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80 Best Quotes From Netflix’s The Unforgivable

The Unforgivable is a Netflix original movie about a woman named Ruth Slater (played by Sandra Bullock) who is freed from prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime. She then returns to a community that refuses to excuse her past actions.

This thriller is worth watching, especially if you like watching movies that feel like they could be based on a true story (but actually aren’t).

Here’s the scoop on quotes from The Unforgivable!

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1. “The release plan. Read it. It’s how you stay out of here. Your Ten Commandments. No drugs, drinking, bars, nightclubs. No firearms, or any other weapons. You cannot associate with anyone with a criminal record. No known felons.” -Vincent Cross

W. EARL BROWN as MAC WHELAN
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2. “I don’t want to disrupt her life, and I’m not looking for a second chance. You know, man, I just want to know that she’s okay.” -Ruth Slater

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3. “I’m like a bomb being disarmed.” -Katherine Malcolm

VINCENT D'ONOFRIO as JOHN INGRAM
THE UNFORGIVABLE: VINCENT D’ONOFRIO as JOHN INGRAM. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

4. “Couple weeks staring at the ceiling, people sometimes want to make amends.” -Vincent Cross

SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER, ROB MORGAN as VINCENT CROSS the unforgivable
THE UNFORGIVABLE. (L-R) SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER, ROB MORGAN as VINCENT CROSS. CR. COURTESY OF NETFLIX.

5. “My mom died having her, so I raised her from a baby. Dad didn’t do anything before he gave up. He quit. I didn’t. I don’t quit. Not on Katie.” -Ruth Slater

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6. “No, Em. I don’t need proof that I’m more f’ed up than you are” -Katherine Malcolm

AISLING FRANCIOSI as KATHERINE MALCOLM
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7. “Guess you think you got this freedom thing all figured out, huh?” -Vincent Cross

SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER
THE UNFORGIVABLE: SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX

8. “She has a good life. A loving family. Stability. Who would it possibly benefit to disrupt that?” -Michael Malcolm

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9. “We’re just going to let this go? Twenty years of Dad’s life, and this bitch gets out early, for good behavior? What is that? Do you think Dad would want that?” -Keith Whelen

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THE UNFORGIVABLE: SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

10. “No, I’m not with you. I’ve got a family. I got a kid.” -Steve Whelen

TOM GUIRY as KEITH WHELAN, WILL PULLEN as STEVE WHELAN, JESSICA MCLEOD as HANNAH WHELAN
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11. “There’s a reason why your sister hasn’t contacted you. You’re a convict. All she knows of you is as a killer. She’s probably scared of you. Let that girl live her life. Your life starts here, now. Not twenty years ago! She’s actually better off without you.” -Vincent Cross

AISLING FRANCIOSI as KATHERINE MALCOLM
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12. “What are you up to? Look, you’ve been lying since you’ve said hello. When people want a lawyer, they just call one up. Something’s not right. Ruth, what’s up with you?” -John Ingram

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13. “Whatever her life was like before, and I’m sure there were good moments, they were obliterated by what you did.” -Michael Malcolm

AISLING FRANCIOSI as KATHERINE MALCOLM
THE UNFORGIVABLE: AISLING FRANCIOSI as KATHERINE MALCOLM. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

14. “I lived in that house with my little sister when my parents died. Went into the system. She got adopted, and that’s just the last place I was with her. I wrote her for years, and, you know, I didn’t hear anything back. I don’t know. I don’t even know if she’s alive. But I didn’t want to unload that on your family.” -Ruth Slater

VINCENT D'ONOFRIO as JOHN INGRAM, SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER
THE UNFORGIVABLE (L-R): VINCENT D’ONOFRIO as JOHN INGRAM, SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

15. “Life goes on.” -Ruth Slater

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THE UNFORGIVABLE: SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

16. “I’m thinking you look like hell.” -Vincent Cross

ROB MORGAN as VINCENT CROSS, SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER
THE UNFORGIVABLE. (L-R) ROB MORGAN as VINCENT CROSS, SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR. COURTESY OF NETFLIX.

17. “You are not a victim!” -Liz Ingram

SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER, VIOLA DAVIS as LIZ INGRAM
THE UNFORGIVABLE. (L-R) SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER, VIOLA DAVIS as LIZ INGRAM. CR. COURTESY OF NETFLIX.

