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American Splendor (film) Quotes

American Splendor (film) is a television program that appeared on TV in 1970 . American Splendor completed its run in 1970.

It features Ted Hope as producer, Mark Suozzo in charge of musical score, and Terry Stacey as head of cinematography.

American Splendor (film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of American Splendor (film) is 101 minutes long. American Splendor (film) is distributed by Fine Line Features.

The cast includes: Judah Friedlander as Toby Radloff, Hope Davis as Joyce Brabner, Paul Giamatti as Harvey Pekar, and James Urbaniak as Robert Crumb.

American Splendor (film) Quotes

James Urbaniak as Robert Crumb

  • (James Urbaniak) "You turned yourself into a comic hero?"
  • (Paul Giamatti) "Sorta, yeah. But no idealized s***. No phony bulls***. The real thing, y'know? Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff."

Judah Friedlander as Toby Radloff

  • (Judah Friedlander) "I consider myself a nerd."
  • (Judah Friedlander) "I'm not going to be eating dinner until very late and this has got to hold me over."
  • (Paul Giamatti) "Yeah? Whaddya got? A church function?"
  • (Judah Friedlander) "No. I'm driving to Toledo to see a movie. Wouldya like to come?"
  • (Paul Giamatti) "No. Nah. I'm goin to Delaware tonight. I'm getting married."
  • (Judah Friedlander) "Oh. Why Delaware?"
  • (Paul Giamatti) "Well, you know, chick I'm marryin' is from Wilmington. Plus I gotta help her move her stuff back here. Why are you driving to Toledo to see a movie, Tob'?"
  • (Judah Friedlander) "It's not playing at the Mapletown. I didn't know you had a girlfriend Harvey."
  • (Paul Giamatti) "Yeah, yeah. We met last week."
  • (Judah Friedlander) "You might want to try believing in something bigger than yourself. It might cheer you up."
  • (Judah Friedlander) "How long are you going to be in Delaware? Because I'd really like to see this movie with you."
  • (Paul Giamatti) "I don't know. I'll be gone about a week. But I'm getting married, so I'll have to bring her along too. Is it a girl flick?"
  • (Judah Friedlander) "Depends on the girl. Is your new bride a nerd?"
  • (Paul Giamatti) "I don't know. Kinda. Yeah. She's in to herbal tea."

Paul Giamatti as Harvey Pekar

  • (Paul Giamatti) "Man, listen, I'll tell you something, people are starting to know the name Crumb. And when you croak, man, you're gonna leave something behind."
  • (James Urbaniak) "Yeah, I guess. Ha-ha. It's not like I'm Blind Lemon Jefferson or Big Mama Thornton."
  • (Paul Giamatti) "Oh, come on, man. I'll tell you something, it sure beats working a gig like mine, being a nobody flunky and selling records on the side for a buck."
  • (James Urbaniak) "Well, that's true."
  • (Paul Giamatti) "My name is Harvey Pekar; that's an unusual name; Harvey Pekar. 1960 was the year I got my first apartment and my first phone book. Now imagine my surprise when I looked up my name and saw that in addition to me, another Harvey Pekar was listed. Now I was listed as "Harvey L. Pekar", my middle name is Lawrence, and he was listed as "Harvey Pekar" therefore his was a; was a pure listing. Then in the '70s, I noticed that a third Harvey Pekar was listed in the phone book, now this filled me with curiousity. How can there be three people with such an unusual name in the world, let alone in one city? Then one day, a person I work with, expressed her sympathy with me, concerning what she thought, was the death of my father, and she pointed out an obituary notice in the newspaper for a man named Harvey Pekar. And one of his sons was named Harvey. And these were the other Harvey Pekar's. And six months later, Harvey Pekar Jr. died. And although I've met neither man, I was filled with sadness, 'what were they like?', I thought, it seemed that our lives had been linked in some indefineable way. But the story does not end there, for two years later, another 'Harvey Pekar' appeared in the phone book. Who are these people? Where do they come from? What do they do? What's in a name? Who is "Harvey Pekar"?"
  • (Paul Giamatti) "You don't have any problems with moving to Cleveland?"
  • (Hope Davis) "Not really. I find most American cities to be depressing in the same way."
  • (Paul Giamatti) "And you're OK with the vasectomy thing?"
  • (Danielle) "I think I'm going to write my own comic."
  • (Paul Giamatti) "Oh yeah? What about?"
  • (Danielle) "I'm not sure yet, but not about you. I think you have enough already."
  • (Paul Giamatti) "Ever since I read your stuff, man, I been thinkin', I could write comic book stories that are different from anything that's being done. I figure, you know, that the guys that are doing animal comics and, eh, super hero stuff, they're really limited. 'Cause they got to try to appeal to kids. And underground stuff, like yours, have been really subversive and its opened things up politically. But, there's still plenty more to be done with them too, you know."
  • (James Urbaniak) "Pass the ketchup."
  • (Paul Giamatti) "The words and pictures, they could be more of an art form. You know, like those French movies or, or, eh, or De Sica over in Italy. So, anyway, I just, I tried to, I tried to write you some stuff about; real life; you know, stuff that the everyman's got to deal with."
  • (James Urbaniak) "These are all about you?"
  • (Paul Giamatti) "Yeah."
  • (James Urbaniak) "You've turned yourself into a comic hero."
  • (Paul Giamatti) "Wow, you're a sick woman."
  • (Hope Davis) "Not yet, but I expect to be."
  • (Paul Giamatti) "Well, there's a reliable disappointment."
  • (Paul Giamatti) "Right now, I'd be glad to trade some growth for happiness."
  • (Paul Giamatti) "You might as well know right off the bat, I had a vasectomy."

Hope Davis as Joyce Brabner

  • (Hope Davis) "We are going to get through this. I understand illness. I know how to handle these things."
  • (Hope Davis) "Harvey, may I have a glass of water and an aspirin?"
  • (Paul Giamatti) "Why, do you have a headache?"
  • (Hope Davis) "No, but I want to avoid getting one."
  • (Hope Davis) "I'm a self-diagnosed anemic."
  • (Hope Davis) "I think we should skip the whole courtship thing and just get married."

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