Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on FootDVD - 2018
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Wonderful performance by Joachim Phoenix! It moves a little slowly, which is common with true stories. Watching it was a real lesson on the torments and trials endured by quadriplegics. What a sobering predicament, so very well-written and performed by all the actors in it. A real must-see!
Only a three quotes in IMDb. Here are some more to remember:
I'm still wearing my wedding ring, but... I'm... divorced now, and I'm... I'm much happier. Maybe life's actually not supposed to be... as meaningful
as we think it is.
The way with illegitimate Catholic babies in those days was to remove them from the mother of birth... and put them in the care of the nuns for six months in case the natural mother should change her mind.
I hear you're from, um, Oregon.
What do you guys do up there for fun?
-Well, there's not a lot to do in Oregon, you know? So a certain percentage of the population drives down here to Long Beach to look for jobs.
She was digging you, man.
Yeah. Take you home, have a little sophisticated L.A. sex.
-No, all she wanted to do was talk about her colon.
That's what all people in L.A. talk about, their colons. And that's 'cause
they're all assholes.
Don't worry, boys. He won't get far on foot.
-It's a wheelchair. He can't get far because he's injured, right?
I signed up to be your attendant, not your slave. Bossing me around, you fxcking don't even give me five seconds before you're telling me what to do.
God, grant me the serenity... To accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
I'm Donnie, and I'm an alcoholic.
Hi. And when I first entered the program, I had two pairs of pants, one with shit in them and one without. And I didn't care which one of them I was wearing. Today, I celebrate mediocrity. I woke up and I put on a non-shitty pair of pants. And I walked to get a cup of coffee, and it was fucking delicious. And my day's been pretty good, until I came in here and saw all of you.
My name is John Callahan. I was born in 1950 at the old Saint Vincent's Hospital. I know three things about my real mother: she was Irish-American, she had red hair, she was a school teacher. Mm-hmm. Oh, yeah. And she didn't want me.
One of the objectives of group is to provoke a new awareness to unwanted
or unnecessary emotional problems that we sit with. And left unprovoked, we sit alone with these problems, and they can fester into... drinking habits,
drug habits, gambling. Other bad habits.
-What are "other bad habits"?
I mean, it could be anything. It could be hoarding, bank robbing, suicide.
Were there any women in your operation?
-Yeah. The administrator, but we never saw her.
I'm curious why there's a lack of women in your stories. In your childhood, growing up, in your company. There must have been women in your command unit.
-Because women can't handle it over there!
All art has craft. All craft has art. But craft seeks full perfection. And art seeks full expression. That's why... the craftsman's job is every time always the same. Repeat every time. That's why we don't have two "Mona Lisa." And "Mona Lisa," by the way, one can say is a controlled accident.
We can't ask for help if we don't think there's anyone out there to give it. You have to grasp this concept. And that doesn't have to be fxcking Jesus Christ or Buddha or Vanna White.
-So, can I choose the genitalia of Raquel Welch?
I would advise against that, Callahan.
'Cause it's not a fxcking joke. If you can't look outside yourself and you can't find a higher power, you're fxcked.
You know, the day I stopped drinking... I felt a hand on my shoulder. But when I turned to look at it, there was... nothing there, but I didn't imagine it.
"Look at it, but you cannot see it. Because it is formless, you call it invisible. Listen to it, but you cannot hear it. Because it is soundless, you call it inaudible. Grasp it, but it is out of your reach. Because it is subtle,
you call it intangible."
-Uh, who's that? Is that Elton John?
I know that people have come by the editorial offices to register complaints
about me... Christians, queers, teachers, foreign nationals, janitors, lab rats
all find me offensive, which, uh, you know... It's a good... Is it a good thing?
One, that I'm powerless over alcohol and my life has become unmanageable. Two, I came to believe that a power greater than myself
can restore me to sanity. And three, I made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God, as I understand it.
Hey... do you think the joke is better if I go with paramecium, dogfish, chimpanzee, Neanderthal, human? Or should it be... paramecium, trilobite,
raptor, lemur, Neanderthal, human?
-I don't know.
Let's put that in the Not Ready pile.
I can't walk.
-Why can't you walk?
Because I was in an accident.
'Cause the fxcking asshole, Dexter, fell asleep at the fxcking wheel.
-Why'd he do that?
'Cause he was fxcking drunk.
-Okay, and why were you in the car?
'Cause we were going to the next party. He was the one that was driving.
I don't know why I-I...
- Okay, but why...
I couldn't drive.
-Wait, Callahan, why did you get in the car with him if you knew he was drunk?
I don't know, 'cause I was a fxcking kid!
I was drunk since I was a fzcking kid. I was so embarrassing. I know, 'cause I didn't... I didn't feel loved, I didn't feel wanted, so I tried to cover up my feelings. And it worked.
I thought I'd fzcking drink my way out of those feelings. I became such a fzck up... that I won't ever forgive them. Oh, I mean that... I mean, they won't ever forgive me for all the... stupid shit I did.
-What'd you just say?
That they won't... forgive me for all the stupid shit I did.
-That they won't forgive you or you won't forgive them?
That they won't forgive me.
-You said that you won't forgive them.
Okay, well, wh-what would I have to forgive them f... forgive them for?
-For making you feel like a black sheep.
For not being your real parents, for having other children. Forgiving your birth mother for giving you up. Think about me! I won't forgive them.
Have you visited everyone you felt you wronged? Forgiven everyone you wanted to forgive?
You know, what I've been learning is... I fxcked my shxt up. And it started
long before I met you.
Two Klansmen talking: Don't you love it when they're still warm from the dryer?
Teenagers, you know, you go through these stages, so... I could see potential in you. That was the main thing.
This is the big moment. There's no lightning bolt that shoots you and cures all your shit. There are discoveries and epiphanies and moments of clarity.
But this doesn't just go away. You have to wrestle with this shit every day. Some of that pain will remain there forever. Some of that shame will remain there forever. But you have to fight with it, or you'll fxcking die.
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