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The Best Deliverance Quotes

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The best Deliverance quotes make you realize how unsettling the movie really is, even if you haven't seen it in a while. Let's rank the greatest quotes from Deliverance, with the help of your votes. Starring Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds, Deliverance was directed by John Boorman and released in 1972.

What is your favorite Deliverance quote? One memorable line was when Lewis says, "You don't beat it. You never beat the river chubby." Another great line from Deliverance is, "No matter what disaster that may occur in other parts of the world, or what petty little problems arise in Atlanta, no one can find us up here. Good night, Lewis," spoken by Ed.

Vote up your top Deliverance quotes, regardless of what character they come from.

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    A Matter Of Law

    Lewis: What are we gonna do with him?
    Drew: There's not but one thing to do. Take the body down to Aintry. Turn it over to the Highway Patrol. Tell 'em what happened.
    Lewis: Tell 'em what exactly?
    Drew: Just what happened. This is justifiable homicide if anything is. They were sexually assaulting two members of our party at gunpoint. Like you said, there was nothin' else we could do.
    Ed: Is he alive?
    Lewis: Not now. Well, let's get our heads together. Come on now, let's not do anything foolish. Does anybody know anything about the law?
    Drew: Look, I-I was on jury duty once. It wasn't a murder trial.
    Lewis: A murder trial? Well, I don't know the technical word for it, Drew, but I know this. You take this man down out of the mountains and turn him over to the Sheriff, there's gonna be a trial all right, a trial by jury.
    Drew: So what?
    Lewis: We killed a man, Drew. Shot him in the back - a mountain man, a cracker. It gives us somethin' to consider.
    Drew: All right, consider it, we're listenin'.
    Lewis: Sh*t, all these people are related. I'd be god-damned if I'm gonna come back up here and stand trial with this man's aunt and his uncle, maybe his momma and his daddy sittin' in the jury box. What do you think, Bobby? How about you, Ed?
    Ed: I don't know. I really don't know.
    Drew: Now you listen, Lewis. I don't know what you got in mind, but if you try to conceal this body, you're settin' yourself up for a murder charge. Now that much law I do know! This ain't one of your f*ckin' games. You killed somebody. There he is!
    Lewis: I see him, Drew. That's right, I killed somebody. But you're wrong if you don't see this as a game...Dammit, we can get out of this thing without any questions asked. We get connected up with that body and the law, this thing gonna be hangin' over us the rest of our lives. We gotta get rid of that guy!...Anywhere, everywhere, nowhere.
    Drew: How do you know that other guy hasn't already gone for the police?
    Lewis: And what in the hell is he gonna tell 'em, Drew, what he did to Bobby?
    Drew: Now why couldn't he go get some other mountain men? Now why isn't he gonna do that? You look around you, Lewis. He could be out there anywhere, watchin' us right now. We ain't gonna be so god-damned hard to follow draggin' a corpse.
    Lewis: You let me worry about that, Drew. You let me take care of that. You know what's gonna be here? Right here? A lake - as far as you can see hundreds of feet deep. Hundreds of feet deep. Did you ever look out over a lake, think about something buried underneath it? Buried underneath it. Man, that's about as buried as you can get.
    Drew: Well, I am tellin' you, Lewis, I don't want any part of it.
    Lewis: Well, you are part of it!
    Lewis: The law? Ha! The law?! What law?! Where's the law, Drew? Huh? You believe in democracy, don't ya?
    Drew: Yes, I do.
    Lewis: Well then, we'll take a vote. I'll stand by it and so will you.



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      Get To Play the Game

      Ed: What are we gonna do, Lewis? You're the guy with the answers. What the hell do we do now?
      Lewis: Now you get to play the game.
      Ed: Lewis, you're wrong.


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        I Promise

        Bobby: What are you going to do with Drew?
        Ed: If a bullet made this, there are people who can tell.
        Bobby: Oh God, there's no end to it. I didn't really know him.
        Ed: Drew was a good husband to his wife Linda and you were a wonderful father to your boys, Drew - Jimmie and Billie Ray. And if we come through this, I promise to do all I can for 'em. He was the best of us.
        Bobby: Amen.
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          We're Not Out Of This Yet

          Ed: Everything happened right here. Lewis broke his leg in those rapids there, and Drew drowned here.
          Bobby: No, nothin' happened here.
          Ed: Bobby, listen to me. We got to stop them from lookin' up river. It's important that we get together on this thing. Do you understand?...We're not out of this yet.