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The Shape of Water (2017) Poster

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Giles: If I told you about her, what would I say? That they lived happily ever after? I believe they did. That they were in love? That they remained in love? I'm sure that's true. But when I think of her - of Elisa - the only thing that comes to mind is a poem, whispered by someone in love, hundreds of years ago: "Unable to perceive the shape of You, I find You all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with Your love, It humbles my heart, For You are everywhere."

Giles: [interpreting Elisa] When he looks at me, the way he looks at me... He does not know, what I lack... Or - how - I am incomplete. He sees me, for what I - am, as I am. He's happy - to see me. Every time. Every day. Now, I can either save him... or let him die.

Elisa: [in sign language] If we do nothing, neither are we.

Giles: Oh! God, to be young and beautiful. If I could go back

[Elisa nods]

Giles: to when I was 18 - I didn't know anything about anything - I'd give myself a bit of advice.

Elisa: [in sign language] What would you say?

Giles: I would say: Take better care of your teeth and fuck, a lot more.

[Elisa smiles and gently nudges him]

Giles: Oh no, no, that's very good advice.

Strickland: [to Elisa] What'd you say to me?

Elisa: [in sign language] F - U - C - K

Strickland: What is she saying?

Elisa: Y - O - U

Zelda: Uh, I, I didn't catch it.

Strickland: [kicks the desk; pointing at Elisa] WHAT IS SHE SAYING?

Zelda: She, she is sayin' "Thank you"!

Giles: If I spoke about it - if I did - what would I tell you? I wonder. Would I tell you about the time? It happened a long time ago, it seems. In the last days of a fair prince's reign. Or would I tell you about the place? A small city near the coast, but far from everything else. Or, I don't know... Would I tell you about her? The princess without voice. Or perhaps I would just warn you, about the truth of these facts. And the tale of love and loss. And the monster, who tried to destroy it all.

Richard Strickland: Fuck. You ARE a god.

Zelda: [to Elisa] Oh! Woman, we gon' burn in hell!

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Strickland: You may think, "That thing looks human." Stands on two legs, right? But - we're created in the Lord's image. You don't think that's what the Lord looks like, do you?

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Strickland: The natives in the Amazon worshipped it. Like a god. We need to take it apart, learn how it works.

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Hoffstetler: I'm not competitive, I don't want an intricate, beautiful thing destroyed!

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Giles: We can do nothing! I'm sorry! But this, this, this is just - Oh God, it's not even human. God!

[Elisa follows Giles into the hallway and hits the wall to get his attention]

Giles: What?

Elisa: [in sign language] If we / do nothing / neither are we.

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Zelda: [to Elisa] Yeah. That's good. Keep that up. Lookin' like you don't know anything.

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Strickland: [to himself in the mirror] You deliver. You deliver, that's what you do, you deliver. Right? RIGHT?

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Zelda: Elisa honey, make a sound on the phone if you can hear.

[Elisa taps on the receiver]

Zelda: OK, good. He's comin' for you. You gotta go now and you gotta take that thing with ya.

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Hoyt: So go get some real decency, son. And unfuck this mess.

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Giles: [to Elisa] Now, whatever this thing is, you need it.

[choking up]

Giles: So, you just tell me what to do.

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Zelda: Don't do this, Elisa. Don't do this!

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Giles: If I told you about her, what would I say? I wonder.

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Strickland: I do not fail. I deliver.

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Strickland: [to Zelda and Elisa] Let me say this up-front: You clean that lab, you get out. The thing we keep in there is an affront. Do you know what an affront is, Zelda?

Zelda: Something offensive?

Strickland: That's right. And I should know, I dragged that... filthy thing... out of the river muck in South America all the way here. And along the way we didn't get to like each other much. Now. You may think, "That thing looks human." Stands on two legs, right? But - we're created in the Lord's image. You don't think that's what the Lord looks like, do you?

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Strickland: What am I doing, interviewing the fucking help? The shit cleaners. The piss wipers.

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Giles: He's a wild creature. We can't ask him to be anything else.

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Fleming: Now. I don't want to bolster or overstate the matter, but uh, this may very well be *the* most sensitive asset ever to be housed in this facility.

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Giles: Oh God! It's not even human.

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Strickland: [to Zelda] Now, do ya know what that particular story means, for us Delilah?

[Zelda shakes her head]

Strickland: It means if you know somethin' you're not tellin' me, you're gonna tell me.

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Giles: [interpreting Elisa] I can either save him, or let him die.

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Giles: Get him out? What are you talking about? No! Absolutely not!

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Strickland: [to Zelda] Where is it?

Brewster Fuller: Listen - fella...

Strickland: SIT DOWN!

[Brewster drops back into the chair]

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Hoyt: Their only concern is the asset.

Strickland: The Soviets want it.

Hoyt: Do you have it?

Strickland: Sir, I'm getting it back.

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Hoffstetler: [speaking Russian] As Lenin said, / There is no profit in last week's fish.

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Strickland: [to the creature] Fuck. You *are* a god...

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Hoffstetler: Sir, we need to get him back in the water.

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Hoffstetler: He's bleeding. What happened?

Strickland: It's an animal, Hoffstetler. Just keepin' it tame.

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Mihalkov: [in Russian] Destroy it.

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Hoffstetler: When will you release him?

Zelda: [interpreting Elisa] Soon. When the rain fills the canal that flows to the sea.

[Elisa nods]

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