The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Quotes

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Mikael Blomkvist: I’ve got R.J, Rebecka Jacobsson Jacobson.
[pointing to the list of names from Harriet’s notebook]
Mikael Blomkvist: I’ve got absolutely no idea who the rest of these people are or how they’re connected to the death of a sixteen year old girl. But they…they must be somehow. So what we’ve gotta do is find out who they are, what happened to them and what these Leviticus verses have to do with anything.
[Lisbeth gets up]
Mikael Blomkvist: What are you doing?
Lisbeth Salander: Getting started. You can keep talking if you want.
[referring to the research he’s collected so far]
Mikael Blomkvist: Well, don’t you need uh…look over these?
Lisbeth Salander: I got it.


 

Detective Isaksson: No one has asked me about Magda in over forty years. Why would a young lady like you want to know about such an awful murder?
Lisbeth Salander: It interests me.
Detective Isaksson: Does it? Her husband was the first suspect. The husband is always the first suspect and usually the last. Not this time, we moved on to a neighbor and a vagrant. Once you get to strangers it’s only a matter of time before you get to gypsies and you know you’re never going to solve it.
Lisbeth Salander: How exactly was she killed?
Detective Isaksson: Miss..?
Lisbeth Salander: Salander.
Detective Isaksson: Sorry. Miss Salander, I hope you don’t mind me asking, but when was the last time you ate?
Lisbeth Salander: I have a high metabolism, I can’t put on weight.
Detective Isaksson: I’m asking because it is better to look at what I’m about to show you on an empty stomach.


 

[Lisbeth is reading another verse from Book of Leviticus]
Harriet Vanger: [voice over] If a man’s offering is a lamb, it shall be a female without blemish. He should lay its hand upon its head, slaughter it, empty its blood on the base of the alter, and he shall be forgiven.


 

[another verse from the Book of Leviticus]
Harriet Vanger: [voice over] If a woman approaches any beast and lies with it, you shall kill the woman and the best. Their blood shall be upon them.


 

Martin Vanger: Our family is impossible, that’s why the company is such a mess. I apologize for my mother’s behavior.
Mikael Blomkvist: I’m used to it.
Martin Vanger: It’s nothing to do with you, it’s between her and Henrik. She lost it when my father died, and her…her drinking got so bad that Henrik took me and my sister away from her. And left her excommunicated in the old house on the other side of the island. She hasn’t forgiven him You must stay. You’re the last chance Henrik has of some kind of resolution. Put this to rest, one way or another. I’ll keep my mother away. But please, hurry.
Mikael Blomkvist: Of course.


 

[handing Mikael her report]
Lisbeth Salander: The five cases from Harriet’s list, and five more she missed. Three I’m sure of. Rebecka was the first, just as you thought. The second, M.H., is Mari Holmberg, a prostitute in Kalmar, murdered in nineteen fifty four, matching Leviticus twenty eighteen.
[reading the verse from the Book of Leviticus]
Mikael Blomkvist: Right. Um…if a man lies with a woman having her sickness, he has made naked her fountain and she has uncovered the fountain of her blood.
Lisbeth Salander: She was raped and stabbed, but the cause of death was suffocation with a sanitary napkin.
Mikael Blomkvist: Okay.
Lisbeth Salander: R.L., Rakel Lunde, nineteen fifty seven. A cleaning woman and part-time palm reader. Tied with a clothes line, gagged raped, head crushed with a rock. Leviticus, twenty-seven.
[reading the verse]
Mikael Blomkvist: A woman who is a medium or sorcerer should be put to death by stoning.


 

[continuing the list of names from Harriet’s notebook]
Lisbeth Salander: Sara Witt, nineteen sixty four. Daughter of a pastor, tied to her bed, raped, charred in the fire that burned down her house. Leviticus, twenty one nine.
Mikael Blomkvist: The…the daughter of a priest, who profanes herself by playing the harlot profanes her father and shall be burned with fire.
Lisbeth Salander: Magda Lovisa Sjöberg, nineteen sixty. Found in a barn, stabbed and raped with farm tools. The cow in the next stall had its throat slit, its blood was splashed on her and hers on it.
Mikael Blomkvist: Leviticus, twenty sixteen; if a woman lies with any beast ye shall kill the woman and the beast, their blood is upon them.
Lisbeth Salander: Lea Persson, nineteen sixty two. Found by her sister in her pet shop, raped, beaten. The killer uncaged the animals, smashed the aquariums. There was a parakeet inside her. Next, Eva Gustavsson, nineteen sixty. A runaway, raped, strangled, a burned pigeon tied around her neck. Lena Anderson, nineteen sixty seven. A student, raped, stabbed, decapitated.
Mikael Blomkvist: Okay. Alright.
Lisbeth Salander: I’m not finished.
Mikael Blomkvist: We’re looking for a serial murderer, but what could that have to do with a teenager living on an island?
Lisbeth Salander: She was looking for him too.


