Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Falsely accused

February 2nd, 2013 by

Out with agents [thanks, Teddy P] and in with next week’s theme: Falsely accused, suggested by churnage:

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:

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]

See you in comments for some memorable false accusations in dialogue!

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4 thoughts on “Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Falsely accused

  1. blknwite says:

    Wild Orchid by Patricia Louisiana Knopp and Zalman King
    (couldn’t find script)
    Transcript from Drew’s Script O Rama

    What in the hell do you want?

    You set people up to disappoint you…

    and they always do, don’t they?


    I never set anybody up.

    That’s just the way it is.

    If you have anything to say to me, say it!

    You’re the lawyer, honey.

    We’re not talking circumstantial evidence.

    We’re talking getting caught with a smoking gun in your hand.

    Bang, you’re guilty.

    You’re guilty of being just like all the rest of them.


    The rest of what? The rest of who?

    There never was anybody else in your life…

    and there never will be!

  2. The Fugitive (1993) written by: Jeb Stuart and David Twohy

    Detective Kelly: So, financially, you’re not going to be hurting after this, are you? I mean, she was worth quite a bit of money.

    Dr. Richard Kimble: Are you suggesting that I killed my wife? Are you saying that I crushed her skull and that I shot her? How dare you! When I came home, there was a man in my house. I fought with this man. He had a mechanical arm. You find this man. You find this man.

    I couldn’t find the clip, but this scene pretty much rules…

  3. churnage says:

    Cary Grant defending himself after being mistaken as a spy/gov’t agent in Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”:

    Roger Thornhill: Now you listen to me, I’m an advertising man, not a red herring. I’ve got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don’t intend to disappoint them all by getting myself “slightly” killed.

    Can’t find the clip only the trailer:


  4. The Trial (1962), screenplay by Orson Welles, based on the novel by Franz Kafka.

    Willem: Why do you wanna get all dressed up for anyway? You’re not going nowhere. You’re under arrest.
    Josef K: You’re making a formal charge?
    Willem: Oh, I couldn’t do that, mister.
    Josef K: Just exactly what is it I’m charged with?
    Willem: You’ll have to take that up with the inspector.

    Scene here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBp464uBH9A&feature=player_detailpage#t=406s

    Trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_7weUR0oMY&list=PLBE3DD2F97C077F63

    Poor Josef K. Not only is he falsely accused, they won’t even tell him why he’s getting arrested or by whom. What follows is the very definition of the term “Kafkaesque.”

    The novel starts with what is possibly my favorite opening line of any book: “Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning.”

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