Al Pacino: You know, we are sitting here, you and I, like a couple of regular fellas. You do what you do, and I do what I gotta do. And now that we have been face-to-face, if I'm there and I gotta put you away, I won't like it. But, I tell you, if it's between you and some poor bastard whose wife you're gonna turn into a widow...brother...you are going down.
Robert De Niro: There is a flip side to that coin. What if you do got me boxed in and I gotta put you down? Because no matter what, you will not get in my way. We've been face-to-face, yeah. But I will not hesitate. Not for a second.
Pacino: Maybe that’s the way it will be. Or... who knows?
De Niro: Or maybe we'll never see each other again.
What can you learn from this dialogue?
It’s not the best movie scene for studying English.
We could talk about grammar:
We are sitting here – now – present continuous
You do what you do, and I do what I gotta (=have got to) do – routine/usually – present simple
We have been face-to-face – experience – present perfect
If I'm there and I gotta put you away, I won't like it – if – first conditional
I will not hesitate – future – future simple
You are going down – future – present continuous
There is a flip side to that coin – there is a …
It’s all familiar grammar, nothing new here… actually there is something new. There is a grammar mistake:
What if you do got me boxed in and I gotta put you down?
“do got me boxed in”
It should be: What if you do get me boxed in …
Robert De Niro and his English… some people say that it’s his shyness and poor speaking skills that make him the actor that he is. However mistakes are not okay. Non-natives make them, natives make them but we shouldn’t be content with it.
Box sb. in = to move so close to sb. that they cannot move away
New words and expressions:
Fella = a man
Bastard = an unpleasant man
Widow = a woman whose husband has died
Poor = miserable, unlucky
Face-to-face = directly, meeting sb. in the same place
Put sb. away = to send sb. to prison
Put sb. down = to kill sb.
Go down = to lose
Stand/get/be in sb’s way = to try to stop sb.