Good Will Hunting (1997)
Matt Damon: Will
Sean : [sitting on a bench in in front of a pond in park] Thought about what you said to me the other day, about my painting. Stayed up half the night thinking about it. Something occurred to me... fell into a deep peaceful sleep, and haven't thought about you since. Do you know what occurred to me?
Will : No.
Sean : You're just a kid, you don't have the faintest idea what you're talkin' about.
Will : Why thank you.
Sean : It's all right. You've never been out of Boston.
Will : Nope.
Sean : So if I asked you about art, you'd probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life's work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I'll bet you can't tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You've never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that. If I ask you about women, you'd probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can't tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You're a tough kid. And I'd ask you about war, you'd probably throw Shakespeare at me, right, "once more unto the breach dear friends." But you've never been near one. You've never held your best friend's head in your lap, watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I'd ask you about love, you'd probably quote me a sonnet. But you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn't know what it's like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn't know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes, that the terms "visiting hours" don't apply to you. You don't know about real loss, 'cause it only occurs when you've loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you've ever dared to love anybody that much. And look at you... I don't see an intelligent, confident man... I see a cocky, scared shitless kid. But you're a genius Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine, and you ripped my fucking life apart. You're an orphan right?
Sean : You think I know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are, because I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? Personally... I don't give a shit about all that, because you know what, I can't learn anything from you, I can't read in some fuckin' book. Unless you want to talk about you, who you are. Then I'm fascinated. I'm in. But you don't want to do that do you sport? You're terrified of what you might say. Your move, chief.
Will : [continuing the therapy session] I don't care if Helen of Troy walks in the room, that's Game 6!
Sean : Oh, Helen of Troy...
Will : Oh my God; and who are these fuckin' friends of yours, they let you get away with that?
Sean : Oh... they had to.
Will : W-w-w-what'd you say to them?
Sean : I just slid my ticket across the table, and I said, "Sorry, guys; I gotta see about a girl."
Will : I gotta go see about a girl?
Sean : Yeah.
Will : That's what you said? And they let you get away with that?
Sean : Oh, yeah. They saw in my eyes that I meant it.
Will : You're kiddin' me.
Sean : No, I'm not kiddin' you, Will. That's why I'm not talkin' right now about some girl I saw at a bar twenty years ago and how I always regretted not going over and talking to her. I don't regret the 18 years I was married to Nancy. I don't regret the six years I had to give up counseling when she got sick. And I don't regret the last years when she got really sick. And I sure as hell don't regret missin' the damn game. That's regret.
Will : Wow... Woulda been nice to catch that game, though.
Sean : [sheepishly] I didn't know Pudge was gonna hit a homer.
Sean : My father was an alcoholic. Mean fuckin' drunk. He'd come home hammered, looking to whale on somebody. So I'd provoke him, so he wouldn't go after my mother and little brother. Interesting nights were when he wore his rings.
Will : He used to just put a belt, a stick, and a wrench on the table. Just say, "Choose."
Sean : Well I gotta go with the belt there.
Will : I used to go with the wrench.
Sean : Why the wrench?
Will : Cause fuck him, that's why.
Sean : Your foster father?
Will : Yeah.
Will : So, uh, what is it, like, Will has an attachment disorder? Is it all that stuff?
Will : Fear of abandonment? Is that why I broke up with Skylar?
Sean : I didn't know you had.
Will : Yeah, I did.
Sean : You wanna talk about it?
Will : No.
Sean : Hey, Will? I don't know a lot. You see this? All this shit?
[Holds up the file, and drops it on his desk]
Sean : It's not your fault.
Will : [Will shrugs] Yeah, I know that.
[Will averts his eyes to the floor]
Sean : Look at me son.
[Will locks eyes with Sean]
Sean : It's not your fault.
Will : [Will nods] I know.
Sean : No. It's not your fault.
Will : I know
Sean : No, no, you don't. It's not your fault.
