The Dark Knight (2008) Poster

Aaron Eckhart: Harvey Dent



  • Harvey Dent : [while having a fancy dinner with Bruce, Rachel and Natascha]  You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

  • The Joker : You know. I don't want there to be any hard feelings between us, Harvey. When you and, uh...

    Harvey Dent : Rachel!

    The Joker : Rachel were being abducted. I was sitting in Gordon's cage. Now, *I* didn't rig those charges.

    Harvey Dent : Your men. Your plan.

    The Joker : Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I'm a dog chasing cars. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just... *do* things.

  • The Joker : I just did what I do best. I took your little plan and I turned it on itself. Look what I did to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets. Hmmm? You know... You know what I've noticed? Nobody panics when things go "according to plan." Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it's all "part of the plan". But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds!

    [Joker hands Two-Face a gun and points it at himself] 

    The Joker : Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I'm an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It's fair!

    [still holding the gun, Two-Face pauses and takes out his coin] 

    Two-Face : [showing Joker the good side]  You live.

    The Joker : Mm-hmm.

    Two-Face : [showing the scarred side]  You die.

    The Joker : Mmm, now we're talking.

  • Harvey Dent : [during a press conference]  The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.

  • Batman : [in the back of a factory at 250 52nd Street]  What happened to Rachel wasn't chance. We decided to act! We three!

    Two-Face : Then why was it me who was the only one who lost everything?

    Batman : It wasn't.

    Two-Face : The Joker chose ME!

    Batman : Because you were the best of us! He wanted to prove that even someone as good as you could fall.

    Two-Face : [bitter]  And he was right.

  • Two-Face : [in the back of a factory at 250 52nd Street]  You thought we could be decent men in an indecent time. But you were wrong. The world is cruel, and the only morality in a cruel world is chance.

    [holds up his coin] 

    Two-Face : Unbiased. Unprejudiced. Fair.

  • Harvey Dent : [during the fundraiser party held for Harvey Dent]  The famous Bruce Wayne. Rachel's told me everything about you.

    Bruce Wayne : I certainly hope not.

  • Salvatore Maroni : [in the back seat of his car]  Look, if I tell you, will you let me go?

    Two-Face : Can't hurt your chances.

    Salvatore Maroni : It was Ramirez.

    [Two-Face pulls the coin out and cocks his gun] 

    Salvatore Maroni : [panicking]  But you said...

    Two-Face : I said it couldn't hurt your chances.

    [flips coin; good side] 

    Two-Face : You're a lucky man.

    [flips again; bad side] 

    Two-Face : He's not.

    Salvatore Maroni : Who?

    Two-Face : [buckles seat belt]  Your driver.

    [He shoots the driver in the back; the car goes flying off the road] 

  • Harvey Dent : Alfred, right?

    Alfred Pennyworth : [during the fundraiser party held for Harvey Dent]  That's right, sir.

    Harvey Dent : Yeah, Rachel talks about you all the time. You've known her, her whole life!

    Alfred Pennyworth : Oh, not yet, sir.

    Harvey Dent : Heh heh heh. Any psychotic ex-boyfriends I should be aware of?

    Alfred Pennyworth : [smiles]  Oh, you have no idea.

  • Two-Face : You thought we could be decent men, in an indecent time! But you were wrong. The world is cruel, and the only morality in a cruel world is chance. Unbiased, unprejudiced... fair. His son's got the same chance she had. Fifty-fifty.

    Batman : What happened to Rachel wasn't chance. We decided to act. We three.

    Two-Face : Then why was it me who was the only one who lost everything?

    Batman : [grieved]  It wasn't...

  • Harvey Dent : [on TV]  I don't know about Mr. Lau's travel arrangements, but I'm sure glad he's here.

    The Chechen : I put word out. We hire the clown.

    [looks at the others] 

    The Chechen : He was right. We have to fix real problems: Batman.

    [They don't see Gordon enter] 

    Lt. James Gordon : Ah our boy looks good on the tube.

    Salvatore Maroni : You sure you want to embarrass me in front of my friends, Lieutenant?

    Lt. James Gordon : Don't worry. They're coming too.

