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The Most Memorable Quotes From 'Richard Jewell'

Updated December 18, 2019 176 votes 29 voters22 items

Fans of true stories and/or director Clint Eastwood are needed to vote for the best Richard Jewell quotes. The film depicts a fascinating event from over twenty years ago, one that saw an innocent man turned from a hero into a pariah overnight. Although the subject matter is very serious, there are some funny lines scattered throughout to lighten the mood and to emphasize how preposterous the situation was. 

Paul Walter Hauser plays the title character, a security guard assigned to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He spots an abandoned backpack and thinks it might contain an explosive device. Jewell is correct, and many people are evacuated. Some don't get out in time and are injured. Initially, he's hailed as a hero for his efforts, but then FBI agent Tom Shaw (Jon Hamm) comes to suspect that Jewell might have planted the bomb himself in order to look like a hero. He relays this unfounded suspicion to reporter Kathy Scruggs (Olivia Wilde), who runs with the story. Suddenly, Jewell is dragged through the mud by both law enforcement and the media. Sam Rockwell plays Watson Bryant, the attorney helping him clear his name, and Kathy Bates is his supportive mother Bobi.

Vote up the most memorable Richard Jewell quotes from the list below, regardless of which character speaks them. 

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    The Government And The Media

    Watson Bryant: His accusers are two of the most powerful forces in the world - the United States government, and the media.

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    People Are Alive

    Richard Jewell: I did my job that night and people are alive because of that. 

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    Authority

    Watson Bryant: Stop trying to be their best friend.

    Richard Jewell: I was raised to respect authority.

    Watson Bryant: The authority is looking to eat you alive.

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    The Guy Who Found The Body

    Tom Shaw: You always look at the guy who found the bomb, just like you always look at the guy who found the body.

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