The Adjustment Bureau Quotes

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[Charlie shows up unexpectedly at the cafe]
Charlie Traynor: David, there’s a crowd of people waiting for you to give the announcement speech at the Brooklyn Bridge right now.
David Norris: I know. I know.
Elise Sellas: What, you’re announcing today? You can’t sit this for a minute.
David Norris: I know. I know. I…I told you I’m not gonna let you out of my sight. I…
Charlie Traynor: David, what the hell?
David Norris: Do you…do you wanna come? Do you wanna watch?
Elise Sellas: Yeah. No! I mean I…I can’t I have to go and rehearse. Actually, I just found out that they’re moving my rehearsal to Pier 17, right next to the bridge.
David Norris: You know what, why don’t we just…we’ll postpone it? We’ll do the speech another time.
Elise Sellas: No! David, come on! You can’t do that.
Charlie Traynor: Thank you.
Elise Sellas: You can’t do that. You have to go!


 

Charlie Traynor: David, she’s rehearsing so close. It’ll take you three minutes to get there after the speech.
David Norris: All right. Well…
Elise Sellas: Just go on with your plan.
[they get up to leave the cafe]


 

McCrady: Shifting her rehearsal to location seventeen was a genius move.
Richardson: We’re not out of the woods yet.


 

[after Richardson from afar interrupts them from having a real kiss, David kisses Elise on the cheek]
McCrady: We’re okay.
[Richardson gives a sigh of relief]


 

[as he’s about to leave]
David Norris: Look, whatever happens, I’m not gonna let anything come between us again.
Elise Sellas: Okay.
David Norris: I’ll see you soon.


 

[giving his announcement speech on Brooklyn Bridge]
David Norris: Well, I have to say it’s good to be back in Brooklyn.
[the crowd cheers]
David Norris: There’s been a lot of speculation as to whether or not I would run for a senate seat here in the state of New York. I came her today to put an end to that speculation and to tell you unequivocally, I will seek the senate seat for the great state of New York.
[the crowd cheers]


 

[after his speech ends David notices Richardson and McCrady in a building nearby]
David Norris: Uh…okay. I gotta get to Pier 17.
Charlie Traynor: Hey, do the interview and you can do whatever the hell you want with the rest of your day.
David Norris: Just…just handle the interviews for me. I’ll talk to those guys tomorrow.
Charlie Traynor: David, this is gotta go in tonight’s news.
David Norris: I gotta go see Elise right now!
Charlie Traynor: David! Everytime you get close, you do somethin’ to mess this up.
David Norris: This is different.


 

[as they watch David frantically trying to find a connecting phone line]
Richardson: I took out everything for three blocks.
McCrady: This guy’s a pain in the ass.
Richardson: Come on, let’s go talk to him.


 

[they stop David in the street]
Richardson: It’s whole world of women out there. Thought we established this one was off limits?
David Norris: It’s been a while, I must have forgotten.
Richardson: Doesn’t change the fact.
David Norris: You put us together three times.
Richardson: That wasn’t us. That was just chance.


 

David Norris: Why do you want to keep us apart?
Richardson: Because the plan says so.adjustment-bureau-10
David Norris: Well, then you misread the plan.
Richardson: No. There’s no misreading the plan when it comes to you and Elise.
David Norris: The plan’s wrong!
Richardson: You know who wrote it?
David Norris: I don’t care.
Richardson: You should really show a little respect.


 

David Norris: If I’m not supposed to be with her, how come I feel like this?
Richardson: It doesn’t matter how you feel. What matters is what’s in black and white.
David Norris: What? You don’t know why I’m not supposed to be with her do you? That’s why you can’t tell me. You don’t know.
[he walks away from them]
Richardson: Who is this guy?


 

[after he’s found out where Cedar Lake is and failing to stop a taxi to get him there]
Richardson: Maybe you should try the subway?
David Norris: Don’t all these taxis you’re diverting have plans too? huh? How long are you gonna keep that up? Twenty minutes? An hour? Wow, the ripples must just be endless! I don’t care what you put in my way, I’m not givin’ up!


 

[after noticing David in a taxi speeding away to get to Elise]
Richardson: Set a traffic jam on Broadway.
McCrady: Too many ripples.
Richardson: He’s getting out of range!
McCrady: I don’t know what to do, you’re reaching your limit!


 

[as David sees Elise rehearsing in the Cedar Lake dance studio]
Richardson: It’s too late! He’s already seen her!
[David turns and sees Richardson]
Richardson: You hit your ripple limit. You can celebrate now. This is gonna get upstairs.
[McCrady’s cell phone rings]
McCrady: It’s Thompson. He has no idea what he’s up against.


