Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Jackie Earle Haley, Ted Levine, John Carroll Lynch, Elias Koteas

OUR RATING: ★★★★☆

Story:

Psychological mystery thriller directed by Martin Scorsese. The story follows U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio), who along with his new partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), are investigating the implausible escape of a patient from Boston’s Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital, an insane asylum located on a remote, windswept island. The patient appears to have vanished from a locked room, and there are hints of terrible deeds committed within the hospital. As the investigation deepens, Teddy begins to doubt everything, his memory, his partner, even his own sanity.

 

Our Favorite Quotes:

‘Sanity's not a choice, Marshal, you can't just choose to get over it.’ - Dr. John Cawley (Shutter Island) Click To Tweet ‘Wounds can create monsters.’ - Dr. Jeremiah Naehring (Shutter Island) Click To Tweet ‘Which would be worse, to live as a monster, or to die as a good man?' - Teddy Daniels (Shutter Island) Click To Tweet

 

Best Quotes   (Total Quotes: 121)


 

[first lines; after being sick, Teddy washes his face and looks in the bathroom mirror]
Teddy Daniels: Pull yourself together, Teddy! Pull yourself together.
[looking out the bathroom window]
Teddy Daniels: It’s this water. It’s a lot of water!


 

Chuck Aule: You okay, boss?
Teddy Daniels: Yeah, I’m fine. I just, uh, I just can’t stomach the water.
[looks at Chuck]
Teddy Daniels: So, you’re my new partner?
Chuck Aule: That’s right.
Teddy Daniels: Not the best way to meet, with my head half way down the toilet.
Chuck Aule: Doesn’t exactly square with Teddy Daniels, the man, the legend, I’ll give you that.
Teddy Daniels: The legend? What the hell you boys smoking over there in Portland, anyway?
Chuck Aule: Seattle. I came from the office in Seattle.


 

Chuck Aule: So how about you? You got a girl? Married?
Teddy Daniels: I was.
[flash back of his wife giving him a tie]
Teddy Daniels: She died.
Chuck Aule: Jesus, I, I, don…
Teddy Daniels: Nah, don’t worry about it. There was a fire at the apartment building while I was at work. Four people died. It was the smoke that got her not the fire, so that’s important.
Chuck Aule: Sorry boss.
Teddy Daniels: Where are my goddamn cigarettes.
Chuck Aule: Well here, have one of mine.
Teddy Daniels: Could have sworn they were in my jacket before I…
Chuck Aule: Government employees will rob you blind.


 

Teddy Daniels: Give you a briefing about the institution before you left?
Chuck Aule: All I know is that it’s a mental hospital.
Teddy Daniels: For the criminally insane.
Chuck Aule: Yeah, if it’s just folks running around hearing voices and chasing after butterflies they wouldn’t need us.


 

Ferry Captain: We’ll be casting off as soon as you two are ashore. I’d appreciate it if you would hurry up about it.
Teddy Daniels: Why?
Ferry Captain: Storm’s coming.


 

[Teddy shows McPherson the Marshal badge on his belt]
Deputy Warden McPherson: Never seen a Marshal’s badge before. I’m Deputy Warden McPherson. Gentlemen, welcome to Shutter Island. I’ll be the one taking you to Ashecliffe.


 

Teddy Daniels: You boys seem a little on edge, Mr. McPherson.
Deputy Warden McPherson: Right now Marshal, we all are.


 

[noticing the electric barbed wire around the edges of the institution]
Teddy Daniels: Electrified perimeter.
Chuck Aule: How can you tell?
Teddy Daniels: Seen something like it before.


 

Deputy Warden McPherson: The red brick building on your right is Ward A, the male ward. Ward B, the female ward, is the one your left. Ward C, is that building on the bluffs, an old civil war fort, the most dangerous patients are housed there. Admittance to Ward C is forbidden without the written consent and physical presence of both myself and Dr. Cawley. Is that understood?
Teddy Daniels: You act like insanity is catching.
Deputy Warden McPherson: You are hereby required to surrender your firearms.
Teddy Daniels: Mr. McPherson, we are duly appointed Federal Marshals and we are required to carry our firearms with us at all times.


