John Converse Quotes in Who'll Stop the Rain (1978)
John Converse Quotes:
John Converse: [about his wife] If you really want to know, I think she's pretty moral, basically.
Antheil: "Pretty moral, basically"? Oh, Jesus. What a couple of yo-yo's.
John Converse: You see, in a world where elephants are pursued by flying men, people are just naturally going to want to get high.
John Converse: I've been waiting my whole life to screw up this badly.
John Converse: I can't believe we did this.
Bender: Sense of unreality is not a legal defence.
Antheil: I was just reading your play. I liked a lot of it. I don't like the main character, though. This Marine. Sounds like a real jellyfish. I guess you're supposed to like him because he's against the Marine Corps. Is that it?
John Converse: Something like that.
Antheil: Why doesn't he *do* something? I mean, go over the hill, refuse an order. I couldn't sympathize with a character like that.
John Converse: Not everyone did.
Antheil: The Marine in the play, that supposed to be you?
John Converse: No.
Antheil: Maybe a little?
John Converse: Maybe on some level.
Antheil: Um-hmn. You know what I think, "on some level"? I think you're the kind of wise cocksucker that writes a tear-jerk play against the Marines and then turns around and smuggles a shitload of heroin into this country.
John Converse: What about Danskin. He want a job with the agency, too?
Smitty: He's a brute, man. A psycho. Dude like that, he can't deal with the public.
John Converse: [about Vietnam] Don't they say this is where everybody finds out who they are?
Ray Hicks: Yeah? What a bummer for the gooks.
John Converse: Why'd you send her to Canada?
Bender: I sent her there because her parents are criminals.
Danskin: [Converse is singing] Shut up! What the hell is the matter with you?
John Converse: I don't know. But pretty soon I'm either going to be away from you, or dead. And either way, it's fine with me.
Danskin: You want odds?
John Converse: On what?
Danskin: On dead?
John Converse: [as Danskin retches with exhaustion] You okay?
Danskin: I could beat you to death, you know that?
John Converse: Absolutely!
Ray Hicks: That head guy. Who is he?
John Converse: He's some kind of cop. He's not straight.
Ray Hicks: No shit.
John Converse: [realizing his wife is a drug addict] When did you start?
Marge Converse: It's *your* wonderful smack.
John Converse: If we stay here with Ray, we'll be just as dead as he is.
Charmian: What are you going to do with your money, Johnny? Such a dedicated non-swinger as you are.
John Converse: I don't know.
Charmian: [teasingly laughing] Shit, you don't know, do you? You just know you want it, right?
John Converse: [emoting] "I desire to serve God and to grow rich like all men."
Charmian: Who said that?
John Converse: Oh, I don't know. Some great hustler of the past.
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