Starring Cyril Cusack as

The Captain

in Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451 is an adaptation of the novel of the same name, by Ray Bradbury. It is a tale of an oppressive future where books are blamed as the unsettling force that makes people discontent with their lot, and undermines the stability and smooth running of society. So the books have to be burned.
The Captain Cyril Cusack as The Captain in Fahrenheit 451: "Listen to me, Montag. Once to each fireman, at least once in his career, he just itches to know what these books are all about. He just aches to know. Isn't that so?" Guy Montag Oskar Werner as Montag in Fahrenheit 451: "Behind each of these books, there's a man. That's what interests me." Clarisse Julie Christie as Clarisse in Fahrenheit 451: "Is it true that a long time ago, firemen used to put out fires and not burn books?"
Movie
Fahrenheit 451
Year
1966
Character
The Captain
Actor
Cyril Cusack

The captain is in charge of the Fire Department and he takes care of the fire men under his command to make sure that they carry out their duties and do not succumb to the temptation to read the books they have to burn.

Fahrenheit 451 – The CaptainQuotes

The Captain: By the way, what does Montag do on his day off duty?

Guy Montag: Not much, sir, just mow the lawn.

The Captain: And what if the law forbids that?

Guy Montag: Just watch it grow, sir.

The Captain: Uh-huh. Good.

The Captain: Listen to me, Montag. Once to each fireman, at least once in his career, he just itches to know what these books are all about. He just aches to know. Isn’t that so?

The Captain: The books have nothing to say.

The Captain: These are all novels, all about people that never existed, the people that read them it makes them unhappy with their own lives. Makes them want to live in other ways they can never really be.

The Captain: You see, it’s… it’s no good, Montag. We’ve all got to be alike. The only way to be happy is for everyone to be made equal.

The Captain: Robinson Crusoe, the Negroes didn’t like that because of his man, Friday. And Nietzsche, Nietzsche, the Jews didn’t like Nietzsche. Here’s a book about lung cancer. You see, all the cigarette smokers got into a panic, so for everybody’s peace of mind, we burn it.

The Captain: Go on, Montag, all this philosophy, let’s get rid of it. It’s even worse than the novels. Thinkers and philosophers, all of them saying exactly the same thing: “Only I am right! The others are all idiots!”

The Captain: Come on now, madam. We’re going to burn the house.

Book Lady: No!

The Captain: What do you want, martyrdom?

Book Lady: I want to die as I’ve lived.

The Captain: You must have read that in there. Now, look, I’m not going to ask you again. Are you going?

Book Lady: These books were alive; they spoke to me!


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