 

[when Teddy and Chuck are reluctant to hand over their guns]
Deputy Warden McPherson: Gentlemen, you will not get through this gate with your firearms.
[reluctantly Teddy hands over his gun. Chuck struggles to get his gun out of his holster but finally releases it and hands it over]


 

Teddy Daniels: When did she escape, this prisoner?
Deputy Warden McPherson: I’m afraid Dr. Cawley will have to fill you in on the situation. Protocol.
Chuck Aule: Correctional Officers at a mental institution, that’s a weird site if you don’t mind me saying.
Deputy Warden McPherson: It’s the only facility of its kind in the U.S, even the world. We take only the most dangerous, damaged patients. Ones no other hospital can manage, and it’s all due to Dr. Cawley. He’s created something real unique here.


 

Deputy Warden McPherson: Dr. Cawley’s been consulted numerous times, by Scotland Yard, MI5, the OSS…
Teddy Daniels: Why?
Deputy Warden McPherson: What do you mean?
Teddy Daniels: What do intelligence agencies want to consult a psychiatrist about?
Deputy Warden McPherson: I guess you’ll have to ask him.


 

[after McPherson leaves Teddy and Chuck in Cawley’s office]
Chuck Aule: He had a lot to say about you.
Dr. John Cawley: McPherson’s a good man, he believes in the work we do here.
Teddy Daniels: And what would that be exactly?
Dr. John Cawley: A moral fusion between law and order and clinical care.
Chuck Aule: Pardon me John, a what between what and what?


 

[Teddy’s looking at old paintings of mental patients on Cawley’s office wall]
Dr. John Cawley: Those paintings are quite accurate. It used to be the kind of patients we deal with here were shackled and left in their own filth. They were beaten, as if whipping them bloody would drive the psychosis out. We drove screws into their brains, we submerged in them in icy water until they lost consciousness or even drowned.
Chuck Aule: And now?
Dr. John Cawley: We treat them, try to heal, try to cure. And if that fails at least we provide them with a measure of comfort in their lives, calm.
Teddy Daniels: These are all violent offenders, right? They’ve hurt people, murdered them in some cases.
Dr. John Cawley: In almost all cases, yes.
Teddy Daniels: Then personally doctor I’d say screw their sense of calm.
Dr. John Cawley: My job is to treat my patients not their victims. I’m not here to judge.


 

Teddy Daniels: So this female prisoner…?
Dr. John Cawley: Patient.
Teddy Daniels: Excuse me, patient. One Rachel Solando, escaped sometime in the last twenty four hours?
Dr. John Cawley: Last night, between then and midnight.
Chuck Aule: Is she considered dangerous?
Dr. John Cawley: You could say that. She killed all three of her children. She drowned them in the lake behind her house. She took them out one by one, held their heads under until they died, then she bought them back inside and arranged them round the kitchen table. She ate a meal there before a neighbor dropped by.
Teddy Daniels: And what about the husband?
Dr. John Cawley: He died, on the beaches of Normandy. She’s a war widow. She starved herself when she first came here. She insisted the children weren’t dead.
[Cawley shows Teddy photos of Rachel]


 

Teddy Daniels: Sorry doctor, you don’t happen to have an aspirin do ya?
Dr. John Cawley: Prone to headaches, Marshal?
Teddy Daniels: Sometimes, but today I’m a little more prone to sea sickness.


 

Dr. John Cawley: Rachel still believes the children are alive. She also believes this place is her home in the Berkshires.
Teddy Daniels: [laughing] You’re kidding me?
Dr. John Cawley: Never once in two years acknowledged that she’s in an institution, she believes we’re all delivery men, milk men, postal workers. To sustain the delusion that the children never died, she’s created an elaborate fictional structure. She gives us all parts to play in that fiction.
Teddy Daniels: So you searched the grounds yet?
Dr. John Cawley: Warden and his men scoured the island. Not a trace. What’s more disturbing is we don’t know how she got out of her room. It was locked from the outside and the only windows barred. It’s as if she evaporated straight through the walls.


