Elizabeth: I only want to speak with Annie.
John Reilly [cocks gun]: You ain't on Fifth Avenue now.

John Reilly: Did the man who killed Kate violate her?
Corcoran: The doctor said she died a virgin.
John Reilly: Then the almighty is merciful.
Corcoran: The Almighty could'a showed Kate a touch more mercy.

Mary had a little lamb she kept it on a barge. When she took it's bloomers off it's woolly dick got large.


Oh I hate all right, but not in general. My hate is as specific as my affections. And you, Matthew, need only look at the woman in your bed to know the Irish hold no patent on a burning heart.


Corcoran: Wait, so you're saying a negro did kill O'Connor.
Freeman: Yes, but as usual, you people just grab any negro.

Elizabeth Haverford: Tell me about Kevin Corcoran. Is he prone to violence?
Det. Maguire: Yes, but he has an inherent nobility inside him.

Father doesn't want to eradicate the immigrants. He just wants them to move to Hoboken.

Robert Morehouse

Corcoran: Who did you make it for?
Craftsman: I'm not at liberty to say.
Corcoran: This is a police investigation, sir.
Craftsman: My clientele is of the highest order.
Corcoran [unholstering his gun]: You can talk, or you can pray.

Corcoran: I'm no critic.
Elizabeth: You're no gentleman, either. When you arrived earlier, you didn't take my hand, and kiss it.

Corcoran: Annie's in real danger.
Sister Agnes Clare: Well you're a copper, shield her from the danger.
Corcoran [exasperated]: I'm trying.

The war will be over soon, and the world will be full of bright promises, and New York will lead the way. But promises are full of danger, more danger than we faced at Gettysburg.

Robert Morehouse [to Corcoran]

Embarrassing you was not my intention. It's just the way I smell.


Copper Quotes

Look around you, Corky. Since the riots, my people have been moving out of Five Points. My wife, her brothers were hung by the neck from those two lampposts.


Morehouse: Corcoran cut off my leg and saved my life.
Corcoran: Luck of the Irish.
Morehouse: Don't be so modest, Corky. He saved my life and got himself a detective's badge.