Gone with the Wind

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Love is the extra effort we make in our dealings with those whom we do not like and once you understand that, you understand all. This idea that love overtakes you is nonsense. This is but a polite manifestation of sex. To love another you have to undertake some fragment of their destiny.
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With enough courage, you can do without a reputation.

Gone with the Wind is a 1939 film about a manipulative woman and a roguish man who carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Directed by Victor Fleming and adapted by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell.
"The Cause!" The cause of living in the past is dying right in front of us.
Spoiler warning: Plot, ending, or solution details follow.

Rhett Butler

You go into the arena alone. The lions are hungry for you.
Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
  • I think it's hard winning a war with words, gentlemen... I'm saying very plainly that the Yankees are better equipped than we... All we've got is cotton and slaves, and arrogance... I seem to be spoiling everybody's brandy and cigars and dreams of victory.
  • [After Scarlett throws an ornament at the wall over his head] Has the war started?
  • The Confederacy may need the lifeblood of its men, but not the heart's blood of its women.
  • With enough courage, you can do without a reputation.
  • I'm very drunk and I intend on getting still drunker before this evening's over.
  • A cat's a better mother than you.
  • What a woman.
  • Look at them, all these poor tragic people. The South sinking to its knees. It'll never rise again. "The Cause!" The cause of living in the past is dying right in front of us.
  • Take a good look my dear. It's an historic moment you can tell your grandchildren about — how you watched the Old South fall one night.
  • You go into the arena alone. The lions are hungry for you.
  • I've always thought a good lashing with a buggy whip would benefit you immensely.
  • When I think you could have had my millions if you'd just waited a little while. How fickle is woman.
  • You still think you're the Belle of the county don't you? That you're the cutest little trick in shoe leather and that every man you meet is dying of love for you.
  • Boys aren't any use to anybody. Don't you think I'm proof of that?
  • [to Scarlett] I've always loved you. But you've never given me a chance to show it.
  • Observe my hands my dear...I could tear you to pieces with them. And I'd do it if it'd take Ashley out of your mind forever. But it wouldn't. So I'll remove him from your mind this way: I'll put my hands so, one on each side of your head, and I'll smash your skull between them like a walnut. And that'll block him out.
  • Nothing modest or matronly will do for this occasion! You are going, I will not deny Melanie Wilkes the pleasure of publicly ordering you out of her house!
  • No, I don't think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That's what's wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.

Scarlett O'Hara

As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!
After all... tomorrow is another day.
  • [Referring to the child she was expecting in conversation with Rhett] You know it's yours! I don't want it any more than you do! No woman would want the child of a cad like you! I wish.... I wish it were anybody's child but yours!
  • Marriage, fun? Fiddle-dee-dee, fun for men, you mean.
  • Great balls of fire. Don't bother me anymore, and don't call me sugar.
  • I'm too young to be a widow. My life is over. Nothing will ever happen to me again.
  • Ooh, if I just wasn't a lady, WHAT wouldn't I tell that varmint.
  • [to Ashley] Dreams, dreams always dreams with you, never common sense.
  • I can shoot straight, if I don't have to shoot too far.
  • Now isn't this better than sitting at a table? A girl hasn't got but two sides to her at the table.
  • As God is my witness, as God is my witness they're not going to lick me. I'm going to live through this and when it's all over, I'll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!
  • Well, I guess I've done murder. I won't think about that now. I'll think about that tomorrow.
  • I'm going to Atlanta for that $300 and I gotta go looking like a queen.
  • I can't let him go. I can't. There must be some way to bring him back. Oh, I can't think about this now! I'll go crazy if I do! I'll think about it tomorrow. But I must think about it. I must think about it. What is there to do? What is there that matters? Tara! Home. I'll go home. And I'll think of some way to get him back. After all... tomorrow is another day.
  • Ashley, O Ashley!
  • Fiddle-dee-dee.
  • War, war, war. This war talk's spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream!
  • [to Rhett; about Bonnie] You've done everything possible to make her love you and not me.

Scarlett [With her mouth full] Why does a girl have to be so silly to catch a husband?

  • Great Balls of Fire! *Hic* It's Rhett!
  • Ashley Wilkes told me he likes to see a girl with a hearty appetite!
  • Don't be a goose Melly!
  • Thank heaven I'm not that modest.
  • Melly, what a cool liar you are!
  • [To Jonas Wilkerson] That's all of Tara YOU'LL ever get!
  • Don't you ever dare say you hate Tara again! It's the same as hating Pa and Ma!
  • Oh Rhett, don't let her jump!
  • Oh Melanie Wilkes, why did you have to bring your good looking brother down here just to break my poor simple country girl's heart?
  • That's something you'll never hear from me Rhett Butler as long as you live!
  • I'm going to dance and dance! Tonight I wouldn't mind dancing with Abe Lincoln himself!

