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A Shock to the System (1990 film) Quotes

A Shock to the System (1990 film) is a TV show that debuted in 1970 . A Shock to the System stopped airing in 1970.

It features Patrick McCormick as producer, Gary Chang in charge of musical score, and Paul Goldsmith (cinematographer) as head of cinematography.

A Shock to the System (1990 film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of A Shock to the System (1990 film) is 91 minutes long. A Shock to the System (1990 film) is distributed by Corsair Pictures.

The cast includes: Michael Caine as Graham Marshall, Swoosie Kurtz as Leslie Marshall, Philip Moon as Henry Park, and John McMartin as George Brewster.

A Shock to the System (1990 film) Quotes

Michael Caine as Graham Marshall

  • (Michael Caine) "I didn't get the job, Leslie. The promotion -- I didn't get it."
  • (Swoosie Kurtz) "No, of course you got it, Graham. You always get it."
  • (Michael Caine) "I'm sorry. I know what it meant to you."
  • (Swoosie Kurtz) "No, you don't, Graham. I really don't think you do know how much it meant to me."
  • (Michael Caine) "That's when he realized she -- was a witch."
  • (Michael Caine) "I've never understood why you need a stair machine when we have stairs."
  • (Swoosie Kurtz) "Because I have to keep going up, silly. If I had to keep going down, I'd lose the whole aerobic benefit."
  • (Michael Caine) "Everyone's so -- young."
  • (Michael Caine) "Scotch on the rocks, please. No, wait a minute; I'll have something vibrant and youthful."
  • (Unnamed) "Do you want a Shirley Temple?"
  • (Michael Caine) "Uh, no, the scotch will be fine; I'll have a side order of bran flakes."
  • (Michael Caine) "I will try and put this as politely as possible, Henry -- what the f*** are you doing in my office?"
  • (Philip Moon) "Bob says I'm supposed to help out with the reorganization report."
  • (Michael Caine) "Uh huh. Let me rephrase the question -"
  • (Michael Caine) "what the f*** are you doing in my office?"
  • (Philip Moon) "Bob just thought it was crazy not to have a computer in here."
  • (Michael Caine) "It's not the computer, it's you and your god**** desk."
  • (Michael Caine) "Abra kadabra. Shalakazam. Bye-bye, baby. Boom."
  • (Unnamed) "Gentlemen, gentlemen -- you don't understand. We are the young, the proud. We shouldn't be ashamed of success. We should say, "Yes, I have a boat. I have a country home. I have a girlfriend named 'Tara'." Say it with me, brothers."
  • (Unnamed) "I do have a Mercedes."
  • (Unnamed) "I have a condo with a pool."
  • (Unnamed) "I have a personal sports trainer."
  • (Michael Caine) "I have a wife, a mortgage, and two dogs."
  • (Michael Caine) "My father had it all figured out. He was a London bus driver. And when I was a boy, he used to take me over the river to Mayfair, where the rich people lived. And he used to say to me, "Son; there is no heaven. Here is the closest you will ever get. Life, here, is sweet. Life, back over there, is hard. So live over here, son.""
  • (Michael Caine) "He felt like one of those gods who appeared to maidens in human form. He knew he'd been great. Ah, Stella -- such a sweet girl, really. He'd have to be sure to reward her for being in the right place at the right time."
  • (Unnamed) "He was your superior, wasn't he?"
  • (Michael Caine) "No, he was my boss."
  • (Unnamed) "As spokesman for some of the younger turks, I'm supposed to invite you to lunch, in celebration of your approaching greatness."
  • (Michael Caine) "Oh Christ, today?"
  • (Unnamed) "Come on, executive bonding. Raucous, unfunny jokes. And we'll kiss your ass in the hopes you'll mistake it for affection."
  • (Michael Caine) "How degrading for you. I'll be there. What time?"
  • (Unnamed) "Twelve thirty. Bring your ass."
  • (Michael Caine) "You look fit today, George. Ready to do battle?"
  • (John McMartin) "It's all up for me, and I've done what I can for you. So let's just read our papers --"
  • (Michael Caine) "I think you're jumping the gun."
  • (John McMartin) "Oh, come on. The whole point of these takeovers is to sell off the assets, and put old farts like me out to pasture. I can hear the fat lady singing, Graham. I can hear her singing."

John McMartin as George Brewster

  • (John McMartin) "Space invaders, Graham. The new people; all gadgets and the bottom line. Stop them early, or they'll run right over you. "We can be more efficient than such-and-such a program -- " Blah blah blah, it's all bulls***, Graham, soup to nuts. It's code for mass firings and low quality. Just melt the market dry, and get out. I mean, if our system wasn't any good, why did they take us over in the first place? Christ."
  • (Unnamed) "Hey buddy, gimme a buck, willya? What do you make, a million a year?"
  • (John McMartin) "City's getting to be like Calcutta."

Swoosie Kurtz as Leslie Marshall

  • (Swoosie Kurtz) "I wanted to do a surprise party for your promotion, but the deposit check bounced at Mariela's."
  • (Michael Caine) "The job isn't mine yet, Leslie."
  • (Swoosie Kurtz) "Mariela's the only civilized caterer out here. I said to her, "Mariela, it can't bounce, it's one of the brown ones.""
  • (Michael Caine) "The money market? Jesus, Leslie."
  • (Swoosie Kurtz) "Well, for God's sake, it's my account. I said to her, "The green ones bounce; that's my husband's account. My brown ones never bounce.""

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