[Sean moves closer to Will]
Sean : Hmm?
Will : I know.
[Will stands up, trying to keep distance]
Sean : It's not your fault.
Will : Alright.
Sean : It's not your fault.
[Will closes his eyes, he's fighting for control]
Sean : It's not your fault.
Will : Don't fuck with me.
[Will shoves Sean back]
Will : Don't fuck with me, Sean, not you!
Sean : It's not your fault. It's not your fault.
[Will breaks into sobs. They hug]
Sean : Fuck them, ok?
Will : [during a therapy session, after his job interview with the NSA] Why shouldn't I work for the N.S.A.? That's a tough one, but I'll take a shot. Say I'm working at N.S.A. Somebody puts a code on my desk, something nobody else can break. Maybe I take a shot at it and maybe I break it. And I'm real happy with myself, 'cause I did my job well. But maybe that code was the location of some rebel army in North Africa or the Middle East. Once they have that location, they bomb the village where the rebels were hiding and fifteen hundred people I never met, never had no problem with, get killed. Now the politicians are sayin', "Oh, send in the Marines to secure the area" 'cause they don't give a shit. It won't be their kid over there, gettin' shot. Just like it wasn't them when their number got called, 'cause they were pullin' a tour in the National Guard. It'll be some kid from Southie takin' shrapnel in the ass. And he comes back to find that the plant he used to work at got exported to the country he just got back from. And the guy who put the shrapnel in his ass got his old job, 'cause he'll work for fifteen cents a day and no bathroom breaks. Meanwhile, he realizes the only reason he was over there in the first place was so we could install a government that would sell us oil at a good price. And, of course, the oil companies used the skirmish over there to scare up domestic oil prices. A cute little ancillary benefit for them, but it ain't helping my buddy at two-fifty a gallon. And they're takin' their sweet time bringin' the oil back, of course, and maybe even took the liberty of hiring an alcoholic skipper who likes to drink martinis and fuckin' play slalom with the icebergs, and it ain't too long 'til he hits one, spills the oil and kills all the sea life in the North Atlantic. So now my buddy's out of work and he can't afford to drive, so he's got to walk to the fuckin' job interviews, which sucks 'cause the shrapnel in his ass is givin' him chronic hemorrhoids. And meanwhile he's starvin', 'cause every time he tries to get a bite to eat, the only blue plate special they're servin' is North Atlantic scrod with Quaker State. So what did I think? I'm holdin' out for somethin' better. I figure fuck it, while I'm at it why not just shoot my buddy, take his job, give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a baby seal, hit the hash pipe and join the National Guard? I could be elected president.
Chuckie : [in a bar] Are we gonna have a problem here?
Clark : No, no, no, no! There's no problem here. I was just hoping you might give me some insight into the evolution of the market economy in the southern colonies. My contention is that prior to the Revolutionary War, the economic modalities, especially in the southern colonies, could be most aptly described as agrarian pre-capitalist.
Will : Of course that's your contention. You're a first-year grad student; you just got finished reading some Marxian historian, Pete Garrison probably. You're gonna be convinced of that 'till next month when you get to James Lemon. Then you're going to be talking about how the economies of Virginia and Pennsylvania were entrepreneurial and capitalist way back in 1740. That's gonna last until next year; you're gonna be in here regurgitating Gordon Wood, talkin' about, you know, the pre-revolutionary utopia and the capital-forming effects of military mobilization.
Clark : Well, as a matter of fact, I won't, because Wood drastically underestimates the impact of social...
Will : "Wood drastically underestimates the impact of social distinctions predicated upon wealth, especially inherited wealth"? You got that from Vickers' "Work in Essex County," page 98, right? Yeah, I read that too. Were you gonna plagiarize the whole thing for us? Do you have any thoughts of your own on this matter? Or do you, is that your thing, you come into a bar, read some obscure passage and then pretend - you pawn it off as your own, as your own idea just to impress some girls, embarrass my friend?
