The Lost WeekendDVD - 2000
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Bim: "Now be a good boy and drink this." Don: "I don't want it." Bim: "Better take it. Liable to be a little floor show later on around here. Might get on your nerves." Don: "Floor show?" Bim: "Ever have the D.T.'s?" Don: "NO!" Bim: "You will brother." Don: "NOT ME." Bim: "Like to make a little bet? After all, you're just a freshman. Wait til you're a sophomore. That's when you start seeing the little animals. You know that stuff about pink elephants? That's the bunk. It's little animals. Little tiny turkeys in straw hats. Midget monkeys coming through the keyhole. See that guy over there? With him it's beetles. Come tonight he sees beetles crawling all over him. Has to be dark though. It's like the doctor was just telling me... delirium is a disease of the night. (chuckles)... Good night!"
Don Birnam (to Wick and Helen): "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation. I can't TAKE quiet desperation!"
Helen St. James: "Don's a little 'tight'. Most people drink a little... A lot of them get 'tight' once in a while..." Don Birnam: "Sure... the LUCKY ones who can 'take it' or 'leave it'... But then there are the ones who CAN'T take it and CAN'T leave it either... What I'm trying to say is - I'm NOT a DRINKER... I'm a DRUNK."
Wick Birnam (to Don): "Won't you ever learn that with YOU it's like stepping off a roof and expecting to fall JUST ONE FLOOR!!"
Nat: "Hey... How 'bout you eatin' some of this?" Don Birnam: "Take it away." Nat: "You gotta eat somethin' sometime!" Don Birnam: "Just gimme another drink." Nat: "Mr. Boinem, this is the MORNIN'!" Don Birnam: "That's when you need it MOST, in the morning. Haven't you learned that yet? At night, the stuff's a drink. In the morning, it's MEDICINE."
Wick Birnam: "WHO are we FOOLING? We've tried everything, haven't we. We've REASONED with him, we've BABIED him, we've watched him like a hawk. We've tried trusting him. How often have you cried? How often have I beaten him up? Scrape him out of a gutter and pump some kind of SELF RESPECT into him and BACK he falls, BACK IN EVERY TIME." Helen St. James (sobs): "He's a sick person. It's as though there was something wrong with his heart or his lungs. You wouldn't walk out on him if he had an attack. He needs our help." Wick Birnam: "He won't accept our help. Not Don, he hates us. He wants to be alone with that BOTTLE of his. It's ALL he gives a hang about. Why KID ourselves? He's a HOPELESS ALCOHOLIC."
Don Birnam: "It shrinks my liver, doesn't it, Nat? It pickles my kidneys, yes. But what does it do to my mind? It tosses the sandbags overboard so the balloon can soar. Suddenly I'm above the ordinary. I'm competent. SUPREMELY competent. I'm walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls. I'M one of the GREAT ONES. I'm Michaelangelo, molding the beard of Moses. I'm Van Gogh painting pure sunlight. I'm Horowitz, playing the Emperor Concerto. I'm John Barrymore before the movies got him by the throat. I'm Jesse James and his two brothers, all three of them. I'm W. Shakespeare. And out there it's not Third Avenue any longer, it's the Nile, Nat. It's the Nile and down it moves... the barge of Cleopatra."
Nat: "Aw Mr. Boinem - why don't you lay off the stuff for awhile?" Don Birnam: "Oh, I may never touch it while I'm there... not a drop. What you don't understand, all of you, is that I've GOT to know it's around. That I can HAVE IT if I need it. I CAN'T be cut off completely... That's the DEVIL... THAT'S what drives you CRAZY..." Nat: "Yeah, I know. I know a lotta guys like that. They take a bottle and put it on a shelf. All they wanna do is just look at it. They don't even take the corkscrew out, just to make sure. Then all of a sudden, they GRAB the bottle... *CHOMP* ...bite off the neck..."
Gloria: "Hello Mr. Birnam. Happy to have you back with the 'organization'..."
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