Rachel Dawes Quotes in The Dark Knight (2008)


Rachel Dawes Quotes:

  • The Joker: [during the fundraiser party held for Harvey Dent] You know, I'll settle for his loved ones.

    Gentleman at Party: We're not intimidated by thugs!

    The Joker: [as he smacks his lips] You know, you remind me of my father.

    [the Joker pulls out his switchblade and brings it to the Gentleman's mouth]

    The Joker: I hated my father!

    Rachel Dawes: [off-screen] Okay, stop!

    [turns to face Rachel, tosses the Gentleman to his thugs and approaches Rachel, adjusting his hair with the knife]

    The Joker: Well, hello, beautiful. You must be Harvey's squeeze. And you *are* beautiful.

    [he walks around her]

    The Joker: Oh, you look nervous. Is it the scars? You want to know how I got 'em?

    [He grabs Rachel's head and positions the knife by her mouth]

    The Joker: Come here. Hey! Look at me. So I had a wife. She was beautiful, like you. Who tells me I worry too much. Who tells me I ought to smile more. Who gambles and gets in deep with the sharks. One day, they carve her face. And we have no money for surgeries. She can't take it. I just want to see her smile again. I just want her to know that I don't care about the scars. So... I stick a razor in my mouth and do this...

    [the Joker mimics slicing his mouth open with his tongue]

    The Joker: ...to myself. And you know what? She can't stand the sight of me! She leaves. Now I see the funny side. Now I'm always smiling!

    [Rachel knees the Joker in the groin; he merely laughs it off]

    The Joker: A little fight in you. I like that.

    Batman: [off-screen] Then you're gonna love me.

    [attacks him]

  • Rachel Dawes: [narrating her letter to Bruce as Alfred reads it] Dear Bruce. I need to be honest and clear. I'm going to marry Harvey Dent. I love him, and I want to spend the rest of my life with him. When I told you that if Gotham no longer needed Batman we could be together, I meant it. But now I'm sure the day won't come when *you* no longer need Batman. I hope it does; and if it does I will be there, but as your friend. I'm sorry to let you down. If you lose your faith in me, please keep your faith in people. Love, now and always, Rachel.

  • Bruce Wayne: [in his high rise apartment] You know that day that you once told me about, when Gotham would no longer need Batman? It's coming.

    Rachel Dawes: Bruce. You can't ask me to wait for that.

    Bruce Wayne: It's happening now. Harvey is that hero. He locked up half of the city's criminals, and he did it without wearing a mask. Gotham needs a hero with a face.

  • 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!

  • [after Batman saves Rachel from falling out of a window]

    Batman: [after landing on the roof of a car] You all right?

    Rachel Dawes: [lying next to each other] Let's not do that again.

  • 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.

  • [Rachel discovers Dent's coin is two-faced]

    Rachel Dawes: [smiling sardonically] You make your own luck...

  • Rachel Dawes: Bruce... if you turn yourself in, they're not gonna let us be together.

  • Rachel Dawes: Wait! You could die. At least tell me your name.


    Bruce Wayne: ...It's not who I am underneath... but what I *do*... that defines me.

    Rachel Dawes: ...Bruce?

    [Batman turns and leaps off the roof]

  • Rachel Dawes: Deep down you may still be that same great kid you used to be. But it's not who you are underneath, it's what you do that defines you.

  • Bruce Wayne: I'm sorry I didn't tell you, Rachel...

    Rachel Dawes: No. No, Bruce, I'm sorry. The day Chill died I... I said terrible things.

    Bruce Wayne: But true things. I *was* a coward with a gun. Justice is about more than revenge, so thank you.

    Rachel Dawes: I never stopped thinking about you. About us. And when I heard you were back, I... I started to hope.

    [She kisses Bruce]

    Rachel Dawes: Then I found out about your mask.

    Bruce Wayne: Batman's just a symbol, Rachel.

    Rachel Dawes: [Rachel touches Bruce's face] No, no, *this*... is your mask. Your real face is the one that criminals now fear. The man I loved - the man who vanished - he never came back at all. But maybe he's still out there, somewhere. Maybe some day, when Gotham no longer needs Batman, I'll see him again.

  • [Rachel grabs a gun to protect herself and a little boy from escaped asylum inmates]

    Little Boy: Batman will save us. He'll come. He'll come.

    Rachel Dawes: [raises gun and shields the boy's face] Don't peek.

    [Batman drops from above, grabs them and lifts them to safety]

    Little Boy: I told you he'd come.

  • Rachel Dawes: [looking at the ruins of the burned down Wayne Manor] What will you do?

    Bruce Wayne: Rebuild it. Just the way it was, brick for brick.

