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I Heard You Have The Best Quotes From 'The Irishman'

Updated December 3, 2019 494 votes 118 voters 3.9k views25 items

Whether you've seen Martin Scorsese's new movie in theaters or on its permanent home at Netflix, we want you to vote for the best The Irishman quotes. Scorsese has a remarkable track record when it comes to mob movies, having previously made GoodfellasCasino, and The Departed, all of which are considered among the finest of their kind. This new one absolutely earns the right to stand beside them. It looks at mobsters in a different light, as the main character is an elderly man reflecting back on his career of illegal activity and overall moral failing. The screenplay by Steven Zaillian is packed with hard-hitting one liners and even a few funny lines of dialogue in certain scenes.

Robert DeNiro plays Frank Sheeran, a truck driver who falls in with mobster Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci). Through his association with Bufalino, he eventually grows close to famed union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). Sheeran also does some hitman work for the mob. The Irishman is presented as the aging Sheeran in a nursing home, relating the story of his life to the audience. 

The all-star cast also includes Anna Paquin as Sheeran's disapproving daughter, Bobby Cannavale and Harvey Keitel as fellow gangsters, and Ray Romano as a mob lawyer who keeps Sheeran from going to jail.

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

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    Paint Houses

    Paint Houses
    Photo: Netflix

    Jimmy Hoffa (to Frank Sheeran): I heard you paint houses.

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    You Run Away

    You Run Away
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    Jimmy Hoffa: You always charge a guy with a gun! With a knife, you run away.

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    Whack A President

    Whack A President
    Photo: Netflix

    Russell Bufalino: If they can whack a president, they can whack a president of a union. You know it and I know it.

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    Buy A Fish

    Buy A Fish
    Photo: Netflix

    Sally Bugs: I'm just trying to understand how a person can buy a fish and not know what kind it was.

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