Troy

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Troy is a 2004 epic film focussing on the Trojan War, released by Warner Bros. It was directed by Wolfgang Petersen of Air Force One and Neverending Story fame.

Achilles

  • [to Agamemnon] Imagine a king who fights his own battles. Wouldn't that be a sight.
  • [after slaying Boagrius] Is there no one else? IS THERE NO ONE ELSE?!
  • [to Agamemnon] Before my time is done, I will look down on your corpse and smile.
  • [to Hector] We will meet again, brother.
  • [to Briseis] You are free. If I hurt you, it's not what I wanted. Go, no one will stop you. You have my word.
  • [to Briseis] Trojan soldiers died protecting you. Perhaps they deserve more than your pity.
  • [to Briseis, his dying words] You gave me peace in a lifetime of war.
  • [to his men] Myrmidons! My brothers of the sword! I would rather fight beside you than any army of thousands! Let no man forget how menacing we are! We are lions! Do you know what's there, waiting beyond that beach? Immortality! Take It! It's Yours!
  • [Hector trips on a rock] Get up, Prince of Troy! Get up! I won't let a stone take my glory!
  • [to Priam] You're a far better king than the one leading this army.
  • [to Hector] There are no pacts between lions and men.
  • [to Hector] You won't have eyes tonight. You won't have ears or a tongue, you'll wander the underworld blind, deaf and dumb. And all the dead shall know; this is Hector, the fool who thought he killed Achilles!
  • [to Briseis] I want what all men want. I just want it more.
  • [removing his helmet] Now you know who you're fighting!
  • [to Briseis] I'll tell you a secret. Something they don't teach you in your temple. The Gods envy us. They envy us because we're mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful BECAUSE we're doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now, and we will never be here again.
  • We men are wretched things.
  • At night, I see their faces. All the men I've killed. They're standing there on the far bank of the river Styx, waiting for me. They say "Welcome brother."
  • [to Briesis] There's no need to fear me, girl. You're the only Trojan who can say that.
  • Greece got along fine before I was born, and Greece will be Greece long after I'm gone.

Agamemnon

  • [upon seeing Achilles' boat landing first on the beaches of Troy] The man wants to die!
  • The Gods only protect the strong.
  • Empires are forged by war. Peace is for women and the weak.
  • [on the death of Patroclus] That boy just saved the war for us.
  • Achilles? He can't be controlled! He's as likely to fight us as the Trojans!
  • [to Briseis] I almost lost this war because of your little romance.
  • [referring to Achilles] He's going to take the beaches of Troy with 50 men?!
  • History remembers kings, not soldiers!
  • [to Briseis] You'll be my slave in Mycenae. A Trojan priestess scrubbing my floors. And at night... [Briseis stabs him in the neck]

Odysseus

  • Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so we ask ourselves: will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we are gone, and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved?
  • This war will never be forgotten, nor will the heroes who fight in it.
  • You have your sword, I have my tricks; we play with the toys the gods give us.
  • [to Achilles] War is young men dying and old men talking. You know this.
  • It's no insult to say a dead man is dead.
  • [to Achilles] Let Achilles fight for honor. Let Agamemnon fight for power and let the gods decide which man to glorify. Forget about Agamemnon, fight for me. My wife will feel much better knowing you're by my side. I will feel much better.
  • If they ever tell my story, let them say that I walked with giants. Men rise and fall like the winter wheat, but these names will never die. Let them say I lived in the time of Hector, breaker of horses. Let them say I lived in the time of Achilles.

Hector

  • You want me to look upon your army and tremble? Well, I see them. I see 50,000 men brought here to fight for one man's greed.
  • Oh, and that sounds heroic to you doesn't it, to die fighting? Tell me, little brother, have you ever killed a man? Ever seen a man die in combat? I've killed men, I've heard them dying and I've watched them dying, and there's nothing glorious about it, nothing poetic. You say you want to die for love, but you know nothing about dying and you know nothing about love!
  • [to his men] All my life I have lived by a code and the code is simple. Honor the gods, love your woman, and defend your country. Troy is mother to us all. Fight for her!
  • Yesterday the Greeks underestimated us. We should not return the favor.