 

[to Richardson]
Donaldson: The intense chemistry between them. Constant deflection points and the kicker. You pulled them away twice, only to have chance put them back together again. All that seems a little much, so I asked Burdensky to do some research this morning. Have you been in here before?
[Richardson doesn’t answer]
Donaldson: No, of course not.
Burdensky: It seems like David Norris and Elise Sellas were meant to be together, because they were meant to be together.
Richardson: Wait…what?
Donaldson: In the seventies, when he was born, they were meant to be together. The same thing in the eighties, nineties.
Burdensky: Wasn’t until two thousand five that the plan changed and she was supposed to stay with Adrian.


 

[as Elise and David are out walking in the streets of New York]
Burdensky: [voice over] The problem here is there are remnants from all those old plans that keep pushing them together. They still feel like they belong with each other, even though they don’t. And we’re about to tear them apart again.


 

Richardson: You spend your whole career hoping someday you’ll get a red letter case, something you’ll really make a name for yourself with. Finally you get one, it’s booby trapped.
Harry Mitchell: What?
Richardson: I’m saying, it wasn’t your fault. They were meant to be together.
Harry Mitchell: What?
Richardson: Were, in an earlier version of the plan. Actually a dozen earlier versions. I always wondered how we had such bad luck? That she was on that particular bus, on that particular day.
Harry Mitchell: How could a plan just change like that?
Richardson: I don’t know. It’s above my pay grade.


 

Donaldson’s Aide: So we’re going operational. This is exciting, it’s been a while.
Donaldson: We’re not going operational. No one ever made it to my job by taking stupid risks.
Donaldson’s Aide: So, what are we gonna do?
Donaldson: We’re going to keep this case upstairs, to use someone with the latitude to clean up this mess without breakin’ into a sweat. We’re gonna bring in Mr Thompson.
Donaldson’s Aide: Thompson. When he was in the field, his nickname was..
Donaldson: The Hammer. Yes. He’ll crush this little romance with a flick of his hand and force them back on plan again.


 

David Norris: Oh, why ruin a really nice day?
Elise Sellas: Come on!
David Norris: No, I don’t dance.
Elise Sellas: Oh, come on! Everyone can dance. You just feel the music.
David Norris: Huh. Well, I’ve been told that I have trouble feeling.
Elise Sellas: Who told you that?
David Norris: A long list of women.
Elise Sellas: Oh, that’s gross! Okay, you know what? Let’s race to that lamp post. You win, I dance for you. I win, you dance for me.
David Norris: On the pole?
Elise Sellas: If you like, yes.
David Norris: All right. This is serious, what are the rules?
Elise Sellas: There are no rules.
[he suddenly starts running]
Elise Sellas: Oh! You bastard! Oh, my gosh!
[she starts running after him]


 

[dancing at a club]
David Norris: Let me go home and get my tux?
Elise Sellas: Definitely don’t do that.
[she takes off his tie]
Elise Sellas: It’s good. It’s good.
David Norris: I should never have come back here again without my backup dancers.
[Elise laughs]


 

Elise Sellas: Did you grown up over here?
David Norris: Yeah. Yeah. Three blocks over that way, behind New Street. My whole childhood.
Elise Sellas: What were you like as a kid?
David Norris: Oh, I’ve spent about half my time in the principles office up until the sixth grade.
Elise Sellas: [laughing] Wow!
David Norris: Yeah, that was when my…my mother and my brother died within a month of each other, so.
Elise Sellas: I’m sorry.
David Norris: No, it’s all right. You know, I always tell that story about how I got inspired to go into politics, because my dad took me to the senate gallery and we sat together, and that’s true. Um…but what I leave out is the uh…he did that right after they died and I was bottoming out. So he wanted to get me out of here for a little while, and he planned this road trip to DC. And I think it’s cause JFK was his idol. Um…and we went and sat in the gallery and I remember watching him watch them. And I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I wish they were here to see all this.
[he looks at]
David Norris: I was…I didn’t expect to tell you any of that.
[Elise leans in to kiss him]


 

[after she ends the call with Adrian, the morning after she’s slept with David]
Elise Sellas: I’m so sorry.
David Norris: That’s all right. Everything okay?
Elise Sellas: Yeah. Oh my God! That was so weird. I woke up and you weren’t here, and then the phone rang and it was my ex, which is just so strange.
David Norris: Yeah, sorry. I guess we hadn’t gone into any of that stuff yet.
Elise Sellas: Right. You know we broke up a while ago and…and it’s over. And then he calls four times in one morning.
David Norris: He called you four times this morning?
Elise Sellas: Um-hmm.
David Norris: How long have you guys been broken up?
Elise Sellas: Um…three months. It’s like he knew I was with someone else.


