The Andromeda Strain (1971)
James Olson: Dr. Mark Hall
Dr. Mark Hall : Most of them died instantly, but a few had time to go quietly nuts.
Dr. Jeremy Stone : Hall? Take a look at this.
[gestures to dead man with peaceful facial expression but grabbing his own chest]
Dr. Jeremy Stone : Are you sure that isn't coronary?
Dr. Mark Hall : No. A coronary's painful. They should grimace.
Dr. Jeremy Stone : If it was fast, they wouldn't have time.
Dr. Mark Hall : Fast? These people were cut down in mid-stride!
Dr. Mark Hall : Tell us what happened, Mr. Jackson.
Jackson : I don't wanna think about it.
Dr. Mark Hall : You know what people will say: "Piedmont was bad. That's why it was punished." First the town went crazy and then was destroyed...
Jackson : YOU'RE crazy! Folks at Piedmont was good, decent, normal folks.
Dr. Mark Hall : The man we found all dressed up in his doughboy's uniform, you call that normal?
Jackson : Pete Arnold, who worked at the store. It was the disease!
Dr. Mark Hall : How do you know?
Jackson : 'Cause the only thing wrong with him before that night was sugar.
Dr. Mark Hall : Diabetes? Did he take insulin?
Jackson : Couple of times a day! Hated the needle. I tried to talk him into usin' squeeze.
Dr. Jeremy Stone : Where have you been?
Dr. Mark Hall : Leavitt had a seizure.
Dr. Jeremy Stone : What?
Dr. Mark Hall : Epilepsy. The red light flashing at three-per-second brought on a fit. Why the hell didn't she tell us about it?
Dr. Jeremy Stone : Probably no top lab would have her if they knew. Insurance, prejudice, all that crap.
Dr. Mark Hall : From the Middle Ages.
Dr. Jeremy Stone : Where's the next substation, Hall?
Dr. Mark Hall : Left of elevator on Level 2.
Dr. Jeremy Stone : Right. Across the corridor from Body Analysis, our next port of call.
Dr. Ruth Leavitt : Not for my alabaster body! I mean it, Stone, you can take your Body Analyzer and you can st...
Dr. Mark Hall : [Removing the pants of a dead doctor] Have a look at his buttocks.
Dr. Jeremy Stone : That's not funny.
Dr. Mark Hall : Not meant to be. Normally, blood in a dead person goes to the lowest points. There should be marks of lividity, right? Do you see any purplish marks on his butt?
Dr. Jeremy Stone : No.
[Dr. Hall takes a scalpel]
Dr. Jeremy Stone : Careful you don't puncture your suit.
[Dr. Hall cuts the wrist of the corpse; red "sand" pours out]
Dr. Mark Hall : Clotted blood! Powdered!
Dr. Jeremy Stone : I'll be... damned.
Dr. Mark Hall : No wonder they didn't bleed. It's clotted throughout the entire system - five quarts of blood turned to powder!
Dr. Jeremy Stone : In theory, I suppose a single organism could do it.
Dr. Mark Hall : But, in fact, there isn't an organism on Earth...
Dr. Jeremy Stone : You mean there didn't used to be.
Dr. Mark Hall : Why did you pick me?
Dr. Jeremy Stone : You're an MD, a talented surgeon who knows blood chemistries... and you're single. The Odd Man Hypothesis.
Dr. Mark Hall : What the hell is that?
Dr. Jeremy Stone : Didn't you read the Wildfire material I've been sending you?
Dr. Mark Hall : [smirks] Very little. I never went in much for science fiction.
Dr. Jeremy Stone : [glares at Hall] Nor do I.
Answering Service Supervisor : [Dr. Hall has been overheard "flirting" with the recorded female voice that's been coming over the PA system] This is the Answering Service Supervisor. We wish you would adopt a more serious attitude, Dr. Hall.
Dr. Mark Hall : Sorry... Her voice is quite luscious.
Answering Service Supervisor : Well, the voice belongs to Miss Gladys Stevens, who is 63 years old. She lives in Omaha and makes her living taping messages for voice-reminder systems.
Dr. Mark Hall : [slightly sarcastic] Much obliged.
Dr. Mark Hall : [referring to Dr. Dutton] Poor devil! Look at how he's breathing. He's scared to death.
Dr. Jeremy Stone : We'll increase his oxygen. It'll slow down his breathing.
Dr. Mark Hall : [beat] No, we want him to breathe fast! In Piedmont the old man survived drinking Sterno... Sterno, acidosis! Acidosis, rapid breathing!
[begins working a control panel]
Dr. Jeremy Stone : What the hell are you doing?
Dr. Mark Hall : I'm turning off the oxygen.
Dr. Jeremy Stone : But the baby! He's normal!
Dr. Mark Hall : He's crying. He's not leaving it in his lungs long enough to do anything.
Dr. Jeremy Stone : [incredulous] Rapid breathing? It just can't be that simple!
Dr. Mark Hall : It isn't.
Dr. Mark Hall : Air doesn't matter! Blood does. That's the answer.
Dr. Mark Hall : I'll have the answer when I know why a sixty-nine-year-old sterno drinker with an ulcer is like a normal six-month-old baby.