 

[to Cawley]
Teddy Daniels: Seriously doctor, how is it possible that the truth never gets through to her? I mean, she’s in a mental institution, right? Seems like something you’d notice from time to time.


 

[to Teddy]
Dr. John Cawley: Sanity’s not a choice, Marshal, you can’t just choose to get over it.


 

[to Cawley after finding Rachel had left her shoes in her room]
Chuck Aule: She left here barefoot? Come on doc, she couldn’t get ten yards in that terrain.


 

[examining the note Teddy’s found hidden underneath the floor board in Rachel’s room]
Dr. John Cawley: Ah, this is definitely Rachel’s handwriting. I’ve no idea what the law of four is though.
Teddy Daniels: It’s not a psychiatric term?
Dr. John Cawley: No, I’m afraid not.
Chuck Aule: [Reads note] Who is 67? Fucked if I know.
Dr. John Cawley: I have to say that’s quite close to my clinical conclusion.
Teddy Daniels: Think it’s just random scribblings?
Dr. John Cawley: No, not at all. Rachel’s smart, brilliant in fact. This paper could be important.
[goes to grab the note from Teddy]
Teddy Daniels: Excuse me doctor, but we’re going to have to hold on to this.


 

Dr. John Cawley: Last night there were seven men sitting at the base of those stairs playing stud poker, yet somehow Rachel managed to slip past them.
Chuck Aule: How? She turns invisible?
Teddy Daniels: Doctor, we’re going to need access to the personnel files of all the medical staff. The nurses, the guards, the orderlies, anyone who was working that…
Dr. John Cawley: We’ll take your request under consideration.
Teddy Daniels: This is not a request, doctor. This is a federal facility and a dangerous prisoner…
Dr. John Cawley: Patient.
Teddy Daniels: Patient, has escaped now. You will comply or you…
Dr. John Cawley: All I can say is I’ll see what I can do.
Teddy Daniels: Doctor, we’re going to need to speak with the staff. Do you understand?
Dr. John Cawley: I’ll assemble them in the common room after dinner. If you have any further questions feel free to join the Deputy Warden in the search.


 

[checking the rocks near the shore of the island]
Deputy Warden McPherson: It’s eleven miles to the nearest land and the water’s freezing. Current was strong last night, tide pushing in, she’d had drowned or crushed on the rocks and her body would have washed back up on shore.
Teddy Daniels: What about those caves down there? Have you checked them?
Deputy Warden McPherson: No way she could get there. The base of those cliffs are covered in poison ivy, live oak, sumac, thousand plants with thorns as big as my dick. You said yourself, Marshal, she’s got no shoes.


 

Teddy Daniels: What’s that tower?
Deputy Warden McPherson: It’s an old light house. The guards already searched inside it.
Teddy Daniels: What’s in there? More patients?
Deputy Warden McPherson: Sewage treatment facility.


 

[staff are gathered in the common room where they are being questioned by Teddy and Chuck]
Glen Miga: Sir, I didn’t see nothing.
Teddy Daniels: You were, and you were at your post all night?
Glen Miga: Yeah, but I didn’t see a thing.
[Glen looks down, making no eye contact]
Teddy Daniels: Glen. Glen. Tell me the truth.
Glen Miga: I maybe went to the bathroom.
Dr. John Cawley: What? You breached protocol, for Christ…
Glen Miga: I wasn’t gone for more than a minute.


 

[to the staff]
Teddy Daniels: Let’s all just back up. Miss Solando was put in her room for lights out. Does anyone here know what she did before that? Anyone?
[nobody answers]
Teddy Daniels: Come on! Anyone? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone?
Nurse Marino: She was in a group therapy session.
Teddy Daniels: Huh. Anything unusual occur?
Nurse Marino: Define unusual.
Teddy Daniels: Excuse me?
Nurse Marino: This is a mental institution, Marshal, for the criminally insane. Usual isn’t a big part of our day.
Teddy Daniels: I will rephrase. Did anything happen last night, during group therapy that was more, let’ say, I don’t know, memorable than…
Nurse Marino: Normal?
Teddy Daniels: Exactly.
Nurse Marino: No, sorry.