    [Other cops enter and arrest the mobsters in the restaurant. Cuts to various locations in Gotham City, as the police do a massive round up of the mobsters in town. We see Stephens loading one thug into a police car, underneath an 'L' line, saying] 

    Detective Stephens : Have a nice trip. See you next fall.

    [cuts to a courtroom, where Judge Surillo is reading the massive charges] 

    Judge Surrillo : 747 counts of extortion, 849 counts of racketeering, 246 counts of fraud, 87 counts of conspiracy to murder...

    [as she flips through the documents, she finds a Joker playing card] 

    Judge Surrillo : ... 527 counts of obstruction of justice. How do the defendants plead?

    [a massive army of defense lawyers start jostling and yelling all at once. The stenographer looks up, confused] 

    Judge Surrillo : Order! Order in the court!

    [cut to the Mayor's office, where the Mayor is berating Harvey for his actions. Gordon and Commissioner Loeb are also present] 

    Mayor Anthony Garcia : 549 criminals at once. How did you convince Surillo to hear this farce?

    Harvey Dent : She shares my enthusiasm for justice. After all, she is a judge.

    Mayor Anthony Garcia : Well even if you're able to blow enough smoke to get convictions out of Surillo, you're going to set a new record at appeals for quickest kick in the ass.

    Harvey Dent : It won't matter. The head guys make bail, sure... but the mid-level guys, they can't, and they can't afford to be off the streets long enough for trial and appeal. They'll cut deals that include *some* jail time. Think of all you could do with 18 months of clean streets.

    [the Mayor waves Gordon and Commissioner Loeb out] 

    Mayor Anthony Garcia : The public likes you, Dent. That's the *only* reason this might fly. But that means it's on you. They're all coming after you now. Not just the mob: politicians, journalists, cops. Anyone whose wallet's about to get lighter. Are you up to it?

    [Dent smiles] 

    Mayor Anthony Garcia : You better be. They get anything back on you, those criminals will be back on the streets...

    [he walks over to the window and looks out] 

    Mayor Anthony Garcia : Followed swiftly by you and me.

    [a dead Batman wanna-be in Joker makeup, with the sides of his mouth sliced into a grin, bangs into the window, causing the mayor to jump. Police lower the dead body, which is hanging from a noose, and they find a Joker card that says "WILL THE REAL BATMAN PLEASE STAND UP?"] 

  • Harvey Dent : [in his hospital room]  Remember that name you all had for me when I was at Internal Affairs? What was it, Gordon?

    Lt. James Gordon : Harvey, I...

    Harvey Dent : Say it.

    Two-Face : Say it!

    Lt. James Gordon : Two-Face. Harvey Two-Face.

    [Dent turns his head, showing Gordon the mutilated side of his face] 

    Harvey Dent : Why should I hide who I am?

  • Batman : [in the back of a factory at 250 52nd Street]  You don't want to hurt the boy, Harvey.

    Two-Face : It's not about what I want, it's about what's fair!

  • Detective Wuertz : Listen, Dent, I swear to God I didn't know what they were gonna do to you.

    Two-Face : That's funny...

    [pulls out coin] 

    Two-Face : 'Cause I don't know what's gonna happen to you either.

  • Two-Face : The joker chose me!

    Batman : Because you were the best of us. He wanted to prove that even someone as good as you could fall.

    Two-Face : And he was right.

    Batman : You're the one pointing the gun, Harvey. So point it at the people responsible.

    Two-Face : Fair enough.

    [to Batman] 

    Two-Face : You first.

    [Flips the coin] 

    Two-Face : [Shoots Batman and points the gun at himself] 

    Two-Face : My turn.

  • Bruce Wayne : [after running into Harvey and Rachel at a restaurant]  So, let's put a couple tables together.

    Harvey Dent : I'm not sure they'll let us.

    Bruce Wayne : [gestures to the waiters to rearrange the seats]  Oh, they should. I own the place.

  • Two-Face : [threatening Jimmy with a gun]  Tell your boy it's going to be all right, Gordon. Lie, like I lied.

    Lt. James Gordon : It's going to be all right, son.

