Harvey Dent Quotes in The Dark Knight (2008)


Harvey Dent Quotes:

  • Harvey Dent: [while having a fancy dinner with Bruce, Rachel and Natascha] You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

  • The Joker: You know. I don't want there to be any hard feelings between us, Harvey. When you and, uh...

    Harvey Dent: Rachel!

    The Joker: Rachel were being abducted. I was sitting in Gordon's cage. Now, *I* didn't rig those charges.

    Harvey Dent: Your men. Your plan.

    The Joker: Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I'm a dog chasing cars. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just... *do* things.

  • Harvey Dent: [during a press conference] The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.

  • Harvey Dent: [during the fundraiser party held for Harvey Dent] The famous Bruce Wayne. Rachel's told me everything about you.

    Bruce Wayne: I certainly hope not.

  • Harvey Dent: Alfred, right?

    Alfred Pennyworth: [during the fundraiser party held for Harvey Dent] That's right, sir.

    Harvey Dent: Yeah, Rachel talks about you all the time. You've known her, her whole life!

    Alfred Pennyworth: Oh, not yet, sir.

    Harvey Dent: Heh heh heh. Any psychotic ex-boyfriends I should be aware of?

    Alfred Pennyworth: [smiles] Oh, you have no idea.

  • Harvey Dent: [on TV] I don't know about Mr. Lau's travel arrangements, but I'm sure glad he's here.

    The Chechen: I put word out. We hire the clown.

    [looks at the others]

    The Chechen: He was right. We have to fix real problems: Batman.

    [They don't see Gordon enter]

    Lt. James Gordon: Ah our boy looks good on the tube.

    Salvatore Maroni: You sure you want to embarrass me in front of my friends, Lieutenant?

    Lt. James Gordon: Don't worry. They're coming too.

    [Other cops enter and arrest the mobsters in the restaurant. Cuts to various locations in Gotham City, as the police do a massive round up of the mobsters in town. We see Stephens loading one thug into a police car, underneath an 'L' line, saying]

    Detective Stephens: Have a nice trip. See you next fall.

    [cuts to a courtroom, where Judge Surillo is reading the massive charges]

    Judge Surrillo: 747 counts of extortion, 849 counts of racketeering, 246 counts of fraud, 87 counts of conspiracy to murder...

    [as she flips through the documents, she finds a Joker playing card]

    Judge Surrillo: ... 527 counts of obstruction of justice. How do the defendants plead?

    [a massive army of defense lawyers start jostling and yelling all at once. The stenographer looks up, confused]

    Judge Surrillo: Order! Order in the court!

    [cut to the Mayor's office, where the Mayor is berating Harvey for his actions. Gordon and Commissioner Loeb are also present]

    Mayor Anthony Garcia: 549 criminals at once. How did you convince Surillo to hear this farce?

    Harvey Dent: She shares my enthusiasm for justice. After all, she is a judge.

    Mayor Anthony Garcia: Well even if you're able to blow enough smoke to get convictions out of Surillo, you're going to set a new record at appeals for quickest kick in the ass.

    Harvey Dent: It won't matter. The head guys make bail, sure... but the mid-level guys, they can't, and they can't afford to be off the streets long enough for trial and appeal. They'll cut deals that include *some* jail time. Think of all you could do with 18 months of clean streets.

    [the Mayor waves Gordon and Commissioner Loeb out]

    Mayor Anthony Garcia: The public likes you, Dent. That's the *only* reason this might fly. But that means it's on you. They're all coming after you now. Not just the mob: politicians, journalists, cops. Anyone whose wallet's about to get lighter. Are you up to it?

    [Dent smiles]

    Mayor Anthony Garcia: You better be. They get anything back on you, those criminals will be back on the streets...

    [he walks over to the window and looks out]

    Mayor Anthony Garcia: Followed swiftly by you and me.

    [a dead Batman wanna-be in Joker makeup, with the sides of his mouth sliced into a grin, bangs into the window, causing the mayor to jump. Police lower the dead body, which is hanging from a noose, and they find a Joker card that says "WILL THE REAL BATMAN PLEASE STAND UP?"]

  • [while cross-examining one of Maroni's thugs on the witness stand, the thug pulls a gun and fires it at Harvey Dent; it mis-fires, and Harvey decks the thug with a right cross, and takes the gun away]

    Harvey Dent: Carbon fiber, .28 Caliber, made in China.

    [puts it on the table in front of Maroni]

    Harvey Dent: If you want to kill a public servant, Mr. Maroni, I recommend you buy American.

    Judge Freel: [to policemen holding the thug] Get him out of here!

    Harvey Dent: But, Your Honor, I'm not done.

    [cheers from the gallery]

  • Harvey Dent: [in his hospital room] Remember that name you all had for me when I was at Internal Affairs? What was it, Gordon?

    Lt. James Gordon: Harvey, I...

    Harvey Dent: Say it.

    Two-Face: Say it!

    Lt. James Gordon: Two-Face. Harvey Two-Face.

    [Dent turns his head, showing Gordon the mutilated side of his face]

    Harvey Dent: Why should I hide who I am?

  • Batman: [about Lau] If I get him to you, can you get him to talk?

    Harvey Dent: I'll get him to sing.

    Lt. James Gordon: We're going after the mob's life savings. Things will get ugly.

    Harvey Dent: I knew the risks when I took this job, Lieutenant.

    [turns back to Batman]

    Harvey Dent: How will you get him back any...

    [Batman has disappeared]

    Lt. James Gordon: He does that.

  • Bruce Wayne: [after running into Harvey and Rachel at a restaurant] So, let's put a couple tables together.

    Harvey Dent: I'm not sure they'll let us.

    Bruce Wayne: [gestures to the waiters to rearrange the seats] Oh, they should. I own the place.

  • Harvey Dent: Well, I guess no answer is a no.

    Rachel Dawes: Harvey...

    Harvey Dent: It's someone else, isn't it?

    Rachel Dawes: Harvey...

    Harvey Dent: Just tell me it's not Wayne, the guy's a complete...

    [Bruce comes up behind him and grabs him in a chokehold]

    Rachel Dawes: What are you doing?

    Bruce Wayne: [as Harvey falls unconscious] They're coming for him!

  • Salvatore Maroni: [sitting in the defendant's chair] I thought the D.A. just played golf with the mayor, things like that?

    Harvey Dent: [standing in front of the prosecution table] Tee off's one-thirty, more than enough time to put you away for life, Sally.

  • Harvey Dent: Lightly irradiated bills. Fancy stuff for a city cop. Have help?

    Lt. James Gordon: We liase with various agencies.

    Harvey Dent: Save it, Gordon. I want to meet him.

  • Harvey Dent: You can *not* leave me alone with these people.

    Rachel Dawes: [during the fundraiser party held for Harvey Dent] The whole mob's after you, and you're worried about *these* guys?

    Harvey Dent: Yea, well, compared to *these* guys, the mob doesn't scare me.

  • Harvey Dent: Very well. Take the Batman into custody.

    [everyone at the press conference looks confused]

    Harvey Dent: I am the Batman.

  • Lt. James Gordon: [while walking out of the courtroom with each other] It's a shame Sal's going to walk.

    Harvey Dent: Yeah, well, the good thing about the mob is they keep giving you second chances.

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