Daily Dialogue — June 12, 2017
Bill Cabot: [at the stadium in Baltimore; answers his cell phone] Yeah, this is Cabot.
Jack: [in a helicopter near Baltimore] The bomb is in play! Dylan’s called the AFRAT team! They’re meeting me at the docks in twenty minutes! We’re going to see if we can find it!
Bill Cabot: Docks? What docks?
Bill Cabot: You’re breaking up! What did you say?
Jack: [static over cell phone] … altimore!
Bill Cabot: Look, I’m losing you! I’ll call you back from…
Jack: BALTIMORE!… Sir?
Bill Cabot: [stands up and takes a long look around stadium, then shouts to the Secret Service agents] John! Reggie! Let’s go! Let’s go!
— The Sum of All Fears (2002), screenplay by Paul Attanasio and Daniel Pyne, novel by Tom Clancy
The Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Telephone. Today’s recommendation by Andrew Lightfoot.
Trivia: The title of this film is paraphrased from a Winston Churchill speech; “Why, you can take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman or the most audacious soldier, put them at a table together — what do you get? The sum of their fears.”
Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by Andrew: “The suspense in this scene builds up nicely. Static and noise from the football game inhibit Jack’s attempt to warn Cabot, his attempts seem futile until that one clear ‘Baltimore’ gets through.”