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Starring: Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton, Jessica Henwick, Wagner Moura, Alfre Woodard, Julia Butters, Dhanush, Scott Haze, Calla Mulvey, Eme Ikwuakor, Michael Gandolfini, Sam Lerner, Robert Kazinsky, DeObia Oparei
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Netflix action thriller directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. The Gray Man (2022) centers on CIA operative Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling), aka, Sierra Six. Plucked from a federal penitentiary and recruited by his handler, Donald Fitzroy (Billy Bob Thornton), Gentry was once a highly-skilled, Agency-sanctioned merchant of death. But when he uncovers agency secrets, the table turns and Six is the target, and Genrty becomes hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans), a former cohort at the CIA, who will stop at nothing to take him out, with Agent Dani Miranda (Ana de Armas) taking has his back.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Mostly, it's loss which teaches us about the worth of things.' - Lloyd Hansen (The Gray Man) Click To Tweet
Six: [as Fitzroy visits him in prison] I like honey buns as much as the next guy. I’m not going to gouge your eye out for one. You going to write that down?
Fitzroy: I’m not going to write anything down.
Fitzroy: You want some gum?
Six: What kind you got?
Fitzroy: Bubblicious Watermelon Wave. What do you say?
Six: There is no other kind. If you think I’m going to rat somebody out for Bubblicious, you got another thing coming to you. Watermelon or not.
Six: There’s an upside to sleeping so close to your toilet.
Fitzroy: When I get out of this chair and walk out of this prison, you’ll walk with me.
Six: Who are you, my fairy godmother? No offense, I thought you’d look different.
Fitzroy: We’re going to train you to kill bad guys. And since you’ve already killed one, it shouldn’t be too difficult.
Six: What makes you think I want to do it again?
Fitzroy: You seem like the type.
Fitzroy: You would exist in the gray.
Fitzroy: [to Six] Now, I’m here to help you become a value-add instead of a value lost. So why don’t you take all the pain or whatever the hell got you here, turn it around, and make it useful?
Dani Miranda: Nice suit.
Six: I just wear what they tell me to.
Dani Miranda: Subtle.
Six: You’re no fly on the wall yourself.
'They say that life, in its most unadorned expression, is a battle of wills.' - Fitzroy (The Gray Man) Click To Tweet
Dining Car: They sent you out to kill one of your own. But that’s probably not going to make you walk away, is it?
Six: Probably not.
Dining Car: [to Six] I got all the answers because I’m telling the truth. They’re not. Denny Carmichael is a piece of s**t. That’s why I’m sitting here in my own blood. You’re probably next.
Dani Miranda: [after Dining Car dies] Very discreet.
Six: I thought this’d be cleaner.
Dani Miranda: It wasn’t.
Carmichael: [over phone, referring to Dining Car] Did the target say anything to you?
Six: Well, he was dead. So, you know, no.
Six: [referring to Dining Car] Who was he?
Carmichael: A bad guy.
Carmichael: Bad s**t.
'The white pants. The trash 'stache. It's just, it leans Lloyd.' - Six (The Gray Man) Click To Tweet
Dani Miranda: [over phone] Tell me what I don’t know.
Six: Well, that’s the problem, isn’t it?
Fitzroy: [answering the call] Max’s Fireplace and Barbecue.
Six: You Max?
Fitzroy: There is no Max.
Six: So it’s like “to the max”?
Six: Why didn’t you just say that in the first place?
Fitzroy: Because if something went wrong, I couldn’t blame Max.
Fitzroy: [over phone] You working?
Six: I was.
Fitzroy: Got loud?
Six: Yeah, it got loud. It got real weird too.
Fitzroy: What’s your gut?
Six: It’s going to be my funeral you’re going to next.
Six: I know there wasn’t some palm trees 401K plan for me, but, I mean, at least tell me you guys had some kind of exit strategy.
Fitzroy: We never got that far, kid. And now, probably not.
'This is quite possibly the most spectacular failure in the history of covert ops. This will be taught in schools as the primary example of exactly what not to do in asset retrieval.' - Suzanne Brewer (The Gray Man) Click To Tweet
Suzanne Brewer: Lloyd Hansen is a sociopath.
Carmichael: You say that like it’s a bad thing.
Suzanne Brewer: It’s a dangerous thing.
Carmichael: He has methods.
Suzanne Brewer: Sociopathic methods.