Gerald O'Hara

  • Well, what difference does it make who you marry - so long as he's a Southerner and thinks like you?
  • Do you mean to tell me, Katie Scarlett O'Hara, that Tara, that land doesn't mean anything to you? Why, land is the only thing in the world worth workin' for, worth fightin' for, worth dyin' for, because it's the only thing that lasts.
  • It's proud I am that I'm Irish, and don't you be forgetting, Missy, that you're half-Irish, too. And, to anyone with a drop of Irish blood in them - why, the land they live on is like their mother. Oh, but there, there. Now, you're just a child. It will come to you, this love of the land. There's no gettin' away from it if you're Irish.
  • I'll show you who the owner of Tara is!

Ashley Wilkes

  • Most of the miseries of the world were caused by wars. And, when the wars were over, no one ever knew what they were about.
  • Now the end is coming...the end of the war. The end of our world, Scarlett...My men are barefooted now, and the snow in Virginia is deep.
  • You must be brave...You must. How else can I bear going? Oh Scarlett, you are so fine and strong and beautiful. Not just your sweet face, my dear. But you.
  • If Georgia fights, I go with her.
  • Yes, there is something. Something you love better than me, though you may not know it. Tara.

Mammy

  • Oh yassum you is! You is gonna eat ever mouthful!
  • You can't show your bosom 'fore three o'clock.
  • It ain't fittin'... it ain't fittin'. It jes' ain't fittin'... It ain't fittin'.
  • You'll be settin' there waitin for him, jes' lak a spider!
  • The whole Confederate Army's got the same troubles - crawlin' clothes and dysentery.
  • [about Rhett and Scarlett] I never seen no man, black or white, set such store in any child...It makes my blood run cold, the things they say to one another."
  • [about Rhett] He went out and shot that poor pony, and, for a minute, I thought he was gonna shoot hisself.
  • [as Rhett is teaching Bonnie to ride a pony] Lord have mercy! There he goes again!
  • I says I gwine with you ter Atlanta and gwine I is!

Title Cards

  • There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South... Here in this pretty world Gallantry took its last bow.. Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave... Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered. A Civilization gone with the wind...
  • Atlanta prayed while onward surged the triumphant Yankees...Heads were high, but hearts were heavy as the wounded and the refugees poured into unhappy Georgia...
  • Panic hit the City with the first of Sherman's shells. Helpless and unarmed, the populace fled from the oncoming Juggernaut. And desperately, the gallant remains of an army marched out to face the foe.
  • The skies rained Death. For thirty five days, a battered Atlanta hung grimly on, hoping for a miracle...Then there fell a silence, more terrifying than the pounding of the cannon.
  • And the wind swept through Georgia. SHERMAN! Leaving behind him a path of destruction sixty miles wide, from Atlanta to the sea.
  • Tara had survived...to face the hell and famine of defeat.
  • Home from their lost adventure came the tattered Cavaliers...Grimly they came hobbling back to the desolation that had once been a land of grace and plenty. And with them came another invader...more cruel and vicious than any they had fought...the Carpetbagger.

Others

  • Melanie Hamilton: [to Scarlett] I've always admired you so. I wish I could be more like you.
  • Charles Hamilton: [to Scarlett] "Don't cry, darling. The war'll be over in a few weeks, and then I'll be coming back to you.
  • Uncle Henry: [to a rooster] No more gettin' so uppity. Even if you is the last chicken in Atlanta.
  • Prissy: Lordse, we got to have a doctor. I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies!
  • Pork: Great Gee-hossefat!
  • Yankee Major: [about Rhett] It's hard to be strict with a man who loses money so pleasantly.
  • Frank Kennedy: [about Scarlett] She can get mad quicker than any woman I ever saw.
  • Belle Watling: [about Scarlett] She's a mighty cold woman. Prancing about Atlanta by herself. She killed her husband same as if she shot him.
  • Prissy: But I's skeered a' cows!
  • Belle Watling: You have a child to think about. A child's worth ten of the mother.
  • Dr. Meade: Good heavens woman this is war! Not a garden party!

