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  • William Cutting ("Bill the Butcher"): My father gave his life, making this country what it is. Murdered by the British with all of his men on the twenty-fifth of July, anno domini, 1814. Do you think I'm going to help you befoul his legacy, by giving this country over to them what's had no hand in the fighting for it? Why, because they come off a boat crawling with lice and begging you for soup?


  • William Cutting ("Bill the Butcher"): Down with the Union!!


  • Amsterdam Vallon: Is there anyone in the Five Points who you haven't fucked?!


  • William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: You know how I stayed alive this long? All these years? Fear. The spectacle of fearsome acts. Somebody steals from me, I cut off his hands. He offends me, I cut out his tongue. He rises against me, I cut off his head, stick it on a pike, raise it high up so all on the streets can see. That's what preserves the order of things. Fear.


  • William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: I tried, I tried hard, but I couldn't save this movie from itself.


  • William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: You seen his portrait downstairs?
    Amsterdam Vallon: ...mmm hmm...
    Amsterdam Vallon: Mmmhmmm.
    William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: Is your mouth all glued up with cunny juice? I asked you a question.
    Amsterdam Vallon: I said, I seen it sir.


  • Amsterdam Vallon: In the end, they put candles on the bodies so's their friends, if they had any, could know them in the dark. The city did this free of charge. Shang, Jimmy Spoils, Hell-cat, McGloin, and more. Friend or foe, didn't make no difference now. It was four days and nights before the worst of the mob was finally put down. We never knew how many New Yorkers died that week before the city was finally delivered. My father told me we was all born of blood and tribulation, and so then too was our great city. But for those of us what lived and died in them furious days, it was like everything we knew was mildly swept away. And no matter what they did to build this city up again... for the rest of time... it would be like no one even knew we was ever here
    Amsterdam Vallon: In the end, they put candles on the bodies so's their friends, if they had any, could know them in the dark. The city did this free of charge. Shang, Jimmy Spoils, Hell-cat, McGloin, and more. Friend or foe, didn't make no difference now. It was four days and nights before the worst of the mob was finally put down. We never knew how many New Yorkers died that week before the city was finally delivered. My father told me we was all born of blood and tribulation, and so then too was our great city. But for those of us what lived and died in them furious days, it was like everything we knew was mildly swept away. And no matter what they did to build this city up again... for the rest of time... it would be like no one even knew we was ever here.


  • William "Boss" Tweed: [as an anti-draft riot takes place] Sweet Jesus, war does terrible things to people.


  • William "Boss" Tweed: Remember the first rule of politics. The ballots don't make the results, the counters make the results. The counters. Keep counting.


  • Amsterdam Vallon: My father gave his life, making this country what it is. Murdered by the British with all of his men on the twenty fifth of July, anno domini, 1814. Do you think I'm going to help you befoul his legacy, by giving this country over to them, what's had no hand in the fighting for it? Why, because they come off a boat crawling with lice and begging you for soup.


  • William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: Here's the thing. I don't give a tuppenny fuck about your moral conundrum, you meat-headed shit-sack. That's more or less the thing. And I want you to go out there... You, nobody else. None of your little minions. I want you to go out there. And I want you to punish the person who's responsible for murdering this poor little rabbit. Is that understood?


  • William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: Anything in your pockets?
    Jenny Everdeane: I ain't started working yet.


  • Amsterdam Vallon: When you kill a king, you don't stab him in the dark. You kill him where the entire court can watch him die.


  • Amsterdam Vallon: Mulberry Street... and Worth... Cross and Orange... and Little Water. Each of the Five Points is a finger. When I close my hand it becomes a fist. And, if I wish, I can turn it against you.


  • William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: Mulberry Street... and Worth... Cross and Orange... and Little Water. Each of the Five Points is a finger. When I close my hand it becomes a fist. And, if I wish, I can turn it against you.


  • William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: How old are you, Amsterdam?
    Amsterdam Vallon: I'm not sure, sir. I never did quite figure it.
    William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: I'm forty-seven. Forty-seven years old. You know how I stayed alive this long? All these years? Fear. The spectacle of fearsome acts. Somebody steals from me, I cut off his hands. He offends me, I cut out his tongue. He rises against me, I cut off his head, stick it on a pike, raise it high up so all on the streets can see. That's what preserves the order of things. Fear.


  • Priest Vallon: He was the only man I ever killed worth remembering.


  • William "Boss" Tweed: [after someone speaks to him in Irish Gaelic] They don't speak English in New York any more?


  • William "Boss" Tweed: You killed an elected official?
    William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: Who elected him?
    William "Boss" Tweed: You don't know what you've done to yourself.
    William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: [taps his glass eye with a knife] I know your works. You are neither cold nor hot. So because you are lukewarm, I will spew you out of my mouth. You can build your filthy world without me. I took the father. Now I'll take the son. You tell young Vallon I'm gonna paint Paradise Square with his blood. Two coats. I'll festoon my bedchamber with his guts. As for you, Mr. Tammany-fucking-Hall, you come down to the Points again, and you'll be dispatched by my own hand. Get back to your celebration and let me eat in peace.


  • William "Boss" Tweed: The appearance of law must be upheld, especially when it's being broken.


  • Amsterdam Vallon: Lord, place the steel of the Holy Spirit in my spine and the love of the Virgin Mary in my heart.


  • William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: You see this knife? I'm gonna teach you to speak English with this fucking knife!


  • William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: Each of the Five Points is a finger. When I close it, it becomes a fist and if I choose I can turn it against you.


  • Amsterdam Vallon: "Is there anyone in the Five Points you haven't fucked? "
    Amsterdam Vallon: Is there anyone in the Five Points you haven't fucked?
    Jenny Everdeane: "Yeah, you!"
    Jenny Everdeane: Yeah, you!


  • William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: The Mortes will frenchify.
    William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: (Girls) I'm clean.
    William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: [girls] I'm clean.


  • Priest Vallon: The blood stays on the blade.


  • William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: Each of the Five Points is a finger. When I close my hand it becomes a fist. And, if I wish, I can turn it against you.


  • William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: Whoopsy daisy!


  • William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: You see this knife? I'm gonna teach you to speak English with this fucking knife!


  • William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: Mulberry Street... and Worth... Cross and Orange... and Little Water. Each of the Five Points is a finger. When I close my hand it becomes a fist. And, anytime that I wish, I can turn it against you.


  • William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: Ears and noses may be the trophies of the day. But no hand shall touch him!
    William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: Ears and noses will be the trophies of the day. But no hand shall touch him.


  • William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: Who is this under my knife?!


  • Priest Vallon: Who's that?
    Young Amsterdam: St. Michael.
    Priest Vallon: WHO?
    Priest Vallon: WHO?!
    Young Amsterdam: ST. MICHAEL!
    Priest Vallon: And what did he do?
    Young Amsterdam: He cast Satan out of paradise!
    Priest Vallon: Good boy.


  • William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher: He was the only man I ever killed worth remembering.


  • William "Boss" Tweed: The appearance of law must be upheld, especially when it's being broken.


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