Starring: Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Leslie Mann, Bobby Cannavale, Fisher Stevens, Cherry Jones
Crime drama written and directed by Edward Norton. The story is set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, and follows Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a private detective with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he tries to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the powerful engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance.
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Lionel Essrog: [voice over] Okay, listen. I got something wrong with me. That’s the first thing to know. I twitch and shout a lot. It makes me look like a damn freak show. But inside my head is an even bigger mess. I can’t stop twisting things around, words and sounds especially. I have to keep playing with them until they come out right.
[he immediately blows a match he’s just lit to light a woman’s cigarette at the bar]
Lionel Essrog: Sorry.
[he lights another match and blows it out again]
Lady at the Bar: Jeez. Forget I asked.
[the woman turns and leaves]
Lionel Essrog: [voice over] Like I said, a damn mess.
Lionel Essrog: [voice over] Then I started working for Frank. Frank Minna, Private Eye. He’s the one who taught me how to use my head, turn it into a strength. He gave me a place in this crappy world, until I screwed up.
Frank Minna: Boys.
Lionel Essrog: Frank. Frankly. Frankety. Franko!
[as Frank is lying in the hospital bleeding from a gunshot wound]
Frank Minna: She’s in trouble now.
Lionel Essrog: Who?
Tony Vermonte: Does anybody know what Frank was into on this?
Lionel Essrog: There’s something going down, and it’s big, and they were not happy about what he found.
Tony Vermonte: If we find who did this, we square accounts.
[referring to Frank’s murder]
Lionel Essrog: If I figure it out, I’m going to make them regret it, I promise you that.
[referring to Laura]
Lionel Essrog: That’s her. That’s the girl that Frank was following! I think she found something.
Laura Rose: What happens to poor people in this city wasn’t news yesterday, and it won’t be tomorrow.
Lionel Essrog: Where does everybody go?
Laura Rose: Mostly just disappear.
Paul Randolph: [to Lionel] This town is run by Moses Randolph. When someone isn’t seen for what they truly are, that’s a very dangerous thing.
Moses Randolph: [to Lionel] Do you have the first inkling how power works? Power is knowing that you can do whatever you want, and not one person can stop you.
[to Lionel; referring to the homeless]
Moses Randolph: Those people are invisible. They don’t exist.
[to Lionel; referring to Moses]
Paul Randolph: If you threaten his work, he will destroy you.
Lionel Essrog: You all alone?
Laura Rose: You got no idea.
Lionel Essrog: [to Laura] You’re webbed up in this somehow, and these people aren’t going to stop.
Man: [to Lionel] You got a head just like mine, always turning things around. Some people call it a gift, but it’s a brain affliction just the same.
Frank Minna: [to Lionel] You remember what I said?
[referring to Laura]
Lionel Essrog: She doesn’t know! She doesn’t know.
Laura Rose: [to Lionel] What don’t I know?
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