Big Trouble in Little China

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Big Trouble in Little China is a 1986 film about an adventure in San Francisco's Chinatown that puts a gung-ho trucker and his unlikely allies in the middle of a centuries-old supernatural battle between good and evil.

Directed by: John Carpenter. Written by: Gary Goldman and David Z. Weinstein.
Some people pick the darnedest places to start a fight! taglines

Jack Burton

  • Everybody relax, I'm here.
  • Okay, you people sit tight, hold the fort and keep the home fires burning. And if we're not back by dawn . . . call the president.
  • I was born ready.
  • [to Gracie Law] Could you stop rubbing your body up against mine? 'Cause I can't concentrate when you do that.
  • Jack what? I'm supposed to buy this shit? 2000 years and you can't find one broad to fit the bill? Come on Dave, you must be doing something seriously wrong!
  • This is Jack Burton in the Porkchop Express and I'm talkin' to whoever's listening out there.
  • Like I told my last wife, I said, "Honey, I never drive faster than I can see. Besides that, it's all in the reflexes."
  • Son of a bitch must pay!
  • What does that mean, huh? "China is here"? I don't even know what the hell that means!
  • Just remember what old Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big old storm right in the eye and says, "Give me your best shot. I can take it."
  • We really shook the pillars of heaven, didn't we, Wang?
  • Hey, I'm a reasonable guy. But I've just experienced some very unreasonable things.
  • I feel good, and I'm not scared at all. I just feel kind of . . . kind of invincible . . . Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me?
  • Ol' Jack always says . . . what the hell.
  • Now I'm not saying that I've been everywhere and I've done everything, but I do know it's a pretty amazing planet we live on, and a man would have to be some kind of FOOL to think we're all alone in THIS universe.
  • Tall guy, weird clothes. First you see him then you don't.
  • This is going to take crackerjack timing, Wang.
  • When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, looks you crooked in the eye and asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."
  • All I know is that this Lo Pan character comes out of thin air in the middle of a goddamn alley, while his buddies are flying around on wires cutting everybody to shreds, and he just STANDS there, waiting for me to drive my truck straight through him, with LIGHT coming out of his mouth?
  • Okay, I get the picture White Tigers, Lords of Death, guys in funny suits throwing plastic explosives while poison arrows fall from the sky and the pillars of heaven shake, huh? Sure, okay, I see Charlie Chan, Fu Manchu and a hundred howlin' monkey temples, and that's just for starters, right? Fine! I'm back! I'm ready, goddammit let me at 'em!
  • [On phone to insurance company] I'm gonna tell you about an accident, and I don't wanna hear "act of God"!
  • Lo Pan? Which Lo Pan? The little old basket case on wheels or the ten foot tall roadblock?
  • [to Lo Pan] Are you crazy? Is that your problem?
  • We made it. Holy shit, we made it!
  • I took something. I can see things other men cannot see. Why are you dressed like that?
  • You've got a tongue, Dave. Ask her yourself.
  • Abandoned like hell!
  • It's all in the reflexes.
  • I can take it.

Wang Chi

  • Nothin' or double, Jack.
  • That's why the bottle didn't slice. My mind and my spirit are goin' north and south.

Lo Pan

  • (On the phone) Boil them until their flesh falls off....You heard me!!!!!
  • And now, my beloved disciples. The moment of truth... the needle of love.
  • [spots Gracie, Margo and Eddie on a security monitor] Who are these people? Friends of yours? Now this really pisses me off to no end!
  • There are others, to be sure. There are always others. You seem to be one to know the difficulties between men and women. How seldom it works out.
  • Shut up, Mr. Burton. You are not brought among this world to get it.
  • They have returned. And this time they are not alone. Egg Shen is with them. Little bastard sorcerer has brought them through the Bog of the Dead Trees.
  • [calling to him telepathically] Egg Shen... EGG SHEN! You have come a long ways to find me. But it is too late. There are two girls with green eyes, and I will marry them both. And then I will sacrifice Gracie Law to appease my emperor and live out my earthly pleasures with Miao Yin. [cackles] That's right, Egg Shen. The best of two worlds!
  • Its working!
  • You never could beat me, Egg Shen.
  • Indeed!
  • The Sinners!
  • Peasant magic.

Others

  • Thunder: I can halp you!
  • Thunder: Master, you are flesh!
  • Thunder: Play your cards right... you live to talk about it!
  • Rain: You are NOWHERE!

Dialogue

Pinstripe lawyer: Okay. But if I'm gonna be your attorney, then there are a few things I need to make clear. Like... you really believe in magic?
Egg Shen: You mean Chinese black magic?
Pinstripe lawyer: Yes, I suppose.
Egg Shen: Oh, absolutely.
Pinstripe lawyer: And, uh, things like spooks and demons and goblins?
Egg Shen: Oh, sure. And sorcery.
Pinstripe lawyer: And I suppose you expect me to believe in sorcery as well?
Egg Shen: Of course!
Pinstripe lawyer: Why?
Egg Shen: Because it's real.
Pinstripe lawyer: How can I know that, Mr. Shen?
Egg Shen: How?
Pinstripe lawyer: Yes, how? Help me out here. Please, how?
[Shen raises his hands, and a small bolt of lightning jumps between his palms. The lawyer stares, open-mouthed]
Egg Shen: See? That was nothing. But that's how it always begins. Very small.

