Quotes from the Movie Enemy at the Gates

I am a stone. I do not move.

Vassili Zaitsev

He doesn't know you exist, but at that moment you're closer to him than anyone else on earth. You see his face through the sign. You see whether he shaved or not. You can see whether he's married if he's got a wedding ring. It's not like firing at a distant shape. It's not just a uniform. It's a man's face. Those faces don't go away. They come back and they get replaced by more faces.

Vassili Zaitsev

Shouldn't we try and make the point that I'm not the only one fighting?

Vassili

No, you're not going too fast. Is there any other improvements?

Vassili

We should carry on. We're not tired. Thank you, Mrs Filipov. These people took the trouble to write to us. Tomorrow we might not be around to write back.

Vassili

Danilov. You had NO RIGHT to use him!

Vassili

Please also take this War Merit Cross. It was awarded posthumously to a lieutenant of the 116th Infantry Division who was killed here during the first days of the battle. He was my son.

Major Erwin Knig

Don't listen to them. It's just propaganda. He isn't dead. And do you know why? Because I haven't killed him yet.

Major Erwin Knig

Good morning, Sacha. [Outside, pulling Sacha along] Once again, he knew exactly where to find me. Don't you think that's strange? Apart from me, only you knew. I don't hold it against you, Sacha. You've done a very brave thing. You've chosen your camp; I respect that. But it isn't my camp. We're both soldiers. We're both enemies. So, I... I know you understand. I'm annoyed with you, little Sacha, for not staying at home as I made you swear to do. I'm annoyed with your for obliging me to do what I'm going to have to do.

Major Erwin Knig

I've been such a fool, Vassili. Man will always be man. There is no new man. We tried so hard to create a society that was equal, where there'd be nothing to envy your neighbour. But there's always something to envy. A smile, a friendship, something you don't have and want to appropriate. In this world, even a Soviet one, there will always be rich and poor. Rich in gifts, poor in gifts. Rich in love, poor in love.

Danilov

Give them hope! [Khrushchev walks over] Here the men's only choices is between German bullets and ours. But there's another way, a way of courage, a way of love of the Motherland. We must publish the army newspaper again. We must tell magnificent stories, stories that extoll sacrifice, bravery, courage. We must give them hope, pride, a desire to fight. We must make them believe in the victory. Yes, we need make examples, yes, but examples to follow. What we need, are heroes.

Danilov

Yes, comrade. I know one.

Danilov

That's an excellent idea. We can take it even further though. Your battle for the production of coal is as worthy as mine. There's no 'k' in coal. Just one 'l'. Tell me if I'm going too fast.

Danilov

Oh, no, no, I didn't. He... did it of his own accord. You know why? Because he BELIEVES IN YOU!

Danilov

You have to leave now, Mrs. Filipov- Stalingrad may fall! The last of the boats are leaving, the boats will be here any moment!

Danilov

I have to tell you something, Mrs. Filipov... something very difficult to understand. It's about Sacha.

Danilov

Sacha has gone over to the Germans. He's betrayed his country. He's with the enemy now; he won't be coming back.

Danilov

Write it then, "Vassili Zaitsev is not dead! This, is what he had for breakfast this morning. This, is a picture of him reading the paper." You're the poet.

Krushchev

Sacred duty to resist! I have to report back to the boss. [hands him a pistol] Perhaps you'd prefer to avoid the red tape. [Khrushchev walks out of the room to address political officers. There is a gunshot, then he begins] My name, is Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev. I've come to takes things in hand here. This city, is not Kursk, nor is it Kiev, nor Minsk. This city, is Stalingrad. Stalin-grad! The city bears the name of the boss. It's more than a city, it's a symbol. If the Germans, capture this city, the entire country will collapse. Now, I want our boys, to raise their heads. I want them to act like they have BALLS! I want them to stop SHITTING THEIR PANTS! [briefly pauses] That's your job. As political officers, I'm counting on you. You, what's your suggestion?

Krushchev

Yes, yes, that's all been done.

Krushchev

Do you know any heroes around here?

Krushchev

Shoot all the other generals who have retreated. And their chiefs of staff, too.

Officer #1

M-make s-some examples. D-d-d-d-d-de-port the families, of the d-d-deserters.

Officer 2

I carried out my orders. I sent in all of my boys. But the Germans engulfed us. They have, artillery, aircraft, tanks. And me! What did I have?!

Red Army General

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