Defending Your Life (1991)

Directed by Albert Brooks
Writing credits - Albert Brooks

Albert Brooks.........Daniel Miller
Rip Torn...................Bob Diamond
Meryl Streep..........Julia
Lee Grant.................Lena Foster
Shirley MacLaine (plays herself)

More technical stuff on this movie at IMDB.

Quote 1

Albert - "I'm curious. I see people driving these things. What do you know that I don't? Are floods coming? Hoover Dam broke?"
Driver - "I like this car."
Albert - "It's not a car, it's a battering ram. This is what Patton drove - 'Hey you, soldier! Follow us!"
Driver - "Make fun , but in an 8.5 earthquake you'll beg for a jeep."
Albert - "In an 8.5 earthquake, I'll beg for a coffin."

Quote 2

Bob Diamond - "Do you have any idea what's going on here?"
Daniel Miller - "No."
Bob Diamond - "Well, in a nutshell you're here to defend your life. And I'm here to help you."

Quote 3

Daniel Miller - "Is this heaven?"
Bob Diamond - "No, it isn't heaven."
Daniel Miller - "Is it hell?"
Bob Diamond - "Nope it isn't hell either. Actually there is no hell. Although I hear Los Angeles is getting pretty close."

Quote 4

Bob Diamond - "Well Daniel, let me tell you what's going on. When you are born into this universe you're in it for a long time. You have many different lifetimes and after each lifetime there is an examining period which you're in now. You see, every second of every lifetime is always recorded and as each one ends we sort of look at it. Look at a few of the days, examine it and then if everyone agrees you move forward."

Quote 5

Bob Diamond - "Being from earth as you are and using as little of your brain as you do, your life has pretty much been devoted to dealing with fear."
Daniel Miller - "It has?"
Bob Diamond - "Everybody on earth deals with fear. That's what 'little brains' do."
Daniel Miller - "What are 'little brains'?"
Bob Diamond - "That's what we call you folks behind your back."

Quote 6

Bob Diamond - "Did you ever have friends who's stomach hurt?"
Daniel Miller - "Every one of them."
Bob Diamond - "It's fear. Fear is like a giant fog. It sits on your brain and blocks everything. Real feeling, true happiness, real joy, they can't get through that fog. But you lift it and buddy you're in for the ride of your life."

Quote 7

Shirley MacLaine - "Welcome to the Past Lives Pavilion. In a moment you will be asked to place your right hand on the plate next to you. An image of yourself in a former life will soon appear. When you have seen enough simply remove your hand from the plate. Since we want to be fair and accommodate everyone, you will be limited to 5 past lives only. Thank you."

Quote 8

Daniel Miller - (discussing the disadvantages of a snowmobile) "Thirdly, it's very noisy. You get off to get a snack and your friends are in a silent movie. And fourth, pardon the expression, but your balls vibrate for 3 weeks afterwards."

Quote 9

Daniel Miller - "Because this is already better than any sex I've ever had, ever. And I don't want to screw it up, literally."

Quote 10

Daniel Miller - "Let's say it's the most amazing thing that ever was. Then what am I gonna do? By the look of things, we're not going to the same place. I'll just have to miss it forever and ever. And what if it's not so good? Then I won't be able to fantasize about it."

Quote 11

Daniel Miller - "But I've been defending myself so hard these last few days, I just don't want to be judged anymore. I have this wonderful feeling inside of me, but I'm just tired of being judged."

Quote 12

Daniel Miller - "Can I leave a message then? I guess for both of them."
Desk clerk - "Go ahead sir."
Daniel Miller - "Tell them both that I love them more than life itself and I've never met anybody like them and I'll miss them forever and ever."
Desk clerk - "Is that all sir?"
Daniel Miller - "That's all."

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