Synopsis: Humbert Humbert forces a confrontation with a man, whose name he has just recently learned, in this man's home. The events that led to this standoff began four years earlier. Middle aged Humbert, a European, arrives in the United States where he has secured at job at Beardsley College in Beardsley, Ohio as a Professor of French Literature. Before he begins his post in the fall, he decides to spend the summer in the resort town of Ramsdale, New Hampshire. He is given the name of Charlotte Haze as someone who is renting a room in her home for the summer. He finds that Charlotte, widowed now for seven years, is a woman who puts on airs. Among the demonstration of those airs is throwing around the name of Clare Quilty, a television and stage script writer, who came to speak at her women's club meeting and who she implies is now a friend. Those airs also mask being lonely, especially as she is a sexually aggressive and liberated woman. Humbert considers Charlotte a proverbial "joke" but dec
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Stanley Kubrick
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
153 min


What, what?

Are you Quilty?

No, I'm Spartacus.

Have you come to free the slaves

or something?

Are you Quilty?

Yeah. I'm Quilty, yeah, sure.

Say, what you...

...what you putting your gloves on for?

Your hands cold or something?

Shall we have a little chat before we start?

Before we start?

All righty.

No, no, listen...

...let's have a game, a little lovely game

of Roman Ping-Pong... two civilized senators.

Roman ping...

You're supposed to say, "Roman pong. "

Okay, you serve. I don't mind.

I just don't mind.

Come on.

Bet you didn't know I had that.

Roman Ping-Pong.

Kind of tricky serve to handle, Captain?

Kind of tricky.

One of the champs taught me that.

My motto is:
"Be prepared. "

Say, you Jack Brewster? Are you?

You know who I am.

What's that? That's 3... 3-love.

I'm really winning,

you want to get a rally going there.

You know, I'm not accusing you, Captain,

but it's sort of absurd...

...the way people invade this house,

without even knocking.

...change service. I'll take the serve again,

if you don't mind.

I sort of like to have it up this end,

you know.

They use the telephone.

What's that? That must be...

I'm really winning here. I'm really winning.

I hope I don't get overcome with power.

That's about... 6-1 maybe...

...let's say 6-1, no 6-2,

I'll give you another point...

...6- 2, but I'm still winning.

You really don't remember me, do you?

Did you ever notice how the champs,

different champs, use their bats?

You know, some of them hold them

like this, and everything.

Do you recall a girl...

...called Dolores Haze?

I remember one guy didn't have a hand.

He had a bat instead of a hand.

He was really sort of wacky.



Yeah, yeah, I remember that name all right.

Maybe she made some telephone calls,

who cares?

Hey, you're a sort of bad loser, Captain.

I never found a guy who'd sort of

pull a gun on me when he lost a game.

Didn't anyone ever tell you...'s not really who wins,

it's how you play, like the champs.

Listen, I don't think I want

to play anymore. I wanna get a drink.

I'm just dying for a drink.

I'm just dying to have a drinkie.

You're dying anyway, Quilty.

All my friends always put their

smokies out in the drink.

It's so unsanitary.

Quilty, I want you to concentrate.

You're going to die.

Try to understand

what is happening to you.

You are either Australian...

...or a German refugee.

This is a gentile's house.

You'd better run along.

Think of what you did, Quilty,

and think of what is happening to you now.

That's a darling little gun you got there.

That's a darling little thing.

How much a guy like you want

for a darling little gun like that?

Read this.

What's this, the deeds of the ranch?

It's your death sentence.

Read it.

I can't read, mister.

I never did none of that there

book learning, you know.

Read it, Quilty.

"Because you took advantage of a sinner

"Because you took advantage...

"Because you took...

"Because you took advantage

of my disadvantage"

That's a dang...

...blasted, darn good poem you done there.

"When I stood Adam-naked... "


You should be ashamed of yourself,


"Before a federal law

and all its stinging stars. "

Tarnation! You old horn toad.

That's mighty pretty.

That's a pretty poem.

"Because you took advantage... "

It's getting a bit repetitious, isn't it?

"Because... " Here's another one:

"Because you cheated me

"Because you took her at an age...

- "... when young lads... "

- That's enough!

Say, what you took it away for, mister?

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Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков [vɫɐˈdʲimʲɪr nɐˈbokəf] ( listen), also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin; 22 April [O.S. 10 April] 1899 – 2 July 1977) was a Russian-American novelist, poet, translator and entomologist. His first nine novels were in Russian, but he achieved international prominence after he began writing English prose. Nabokov's Lolita (1955), his most noted novel in English, was ranked fourth in the list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels; Pale Fire (1962) was ranked 53rd on the same list, and his memoir, Speak, Memory (1951), was listed eighth on the publisher's list of the 20th century's greatest nonfiction. He was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction seven times. Nabokov was an expert lepidopterist and composer of chess problems. more…

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