Photolab Assistant: This incredibly expensive machine has given us a picture of the back of a man's head.
Butler: Mrs Christian recently chose to end her own life.
George Higgins: There's no mystery. Things I do, I do them because I like them! Because I want to.
George Higgins: You know the best part of killing someone? The look on their face. It's that look. Not when they're threatened. Not when you hurt them. Not even when they see the knife. It's when they feel the knife go in. That's it. It's surprise. They just can't believe it's really happening to them. She had that look, the girl, when she knew it wasn't just porno.
Max California: There are some things that you see, and you can't unsee them. Know what I mean?
Max California: So you got a wife and a daughter and a nice little yellow house and a dog named 'Shep'. What the hell are you doing here?
Max California: Hey! It's like a gas station! You pay before you pump.
Max California: I can hook you up, though. You name the vice I name the price.
Dino Velvet: If there was no honor among perverts and pornographers, the whole fucking business would fall apart.
Tom Welles: Why would Christian want this? Why would he want a film of a... a little girl being butchered?
Daniel Longdale: Because he could.
Tom Welles: If someone never saw or sold a snuff film, they shouldn't give a damn what I ask about it, if they have they got a right to be nervous.