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A Most Violent Year Movie Quotes  

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“A Most Violent Year” movie quotes tell the story of one businessman trying to run a clean business in a very corrupt society. The crime drama was written and directed by J. C. Chandor and earned numerous award nominations including a Best Supporting Actress nod at the Golden Globes. “A Most Violent Year” opened in theaters on December 31, 2014.

In “A Most Violent Year,” Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) is an immigrant in 1981 in New York City in search of the American dream. He is trying his best to run a clean and legal heating oil company in a time where violence, corruption and organized crime is rampant. This is, however, difficult when his competitors are not playing by the same rules in their attempt to take him down for their own benefit.

While Abel’s wife, Anna (Jessica Chastain), works to try to smooth things over for him, often stepping outside of his moral high ground, neither can protect their family or their business when law enforcement, led by Assistant District Attorney Lawrence (David Oyelowo) begins sniffing around in the industry. This all leads to a tough spot where Abel must decide between his morals and playing by the rules of his competitors in order to remain competitive.

“A Most Violent Year” closes out a 2014 movie slate which also included other great films such as ”The Interview,” ”Unbroken,” ”American Sniper,” ”Into the Woods,” ”Big Eyes,” ”The Gambler,” ”The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” ”Annie,” ”Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” ”Mr. Turner,” "Life Partners," "Comet," "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1," and "Horrible Bosses 2.
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When It Feels Scary to Jump
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Abel Morales: “When it feels scary to jump, that is exactly when you jump, otherwise you end up staying in the same place your whole life and that I can’t do.”

Abel explains his mindset in business and the American dream. Sometimes you have to take a risk to get ahead. If not, you might not ever gain anything, something that he’s not interested in.
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This Was Very Disrespectful
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Anna Morales: “I understand you and your men have a job to do but we’re in the middle of a 10-year-old’s birthday party.”
Lawrence: “I’m sorry, but we are coming in.”
Anna Morales: “That’s not a problem. We have nothing to hide from you.”

Anna Morales: “This is probably one you’re going to regret.”
Lawrence: “Excuse me?”
Anna Morales: “My husband’s an honorable man. We’re not who you think we are.”
Lawrence: “I think I know your father.”
Anna Morales: “Good for you. My husband is not my father, not even close. So if I were you, I would start treating us with a little more respect or I guarantee he will make it his mission in life to ruin you. This was very disrespectful.”

When Assistant District Attorney Lawrence interrupts a birthday party at the Morales home, Anna does not take the intrusion lightly. She gives Lawrence a stern lecture on why his interruption was a mistake and that he needs to give them a bit more respect. For as honorable as she claims they are, her threats suggest otherwise.
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The Path That Is Most Right
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Abel Morales: “You should know that I have always taken the path that is most right. The result is never in question for me. Just what path do you take to get there? And that is what this is.”

Abel proclaims his innocence in everything citing an ongoing commitment to take the moral high ground. He realizes that not everyone shares his beliefs and points that out as well.
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These Are Dangerous Times
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Abel Morales: “I run a fair and clean business and I will fight to my last breath to prove that.”
Bill O'Leary: “These are dangerous times and we have to adapt. It’s not like when we was driving.”

As much as Abel tries to run a clean and legal business, as Bill explains, others do not play by the same rules. They can either adapt and be competitive or get left in the dust.
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