Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Gangster deaths

January 5th, 2013 by

As we bid a rollicking farewell to a week’s worth of bar fights [thanks to Dean Scott for that theme], next up another suggestion involving violence: Gangster deaths, suggested by Phil Hopersberger:

All sorts of gangster deaths in movies. The trick is to suggest ones that involve memorabel dialogue, not just hot lead!

The usual drill:

* Copy/paste dialogue from IMDB Quotes or some other transcript source.

* Copy/paste the URL of an accompanying video from MovieClips or YouTube.

I’d also ask you to think about why the dialogue is notable. Is there anything about the dialogue which provides some takeaway re screenwriting?

Here is the lineup for upcoming Daily Dialogue themes:

January 14-January 20: Overreacting [@davidproenza]

January 21-January 27: Answering children’s questions [BillieJeanVK]

January 28-February 3: Agents [Teddy Pasternak]

February 4-February 10: Falsely accused [churnage]

February 11-February 17: Wedding toasts [Shaula Evans]

February 18-February 24: Last laugh [Vic Tional]

February 25-March 3: Boy meets girl [TaraPhelps]

March 4-March 10: Breakups [Liri Nàvon]

March 11-March 17: Innuendo [Hawkewood]

Okay, coppers! Come and get ’em! A week’s worth of notable gangster deaths in movies. See you in comments!

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17 thoughts on “Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Gangster deaths

  1. Key Largo (1948), screenplay by Richard Brooks and John Huston, based on the play by Maxwell Anderson. Edward G. Robinson as Johnny Rocco:

    “Soldier! Listen to me. Angel and Curly are dead. There’s just me and you. From now on we’ll be partners. Everything will be fifty-fifty. What do you say? Can you hear me? What do you say? Is it a deal? I know what you’re thinking. You’ll get rid of me and take all the money for yourself, is that it? Is it? Answer me! I’ll tell you what. Suppose I say the money is yours. Here, look! It’s yours. All yours, soldier! Plenty more when we get to Cuba. Okay, soldier? You hear me? I’ll make you rich! Soldier! You’re not big enough to do this to Rocco. I’ll kill you! You’ll never bring me in. Never! Look, soldier, I know what it is. You figure I got a gun, so you can’t trust me. Right? Okay. Look! See? I’m leveling with you. Okay, soldier? I’m coming out. Okay, soldier? I got no gun and I’m coming out. Soldier!”

    The best part of this “dialogue” is the silence from Frank McCloud. The shootout that precedes it is also great. There was never anyone better to play a gangster than Edward G. Robinson, in my opinion.

    Full movie here: http://www.alluc.org/movies/watch-key-largo-1948-online/138036.html (This scene starts at about 89 minutes in.)

    Trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs7Go24Rd8o

  2. Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Screenplay by Leonardo Benvenuti & Piero De Bernardi & Enrico Medioli & Franco Arcalli & Franco Ferrini & Sergio Leone and Ernesto Gastaldi (uncredited), additional dialogue by Stuart Kaminsky, based on a novel by Harry Grey.

    Noah Moazezi as Domenic:

    “Noodles, I slipped…”


    Not much dialogue, but we get two gangster deaths in this pivotal scene. Bugsy shoots Dominic and Noodles retaliates by stabbing Bugsy to death. Noodles is sent to prison and Max is left in charge of the gang.

  3. “Hey remember me, Benny Blanco from the Bronx?”
    Carlito’s Way(1993) Screenplay by David Koepp. Based on the novels by Edwin Torres


    YouTube clip:

  4. edw1225 says:

    I’m probably butchering the links, format, etc.

    The Untouchables (1987), screenplay by David Mamet. Based on a book by Oscar Fraley and Eliot Ness if I am interpreting “suggested by book” in IMDB correctly. Directed by Brian DePalma.

    Capone: A man becomes preeminent, he’s expected to have enthusiasms. Enthusiasms, enthusiasms… What are mine? What draws my admiration? What is that which gives me joy? Baseball! A man stands alone at the plate. This is the time for what? For individual achievement. There he stands alone. But in the field, what? Part of a team. Teamwork… Looks, throws, catches, hustles. Part of one big team. Bats himself the live-long day, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and so on. If his team don’t field… what is he? You follow me? No one. Sunny day, the stands are full of fans. What does he have to say? I’m goin’ out there for myself. But… I get nowhere unless the team wins.
    Hoods: Team!
    [Capone beats one of the men to death with a baseball bat]



  5. The Godfather

    “Do you renounce Satan, and al his works?”


  6. The Godfather

    “Tell Mike it was only business. I always liked him.”


  7. Goodfellas


    “Ya know, we always called each other goodfellas. Like you’d say to somebody, ‘You’re gonna like this guy, he’s alright. He’s a good fella. He’s one of us.'”

  8. Vic Tional says:



    Tony Montana: You wanna fuck with me? Okay. You wanna play rough? Okay. Say hello to my little friend!

    Write a line and a scene this good and you’ve got a bright future.

  9. Can’t find the clip, but loved the shootout at the end of The Freshman (1990) with Brando and Matthew Broderick. A classic.

  10. The Departed (2006)


    COLIN has a bag of expensive groceries and wine. Living the Beacon Hill dream. He climbs the steps slowly. He nods to a
    neighbor, an old lady coming down with her dog (who incidentally will never accept him as a neighbor, and COLIN briefly seems aware of this). (Don’t be afraid to get a bit
    French here). He gets to his door, and starts to cry, and nearly crumples. But he gets the door open. He looks up and sees a gun. Behind it, stepping fast out of the shadows, DIGNAM. Avenging a guy he didn’t even like, because it’s the right thing to do. COLIN looks down and sees that Dignam has
    plastic hospital boots on his feet.

    COLIN: (accepting it, sort of,
    but only in a COLIN way) OK.

    DIGNAM fires.


  11. The Town (2010)


    The back room is empty.

    Doug enters, comes to the center of the room. He sees a SMALL DOOR, slightly open, lifts his gun.

    DOUG: (calling out) Fergie, come on out.

    The door opens and Fergie comes through in his sweatpants, holding a BOSTON HERALD in one hand and a .45 in the other he stands seven or eight feet from Doug.

    FERGIE: Prick.

    They start SHOOTING at one another.

    Rather than sexing it up– the feel should be of watching people shoot one another on surveillance video: wide, detached and oddly pedestrian.

    Doug has the clear advantage of a VEST and after five or six shots Fergie BUCKLES and DROPS to the floor abruptly.

    Doug walks over to him, unsteady, now realizing he has been hit once or twice himself. He replaces his empty clip with a new one, chambering a round.

    He kneels next to Fergie who lies on the floor (now we see blood coming from Doug’s neck) and puts his gun in the florist’s CROTCH.

    DOUG: Fergie, remember who clipped your nuts for you-



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