The Sheltering Sky (1990) Poster

John Malkovich: Port



  • [first lines] 

    Port Moresby : Well, terra firma.

    Tunner : We're probably the first tourists they've had since the war.

    Kit Moresby : Tunner, we're not tourists. We're travelers.

    Tunner : Oh. What's the difference?

    Port Moresby : A tourist is someone who thinks about going home the moment they arrive, Tunner.

    Kit Moresby : Whereas a traveler might not come back at all.

    Tunner : You mean *I'm* a tourist.

    Kit Moresby : Yes, Tunner. And I'm half and half.

  • Kit Moresby : Other people's dreams are so dull.

    Port Moresby : Kit has days when everything in the world is merely a sign for something else. A white Mercedes can't just simply be a white Mercedes. It must have a secret meaning about the whole of life. Everything is an omen. Nothing can just be what it is.

  • Tunner : You've been to North Africa before, Port. Kit and I will just follow your plan.

    Port Moresby : My only plan is, I have no plan.

  • Port Moresby : You know, if Tunner didn't take such long siestas, I'd never be alone with you. I think he's in love with you.

    Kit Moresby : Port, don't be silly.

    Port Moresby : Sillier things have happened. The way he hangs around making inane conversation, the way he looks at you when he fingers his DDT can...

    Kit Moresby : What else?

    Port Moresby : Oh, the ferocity with which he counts your luggage.

    Kit Moresby : Oh, he counts yours too.

    Port Moresby : It's not the same.

  • Port Moresby : Could you be happy here?

    Kit Moresby : Happy? Happy? How do you mean?

    Port Moresby : I mean, could you like it here?

    Kit Moresby : How do I know? God, I wish you wouldn't ask me questions like this! Really! I can't answer them. What do you want me to say? "Yes, I'll be happy in Africa"? I like Ain Krorfa so much, but I can't tell whether I want to stay for a month or I want to leave tomorrow.

    Tunner : You couldn't leave tomorrow even if you wanted to. Can't get any information about how to get out of this place. No buses, not even a fruit truck. Nobody speaks English. Anybody for a nightcap?

  • Kit Moresby : Someday they're gonna kick the French out of this country.

    Port Moresby : Well, with trousers like that, who can blame them?

  • Kit Moresby : According to Port, everyone eventually gets used to anything.

    Tunner : If that were true, it would be the end of progress.

    Kit Moresby : No, I'm sure it's true. I just don't know whether it's good or bad.

    Port Moresby : Neither.

  • Kit Moresby : Is that the plan?

    Port Moresby : More or less, yes.

    Kit Moresby : More or less?

    Port Moresby : Uh... Less, actually.

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