Jack Vincennes: What do you want, Exley?
Ed Exley: I just wanna solve this thing.
Jack Vincennes: The Nite Owl was solved.
Ed Exley: No, I wanna do it right.
Jack Vincennes: Even if it means paying the consequences?

Ed Exley: Rollo Tomasi is the reason I became a cop. I wanted to catch the guys who thought they could get away with it. It's supposed to be about justice. Then somewhere along the way, I lost sight of that. Why'd you become a cop?
Jack Vincennes: [long pause] I don't remember.

Ed Exley: Do you make the three Negroes for the Nite Owl Killings?
Jack Vincennes: What?
Ed Exley: It's a simple question.
Jack Vincennes: Why in the world do you wanna go digging any deeper into the Nite Owl killings, Lieutenant?
Ed Exley: Rollo Tomasi.
Jack Vincennes: Is there more to that, or am I supposed to guess?
Ed Exley: Rollo was a purse snatcher. My father ran into him off duty, and he shot my father six times and got away clean. No one even knew who he was. I just made the name up to give him some personality.

Why don't you and I go someplace quiet, cause I'd love to give you the low-down on Mitchum.

Jack Vincennes

Oh, great. You get the girl, I get the coroner.

Jack Vincennes

I'm talking about the gas chamber, and you haven't even asked me what this is about. You've got a big "Guilty" sign around your neck.

Ed Exley

Dick Stensland: I got a hot date.
Bud White: Yeah? Who is she and what did you arrest her for?

Captain Dudley Smith: You'll do as I say, and ask no questions. Do you follow my drift?
Bud White: In technicolor, sir.

Excuse me, ma'am. Just the facts.

Brett Chase

Dick Stensland: We'll do the town one night on me.
Bud White: I'll bring my wallet just in case.

Wendell, I'd like full and docile co-operation on every topic.

Captain Dudley Smith

I wouldn't trade places with Edmund Exley right now for all the whisky in Ireland.

Captain Dudley Smith

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