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On the Beach (1959 film) Quotes

On the Beach (1959 film) is a television show that first aired in 1970 . On the Beach completed its run in 1970.

It features Stanley Kramer as producer, Ernest Gold (composer) in charge of musical score, and Giuseppe Rotunno as head of cinematography.

On the Beach (1959 film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of On the Beach (1959 film) is 134 minutes long. On the Beach (1959 film) is distributed by United Artists.

The cast includes: Fred Astaire as Julian Osborne, Ava Gardner as Moira Davidson, Grant Taylor as Morgan, Gregory Peck as Dwight Towers, Anthony Perkins as Peter, Donna Anderson as Mary, and John Tate as Adm. Bridie.

On the Beach (1959 film) Quotes

Ava Gardner as Moira Davidson

  • (Ava Gardner) "The only thing I could understand is geography. And I like geography."
  • (Ava Gardner) "Wouldn't you like to try?"
  • (Ava Gardner) "You're looking for me."
  • (Ava Gardner) "Am I?"
  • (Gregory Peck) "I'm Moira Davidson. M-O-I-R-A. It was a very fashionable name when -- my mother was young and impressionable. I'm a throwback."
  • (Ava Gardner) "There isn't time. No time to love -- nothing to remember -- nothing worth remembering."
  • (Ava Gardner) "All I want to know is: if everybody was so smart, why didn't they know what would happen?"
  • (Gregory Peck) "They did."
  • (Ava Gardner) "Well, I; I can't take it. I; oh, yes, I can take it. But, it's unfair. It's unfair because I didn't do anything. And nobody I know did anything."
  • (Ava Gardner) "I've never had it happen quite like that before."
  • (Ava Gardner) "A very nice man asked me to wait here. I don't think he knew what to do with me."
  • (Gregory Peck) "That's debatable."
  • (Ava Gardner) "I take it you put me to bed?"
  • (Ava Gardner) "You have to buy me a couple of drinks to get me started."
  • (Ava Gardner) "I wouldn't really mind -- if you could forget entirely who I am -- I don't like myself very much anyway."
  • (Ava Gardner) "My obvious job was to seduce you. So, I suppose my pride is hurt. I also feel ashamed."

Gregory Peck as Dwight Towers

  • (Gregory Peck) "Well, you can't go down in a submarine in that ballet costume."
  • (Gregory Peck) "Mr. Osborne, he's doing a good job for us. He's not used to this kind of duty. He's not feeling well; just a little claustrophobia."
  • (Unnamed) "Beg your pardon, sir?"
  • (Gregory Peck) "Professor needs a drink."
  • (Gregory Peck) "Well -- how'd you recognize me?"
  • (Ava Gardner) "I love Americans. They're so naive."
  • (Gregory Peck) "Prepare to surface."
  • (Gregory Peck) "Is your invitation to spread a little fertilizer still open?"
  • (Ava Gardner) "Can you stay for a few day?"
  • (Gregory Peck) "Where's Holmes?"
  • (Ava Gardner) "Oh, he's decking the halls with holly. He sent me for better or worse."
  • (Gregory Peck) "Better, I'd say."
  • (Ava Gardner) "I'm your date; or, whatever you call it."
  • (Gregory Peck) "Is there a place where I might stop where I can get a little breakfast?"
  • (Ava Gardner) "What?"
  • (Gregory Peck) "A little breakfast."
  • (Ava Gardner) "Do you mean that in addition to everything else, I have to watch you eat bacon and eggs and all that muck?"

Donna Anderson as Mary

  • (Donna Anderson) "Peter, how could you."
  • (Anthony Perkins) "Oh, I don't know, really, I just held the towel like this and --"
  • (Donna Anderson) "Very funny."
  • (Anthony Perkins) "You're starting to get your figure back, arent' ya -- You know, after Jennifer and all. Little here. A little there."
  • (Donna Anderson) "We would have to get someone for him, wouldn't we? What about Moira?"
  • (Anthony Perkins) "Well, why not, if she's sober this weekend."
  • (Donna Anderson) "Julian said she's given it up."
  • (Anthony Perkins) "Oh, no, darling, you didn't listen. Julian said she'd given up gin; for brandy. She says she can drink more brandy."
  • (Donna Anderson) "Now, it's all over, isn't it?"
  • (Anthony Perkins) "It's all over."
  • (Donna Anderson) "You never wrestle with me any more."
  • (Anthony Perkins) "Now, what does that mean?"
  • (Donna Anderson) "I mean exactly what I say, you never wrestle with me any more."
  • (Donna Anderson) "Was he married, do you know?"
  • (Anthony Perkins) "Two kids."
  • (Donna Anderson) "And there gone."
  • (Anthony Perkins) "Yes, they were in America."
  • (Donna Anderson) "God -- God, forgive us. Peter, I think I'll have that cup of tea now."
  • (Donna Anderson) "It's all over now, isn't it?"
  • (Anthony Perkins) "Yes, it's all over."

