Quotes from the Movie City on Fire

And to have his name on a memorial devoted to life, as he was devoted to life and to people, would please him enormously. He loved this city, and was proud of its success, particularly the last 10 years. And so it is with great joy that I present this check for $3 million dollars to the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Diana Brockhurst-Lautrec

That refinery is leveled. Over 60 fires have started already. I haven't been able to reach the mayor to get a Code 9 so I'm assuming command. Mike, radio the governor to mobilize the National Guard. Johnson, contact Temple County, ask the National Park Service for the tanker planes. Martin, call and see if we can get some choppers. Andrew, everyone and I mean everyone is subject to immediate recall. Stella, I want to talk to both Police Chief Abrams and Councilman Paley.

Chief Albert Risley

187 fires have already been reported out control - here, here and here (pointing to various areas of the city on a map). We have little chance of preventing total destruction! I recommend we evacuate the areas immediately, prepare for demolition - prevent the fires from spreading any further.

Chief Albert Risley

All it takes is one man, could be anybody - your neighbor, my neighbor - one man to destroy a city.

Chief Albert Risley

Yes, yes I do Ms. Grayson I apologize, but we have no time for formalities. (noticing labored breathing by the mayor on the TV) Mayor Dudley are you having difficulty breathing?

Chief Albert Risley

Mr. Mayor I'm afraid the hospital may be caught in a firestorm.

Chief Albert Risley

Mayor Dudley it's very important that everyone in the hospital get out of the area as quickly as possible!

Chief Albert Risley

With the winds changing so drastically it's impossible. However, we can try something else. (talking to a dispatcher) Get my son on the radio.

Chief Albert Risley

Harrison, to get those people out of the hospital, we're gonna need a water tunnel.

Chief Albert Risley

The hospital is a memorial to her first husband the late Governor Paul Brockhurst. She herself has endowed the hospital with a trust of $3 million dollars, a generous gesture. Diana's now worth a modest $35 million dollars. Welcome home, Diana. And now for the weather forecast.

Maggie Grayson

This is Maggie Grayson reporting. At 12:37, the Manson Refinery, the 9th largest in the world, erupted with devastating force. The cause is yet unknown. The Manson Refinery, built against public protest, covered some 300 acres and has a supposed storage capacity of 15 million gallons. The initial casualty reports are staggering, and fires are raging out of control all over our city. The multiple explosions have created havoc and total destruction of a large part of the city.

Maggie Grayson

The casualties are now close to 3,000. To complicate matters, water pressure has fallen considerably. Despite the help of neighboring communities, the scattered locations of fires are more than the combined firefighters. And now, as night approaches, the looting has begun.

Maggie Grayson

Oh yes, yes of course. Come in, Stover. (Herman sits down) Stover, we have an opening in Research. We'd like you to consider switching to that department.

Mr. Clark

Interesting opportunities in that branch, you know?

Mr. Clark

Your aptitude test showed that you'd serve the company better in Research & Development.

Mr. Clark

The committee already decided on Kershaw.

Mr. Clark

I take this to mean that you won't accept the transfer?

Mr. Clark

Very well. (writes up a notice of termination) You'll get the usual severance pay and one week's vacation. (hands paper to Herman) You can present this to the paymaster. Good luck, Stover.

Mr. Clark

I hope you'll change your mind and join us up on the speakers' platform, Dr. Whitman.

Mayor William Dudley

It would look better, you know, the head of a new hospital.

Mayor William Dudley

Well what's eating you now? You have a new job and the city has a beautiful new hospital.

Mayor William Dudley

Well nothing is perfect. Everything is compromised. Now, if you're the mayor of a big city and you want to get things done, you have to learn to give and take.

Mayor William Dudley

Dr. Whitman? (Whitman stops and turns around) When I call on you, I expect you to come up and speak.

Mayor William Dudley

I'm in a hell of mess on this one, Johnny. I pushed for that refinery.

Mayor William Dudley

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