Dialogue

Brent Tarleton: What do we care if we were expelled from college, Scarlett? The war is gonna start any day now, so we'd have left college anyhow.
Stuart Tarleton: Oh, isn't it exciting, Scarlett? You know those fool Yanks may actually want a war?
Brent Tarleton: We'll show 'em!
Scarlett: Fiddle-dee-dee. War, war, war; this war talk's spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream. Besides... there isn't going to be any war.
Brent Tarleton: Not going to be any war?
Stuart Tarleton: Why, honey, of course there's gonna be a war.
Scarlett: If either of you boys says "war" just once again, I'll go in the house and slam the door.
Brent Tarleton: But Scarlett, honey -
Stuart Tarleton: Don't you want us to have a war?
[She gets up and walks to the door, to their protestations]
Scarlett: [relenting] Well... but remember, I warned you.

Mammy: Oh, no, you ain't. If you don't care what folks says about this family, I does. And I done told you and told you, you can always tell a lady by the way she eats in front of people - like a bird. And I ain't aimin' to have you go over to Mista John Wilkes' house and eat like a field hand and gobble like a hog.
Scarlett: Fiddle dee-dee! Ashley Wilkes says he likes to see a girl with a healthy appetite.
Mammy: What a gentleman says and what they thinks is two different things. And I ain't noticed Mist' Ashley axin' for to marry ya.

Scarlett: Cathleen, who's that?
Cathleen Calvert: Who?
Scarlett: That man looking at us and smiling. The nasty, dark one.
Cathleen Calvert: My dear, don't you know? That's Rhett Butler. He's from Charleston. He has the most terrible reputation.
Scarlett: He looks as if... as if he knows what I look like without my shimmy.

Ashley: Isn't it enough that you've gathered every other man's heart today? You've always had mine. You cut your teeth on it.
Scarlett: Don't tease me now. Have I your heart my darling? I love you. I love you.
Ashley: You mustn't say such things. You'll hate me for hearing them.
Scarlett: I could never hate you. And I know you must care about me. Oh, you do care, don't you?
Ashley: Yes, I do care. Oh, can't we go away and forget we ever said these things?
Scarlett: But how can we do that? Don't you... don't you want to marry me?
Ashley: I'm going to marry Melanie.
Scarlett: But you can't. Not if you care for me!
Ashley: Oh my dear, why must you make me say things that will hurt you? How can I make you understand? You're so young and unthinking. You don't know what marriage means.
Scarlett: All I know is that I love you! And you don't love Melanie!
Ashley: She's like me, Scarlett. She's part of my blood and we understand each other.
Scarlett: But you love me!
Ashley: How could I help loving you - you who has all the passion for life that I lack? But that kind of love isn't enough to make a successful marriage for two people who are as different as we are.
Scarlett: Why don't you say it you coward? You're afraid to marry me. You'd rather live with that silly old fool who can't open her mouth except to say 'yes, no' and raise a couple of brats just like her!
Ashley: You mustn't say things about Melanie.
Scarlett: Who are you to tell me I mustn't? You lead me on, you made me believe you wanted to marry me!
Ashley: Now Scarlett, be fair. I never at any time-
Scarlett: You did! It's true! You did! I'll hate you till I die! I can't think of anything bad enough to call you!
[Scarlett slaps him. He exits and in her fury she throws a vase. Rhett rises from behind the sofa.]
Rhett: Has the war started?
Scarlett: Sir, you..you should have made your presence known.
Rhett: In the middle of that beautiful love scene? That wouldn't be very tactful, would it? But don't worry, your secret is safe with me.
Scarlett: Sir, you are no gentleman.
Rhett: And you, miss, are no lady...Don't think that I hold that against you. Ladies have never held any charm for me.

Scarlett: Atlanta.
Mammy: Savannah would be better for ya. You just get in trouble in Atlanta.
Scarlett: What trouble you talkin' 'bout?
Mammy: You know what trouble I's talkin' 'bout. I was talking about Mr. Ashley Wilkes. He'll be comin' to Atlanta when he get's his leave, and you sattin' there waitin' for him, just like a spider. He belongs to Miss Melanie and-
Scarlett: You go pack my things like Mother said.

Scarlett: But you are a blockade runner.
Rhett: For profit, and profit only.
Scarlett: Are you tryin' to tell me you don't believe in the cause?
Rhett: I believe in Rhett Butler, he's the only cause I know. The rest doesn't mean much to me.

Rene Picard: Twenty dollars. Twenty dollars for Miss Maybelle Merriwether.
Tony Fontaine: Twenty five dollars for Miss Fanny Elsing.
Dr. Meade: Only twenty five dollars to give?
Rhett: One hundred and fifty dollars in gold.
Dr. Meade: For what lady, sir?
Rhett: For Mrs. Charles Hamilton.
Dr. Meade: For whom, sir?
Rhett: Mrs. Charles Hamilton.
Dr. Meade: Mrs. Hamilton is in mourning, Captain Butler. But I'm sure any of our Atlanta belles would be proud to...
Rhett: Dr. Meade, I said Mrs. Charles Hamilton.
Dr. Meade: She will not consider it, sir.
Scarlett: Oh, yes, I will.
Rhett: We sort of shocked the Confederacy, Scarlett.
Scarlett: It's a little like blockade-running, isn't it?
Rhett: It's worse. I expect a very fancy profit out of it.

