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Written by Shaun O'Keefe — May 20, 2014



“Wolodarsky, go get the keys to that fishing boat, and throw them in the water. No, wait. They might have another set. Just blow it up.”

May 20 2014


Here are just a few of the key ingredients: dynamite, pole vaulting, laughing gas, choppers – can you see how incredible this is going to be? – hang gliding, come on!— Dignan
This is one of my favorites because of his sheer excitement and the little kid gleam he has in his eyes when he says it. It’s indicative of Dignan’s world view and joy in life.

May 20 2014

Joshua Wilson:

“You gotta get me one of those jumpsuits.” – Bottle Rocket. I think this line in some ways captures the spirit of Anderson’s films. The whimsy, the can-do attitude of joining in the project and making your ideas a reality, no matter how nutty. The love of uniforms. The gift of friendship beyond reasonable limits. Plus it’s so damn funny that someone would get excited to wear one of those jumpsuits.

May 20 2014


“This is an adventure.” – Steve Zissou from THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU

It is my favorite because it is a way you can view life (an adventure) and a perfect closing line by Zissou. Almost became the first part of my title for my dissertation (but used “What is this music?” instead since my diss was about music in Anderson’s films).

May 20 2014

Joe Spadaro:

“Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 10 days I’m going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to tag along is more than welcome.”

May 20 2014

Nate Bee:

Dignan: “They’ll never catch me… because I’m fucking innocent.” Dignan really was one of the most innocent characters I had seen in a long time. This is when I knew Wes Anderson was not an ordinary writer/director.

May 20 2014

Zlatko Stefkovski:

-Sharp little guy
-He’s one of the worst students we’ve got

From Rushmore. I sorta connect to this quote as I am sharp little guy who’s not the best student :D

May 20 2014

Susan anderson:

“Cousin Ben: Good. There’s a cold water crabber moored off Broken Rock. The skipper owes me an IOU. We’ll see if he can take you on as a claw cracker. It won’t be an easy life, but it’s better than shock therapy.” This is my mantra because, well, anything is better than shock therapy…

May 20 2014

Hannah :

“Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 10 days I’m going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to tag along is more than welcome.” Because it is hilarious and empowering all at the same time. Bill Murray is the only person who could have played Zissou.

May 20 2014


Captain Hennessey: Apparently some crooked fuckers broke into my sea lab yesterday.

Crew member: How awful. Did they nick anything?

Captain Hennessey: It doesn’t say. They probably just trashed the place. I’m so pissed I wan’t to spit. Hugo – tell Carl to load my elephant gun with buckshot. We’re gonna hunt down these sickos.

May 20 2014

Benjamin Cunliffe:

“The Characters are all fictional” – The Darjeeling Limited.

I love it because it’s so meta. Its self referencing Wes Anderson movies!. SO many interviewers must have said to him “I loved how you Styled Anthony on yourself” or “Max is supposed to be you right Wes?” and the amount of times Wes must have to say “No no no! The characters are all fictional” (even though Wes puts a little piece of himself and people he knows into all his movies)

May 20 2014

Guus Blenke:

Max Fischer: The secret, I don’t know… I guess you’ve just gotta find something you love to do and then… do it for the rest of your life. For me, it’s going to Rushmore.

I try to make everything thats important for me my own rushmore!

May 20 2014


I’ll fight it, but I won’t kill it. Now, what about my dynamite?

May 20 2014


“They’ll never catch me man, ‘cause I’m fucking innocent” from Bottle Rocket because I think it’s one of the best Owen Wilson’s interpretation, he’s so touching. And that movie is so underrated, it’s one of my favorite too.

May 20 2014

Jennifer ( Kingsley ned) davey(zizzou) :

Son of a bitch, I’m sick of these dolphins.

I love this line. It’s all in the delivery, classic murray.
I like to think if was even add lib….that would be cool.
Dead pan facial expression to go with it too.
Makes me laugh every time!

May 20 2014

Circe Arreola:

“For my dearest, darling, treasured, cherished Agatha, whom I worship. With respect, adoration, admiration, kisses, gratitude, best wishes, and love. From Zero”.

Because it’s exactly how it feels to be in love.
Sometimes you don’t find words to be grateful with the another person, the way she/he makes you feel. But this scene is completely magic for summarize those feelings.

May 20 2014

Nancy :

Steve Zissou: This is an adventure.

Gets me every time. I get a little “crazy-eye” myself at the end of the Life Aquatic.

May 20 2014


" I love you, but you don’t know what you’re talking about" – Moonrise Kingdom

It can be used all day long, and it is never insulting!