Paris

  • [to Helen] I'll make it easy for him to find me. I'll walk right up to him and tell him you're mine.
  • [about the wooden horse] Father, just burn it.
  • [to Menelaus] The sun was shining when your wife left you.

Priam

  • I've fought many wars in my time. Some I've fought for land, some for power, some for glory. But I suppose fighting for love makes the most sense of all.
  • [to Achilles] I knew your father. He died well before his time, but he was fortunate enough to not have lived long enough to see his son fall.
  • I loved my son from the moment he opened his eyes until the moment you closed them.
  • [as Greek soldiers loot and vandalize the temple] Have you no honor? HAVE YOU NO HONOR?! [is stabbed]

Others

  • Andromache: 50,000 men did not come to watch your brother fight and you know it.
  • Andromache: [to Hector] I can't imagine life without you.
  • Eudorus: [about Patroclus, speaking to Achilles] He wore your armor, your shield, your greaves, your helmet. He even moved like you.
  • Nestor: This will be the greatest war the world has ever seen. We need the greatest warrior.
  • Nestor: [in reference to Achilles] How many battles have we won off the edge of his sword?
  • Nestor: That man was born to end lives.
  • Briseis: I thought you were a dumb brute. I could have forgiven a dumb brute.
  • Briseis: Stop! Too many men have died today! If killing is your only talent, it's your curse. I don't want anyone dying for me.
  • Briseis: [to Achilles] Do you enjoy provoking me?
  • Menelaus: May the Gods keep the wolves in the hills and the women in our beds!
  • Menelaus: [to Paris] See the crows? They've never tasted Prince before.
  • Thetis: If you stay in Larissa, you will find peace. You will find a wonderful woman, and you will have sons and daughters, who will have children. And they'll all love you and remember your name. But when your children are dead, and their children after them, your name will be lost. If you go to Troy, glory will be yours. They will write stories about your victories for thousands of years, and the world will honor your name. But if you go to Troy, you will never come back, for your glory walks hand-in-hand with your fate. And I shall never see you again.
  • Helen: Menelaus was a brave man. He fought for honor. And every day I was with him, I wanted to walk into the sea and drown.
  • Glaucus: [the Trojans are making their last stand] Soldiers of Troy! You men, are Warriors! To lead you, has been my honor! The boatman waits for us! I say we make him wait a little longer!

Dialogue

Agamemnon: I see you're not hiding behind your high walls. Valiant of you. Ill-advised, but valiant.
Hector: You come here uninvited. Get back to your ships and leave.
Agamemnon: We've come too far to stop now, Prince Hector.

Menelaus: Prince? What prince? What son of a king would accept a man's hospitality, eat his food, drink his wine, embrace him in friendship, then steal his wife in the middle of the night?!
Paris: The sun was shining when your wife left you.
Menelaus: She's up there watching, isn't she? Good. I want her to watch you die.
Agamemnon: Not yet, brother. Look around you, Hector. I brought all the warriors of Greece to your shores.
Nestor: You can still save Troy, young prince.
Agamemnon: I have two wishes. If you grant them, no more of your people need die. First, you must give Helen back to my brother. Second, Troy must submit to my command, to fight for me whenever I call.
Hector: You want me to look upon your army and tremble? Well I see them. I see 50,000 men brought here to fight for one man's greed.
Agamemnon: Careful boy, my mercy has limits.
Hector: And I've seen the limits of your mercy, and I tell you now: no son of Troy will ever submit to a foreign ruler.
Agamemnon: Then every son of Troy... shall die!

Hector: Fight me!
Achilles: Why kill you now, Prince of Troy, with no one here to see you fall?

Briseis: Am I still your captive?
Achilles: You're my guest.
Briseis: In Troy, guests can leave whenever they want.
Achilles: You should leave then.

Paris: Father, this is Helen.
Priam: Helen? Helen of Sparta?
Paris: Helen of Troy.
Priam: I'd heard rumours of your beaty, and for once, the gossips were right.

