Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider) To be on the wire is life. The rest is waiting.
Joe Gideon It’s showtime, folks.
Angelique (Jessica Lange) Do you believe in love?
Joe Gideon I believe in saying “I love you.”
Joe Gideon Katy, I try to give you everything I can give.
Kate Jagger (Ann Reinking) Oh, you give all right–presents, clothes. I just wish you weren’t so generous with your cock.
Victoria (Deborah Geffner) Well, you’re right. I’m terrible. I know I’m terrible. I look at the mirror and I’m ashamed. Maybe I should quit. I just can’t seem to do anything right.
Joe Gideon Listen. I can’t make you a great dancer. I don’t even know if I can make you a good dancer. But, if you keep trying and don’t quit, I know I can make you a better dancer. I’d like very much to do that. Stay?
Victoria Are you going to keep yelling at me?
Joe Gideon Probably.
Audrey Paris (Leland Palmer) Quick. Tell me. What was the name of the girl in Philadelphia, the blonde with the television show?
Joe Gideon Ah, the blonde with the television show. The blonde with the television show in Phladelphia? I remember that girl’s name. I remember that girl’s name because that girl meant something to me. The blonde with the television show–her name was Sweetheart! Honey? Baby? Can’t remember her name.
Audrey Paris Dorothy. Dorothy.
Joe Gideon Who cares? Can’t remember her name.
Joe Gideon No, nothing I ever do is good enough. Not beautiful enough, it’s not funny enough, it’s not deep enough, it’s not anything enough. Now, when I see a rose, that’s perfect. I mean, that’s perfect. I want to look up to God and say, “How the hell did you do that? And why the hell can’t I do that?”
Angelique Now that’s probably one of your better con lines.
Joe Gideon Yeah, it is. But that doesn’t mean I don’t mean it.
Joe Gideon Come on, don’t bullshit a bullshitter.
Audrey Paris You see, Sammy, in California everybody needs a car. I got a friend who bought a Mercedes just to get to the bathroom.
Joe Gideon Oh boy, do I hate show business!
Kate Jagger Joe, you love show business.
Joe Gideon That’s right. I love show business. I’ll go either way.
Joe Gideon Sometimes I don’t know where the bullshit ends and the truth begins.
Joe Gideon If I die, I’m sorry for all the bad things I did to you. And if I live, I’m sorry for all the bad things I’m gonna do to you.
O’Connor Flood (Ben Vereen) Ladies and gentlemen, let me lay on you a so-so entertainer, not much of a humanitarian, and this cat was never nobody’s friend. In his final appearance on the great stage of life–uh, you can applaud if you want to–Mr. Joe Gideon!