Nextflixs The Dig (2021) Best Movie Quotes – MovieQuotesandMore
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan, Lily James, Johnny Flynn, Ben Chaplin, Ken Stott, Monica Dolan
our rating: ★★★½
netflix historical period drama, based on real life events, directed by simon stone. As World War II looms, the story follows wealthy widow Edith Pretty (Carey Mulligan) who hires amateur archaeologist Basil Brown (Ralph Fiennes) to excavate burial mounds on her property. When they make a landmark discovery, echoes of Britain’s past resonate against its uncertain future.
our favorite quotes:
edith pretty: we should take a look at them, then?basil brown: right. these kinds of things are usually done through museums.edith pretty: yes. but when i came to ipswich, mr. reid moir said that with the war coming, they couldn’t embark on any new ventures.basil brown: well, they’re very busy with a roman villa.
pretty edith: told me you were a difficult man.basil brown: right?pretty edith: unorthodox, and untrained .basil brown: so that’s your reference, right? Well, I’m not without training. I’ve been digging since I was old enough to hold a trowel. my father taught me.
basil brown: I’ve always been curious to see these mounds. henry viii came here to dig. edith pretty: that’s what they told me. basil brown: well, there’s no record of what he found.edith pretty: my husband and I bought this land, hoping to explore what lay beneath. but, well, the best plans.
pretty edith: what are they? would you guess?basil brown: burial mounds, i guess. We’re standing in someone’s graveyard, I guess. viking. or maybe older.edith pretty: apparently the local girls used to lay on them in hopes of getting pregnant.basil brown: ok. I have heard many legends.
basil brown: that’s why you want to dig, mrs. pretty? tales of buried treasure?edith pretty: my interest in archeology began like yours, when i was barely old enough to hold a trowel. my childhood home was built on a Cistercian convent. I helped my father excavate the apse. basil brown: that speaks, doesn’t it? the past.
edith pretty: [referring to where she wants him to start digging first] but I have a feeling about this one. basil brown: well that’s your money ma’am . pretty. but I would base your dig on evidence, not feelings.
pretty edith: mr. brown is an archaeologist.basil brown: well, i’m a digger.robert pretty: have you come to dig up the mounds?basil brown: well, i’m afraid no. not today.
edith pretty: will you start this one? basil brown: yes. I think we can forget about that bigger mound, mrs. pretty. this here, that’s where we’ll find something.
george spooner: if you ask me, the man should leave mrs. pretty’s mounds are fine on their own.
guy maynard: war is coming and everyone is ready to dig before hostilities start. james reid moir: so we must ask you to return mr. brown.edith pretty: i wish you would finish what you started.james reid moire: we may have found the largest roman villa north of felixstowe. is much more important, if you’ll excuse me, than this little fling. edith pretty: so the choice is mr. brown.
james reid moir: we need you back at the villa. that’s what I’m here to say. and mrs pretty has set you free.edith pretty: i said it’s your choice.basil brown: well then i’ll stay. Thank you kindly, ma’am.
robert pretty: mr. brown has been telling us all sorts of things. For example, what is the most important part of an archaeologist’s body? edith pretty: I don’t know. robert pretty: his nose. if there’s something there, you’ll know it by smell.
edith pretty: I was reading howard carter’s account of his excavation of tutankhamen’s tomb.basil brown: oh?edith pretty: stood in the doorway of the burial chamber, the first man to do so in three thousand years, and saw finger marks still in the paint. basil brown: says, “time lost its meaning”. edith pretty: It occurs to me that you could unearth human remains.basil brown: yes, that is possible.
edith pretty: we’re digging to meet the dead. digging them up, in fact.basil brown: well, there are always coroner’s inquests when remains are found. the dead still receive that courtesy, no matter how many centuries they have lain. we can’t dig in the dirt without considering that.
basil brown: [after the earth collapses on brown] something occurred to me.edith pretty: what was it?basil brown: my grandfather. I have your name basil brown. agriculture man. he taught me everything i know about suffolk soil edith pretty: and did you see it? basil brown: oh, I didn’t see anything at all. I was just, I just thought of him. pretty edith: well, maybe he saw you.
basil brown: now this land has been plowed for a thousand years. now suppose that whoever plowed here gradually felled some. so by the time the thieves get there, they will have plunged the flute into what they thought was the center.edith pretty: but it might not have been.basil brown: that’s right. from east to west, that’s my feeling. you say the word and I’ll dig.
robert pretty: did the people who made these burial mounds have mustaches?basil brown: and a beard. they were very bearded. not like them there are Romans. now, they liked the close shave.
robert pretty: Vikings and space pilots are the same, right? they explore new lands and have battles on ships.basil brown: yeah, when you say it like that, i guess they could be the same thing.
robert pretty: would you like to fly, mr. brown?basil brown: oh, but I do. throughout the cosmos, every time I look through my telescope.
basil brown: oh well, that’s a ship that’s been buried in the mound.robert pretty: why would anyone want to bury a ship?basil brown: well I hope because it’s a grave.robert pretty: whose grave is it?basil brown: well I hope this is the tomb of a great man. a warrior. or a king.
pretty edith: congratulations, mr. brown.basil brown: well, you thought there was something, didn’t you?edith pretty: I had my feelings.basil brown: that you did, Mrs. pretty. what did you do.
pretty edith: mr. reid moir has kindly offered to take over the excavation. I turned down his generous offer basil brown: you didn’t edith pretty: I did basil brown: what did he say? edith pretty: said she couldn’t keep it to me, which is true.basil brown: I bet she’s broke.
edith pretty: I wanted to thank you for your patience with robert. can hardly wait to see you in the mornings.basil brown: well, it keeps me on my toes, having him around.pretty edith: do you have kids?basil brown: no. we, uh… no.
edith pretty: The servants tell me you’ve studied everything from Latin to geology.basil brown: well, a little education is a dangerous thing.pretty edith: apparently, you’ve written a book.basil brown: got it. a guide to astronomical maps and charts, to make them accessible to the common man. I dropped out of school when I was twelve. I was always hungry to study.edith pretty: I got a place at the university of london. my father didn’t even want to hear about it.
may brown: do you have something to show me? I think you have. I can see it in your eyes.basil brown: I’m not saying anything.
Basil Brown: A man could dig up the earth his whole life and find nothing like what I’ve discovered here.
may brown: [to brown] everyone is going to want a piece of this ship, and this is your find.
may brown: [to brown] your heart is lost for this Viking maiden, I can tell. right?
may brown: I miss you. I’ve been reading your books for company.basil brown: you haven’t.may brown: I have.basil brown: hell, it’s not Lots of company, right?may brown: no, they’re hard work, I assure you.basil brown: they are.
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