Beauty and the Beast (1991 film)

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Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 film about a young and beautiful French girl who falls in love with a hideous beast.

Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise. Written by Roger Allers, Kelly Asbury, Brenda Chapman, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Tom Ellery, Kevin Harkey, Robert Lence, Burny Mattinson, Brian Pimental, Joe Ranft, Chris Sanders, Bruce Woodside and Linda Woolverton.
The most beautiful love story ever told.

Narrator

  • [first lines] Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young Prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the Prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one winter's night, an old beggar-woman came to the castle and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the Prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. And when he dismissed her again, the old woman's ugliness melted away to reveal a beautiful Enchantress. The Prince tried to apologize, but it was too late, for she had seen that there was no love in his heart; and as punishment, she transformed him into a hideous Beast --- and placed a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there. Ashamed of his monstrous form, the Beast concealed himself inside his castle, with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his 21st year. If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a Beast?

Beast

  • [growls] There's a stranger in here.
  • So, you've come to stare at the BEAST, have you?!?
  • Oh, it's no use. She's so beautiful, and I'm... Well, look at me!
  • She'll never see me as anything... but a monster. ...It's hopeless.
  • [To Mrs Potts, Lumiere, and Coggsworth] But she is being so difficult!
  • You- You came back

Belle

  • [singing] Little town, it's a quiet village. Everyday like the one before. Little town, full of little people, waking up to say...
  • [singing] There must be more than this provincial life!
  • [singing] Ohhh, Isn't this amazing? It's my favorite part because, you see, here's where she meets Prince Charming. But she won't discover that it's him till chapter three.
  • Gaston, you are positively primeval.
  • [singing] I want adventure in the great wide somewhere. I want it more than I can tell. And for once it might be grand, to have someone understand. I want so much more than they've got planned.
  • [singing] There's something sweet and almost kind. But he was mean and he was coarse and unrefined, but now he's dear and so unsure, I wonder why I didn't see it there before.
  • He's no monster Gaston, you are!
  • (crying over the beast) I love you.
  • (looking into the prince's blue eyes) It is you!

Gaston

  • [singing] Here in town there's only she, who is beautiful as me, so I'm making plans to woo and marry Belle!
  • [singing] I'm especially good at expectorating...
  • It's not right for a woman to read. Soon she starts getting ideas, and thinking...
  • I'd like to thank you all for coming to my wedding. But first I'd better go in there and propose to the girl!
  • [singing] I use antlers in all of my dec-orating!
  • [singing] We will make the perfect pair, rather like my thighs!
  • [singing] When I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs every morning to help me get large! And now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs, so I'm roughly the size of a BARGE!
  • Were you in love with her, Beast? Did you honestly think she'd want you when she had someone like me?
  • It's over, Beast! Belle is mine! (it was originally "Time to die!" but they changed it to fit Belle back into the scene.)
  • What's the matter, Beast, too kind and gentle to fight back?
  • [singing] And every last inch of me's covered in HAIR!
  • [singing] Screw your courage to the sticking place!
  • Take whatever booty you can find, but remember: the Beast is mine!

Lumiere

  • Ma chère, mademoiselle. It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now, we invite you to relax, let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents... your dinner.
  • Zut alors! She has emerged!
  • Itz a girl!
  • NOW!
  • Master, correct me if I'm wrong, but that might not be the best way to win the girl's affections

Cogsworth

  • Couldn't keep quiet, could we? Just had to invite him to stay, didn't we? [imitating Lumiere] "Serve him tea. Sit in ze master's chair. Pet ze pooch!"
  • As you can see, the psuedo-facade was stripped away to reveal a minimalist rococo design. Note the unusual inverted vaulted ceilings. This is yet another example of the late neoclassic Baroque period. And, as I always say, "If it's not Baroque, don't fix it!"
  • Enchanted? He-he ha-ha! Who said anything about the castle being enchanted? Ha-ha-ha... [to Lumiere] It was you, wasn't it?
  • As you were!
  • (suggesting things to woo Belle) Flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep...
  • You What?

Mrs. Potts

  • [singing] Tale as old as time, true as it can be. Barely even friends, then somebody bends unexpectedly [...] Beauty and the Beast!
  • After all this time, he's finally learned to love
  • It's not enough, she has to love him in return.
  • Now Chip, I'll not have you making up wild stories!
  • Cheer up child. It'll turn out alright in the end.
  • [To Villager] Up here you scurvy scum! Now! [The tea cups dump scalding tea on Villager]

Chip

  • Mama, there's a girl in the castle!
  • See, I told ya!
  • (about to break into the basement with Maurice's wood-chopping contraption) Here we go!
  • (after breaking into the basement with Maurice's wood-chopping contraption) You guys gotta try this thing.
  • [last lines] Do I still have to sleep in the cupboard?