18. “You told me to get a job. I got two.” -Ruth Slater

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19. “And clean yourself up a little. Act like I’m teaching you something.” -Vincent Cross

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20. “Why? I got to be a convict everywhere I go?” -Ruth Slater

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21. “I’m not talking about her rights. I’m talking about her lying.” -Liz Ingram

22. “No, you’re a cop killer everywhere you go. Yes. Sooner you accept it, the better.” -Vincent Cross

SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER, ROB MORGAN as VINCENT CROSS
THE UNFORGIVABLE. (L-R) SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER, ROB MORGAN as VINCENT CROSS. CR. COURTESY OF NETFLIX.

23. “Well, if she tells the truth, she’s denied her rights, you know that as well as me…” -John Ingram

24. “I brought you this coat here. It’s really good, and I got another that’s smaller at home if this one’s too big, but this one’s way better. I mean, your coat sucks, so I just, I don’t know. Maybe you just want to try it on.” -Blake

SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER, JON BERNTHAL as BLAKE the unforgivable
THE UNFORGIVABLE. (L-R) SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER, JON BERNTHAL as BLAKE. CR. COURTESY OF NETFLIX.

25. “If that had been any of your Black sons who had been in the system, they would be dead.” -Liz Ingram

26. “They’re not going to care what we do.” -Keith Whelen

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27. “Everything we did, we did in her best interest.” -Michael Malcolm

28. “There’s no ‘we.’ You’re not going to do anything anyway. I mean, you just talk like always.” -Steve Whelen

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29. “I don’t believe that. I don’t believe that she doesn’t remember me.” -Ruth Slater

30. “She walks around free. She’s got a job and a guy. She lives like it never happened. Now, you tell me if that’s fair.” -Keith Whelen

31. “Katherine has no conscious memories of her life before us. She was traumatized. Now she’s doing well. Of course she struggles sometimes, like everyone, but she has opportunities she never would’ve had.” -Michael Malcolm

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THE UNFORGIVABLE (L-R): LINDA EMOND as RACHEL MALCOLM, RICHARD THOMAS as MICHAEL MALCOLM. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

32. “I’m just saying that she did her time, and she has every right…” -John Ingram

33. “If I was going to give you a speech, I’d tell you that everybody ends up here. Where you got to decide how you’re going to be, because this world is nothing like you.” -Vincent Cross

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THE UNFORGIVABLE. (L-R) SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER, ROB MORGAN as VINCENT CROSS. CR. COURTESY OF NETFLIX.

34. “Blood doesn’t make you family, Ruth.” -Vincent Cross

35. “People are exactly the same out here as they are in the yard. Exactly.” -Ruth Slater

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THE UNFORGIVABLE: SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

36. “You want to know what she said? She said, ‘Life goes on.’ You were right. It’s not fair.” -Steve Whelen

37. “Question is, do you want to be the same?” -Vincent Cross

ROB MORGAN as VINCENT CROSS the unforgivable
THE UNFORGIVABLE: ROB MORGAN as VINCENT CROSS. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

38. “Let’s do to her what she did to us.” -Steve Whelen

39. “You’re right. Cop killer everywhere I go.” -Ruth Slater

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THE UNFORGIVABLE. SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR. COURTESY OF NETFLIX.

40. “An accident?” -Blake

41. “She’s an adult. We waited too long for this. But we could just go and listen to what she has to say. Maybe there’s something she can tell us to help Katherine.” -Rachel Malcolm

LINDA EMOND as RACHEL MALCOLM
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42. “I said I did it! She was only five years old!” -Ruth Slater

43. “You were in the cell for a reason!” -Michael Malcolm

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44. “You this is going to make you feel better? But life doesn’t go on.” -Ruth Slater

45. “What gives you the reason to treat me like I don’t exist!?” -Ruth Slater

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THE UNFORGIVABLE (L-R): SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER, AISLING FRANCIOSI as KATHERINE MALCOLM. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

46. “You leave behind everything you love.” -Ruth Slater

47. “I exist!” -Ruth Slater

SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER
THE UNFORGIVABLE. SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR. COURTESY OF NETFLIX.

