OK - confession time. My absolute all time favourite actor is Lee Marvin. He's ace! He has so many good lines but the one's in Paint Your Wagon are some the best for me 'cos they're so funny. It's set during the californian gold rush. Lee plays Ben Rumpson - an unbeliever, a gambling, drinking, bawdy gold miner who has no respect for civilisation, or religion (or farmers). Here are some of the quotes I love: A farmer falls down a hill and breaks his neck. Ben leads his funeral: BEN :God, we pass on to you the body and soul of this nameless peckerhead. Well, at least he went quick, and he ain't going to suffer scurvy, the dysentery, spotted fever or the cholera not to mention other maladies contracted in consort with low women. Ha ha! Or waste years digging in the dirt and finding dirt, like l have... And seeing how he survived all that, he could have been hit by timber, fall down a shaft, starved, get murdered or committed suicide on Christmas Eve. What l mean, God, is you don't seem to have no particular pity for your children when they livin', so that's why we're asking you to be a little kinder to them when they dead. So, with all due reverence, Lord, we pass on to you this corncracker's body and soul to take him and to keep him...[spots gold in the ground]I STAKE THIS CLAIM FOR ME AND MY NEW PARDNER OVER THERE, WHATEVER HIS NAME IS!!!! Forever and ever. Amen!Ben's wife announces that she's in love with Ben AND in love with his gold mining partner. They discuss becoming a happily married triple. BEN:Out here we make up our own rules as we go along... ...if two pardners want to share a wife, why not? This ain't Michigan. lt's gold country. Why, hell, it's the golden country! Untouched and uncontaminated by human hands! It's the one place where people can look civilisation in the eye and spit! You don't have to please anybody, and you don't have to love thy neighbour. You leave the bastard alone! lt's wild, human and free, and all over this nation, they preach against it every Sunday. But l don't think God's listening. You know why? Because he's HERE, in GLORIOUS California!They find respectable church-going families half frozen, stuck in the mountains and they bring them to their debauched little town to look after them. They nurse them back to health. PARSON: (bursting through the door of Ben's cabin)l'm here to pray for the poor unfortunate victims...BEN:Oh no you don't parson, these folks have suffered enough. Why don't you do that outside where God can hear you better, cos l'll be talking in here...(slams door) Ben's wife convinces Ben to move out of the cabin while the respectable people are around so they don't realise she has 2 husbands BEN: (to his pardner)You listen to me. She's got a bad case of the respectabilities. ln a few days she'll be burning up in a fever of virtue... And then look out... Because it's been my experience that there's nothing more ruthless or treacherous than a genuine GOOD WOMAN.Conversation with one of the respectables: WOMAN:- You should read the Bible, Mr RumpsonBEN:l HAVE read the Bible ma'am.WOMAN:And didn't that discourage you from drinking?BEN:No, but it sure killed my appetite for reading...And the best one (though you probably have to see it to really appreciate it). The parson falls through one of the streets into Ben's secret gold mine below the town. Ben is sat at a table. The parson falls at his feet. Ben stands up from the table and holds out his bottle of whiskey: BEN:Hello parson! WELCOME TO HELL!!!I just love this film!
Marquis de Sade (Quills): Are your convictions so fragile they cannot stand in opposition to mine? Is your god so flimsy, so weak? For shame.