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Starring: Taron Egerton, Toby Jones, Nikita Yefremov, Roger Allam, Anthony Boyle, Togo Igawa, Ken Yamamura, Ben Miles, Matthew Marsh, Rick Yune
Apple TV+ bio-drama directed by Jon S. Baird. Inspired by a true story, Tetris (2023) centers on how one man, Henk Rogers (Taron Egerton), risked his life to outsmart the KGB and smuggle the world’s most famous video game out of the Soviet Union, and turn it into a worldwide sensation.
We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now, here’s a small selection.
Henk Rogers: It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. I played for five minutes, I still see falling blocks in my dreams. It’s poetry. Art and math all working in magical synchronicity. It’s the perfect game.
Henk Rogers: It all began with a guy named Alexey Leonidovich Pajitnov four years ago. By day, he worked as a programmer for the government of the Soviet Computer Science Center. But by night, he invented games for fun. His computer, a Stone Age Soviet piece of crap called an Electronica 60, didn’t even have a graphics cars. His falling blocks were parentheses pushed together.
Henk Rogers: Alexey and a couple of buddies from work made the game IBM compatible. Which mean color graphics, 8-bit music, and floppy disks that people copied and shared for free. It spread like wildfire. But this is the Soviet Union remember. Nothing gets out easily.
Minoru Arakawa: Tetris. I don’t get it.
Henk Rogers: It’s a combination of tetra, Greek for four. All the games pieces are variants of four, and tennis.
Minoru Arakawa: Tennis?
Henk Rogers: The Russian inventor he likes tennis.
Henk Rogers: This game isn’t just addictive. It stays with you. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Howard Lincoln: Henk, only ten other people in the world have seen what you are about to see. It’s called the Game Boy.
Henk Rogers: Gentlemen if you want to sell a couple hundred thousand Game Boys to little kids, package it with Mario. But if you want to sell millions of Game Boys to absolutely everyone around the world, package it with Tetris.
Henk Rogers: The Soviet Union has worldwide rights. Nothing gets out easily.
Henk Rogers: I’m sorry, hun. Papa’s got to go and get ready for his business trip, but I can’t wait to see your show.
Henk Rogers: I’m going to go to Moscow, secure worldwide handheld rights.
Howard Lincoln: You’re walking into a country that still considers America enemy numero uno. If you go, we can’t protect you.
Henk Rogers: Okie Dokie.
Minoru Arakawa: [to Rogers] You sure you don’t have to talk to your wife about this first?
Henk Rogers: Pioneers have to bet the house to win.
Akemi Rogers: But not literally.
Henk Rogers: Listen, have you ever heard our apartment this quiet before?
Sasha: [referring to Alexey] This is the inventor of Tetris.
Henk Rogers: [to Alexey] Your game is brilliant. I’m going to make you a millionaire.
Alexey Pajitnov: I do not have right to receive money from my game.
Henk Rogers: That’s criminal.
Alexey Pajitnov: No. It is communism.
Robert Stein: Have you ever negotiated with the Soviets Mr. Rogers? Do you know what it feels like to be in a country where everyone is watching you?
Valentin Trifonov: [ to Rogers] You go home today, or you stay and face the consequences.
Russian Man: [to Rogers] Go home. Understood?
Henk Rogers: We’re here for Tetris.
Nikolai Belikov: [in Russian] You’re all here just for the money.
Henk Rogers: What did he say? I don’t speak Russian.
Henk Rogers: Oh, come on. You guys are the kings of cliffhangers.
Sasha: This is an illegal copy.
Henk Rogers: He thinks I stole Tetris?
Henk Rogers: This is it? The original? Amazing. Can I play?
Alexey Pajitnov: Yes.
Henk Rogers: It’s always been bugging me. Why can’t both lines disappear at once instead of one at at time?
Alexey Pajitnov: Because I never thought of that.
Henk Rogers: We should have all four lines to disappear at once.
Alexey Pajitnov: We should?
Henk Rogers: Well, yeah. Give it a try. No harm.
Henk Rogers: [as Alexey is amending the game to disappear the lines] Higher levels equals more points, so… Sorry.
Alexey Pajitnov: [as he programs the lines to disappear] Close. But we need something more. Life is hard, and we deserve our small celebrations.
Henk Rogers: I forgot how much fun this is.
Alexey Pajitnov: [to Rogers] The most powerful men in Communist Party is watching you and your family.
Foreign Intelligence Officer: [referring to Rogers] Do you know where your husband is?
Henk Rogers: What the hell is going on?
Mikhail Gorbachev: The world is changing, and Soviet Union will not be left behind.
Kevin Maxwell: Kevin Maxwell, CEO of Mirrorsoft.
Henk Rogers: Fantastic. I would like to buy your worldwide handheld rights.
Kevin Maxwell: We’ll consider your offer, Mr. Rogers.
Henk Rogers: I haven’t made one yet.
Kevin Maxwell: Yes.
Robert Maxwell: You want to play with the big boys? This is how the world works.
Robert Maxwell: We’ll start by licensing computer games, then video games, arcade games, board games, everything.
Robert Maxwell: Get me Tetris.
Boris the KGB Man: Where is my money?
Henk Rogers: This is insane.
Henk Rogers: Sometimes you got to forget the rules?
Henk Rogers: This is criminal.
Kevin Maxwell: The Soviet Union is about to implode.
Henk Rogers: They’re lying. Everybody’s lying.
KGB: Go home!
Robert Maxwell: The calvary is coming.
Sasha: [to Rogers] Don’t sacrifice everything for this.
Alexey Pajitnov: We don’t have time!
Henk Rogers: I have a plan.
Henk Rogers: Everything is going to be fine. Because if it isn’t, then we don’t have handheld rights, and we don’t have console rights, and Nintendo will sue us for fraud. And we’ll lose the business, and they’ll probably take our house. And I am trying to keep it together, Akemi, really I am. But I do not have a backup plan.
Henk Rogers: Partners are what make us great.
Hiroshi Yamauchi: [after playing the game] Not too bad.