 

Teddy Daniels: Did Miss Solando say anything during group therapy?
Nurse Marino: She was worried about the rain and she hated the food here.
[all the staff laugh]
Nurse Marino: Complained constantly, last night included.
Teddy Daniels: So you were there, was there a doctor present?
Nurse Marino: Yes, Dr. Sheehan led the discussion.
Teddy Daniels: Dr. Sheehan?
Nurse Marino: Yes, he was running the session. He’s Rachel’s primary, the psychiatrist who directly oversees her care.


 

Teddy Daniels: We’re going to need to speak with Dr. Sheehan.
Dr. John Cawley: I’m afraid that won’t be possible. He left on the ferry this morning. His vacation was already planned, he’d been putting it off too long.
Chuck Aule: You’re in a state of lock down. A dangerous patient has escaped and you let her primary doctor leave on vacation?
Dr. John Cawley: Well, of course. He’s a doctor.
[the staff laugh]
Teddy Daniels: Do you have phone number for where he’s gone?


 

Dr. John Cawley: I’m afraid I have evening rounds in the wards, but I’ll be having drinks and a cigar at my house around nine if you care to drop by.
Teddy Daniels: Good, we can talk then, right?
Dr. John Cawley: We have been talking, Marshal.


 

[in Cawley’s house]
Chuck Aule: Nice music. Who is that, Brahms?
Teddy Daniels: No. It’s Mahler.
Dr. John Cawley: Quite right, Marshal.


 

Dr. John Cawley: Your poison, gentlemen?
Chuck Aule: Rye, if you got it.
Teddy Daniels: Soda on ice please, thanks.
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: Oh, you don’t indulge in alcohol? I’m surprised. Isn’t it common for men in your profession to imbibe?
Teddy Daniels: Common enough. And yours?
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: I’m sorry?
Teddy Daniels: Your profession, doctor, psychiatry?
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: Yes?
Teddy Daniels: I always heard it was overrun with boozers and drunks.
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: Not that I’ve notices.
Teddy Daniels: What’s that, ice tea in your glass there?
[Cawley and Naehring laugh]
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: Excellent, Marshal. You have outstanding defense mechanisms. You must be quite adept at interrogations, hm?


 

Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: Men like you are my specialty, you know? Men of violence
Chuck Aule: Now, that’s a hell of an assumption to make.
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: No assumption, not all. You misunderstand me, I said you are men of violence. I am not accusing of being violent men, that’s quite different.
Teddy Daniels: No, please, please, edify us doctor.
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: You both served overseas?
Chuck Aule: Not much of a stretch doc, for all you know we were both paper pushers over there.
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: No, you were not.


 

Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: Since the school yard, neither of you has ever walked away from a physical conflict. No, not of course you enjoy it but because retreat isn’t something you’d consider an option.
Chuck Aule: We weren’t raised to run doc.
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: Ah, yes, raised. And who raised you, Marshal?
Teddy Daniels: Me? Wolves.
[Cawley and Naehring laugh]
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: Very impressive defense mechanisms.


 

Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: Do you believe in god, Marshal?
[Teddy looks at Naehring and laughs]
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: No, I’m quite serious.
Teddy Daniels: Das glaube ich.
[translation; ‘I believe it’]
Teddy Daniels: You ever, uh, seen a death camp, doctor?
[Naehring shakes his head]
Teddy Daniels: Ein konzentration lagger?
[translation; ‘a concentration camp’]
Teddy Daniels: No? Ich war dabei, bei der Befreiung von Dachau. Ihr english, lhr english ist sehr gut. Fast Perfekt.
[translation; I was at the liberation of Dachau. Your English is very good. Almost Perfect]
Teddy Daniels: His English is very good. You hit the consonants a tad high though.
Chuck Aule: You’re a German?
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: Is legal immigration a crime, Marshal?
Teddy Daniels: Oh, I don’t know, doctor. You tell us.


