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V for Vendetta (2005)


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Director: James McTeigue
Writers: Andy Wachowski (screenplay) & Larry Wachowski (screenplay)


Natalie Portman … Evey
Hugo Weaving … V
Stephen Rea … Finch
Stephen Fry … Deitrich
John Hurt … Adam Sutler
Tim Pigott-Smith … Creedy
Rupert Graves … Dominic
Roger Allam … Lewis Prothero
Ben Miles … Dascomb
Sinéad Cusack … Delia Surridge
Natasha Wightman … Valerie
John Standing … Lilliman
Eddie Marsan … Etheridge
Clive Ashborn … Guy Fawkes
Emma Field-Rayner … Guy Fawkes Lover (as Emma Field Rayner)

Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (NATALIE PORTMAN) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man (HUGO WEAVING) known only as “V.” Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V’s mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself – and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plan to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.

V: “Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is it vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.”
Evey: “Are you like a crazy person?”
V: “I’m quite sure they will say so.”

Evey: “Who–who are you?”
V: “Who? Who is but the form following the function of what… and what I am is a man in a mask. Evey: “I can see that.”
V: “Of course you can. I’m not questioning your powers of observation, I’m merely remarking on the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.”

Evey: “You’re getting back at them for what they did to you?”
V: “What they did to me was monstrous.”
Evey: “And they created a monster.”

V: “Remember, remember, the fifth of November, The gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.”

V: “This is the most important moment in your life… Commit to it”

V: [Quoting Macbeth from Macbeth Act I Scene 7] “I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none.”

V: “I, like God, do not play with dice and do not believe in coincidence.”

Evey: “Does it have a happy ending?”
V: “As only celluloid can deliver.”

Finch: “The only reliable records in any government are tax records”

[After a hail of gunfire doesn’t stop V] Creedy: “Die! Why won’t you die?”
V: “Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. There is an idea, Mr. Creedy – and ideas are bulletproof.”

Creedy: Defiant until the end, huh? You won’t cry like him, will you? You’re not afraid of death. You’re like me.
V: “The only thing that you and I have in common, Mr. Creedy, is that we’re both about to die.”
Creedy: “How do you imagine that’s gonna happen?”
V: “With my hands around your neck.”
Creedy: “Bullocks. Whatchya gonna do, huh? We’ve swept this place. You’ve got nothing. Nothing but your bloody knives and your fancy karate gimmicks. We have guns.”
V: “No, what you’ve have are bullets, and the hope that when your guns are empty I will no longer be standing, because if I am you will all be dead before you’ve reloaded.”
Creedy: “That’s impossible. Kill him.”
[The fingermen open fire on V, but he still stands after their clips are empty.] V: “My turn”

Evey: “My father once told me that artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use lies to cover the truth up.”

V: “Would you like to dance?”
Evey : “Now?! On the eve of your revolution?”
V: “A revolution without dancing…is a revolution not worth having!”

Evey: “I don’t want you to die.”
V: “That is the most beautiful thing you could have ever given me.”

Sutler: “Gentlemen, I want this terrorist found… and I want him to understand what *terror* really means.”

V: “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

Sutler: “I want this country to realize that we stand on the edge of oblivion. I want everyone to remember *why* they need us!”

Finch: “If our own government was responsible for the deaths of almost a hundred thousand people… would you really want to know?”

Evey: “I wish I wasn’t afraid all the time, but I am…”

V: “Those who are responsible will be held accountable.”

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