Will : See, the sad thing about a guy like you is, in 50 years you're gonna start doin' some thinkin' on your own and you're going to come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life: one, don't do that, and two, you dropped 150 grand on a fuckin' education you could have got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library!
Clark : Yeah, but I will have a degree. And you'll be servin' my kids fries at a drive-thru on our way to a skiing trip.
Will : That may be, but at least I won't be unoriginal. But I mean, if you have a problem with that, I mean, we could just step outside - we could figure it out.
Clark : No, man, there's no problem. It's cool.
Will : [both leaning on a pick up truck while drinking beers and smoking cigarettes on a construction site] What do I wanna way outta here for? I'm gonna live here the rest of my fuckin' life. We'll be neighbors, have little kids, take 'em to Little League up at Foley Field.
Chuckie : Look, you're my best friend, so don't take this the wrong way but, in 20 years if you're still livin' here, comin' over to my house, watchin' the Patriots games, workin' construction, I'll fuckin' kill ya. That's not a threat, that's a fact, I'll fuckin' kill ya.
Will : What the fuck you talkin' about?
Chuckie : You got somethin' none of us have...
Will : Oh, come on! What? Why is it always this? I mean, I fuckin' owe it to myself to do this or that. What if I don't want to?
Chuckie : No. No, no no no. Fuck you, you don't owe it to yourself man, you owe it to me. Cuz tomorrow I'm gonna wake up and I'll be 50, and I'll still be doin' this shit. And that's all right. That's fine. I mean, you're sittin' on a winnin' lottery ticket. And you're too much of a pussy to cash it in, and that's bullshit. 'Cause I'd do fuckin' anything to have what you got. So would any of these fuckin' guys. It'd be an insult to us if you're still here in 20 years. Hangin' around here is a fuckin' waste of your time.
Will : [during a therapy session, referring to Sean's wife] So, when did you know, like, that she was the one for you?
Sean : October 21, 1975.
Will : Jesus Christ. You know the fuckin' date?
Sean : Oh yeah. 'Cause it was Game 6 of the World Series. Biggest game in Red Sox history.
Will : Yeah, sure.
Sean : My friends and I had, you know, slept out on the sidewalk all night to get tickets.
Will : You got tickets?
Sean : Yep. Day of the game. I was sittin' in a bar, waitin' for the game to start, and in walks this girl. Oh, it was an amazing game, though. You know, bottom of the eighth, Carbo ties it up at 6-6. It went to twelve. Bottom of the twelfth, in stepped Carlton Fisk. Old Pudge. Steps up to the plate, you know, and he's got that weird stance.
Will : Yeah, yeah.
Sean : And BAM! He clocks it. High fly ball down the left field line! Thirty-five thousand people, on their feet, yellin' at the ball, but that's not because of Fisk. He's wavin' at the ball like a madman.
Will : Yeah, I've seen...
Sean : He's going, "Get over! Get over! Get OVER!" And then it HITS the foul pole. OH, he goes apeshit, and 35,000 fans, you know, they charge the field, you know?
Will : Yeah, and he's fuckin' bowlin' police out of the way!
Sean : Goin', "God! Get out of the way! Get 'em away!" Banging people...
Will : I can't fuckin' believe you had tickets to that fuckin' game!
Sean : Yeah!
Will : Did you rush the field?
Sean : [surprised at the question] No, I didn't rush the fuckin' field; I wasn't there.
Will : What?
Sean : No - I was in a bar havin' a drink with my future wife.
Will : You missed Pudge Fisk's home run?
Sean : Oh, yeah.
Will : To have a fuckin' drink with some lady you never met?
Sean : Yeah, but you shoulda seen her; she was a stunner.
Skylar : [in Skylar's dorm room] What is your obsession with this money? My father died when I was 13 and I inherited this money. You don't think that every day I wake up and wish I could give it back? That I would give it back in a second if I could have one more day with him? But I can't, and that's my life and I deal with it. So don't put your shit on me when you're the one that's afraid.