 

Teddy Daniels: No, listen we’re going to need those files on Dr. Sheehan and the rest of the staff as well.
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: No personnel files will be released to you. Period
Teddy Daniels: We’re going to need those files.
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: Out of the question.
Teddy Daniels: Bullshit! Out of the question! Bullshit! Just who the hell is in charge here, anyway huh? Huh?
Dr. John Cawley: Dr. Naehring acts as liaison to our board of overseers. He relayed your request and it’s been refused.
Teddy Daniels: Refused? They don’t have the authority to refuse.
[looks at Naehring]
Teddy Daniels: And neither do you, sir.
Dr. John Cawley: Marshal, continue your investigation and we’ll do all we can to help.
Teddy Daniels: This investigation is over. We’re going to file our reports and we’re going to hand it over to, um…
Chuck Aule: Hoover’s boys.
Teddy Daniels: Hoover’s boys, that’s right. We’re taking the ferry back in the morning. Come on, Chuck.


 

Chuck Aule: Hey boss, are we really packing it in?
Teddy Daniels: Why?
Chuck Aule: I guess, I don’t know, I just never really quit anything before.
Teddy Daniels: We haven’t heard the truth once yet, Chuck. Rachel Solando didn’t slip out of a locked cell barefoot without any help. I think she had a lot of help. Maybe, Cawley’s sitting up in his mansion right now re-thinking his whole attitude. Maybe in the morning…
Chuck Aule: You’re bluffing?
Teddy Daniels: I didn’t say that.


 

[Teddy’s dreaming of his wife in an apartment standing in front of a window holding a whiskey bottle]
Dolores Chanal: I found a whole stack of these, Teddy. Jesus, are you ever sober anymore?
Teddy Daniels: I killed a lot of people in the war.
Dolores Chanal: Is that why you drink?
Teddy Daniels: Are you real?
[the whiskey bottle in her hand disappears]
Dolores Chanal: No. She’s still here.
Teddy Daniels: Who? Rachel?
Dolores Chanal: She never left.


 

[in Teddy’s dream Dolores walks over to the living room bay window and looks out the window]
Dolores Chanal: Remember when we stayed in the cabin in the summer, Teddy? We were so happy. She’s here, you can’t leave.
[Teddy comes up behind her and put his arms around her waist]
Teddy Daniels: I’m not going to leave. I love you so much.
Dolores Chanal: I’m just bones in a box, Teddy.
Teddy Daniels: No.
Dolores Chanal: I am. You have to wake up.
Teddy Daniels: I won’t go. You’re here…
Dolores Chanal: I’m not. You have to face that. But she is, and so is he.
Teddy Daniels: Who?
Dolores Chanal: Laeddis. I have to go.
Teddy Daniels: No! No! Please, please, I need to hold on to you. Just a little bit longer…
Dolores Chanal: Oh god, please. You have to let me go.
Teddy Daniels: I can’t.
[Teddy tries to hold on closer but Dolores disappears into ashes]


 

[calling out to Cawley]
Teddy Daniels: Doctor, doctor, doctor, we need to interview the patients who were in Rachel’s group therapy session.
Dr. John Cawley: I thought your investigation was finished?
Teddy Daniels: Well, it’s not like we can take the ferry.
[he points to the storm going on outside seen through windows]
Teddy Daniels: Now was Rachel receiving any other treatment for her illnesses?
Dr. John Cawley: Do you know the state of the mental health field these days, gentlemen?
Teddy Daniels: No, not a clue doctor.
Dr. John Cawley: War. The old school believes in surgical intervention, psycho surgery, procedures like the trans orbital lobotomy. Some say the patients become reasonable, docile. Others say they become zombies.
Chuck Aule: And the new school?
Dr. John Cawley: Psycho pharmacology. A new drug has just been approved called Thorazine, which relaxes psychotic patients, you could say tames them.
Teddy Daniels: And which school are you, doctor?
Dr. John Cawley: Me? I have this radical idea that if you treat a patient with respect, listen to him, try and understand, you just might reach him.


 

Dr. John Cawley: Rachel Solando was on a combination of drugs meant to keep her from becoming violent, but it was only a intermittently effective. The greatest obstacle to her recovery was her refusal to face what she had done.
Teddy Daniels: Was? Is there a reason you keep referring to your patient in the past tense, doctor?
Dr. John Cawley: Look outside, Marshal. Why do you think?


