Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind quotes

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Roy Neary


Laughlin: The two of you felt compelled to be here?
Roy: Yeah, you might say that.
Laughlin: [translating for Lacombe] What did you expect to find?
Roy: An answer. That's not crazy, is it? [Laughlin and Lacombe speak to each other in French] Hold it, hold it, hold it! Is that it? Is that all you're gonna ask me? Well, I got a couple of thousand, god-damn questions, you know. I want to speak to someone in charge. I want to lodge a complaint. You have no right to make people crazy...If this is nerve gas, how come I know everything in such detail? I've never been here before. How come I know so much? What the hell is going on around here?! Who the hell are you people?


Walsh: You brought in twelve people to the decontamination camp instead of the evacuation center where they belong. I'd like to know why.
Laughlin: [translating for Lacombe] Because this means something. These people have come from all over their country to a place they have been told will endanger their lives. Why?
Walsh: Because somebody could be trying to subvert this whole operation by sending in fanatics and cultists and Christ knows what all.
Laughlin: [while showing sketches drawn of Devils Tower by all the captives] This is a small group of people who have shared a vision in common. Look. [He pulls up the shade to reveal the Tower in the window] It's still a mystery to me why they are here. Even they do not know why.

Laughlin: [to Walsh] We didn't choose this place! We didn't choose these people! They were invited!
Lacombe: They belong here more than we!

Roy: [taking off his gas mask] Gillian! Gillian! [Gillian takes off her gas mask]
Man: NO! You'll be poisoned!
Roy: Listen, there's nothing wrong with the air around here. The army is getting us out of here because they don't want any witnesses.
Woman: But if the army doesn't want us here, then it's none of our business.
Man: [taking off his mask] The air here is better than it is in Los Angeles.
Roy: How many of you people are for getting out of here?

Laughlin: [translating for Lacombe] I believe that for everyone of these anxious, anguished people who have come here this evening, there must be hundreds of others also touched by the implanted vision who never made it this far. It's simply because they never watched the television. Or perhaps they watched it, but never made the psychic connection.
Walsh: It's a coincidence. It's not scientific.
Lacombe: Listen to me, Major Walsh, it is an event sociological.

Gillian: There a leading ravine straight up! It's an easier climb!
Roy: But's it's no good, it's no good. 'Cause when you get to the top, it's a 300-foot drop down. [sees a helicopter] GET DOWN!
Larry: What do you think is on the other side?
Roy: There's a box canyon on the other side with ravines and trails if you take this incline to the right!
Gillian: I never imagined that in my paintings. I only painted one side.
Larry: There was no canyon in the doodles that I made.
Roy: Next time, try sculpturing, okay?

Roy: Want to see better?
Gillian: I can see fine.
Roy: We can't stay here.
Gillian: I can.
Roy: Why?
Gillian: Because, Barry's not here. I'm just not ready.
Roy: I can't stay here. I've got to get down there.
Gillian: I know.

Specialist: Give her six quavers, then pause.
Technician: She sent us four quavers, a group of five quavers, a group of four semi-quavers...
Walsh: What are we saying to each other?
Laughlin: It seems they're trying to teach us a basic tonal vocabulary.
Specialist: It's the first day of school, fellas. Take everything from the lady. Follow her pattern note for note.

Scientist: [as Air Force pilots disembark from the ship] They haven't even aged. Einstein was right.
Team Lead: Einstein was probably one of them.

Lacombe: Monsieur Neary, what do you want?
Roy: I just want to know that it's, it's really happening.

Barry: I went into the air and I saw our house.
Gillian: I saw you going up in the air. Did you see me running after you?

[Roy is looking at a map on a deserted road at night]
Man: You're in the middle of the road, jackass!
Roy: Do you know where Cornbread (Road) is? [Shouts] TURKEY!!

Lacombe: Monsieur Neary, I envy you.

News Report: At the top of the news tonight, a rail disaster. At Devils Tower, Wyoming, a train loaded with a dangerous chemical gas went off the rails and has forced the widest area evacuations in the history of these controversial Army rail shipments. Fortunately, much of the surrounding area has been closed to the public for three weeks for renovation to the national park there...The Army and National Guard units are supervising the evacuation. It is estimated that from 35 to 50 thousand people are affected. The families that have been dislocated have been assured that the danger will be over within seventy-two hours. We've seen the Army here, the Corps of Engineers, and the Chemical Engineers...Once the toxic concentration is down to fifty parts per million, then the danger will be past. This means that the park's residents will be back in their own homes by the weekend. Of course, it's small consolation to the livestock in the area, although ranchers have been notified...This means, order your steak well-done, Walter. Devils Tower, Wyoming was the first National Monument erected in this country by Theodore Roosevelt in 1915...Thousands of civilian refugees are fleeing the area, spurred on by rumors that the seven tanker cars that overturned...were filled to capacity with GM nerve gas...And fortunately during this mishap, there have been no fatalities...In a few minutes, it's going to be known as the hot zone depending on the prevailing winds. But as it is, this is as close to the disaster as we've been allowed to get...the Army's Chemical Engineers and the Wyoming National Guard are making every effort to contain the leaking toxins and evacuate an area of almost 200 square miles. Everyone is being warned - stay out of the area. Everyone please, stay out of the area.