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Hugo Movie Quotes

Updated June 8, 2017 537 votes 173 voters 34.2k views15 items

'Hugo' movie quotes represent some of the best lines from Martin Scorsese's epic family adventure/drama film (based on the 2007 Brian Selznick book 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret'). This fantastical, gorgeous movie is already getting serious Oscar buzz, so why wouldn't it contain some awesome movie quotes? We're talking about Scorsese here, after all, and we're talking about the legendary director's first-ever 3D movie (and one for kids, to boot). I've compiled what I think are some of the best quotes from 'Hugo,' though I'm sure there are many more. See a favorite listed? Vote it up! And if I've left off your personal favorite 'Hugo' movie quote, add it to the list.

In 'Hugo,' a 12-year-old orphan, Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) sets out on a journey through 1930s Paris to find out more about his father (Jude Law) and the mysterious automaton he's created. Hugo lives in a train station, where his uncle tends to the many clocks. There, he meets young Isabelle (Chloe Moretz). Together, Hugo and Chloe try to unlock mysteries while eluding the evil train station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen).

'Hugo' was hailed by many critics as being one of Martin Scorsese's great films. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) apparently agreed: 'Hugo' garnered multiple 2012 Golden Globes Awards nominations, including Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Director and Best Original Score.

Looking for more great family adventure movies quotes? Check out these lists for the best lines from 'The Muppets,' 'Arthur Christmas,' 'Jack and Jill,' 'Puss in Boots,' 'Happy Feet 2' and 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II.'
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    Clandestine Adventure

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    Hugo: "Why are you helping me?"
    Isabelle: "Because, this might be an adventure! And I've never had one before, not outside of books at least. And I think it will be very clandestine."
    Hugo: "Okay."

    Isabelle discovers that Papa Georges still has Hugo's notebook - he didn't, as he'd threatened, destroy it. She's trying to help Hugo, but he's still not quite sure why.
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    Capturing Dreams


    Hugo's Father: "Films have the power to capture dreams."

    If there was any doubt whatsoever that 'Hugo' is, at least in part, Martin Scorsese's love letter to films, there isn't with this quote.
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    Dreams in the Middle of the Day

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    Hugo: "My father took me to the movies all the time. He told me about the first one he ever saw. He went into a dark room and on a white screen saw a rocket fly into the eye of the man in the moon. It went straight in."
    Isabelle: "Really?!"
    Hugo: "He told me it was like seeing his dreams in the middle of the day."

    Hugo, understandably, misses his father terribly. The two of them spent many hours watching movies together in their special place.
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    The Key

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    Isabelle: "Why would my key fit into your father's machine?"

    Isabelle and Hugo are kindred spirits: Two naturally curious, highly intelligent children with incredible imaginations. When Hugo notices that Isabelle wears a key around her neck that fits his dad's machine, he knows she can help him find the answers he seeks.
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