May 20 2014


“Are we – are we safe in here?” … “I doubt it.”
It’s kinda the perfect Wes Anderson response, slightly downtrodden but overall noncommittal.

May 20 2014


“On the run from Johnny Law…ain’t no trip to Cleveland.” – Dignan

Such a goofy and absurd line (from a goofy and absurd character) but it totally embodies the innocent spirit of the characters at that point in the film, as well as the new, freewheeling spirit of the independent film movement that “Bottle Rocket” helped propel.

May 20 2014


[a woman asks a question about the shark Zissou is hunting]
Festival Director: [translating] That’s an endangered species at most. What would be the scientific purpose of killing it?
Steve Zissou: Revenge.

As a researcher, not always finding the scientific purpose of my work, I particularly appreciate Steve’s answer. :)

May 20 2014


“You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed, that is what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant… Oh, fuck it.”
- M. Gustave H.

Here we have this splendorous set-up for something truly inspirational, spoken in the immediate aftermath of Inspector Henckels’ intervention in Gustave and Zero’s arrest, that even the prolific and artful speaker cannot bring himself to finish. It could easily be chalked up to physical fatigue – he was just slammed into a wall, after all – or grief over Madame D. or worst of all the floccinaucinihilipilification of his own wisdom. I can relate to this mid-stream enervation almost too well and that little monologue, even out of context as it appears in the trailer, struck a chord with me.

May 20 2014


‘I just wanted to say I’m sorry I threw rocks at you that day." Because there’s no friend like Dirk.

May 20 2014

Sam :

“How does an asshole like Bob get such a great kitchen?”

Pure Wes Andersen….finding the humor that exists in the middle of an explosive argument and giving us an amazing view into a character’s personality, while also keeping us grounded in simplicity. It is what makes him great.

May 20 2014

Casey Williams:

Oh, shit! Swamp leeches. Everybody, check for swamp leeches, and pull them off… Nobody else got hit? I’m the only one? What’s the deal?

May 20 2014


“We complete the adventure, but another member of our crew has been lost. This one was my son. Also our equity partner. We start the voyage home in our wounded vessel.” this is one of my favorite quotes from Life Aquatic. Steve finally isn’t afraid to call Ned his son, and it examplifies just how much has happened in their brief journey, in a quick but sad narration. This was the first Wes Anderson movie I saw, and I knew I was going to love his movies. After this one I quickly obtained every film he has done, and have been an immense fan ever since. I often wish I could live in one of his movies! The characters and worlds he builds are simply amazing.

May 20 2014

John Anthony:

“They’ll never catch me… Cause I’m fucking innocent!” – Dignan’s conviction and enthusiasm for whatever he is doing is contagious, and has always been a way I wish to live my life… A bit more purely. This quote embodies his generosity (taking the heat for his friends) and his ability to risk everything for the one thing he truly wanted… Respect.

May 20 2014

Mary Spranger:

“I hear what you’re saying, your comments are valuable, but I’m going to ignore your advice.”

Because my kids now use this on me!

May 20 2014

Matt Turner:

Coach Skip: Basically, there’s three grabbers, three taggers, five twig runners, and a player at Whackbat. Center tagger lights a pine cone and chucks it over the basket and the whack-batter tries to hit the cedar stick off the cross rock. Then the twig runners dash back and forth until the pine cone burns out and the umpire calls hotbox. Finally, you count up however many score-downs it adds up to and divide that by nine.
Kristofferson: Got it

This quote is the best because of coach skip’s rapid explanation of the game and Kristofferson’s reaction.

May 20 2014

Matt Turner:

Coach Skip: Basically, there’s three grabbers, three taggers, five twig runners, and a player at Whackbat. Center tagger lights a pine cone and chucks it over the basket and the whack-batter tries to hit the cedar stick off the cross rock. Then the twig runners dash back and forth until the pine cone burns out and the umpire calls hotbox. Finally, you count up however many score-downs it adds up to and divide that by nine.
Kristofferson: Got it

This quote is the best because of coach skip’s rapid explanation of the game and Kristofferson’s reaction.

May 20 2014


“Stand up straight, let me get a look at you”

May 20 2014

James Reilly:

“Oh, shit! Swamp leeches. Everybody, check for swamp leeches, and pull them off… Nobody else got hit? I’m the only one? What’s the deal?”

May 20 2014


Max Fischer: “I like your nurse’s uniform, guy.”
Dr. Peter Flynn: “These are O.R. scrubs.”
Max Fischer: “O, R they?”

May 20 2014


Tie between two Bob/Dignan exchanges from Bottle Rocket:

Bob: What are you putting that tape on your nose for?
Dignan: Exactly. Let’s get lucky.


Bob: How much bullets does this thing take?
Dignan: Bob!