 

Mikael Blomkvist: Rape, torture, fire, animals, religion. Am I missing anything?
Lisbeth Salander: The names, they’re all biblical. The first woman, the whore, the Virgin Mary, Rebecka, Sara. All from the Old Testament.
Mikael Blomkvist: Which means they’re all Jewish. One thing the Vangers have more than their fair share of is anti-semites.
[pointing to a figure seen through the window of one of the Vanger houses]
Mikael Blomkvist: There’s one right there.


 

Lisbeth Salander: Harriet’s name isn’t.
Mikael Blomkvist: Isn’t what?
Lisbeth Salander: Jewish.
Mikael Blomkvist: No.


 

[the next morning, Mikael finds Lisbeth using his laptop]
Mikael Blomkvist: What are you doing?
Lisbeth Salander: Reading the notes.
Mikael Blomkvist: They’re encrypted.
[she gives him a look]
Lisbeth Salander: Please.


 

[after Mikael has tracked down the woman who was present at the parade taking pictures from behind Harriet just before she disappeared]
Mikael Blomkvist: In nineteen sixty six you were in Hedestad with your husband.
Woman from Parade: Who took these?
Mikael Blomkvist: A local photographer. You were taking pictures too that day and I’d love to look at them, if by some miracle you still have them.
Woman from Parade: It wouldn’t be a miracle, we were on our honeymoon. But why?
showing her another photo from the parade where Harriet is looking across the street
Mikael Blomkvist: This…this girl. You can see her better in the enlargement. That’s you there.
[pointing to the younger version of the woman standing behind Harriet taking a photo]
Mikael Blomkvist: Just after this was taken, after she’d seen something across the street, she was murdered.
Woman from Parade: How awful!
[the woman brings her photos to Mikael and he finds the photo where Harriet was looking across the street showing an obscured mysterious man]


 

[Lisbeth is in the elevator as Bjurman walks in]
Lisbeth Salander: How’s your sex life?
[she stops the lift and turns to look at him]girl-with-dragon-tattoo-7
Lisbeth Salander: I didn’t care much for your last report. It felt perfunctory, like your heart wasn’t in it. Let’s see a little more enthusiasm from my recovery in next months.
[Bjurman starts to speak but Lisbeth stops him]
Lisbeth Salander: Don’t speak! I don’t want to hear your voice. Just nod. Start looking for a shrink you can bribe to swear under oath he can find absolutely nothing wrong with me.
[Bjurman quickly nods his head and she grabs him by the throat]
Lisbeth Salander: And stop visiting tattoo removal websites, or I’ll do it again.
[she puts her hand up and points to his forehead]
Lisbeth Salander: Right here.


 

[after Lisbeth has treated Mikael’s head wound from being shot whilst walking in the island]
Mikael Blomkvist: This is insane. I mean, these people. Somebody was shooting at me, I mean it wasn’t an accident.
Lisbeth Salander: No one’s shooting at you now.
[she stands in front of him and takes off her underwear]
Mikael Blomkvist: You know, I’m pretty sure this is a bad idea.
Lisbeth Salander: Why?
Mikael Blomkvist: Well apart from the fact that I’m old and we work together, which…
Lisbeth Salander: You work with what’s her name, and that worked out for you.
Mikael Blomkvist: Yeah, well. I do have some standards, believe it or not.
[she takes off her top]
Lisbeth Salander: You need to stop talking.
[she pushes him down on the bed and they have sex]


 

[the morning after they’ve slept together, Mikael wakes to find Lisbeth has fixed breakfast for him]
Lisbeth Salander: I like working with you.
Mikael Blomkvist: I like working with you too.


 

Dirch Frode: It could have been a stray shot.
Martin Vanger: Well not by Gunnar, if he wanted to shoot him he wouldn’t be here.
Dirch Frode: And then we have poachers, they shoot at anything that moves.
Martin Vanger: Or he’s right, Dirch. What if he is? This has to stop.
Dirch Frode: Do you want to stop, Mikael?
Mikael Blomkvist: Look, I have police reports, photo’s, Henrik’s notes, my notes, Lisbeth’s research. What I don’t have is Vanger Industries records. That’s what I want.
Dirch Frode: Why?
Mikael Blomkvist: Will you authorize it?
Dirch Frode: The private corporate records? How far back?
Mikael Blomkvist: Henrik said I could have access to everything I needed, this is what I need.
Dirch Frode: This is not what he meant.
Mikael Blomkvist: I’ll sign a non-disclosure statement, if that would help.


 

[discussing whether Mikael should be given access to Vanger Industries records]
Martin Vanger: I think Henrik would say yes.
Dirch Frode: That’s why he has me, to protect him from himself. It’s insane.
Martin Vanger: What have we got to hide?
Dirch Frode: Well, for a hundred and twenty years of business, probably a lot.
Martin Vanger: This is what he needs to finish, he should have permission.


