I'm not impressed with the power of a corporate president. I am impressed with the power of ideas.Ken Mason
- Written and directed by Whit Stillman.
- I've always planned to be a failure anyway. That's why I plan to marry an extremely wealthy woman.
- Rick Von Slonecker is tall, rich, good-looking, stupid, dishonest, conceited, a bully, liar, drunk and thief, an egomaniac, and probably psychotic. In short, highly attractive to women.
- [to Serena Slocum] I haven't been giving you the silent treatment. I just haven't been talking to you.
- Man at Bar: The acid test is whether you take any pleasure in responding to the question "What do you do?" I can't bear it.
- Jane Clark: Why should we believe you over Rick? We know you're a hypocrite. We know your "Polly Perkins" story was a fabrication...
- Nick Smith: A composite.
- Jane Clark: Whatever. And that you're completely impossible and out of control, with some sort of drug problem and a fixation on what you consider Rick Von Sloneker's wickedness. You're a snob, a sexist, totally obnoxious and tiresome, and lately you've gotten just weird. Why should we believe anything you say?
- Nick Smith: I am not tiresome.
- Audrey Rouget: What Jane Austen novels have you read?
- Tom Townsend: None. I don't read novels. I prefer good literary criticism. That way you get both the novelists' ideas as well as the critics' thinking. With fiction I can never forget that none of it really happened, that it's all just made up by the author.
- Charlie Black: Fourierism was tried in the late nineteenth century... and it failed. Wasn't Brook Farm Fourierist? It failed.
- Tom Townsend: That's debatable.
- Charlie Black: Whether Brook Farm failed?
- Tom Townsend: That it ceased to exist, I'll grant you, but whether or not it failed cannot be definitively said.
- Charlie Black: Well, for me, ceasing to exist is — is failure. I mean, that's pretty definitive.
- Tom Townsend: Well, everyone ceases to exist. Doesn't mean everyone's a failure.
- Nick Smith: The titled aristocracy are the scum of the earth.
- Sally Fowler: You always say "titled" aristocrats. What about "untitled" aristocrats?
- Nick Smith: Well, I could hardly despise them, could I? That would be self-hatred.
- Finally... A film about the downwardly mobile.
- Carolyn Farina - Audrey Rouget
- Edward Clements - Tom Townsend
- Chris Eigeman - Nick Smith
- Taylor Nichols - Charlie Black
- Allison Parisi - Jane Clark
- Dylan Hundley - Sally Fowler
- Isabel Gillies - Cynthia McLean
- Bryan Leder - Fred Neff
- Will Kempe - Rick Von Sloneker
- Ellia Thompson - Serena Slocum
- Stephen Uys - Victor Lemley