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Beginners Quotes

Beginners is a TV program that was first aired in 1970 . Beginners completed its run in 1970.

It features Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Miranda de Pencier; Lars Knudsen, and Jay Van Hoy as producer, Roger Neill, Dave Palmer, and Brian Reitzell; Jelly Roll Morton in charge of musical score, and Kasper Tuxen as head of cinematography.

Beginners is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of Beginners is 104 minutes long. Beginners is distributed by Focus Features.

The cast includes: Christopher Plummer as Hal, Ewan McGregor as Oliver, Mélanie Laurent as Anna, Kai Lennox as Elliot, Mary Page Keller as Georgia, and Cosmo as Arthur.

Beginners Quotes

Ewan McGregor as Oliver

  • (Ewan McGregor) "We didn't go to this war. We didn't have to hide to have sex. Our good fortune allowed us to feel a sadness that our parents didn't have time for and a happiness that I never saw with them."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "I don't know, Anna. I don't think this is what I'm supposed to feel like."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "We didn't know how we learned the stories in our heads, but sometimes they stopped running, and I can really see Anna's eyes in 2003. Her ears. Her feet. This is what it looks like when she says, 'I love you,' in 2003. This is what it looks like when she cries. When she tells me there's always a new empty room waiting for her. They used to make her feel free. Now they make her feel the opposite of free."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "Six months later, my father told me he was gay. He had just turned 75."
  • (Christopher Plummer) "I'm gay."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "I always remember him wearing a purple sweater when he told me this, but actually he wore a robe."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "Well, I'm gonna have to kill you now."
  • (Mélanie Laurent) "Hm -- why?"
  • (Ewan McGregor) "Because I'm falling in love with you."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "I couldn't tell him."
  • (Christopher Plummer) "That's okay."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "No, it's not. You can't hide this from him. He loves you."
  • (Christopher Plummer) "For someone with so much relationship advice, you seem awfully alone."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "You make me laugh but its not funny."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "What did you do with my father? He was so polite."
  • (Christopher Plummer) "Well, I invited him but he never returns my calls."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "I've always wanted to have a phone call with someone who doesn't talk."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "Okay. You point; I'll drive."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "Go and have your own experiences with your own people. I-I'll be right here. I'm a human. I'm not a dog. And-and you're a Jack Russell and that's a breed. Your personality was created by this guy John Russell, who was a hunting enthusiast in the 1800's, and he bred your ancestors for their stamina and their courage for the hunt. You think you're you and you want to chase the foxes, but -- other people planted that in you years ago, and now, somewhat arbitrarily, you're considered very cute by us humans, and we keep breeding you not to -- not to chase foxes, but to be cute, and we put you in television shows, and movies, and -- and you're chasing tennis balls because they're as close to a fox as you're gonna get."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "You re-wrote Jesus's death?"
  • (Christopher Plummer) "Ah, it was far too violent. We need new stories."

Kai Lennox as Elliot

  • (Kai Lennox) "You're thinking about her all the time."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "And you know that because --"
  • (Kai Lennox) "Because you're not talking about it. I know you."
  • (Kai Lennox) "What was that?"
  • (Ewan McGregor) "Historical consciousness. Something bigger than myself."

Mélanie Laurent as Anna

  • (Mélanie Laurent) "Why are you at a party if you're sad?"
  • (Mélanie Laurent) "You can ask me anything."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "Anything? What's that there?"
  • (Mélanie Laurent) "That's a tree."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "Yeah."
  • (Mélanie Laurent) "And Cars."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "Uh-huh."
  • (Mélanie Laurent) "Another building like this one."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "Right."
  • (Mélanie Laurent) "People in the building like us. Half of them think things will never work out. The other half believe in magic. It's like a war between them."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "How do you know so much about people?"
  • (Mélanie Laurent) "Oh. Well, you have to learn how to read their faces."
  • (Mélanie Laurent) "I used to love hotels. Now I'm always in a new apartment or in another hotel somewhere."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "How do you keep hold of friends? Or boyfriends?"
  • (Mélanie Laurent) "Makes it very easy to end up alone. To leave people."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "You can stay in the same place and still find ways to leave people."
  • (Mélanie Laurent) "You've lost so much. What if I can't make up for that?"
  • (Mélanie Laurent) "Why do you leave everyone? Why did you let me go?"
  • (Ewan McGregor) "Maybe because I -- I don't really believe that it's gonna work, and then I make sure that it doesn't work."
  • (Mélanie Laurent) "Well, my name is Anna. You're worried you can't trust me because you don't know who I am. I get it. That makes sense to me."

Christopher Plummer as Hal

  • (Christopher Plummer) "I don't want to be just theoretically gay. I want to do something about it."
  • (Christopher Plummer) "Well, let's say --"
  • (Ewan McGregor) "Arthur, down."
  • (Christopher Plummer) "-- let's say since you were little, and -- and you -- you always dreamed of -- of someday getting a lion, and you wait and you wait and you wait and you wait, and the lion doesn't come. Then along comes a giraffe. You can be alone, or you can be with the giraffe."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "I'd wait for the lion."
  • (Christopher Plummer) "That's why I worry about you."
  • (ICU Nurse #1) "Drinking is not allowed in the room."
  • (Christopher Plummer) "Oh, it's not?"
  • (Christopher Plummer) "No, no, no -- no, no. She's a wonderful nurse. Here's to health care."

Cosmo as Arthur

  • (Cosmo) "We knew it wouldn't work, even before we met her."

Mary Page Keller as Georgia

  • (Mary Page Keller) "Black music's the deepest 'cause they suffered the most. Them and the Jews."

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