 

[after Mikael’s been given access to Vanger Industries records]
Lisbeth Salander: What am I looking for?
Mikael Blomkvist: Any connections between Vanger Industries and the towns where the women were killed. And everything about Frode.


 

[after Mikael finds that Harald Vanger was taking pictures the same day Harriet went missing]
Mikael Blomkvist: Your father has taken pictures that day that no one has seen. I’d like to take a look at them.
Cecilia Vanger: So ask him?
Mikael Blomkvist: Well, I was wondering if you could do that.
Cecilia Vanger: I don’t speak to him, as you know.
Mikael Blomkvist: Could you make an exception, in my case?
Cecilia Vanger: Are you afraid to be in the same room with him? I’m not saying you shouldn’t be,
Mikael Blomkvist: So you won’t help me?
Cecilia Vanger: Sorry.
Mikael Blomkvist: Please?


 

[Mikael pays Harald a visit to look at the photo’s he took on the day Harriet went missing]
Harald Vanger: I’m not a recluse. I don’t close my door to anyone, they just don’t visit.
Mikael Blomkvist: Well, perhaps if you redecorated.
Harald Vanger: Hide the past like they do, under thin shiny veneers, like an Ikea table. I am the most honest of all of them.
Mikael Blomkvist: Your family?
Harald Vanger: Sweden.
[a photo of a boy wearing a school uniform catches Mikael’s attention]
Harald Vanger: Landscape? Some nice landscape there?
Mikael Blomkvist: Who is this? The blurry one. I can’t tell.
[he holds the photo in front of Harald who takes a closer look]
Harald Vanger: That’s Gottfried’s boy.
Mikael Blomkvist: That’s Martin?
Harald Vanger: Yeah. A handsome, but useless young man. Like his father.
Mikael Blomkvist: Like his father.


 

[after Mikael discovers that Martin is the one Harriet is staring at in the photo from the parade, Mikael breaks into Martin’s home but Martin arrives and catches him outside his house]
Martin Vanger: I stopped by the hospital on my way home. Henrik asked me to ask you something.
Mikael Blomkvist: What was that?
Martin Vanger: Come on in, I’ll make you a drink.


 

[as Mikael reluctantly enters Martin’s house]
Martin Vanger: What happened to you?
Mikael Blomkvist: When?
Martin Vanger: Just now.
Mikael Blomkvist: I fell, in the dark.
Martin Vanger: You don’t have a flashlight? I’ll get you one.
Mikael Blomkvist: I just…I just wasn’t being careful, that’s all.
[Martin throws a small flashlight at Mikael]
Martin Vanger: How’s the investigation going?
Mikael Blomkvist: Nothing new to report.
Martin Vanger: No? Dirch says the girl is really clever.
[as Martin pours them a drink, he notices one of his kitchen knife is missing]
Martin Vanger: Maybe she’ll turn something up.
Mikael Blomkvist: Maybe. Thank you for the…
[referring to the flashlight]


 

Mikael Blomkvist: So what did he say?
Martin Vanger: What?
Mikael Blomkvist: You said Henrik asked you to ask me something.
Martin Vanger: Well, I just did.
Mikael Blomkvist: What?
Martin Vanger: How’s the investigation?
Mikael Blomkvist: Oh, yeah.
Martin Vanger: That was his question.
[Mikael notices Martin’s hunting gun]
Martin Vanger: Do you hunt? We should go hunting together sometime.
Mikael Blomkvist: Sure.
[there’s a small uncomfortable silence before Martin asks]
Martin Vanger: Nothing at all? New to report?
Mikael Blomkvist: No, nothing.
Martin Vanger: I can see you’re anxious.
Mikael Blomkvist: No, I’m…
Martin Vanger: Well I mean to get home after the walk.
Mikael Blomkvist: Yeah, well I suppose I am.
Martin Vanger: To have dinner with your girlfriend.
Mikael Blomkvist: Assistant.


 

Martin Vanger: We’d have better luck with a gun.
Mikael Blomkvist: I’m sorry?
Martin Vanger: When we go hunting, a gun rather than a knife.
[Martin gets a gun from his kitchen drawer and Mikael realizes that Martin knows about him breaking into his house]
Martin Vanger: I wanna show you something. Bring your drink, leave my knife.
[Mikael takes out the kitchen knife from his coat pocket and leaves it on the counter]


 

[as Martin is taking Mikael towards his basement at gunpoint]
Martin Vanger: You know what’s harder than shooting someone? Just missing him. That was very good shot up at the cabin.
Mikael Blomkvist: It didn’t work. I’m here.
Martin Vanger: Mikael, it did work. You’re here.
[Martin leads Mikael into his basement and gases him unconscious and hung from his neck with his hands shackled]

 


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