Detective Richie Roberts: Good work Frank. You... want a drink or something? Celebrate?
Frank Lucas: You got any holy water?

The number one fear of people isn't dying, it's public speaking.

Detective Richie Roberts

Fuck me like a cop!

Richie's Attorney

Eva: Why would you trust these people? And the way they look at you.
Frank Lucas: They look at me like it's Xmas and I'm Santa Claus.
Eva: They look at us like we're the help.
Frank Lucas: They work for me now.

Nephew: I don't wanna play baseball no more.
Huey Lucas: Frank, we got a problem.
Frank Lucas: [looks at his brother, then his nephew] Well, what do you want?
Nephew: I want what you got Uncle Frank. I wanna be you.

This is my home. My country. Frank Lucas don't run from nobody. This is America.

Frank Lucas

Detective Richie Roberts: My investigation indicates that Frank Lucas is above the Mafia.
District Attorney: Who does he work for? Which family?
Detective Richie Roberts: He's not Italian, he's black.
District Attorney: No black man has accomplished what the American Mafia hasn't in a hundred years!

Frank Lucas is the most dangerous man walking the streets of our city.

Detective Richie Roberts

Judges, lawyers, cops, politicians. They stop bringing dope into this country, about a hundred thousand people are gonna be out of a job.

Detective Richie Roberts

They tried to kill MY WIFE!

Frank Lucas

I swear, I will pull out my gun and put a bullet in your fuckin' head!

Detective Richie Roberts

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I got Harlem. I took care of Harlem, so Harlem's gonna take care of me.

Frank Lucas

20 Percent.

Frank Lucas