    Alfred Pennyworth: *Just* the way it was, sir?

    Bruce Wayne: Yeah. Why?

    Alfred Pennyworth: I thought this might be a good opportunity for improving the foundations.

    Bruce Wayne: In the south-east corner?

    Alfred Pennyworth: Precisely, sir.

  • Batman: Falcone sent them to kill you.

    Rachel Dawes: Why?

    Batman: You rattled his cage.

    [throws photos of Judge Faden with prostitutes]

    Rachel Dawes: What's this?

    Batman: Leverage.

    Rachel Dawes: For what?

    Batman: To get things moving.

    Rachel Dawes: Who are you?

    Batman: Someone like you. Someone who'll rattle the cages.

  • Rachel Dawes: [to her attacker] Hold it!

    [the thug sees Batman behind her and turns tail]

    Rachel Dawes: That's right. You better run.

    [she turns, sees Batman]

    Rachel Dawes: Agh!

  • Rachel Dawes: The DA couldn't understand why Judge Faden insisted on making the hearing public. Falcone paid him off to get Chill out in the open.

    Bruce Wayne: Maybe I should be thanking them.

    Rachel Dawes: You don't mean that.

    Bruce Wayne: What if I do Rachel? My parents deserved justice.

    Rachel Dawes: You're not talking about justice. You're talking about revenge.

    Bruce Wayne: Sometimes they're the same.

    Rachel Dawes: No, they're never the same, Bruce. Justice is about harmony. Revenge is about you making yourself feel better. Which is why we have an impartial system.

    Bruce Wayne: Your system is broken.

    Rachel Dawes: [Rachel makes a sharp turn] You care about justice? Look beyond your own pain, Bruce. This city is rotting. People talk about the depression as if its history, and it's not. Things are worse than ever down here. Falcone floods our streets with crime and drugs, preying on the desperate, creating new Joe Chills every day. Falcone not have killed your parents Bruce, but he's destroying everything they stood for.

    [She parks in front of a building]

    Rachel Dawes: You wanna thank him for that, here you go. We all know where to find him, but as long as he keeps the bad people rich and the good people scared no one will touch him. Good people like your parents who will stand against injustice, they're gone. What chance does Gotham have when the good people do nothing?

    Bruce Wayne: I'm not one of your good people, Rachel.

    Rachel Dawes: What do you mean?

    Bruce Wayne: All these years I wanted to kill him.

    [reveals his gun]

    Bruce Wayne: Now I can't.

    Rachel Dawes: [Rachel slaps him twice] Your father would be ashamed of you.

  • Batman: [driving the Batmobile while being chased by the police] Hold on.

    Rachel Dawes: What are you doing?

    Batman: Short cut.

    [He turns the Tumbler and smashes through the gate of a parking garage entrance. The guy at the booth simply looks on as the police enter the garage enter him. He makes his way up to the rooftop]

    Uniformed Policeman #1: Air one to ground. Block that ramp.

    [Bruce backs the Tumbler into a compact parking space by pushing aside the cars in the two adjacent spaces]

    Uniformed Policeman #1: He's got no way off that roof.

    [One of the cops takes out his megaphone and says]

    Policeman # 2: Turn off your engine! Step away from the car!

    Batman: Trust me.

    [presses a button]

    The Tumbler: Weapon system activated.

    [He fires a charge, destroying part of the concrete barrier at the edge of the roof. Then Batman accelerates the Tumbler towards the gap. As the Tumbler nears the edge, it goes into a rampless jump to scale the street. It makes its way across the rooftops]

    Policeman # 3: [on the street] Who is this guy?

    Policeman # 4: Where's he going?

    Policeman # 3: He's on the roof.

    [He looks up to see debris coming over the edge of the roof]

    Policeman # 4: What street is he taking?

    Policeman # 3: He's not on a street! He's flying on rooftops!

    [the Tumbler jumps onto the roof of a church, destroying part of the roof as it crosses. It eventually jumps onto a highway, and takes an offramp to the lower level of Wacker Drive]

  • Rachel Dawes: What chance does Gotham have when the good people do nothing?

  • Rachel Dawes: [attempting to comfort a frightened child] It's okay. No one's gonna hurt you.

    The Scarecrow: [tearing in on horseback] Of *course* they are!

    Rachel Dawes: Crane?

    The Scarecrow: [leaning towards Rachel and holding up his finger as though to correct her] No. Scarecrow!

  • [Falcone has been committed to Arkham]

    Dr. Jonathan Crane: Outside, he was a giant. In here, only the mind can grant you power.

    Rachel Dawes: You enjoy the reversal?

    Dr. Jonathan Crane: I respect the mind's power over the body. It's why I do what I do.