These are my favorites, because Bottle Rocket was a by-chance, off-the-shelf video store rental that immediately connected with me due to the flaws (and strengths) of the characters and the hilarious dialogue, and it started a lifelong love affair with Anderson’s films. These lines made me laugh the first time I heard them and only grew funnier the more familiar I became with Wes and Owen’s writing style.

May 20 2014


-“Yeah, but you stitched me onto the dolphin…and I want you to know how much that means to me.”

-Well, I’m very pleased you liked it.

- “Y-You’re not listening.I didn’t just like it!.”

I love Klaus Daimler. I like how his proud inner child easily comes out when he finally got the acceptance he so righteously seeked throughout the whole movie.

May 20 2014


“Francis: I only remember certain details, but from what I’ve been able to reconstruct, it was raining, I was going about 50 miles an hour as I went into a corner, did some wrong steering, wheels went out from me, and suddenly, “Whoo”, skidded off the road, slammed into a ditch and got catapulted 50 feet through the air. Little particles of glass and debris were stinging my face as I flew. And for a second, there was just total silence. Just… Then BAM! The bike crashed to the ground, exploded and caught on fire, and then I smashed into the side of a hill with my face. I was driving home. I live alone right now. Anyway, two joggers ran up and started digging out all the dirt that was jammed inside my mouth and my nose and my ears. My brain had stopped, and my heart had stopped, so technically I was dead at this point. They did all the procedures exactly right, as a result of which I’m still alive.
Jack: Boy.
Peter: Wow.
Francis: The first thing I thought of when I woke up was, I wish Peter and Jack were here."

This is my favorite quote because I think we’ve all felt that helplessness at some point where we just want to be surrounded by unconditional love when we fear the worst

May 20 2014


She said you’re a failure? What has she ever done with her life that’s so great, man? Nothing!

May 20 2014


“If we fuck, I’m going to feel like shit tomorrow; I love you, I never hurt you on purpose.”
-Hotel Chevalier ♥

May 20 2014


“Who the shit is Kingsley Zissou?”

May 20 2014

Angela Puri:

Steve Zissou, “go to sleep you sons of bitches….”
Why? Because the of the defeated, deadpan delivery… Sounds like what I woyld say at the end of a long hard day.

May 20 2014


‘They say all foxes are slightly allergic to linoleum, but it’s cool to the paw – try it. They say my tail needs to be dry cleaned twice a month, but now it’s fully detachable – see? They say our tree may never grow back, but one day, something will. Yes, these crackles are made of synthetic goose and these giblets come from artificial squab and even these apples look fake – but at least they’ve got stars on them. I guess my point is, we’ll eat tonight, and we’ll eat together. And even in this not particularly flattering light, you are without a doubt the five and a half most wonderful wild animals I’ve ever met in my life. So let’s raise our boxes – to our survival.’ -Mr. Fox

Whenever Mr. Fox speaks, you always want to listen. He’s just amazing with words! This speech is my favorite because it is beaming with positivity and hope, and of course, because it is incredibly funny! Just like all of Wes’ films!

I am still waiting for an opportunity to use this quote in real life! :)

May 20 2014


“Nah, I didn’t get hurt that bad.” – Max, Rushmore

One line expresses all of the heartbreak and growth that Max has experienced throughout his journey. A perfect ending to a perfect movie.

May 20 2014

jason :

I’m not talking about dance lessons. I’m talking about putting a brick through the other guys windshield…

Royal has one of the best quotes, as he tries to bond with his grandkids. He is trying to entice them to do something fun and possible not safe, as Chaz has tended to over protect them since the death of their mother.

May 20 2014


‘Scrapping and yelling. Loving every minute with this damn crew.’ – Royal, from The Royal Tenenbaums

It was so tough picking a favorite (as I have dozens of them!), but the above quote is certainly in my top 10. I just felt like it embodied the whole Tenenbaum family mantra – that shit happens, people happen & they often make mistakes, but it all sort of works out – especially when you’re family.

…keep up the great work you do Team Zissou HQ! xo.

May 20 2014


Steve Zissou: Can you hear the Jack Whales singing?

Ned Plimpton: [Tanker goes off] Beautiful. I wonder what they’re saying.

Steve Zissou: Well actually that’s a Sludge Tanker over there…

[Several whales sing]

Steve Zissou: There you go!

So hard to chose a favourite from possibly my favourite Wes Anderson movie. I think it speaks to the dialogue in general. There’s something unnatural or awkward about the conversations which draws you in to the flawed characters

May 20 2014

Janine :

“I’m not talking about dance less. I’m talking about about putting a brick through the other guys windshield. I’m talking about taking it out and chopping it up”

May 20 2014

Brian Cabrera:
“The Zissou of my childhood represents all the dreams I’ve come to regret.”

