“Defending Your Life” quotes

(1991)
Movie Defending Your Life
Title Defending Your Life
Year 1991
Director Albert Brooks
Genre Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
Plot – Daniel Miller, a young American advertiser, dies in a car accident with his brand-new car and ends up in Judgement City, where the deads live in luxurious hotels and eat free in the restaurants. To start the new life, the deads must undergo a kind of trial first and during his test Daniel meets Julia, a young woman who died due to a bad fall.
All actors – Albert Brooks, Michael Durrell, James Eckhouse, Gary Beach, Julie Cobb, Peter Schuck, Time Winters, Rip Torn, Sharlie Stuart, Beth Black, Clayton Norcross, James MacKrell
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  • “Fear is like a giant fog. It sits on your brain and blocks everything - real feelings, true happiness, real joy. They can't get through that fog. But you lift it, and buddy, you're in for the ride of your life.”

    Rip Torn - Bob Diamond
    [Tag:fear, obstacles]
  • “- Daniel Miller: Why do you drive this?
    - Jeep Owner: What?
    - Daniel Miller: I'm curious. I see people driving these things. What do you know that I don't? Are floods coming? Hoover Dam broke? What's going on?
    - Jeep Owner: I like this car.”

    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
    James Eckhouse - Jeep Owner
    [Tag:cars]
  • “Sometimes in the middle of a lie I found that the bond would kick in... maybe squeeze a little truth out.”

    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
  • “I'm sure your defender has explained all of the basics to you, but let me just say. Even though this feels like a trial, it really isn't. It's just a process that helps us decide, and as imperfect as it may be, we think it works quite well.”

    George Wallace - Daniel's Judge
    [Tag:decision, trial]
  • “- Bob Diamond: For example, I use forty-eight percent of my brain. Do you know how much you use?
    - Daniel Miller: Forty... seven?
    - Bob Diamond: Three.”

    Rip Torn - Bob Diamond
    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
    [Tag:brain, usefulness]
  • - Lena Foster: You never lied to your father? Would you like me to show you at least 500 examples?
    - Daniel Miller: I said "pretty much" never lied. I didn't say I never, ever lied.

    Lee Grant - Lena Foster
    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
    [Tag:father, lies]
  • “You have to lie sometimes... in an emergency. It doesn't mean the bond is affected. If you've got the bond the bond is always there, and if you have to lie occasionally you're not going to interfere with the bond. You know, the bond can wait for a little lie and... in the end it's there for you.”

    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
  • “- Daniel Miller: Y'know if you really wanna make this place feel like Earth, you should open a few of those mini-malls.
    - Helen: It's funny you should say that - a few just opened outside of town. Personally, I wouldn't use them because I don't like yogurt and I love doing my own nails.”

    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
    Marilyn Rockafellow - Helen
    [Tag:food, place]
  • “- Daniel Miller: I don't think it has anything to do with me, that's what worries me. I think you're doing it.
    - Julia: What am I doing?
    - Daniel Miller: I'm not sure. But I always read that you had to be ok with yourself first before you could be ok with another person. Now I feel ok with you. But I don't know how ok I was with myself before I...” (continue)
    (continue reading)
    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
    Meryl Streep - Julia
  • “- Julia: The best hot dogs in Judgement City are supposed to be over by the Hall of Records.
    - Daniel Miller: You really love this eating thing, don't you?
    - Julia: To be able to eat as much as you want, never gain an ounce and feel great. Please.”

    Meryl Streep - Julia
    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
    [Tag:eating, weight]
  • “What you're going to see on this screen, Mr. Miller, will look and feel so real to you you might be a little uneasy at first. But just relax. After a while, I think it will become pleasurable to you. They tell me it feels something like 3-D.”

    George Wallace - Daniel's Judge
    [Tag:feeling, seeing]
  • “- Julia: We went to visit some friends for the weekend. Everybody wanted to go into town, but I wanted to stay at the house and go swimming. So I went outside, tripped over the chaise lounge, hit my head on the cement and rolled into the pool.
    - Daniel Miller: What did the East German judge give you?”