Patroclus: But this is a war! You'd betray all of Greece just to see Agamemnon fall?!
Achilles: Someone has to lose.

Achilles: Patroclus, put down your spear.
Patroclus: I'm fighting the Trojans.
Achilles: Not today.
Patroclus: But I'm ready, you taught me how to fight!
Achilles: And you're a good student, but you're not a Myrmidon yet. Look at these men. They are the fiercest warriors in all of Greece. Each of them has bled for me. You will guard the ship.
Patroclus: But this is a war!
Achilles: Cousin, I can't fight the Trojans if I'm concerned for you. Guard the ship.

Agamemnon: A great victory was won today, but that victory was not yours. Kings did not kneel to Achilles. Kings did not pay homage to Achilles.
Achilles: Perhaps the kings were too far behind to see; the soldiers won the battle.
Agamemnon: History remembers kings, not soldiers! Tomorrow we'll batter down the gates of Troy and I will build monuments for victory on every island of Greece; I'll carve "Agamemnon" in the stone!
Achilles: Be careful, King of Kings. First you need the victory.

Hector: Do you know what you've done? Do you know how many years our father worked for peace?
Paris: I love her.
Hector: Oh, it's all a game to you, isn't it? You roam from town to town, bedding merchants' wives and temple maids and you think you know something about love? What about your father's love? You spat on him when you brought her onboard this ship! What about the love for your country? You'd let Troy burn for this woman?! I will NOT let you start a war for her!
Paris: What you say is true, I've wronged you. I've wronged our father. If you want to take Helen back to Sparta, so be it... but I go with her.
Hector: To Sparta, they'll kill you!
Paris: Then I'll die fighting.
Hector: Oh, and that's sounds heroic to you, to die fighting? Have you ever killed a man?
Paris: No.
Hector: Ever seen a man die in combat?
Paris: No.
Hector: I've killed men. I've heard them dying, I've watched them dying and there's nothing glorious about it! Nothing poetic! You say you're willing to die for love, but you know nothing about dying and you know nothing about love!
Paris: All the same, I go with her. I won't ask you to fight my war.
Hector: You already have.

Priam: Paris, do you love her?
Paris: Father, you are a great king because you love your country so much. Every blade of grass, every grain of sand, every rock in the river. You love all of Troy. That is the way I love Helen.

Achilles: [about Hector's body] If I let you walk out of here, if I let you take him, it changes nothing. You're still my enemy in the morning.
Priam: And you're still my enemy tonight. But even enemies can show respect.

Paris: Pearls from the sea of Propontus.
Helen: They're beautiful, but I can't wear them. Menelaus would kill us both.
Paris: Don't be afraid of him.
Helen: I'm not afraid of dying, I'm afraid of tomorrow. I'm afraid of watching you sail away and knowing you'll never come back. Before you came to Sparta, I was a ghost. I walked and I ate and I swam in the sea... I was just a ghost.
Paris: You don't have to fear tomorrow. Come with me.
Helen: Don't play with me, don't play.
Paris: If you come we'll never be safe. Men will hunt us, the gods will curse us, but I'll love you. Until the day they burn my body, I'll love you.

Achilles: Go home, prince. Drink some wine, make love to your wife. Tomorrow, we'll have our war.

Hector: You speak of war as if it's a game. But how many wives wait at Troy's gates for husbands they'll never see again?

Achilles: Perhaps your brother can comfort them. I hear he's good at charming other men's wives.


[Paris enters Helen's room while the rest are partying outside]

Helen: You should not have come here tonight.

Paris: That's what you said last night?

Helen: Last night was a mistake.

Paris: And the night before?

Helen: I have made many mistakes this week.


Briseis: You lost your cousin, and now you have taken mine. Where does it end?

Achilles: It never ends.


Messenger Boy: Are the stories true? They say your mother was an immortal goddess. They say you can't be killed.

Achilles: I wouldn't be bothering with the shield then, would I?