Gracie: [Jack starts up the Pork Chop Express] What was that?
Jack Burton: 6.9 on the Richter scale!

Gracie: I'd go with you but...
Jack Burton: I know, there's a problem with your face.

Jack Burton: What is that stuff?
Egg Shen: It is black blood of earth.
Jack Burton: You mean oil?
Egg Shen: No, I mean black blood of the earth.

Wang Chi: Here's to the Army and Navy and the battles they have won; here's to America's colors, the colors that never run.
Jack Burton: May the wings of liberty never lose a feather.

Jack Burton: Great. Walls are probably three feet thick, welded shut from the outside, and covered with brick by now!
Wang Chi: Don't give up, Jack!
Jack Burton: OK, I won't, Wang! Let's just CHEW our way out of here.

Jack Burton: Ahh, You know what ol' Jack Burton says at a time like this?
Thunder: Who?
Jack Burton: Jack Burton... ME!

Jack Burton: What's in the flask, Egg? Magic potion?
Egg Shen: Yeah.
Jack Burton: Thought so, good. What do we do, drink it?
Egg Shen: Yeah!
Jack Burton: Good, thought so.

[After having dispatched a big, hairy, bug-eyed, man-eating cave monster with a grenade.]
Egg Shen: It will come out no more!
Jack Burton: What? HUH? What'll come out no more?

Lo Pan: ... my curse will be lifted!
Jack Burton: You can go off and rule the Universe from beyond the grave.
Lo Pan: Indeed!
Jack Burton: ... or check into a psycho ward, whichever comes first, huh?

Jack Burton: [Pointing to Chinese writing on elevator] What does that say?
Wang: Hell of Boiling Oil.
Jack Burton: You're kidding.
Wang: Yeah, I am. It says, "Keep Out"

Eddie: Well sure it was a war. And anybody that showed up was gonna join Lem Lee in the Hell Of Being Cut To Pieces.
Jack Burton: Hell of being what?
Eddie: Chinese have a lot of Hells.
Wang Chi: Jack, listen, I need more of your help. I can't pay you today, OK?
Jack Burton: Oh shit.
Wang Chi: How can I? I need all my cash for Miao Yin.
Eddie: And it's gonna cost. She's got green eyes.
Gracie: Oh no, seriously? Oh, that's an extra to these people. It's like leather bucket seats, it's double the price.

Uncle Chu: What the hell is Gracie Law doing here?
Jack Burton: She can't get enough of me.
Gracie: Hah! He wishes.

Jack Burton: I don't get this at all. I thought Lo Pan—
Lo Pan: Shut up, Mr. Burton! You were not brought upon this world to get it!

Jack Burton: [Jack points to the wall] Hollow?
Wang Chi: Hollow.
Jack Burton: Fuck it. [Jack cuts open the hollow wall with his knife]

Jack Burton: [In a whore house under a different name] Henry Swanson's my name, and excitement's my game.
White Tiger: Cash or charge?
Jack Burton: Oh gosh, cash I guess. I mean it's not deductible is it? [Chuckles]

Jack Burton: Oh my god. What is that? Don't tell me!
Egg Shen: A guardian. Whatever it sees, Lo Pan knows!

Lo Pan: I love you, Miao Yin and I need you.
Miao Yin: No, I don't belong to you!
Lo Pan: Here, take her! Take the bitch!

Jack Burton: Hey Wang, these guys, these Sing Dings...
Wang Chi: The Chang Sings
Jack Burton: ...they have enemies?
Wang Chi: The Wing Kong
Jack Burton: Who wear red turbans?
Wang Chi: [sees they're now surrounded by Wing Kong warriors] Holy SHIT!

Margo: This is just so shocking. I mean I must just be so monumentally naive.
Eddie: You are.

Lo Pan: What does it mean? Two girls with green eyes. After all these years.
Gracie: You bastard, unchain me. You're not gonna get away with this. Where's Lo Pan?
Lo Pan: This one has fire as well!

Egg Shen: Can see things no one else can see. Do things no one else can do.
Jack Burton: Real things?
Egg Shen: As real as Lo Pan!
Jack Burton: Hey, what more can a guy ask for?
Egg Shen: Oh, a six-demon bag!
Jack Burton: Terrific, a six-demon bag. Sensational. What's in it, Egg?
Egg Shen: Wind, fire, all that kind of thing!

Margo: Well, God, aren't you even gonna kiss her goodbye?
Jack Burton: Nope.

Wang Chi: They've got this sorta clubhouse thing, you know, where they all hang out.
Jack Burton: Sharpen their knives, huh?
Wang Chi: I can't ask you to...
Jack Burton: Where is it?
Wang Chi: Thank you, Jack.

[Jack and Gracie are in an elevator, on their way to confront Lo Pan]
Gracie: You have a gun, I hope?
Jack Burton: A knife.
Gracie: A knife? This guy's twelve feet tall!
Jack Burton: Seven. Besides, I can take him.

Egg Shen: Lo Pan is down there.
Jack Burton: Down where?
Egg Shen: Where is the universe?

Taglines

  • Some people pick the darnedest places to start a fight!
  • Adventure doesn't come any bigger!
  • Try to find big reason before you visit world of magic...
  • Jack Burton's in for some serious trouble and you're in for some serious fun.
  • A Mystical, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Kung Fu, Monster, Ghost Story!

Cast

External links

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