“Extreme Prejudice” quotes

(1987)
Movie Extreme Prejudice
Title Extreme Prejudice
Year 1987
Director Walter Hill
Genre Drama, Crime, Thriller, Western, Action
Plot – Tough Texas Ranger Jack Benteen is determined to stop drug trafficking in his state, which is on the Mexican border. The drug smuggler is Cash Bailey, whose former girlfriend Sarita Cisneros now lives with Benteen, once his childhood friend. Meanwhile, a commando of six tough former soldiers, who have officially died in different campaigns - Vietnam, Beirut and Laos - arrive in town. The men are instead very much alive and led by a violent former CIA agent, Major Paul Hackett, in a mission that also seeks to undermine and destroy Bailey's trade. The two missions proceed in parallel, but often intersect: the Ranger is fighting his personal war against the drug lord and his henchmen, who kill the local sheriff in an ambush; the soldiers begin by robbing a bank, stealing a lot of Bailey's money as well as compromising documents about his activities from the vault. While Sarita is back in her native Mexico in the arms of her first lover, Benteen and Hackett decide to attempt an assault on the drug lord's lair. During the shooting it turns out that Major Hackett is actually a con man. He has used former soldier in a so-called official operation to recover money and documents, while instead he was in cahoots with Bailey's right hand man, who he killed. Hackett is unmasked and killed at the last moment by his own men and Benteen and Bailey have a decisive duel, which is won by the ranger.
All actors – Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Michael Ironside, Maria Conchita Alonso, Rip Torn, Clancy Brown, William Forsythe, Matt Mulhern, Larry B. Scott, Dan Tullis Jr., John Dennis Johnston, Luis Contreras
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  • “The only time the Border Patrol wins hot pursuit is when they get laid.”
    Rip Torn - Sheriff Hank Pearson
  • “- Sheriff Hank Pearson: You ain't just gonna walk in there, are ya'?
    - Jack Benteen: Oh, hell, I've known Chub since the third grade. You were just telling me what a nice kid he used to be. I'm just gonna go in there and have a beer with him.
    - Sheriff Hank Pearson: Shit, sounds reasonable. Just sit down, talk to him about how you shot his...” (continue)
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    Rip Torn - Sheriff Hank Pearson
    Nick Nolte - Jack Benteen
    [Tag:friends, killing]
  • “- Jack Benteen: You know, Hank, the next thing, you're gonna be complaining about the state legislature making women a Ranger. You know that.
    - Sheriff Hank Pearson: Hell, I don't care, as long as she's six-foot-six, mean as a snake. State legislature.”

    Nick Nolte - Jack Benteen
    Rip Torn - Sheriff Hank Pearson
  • “They were sweet kids. Not mad dogs, like they turned out to be, tryin' to bite you.”

    Rip Torn - Sheriff Hank Pearson
  • “- Maj. Paul Hackett: We'll blow something up.
    - MSgt. Larry McRose: Yeah, like what?
    - Maj. Paul Hackett: A building a barn, something.
    - MSgt. Larry McRose: A school, a church, something.
    - Maj. Paul Hackett: What, are you particular?
    - MSgt. Larry McRose: As a matter of fact I am. This is America, you know.”

    Michael Ironside - Maj. Paul Hackett
    Clancy Brown - MSgt. Larry McRose
  • “You know what I think, man? I think we're heroes and heroes need a cause, man. Only nowadays everything's so damn messed up. Ain't nobody can see anything clear anymore. So I support my country, man, that's what I got. I got my country and I got my buddies and that's it. I don't ask no questions.”
    William Forsythe - Sgt. Buck Atwater
    [Tag:country, heroes]
  • - Sheriff Hank Pearson: Morning.
    - Jack Benteen: What's good about it!?
    - Sheriff Hank Pearson: Well hell, I said "morning". I didn't say "good morning".

    Rip Torn - Sheriff Hank Pearson
    Nick Nolte - Jack Benteen
    [Tag:good, morning]
  • “Smartest crooks always did know how to get to a man inside. Women too, as far as that goes.”
    Rip Torn - Sheriff Hank Pearson
    [Tag:cunning, success]
  • Funny, ain't it, how it comes around. Right way's the hardest, wrong way's the easiest. Rule of nature, like water seeks the path of least resistance. So you get crooked rivers, crooked men.”

    Rip Torn - Sheriff Hank Pearson
    [Tag:choice, nature]
  • “- SSgt. Declan Patrick Coker: Fucked up. We were supposed to be there to cover the spic, we fucked up. Luther was a friend of mine.
    - Sgt. Buck Atwater: He was a friend of mine, too, man. But he's dead. And that's the way it goes when you're a soldier. You just bite the damn bullet and move on.”

    Matt Mulhern - SSgt. Declan Patrick Coker
    William Forsythe - Sgt. Buck Atwater
    [Tag:death, soldiers]
  • “It's a damn nice country here, I like it. A man can get away with anything, long as he just keeps paying his friends.”
    Powers Boothe - Cash Bailey
  • “The only thing worse than a politician is a child molester.”
    Rip Torn - Sheriff Hank Pearson
  • “I don't give up my gun without somebody gettin' hurt.”
    Nick Nolte - Jack Benteen
    [Tag:weapons, wound]
  • “When I'm flying, son, it is solo. And you know that feeling when you're talking along and you pause for a minute, maybe freshen your bourbon, do up the fly or something, you look around real careful and you know in your heart it's all just wasted. Ain't nobody understands where you're at, all your private jokes and subtle conversations just...” (continue)(continue reading)

    Powers Boothe - Cash Bailey
  • “- Cash Bailey: Where you going?
    - Jack Benteen: Get me a tequila.
    - Cash Bailey: I got people'll get you a drink, Jack.
    - Jack Benteen: I like getting things for myself, Cash.”

    Powers Boothe - Cash Bailey
    Nick Nolte - Jack Benteen
  • “Usually you could reason with a drunk, kids on loco weed, or a couple that was fightin'. You could cool 'em down, next day they'd thank you for it. Not now, boy. They get wired, they stay wired. Smack, snort, pill-poppin' dopes. You take them Luke boys, the one who drew on you and his brother Chub. Runnin' with scum. Christ, I used to fish with...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Powers Boothe - Cash Bailey
  • “- Cash Bailey: I know you're pissed, but this is me and you. We rode the river together. Now personally, I'd just be tickled pink if we could work out something save us both a world of grief. We ought to work together. You could be a hundred-thou a year man right now, and I'm the man that pays.
    - Jack Benteen: You can buy me, Cash. Hell, you...” (continue)
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    Powers Boothe - Cash Bailey
    Nick Nolte - Jack Benteen
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