Knight of Cups

Synopsis: Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Terrence Malick
  3 wins & 8 nominations.
118 min

The Pilgrim's Progress.

From this World to That Which is to Come,

Delivered Under the Similitude of a Dream.

Wherein is Discovered,

The Manner of His Setting Out,

His Dangerous Journey

And Safe Arrival at the Desired Country.

As I walked through

the wilderness of this world,

I lighted on a certain place

where was a den

and I laid me down in that place to sleep.

And as I slept, I dreamed a dream.

I saw a man clothed with rags,

standing in a certain place with

his face from his own house

book in his hand,

and a great burden upon his back.

All those years...

living the life of someone...

I didn't even know.

Remember the story

I used to tell you when you were a boy...

about a young prince.

A knight,

sent by his father, the King of the East,

west into Egypt...

to find a pearl.

A pearl from the depths of the sea.

But when the prince arrived,

the people poured him a cup

that took away his memory.

He forgot he was the son of the king.

Forgot about the pearl...

and fell into a deep sleep.

The king didn't forget his son.

He continued to send word...



But the prince slept on.

You see the palm trees?

They tell you anything's possible.

You can be anything...

do anything...

start over.

You know?

I'm asking for your permission to make this

a dramatic scene for one second...

My son...

you are just like I am.

Can't figure your life out?

Can't put the pieces together?

Just like me.

A pilgrim on this earth.

A stranger.



of a man.

Where did I go wrong?

What you wanna talk about?

You have nice eyes.

Aren't I lucky.

Where do you live?

Why do ya wanna know?

I want to write you a letter.

What are you gonna say in your letter?

Maybe you better not say it.

Let's live

like nobody is ever done it before.


Once the soul

was perfect and had wings...


it could soar into heaven

where only creatures with wings can be.

But the soul lost its wings

and fell to Earth.

There it took an earthly body.

And now, while it lives in this body,

no outward sign of wings can be seen.

Yet the roots of its wings are still there.

And the nature of wings is to try to raise

the earthbound body

and soar with it into heaven.

When we see a beautiful woman, or a man...

the soul remembers the beauty

it used to know in heaven.

And wings begin to spout,

and that makes the soul want to fly,

but it cannot yet.

It is still too weak.

So the man keeps staring up

into the sky like a young bird.

He has lost

all interest in the world...

- Can I come over?

- We just left each other.

Are you alone?

Of course.

On my phone sheet, I got agent

writers up my ass trying to get this job.

I just want to sit next to you.

Teddy thinks

you're the guy for this.

That means the assignment

you didn't turn in, right,

you don't have to worry about it.

Here's what happens. That goes away.

- What are you wearing?

- A dress.

- What's it made of?

- How should I know?

Cotton, I guess.

We said there's no way you're gonna do it.

So what'd we do? Said, double your quote.

And he did it.

And that, Chuck signed off of that.

Teddy gets who he wants.

The biggest comedy star wants you.

Five years ago you came to me and

wanted to write big movies in Hollywood.

- I mean...

- Okay, I don't want to see.

Moments like this

don't come along, okay? This is it.

I see how you look at me.

You think I could make you crazy?

Crack you out of your shell?

Make you suffer?

I think you're weak.

You don't want love.

You want a love experience.

Am I bringing you back to life?

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Terrence Malick

Terrence Frederick Malick is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He began his career as part of the New Hollywood film-making wave with the critically acclaimed films Badlands and Days of Heaven, before a lengthy hiatus. more…

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