Rhett: Don't start flirting with me. I'm not one of your plantation beauxs. I want more than flirting from you.
Scarlett: What do you want?
Rhett: I'll tell you, Scarlett O'Hara, if you'll take that Southern-belle simper off your face. Someday, I want you to say to me the words I heard you say to Ashley Wilkes: 'I love you!'
Scarlett: That's something you'll never hear from me Captain Butler as long as you live.

[Rhett has brought Scarlett a new hat]
Rhett: I thought it was about time to get you out of that fake mourning.
[Rhett has to show her how to wear it after she places it on backwards]
Rhett': The war stopped being a joke when a girl like you doesn't know how to wear the latest fashion. And those pantalettes, I don't know a woman in Paris who wears pantalettes anymore.
Scarlett: Oh Rhett, what do they - you shouldn't talk about such things.
Rhett: You little hypocrite. You don't mind my knowing about them, just my talking about them.
Scarlett: But really Rhett, I can't go on accepting these gifts although you are AWFULLY kind.
Rhett: I'm not kind. I'm just tempting you. I never give anything without expecting something in return. Now, I always get paid.
Scarlett: If you think I'll marry you just to pay for the bonnet, I won't.
Rhett: Don't flatter yourself. I'm not a marrying man.
Scarlett: Well, I won't kiss you for it either.
Rhett: [just when she's ready for a kiss, he changes his mind] Open your eyes and look at me. No, I don't think I will kiss you - although you need kissing badly. That's what's wrong with you. You should be kissed, and often, and by someone who knows how.

Prissy: Mammy, here's Miss Scarlet's vittles.
Scarlett: You can take it all back to the kitchen; I won't eat a bite.
Mammy: Yes'm you is, you's gonna eat every mouthful of this.
Scarlett: [through clenched teeth] No... I'm... NOT!

Bonnie: London Bridge? Will it be fallin' down?
Rhett: Well, it will if you want it to, darling.

Scarlett: Rhett, don't. I shall faint.
Rhett: I want you to faint. This is what you were meant for. None of the fools you've ever known have kissed you like this, have they? Your Charles, or your Frank, or your stupid Ashley.

Rhett: Now that you've got your lumber mill and Frank's money, you won't come to me as you did to the jail, so I see I shall have to marry you.
Scarlett: I never heard of such bad taste.

Rhett: Did you ever think of marrying just for fun?
Scarlett: Marriage, fun? Fiddle-dee-dee. Fun for men you mean.

[Rhett rescues Scarlett from the panicked streets of Atlanta as war approaches]
Rhett: Panic's a pretty sight, isn't it? We belong together, Scarlett. Let's get out of here together. No use staying here, letting the South come down around your ears. Too many nice places to go and visit. Mexico, London, Paris -
Scarlett: With you?
Rhett: Yes, ma'am. A man who understands you and admires you for just what you are. I figure we belong together, being the same sort. I've been waiting for you to grow up and get that sad-eyed Ashley Wilkes out of your heart....Are you going with me or are you getting out?
Scarlett: I hate and despise you, Rhett Butler. I'll hate and despise you till I die.
Rhett: [amused] Oh no you won't, Scarlett. Not that long.

Rhett: What collateral are you offering?
Scarlett: My ear bobs.
Rhett: Not interested.
Scarlett: Mortgage on Tara.
Rhett: What would I do with a farm?
Scarlett: Oh, you wouldn't lose. I'd pay you back on next year's cotton.
Rhett: Not good enough. Have you nothing better?
Scarlett: You once said you loved me. If you still love me Rhett...
Rhett: You haven't forgotten. I'm not a marrying man.
Scarlett: No, I haven't forgotten.
Rhett: You're not worth $300. You'll never mean anything but misery to any man.

Scarlett: [After agreeing to marry Rhett] Money does help and of course I am fond of you...If I said I was madly in love with you, you'd know I was lying. You always said we had a lot in common...
Rhett: You're right, my dear. I'm not in love with you any more than you are with me. Heaven help the man who ever really loves you.

Ashley: Yes, we've traveled a long road since the old days, haven't we, Scarlett?...the golden warmth and security of those days.
Scarlett: Don't look back Ashley, don't look back. It'll drag at your heart until you can't do anything but look back.