  • Rachel Dawes: The day that Chill died, I... I said terrible things.

    Bruce Wayne: But true things. I *was* a coward with a gun. Justice is about more than revenge, so, thank you.

  • Rachel Dawes: [Bruce and Rachel haven't seen each other for years. Bruce is wet from swimming in a "pool" in the restaurant] Bruce?

    Bruce Wayne: Rachel?

    Rachel Dawes: I heard you were back. What are you doing?

    Bruce Wayne: Uh, just swimming. Wow, it is good to see you.

    Rachel Dawes: You were gone a long time.

    Bruce Wayne: I know, how are things?

    Rachel Dawes: The same. Job's getting worse.

    Bruce Wayne: Can't change the world on your own.

    Rachel Dawes: What choice do I have when you're too busy swimming?

    Bruce Wayne: Rachel, all- all this, it- it's not me, inside, I am, I am more.

    European supermodel: Come on, Bruce.

    European supermodel 2: We have some more hotels for you to buy.

    Rachel Dawes: Bruce, deep down you may still be that great kid you used to be, but it's not who you are underneath, it's what you *do* that defines you.

  • Bruce Wayne: How are you feeling?

    Rachel Dawes: Where are we? Why did you bring me here?

    Bruce Wayne: If I hadn't, your mind would now be lost. You were poisoned.

    Rachel Dawes: [trying to sit up] It was... it was Dr. Crane...

    Bruce Wayne: [pushing her back down] Relax, Gordon has Crane.

    Rachel Dawes: Is Sergeant Gordon your friend?

    Bruce Wayne: I don't have the luxury of friends.

  • Rachel Dawes: You really think a man who butchers people for the mob doesn't belong in prison?

    Dr. Jonathan Crane: Well, I would hardly have testified to that otherwise, would I?

    Rachel Dawes: This is the *third* of Carmine Falcone's thugs you've had declared insane and moved into your asylum.

    Dr. Jonathan Crane: The work offered by organized crime must have an attraction to the insane.

    [starts to walk away]

    Rachel Dawes: [calling after him] ... Or the corrupt!

    Dr. Jonathan Crane: [to Rachel's boss] Mr. Finch. I think you should check with Miss Dawes here just what implications your office has authorized her to make. If any.

  • Dr. Jonathan Crane: [after being called down to Arkham by Rachel. She is observing Falcone, who is muttering "scarecrow" over and over] Miss Dawes, this is most irregular. I have nothing further to add to the report I filed with the judge.

    Rachel Dawes: I have questions about your report.

    Dr. Jonathan Crane: Such as?

    Rachel Dawes: Isn't it convenient for a 52 year old man who has no history of mental illness to suddenly have a complete psychotic breakdown, just when he's about to be indicted?

    Dr. Jonathan Crane: Well, as you can see for yourself, there is nothing "convenient" about his symptoms.

    [They look at Falcone, still muttering "Scarecrow"]

    Rachel Dawes: What's "scarecrow"?

    Dr. Jonathan Crane: Patients suffering delusional episodes often focus their paranoia on an external tormentor. Usually one conforming to Jungian archetypes. In this case, a scarecrow.


    Dr. Jonathan Crane: Outside, he was a giant. In here, only the mind can grant you power.

    Rachel Dawes: You enjoy the reversal?

    Dr. Jonathan Crane: I respect the mind's power over the body. It's why I do what I do.

  • Rachel Dawes: Bruce, I don't suppose there's any way to convince you not to come.

    Bruce Wayne: Someone at this proceeding should stand for my parents.

    Rachel Dawes: We all loved your parents, Bruce. What Chill did is unforgivable.

    Bruce Wayne: Then why is your boss letting him go?

    Rachel Dawes: In prison, he shared a cell with Carmine Falcone, he learned things and he will testify in exchange for early parole.

    Bruce Wayne: Rachel, this man killed my parents. I cannot let that pass. And I need you to understand that, please.

  • Rachel Dawes: My boss has been missing for two days. Which, in this town, means that I should probably start by looking at the bottom of the river.

  • Rachel Dawes: Hey, what the hell are you doing?

    Ra's al Ghul: Gentlemen, time to spread the word. And the word is panic.

  • Rachel Dawes: Things are worse than ever down here.

  • Finch: Falcone has half the city bought and paid for. Drop it.

    Rachel Dawes: How can you say that?

    Finch: Because as much as I care about getting Falcone, I care more about you.

    [Rachel kisses Finch lightly on the cheek]

    Rachel Dawes: That's sweet... but we've been through all that.

  • Rachel Dawes: Crane?

    Dr. Jonathan Crane: No, Scarecrow!

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