
Ashley
Is the new story a good one this time?
Ellison
I'm going to write the best book that anybody's ever read.
Jake Hoyt
You gotta control your smiles & cries because that's all you have & nobody can take that away from you.
Edward Dalton
The Sun? You're human because of the sun?
Todd Anderson
[standing on his desk] Oh captain, my captain.
Tom Ricks
Can we just talk like normal people?
Margit
Stay here with me.
Tom Ricks
For how long?
Margit
Indefinitely.
Celine
So, I want to try something.
Jesse
What?
Celine
[hugs him] I want to see if you stay together or if you dissolve into molecules.
Jesse
How am I doing?
Celine
Still here.
Jesse
Good, I like being here.
Jesse
People always talk about how love is this totally unselfish, giving thing, but if you think about it, there's nothing more selfish.
Jesse
OK, well this was my thought: 50,000 years ago, there are not even a million people on the planet. 10,000 years ago, there's, like, two million people on the planet. Now there's between five and six billion people on the planet, right? Now, if we all have our own, like, individual, unique soul, right, where do they all come from? You know, are modern souls only a fraction of the original souls? 'Cause if they are, that represents a 5,000 to 1 split of each soul in the last 50,000 years, which is, like, a blip in the Earth's time. You know, so at best we're like these tiny fractions of people, you know, walking... I mean, is that why we're so scattered? You know, is that why we're all so specialized?
Vincent Freeman
Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star
Vincent Freeman
Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star.
Jesse
I know happy couples... but I think they lie to each other.
Jesse
I know happy couples... but I think they lie to each other!
Ben Crandall
If this is all a dream, what's gonna happen when we wake up?
Wolfgang Muller
I don't know, but I can't wait to find out.
Edward Dalton
life's a bitch and then you don't die.
Edward Dalton
Life's a bitch, and then you don't die.
Jesse
I feel like I'm running a small nursery with someone I used to date.
Jesse
[about his marriage] I feel like I'm running a small nursery with someone I used to date.
Celine
"Baby, you are gonna miss that plane."
Celine
Baby, you are gonna miss that plane.
Jesse
"I know..."
Jesse
I know.
Vincent Freeman
For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving... maybe I'm going home.
Vincent Freeman
You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton: I never saved anything for the swim back.
Vincent Freeman
You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it.
Young Anton
I never saved anything for the swim back.
Hank Hanson
You're a prick.
Andy Hanson
I always was.
Jesse
I'm designed to feel slightly dissatisfied!
Jesse
In the months leading up to my wedding, I was thinking about you all the time. I mean, even on my way there; I'm in the car, a buddy of mine is driving me downtown and I'm staring out the window, and I think I see you, not far from the church, right? Folding up an umbrella and walking into a deli on the corner of 13th and Broadway. And I thought I was going crazy, but now I think it probably was you.
Vincent Freeman
There's no gene for fate.
Sal Procida
Change that skirt. People are gonna start to think we're Catholic only on Sundays.
Edward Dalton
Welcome back to humanity. Now you get to die.