Bugsy: I'm Bugsy Siegel, ever heard of me? Showgirl: No, what do you do? Bugsy: I kill people. Don Salvatore Faranzano: [supposedly, Lucky offers his services to Faranzano as a mole against Don Masseria] I hope you can appreciate some facts, Charlie. Conditions have changed. Some people have gotten too powerful... I want you to take care of Don Masseria personally, do it yourself. That's not all, though. Lansky and Siegel. I know you've always gotten along, but Jews, they're different. You cross 'em once, fight with 'em once, and they're gone. I know this. I've heard they're a different race... Jews. You and I take Communion. They don't even believe in sin. They'll betray you, just like they betrayed Jesus H. Christ Himself. You join my family, they die. No one will even know you approved. Lucky: Looks like I don't have a choice, do I? Either I agree to kill my friends, or you kill me. Don Salvatore Faranzano: That's right. Lucky: [to his father] What are you sayin, Pop? That because I'm a greasy immigrant, all I can do is clean fish? That ain't enough! I got a right to find work that uses my brain! Don Salvatore Faranzano: [to Papa Luciano, after molesting both him and his wife] I just felt your balls, so I know why she needs her own. Arnold Rothstein: Mr. Luciano, you're walking down the street. Suddenly you realize you're being followed. It's a hit. Walking towards you is a second gunman. You have time to fire at only one of them. Which one do... Lucky: [cutting him off] I don't accept the question. To live, I gotta kill 'em both. Lucky: I don't have a wife, because emotion is dangerous. Arnold Rothstein: Aren't you human? Lucky: Would it help? Arnold Rothstein: I have ships and distilleries in Scotland. I need distribution in New York. Lucky: Masseria? Faranzano? Arnold Rothstein: Either of them would kill me. Lucky: And I wouldn't because...? Arnold Rothstein: You have Jewish partners. Lucky: Maybe I kill them too. Arnold Rothstein: You can't afford to; you're in the squeeze. Either Masseria or Faranzano realize you exist, they squash you like an ant... Lucky: [the penny drops for him] ... Unless I get a powerful friend, right? Arnold Rothstein: [indicates himself] Exactly.
: What's the secret of America? MONEY! Everything is MONEY, Charlie. But you'll never make any money, because you dress like a schmuck. Frank Costello: [as the Big Four consider Faranzano's offer] ... Fifteen percent off the top from Faranzano's operation, huh? You know how much money that is? Well, I don't either. But it's a hell of a lot. Meyer Lansky: But as soon as we sold to Faranzano, he'd knock you off because you're Sicilian; one day, you might wanna be boss. If he iced you now, there'd be a stink all right. But if you're working for Faranzano, who's gonna come after him except the three of us? And then we'd all be history. Lucky: That's why we're in partnership with these Jews, Frankie. Don Giuseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria: [to Luciano] I've seen a lot of guys just like you come and go, Charlie. The ones who come, they come to me. The ones who go... [laughs] Don Giuseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria: ... I'm the guy who sends them off. Meyer Lansky: We gotta get tough with Masseria and Faranzano. Only, we can't afford a war. They got armies; we don't. Arnold Rothstein: We got balls and brains; you got those, you don't need an army... 100 years ago, Austria was run by a prince named Metternich. Austria was weak, and its neighbors were strong; but Metternich was a cold, caluclating fox. If one country got too strong, he organized an alliance against it. He would bring Europe to the brink of war, and then everybody thanked him when he kept war from happening. He barely had an army, but he had Europe by the *kishkes.* Bugsy: [to "No-Nose Tony" and the other Faranzano mobsters who've been jumping Rothstein's bootleg-shipments] ... Try this again and I will kill your mothers, fuck your sisters, and turn your brothers into eunuchs! Lucky: I think you've made your point, Benny. Let's go. Meyer Lansky: [Then, after Bugsy guns down No-Nose] ... You wanna start a war? Bugsy: I don't mind. Meyer Lansky: Well, I do. Sometimes you're so stupid I can't stand it. Lucky: [after being set up by Don Faranzano and surviving] ... When Tommy Reina went with Faranzano, Don Masseria made Tommy pay a price: me. [to Lansky] Lucky: ... Meyer, from now on, you and me gotta agree. So if I start getting a swelled head, just shoot me. It'd be a lot less painful. Tommy Reina: ...Charlie, you know who hit Rothstein. And I know you're Joe's number-two man. But if you're gonna take down Rothstein's killer... get a price from Faranzano first. Lucky: Tommy, I always thought your loyalty was to Joe. [Don Joe Masseria, that is] Tommy Reina: I love Joe, but this is business and Faranzano's gonna win. You rub out the guy who smoked Rothstein, and you can write your own ticket. Lucky: [to Don Faranzano] ... I don't bend over. It's too hard to stand straight again. Don Giuseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria: ...Charlie, you're a swell guy. But from now on, if you look the wrong way... if you even fart in the wrong direction, then you end up like Rothstein. Lucky: Joe, you're always complaining I don't eat. If I don't eat, how am I gonna fart? Arnold Rothstein: ...When war comes, the winner will be the one who gets his enemy to trust him. Lucky: How do I do that? Arnold Rothstein: You save his life. Arnold Rothstein: [his last words, while playing cards] ... What's the matter? Did I make a wrong bet? [Mad Dog Coll guns him down from behind] Bugsy: ...We've been friends a long time, Tommy. You know what Charlie always says: "This is America... and everything is money." Tommy Reina: [who Bugsy knows has set up Lucky Luciano for Don Faranzano] Yeah, I think I may have heard that somewhere. Bugsy: But this ain't money, Tommy. This is friendship. [shoots him dead] Don Giuseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria: [to Lucky, after being set up] ... I got eyes; I see. I got ears; I hear. I even got a brain. Whatever you think, I've already thought it... 10 times over! Frank Costello: [after thwarting a fifteenth attempt on Don Joe Masseria's life, he confronts the would-be assassin] ... You enjoyed Charlie gettin' tortured, didn't you? Faranzano's Sniper: Yeah, but you said all was forgiven. Frank Costello: It is. [blows him away; later, as he's about to assassinate Masseria himself] Frank Costello: ... Joe, this ain't number sixteen. Frank Costello: ...In 24 hours, Faranzano comes after us for killing No-Nose Tommy. We can't fight him; we ain't got the guns for it. Meyer Lansky: Masseria does. Frank Costello: So we're goin' with Masseria? Lucky: He ain't so bad. Frank Costello: He's a fat, stupid fuck! Other than that, I guess he's swell. Lucky: Right now, this fat stupid fuck can save our lives. Remember, it's only temporary. Lucky: [talking business] ... We have a problem. "Mad Dog" Coll: Name him. He's dead! Lucky: Our problem is YOU. Don Salvatore Faranzano: [after Coll gets the drop on Lansky, Siegel and Costello] ... Kill 'em! "Mad Dog" Coll: Yeah, yeah... How much is it worth? Don Salvatore Faranzano: $100,000! "Mad Dog" Coll: You don't like yourself much, do you? Don Salvatore Faranzano: $200,000! "Mad Dog" Coll: $500,000. Come on, say it! FIVE!
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