Messenger Boy: The Thesselonian you're fighting... he's the biggest man i've ever seen. I wouldn't want to fight him.

Achilles: Thats why no-one will remember your name.


Achilles: If you sailed any slower the war would be over.

Odysseus: I don't mind missing the start as long as I'm here at the end.


Menelaus: I want her back.

Agamemnon: Well, of course you do. She's a beautiful woman.

Menelaus: I want her back so I can kill her with my own two hands. I won't rest until I've burned Troy to the ground.


Briseis: Why did you choose this life?

Achilles: What life?

Briseis: To be a great warrior.

Achilles: I chose nothing. I was born and this is what I am.


Achilles: Imagine a king who fights his own battles. Wouldn't that be a sight? [goes to fight Boagrius]

Agamemnon: Of all the warlords loved by the gods, I hate him the most.


Hector: I thought it was you I was fighting yesterday, and I wish it had been you. But I gave the dead boy the honor he deserved.

Achilles: You gave him the honor of your sword! You won't have eyes tonight, you won't have ears or a tongue. You will wander the underworld blind, deaf, and dumb, and all the dead will know...this is Hector: the fool who thought he killed Achilles.


Paris: Tis a beautiful morning. Poseidon has blessed our voyage.

Hector: Sometimes the gods bless you in the morning and curse you in the afternoon.

Paris: Do you love me brother? Would you protect me against any enemy?

Hector: [intrigued] The last time you spoke to me like this, you were ten years old, and had just stolen father's horse... what have you done now?

Paris: I must show you something.

[Paris leads Hector into the bottom deck of the ship to reveal Helen, who he brought from Sparta]

Priam: I have endured what no one on earth has endured. I have kissed the hands of the man who killed my son.

Achilles: Priam?


Odysseus: We need you. Greece needs you.

Achilles: Greece got along fine before I was born. And Greece will be Greece long after I am gone.


Agamemnon: Achilles is one man!

Odysseus: Hector is one man! Look what he did to us today!

Agamemnon: Hector fights for his country! Achilles fights only for himself!

Odysseus: I don't care about the man's alliegence, I care about his ability to win battles!


Briseis: Would you leave this all behind?

Achilles: Would you leave Troy?


Achilles: You were brave to fight them.

Briseis: To fight back when men attack me? A dog has that kind of courage.


Hector: If I die...

Andromache: No...

Hector: If I die I don't know how much longer Troy will stand.


Achilles: He killed my cousin!

Priam: He thought it was you. How many cousins have you killed? How many fathers and brothers and sons and husbands, how many, brave Achilles?


Achilles: I told you how to fight but I never told you why to fight.

Patroclus: I fight for you.

Achilles: Who will you fight for when I'm gone? Soldiers fight for kings they've never even met. They do what they're told to do, they die when they're told to die.

Patroclus: Soldiers obey.

Achilles: Don't waste your life following some fool's orders.


Patroclus:Is Prince Hector a good a warrior as they say?

Odysseus: The best of all the Trojans. (looks at Achilles) Some say he's better than all the Greeks too. Even if your cousin doesn't come, I hope you'll join us Patroclus. We could use a strong arm like yours.

Achilles: Play your tricks on me. But not on my cousin.

Odysseus: You have your swords. I have my tricks. We play with the toys the gods give us.


Helen: I can't ask anyone to fight for me. I'm no longer queen of Sparta.

Hector: You're a princess of Troy now.


Achilles: Things are less simple today.

Odysseus: Women have a way of complicating things.

Title Cards

Title card: 3200 years ago

Title card: After decades of warfare, Agamemnon, King of Mycenae, has forced the kingdoms of Greece into a loose alliance. Only Thessaly remains unconquered.

Title card: Agamemnon's brother, Menelaus, King of Sparta, is weary of battle. He seeks to make peace with Troy, the most powerful rival to the emerging Greek nation.

Title card: Achilles, considered the greatest warrior ever born, fights for the Greek army. But his disdain for Agamemnon's rule threatens to break the fragile alliance apart.

See also

External link

Troy (2004)at the Internet Movie Database

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