Quotes from the Movie Absence of Malice

Tell you what we're gonna do. We're gonna sit right here and talk about it. Now if you get tired of talking here, Mr. Marshal Elving Patrick there will hand you one of them subpoenas he's got stuck down in his pocket and we'll go downstairs and talk in front of the grand jury... Elliot? Jim?... Fine. All right, Elving, hand whichever one of these fellas you like a subpoena and we'll go on downstairs and talk in front of the grand jury.

James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General

You had a leak? You call what's goin' on around here a leak? Boy, the last time there was a leak like this, Noah built hisself a boat.

James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General

Now we'll talk all day if you want to. But, come sundown, there's gonna be two things true that ain't true now. One is that the United States Department of Justice is goin' to know what in the good Christ - e'scuse me, Angie - is goin' on around here. And the other's I'm gonna have somebody's ass in muh briefcase.

James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General

You ain't no Presidential appointee, Elliott. One that hired you is me. You got thirty days.

James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General

We can't have people go around leaking stuff for their own reasons. It ain't legal. And worse than that, by God it ain't right.

James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General

Shut up! I don't want to hear it, I don't want to hear any of it! What the hell are you doing here? Details? Is that what you want? They found her naked in a tub. She didn't even want to make a mess! No water, just naked. Are you interested? You interested?

Michael Colin Gallagher

She picked up a newspaper, for Christ's sake! And there it is, for everybody to see! She must have felt like ... [rips open her shirt] - just raped!

Michael Colin Gallagher

You know something? When you kill yourself, it's a homicide, so they do an autopsy. They'll get a knife. They start here. They're gonna split her open. Up here they use shears. Shears, for Christ's sake! Oh, goddamn you!

Michael Colin Gallagher

I am free every night this week but Friday.

Megan Carter

You're a smart man, Mr. Gallagher. I'm pretty smart myself. Don't get too smart.

James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General

Everybody in this room is smart, and everybody was just doing their job, and Teresa Perrone is dead. Who do I see about that?

Michael Colin Gallagher

Ain't nobody to see. I wish there was. You're excused, sir.

James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General

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