Top 8 Memorable Quotes in the Movie “1917”

by Sarah Ruhlman
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*WARNING* some quotes have spoilers!

1917 just hit the theaters and I had the chance to see it and get the scoop on the best quotes from the movie. This rollercoaster of a movie has such an amazing message of the impact that one man can make, and it also does such a good job of portraying World War I. As two young soldiers travel through German trenches, make their way through abandoned villages and wade through rapids, it’s clear that this time period was horrific. Director Sam Mendes compiled the many stories his grandfather told him into the masterpiece that is 1917.

Andrew Scott at "1917" World Premiere
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04: Andrew Scott attends the “1917” World Premiere and Royal Performance at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on December 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan)

Here are some of my favorite quotes throughout the movie!

“If we’re not clever about this, no one will get your brother.”

When the two soldiers are given their orders to stop a troop of 1,600 men (including Blake’s brother) from walking into a trap, Blake is ready to save his brother. But Schofield reminds him of how cruel the war is. They would have to be careful.

George MacKay at "1917" World Premiere
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04: George MacKay attends the “1917” World Premiere and Royal Performance at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on December 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan)

“Patch it up you’ll be wanking again in no time.”

This lighthearted quote shows just how common it was to get injured in the war. After Schofield gets cut by barbed wire in No Man’s Land, Blake tells him to “patch it up.” It wasn’t nearly as gruesome as dying, which was equally as common in the trenches.

“Am I dying? Yes, yes I think you are.”

This is such a heart-wrenching scene in the movie. As Schofield is holding Blake, Blake asks if he’s dying. Schofield looks at his hands covered in Blake’s blood and calmly responds.

World Premiere of the movie "1917"
Atmosphere at the 1917 Reception at New York Comic Con for Universal Pictures and Amblin Partners’ 1917, the new epic from Oscar®-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes. AMC 34th Street, New York, NY October 3, 2019 ©OwenHoffmanNetwork.com Photo – Owen Hoffmann/www.owenhoffmannetwork.com

“Will you write to my mom for me? Tell her I wasn’t scared.”

As Blake is dying, he asks Schofield to let his mom know he was not scared. Schofield gathers Blake’s valuable belongings and drag’s him away from the flames behind them.

“If you get there, make sure there are witnesses. Some men just want the fight.”

As Schofield continues his journey to save Blake’s brother, he meets other soldiers. As he explains his orders, one soldier tells him to be careful with who he tells. The people in command didn’t always care about the lives of their soldiers, but Schofield shouldn’t let that be what kills 1,600 men.

George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman at the "1917" World Premiere
George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman at the 1917 Reception at New York Comic Con for Universal Pictures and Amblin Partners’ 1917, the new epic from Oscar®-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes. AMC 34th Street, New York, NY October 3, 2019 ©OwenHoffmanNetwork.com Photo – Owen Hoffmann/www.owenhoffmannetwork.com

“I have to find the Devins, where are the Devins?”

After traveling across enemy territory for a day without stopping, Schofield deliriously looks for the men going into battle. He had almost given up while he floated in a river next to a group of dead soldiers, but he didn’t. He got out of the river and finally found the soldiers.

“I hoped today would be a good day. Hope is a dangerous thing.”

This was such a relieving scene since Schofield finally delivered the message, but it was clear that this was only momentary relief for many soldiers. Even though they were stopped from running into a German trap, the war was not over.

“There’s only one way this war ends: last man standing.”

Again, the ending was bittersweet. Schofield finally rested against a tree near the troops and you could see how tired he was. The war seemed never-ending. What seemed like a small victory in the big picture of the war was actually a big sign of hope for the people actually fighting it. It proved that people were still good. The soldier who lost his best friend and came so close to death multiple times hadn’t given up despite how desperately he wanted to.


Movie poster for the film "1917"

I hope you enjoyed reading about the most memorable quotes from the movie, “1917.” Make sure to check out “1917” when it hits theaters on December 25th, 2019.

Update: “1917” is now available to rent or own from Amazon, YouTube, and Google Play.

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Max Hechtman January 10, 2020 - 8:48 pm

The most memorable of these, and the one that will become the most iconic will be Col. MacKenzie’s “There is only one way this war ends. Last man standing.”

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