 

[Teddy and Chuck are interviewing the patients]
Teddy Daniels: Next up is Peter Breene. Assaulted his father’s nurse with broken glass, nurse survived with a face permanently disfigured.
Chuck Aule: I can’t wait.


 

[Teddy and Chuck interview patient, Peter Breene]
Peter Breene: She’d smile at me. She was so sweet, but you could see it in her eyes, she liked to be naked, to suck cock.
Chuck Aule: Okay, Mr. Breene.
Peter Breene: And then she asked me if she could have a glass of water, alone, in the kitchen, like that’s no big deal?
Teddy Daniels: Why was that a big deal?
Peter Breene: It was obvious. She wanted me to pull out my thing so that she could laugh at it.
Teddy Daniels: Mr. Breene, we need to ask you some questions, okay?
Peter Breene: When I cut her she screamed, but she scared me. What did she expect?
Teddy Daniels: Interesting, but we’re here to talk about Rachel Solando, okay?
Peter Breene: Rachel Solando. Do you know that she drowned her own kids? She drowned her kids. This is a sick fucking world we live in, I’ll tell you that. But you know what, they should be gassed. All of them, the retards, the killers, the niggers. You kill your own kids? Gas the bitch!


 

[Teddy’s starts to scratch his pencil in long lines on his notepad]
Teddy Daniels: That nurse, maybe she had kids, huh? A husband, just trying to make ends meet, with a normal life. And it says in your file that you tore her face off, didn’t you? Congratulations, no more normal for her, not ever again, no. Do you know what she was afraid of?
[Teddy keeps scratching his pencil]
Teddy Daniels: You.
Peter Breene: Could you stop that! Please!
[Teddy continues scratching is pencil more loudly]
Peter Breene: Stop that! Please! Stop!
[Teddy then pounces on Breene grabbing hold of him]
Teddy Daniels: Do you know a patient named, Andrew Laeddis? Do you?
Peter Breene: [terrified] No! No! I want to go back. I want to go.
[the orderlies come and take Breene away]


 

[Teddy and Chuck are interviewing another patient]
Bridget Kearns: Well, I’ll never get out here. I’m not sure that I should.
Teddy Daniels: Excuse me for saying this, Miss Kearns…
Bridget Kearns: Mrs.
Teddy Daniels: Mrs. Kearns, but you seem quite normal. I mean in comparison with the other patients here.
Bridget Kearns: Well, I have my dark days. I suppose everybody does. The difference is most people don’t kill their husbands with an axe.
Teddy Daniels: Ah.
Bridget Kearns: Although personally I think if a man beats you and fucks half the women he sees and no one will help you, axing him isn’t the least understandable thing you could do.
Chuck Aule: Maybe you shouldn’t get out.
Bridget Kearns: [laughs] What would I do if I did? I don’t know the world anymore. They say there are bombs that can reduce whole cities to ash and, uh, what do you call them, televisions, voices and faces coming from a box. I hear enough voices already.


 

Chuck Aule: What can you tell us about Rachel?
Bridget Kearns: Um, not much. Uh, she keeps to herself. She believed her kids were alive, she thought she was still living in the Berkshires and we were all her neighbors. The milkmen, postmen…
Teddy Daniels: Delivery men. And Dr. Sheehan was there that night?
Bridget Kearns: Yes, uh, he talked about anger.
Teddy Daniels: Tell me about him. What’s he like?
Bridget Kearns: Uh, he’s okay, nice, um, not hard on the eyes as my mother would say.
Teddy Daniels: Did he ever make a pass at you?
Bridget Kearns: No, no. Dr. Sheehan’s a good doctor, he would never. Um, could I have a glass of water, please?
Chuck Aule: No problem.
[Chuck gets up and goes to get the water, Bridget then quickly grabs hold of Teddy’s notebook and scribbles something on it and shoves it back to him]


 

Teddy Daniels: I just have one more question for you Mrs. Kearns, did you ever meet a patient named Andrew Laeddis.
[her face becomes frozen]
Bridget Kearns: No. Never heard of him.
[she gets up and walks away]


