No Country for Old Men (2007) Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Kelly Macdonald as Carla Jean Moss and Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh (not pictured)

Carla Jean: You got no cause to hurt me.
Chigurh: No, but I gave my word.
Carla Jean: You gave your word?
Chighurh: To your husband.
Carla Jean: That don’t make sense. You gave your word to my husband to kill me?
Chighurh: Your husband had the opportunity to save you. Instead he used you to try to save himself.
Carla Jean (shaking her head): Not like that. Not like you say… You don’t have to do this.
Chigurh: People always say the same thing.
Carla Jean: What do they say?
Chigurh: They say, “You don’t have to do this.”
Carla Jean: You don’t.
Chigurh: Okay. (flips coin) This is the best I can do. Call it.
Carla Jean: I knowed you was crazy when I saw you sitting there. I knowed exactly what was in store for me.
Chigurh: Call it.
Carla Jean: No. I ain’t gonna call it.
Chigurh: Call it.
Carla Jean: The coin don’t have no say. It’s just you.
Chigurh: Well, I got here the same way the coin did.

8 Responses to “No Country for Old Men (2007)”

  1. Some guy out west, named Craig Kennedy liked this film just a bit as I recall. I believe he hails from the City of Angels. Know the guy?

  2. I love this scene so much.

  3. Time for me to watch this one again.

  4. Sam, never heard of him, but he clear has stupendous taste!

    I love this scene too Alison. The funny thing is as I was watching it again for the millionth time, every other line or scene was quotable in one way or another. I picked this one because I think Carla Jean deserves much more attention. Her quiet, almost anticlimactic death really gives the film an emotional punch and a depth it might otherwise lack. Plus, this scene pays off Chigurh’s earlier scene with the man at the gas station. Deep down you already know what will happen if the person calls the coin flip wrong, but here it finally happens (albeit off screen).

    Of all the deaths in the movie, Carla Jean’s to me is the saddest because it’s the most senseless. He really doesn’t have to kill her like she says, but he does it simply because he’s a man of his word.

    Jeanine, it’s PAST time!! Get to it.

  5. It is indeed a very great scene, one of the film’s most psychologically terrifying moments, and yes I completely agree it pays off the earlier gas station segment.

  6. Carla Jean: You got no cause to love me.
    Craig: Yes I do.
    Carla Jean: You do?
    Craig: More than your husband.
    Carla Jean: That don’t make sense. How could you love me more than him?
    Craig: Your husband had the opportunity to save you. Instead he used you to try to save himself. What kind of fool would risk losing you? And for what? Money, hubris?

  7. I would totally pull that move on Kelly Macdonald. I’ve had a huge crush on her since Trainspotting.

    I just wish HBO didn’t make it so hard for me to illegally watch Boardwalk Empire!

  8. For my money, this bit of dialogue is the most moving in the whole film. In her own way, she is making so much sense. Yet, she’s helplessly trying to reason someone who is just completely irrational. I also like the way Chigurh looking at his shoe when he’s leaving is the only indication as to what actually happened. Very sad and compelling…

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