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The Spanish Prisoner

The Spanish Prisoner quotes

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George Lang
Jimmy Dell
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Susan Ricci


View Quote FBI Team Leader: It's an interesting setup, Mr. Ross. It is the oldest confidence game on the books. The Spanish Prisoner. Fellow says him and his sister, wealthy refugees, left a fortune in the home country. He got out, girl and the money stuck in Spain. Here is her most beautiful portrait. And he needs money to get her and the fortune out. Man who supplies the money gets the fortune and the girl. Oldest con in the world.
View Quote Mr. Klein: If we all do our jobs, we will each be rewarded according to our just desserts.
View Quote George Lang: The Process. And by means of the Process, to control the global market.
Businessman 1: And this Process is complete?
George Lang: It's near completion.
Businessman 1: "Near completion."
George Lang: Very near. This team which Mr. Ross — the Team. The Team. And I think, if I may, uh, Mr. Klein, it would not be amiss to state that both the work and the inspiration for the process was —
Mr. Klein: Thank you, George. I know you'll understand when I say that's neither here nor there. These gentlemen have come down to hear the good news.
Joe Ross: The good news is control of the market.
[The Businessmen interrupt him.]
Joe Ross: Obviously, we don't want to get too specific, for security reasons. So, my task today is to tell you those things which I can in laymen's language. I think I can break it down sufficiently to give you a pretty firm idea of —
Mr. Klein: The Process, yes.
Businessman 2: How long can we hold on to it before the competition steals it?
Mr. Klein: Well, we defend it. Of course. Tooth and nail. This is a proprietary process.
[The Businessmen engage in cross-talk.]
Joe Ross: Without the data, without our actual data, without the formula, the Japanese, or anyone else, for that matter, would have nothing. Should you give us the go-ahead, their actual — [He hesitates and looks at George.]
George Lang: The legal issues are these. We have both the de facto and the de jure copyright of that process. It was developed by —
Joe Ross: Even if they should engage in piracy, their search and development time —
George Lang: — their catch-up time —
Joe Ross: — would put them back — George?
George Lang: Three?
Joe Ross: Three to five years.
View Quote Jimmy Dell: Do the American thing.
Joe Ross: What's that?
Jimmy Dell: Marry a rich widow.
Joe Ross: We used to say, a nymphomaniac who owns a liquor store.
View Quote Jimmy Dell: I think you'll find that if what you've done for them is as valuable as you say it is, if they are indebted to you morally but not legally, my experience is they will give you nothing, and they will begin to act cruelly toward you.
Joe Ross: Why?
Jimmy Dell: To suppress their guilt.
View Quote Susan Ricci: [being arrested] Can you help me? You're the Boy Scout. Can I be your good deed for today? Can't you help me, Joe?
Joe Ross: I'm afraid you're gonna have to spend some time in your room.
View Quote [Jimmy pulls a gun on Joe]
Joe Ross: You don't have to do this.
Jimmy Dell: I enjoy doing it, actually. But I appreciate your concern.
View Quote Always do business as if the person you're doing business with is trying to screw you, because he probably is. And if he's not, you can be pleasantly surprised.
View Quote Beware of all enterprises which require new clothes.
View Quote Good people, bad people, they generally look like what they are.
View Quote I put a thief in my mouth to steal my brain.
View Quote I'm a problem solver, with a heart of gold.
View Quote Nobody going on a business trip would have been missed if he never arrived.
View Quote We must never forget that we are human, and as humans we dream, and when we dream we dream of money.
View Quote Who in this world is what they seem to be? Who?