 

Chuck Aule: Who’s Andrew Laeddis? You asked every one of those patients back there about him, who is he?
[Teddy doesn’t answer]
Chuck Aule: What the hell boss, I’m your partner for Christ sake.
Teddy Daniels: We just met, Chuck. You’ve been on the beat for a long time, you’ve got a duty, you’ve got a career. What I’m doing, it’s not exactly by the book.
Chuck Aule: I don’t give a damn about “by the book”, boss. I just want to know what the hell is going on?
Teddy Daniels: When this case come over the wires, I requested it. Specifically. Do you understand?
Chuck Aule: Why?
Teddy Daniels: Andrew Laeddis was the maintenance man over in the apartment building where my wife and I lived.
Chuck Aule: Okay.
Teddy Daniels: He was also a firebug. Andrew Laeddis lit the match that caused the fire that killed my wife.


 

[walking in the heavy rain out in the compound]
Chuck Aule: What happened to Laeddis?
Teddy Daniels: He got away with it. Laeddis got away with it and then he disappeared. About a year ago I open up the paper and there he is. Ugly looking son of bitch, huge scar from his right temple down to his left lip. Eyes different colors, it’s not the type of face you’d forget. He burned down a school house, killed two people. Said voices told him to do it. First he went to prison then he got transferred here.
Chuck Aule: Then what?
Teddy Daniels: Then nothing. He vanished like he never existed, no record what so ever. Pretty sure he’s not in Ward B, that leaves Ward C.
Chuck Aule: Or he could be dead.
Teddy Daniels: So could Rachel Solando for that matter.
Chuck Aule: Lot of places to hide a body here.
Teddy Daniels: Only one place no one would really notice.
[they come to stand in front of a graveyard]


 

Chuck Aule: That patient, Bridget Kearns, when she sent me for water she said something do you back there, didn’t she?
Teddy Daniels: No.
Chuck Aule: Come on, boss?
Teddy Daniels: She wrote it.
[Teddy hands Chuck his notebook, he opens it and see the word ‘RUN’ written on the page]


 

Chuck Aule: So if Laeddis is here, what are you going to do about it?
Teddy Daniels: I’m not here to kill Laeddis.
Chuck Aule: If it was my wife I’d kill him, twice.
[Teddy chuckles]


 

[flash back to Dachau]
Teddy Daniels: When we go through the gates at Dachau, the SS guards surrendered. The commandant tried to kill himself before we got there, but he botched it. Took him an hour to die. When I went outside, I saw all the bodies on the ground, too many to count. Too many to imagine. So yeah, the guards surrendered. We took their guns, we lined them up.
[flash back shows Teddy and the other soldiers start shooting at all the guards killing all of them]
Teddy Daniels: It wasn’t warfare, it was murder. I’ve had enough of killing. That’s not why I’m here.


 

Teddy Daniels: After Laeddis vanished, I started doing some checking on Ashecliffe. A lot of people know about this place but no one wants to talk, you know, it’s like they’re scared or something. You know this place is funded by a special grant? From the House of American Activities Committee.
Chuck Aule: HUAC? And how exactly are we fighting the Commies from an island in Boston Harbor?
Teddy Daniels: By conducting experiments on the mind. At least, that’s my guess.
Chuck Aule: And you think that’s going on here?
Teddy Daniels: Like I said no one would talk, right? Till I found somebody who used to be a patient here. Guy’s name is George Noyce, nice college kid, socialist. He gets offered some money to do a psyche study, guess what they were studying?
Chuck Aule: Toothpastes.


