Fictional dialogue question (dialogue is fictional, question is for real)
October 14, 2010 12:15 PM   Subscribe

Mafia fictional dialogue filter: What's the scene from where the two mobsters are talking to each other -- and, wanting to make it clear that they are merely speculating and not conspiring, one says "We're not *talking* about this, we're just *talking* about this"? (Is it the Sopranos, some mob movie, what?) Bonus points for actual script dialogue or YouTube clip.
posted by Mr. Justice to Writing & Language (10 answers total)
 
Glengarry Glen Ross? (see http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/glengarry.html and search for 'speaking about')

You can see the clip in question (re edited) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y06on1JgXLs
posted by VeritableSaintOfBrevity at 12:21 PM on October 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yeah pretty sure it's Glengarry Glen Ross.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:23 PM on October 14, 2010


Yup, you're thinking of Alan Arkin and Ed Harris. ♥

Though I vaguely remember a similar (though phrased differently, maybe?) discussion on the Sopranos. With Tony talking. But I could be making that up.
posted by phunniemee at 12:29 PM on October 14, 2010


The distinction between talking and talking also comes up in Mamet's American Buffalo (seems to be a favorite of his), but I agree that the scene you're thinking of is probably from GgGR
posted by Ragged Richard at 1:07 PM on October 14, 2010


You're thinking of something along the lines of:
"Did you take care of that thing I asked you about?"
"What thing? The one thing or that other thing?"
"The one thing with at the place."

I think it pops up in a couple of different mob movies. Looking around a little bit I think that dialogue may be in Analyze This (not the clip, but you can hear the ambiguity you're asking about)
posted by P.o.B. at 2:43 PM on October 14, 2010


Wow, quick side note. That clip totally breaks the 180 degree rule. On purpose. With a sound effect. Nifty.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:50 PM on October 14, 2010


Though I vaguely remember a similar (though phrased differently, maybe?) discussion on the Sopranos. With Tony talking. But I could be making that up.

I don't think phunniemee is making that up, as I'm sure I remember an exchange like that in The Sopranos and that's about the only mob thing I've really watched. Maybe it's a bit of a mob pop-culture trope?
posted by goshling at 8:53 PM on October 14, 2010


"Did you take care of that thing I asked you about?"
"What thing? The one thing or that other thing?"
"The one thing with at the place."

I think it pops up in a couple of different mob movies.


This conversation takes place almost verbatim in GoodFellas, which was a huge influence on The Sopranos. It's probably popped up with variations in every mob movie made since 1990.
posted by motown missile at 1:57 AM on October 15, 2010


A slightly similar bit of dialog to that GoodFellas excerpt, from Ocean's 11:
TISHKOFF: Look, we all go way back. I owe you from that thing with the guy in the place, and I'll never forget it.

DANNY: It was our pleasure.

RUSTY: I'd never been to Belize.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 12:25 AM on October 16, 2010


Seinfeld maybe?

George sits in a booth. Opposite him are two guys from the Mets.

MINKLER: George, we'll be blunt. The Mets need somebody to head up scouting, and
we think that someone might be you.

GEORGE: (surprise) Head of scouting?

MOONEY: Interested?

GEORGE: (playing it cool) I'm still here.

MINKLER: Now, unfortunately, league rules prevent us from making you an offer
while you're still under contract.

MOONEY: You understand what we're talking about?

GEORGE: So you're talking...

MINKLER: No, no.

MOONEY: We're *not* talking. We're just, talking.

GEORGE: So, you need me to get fired.

MINKLER: We didn't say that.

MOONEY: We couldn't say that, because even if we did...

MINKLER: ...we couldn't say that we said it.

MOONEY: You see what we're saying?

GEORGE: (jokingly) You are still paying for this lunch?
posted by banshee at 2:14 PM on October 18, 2010


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