Anthony Perkins as Peter

  • (Anthony Perkins) "Moira's not a bad notion, point of fact."
  • (Anthony Perkins) "Have you ever been to San Francisco?"
  • (Fred Astaire) "Yes, I have. A week on the way down. I met a lovely girl. Longest, loveliest legs I've ever seen. Full of martinis; both of them. The legs, I mean."
  • (Anthony Perkins) "You remember when we first met? It was on the beach. I thought you were everything I'd always wanted."
  • (Donna Anderson) "I thought you were so underfed."
  • (Anthony Perkins) "Now, this is a special kind of; - sleeping pill. I had a devil of a time getting 'em. But, I wanted you to have them on hand and to make sure you knew how to use 'em.; - What happens with the radiation is that you get; you get ill; and you start feeling sick and then you are sick and you go on being sick. You can't keep anything down. You may feel better for awhile; but, but it always comes back. You get weaker."
  • (Donna Anderson) "And this cures it."
  • (Anthony Perkins) "Darling, you know nothing cures it. This ends it."
  • (Anthony Perkins) "Darling."
  • (Donna Anderson) "God, God forgive us. Peter, I think I'll have that cup of tea, now."

Fred Astaire as Julian Osborne

  • (Fred Astaire) "Who would ever have believed that human beings would be stupid enough to blow themselves off the face of the Earth?"
  • (Fred Astaire) "The trouble with you is you want a simple answer. There isn't any. The war started when people accepted the idiotic principle that peace could be maintained; - by arranging to defend themselves with weapons they couldn't possibly use; - without committing suicide. Everybody had an atomic bomb, and counter-bombs, and counter-counter bombs. The devices outgrew us; we couldn't control them. I know, I helped build them. God, help me. Somewhere, some poor bloke probably looked at a radar screen and thought he saw something. He knew that if he hesitated one-thousands of a second; his own country would be wiped off the map. So; So, he pushed a button; and the world went; - crazy. And, and --"
  • (Fred Astaire) "In the end, somehow granted the time for examination, we shall find that our so called civilization was gloriously destroyed by a handful of vacuum tubes and transistors. Probably faulty."
  • (Fred Astaire) "I shouldn't drink, you know. I inevitably say something brilliant."
  • (Fred Astaire) "It's like looking at a French movie."
  • (Unnamed) "Who do you think started it; the war?"
  • (Fred Astaire) "Albert Einstein."
  • (Fred Astaire) "There was a choice. It was build the bombs, and use them; or risk the United States, the Soviet Union, and the rest of us, would find some way -- to go on living."
  • (Grant Taylor) "That's wishful thinking if ever I heard it."
  • (Fred Astaire) "I'm not against wishful thinking. Not now."
  • (Fred Astaire) "The war started when people accepted the idiotic principle that peace could be maintained by arranging to defend themselves with weapons they couldn't possibly use without committing suicide."

John Tate as Adm. Bridie

  • (John Tate) "There's one thing that always bothered me, Hosgood. A girl like you; why no young men?"
  • (Lt. Hosgood (Bridie's secretary)) "They never asked me. I guess maybe it was the uniform."
  • (John Tate) "To a blind, blind world."
  • (John Tate) "Would you have a glass of sherry; with an old man?"
  • (Lt. Hosgood (Bridie's secretary)) "No, sir. But, I would very much like to have one with you, sir."

Grant Taylor as Morgan

  • (Grant Taylor) "They pushed us too far. They didn't think we'd fight, no matter what they did."
  • (Fred Astaire) "And they were wrong. We fought. We expunged them. And we didn't do such a bad job on ourselves."

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