Starring: Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles, Michael Jai White, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, Laurie Holden, Fred Melamed, Udo Kier, Thomas Kretschmann
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Action crime thriller written and directed by S. Craig Zahler. The story centers on two policemen, one an old-timer, Brett Ridgeman (Mel Gibson), the other his volatile younger partner, Anthony Lurasetti (Vince Vaughn), who find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics become the media’s cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due, but instead find far more than they wanted waiting in the shadows.
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Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 25)
Henry Johns: Pops is a yesterday who ain’t worth words.
[as he takes out a gum and puts it in his mouth]
Anthony Lurasetti: You’re still maintaining that gum is for cows and imbeciles?
Brett Ridgeman: I do, and it is.
[referring to the song playing int he diner]
Brett Ridgeman: Is this a guy or a girl singing this song?
[Anthony listens for a moment]
Anthony Lurasetti: I can’t tell.
Brett Ridgeman: Not that there’s much of a difference these days.
Anthony Lurasetti: I think that line was obliterated, the day men started saying, “We’re pregnant,” when their wives were.
Brett Ridgeman: I do what I think best when I’m out there. I was that way when we were partners, and I’m still that way now.
Chief Lt. Calvert: There’s a reason I’m sitting behind this desk running things, and you’re out there crouching on fire escapes in the cold for hours with a partner that’s twenty years younger than you.
Brett Ridgeman: Hey, Anthony’s got a mouth with its own engine, but he’s solid.
Chief Lt. Calvert: That wasn’t my point.
Chief Lt. Calvert: [to Brett] It’s not healthy for you to scuff concrete as long as you have. You get results, but you’re losing perspective and compassion. Couple more years out there and you’re going to be a human steamroller, covered with spikes and fueled by bile.
Brett Ridgeman: There’s a lot of imbeciles out there.
Anthony Lurasetti: [to Feinbaum] I just, I’m thinking about the kind of future I can offer my girlfriend and, you know, that life won’t have a lot of diamonds.
Henry Johns: I don’t like doing things with so many question marks everywhere.
Biscuit: Yeah, me neither.
[referring to their stakeout]
Anthony Lurasetti: What are we doing here?
Brett Ridgeman: You asking me this question as a civilian? Because that’s what we are right now, civilians. No different than kindergarten teachers or the bum that collects aluminum cans outside my building.
Anthony Lurasetti: I know where I flung my badge yesterday. What are we doing here?
Brett Ridgeman: We’re monitoring a suspicious individual to try and figure out if he’s got any money he doesn’t need.
Anthony Lurasetti: Anchovies.
[during their stakeout]
Brett Ridgeman: I’m a month away from my sixtieth, I’m still the same rank I was at twenty-seven. For a lot of years, I believed that the quality of my work, what we do together, what I did with my previous partners, would get me what I deserved. But I don’t politic and I don’t change with the times. And it turns out that that shit’s more important than good honest work. So yesterday, after we stop a massive amount of drugs from getting into the school system, we get suspended because it wasn’t done politely. When I go home and I find my daughter has been assaulted for the fifth time in two years, because of the shit neighborhood my shit wage has forced me to live in. And my wife can’t help. She’s barely getting through the day on her meds as it is.
Anthony Lurasetti: They okay?
Brett Ridgeman: Yeah. Melanie’s coping. Sara’s doing okay. She’s dealing with it better than most kids her age would. But who knows what kind of long term damage is going on with her. There has been opportunities before, more than a few. Take a bribe, pocket a bundle, pilfer cash. I was a cop on active duty. Today, I’m a poor civilian who’s nearly sixty. I can accept that, but I’m not going to ask my wife and daughter to.
Brett Ridgeman: [to Anthony] If we put all our collars together, every imbecile we ever nabbed, it’d probably fill two entire wings of the state prison. Maybe three. We have the skills and the right to acquire proper compensation.
[during their stakeout]
Brett Ridgeman: Look, if you don’t want to hear any more about this, fling the gear and drop me off.
Anthony Lurasetti: I don’t want you to get hurt.
Brett Ridgeman: I don’t need a guardian. I can do this myself if I have to.
Anthony Lurasetti: You don’t know that.
Brett Ridgeman: Not for sure, no. But if things get tricky, I’ll disengage and find something else.
Anthony Lurasetti: This is a bad idea. It’s bad for you, and it’s bad for me. It’s bad like lasagna in a can.
Brett Ridgeman: Well, then, fling the gear and drop me off.
Brett Ridgeman: [to Anthony] Look, if you do this, you do it for yourself. You don’t do it because you pity my situation, or because we’re partners, or because we’re friends that grill burgers on Sundays, or go to the fights. You do it solely because you want to earn, and that’s it.
Brett Ridgeman: Are you still in?
Anthony Lurasetti: I am until I’m not.
[as Anthony is eating]
Anthony Lurasetti: The best part of a stakeout, other than when it ends, is when you’re eating.
Brett Ridgeman: A single red ant could’ve eaten it faster.
Brett Ridgeman: Are you still in?
Anthony Lurasetti: At the outermost edge.
Mr. Edmington: Good heavens and praise be to Him. Can that radiant vision of maternity that just walked through our front doors possibly be our beloved Mrs. Summer? Welcome back. Welcome back and congratulations on bringing such a lovely boy child into this world.
Kelly Summer: Thank you, Mr. Edmington.
Mr. Edmington: Mrs. Summer, your absence was a weight upon us, your return is a divine blessing.
Kelly Summer: It was just three months.
Mr. Edmington: Nevertheless, a doleful era.
Grey Gloves: [to Edmington] If you make any sudden moves, you will be executed. If the police show up, everyone will be executed. Do not prioritize money over having a heartbeat. Do you understand?
[referring to the building]
Brett Ridgeman: It’s still under construction.
Anthony Lurasetti: Want me to mail or hand deliver your genius award?
Brett Ridgeman: [to Anthony] Start the party.
[after fighting each other]
Brett Ridgeman: Let’s talk through this.
Henry Johns: Make some words.
Brett Ridgeman: We should clean up this mess together and split the gold. We can fight each other some more, do this until we’re crippled or dead, or we can both be rich. I don’t see how this is a dilemma.
Henry Johns: Trusting a cop, one that’s crooked as fuck, is the dilemma. Only thing absolutely certain about you is that you don’t give a shit about any oath you swear to.
Brett Ridgeman: We go in the van at the same time.
Henry Johns: Whatever you want. It’s all cotton candy.
[to Brett after shooting him for Brett pulled his gun on him]
Henry Johns: All I ever did for this was steal some autos, peddle some blow, and put the fool who crippled my brother into intensive. I ain’t never killed nobody.
[after Henry has shot Brett; referring to Anthony]
Brett Ridgeman: Bury my friend, please. I don’t want him involved in this.
Henry Johns: Alright.
Brett Ridgeman: Thanks.
Henry Johns: You was being true and honest when you said that shit about your baby girl getting attacked, and your wife with MS?
Brett Ridgeman: I was being honest.
Henry Johns: Alright. I’ll give them some.
Brett Ridgeman: Forty percent.
Henry Johns: They ain’t getting forty. But I’ll take good care of them.
[Brett closes his eyes as he takes his last breath and dies]
[after burying Brett and Anthony in the middle of the woods]
Henry Johns: Sorry to put you into these, cops, but I can’t be finicky right now.
[he turns to leave, then stops and looks back]
Henry Johns: After all this is finished, forgotten, I’ll come back and bury you right.
Total Quotes: 25
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