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Citizen Cohn Quotes

Citizen Cohn is a Drama that was first aired in 1970 on HBO. Citizen Cohn ended in 1970.

It features Doro Bachrach as producer, Thomas Newman in charge of musical score, and Paul Elliott (cinematographer) as head of cinematography. Citizen Cohn is executive produced by Linda Gottlieb.

Citizen Cohn is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of Citizen Cohn is 111 minutes long. Citizen Cohn is produced by Breakheart Films and distributed by HBO.

The cast includes: Joseph Bologna as Walter Winchell, Ed Flanders as Joseph N. Welch, James Woods as Roy Marcus Cohn, Lee Grant as Dora Cohn, Josef Sommer as Albert Cohn, Karen Ludwig as Ethel Rosenberg, and Ed Flanders as Joseph Welch.

Citizen Cohn Quotes

James Woods as Roy Marcus Cohn

  • (James Woods) "There are plenty of the shelves by subversives like Dashiel Hammett, but interestingly enough not a SINGLE copy of American Legion magazine."
  • (James Woods) "Well, to me, a Commie Jew is as disgusting as a Nazi Jew would be to you."
  • (James Woods) "You won't try to hurt me. You wanna know why? Because you're STILL afraid of me."
  • (James Woods) "Slow down -- stop -- eating -- me."
  • (James Woods) "So what's the indictment, Doctor? Theoretical? Principle? Personal? Give it a name."
  • (Unnamed) "I don't name names."
  • (James Woods) "Well, we know them already, so what's the difference?"
  • (James Woods) "Well, maybe I'm a little nearsighted. I cannot see the picture."
  • (Ed Flanders) "Yes, I do believe you have betrayed a certain nearsightedness --"
  • (Unnamed) "What are you trying to DO to me?"
  • (James Woods) "I'm trying to make a great man out of you."
  • (James Woods) "You're the angel of death, but you're no f***ing angel."
  • (James Woods) ""Murderer's Row"? Who said that? Who called us that? Who cares. It has a nice ring to it. Anyway, they haven't seen anything yet, have they?"
  • (Unnamed) "Okay Roy, I understand. You don't want Bobby Kennedy in your bedroom uninvited, do you?"
  • (James Woods) "I don't want Bobby Kennedy ANYWHERE."
  • (James Woods) "Senator, I've seen enough names working for Pat McCarran. You're going to be hauling up Jew after Jew -- all those European names, and with a McCarthy and a Kennedy together, it's gonna look like an Irish/Catholic-run pogrom. That will discredit everything you do, and I know, because I'm a Jew."
  • (Unnamed) "But they're Communists. They betrayed the faith of the Fathers for this Socialist God of Iron. Now, that's the issue, not anti-Semitism."
  • (James Woods) "That's NOT what your opposition will say. It's very hard sometimes to control what an issue really is, and if your enemies can find a way to twist your motives, believe me, they will do it."
  • (Unnamed) "To the birth of Jesus."
  • (James Woods) "Right. Another tough Jew."
  • (James Woods) "They tried to kill me. The bastards didn't make it, though."
  • (James Woods) "What do you see there? You see the SUN. They have this one doctor. They PAID him to kill me. They couldn't do it themselves, the miserable cocksuckers -- They got him to do it. You don't think so? My friends hate me. My enemies hate me. Now you hate me. Everybody hates me."
  • (Unnamed) "You knocked off your enemies a long time ago and your friends love you. You know that."
  • (James Woods) "Everybody starts out straight. I've never heard of anybody being BORN homosexual, have you? It's just -- times goes by and -- and sometimes I guess -- it happens to them -- without knowing it."

Ed Flanders as Joseph Welch

  • (Ed Flanders) "Have you no decency, sir? At long last, have you no sense of decency?"
  • (Ed Flanders) "Well, how did I do, Mr. Cohn?"
  • (James Woods) "The trial is over. You got McCarthy -- but you didn't get me."
  • (Ed Flanders) "You think you're on trial here? What would you be on trial for? And might I say, Mr. Cohn, for your sexual predilections I bear no grudge, no malice, nor for the hot, secret practices of your friends, not Mr. Hoover, not His Excellency the Cardinal. But shame, Mr. Cohn, for persecuting in public those who are no different than you."
  • (James Woods) "I'm not gay."
  • (Unnamed) "Suuuure. And you're dying of mumps."

Joseph Bologna as Walter Winchell

  • (Joseph Bologna) "You hear what I hear? Kennedy's gonna name his brother Attorney General. Our friend J. Edgar says it's gonna be "Get Hoffa and get Cohn." f*** the little cocksucker, and all the ships at sea."
  • (Joseph Bologna) "Barely more than 100,000 votes over 70 million cast. That, Mr. and Mrs. North and South America, is a squeaker. Opinion here? A rich, Irish kid with King Midas for a daddy has just proved that in this country, you can buy anything, including the White House."
  • (Joseph Bologna) "Good luck, America."

Lee Grant as Dora Cohn

  • (Lee Grant) "You're telling this boy how to live? You are?"
  • (Josef Sommer) "That's the idea."
  • (Lee Grant) "Don't. He's MINE. This is one boy they're NEVER going to forget."

Karen Ludwig as Ethel Rosenberg

  • (Karen Ludwig) "Here's a secret, boychick. The electricity makes everything brighter. I could see. All the Jews were afraid because if you could kill me, all the Jews would die."

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