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A Thousand Words Movie Quotes

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'A Thousand Words' movie quotes include the best, most memorable lines from this 2012 comedy-drama starring Eddie Murphy. In 'A Thousand Words,' Murphy is Jack McCall, a literary agent who uses words to get what he wants. Later, he becomes cursed, and words become his enemy. This list includes some of the funniest quotes from 'A Thousand Words,' so be sure to vote for your favorites. If you have a personal favorite line that isn't listed, by all means, add it!

Jack McCall is a man of many, many words. He talks all the time, almost too much. When he angers a new-age guru, Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis), McCall quickly discovers that every single word counts. Dr. Sinja gives him a magic tree. With each word Jack speaks, a leaf falls. When all the leaves are off of the tree, McCall will die. Can Jack McCall manage to keep his mouth shut and save his own life? 'A Thousand Words,' which also stars Kerry Washington, Allison Janney and Clark Duke, is directed by Brian Robbins ('Norbit,' 'Meet Dave').

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    I Want My Baby Back Ribs

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    Dr. Sinja: "Jack, look at the tree and say something."
    Jack: "Say what?" (Two leaves fall from the tree)
    Dr. Sinja: "This is amazing, don't you see?
    Jack: "You know it almost seems like everytime I say something..." (More leaves fall) Hello? Hell...lo! (Two more leaves fall) "I want my baby back, baby back, baby back, I want my baby back, baby back ribs." (Many leaves fall)

    As a way to teach Jack a lesson about the power of words, which Jack throws around so casually, Dr. Sinja gives him a magical tree. He's got 1000 words left - and, if he uses them all, it's curtains. Time to choose words very, very carefully.
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    You Have My Word

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    Dr. Sinja: "You agree to have my book published?"
    Jack: "That goes without saying - you have my word, sir."

    And that, Jack, was a major mistake: Don't promise this guru that you'll do something you won't. He'll curse you.
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  • 3

    More Lap Dances

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    Aaron: "Come on what is this, Mickey D's? Let's get some service up in here! Got a man with a bad case of the dry mouth. (To client) Why don't you sit your a** down, come on..."
    Waiter: "Good afternoon, can I get you something to drink?"
    Aaron: "How about the distillery, to start off with, huh? Vodka rocks for me, four waters for the table and and uh, this fine guy right here, he's gonna have a hot toddy - his voice is shot. But you know what? That's what he gets for screaming for more lap dances all night! You crazy bittard..."

    Not being able to talk is certainly a challenge for anyone, but particularly for Jack. Because he can't speak, he has to trust his second in command, Aaron Wiseberger (Clark Duke), to handle a very important client meeting. Aaron's not doing so well...
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    Client (To Jack): "So what do you say we make a deal? Hello? Jack?" (Jack stays silent)

    Jack can't talk, but he still manages to close deals - in this case, deals he doesn't WANT to close.
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