Will : I'm afraid? What am I afraid of? What the fuck am I afraid of?
Skylar : You're afraid of me! You're afraid that I won't love you back! Fuck it, I wanna give it a shot! At least I'm honest with you.
Skylar : [before leaving the bar to catch up with his friends] Maybe we could go out for coffee sometime?
Will : Great, or maybe we could get together and just eat a bunch of caramels.
Skylar : What?
Will : When you think about it, it's just as arbitrary as drinking coffee.
Skylar : [laughs] Okay, sounds good.
Skylar : [while drinking coffee on the outside patio of a coffee shop] Do you have lots of brothers and sisters?
Will : I'm Irish Catholic, what do you think?
Skylar : But how many?
Will : You wouldn't believe me if I told you.
Skylar : Why? Go on, what, 5? 7? 8? How many?
Will : I have 12 big brothers.
Skylar : You do not have 12 brothers.
Will : I swear to God, I swear to God, I'm lucky 13 right here.
Skylar : Do you know all their names?
Will : Do I... yeah, they're my brothers.
Skylar : What are they called?
Will : Marky, Ricky, Danny, Terry, Mikey, Davey, Timmy, Tommy, Joey, Robby, Johnny, and Brian.
Skylar : Say it again.
Will : Marky, Ricky, Danny, Terry, Mikey, Davey, Timmy, Tommy, Joey, Robby, Johnny, and Brian.
Skylar : ...and Willy.
Will : Willy? Will...
Will : [during a therapy session] You know, I was on this plane once. And I'm sittin' there and the captain comes on and he does his whole, "We'll be cruising at 35,000 feet," then he puts the mike down but he forgets to turn it off. Then he turns to the copilot and goes, "You know, all I could go for right now is a fuckin' blow job and a cup of coffee." So the stewardess fuckin' goes bombin' up from the back of the plane to tell him the mic's still on, and this guy behind me goes, "Hey, hon, don't forget the coffee!"
Sean : [during a therapy session, after coming from the job interview with the NSA] Do you feel like you're alone, Will?
Will : [laughs] What?
Sean : Do you have a soul mate?
Will : Define that.
Sean : Somebody who challenges you.
Will : I have Chuckie.
Sean : You know Chuck; he's family. He'd lie down in fuckin' traffic for you. No, I'm talking about someone who opens up things for you - touches your soul.
Will : I got - I got...
Sean : Who?
Will : ...I got plenty.
Sean : Well, name them.
Will : Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Frost, O'Connor, Pope, Locke...
Sean : That's great. They're all dead.
Will : Not to me they're not.
Sean : Well, you don't have a lot of dialogue with them. You can't give back to them, Will.
Will : Well, not without some serious smelling salts and a heater.
Sean : Yeah. Yeah, that's what I'm saying. You'll never have that kind of relationship in a world where you're always afraid to take the first step because all you see is every negative thing ten miles down the road.
Will : [talking to Skylar in her dorm room] What do you wanna know? That I don't have 12 brothers? That I'm a fuckin' orphan? You don't wanna hear that... no, you don't wanna hear that. You don't wanna hear that I got fuckin' cigarettes put out on me when I was a little kid! That this
[points to his left ribs]
Will : is 'cause the motherfucker stabbed me! You don't wanna hear that shit, Skylar. Tell me you don't wanna hear that shit isn't fuckin' surgery!
Skylar : [eating on a counter at a fast food stand] You were hoping for a good night kiss.
Will : No, you know. I'll tell ya, I was hoping for a good night lay, but I'd settle for a good night kiss.
Skylar : [bursts out laughing] How very noble of you.
Will : Thank you... But I was, you know, hoping for a good night kiss.
Skylar : Well, let's just get it out of the way. Come on, come on.