Dialogue

Gaston: [singing] Lefou, I'm afraid I've been thinking...
Lefou: A dangerous pastime.
Gaston: I know!

Gaston: [flicking through pages of book] How can you read this? There's no pictures!
Belle: [laughs] Well, some people use their imagination.
Gaston: [tossing the book aside] Belle, it's time you got your head out of those book and paid attention to more important things. Like me.

Gaston: This is the day your dreams come true.
Belle: What do you know about my dreams, Gaston?
Gaston: Plenty! Here, picture this... a rustic hunting lodge... my latest kill roasting on the fire... and my little wife, massaging my feet... while the little ones play on the floor with the dogs... we'll have six or seven.
Belle: Dogs?
Gaston: No, Belle! Strapping boys, like me!
Belle: Imagine that.
Gaston: And do you know who that little wife will be?
Belle: Let me think...
Gaston: You, Belle!
Belle: Gaston... I-I'm speechless... I really don't know what to say...
Gaston: Say you'll marry me!
Belle: [backs up against front door. Gaston leans over her] I'm very sorry, Gaston... but... but I just don't deserve you! [she opens door and Gaston tumbles out]

Beast: Who are you? What are you doing here?!
Maurice: I was lost in the woods and...
Beast: You're not welcome here!
Maurice: I'm sorry.
Beast: What are you staring at?!
Maurice: Nothing!
Beast: So you've come to stare at the Beast, have you?!
Maurice: Please, I meant no harm. I just needed a place to stay.
Beast: I'll give you a place to stay!
Maurice: No, please! No, no!

Beast: I want to do something for her... but what?
Cogsworth: Oh, there's the usual things; flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep...
David Ogden Stiers ad-libbed this line himself

Gaston: If I didn't know better, I'd think you had feelings for this monster!
Belle: He's no monster, Gaston, you are!
Gaston: She's as crazy as the old man!

Beast: [through clenched teeth] Well, where is she?
Cogsworth: Who? Oh, heh-heh, the girl. Yes, the girl. Well, actually, she's in the process of, er...circumstances being what they are...she's not coming.
Beast: WHAT??!!!!!

Belle: Papa? Papa? [Lumiere and Cogsworth go in] Hello? Is someone here? Wait! I'm looking for my father. I... That's funny. I'm sure there was someone. I-Is anyone here?
Maurice: Belle?
Belle: Papa! [grabs a stick of fire]
Maurice: H-How did you find me?
Belle: Oh, your hands are like ice. I have to get you out of there.
Maurice: Belle, I want you to leave this place.
Belle: Who's done this to you?
Maurice: No time to explain. You must go! Now!
Belle: I won't leave you!
Beast: [grabs Belle] What are you doing here?
Maurice: Run, Belle! [stick of fire gets thrown]
Belle: Who's there? Who are you?
Beast: The master of this castle. [roars]
Belle: I've come for my father. Please let him out. Can't you see he's sick?
Beast: Then he shouldn't have trespassed here!
Belle: But he could die. Please, I-I'll do anything.
Beast:There's nothing you can do. He's my prisoner.
Belle: Oh, there must be some way I can... Wait! Take me instead.
Beast: You?! You would... take his place?
Maurice: Belle, no! You don't know what you're doing!
Belle: If I did, would you let him go?
Beast: Yes. But you must promise to stay here forever.
Belle: Come into the light.
Maurice: No, Belle! I won't let you do this!
Belle: You have my word.
Beast: Done!
Maurice: No, Belle, listen to me. I'm old. I've lived my life. [Beast grabs Maurice away from Belle.]
Belle: Wait.
Maurice: Belle!
Belle: Wait! [Beast opens the castle door.]
Maurice: No, please spare my daughter. Please!
Beast: She's no longer your concern. [throws Maurice into the Pallenquin and shuts the Pallenquin door] Take him to the village.
Maurice: Let me out! Please let me out! Let me out! Please! Please! [Pallenquin slinks like a spider and Belle cries]

Beast: I THOUGHT I TOLD YOU TO COME DOWN TO DINNER!
Belle: I'M NOT HUNGRY!
Beast: YOU COME OUT, OR I'LL... I'LL BREAK DOWN THE DOOR!!!
Lumiere: Uh, Master, I could be wrong, but that may not be the best way to win the girl's affections.
Cogsworth: Please! Attempt to be a gentleman.
Beast: [through clenched teeth] But she is being so difficult!
Mrs. Potts: Gently, gently.
Beast: [to Belle] Will you come down to dinner?
Belle: No!
Beast: [to the objects] Hmm?
Cogsworth: Suave. Genteel.
Beast: [back to Belle, with forced calm] It would give me great pleasure, if you would join me for dinner.
Cogsworth: And we say please.
Beast: Please?
Belle: NO THANK YOU!
Beast: YOU CAN'T STAY IN THERE FOREVER!
Belle: YES, I CAN!!
Beast: FINE!! THEN GO AHEAD AND STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARVE!!!!! [to the objects] If she doesn't eat with me, then she doesn't eat at all!

