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Gattaca (1997)

Vincent:
The most unremarkable of events: Jerome Morrow, navigator first class, is about to embark on a one-year manned mission to Titan, 14th moon of Saturn. A highly prestigious assignment, although for Jerome, selection was virtually guaranteed at birth. He's blessed with all the gifts required for such an undertaking: a genetic quotient second to none. No, there is truly nothing remarkable about the progress of Jerome Morrow... except that I am not Jerome Morrow.
Director Josef:
You keep your work station so clean, Jerome.
Vincent:
It's next to godliness. Isn't that what they say?
Director Josef:
Godliness. I reviewed your flight plan. Not one error in a million keystrokes. Phenomenal. It's right that someone like you is taking us to Titan.
Vincent:
Has the committee approved the mission? There's been talk of delay.
Director Josef:
You shouldn't listen to talk. You leave in a week. You've got a substance test.
Nurse:
Neurological condition, 60% probability, manic depression, 42% probability. Attention deficit disorder, 89% probability. Heart disorder, 99% probability. Early fatal potential. Life expectancy: 30.2 years.
Antonio:
30 years?
Nurse:
The name for the certificate?
Antonio:
Anton. No, Vincent Anton. That's a good name.
Vincent:
That's how my brother Anton came into the world. A son my father considered worthy of his name.
Antonio:
I'm proud of you, son. - What'd I tell you. See how much he's grown.
Vincent:
300 million, 350 million, 400 million. Maybe it was the love of the planets, maybe it was just my growing dislike for this one, but for as long as I can remember I've dreamed of going into space. 750 million, 800 million, 850 million. How many astronauts are there anyway? I bet I could be one if I wanted. Hey don't eat that. It's Pluto.
Vincent:
Maybe it was a love of the planets, maybe it was just my growing dislike for this one, but for as long as I can remember, I have dreamt of going to space. My goals didn't change a lot in the intervening years, much to my parents's dismay.
Vincent's mother:
You have to be realistic, with a heart condition like yours...
Vincent:
Mom, there's a chance there's nothing even wrong with my heart.
Vincent's father:
One chance in a hundred!
Vincent:
Well I'll take it all right?
Vincent's mother:
The trouble is that they won't.
Vincent's father:
Listen for God's sake, you gotta understand something, the only way that you'll see the inside of a spaceship is if you're cleaning it.
Vincent:
My father was right. It did not matter how much I lied on my resume. My real resume was in my cells. Why should anybody invest all that money to train me when there were a thousand other applicants with a far cleaner profile? Of course, it's illegal to discriminate, 'genoism' it's called. But no one takes the law seriously. If you refuse to disclose, they can always take a sample from a door handle or a handshake, even the saliva on your application form. If in doubt, a legal drug test can just as easily become an illegal peek at your future in the company.
Vincent:
Like many others in my situation, I moved around a lot next few years, getting work where I could. I must've cleaned half the toilets in the state. I belonged to a new underclass, no longer determined by social status or the colour of your skin. We now have discrimination down to a science.
Vincent:
Like many others in my situation, I moved around a lot next few years, getting work where I could. I must've cleaned half the toilets in the state. I belonged to a new underclass, no longer determined by social status or the colour of your skin. We now have discrimination down to a science.
Caesar:
Welcome to Gattaca, gentlemen. Allright, there's your cleaning material. Start from the front and clean all the way back. And I want to see my smiling face on that floor. What about you, your majesty? You're dreaming of space? Come here. You have to start by cleaning this space right here!
Vincent:
I was never more certain of how far away I was from my goal than when I was standing right beside it.
Vincent:
Jerome never questioned my commitment again. I took my mind off the pain by reminding myself that when I'd eventually did stand up, I'be exactly two inches closer to the stars.
Irene:
I don't even know who you are.
Vincent:
I'm the same person I was yesterday.
Irene:
I can't hear any more of your lies Jerome...
Vincent:
My name is Vincent, all right? Vincent Anton Freeman, and I'm a 'faith birth' or a 'de-gene-erate', whatever you want to call it; but I am NOT a murderer!
Irene:
You're a 'God-child'?
Vincent:
But we do have one thing in common, only I don't have twenty or thirty years left in mine. Mine is already ten thousand beats overdue.
Irene:
It's not possible.
Vincent:
You are the authority on what is not possible, aren't you Irene? They've got you looking for any flaw, that after a while that's all you see. For what it's worth, I'm here to tell you that it is possible. It is possible.
Vincent:
It's funny, you work so hard, you do everything you can to get away from a place, and when you finally get your chance to leave, you find a reason to stay.
Anton:
Vincent. My God you have changed. Has it been so long, you don't recognize your own brother?
Vincent:
Are we brothers?
Anton:
Our parents both died thinking they'd outlived you. I had my doubts.
Vincent:
What are you doing here Anton?
Anton:
I should ask you that question. I have a right to be here. You don't.
Vincent:
You almost sound as if you believe that. I committed no murder. You must be disappointed.
Anton:
You committed fraud. [Pause] Listen, you're in a lot of trouble Vincent. I can get you out of here-
Vincent:
Do you have any idea what it took to get IN here?!
Anton:
You've gone as far as you can go. You come with me now!
Vincent:
There is still a few million miles left to go.
Anton:
It's over..
Vincent:
Is it the only way you can succeed is to see me fail?
Anton:
I'm telling you.....
Vincent:
My god, even you are going to tell me what i can and can't do now?! In case you haven't noticed, I don't need any rescuing, but you did once. Well.. you've got all the answers, how do you explain that?
Anton:
You didn't beat me that day. I beat myself.
Vincent:
Who are you trying to convince?
Anton:
Do you want me to prove it to you?
Vincent:
It's not important Anton. It's forgotten.
Anton:
I'll prove it to you. You want me to prove it to you?! I'll prove it to you!
Vincent:
I do.
Anton Freeman:
Vincent! How are you doing this Vincent? How have you done any of this? We have to go back.
Vincent:
It's too late for that. We're closer to the other side.
Anton Freeman:
What other side? You wanna drown us both?
Vincent:
You wanna know how I did it? This is how I did it Anton. I never saved anything for the swim back.
Irene:
You couldn't see, could you? That night, crossing the street. You crossed anyway.
Vincent:
If you're still interested, let me know.
Irene:
Sorry. The wind caught it.
Vincent:
I don't know how to thank you.
Jerome:
No, no. I got the better end of the deal. I only lent you my body. You lent me your dream.
Vincent:
What's this?
Dr. Lamar:
New policy, what's the matter? Flight got you nervous.
Vincent:
Nope, there's a problem Lamar.
Dr. Lamar:
I still haven't told you about my son, have I? He's a big fan of yours.
Vincent:
Just remember. I was as good as any, and better than most.
Dr. Lamar:
He wants to apply here.
Vincent:
I could've gone up and back and nobody would've been the wiser.
Dr. Lamar:
unfortunately my son's not all that they promised. But then again, who knows what he could do.
Dr. Lamar:
For future reference, right-handed men don't hold it with their left. Just one of those things.
Dr. Lamar:
You're gonna miss your flight, Vincent.
Vincent:
For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving... maybe I'm going home.