[they have their first kiss, Skylar giggling the whole time]
Skylar : [after a few seconds, Skylar bursts out laughing] I think I got some of your pickle!
Sean : [in Sean's office] One night her fart was so loud it woke the dog up, she woke up and said," was that you?" I said "yeah", I didn't have the heart to tell her
Will : [laughing] So she woke herself up?
Sean : [laughing] Yeah, She's been dead two years and that's the shit I remember wonderful stuff these are the things I miss the most these idiosyncrasies that only I know that's what made her my wife and she had the goods on me too she knew all my peccadillos people call these things imperfections that's the good stuff that's what intimacy is all about the only way you find that out is giving it a shot
Sean : [during a therapy session] Maybe *you're* perfect right now. Maybe you don't wanna ruin that. I think that's a super philosophy, Will; that way you can go through your entire life without ever having to really know anybody...
Will : ...You ever think about gettin' remarried?
Sean : My wife's dead.
Will : Hence the word: remarried.
Sean : She's dead.
Will : Yeah; well, I think that's a super philosophy, Sean. I mean, that way you could actually go through the rest of your life without ever really knowing anybody.
Sean : Time's up.
Skylar : What if I said I wouldn't have sex with you again 'til I got to meet your friends; what would you say?
Will : I'd say it's 4:30 in the morning; they're probably up.
[he picks up Skylar's phone and begins dialing]
Skylar : [laughing] Men are shameless. If you're not thinking with your wiener, then you're acting directly on its behalf.
Will : Thank you.
Chuckie : [answering the phone at the other end] Eh! What the fuck?
Will : Nothing, Chuckie; go back to sleep.
[Will hangs up the phone]
Will : Beethoven, okay. He looked at a piano, and it just made sense to him. He could just play.
Skylar : So what are you saying? You play the piano?
Will : No, not a lick. I mean, I look at a piano, I see a bunch of keys, three pedals, and a box of wood. But Beethoven, Mozart, they saw it, they could just play. I couldn't paint you a picture, I probably can't hit the ball out of Fenway, and I can't play the piano.
Skylar : But you can do my o-chem paper in under an hour.
Will : Right. Well, I mean when it came to stuff like that... I could always just play.
Chuckie : Christ, who did you call?
Will : No one. I forgot the number.
Morgan : You fuckin' retarded? You went all the way out there in the rain and you didn't bring the number?
Will : No, it was your mother's 900 number. I just ran out of quarters.
Morgan : Hey, how about we get off of mothers, all right? I just got off of yours!
Chuckie : [in a bar] I didn't get on Cathy last night.
Will : No?
Chuckie : Nah.
Will : Why not?
Chuckie : I don't know.
[yells across room]
Chuckie : Cathy!
Cathy : What?
Chuckie : Why didn't you give me none of that nasty little hoochie-woochie you usually throw at me?
Cathy : Oh, fuck you and your Irish curse, Chuckie. Like I'd waste my energy spreading my legs for that Tootsie Roll dick? So go home and give it a tug yourself.
Lambeau : [in Gerald's office] What happened at the MacNeil meeting?
Will : Oh, I couldn't go. I had a date, so I sent my chief negotiator.
Lambeau : On your own time you can do whatever you'd like Will, but when I set up a meeting with my associates and you don't show up, it reflects poorly on me.
Will : Well then don't set up any more meetings.
Lambeau : Well, I won't. I'll cancel them. I'd give you a job myself, I just wanted you to see what was out there.
Will : Look, maybe I don't want to spend the rest of my fucking life sitting around and explaining shit to people.
Lambeau : I think you could show me some appreciation.
Will : A little appreciation?
[Will picks up the math sheet]
Will : Do you know how easy this is for me? Do you have any fucking idea how easy this is? This is a fucking joke! And I'm sorry you can't do this, I really am because I wouldn't have to fucking sit here and watch you fumble around and fuck it up.
