Hard Boiled

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Hard Boiled (1992) is a Cantonese action film written by Barry Wong and John Woo. It was also directed by John Woo. It is the last film Woo directed in Hong Kong before moving to Hollywood. The entire movie is in Cantonese, however, some scenes have English but they are limited to one or two sentences.

Tequila

  • [After his pants are set on fire and a baby pisses down his leg] You saved the day there, you little pisspot. Thanks a lot.
  • A cop dies and I make a tune for him.
  • Roses are so obvious. Anyone would suspect them.
  • Guy goes through hell for a girl but she doesn't realize it.
  • [after shooting a guy while carrying a baby, covering the babies eyes] Woops, X-rated action

Andy

  • To you I'm a thief, to my mother, a son, to the triads I'm a hero.
  • You know I hated making [paper] cranes. I make one each time I kill someone. How about it, should I make you one?
  • So busy being a gangster, I don't know which me is real.

Superintendant Pang

  • [in English] Attention! This is a fucking order!
  • Give a guy a gun, he thinks he's Superman. Give him two and he thinks he's God.

Johnny Wong

  • [holding Andy as hostage] The hard-boiled cop. You made it. Each side's lost some guys. We're about even so far. But when I kill this one, I win.
  • I thought you were a supercop but you're just a man, like the rest.
  • Slap yourself.

Dialogue

Tequila: Could we ever be friends?
Andy: You got the gun. You can tell me to go out and milk a cow and I'll do it.
Tequila: I'm sorry, I don't like milk.

Tequila: [to Andy, about all the white roses sent to his girlfriend, Theresa] Aren't you the one who sent her all the flowers?
Theresa: Your flowers are beautiful.
Andy: Thanks. I just picked them at random.
Tequila: My girlfriend hates white roses.

[Tequila disguised as a doctor, wheeling in fake dead body]
Doctor: Who have you got there then? Let's take a look.
Tequila: You don't want to, he's a mess; eyes hanging out, guts all around his neck, naughty bits missing..

Andy: Was the guy I shot really a cop?
Tequila: Yeah.
Andy: Fuck!

Tequila: Don't you have any dreams?
Andy: Yeah. I want to move down to Antarctica.
Tequila: Freezing there. You enjoy the cold?
Andy: It's got a lot going for it. It's always light. I'd like that after all this darkness.

Hitman with eyepatch: Are you crazy?! You didn't have to kill all those innocent civilians!
Johnny Wong: I kill whoever is in my way.

Taglines

  • As a cop, he has brains, brawn, and an instinct to kill.
  • From the director of "Hard Target" and "The Killer".
  • The most action-packed film of all time.
  • More exciting than a dozen Die Hards

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