Rhett: Of course, the comic figure in all this is the long-suffering Mr. Wilkes! - Mr. Wilkes who can't be mentally faithful to his wife - and won't be unfaithful to her technically. Why doesn't he make up his mind?
Scarlett: Rhett, you-
[Rhett places his hands on ither side of Scarlett's face]
Rhett: Observe my hands, my dear. I could tear you to pieces with them, and I'd do it if it'd take Ashley out of your mind forever. But it wouldn't. So I'll remove him from your mind forever this way. I'll put my hands so - one on each side of your head - and I'll smash your skull between them like a walnut, and that'll block him out.

Scarlett: I'm not cornered. You'll never corner me Rhett Butler or frighten me. You've lived in dirt so long you can't understand anything else and you're jealous of something you can't understand.
Rhett: Jealous, am I? Yes, I suppose I am - even though I know you've been faithful to me all along. How do I know? Because I know Ashley Wilkes and his honorable breed. They're gentlemen! That's more than I can say for you or for me. We're not gentlemen, and we have no honor, have we? It's not that easy Scarlett. You've turned me out while you chased Ashley Wilkes, while you dreamed of Ashley Wilkes. This is one night you're not turning me out.
[Rhett suddenly and fiercely kisses her, and then carries her protestingly up a long flight of stairs to the bedroom, two steps at a time.]

[Scarlett is pregnant again]
Rhett: Indeed. And who is the happy father?"
Scarlett: You know it's yours. I don't want it any more than you do. No woman would want a child of a cad like you...I wish for anybody's child but yours.
Rhett: Cheer up, maybe you'll have an accident.
[Scarlett tries to strike him, but misses and falls down the stairs]

Ashley: [about a dying Melanie] I can't live without her. I can't. Everything I ever had is going with her...She's the only dream I ever had that didn't die in the face of reality.
Scarlett: Ashley, you should have told me years ago that you loved her and not me, and not left me dangling with your talk of honor. But you had to wait till now, now when Melly's dying. To show me that I could never be any more to you than, than this Watling woman is to Rhett ..And I've loved something that doesn't really exist. Somehow, I don't care. Somehow, it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter one bit.

Scarlett: What are you doing?
Rhett: I'm leaving you, my dear. All you need now is a divorce and your dreams of Ashley can come true.
Scarlett: Oh, no! No, you're wrong, terribly wrong! I don't want a divorce. Oh Rhett, but I knew tonight, when I ... when I knew I loved you, I ran home to tell you, oh darling, darling!
Rhett: Please don't go on with this. Leave us some dignity to remember out of our marriage. Spare us this last.
Scarlett: This last? Oh Rhett, do listen to me, I must have loved you for years, only I was such a stupid fool, I didn't know it. Please believe me, you must care! Melly said you did.
Rhett: I believe you. What about Ashley Wilkes?
Scarlett: I ... I never really loved Ashley.
Rhett: You certainly gave a good imitation of it, up till this morning. No Scarlett, I tried everything. If you'd only met me half way, even when I came back from London.
Scarlett: I was so glad to see you. I was, Rhett, but you were so nasty.
Rhett: And then when you were sick, it was all my fault ... I hoped against hope that you'd call for me, but you didn't.
Scarlett: I wanted you. I wanted you desperately but I didn't think you wanted me.
Rhett: It seems we've been at cross purposes, doesn't it? But it's no use now. As long as there was Bonnie, there was a chance that we might be happy. I liked to think that Bonnie was you, a little girl again, before the war, and poverty had done things to you. She was so like you, and I could pet her, and spoil her, as I wanted to spoil you. But when she went, she took everything.
Scarlett: Oh, Rhett, Rhett please don't say that. I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry for everything.
Rhett: My darling, you're such a child. You think that by saying, "I'm sorry," all the past can be corrected. Here, take my handkerchief. Never, at any crisis of your life, have I known you to have a handkerchief.
Scarlett: Rhett! Rhett, where are you going?
Rhett: I'm going back to Charleston, back where I belong.
Scarlett: Please, please take me with you!
Rhett: No, I'm through with everything here. I want peace. I want to see if somewhere there isn't something left in life of charm and grace. Do you know what I'm talking about?
Scarlett: No! I only know that I love you.
Rhett: That's your misfortune.
[Rhett turns to walk down the stairs]
Scarlett: Oh, Rhett!
[Scarlett watches Rhett walk to the door]
Scarlett: Rhett!
[runs down the stairs after Rhett]
Scarlett: Rhett, Rhett! Rhett, Rhett... Rhett, if you go, where shall I go? What shall I do?
Rhett: Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

Cast

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