    Meryl Streep - Julia
    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
    [Tag:death]
  • “- Bob Diamond: There was one person you were really cheap with. Over and over again. I wish you'd been more generous with him.
    - Daniel Miller: Who?
    - Bob Diamond: You.”

    Rip Torn - Bob Diamond
    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
  • “When you use more than 5 percent of your brain, you don't want to be on earth; believe me.”
    Rip Torn - Bob Diamond
    [Tag:brain, usefulness]
  • “- Bob Diamond: Being from Earth, as you are, and using as little of your brain as you do, your life has pretty much been devoted to dealing with fear.
    - Daniel Miller: It has?
    - Bob Diamond: Well everybody on Earth deals with fear - that's what little brains do.”

    Rip Torn - Bob Diamond
    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
  • “They can make a mistake. You shouldn't let others get to you like this. Just follow what's in here. Don't worry, and don't kick yourself forever. Just take the opportunities when they come.”

    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
  • “- Daniel Miller: Where were you? I'm just curious.
    - Bob Diamond: I'd tell you, but you wouldn't understand.
    - Daniel Miller: Don't treat me like a moron. Try me.
    - Bob Diamond: I was trapped near the inner circle of thought.
    - Daniel Miller: I don't understand.
    - Bob Diamond: I told you...”

    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
    Rip Torn - Bob Diamond
  • “- Daniel Miller: Do children come here?
    - Bob Diamond: Children don't have to defend themselves. When a child is taken, they automatically move forward. Isn't that nice?
    - Daniel Miller: What about teenagers?
    - Bob Diamond: Too much trouble. They go elsewhere. We tried for a while, but they damage the tupas.”

    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
    Rip Torn - Bob Diamond
    [Tag:children, teens]
  • “- Julia: Do you have a hot tub in your room?
    - Daniel Miller: No... why? Do you?
    - Julia: No! No... it's more like a... it's not even really a hot tub. Y'know, really it just has holes in it...
    - Daniel Miller: You don't have to protect my feelings. It's okay if you've got a got tub.
    - Julia: Well then I do!”

    Meryl Streep - Julia
    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
  • “- Daniel Miller: You were born alone, you should celebrate it - celebrate aloneness. That's what birthdays are for.
    - Jeep Owner: Gee, I never thought of it like that.
    - Daniel Miller: It's a pitiful theory.”

    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
    James Eckhouse - Jeep Owner
  • “- Daniel Miller: What is this?
    - Julia: It's my hotel.
    - Daniel Miller: This is your hotel?
    - Julia: Where are you staying?
    - Daniel Miller: Obviously at the place for people that weren't very generous and didn't adopt anybody. I'm at the Continental. Come over one day; we'll paint it.”

    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
    Meryl Streep - Julia
    [Tag:hotel, poverty, wealth]
  • “- Comedian: I'm sorry. How long were you in the coma?
    - Arthur: I really don't know.
    - Comedian: Let's play a game, Art. Elvis: living or dead?
    - Arthur: Living.
    - Comedian: Long coma, Art. Long coma.”

    Roger Behr - Comedian
    Art Frankel - Arthur
    [Tag:awareness]
  • “- Daniel Miller: Is this Heaven?
    - Bob Diamond: No, it isn't Heaven.
    - Daniel Miller: Is it Hell?
    - Bob Diamond: Nope, it isn't Hell either. Actually, there is no Hell. Although I hear Los Angeles is getting pretty close.”

    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
    Rip Torn - Bob Diamond
    [Tag:heaven, hell]
  • - Daniel Miller: It's not a car, it's a battering ram. This is what Patton drove: "Hey you, soldier! Follow us!".
    - Jeep Owner: Make fun, but in an 8.5 earthquake, you'll beg for a Jeep.
    - Daniel Miller: In an 8.5 earthquake, I'll beg for a coffin.

    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
    James Eckhouse - Jeep Owner
    [Tag:cars]
  • “- Julia: I can't get you out of my mind.
    - Daniel Miller: Tell me about it. You know these screenings are so tough for me. And yet when I see you I instantly feel ok.”

    Meryl Streep - Julia
    Albert Brooks - Daniel Miller
    [Tag:flirting]
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