Carmichael: So sit on him. The guy has a higher kill count than the entire Mossad. I don’t need Lloyd stable. I need him effective.
Lloyd Hansen: “Mostly, it’s loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” That’s Arthur Schopenhauer. He was a German philosopher, a pessimist. He saw the value in suffering.
Lloyd Hansen: [over phone] You watch the game on Saturday?
Carmichael: I turned it off at halftime. They ran us off the field.
Lloyd Hansen: Well, no one goes to Harvard to play football.
Carmichael: You did.
Lloyd Hansen: I like to be the exception.
Carmichael: [over phone] Lloyd. I got an urgent locate and destroy.
Lloyd Hansen: Give me a name.
Carmichael: Sierra Six.
Lloyd Hansen: It could be fun. The man’s got some street cred.
'You look like you've been hit by a bus, but it only adds to your mystique.' - Lloyd Hansen (The Gray Man) Click To Tweet
Carmichael: [over phone] And, Lloyd, I’m sending Suzanne to assist.
Lloyd Hansen: I’d rather you punch me in the d**k.
Suzanne Brewer: I will gladly punch you in the d**k, Lloyd.
Suzanne Brewer: [referring to Hansen] Denny, that man is nothing but wrong.
Carmichael: Don’t be a brat. He’s going to help you clean up your mess.
Suzanne Brewer: So now I’m the scapegoat?
Carmichael: I’m the boss.
Carmichael: [to Suzanne] You know, the last person that pi**ed off the old man ended up floating in the Potomac. If you like breathing, you might want to fix this.
Fitzroy: Remind me, Hansen, how long did you last at the agency? Six months?
Lloyd Hansen: Five and a half.
Fitzroy: Bad ethics, zero impulse control, unsanctioned torture.
Lloyd Hansen: Something like that.
Fitzroy: So how’s the private sector treating you? Does it pay as well as they say? Or do you spend most of your time strangling cats?
Lloyd Hansen: Who likes cats?
Fitzroy: I like cats.
Lloyd Hansen: [referring to Six] Let’s talk about the mess your boy made.
Fitzroy: He doesn’t make messes.
Lloyd Hansen: Oh, he made a big one. And judging by your shallow breathing and puckered a**hole, I can only assume you know why I’m here.
Fitzroy: He has his reasons.
Lloyd Hansen: I’m sure he does. But see, that’s the beauty of the private sector. I don’t care about reasons.
Fitzroy: [over phone] Where are you?
Six: Emotionally? I’ve been better.
Lloyd Hansen: [over phone] Tell you what. Why don’t we skip lunch, you can give me the asset you stole, and I won’t have to chop your head off?
Six: When you say things like “chop your head off”, it makes you sound untrustworthy. So, even if I had this thing, I’m not sure I would give it to you.
'Failing upwards does not qualify as success.' - Suzanne Brewer (The Gray Man) Click To Tweet
Six: [over phone] Hey, Lloyd.
Lloyd Hansen: Yeah?
Six: I immediately don’t like you.
Lloyd Hansen: Well, I’m glad we’re on the same page.
Fitzroy: Let me give you a word of advice, Lloyd. They say that life, in its most unadorned expression, is a battle of wills. Six’s will is preternatural compared to yours.
Lloyd Hansen: Don’t say “preternatural” to me. It’s an a**hole word.
Lloyd Hansen: Every grade-A wet team from here to Reykjavík will be vying for the prestige of killing the infamous Sierra Six. I’ll dig up every safe house he’s ever stayed in. I’ll unearth every man or woman he’s ever slept with. Your boy won’t be able to walk ten feet without getting his head blown off. And that, Don, is exactly what bad ethics and zero impulse control will get you.
Lloyd Hansen: I can kill anybody.
Fitzroy: Maybe not anybody.
Lloyd Hansen: Well, we’ll see.
Six: You guys taught me how to kill people, not care for them.
Margaret Cahill: [referring to Claire] You don’t have to care. Just keep her alive.
'I think we would have been friends, you and I. Aside from your childish sense of morality, and eight-dollar haircut, we have a lot in common.' - Lloyd Hansen (The Gray Man) Click To Tweet
Claire: Six is an odd name.
Six: Yeah. Yeah. Just 007 was taken, so.
Claire: Are you chewing gum?
Claire: We don’t chew gum in this house.
Six: I wasn’t briefed.
Claire: I like your tattoo. Where did you get it? Prison?
Six: Yeah, actually.
Claire: I’m shocked.