I choose this quote because Steve Zissou is a sad and beautiful man.

May 20 2014

Dawn Garrison:

“I love you to but im gonna mace you in the face!”
This quote is my favorite because I am the youngest of three and when my two eldest brothers start fighting I feel the same way Jack felt.

May 21 2014

Allison Jess :

“I saved latin, what did you ever do?” From Rushmore.
I love it because it makes me want to do something.

May 21 2014


“We’re a pack of strays, don’t ya get it?”

I hate to be boring or cliche’ or whatever other critical thing that could be said about this choice as a winner… or a loser… but nothing really sticks out more as a general Wes Anderson motto like this one. Every film he’s done has heavily involved people who weren’t really prepared for what was about to occur. That’s Wes Anderson to me. This line just reminds me of the reason why I love his films the most: Honesty

May 21 2014

Sean Michael Smith:

“Nobody knows what’s going to happen. And then we film it. That’s the whole concept.” – The Life Aquatic

May 21 2014

Tina Dur:

Herman Blume: “You guys have it real easy. I never had it like this where I grew up. But I send my kids here because the fact is you go to one of the best schools in the country: Rushmore. Now, for some of you it doesn’t matter. You were born rich and you’re going to stay rich. But here’s my advice to the rest of you: Take dead aim on the rich boys. Get them in the crosshairs and take them down. Just remember, they can buy anything but they can’t buy backbone. Don’t let them forget it. Thank you.”

Love this quote. Pretty good advice for us all. Bill Murray is the best chapel speaker EVER!

May 21 2014

Scott Walkinshaw:

Zero: What happened?
M. Gustave: What happened, my dear Zero, is that I beat the living shit out of a sniveling little runt called Pinky Bandinski, because if we’ve learned one thing from Penny Dreadfuls, it’s that you can never be a candy ass; you’ve got to earn their respect. You should take a long look at his ugly mug this morning… He’s actually become a dear friend.

Perfectly delivered by Fiennes, it shows everything you need to know about Gustave H. Sophisticated, savvy (yet still in his own world), and, ultimately, loveable to those who meet him.

May 21 2014


“¿What would be the scientific purpose of killing it? Revenge.”
From life Aquatic.

I think that its the most ligitimate answer to many questions y real life. ¿Don`t you?

May 21 2014


“Can you explain that I almost had him? I lost him when we went off the rocks; he was too slippery. I had him the whole rest of the time… I want them to know that.”
(Peter Whitman, The Darjeeling Limited)

Peter’s sadness at losing the kid he tried to rescue, compounded with the reality of his wife’s pregnancy makes for some pretty poignant moments in The Darjeeling Limited. The complex ways they deal with their father’s passing always interested me, especially with the added layer of Peter’s son being soon-to-be born.

May 21 2014

Nate Bee:

Herman Blume: “I spent eight million dollars on this.”

Blume. Awesome character. My favourite Wes film.

May 22 2014


“Steve: Let me tell you about my boat. “The Belafonte” was a long-range sub hunter during the Second World War, which we bought from the U.S. Navy for $900,000. This is my mentor, Lord Mandrake, he is dead now…The sauna was designed by an engineer from the Chinese space program and we keep a Swedish masseuse on staff. Here is where we do all of our different science projects and experiments and so on. This is the kitchen, which contains probably the some of the most technologically advanced equipment on the ship. Eleanor put together a top-notch research library for us with a complete first-edition set of The Life Aquatic companion series. We process our own rushes, and keep a cutting room onboard so we can do an assembly while we’re shooting. This is an observation bubble-which I thought up in a dream, actually. Two albino scouts swim with the ship. They’re supposedly very intelligent… although I’ve never seen any evidence of it. Here is the engine room, the bearing casings aren’t supposed to look like that, but we can’t afford to fix them this year. Topside we’ve got the bridge, the mini-sub, an old chopper, and all kinds of radar and sonar and underwater movie gadgets.

Ned: What happened to Jacqueline?

Steve: She didn’t really love me."

This is my favorite Wes Anderson quote because Steve is telling Ned about all the wonderful and eccentric features of his prized boat,The Belafonte, like the high tech kitchen and the Swedish masseuse, but then he goes on to show the engine room which is barely functioning and says they could not afford to repair it. I feel this quote really speaks to Zissou’s ego and what is important to him. Also the bit at the end where he says Jacqueline didn’t really love him is heartbreaking.

May 22 2014

Edgar Villarreal:

“I love you, but you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

I think that quote is the story of my life.

May 23 2014

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