Our justice must be swift and merciless.

Captain Dudley Smith

I doubt you've ever taken a stupid breath. Don't start now.

Captain Dudley Smith

Don't start tryin' to do the right thing, boy-o. You haven't the practice.

Captain Dudley Smith

Go back to Jersey, Sonny. This is the City of the Angels and you haven't got any wings.

Dudley Smith

I see Bud because I want to. I see Bud because he can't hide the good inside of him. I see Bud because he treats me like Lynn Bracken and not some Veronica Lake look-alike who fucks for money.

Lynn Bracken

Lynn Bracken: You're the first man in five years who didn't tell me I look like Veronica Lake inside of a minute.
Bud White: You look better than Veronica Lake.

[voiceover] Come to Los Angeles! The sun shines bright, the beaches are wide and inviting, and the orange groves stretch as far as the eye can see. There are jobs aplenty, and land is cheap. Every working man can have his own house, and inside every house, a happy, all-American family. You can have all this, and who knows... you could even be discovered, become a movie star... or at least see one. Life is good in Los Angeles... it's paradise on Earth." Ha ha ha ha. That's what they tell you, anyway.

Sid Hudgens

Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush.

Sid Hudgens

Ed Exley: All I ever wanted was to measure up to my father.
Bud White: Now's your chance. He died in the line of duty, didn't he?

Bud White: Merry Christmas.
Lynn Bracken: Merry Christmas to you, officer.
Bud White: That obvious, huh?
Lynn Bracken: It's practically stamped on your forehead.

Bud White: I'd like to see you again.
Lynn Bracken: Are you asking me for a date or an appointment?
Bud White: I don't know.
Lynn Bracken: Well if you're asking me for a date I should know your first name.
Bud White: Forget I asked. It was a mistake.

Officer: What took you, Stensland?
Dick Stensland: My partner stopped to help a damsel in distress. He's got his priorities all screwed up.

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