No Country for Old Men (film)

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No Country For Old Men is a 2007 film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 2005 novel of the same name. Set in West Texas, a man on the run with a suitcase full of money is pursued by a number of individuals.

Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.
There Are No Clean Getaways . Taglines

Anton Chigurh

  • What business is it of yours where I'm from...friendo?
  • Let me ask you a question: if the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule?

Sheriff Ed Tom Bell

  • I always liked to hear about the old-timers. Never missed a chance to do so. You can't help but compare yourself against the old timers. Can't help but wonder how they would've operated these times. There was this boy I sent to Huntsville here a while back. My arrest and my testimony. He killed a fourteen-year-old girl. Papers said it was a crime of passion but he told me there wasn't any passion to it. Told me that he'd been planning to kill somebody for about as long as he could remember. Said that if they turned him out he'd do it again. Said he knew he was going to hell. Be there in about fifteen minutes. I don't know what to make of that. I surely don't.


Chigurh: What's the most you've ever lost on a coin toss?
Proprietor: Sir?
Chigurh: The most. You ever lost. On a coin toss.
Proprietor: I don't know. I couldn't say.
[Chigurh tosses a quarter in the air, catches it, then places it on the counter with his hand over it]
Chigurh: Call it.
Proprietor: Call it?
Chigurh: Yes.
Proprietor: Well - we need to know what we're callin' for here.
Chigurh: You need to call it. I can't call it for you. It wouldn't be fair.
Proprietor: I didn't put nothin' up.
Chigurh: Yes you did. You been putting it up your whole life. You just didn't know it. You know what date is on this coin?
Proprietor: No.
Chigurh: Nineteen fifty-eight. It's been traveling twenty-two years to get here. And now it's here. And it's either heads or tails, and you have to say. Call it.
Proprietor: Look... I need to know what I stand to win.
Chigurh: Everything.
Proprietor: How's that?
Chigurh: You stand to win everything. Call it.
Proprietor: All right. Heads then.
[Chigurh removes his hand, revealing the proprietor made the correct call]
Chigurh: Well done. Don't put it in your pocket.
Proprietor: Sir?
Chigurh: Don't put it in your pocket. It's your lucky quarter.
Proprietor: Where you want me to put it?
Chigurh: Anywhere not in your pocket. Or it'll get mixed in with the others and become just a coin. Which it is.

Chigurh: You know how this is going to turn out, don't you?
Moss: No. Do you?
Chigurh: I think you do. So this is what I'll offer. You bring me the money and I'll let her go. Otherwise she's accountable. The same as you. That's the best deal you're going to get. I won't tell you you can save yourself because you can't.
Moss: Yeah I'm goin' to bring you somethin' all right. I've decided to make you a special project of mine. You ain't goin to have to look for me at all.

Man Who Hires Wells: How well do you know Chigurh?
Wells: Well enough.
Man Who Hires Wells: That's not an answer.
Wells: What do you want to know?
Man Who Hires Wells: I'd just like to know your opinion of him. In general. Just how dangerous is he?
Wells: Compared to what? The bubonic plague? He's bad enough that you called me. He's a psychopathic killer but so what? There's plenty of them around.
Man Who Hires Wells: He killed three men in a motel in Del Rio yesterday. And two others at that colossal goatfuck out in the desert.
Wells: Okay. We can stop that.
Man Who Hires Wells: You seem pretty sure of yourself. You've led something of a charmed life haven't you Mr. Wells?
Wells: In all honesty I can't say that charm has had a whole lot to do with it.

Accountant: Are you going to shoot me?
Chigurh: That depends. Do you see me?

Carla Jean Moss: What're you goin to do?
Llewelyn Moss: I'm fixin' to do somethin' dumbern' hell but I'm goin' anyways. ...If I don't come back tell Mother I love her.
Carla Jean Moss: Your mother's dead, Llewelyn.
Llewelyn Moss: Well then I'll tell her myself.

[Carla Jean Moss enters her mother's house, finding Anton Chigurh sitting in a chair in her mother's room]
Carla Jean : I knew this wasn't done with. I ain't got the money. What little I had is long gone and they's bill aplenty to pay yet. I buried my mother today. I ain't paid for that neither.
Chigurh: I wouldn't worry about it.
Carla Jean: I need to sit down. [pause] You got no cause to hurt me.
Chigurh: No. But I gave my word.
Carla Jean: You gave your word?
Chigurh: To your husband.
Carla Jean: That don't make sense. You gave your word to my husband to kill me?
Chigurh: Your husband had the opportunity to save you. Instead, he used you to try to save himself.
Carla Jean: Not like that. Not like you say. [pause] You don't have to do this.
Chigurh: People always say the same thing.
Carla Jean: What do they say?
Chigurh: They say, "you don't have to do this."
Carla Jean: You don't.
Chigurh: [sighs] Okay.
[Chigurh produces a quarter and tosses it into the air, catching it and putting it on his thigh]
Chigurh: This is the best I can do. Call it.
Carla Jean: I knowed you was crazy when I saw you settin' there. I knowed exactly what was in store for me.
Chigurh: Call it.
Carla Jean: No. I ain't gonna call it.
Chigurh: Call it.
Carla Jean: The coin don't have no say! It's just you!
Chigurh: I got here the same way the coin did.

Loretta: How'd you sleep?
Sheriff Ed Bell: I don't know. Had dreams.
Loretta: Well you got time for 'em now. Anything interesting?
Sheriff Ed Bell: Well they always is to the party concerned.
Loretta: Ed Tom, I'll be polite.
Sheriff Ed Bell: Alright then. Two of 'em. Both had my father in 'em . It's peculiar. I'm older now then he ever was by twenty years. So in a sense he's the younger man. Anyway, first one I don't remember too well but it was about meetin' him in town somewhere, he's gonna give me some money. I think I lost it. The second one, it was like we was both back in older times and I was on horseback goin' through the mountains of a night. Goin' through this pass in the mountains. It was cold and there was snow on the ground and he rode past me and kept on goin'. Never said nothin' goin' by. He just rode on past... and he had his blanket wrapped around him and his head down and when he rode past I seen he was carryin' fire in a horn the way people used to do and I could see the horn from the light inside of it. 'Bout the color of the moon. And in the dream I knew that he was goin' on ahead and he was fixin' to make a fire somewhere out there in all that dark and all that cold. And I knew that whenever I got there he would be there. And then I woke up.


  • There are no clean getaways.
  • You Can't Stop What's Coming
  • There are no laws.


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