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Unbroken Movie Quotes

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“Unbroken” movie quotes tell the true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who went on to survive a plane crash in the Pacific and a stay in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II. The war drama film was directed by Angelina Jolie using a screenplay Joel and Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson adapted from the non-fiction book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand. “Unbroken” opened in theaters in the United States on December 25, 2014.

In “Unbroken,” Louis Zamperini (C.J. Valleroy, young; Jack O'Connell, older) was quite the rebel as a child, getting into a fair amount of trouble at a young age. His brother Pete (John D'Leo, young; Alex Russell, older) stepped in to encourage him to train as a runner, something that later earned him a spot at the 1936 Olympics.

Zamperini went on to join the United States Army Air Forces and flew a B-24 Liberator bomber over the Pacific when it was shot down. He and his crew spent 47 days adrift before reaching land where they were captured by the Japanese Army and sent to a prisoner of war camp. At the camp, Zamperini was subject to torments from prison guard Mutsuhiro Watanabe (Miyavi) and pushed to incredible lengths both mentally and physically until the war ended. Throughout it all though, Zamperini persevered, remembering the words of his brother and of his faith, to get him through the unimaginable.

“Unbroken” is just one of many great films playing on Christmas 2014 including ”The Interview,” ”The Gambler,” ”The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” ”Annie,” ”Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” ”Mr. Turner,” "Life Partners," "Comet," "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1," and "Horrible Bosses 2.
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    A Moment of Pain is Worth a Lifetime of Glory

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    Pete Zamperini: “You keep going the way you’re going, you’ll end up as a bum on the street. You train. You fight harder than those other guys and you win. If you can take it, you can make it. You can do this, Lou, you just gotta believe you can. Pop does. Ma does. I do. Louie, a moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.”

    Louie’s brother Pete offers him some incredibly wise advice. He pushes Louie to find his full potential and believe in himself. Pete was like a father figure to Louie and was instrumental in his success.
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    If I Can Take It, I Can Make It

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    Louis Zamperini: “If I can take it, I can make it.”

    In repeating words told to him by his brother when he was young, Louis reminds himself that dealing with life in a prisoner of war camp is partly a mental battle, one that if he can overcome, he can win.
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    Light Will Always Follow Darkness

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    Priest: “However dark the night, however dim our hopes, the light will always follow darkness.”

    As a young child, Louie listens to the words of his priest in church. It was words like this that helped him persevere during his tough times later in life.
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    You Are Like Me

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    Mutsushiro Watanabe: “You are like me. We are both strong. I saw it in your eyes the first day. I thought, this man will be my friend, but, enemy of Japan.”

    In an odd moment of humanity, Watanabe expresses how he and Louis are similar. While they might be friends, their allegiances to their countries during the war is vastly different.
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