    [Two-Face flips the coin; Batman tackles him and they fall; the coin lands good-side up] 

  • [while cross-examining one of Maroni's thugs on the witness stand, the thug pulls a gun and fires it at Harvey Dent; it mis-fires, and Harvey decks the thug with a right cross, and takes the gun away] 

    Harvey Dent : Carbon fiber, .28 Caliber, made in China.

    [puts it on the table in front of Maroni] 

    Harvey Dent : If you want to kill a public servant, Mr. Maroni, I recommend you buy American.

    Judge Freel : [to policemen holding the thug]  Get him out of here!

    Harvey Dent : But, Your Honor, I'm not done.

    [cheers from the gallery] 

  • Batman : [about Lau]  If I get him to you, can you get him to talk?

    Harvey Dent : I'll get him to sing.

    Lt. James Gordon : We're going after the mob's life savings. Things will get ugly.

    Harvey Dent : I knew the risks when I took this job, Lieutenant.

    [turns back to Batman] 

    Harvey Dent : How will you get him back any...

    [Batman has disappeared] 

    Lt. James Gordon : He does that.

  • Detective Wuertz : [in a bar]  Dent. Jesus. I thought you was dead.

    Two-Face : Half.

  • Harvey Dent : Well, I guess no answer is a no.

    Rachel Dawes : Harvey...

    Harvey Dent : It's someone else, isn't it?

    Rachel Dawes : Harvey...

    Harvey Dent : Just tell me it's not Wayne, the guy's a complete...

    [Bruce comes up behind him and grabs him in a chokehold] 

    Rachel Dawes : What are you doing?

    Bruce Wayne : [as Harvey falls unconscious]  They're coming for him!

  • Two-Face : [in the back seat of his car while pointing a gun at him]  Going to join your wife? Do you love her?

    Salvatore Maroni : Yes.

    Two-Face : Did you ever wonder what it would be like to listen to her die?

    Salvatore Maroni : Look, take it up with the Joker. He killed your woman. He made you - like this.

    [gestures at Harvey's face] 

    Two-Face : The Joker's just a mad dog. I want whoever let him off the leash.

  • Salvatore Maroni : [sitting in the defendant's chair]  I thought the D.A. just played golf with the mayor, things like that?

    Harvey Dent : [standing in front of the prosecution table]  Tee off's one-thirty, more than enough time to put you away for life, Sally.

  • Harvey Dent : Lightly irradiated bills. Fancy stuff for a city cop. Have help?

    Lt. James Gordon : We liase with various agencies.

    Harvey Dent : Save it, Gordon. I want to meet him.

  • Harvey Dent : You can *not* leave me alone with these people.

    Rachel Dawes : [during the fundraiser party held for Harvey Dent]  The whole mob's after you, and you're worried about *these* guys?

    Harvey Dent : Yea, well, compared to *these* guys, the mob doesn't scare me.

  • Harvey Dent : Very well. Take the Batman into custody.

    [everyone at the press conference looks confused] 

    Harvey Dent : I am the Batman.

  • Lt. James Gordon : [while walking out of the courtroom with each other]  It's a shame Sal's going to walk.

    Harvey Dent : Yeah, well, the good thing about the mob is they keep giving you second chances.

  • Two-Face : Did she believe you?

    Det. Ramirez : Yes.

    Two-Face : Of course she did. Because she trusts you. Just like Rachel did.

    Det. Ramirez : I didn't know what they were...

    Two-Face : You didn't know what they were gonna do? You're the second cop to say that to me. What, *exactly*, did you think they were going to do?

    Det. Ramirez : They got me early on, my mother's hospital bills, and I...

    Two-Face : Don't!

    Det. Ramirez : [crying]  I'm sorry...

    [Harvey flips the coin] 

    Two-Face : Live to fight another day, officer.

    [He knocks her unconscious with the butt of his gun] 

  • Two-Face : [after seeing Gordon is actually alive]  You do like to play things pretty close to the chest

    Lt. James Gordon : [after capturing Joker]  We got him Harvey

  • Two-Face : [while being transferred in an armored car while joker shoots at him]  These things are built for that right?

    Armored Car SWAT : He's going to need something a lot bigger to get through this

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