 

Teddy Daniels: So he starts seeing dragons everywhere. He almost beats his professor to death. Ends up here on Ashecliffe, Ward C. They release him after one year, right? What does he do? Two weeks on the mainland he walks into a bar, stabs three men to death. His lawyer pleads insanity, but Noyce, Noyce, he stands up in the courtroom and he begs the judge for the electric chair. Anywhere but a mental hospital. Judge gives him life in Dedham prison.
Chuck Aule: And you found him?
Teddy Daniels: Yeah, I found him. Well, he’s a mess. But it’s pretty clear from what he tells me, they’re experimenting on people here.
Chuck Aule: I don’t know boss. How do you believe a crazy guy?
Teddy Daniels: That’s the beauty of it. Crazy people are the perfect subjects. They talk, nobody listens. I stood at Dachau, I mean we saw what human beings are capable of doing to each other, right? For Christ sakes, we fought a god damn war to stop them, and now I find out that maybe happening here, on our soil? No!


 

Chuck Aule: So what are you really here to do, Ted?
Teddy Daniels: I’m going to get the proof and I’m going to go back and I’m going to blow the lid off this place. That’s it.
Chuck Aule: Wait a minute, you started asking around about Ashecliffe, wait for a chance to get out here and then suddenly they need a U.S. Marshal?
Teddy Daniels: Yeah, I got lucky. There was a patient escaped, it was a perfect excuse.
Chuck Aule: Nah, nah, nah boss, luck doesn’t work that way. The world doesn’t work that way. They got an electrified fence around the septic facility. Ward C is inside a civil war fort. A chief of staff with ties to the OSS, funding from HUAC. I mean Jesus Christ, everything about this place stinks of government ops. What if they wanted you here?
Teddy Daniels: Bullshit!
Chuck Aule: You were asking questions.
Teddy Daniels: Bullshit. Bullshit!
Chuck Aule: Bullshit. We came here for Rachel Solando. Where one shred of evidence she even existed?
Teddy Daniels: There’s no way they could have known I would have been assigned to this case. There’s no way!
Chuck Aule: While you were looking into them, they were looking into you. All they had to do was fake an escape to get you here and now they have you. Now they have us both, here, now!


 

[McPherson’s found Teddy and Chuck in the old church by the graveyard]
Teddy Daniels: How about that? They found us, huh?
Chuck Aule: It’s an island, boss. They’re always going to find us.


 

[to Chuck]
Teddy Daniels: We’re getting off this Goddamn island. You and me. Come on.
[Teddy runs out into the storm to see McPherson in his patrol car]


 

[the doctors are all having a meeting in the hospital boardroom]
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: That’s why I must repeat my insistence that all Ward C patients be placed in manual restraints.
Dr. John Cawley: If the facility floods, they’ll drown. You know that.
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: That would take a lot of flooding.
[Teddy and Chuck sleep into the back of the room quietly]
Dr. John Cawley: We’re on an island in the middle of an ocean during a hurricane. A lot of flooding seems like a distinct possibility.


 

[referring to the patients]
Dr. John Cawley: Where are they going to go? Hm? They can’t just hop a ferry, scoot over to the mainland and wreak havoc.
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: You’re quite right. They’re far more likely to wreak havoc right here on us.
Dr. John Cawley: If they’re manacled to the floor they’ll die. That’s twenty four human beings. And you can live with that, can you?
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring: Frankly if it were up to me I’d put all forty two in Ward A and B in manual restraints as well.


 

[interrupting the doctors meeting]
Teddy Daniels: Excuse me. Excuse me…
Dr. John Cawley: Marshal…
Teddy Daniels: I’m sorry, doctor. I just have one quick question.
Dr. John Cawley: Yes, I’ll be with you in a moment.
Teddy Daniels: We spoke this morning about Rachel Solando’s note…
Doctor: The law of four, I love that.
Teddy Daniels: You said you had no idea what that second line could refer to, correct?
Dr. John Cawley: Who is sixty seven? Yes, I’m afraid I still don’t. None of us do.
Teddy Daniels: Uh-huh. Nothing comes to mind? Nothing?
[looks over to all the doctors sitting around the table]
Teddy Daniels: Because I believe I just heard you say there are twenty four patients in Ward C and forty two patients in Wards A and B, which means a total of what, sixty-six patients in this facility?
Dr. John Cawley: That is correct, yes.
Teddy Daniels: Well, it seems to me Rachel Solando is suggesting that you have a sixty seventh patient, doctor.
Dr. John Cawley: But I’m afraid we don’t.

 


Total Quotes: 121

 




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