 

[referring to her relationship with her ex, Adrian]
David Norris: Was it serious?
Elise Sellas: We were engaged.
David Norris: So, not really that serious?
[she laughs]
Elise Sellas: Right.
David Norris: Well, what happened?
Elise Sellas: Do you wanna know this?
David Norris: Yeah.
Elise Sellas: Um…he was a great guy. Brilliant choreographer and dancer and…we had the same group of friends. We’d known each other a long time.
David Norris: He sounds great. Why didn’t you marry him?
Elise Sellas: Because of you. I’m not a hopeless romantic. I’d never allow myself to be that way. But once I felt, even for a moment, what I felt with you. You ruined me. I didn’t want to settle for less.
David Norris: I know the feeling.
Elise Sellas: Scares the shit out of me.
David Norris: I’m not gonna hurt you.
Elise Sellas: You don’t need to say that.
David Norris: I’m not gonna hurt you. This is the first time in…in twenty five years that I don’t feel like I’m by myself.
Elise Sellas: Ooph! That’s an awful lot of responsibility for me. I don’t know if I’m quite comfortable with that.
[they both laugh]
David Norris: Too late.


 

David Norris: You know I’m supposed to go to a uh…an interview right now. What if I told you I wasn’t ready to let you out of my sight quit yet?
Elise Sellas: Sounds good.
David Norris: You wanna go?
Elise Sellas: Yes.


 

[after David’s TV interview is finished]
Thompson’s Aide: Excuse me, Ma’am?
[we see one of Thompson’s aide dressed up as a TV backstage employee]
Elise Sellas: Yes.
Thompson’s Aide: Congressman Norris asked me to give you a message. He was just called into a meeting, he says it’s urgent.
Elise Sellas: Oh, okay.
Thompson’s Aide: He said he’ll call you as soon as he’s out and I’ll see you at the show tonight.
Elise Sellas: Okay, thank you. Thanks.


 

[after being locked up in am empty studio]
Thompson: Frustrating, isn’t it? My name is Thompson.
David Norris: Whatever happened to free will?
Thompson: We actually tried free will before. After taking you from hunting and gathering to the height of the Roman empire, we stepped back to see how you’d do on your own. You gave us the dark ages for five centuries until finally we decided we should come back in. The Chairman thought that maybe we just needed to do a better job with teaching you how to ride a bike before taking the training wheels off again. So we gave you raised hopes, enlightment, scientific revolution. For six hundred years we taught you to control your impulses with reason. Then in nineteen ten, we stepped back. Within fifty years you’d brought us world war one, the depression, fascism, the holocaust and capped it off by bringing the entire planet to the brink of destruction in the Cuba missile crisis. At that point the decision was taken to step back in again before you did something that even we couldn’t fix.


 

Thompson: You don’t have free will, David. You have the appearance of free will.
David Norris: You expect me to believe that. I make decisions everyday.
Thompson: You have free will over which toothpaste you use, or which beverage to order at lunch. But humanity just isn’t mature enough to control the important things.
David Norris: So you handle the important things? Well, the last time I checked the world’s a pretty screwed up place.
Thompson: It’s still here. If we’d left things in your hands it wouldn’t be.

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David Norris: Tell me why I can’t be with Elise? Because the last guy didn’t know.
Thompson: Meeting Elise at The Waldorf wasn’t chance. That was us. We knew she’d inspire you to give that speech. That speech that brought you back from the edge of oblivion and over night made you the front runner in this coming election.
David Norris: Are you just saying you want me to win the election?
Thompson: This one. And four more after it. And I’m not just talking about elections for senate. You can matter, David. Really matter. What your father wanted when he took you to the senate gallery when you were ten. What your brother wanted when he made you promise the day before he overdosed, that you wouldn’t be like him. Why do you think you have that yearning to be in front of people? That terrible emptiness when you’re not?
David Norris: Don’t do that.
Thompson: David, you can change the world. But that doesn’t happen if you stay with her.


 

David Norris: Why do you people care who I love?
Thompson: It’s not about her. It’s about you. What being with her does to you?
David Norris: What it does to me? I’m better when I’m with her. Even you said it, the speech.
Thompson: In small doses, Elise was the cure. But in large doses she rubs off on you.
David Norris: Stop.
Thompson: David, the president can’t be a loose cannon.
David Norris: Stop talking. It’s not working.

 


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Total Quotes: 117

 

 

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