48. “He was kind. And I am sorry I took him away from you.” -Ruth Slater

49. “I guess word got out.” -Blake

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50. “You’re making a mistake. Let her go. She’s innocent.” -Ruth Slater

51. “Skip school a lot?” -Emily Malcolm

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52. “She’s just a kid.” -Ruth Slater

53. “We all do things we probably shouldn’t, but we get back on track, right?” -Ruth Slater

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THE UNFORGIVABLE. (L-R) EMMA NELSON as EMILY MALCOLM, SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX

54. “Now you’re going to watch your sister die.” -Steve Whelen

55. “Wish I’d gone to school more. I really liked it.” -Ruth Slater

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THE UNFORGIVABLE. SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

56. “Don’t you lay a finger on her.” -Ruth Slater

57. “I wonder all the time what she looks like, what she became.” -Ruth Slater

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THE UNFORGIVABLE (L-R): WILL PULLEN as STEVE WHELAN, SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

58. “What do you care? ‘Life goes on,’ right?” -Steve Whelen

59. “She plays the piano. She’s really good at it too. Katherine doesn’t know about you. She has memories.” -Emily Malcolm

AISLING FRANCIOSI as KATHERINE MALCOLM, RICHARD THOMAS as MICHAEL MALCOLM, LINDA EMOND as RACHEL MALCOLM, EMMA NELSON as EMILY MALCOLM, SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER.
THE UNFORGIVABLE (L-R): AISLING FRANCIOSI as KATHERINE MALCOLM, RICHARD THOMAS as MICHAEL MALCOLM, LINDA EMOND as RACHEL MALCOLM, EMMA NELSON as EMILY MALCOLM, SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

60. “It was my fault. I did it.” -Ruth Slater

61. “She was taken away from you because of your choices, you have to live with that.” -Liz Ingram

VIOLA DAVIS as LIZ INGRAM
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62. “I had to make a choice!” -Ruth Slater

63. “Look, please don’t talk to me about choices right now, okay?” -Ruth Slater

SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER
THE UNFORGIVABLE: SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

64. “Face it, you traumatized her. Do not even pretend this is about her!” -Liz Ingram

65. “Listen, no one forced you to kill that man, or lie your way into my house.” -Liz Ingram

VIOLA DAVIS as LIZ INGRAM the unforgivable
THE UNFORGIVABLE. VIOLA DAVIS as LIZ INGRAM. CR. COURTESY OF NETFLIX.

66. “You lost your opportunity. Lost it! John looks at you, and he sees someone who deserves a second chance. I don’t see that! I hear someone who’d say anything to get what she wants.” -Liz Ingram

67. “I’m sorry for everything that happened here. I went to prison for half my life, so I think I’ve more than paid for it. Okay?” -Ruth Slater

SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER
THE UNFORGIVABLE: SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

68. “You would do exactly the same thing for your kids! Exactly!” -Ruth Slater

69. “You were sent to prison! You have to take responsibility for that!” -Liz Ingram

VINCENT D'ONOFRIO as JOHN INGRAM, VIOLA DAVIS as LIZ INGRAM
THE UNFORGIVABLE (L-R): VINCENT D’ONOFRIO as JOHN INGRAM, VIOLA DAVIS as LIZ INGRAM. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

70. “Oh, no. Don’t go there. Don’t pretend this is about her.” -Liz Ingram

71. “I was protecting her!” -Ruth Slater

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THE UNFORGIVABLE: SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

72. “You don’t have to give me a speech.” -Ruth Slater

73. “I’m looking for Katie. She’s my little sister. I raised her.” -Ruth Slater

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THE UNFORGIVABLE: SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

74. “Next time don’t drag me through three bus transfers to tell me something I already know.” -Ruth Slater

75. “What would Katherine gain by meeting her now?” -Michael Malcolm

LINDA EMOND as RACHEL MALCOLM,  RICHARD THOMAS as MICHAEL MALCOLM, VINCENT D'ONOFRIO as JOHN INGRAM, SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER
THE UNFORGIVABLE (L-R): LINDA EMOND as RACHEL MALCOLM, RICHARD THOMAS as MICHAEL MALCOLM, VINCENT D’ONOFRIO as JOHN INGRAM, SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

76. “She killed somebody in cold blood.” -Liz Ingram

77. “She walks around like it never happened.” -Keith Whelen

78. “Don’t treat me like I don’t exist! Tell her about me!” -Ruth Slater

SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER
THE UNFORGIVABLE: SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

79. “Gentlemen, she’s my parolee.” -Vincent Cross

80. “Okay, you know what? I’m sorry for the lies.” -Ruth Slater

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THE UNFORGIVABLE: NELI KASTRINOS as YOUNG KATIE, SANDRA BULLOCK (PRODUCER) as RUTH SLATER. CR: KIMBERLEY FRENCH/NETFLIX © 2021

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