Gaston: The whole town's talking about it. It's not right for a woman to read. Soon she starts gettings ideas, and thinking...
Belle: Gaston, you are positively primeval.
Gaston: Why, thank you, Belle!

Lumiere: Voila! (Sees that the Beast has been given ringlets) Oh, you look so...so...
Beast: Stupid.
Lumiere: Not quite ze word I was looking for. Perhaps a little more off the top?

Cogsworth: [shakes Lumiere's hand in truce] Well, Lumiere, old friend. Shall we let bygones be bygones?
Lumiere: Of course, mon ami. I told you she would break ze spell!
Cogsworth: I beg your pardon, old friend, but I believe I told you.
Lumiere: No, you didn't! I told you!
Cogsworth: You most certainly did not, you pompous, paraffin-headed peabrain!
Lumiere: En garde, you-you overgrown pocket watch!
[The two begin fighting again]

[the Beast catches Belle in the West Wing]
Beast: Why did you come here?
Belle: I'm sorry.
Beast: I warned you never to come here!
Belle: I didn't mean any harm.
Beast: Do you realize what you could have done???
[the Beast thrashes at the furniture]
Belle: Please, stop! No!
Beast: Get out!! GET OOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUT!!!!!!!

Gaston: When Belle and I come out that door...
LeFou: Oh, I know, I know! I strike up the band!
[the band plays "Here Comes The Bride" very rapidly]
Gaston: [slams a tuba on LeFou's head] Not yet!
LeFou: Thorry!

Beast: THAT HURTS!!!
Belle: If you hold still, it wouldn't hurt as much!
Beast: If you hadn't ran away, this wouldn't have happened!
Belle: If you hadn't frightened me, I wouldn't have run away!
Beast: Well, you shouldn't have been in the West Wing!
Belle: Well, you should learn to control your temper.

(The Beast lays dying. Belle runs to him. Meanwhile, the rose is down to its last petal.)
Beast: You...you came back...
Belle: If only I'd gotten here sooner...
Beast: Maybe it's...better this way...
Belle: No! Don't say that! We're together now. Everything will be fine!
Beast: At least I...got to see you...one last time...
(His eyes close.)
Belle: NO! No, please, no! Don't leave me! Please...
(Sobs)
Belle: ...I love you...
(The last petal falls away.)

Beast: I let her go.
Cogsworth: [chuckles] Splen.... You, what? How could you do that?!
Beast: I had to.
Cogsworth: Yes, but... why?
Beast: Because... I love her.
Cut to after Cogsworth tells the other objects
Objects: He did WHAT?!
Cogsworth: Yes. I'm afraid it's true.
Chip: She's going away?
Lumiere: But he was so close.
Ms. Potts: After all this time, he's finally learning to love.
Lumiere: That's it then! That should break the spell!
Ms. Potts: But it's not enough. She has to love him in return.
Cogsworth: Now, it's too late.

Beast: I'll show you to your room.
Belle: My room? But I thought-
Beast: You wanna, you wanna stay in the tower?
Belle: No.
Beast: Then follow me.

Monsieur D'Arque: I've come to collect your father.
Belle: My father?
Monsieur D'Arque: Don't worry, Mademoiselle. we'll take good care of him.
Belle: My father's not crazy!
LeFou: He was raving like a lunatic, and we all heard him, didn't we?
Villagers: Yeah!
Belle: No, I won't let you!
Maurice: Belle?
LeFou: Maurice, tell us again old man. Just how big was the beast?
Maurice: He was.... Enormus and at least eight.... No, more like ten feet.
LeFou: [laughs] Well, you don't get much crazier than that!
Maurice: It's true, I tell you!
LeFou: Get him out of here!
two men carry Maurice away
Maurice: Let go of me!
Belle: No, you can't do this!

Other

  • Featherduster: [to Lumiere the candlestick] I've been burnt by you before!
  • Mob: [singing] We don't like what we don't understand, in fact it scares us, and this monster is mysterious at least...
  • Mob: [singing] Here we come, we're fifty strong, and fifty Frenchmen can't be wrong...

Cast

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