Gone Baby Gone
written by Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard, from the novel by Dennis Lehane

Remy: I planted evidence on a guy once...back in '95, we were paying a hundred an eight-ball to snitches. We get a call from our pal, Ray Lekansky....he couldn't find enough guys to rat out. Anyways, he tells about a guy pumpin', up in Columbia Point. So we go in...me and Nicky...fifteen years ago, when Nicky went in...it was no joke. So it's a stash house, right...the old lady's beat to shit, the husband's mean, cracked-out...he tries to give us trouble, Nicky lays him down. We're doin' an inventory, but it looks like we messed up, because there's no dope in the house, and I go in the back room, now this place was a shit-hole, mind you...rats, roaches all over the place...
But the kid's room, in the back...was spotless...no I mean, he swept it, mopped it, it's immaculate. The little boy's sitting on the bed, holding on to his Playstation for dear life, there's no expression on his face...tears, streaming down. He wants to tell me he just learned his multiplication tables...I mean the father's got him living in this crack den, subsisting on Twinkies and ass whippings, and this little boy...he just wants someone to tell him he's doing a good job. You're worried what's Catholic? I mean kids forgive...kids don't judge, kids turn the other cheek...what do they get for it? ....So I went back out there, I put an ounce of heroin on the living room floor, and I sent the father on a ride...seven to nine.
Patrick (Casey Affleck): And that was the right thing?
Remy: Fuckin' A! You gotta take a side. You molest a child...you beat a child....you're not on my side. If you see me comin' you better run, because I am gonna lay you the fuck down! Easy.

Credit and many thanks to Patrick for this monologue, it is very much appreciated.

[ please return to the main movie monologue page ]