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Broken City Movie Quotes

"Broken City" movie quotes tell the story of what happens when one seemingly good cop gets caught up in joining in on the dirty work of one corrupt mayor. The crime drama was written by Brian Tucker and directed by Allen Hughes of the Hughes brothers. 20th Century Fox released "Broken City" in the United States on January 18, 2013.

In "Broken City," former hero police officer Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) is called into the office of the New York City Mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Russell Crowe) to receive an unexpected proposition. The mayor knows of Billy's work and wants to hire him to spy on his adulterous wife, Emily Barlow (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Billy thinks this is a pretty simple task and agrees.

Later on however when people start turning up dead, Billy realizes that the work he is actually doing is part of a much bigger and uglier plan. When Billy starts asking questions, the mayor reveals his insurance policy, as in a means to blackmail Billy if he does not comply. Comply Billy does not and instead launches a full-on war against the mayor.

"Broken City" joins the winter 2012-13 movie season which is already jam-packed with hits like "Django Unchained," "Killing Them Softly," "Hitchcock," "Skyfall," "Lincoln," "Flight," "Playing for Keeps," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Anna Karenina," "This Must Be the Place," "Cloud Atlas," "Wreck-It Ralph," "Nobody Walks," "The Sessions," "Red Dawn," "Chasing Mavericks," "Rise of the Guardians," "Argo," and "Looper."

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    Like a Damn Phantom


    Mayor Nicholas Hostetler: "He's like a damn phantom. You need to find out what he wants."
    Detective: "He wants justice, sir."
    Mayor Nicholas Hostetler: "Nobody gets that."

    Billy has discovered too much about what is really going on with the mayor and the mayor has to put a stop to it. To do this he hires another detective to start watching Billy.

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    I'm Going to Destroy Him


    Billy Taggart: "Your husband set me up and I'm going to destroy him for it. Time to square the day."

    When Billy realizes that Emily's husband, Mayor Hostetler, set him up, he is not about to take the move lightly. Instead, he vows vengeance.

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    This Isn't The Fighting Kind


    Mayor Nicholas Hostetler: "There's some wars you fight and some you walk away from. This isn't the fighting kind."
    Billy Taggart: "I don't walk away."

    When Billy Taggart discovers the mayor's hidden plan, which goes well beyond the scope of simply spying on his cheating wife, the mayor urges him to back down. That is not something in Billy's vocabulary.

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    I Own You


    Billy Taggart: "I want to know why you hired me."
    Mayor Nicholas Hostetler: "Stick with the adultery narrative, it's sexier."
    Billy Taggart: "Your lies are always sexier. Unfortunately I've had enough this week to last me a lifetime."
    Mayor Nicholas Hostetler: "I hired you to investigate my wife."
    Billy Taggart: "Investigate her for what?"
    Mayor Nicholas Hostetler: "For not minding her own business is for what. For having a big mouth is for what. For asking too many questions is for what. You better be careful following her example or I might have to fire someone to investigate you."
    Billy Taggart: "You're a good mayor. I'll give you that. You got it all worked out, huh?"
    Mayor Nicholas Hostetler: "Perhaps that's why the people keep electing me, Billy, because I simply get the job done."
    Billy Taggart: "So all this, it was all for the city?"
    Mayor Nicholas Hostetler: "Everything I do is for this great city. I chose you because I own you."

    When Billy Taggart starts asking too many questions regarding why he was selected for this task, Mayor Hostetler is not in the mood to answer them. Instead, he gives Taggart a firm reminder of the consequences of not following orders.

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    You Ever Do Any Hunting?


    Mayor Nicholas Hostetler: "Here's our guy."
    Billy Taggart: "Mr. Mayor"
    Mayor Nicholas Hostetler: "You, in my eyes, a hero. You ever do any hunting? You should try it. You would be a natural."
    Billy Taggart: "I'm not sure I'm following you, Mayor."
    Mayor Nicholas Hostetler: "I need you to find the son of a bitch who's sleeping with my wife."
    Billy Taggart: "Consider it done"

    As part of his recognition for his heroic efforts, Mayor Hostetler meets with Billy Taggart to offer him a special task. This job seems simple at first glance but little does Billy know how deep he will soon be.

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    You Set Up Executions?

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    Detective: "Is that what you do now, Billy? You set up executions?"
    Billy Taggart: "I didn't ask questions. I gave him pictures and walked away."

    Billy comes under fire from a detective after inadvertently setting up an execution. He tries to explain that he had no idea his photos would cause this but the detective is not trying to hear it.

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    A Dangerous Man

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    Emily Barlow: "He's a dangerous man, Billy."
    Billy Taggart: "He only knows people that kill people."

    Emily Barlow, the wife of the mayor, tries to warn Billy that he's in over his head but Billy is confident that the mayor isn't that dangerous.

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    Broken City

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    Mayor Nicholas Hostetler: "When I was elected mayor, this was a broken city. Tell me things haven't changed. Step by step, I've been getting it fixed. Tell me things haven't changed."

    In a speech to the citizens, Mayor Nicholas Hostetler reminds the people how many good things he's done for them. While most politicians boast about their accomplishments, Mayor Hostetler is doing preemptive damage control.

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    The Bigger Picture

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    Mayor Nicholas Hostetler: "You have an envelope of photographs that I paid for."
    Billy Taggart: "When you called I didn't think it would be for something like this."
    Mayor Nicholas Hostetler: "I think you're about to see the bigger picture."

    When Billy Taggart agreed to tail the mayor's wife, he had no idea that his work would be used to do bigger and crazier things, though bit by bit he is finding out exactly what he got himself into.

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