“The Ox-Bow Incident” quotes

Movie The Ox-Bow Incident
Title The Ox-Bow Incident
Year 1943
Director William A. Wellman
Genre Drama, Western
Plot – In a small west village, an Irish breeder has mysteriously disappeared and the inhabitants are upset. Then a man shows up and pretends to be an army officer, meanwhile three innocent men are captured and sentenced. Immediately after the execution, the sheriff arrives and claims the disappeared man is still alive.
All actors – Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn, William Eythe, Harry Morgan, Jane Darwell, Matt Briggs, Harry Davenport, Frank Conroy, Marc Lawrence, Paul Hurst
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  • “God better have mercy on you. You won't get any from me.”
    Willard Robertson - Sheriff Risley
    [Tag:god, mercy, threat]
  • “There's truth in lies too, if you can get enough of them.”
    Frank Conroy - Major Tetley
    [Tag:lies, truth]
  • “I saw your face. It was the face of a depraved, murderous beast. Only two things ever meant anything to you: power and cruelty. You can't feel pity. You can't even feel guilt.”

    William Eythe - Gerald Tetley
    [Tag:cruelty, guilt, power]
  • “You knew they were innocent, but you were crazy to see them hanged. And to make me watch it. I could've stopped you with a gun, just as any other animal can be stopped. But I couldn't do it because I'm a coward.”

    William Eythe - Gerald Tetley
  • “- Major Tetley: Other men with families have had to die for this sort of thing. It's too bad, but it's justice.
    - Donald Martin: What do you care about justice? You don't even care whether you've got the right men or not. All you know is you've lost something and somebody's got to be punished.”

    Frank Conroy - Major Tetley
    Dana Andrews - Donald Martin
  • “Law is a lot more than words you put in a book, or judges or lawyers or sheriffs you hire to carry it out. It's everything people ever have found out about justice and what's right and wrong. It's the very conscience of humanity.”

    Henry Fonda - Gil Carter
    [Tag:humanity, justice, law]
  • “A man just naturally can't take the law into his own hands and hang people without hurting everybody in the world, 'cause then he's just not breaking one law but all laws.”

    Henry Fonda - Gil Carter