Lambeau : Then you'd have more time to sit around and get drunk instead, wouldn't you?
Will : You're right, this is probably a total waste of my time
[Will lights the math sheet on fire]
Lambeau : [Runs and grabs the math sheet to blow out the fire] You're right Will. I can't do this proof. But you can, and when it comes to that it's only about... it's just a handful of people in the world who can tell the difference between you and me. But I'm one of them.
Will : Sorry.
Lambeau : Yeah, so am I. Most days I wish I never met you. Because then I could sleep at night, and I wouldn't... and I wouldn't have to walk around with the knowledge that there's someone like you out there.
[Will leaves the room]
Lambeau : I didn't have to watch you throw it all away.
Will : [during his first therapy session] Do you buy all these books retail or do you send away for, like, a shrink kit that comes with all these volumes included?
Will : [during a therapy session] Do you find it hard to hide the fact that you're gay?
Henry Lipkin : [stammers] What are... talking... about... What?
Will : Look, buddy, a few seconds ago you were ready to give *me* a jump!
Henry Lipkin : [feeling somewhat insulted] A jump? I... I'm terribly sorry... I...
Will : Hey, I don't have a problem with it. I don't care if you putt from the rough!
Will : There is a lengthy legal precedent going back to 1789 whereby a defendant can claim self-defense against an agent of the government if that act is deemed a defense against tyranny a defense of liberty, Henry Ward Beecher wrote in the Plymouth Pulpit 1887 and I quote...
Prosecutor : 1887, this twenty century your honor, his going to make a mockery of the court
Will : Excuse me, I'm afforded the right to speak in my own defense by The Constitution of the United States this document that guaranteed my liberty, liberty in case you've forgotten, is the soul's right to breathe, if it cannot take a long breath laws are girdled too tight
Judge George H. Malone : Son, my turn I've be sitting here for ten minutes now looking over this rap sheet of yours and I just can't believe it June 93 assault, September 93 assault, grand theft auto February of 94, in the panel you defended yourself and had the case thrown out by citing Free Property Rights of 1798, January 95 impersonating an officer, mayhem, theft, resisting all overturned I'm also aware you've been through several foster homes the state removed you for serious physical abuse
Sean : [during a therapy session] You'd probably be better off shoving that cigarette up your ass, that'd probably be healthier for you
Will : Yeah, I know it really gets in my way of my yoga
Sean : You work out?
Will : Yeah, free weights you?
Sean : Yeah, big time
Will : What'd you bench?
Sean : Two eighty five, what'd you bench?
Will : I'm pumped! Let the healing begin!
Sean : [at his first therapy session] Do you like books?
Will : Yeah.
Sean : [points to wall] Did you read any of these books?
Will : I don't know.
Sean : [points to shelf] How about any of these books?
Will : Probably not.
Sean : What about the ones on the top shelf? You read those?
Will : [looks] Yeah, I read those.
Sean : Good for you. What do you think about 'em?
Will : Hey, I'm not here for a fuckin' book report. They're your books. Why don't you read them?
Sean : I did. I had to.
Will : Must've taken you a long time.
Sean : Yeah, it did.
Hypnotist : You don't have to be nervous, Will.
Will : We start dancin and dancin... It's just beautiful cause we
Will : can make a lotta love before the sun goes down. Skyrockets in flight. Afternoon delight... -a-a-afternoon delight. Skyrockets in flight. Da-da-da-da... -a-a-afternoon delight!
Will : [sitting on a bench in in front of a pond in park] What is this, a Taster's Choice moment between guys?
Sean : There's honor, ya know, in taking that 40-minute so those college kids could come in the morning, and their floors are clean and their wastebaskets are empty. That's real work.
Will : That's right.
Sean : Right, and that's honorable. Sure, that's why you took that job. I mean, for the 'honor' of it.
Will : You dropped a hundred-and-fifty grand on a fuckin' education you coulda got for a dollar-fifty in late charges at the public library.