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Is it safe?

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dr. szell wants to know... is it?

Greatest scary Acting by Laurence.Period!!
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Hoffman's character actually has a 2nd "dental appointment" with the good doctor, a little later in the film that is even more harrowing than this.
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This put me off going to the dentist for years.
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This dentist seems to be a great professionnal...
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I was going to press the like button, but... Is it safe?
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Olivier is brilliant in this,its so terrifying, cause it seems so real, unlike Torture Porn!!Movies.
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When you find out what 'IT' refers to, it does seem like Schell was just being a sadist, since it's unlikely anyone would know enough about what he was up to to know how to respond to the question, or to know how to interpret exactly what context he used the question in even if they knew precisely what his plans were.  He should simply have substituted one word in the question and his meaning would have been clearer.
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I don't think I'll be seeing this guy for my future dental work.  Don't care much for his "bedside manner".... 
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Yes it's safe. It's the safest thing in the whole wide world to do. In fact, it's so safe it couldn't be any safer.
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Dental work or waterboarding, take your pick.
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I like it how everyone slams Obama for what is a REPUBLICAN health plan why we have now is actually McCain's idea (he ran on it) with an open market system. Is it any surprise that your insurance company's would drop you of they didn't need to provide you coverage because you can "shop" around. What Democrats wanted was a Single Payer aka PUBLIC OPTION which the Repukes just would simply not allow.
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Hmm, somehow  this film clip reminds me of obamacare.
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+tenshi7angel Let's all celebrate. Obama promised it would cut traffic in hospital emergency rooms by at least 50%. A recent study of hospitals in several regions/cities has shown an average increase of 130% traffic in emergency rooms over pre-obamacare levels. "You can keep your emergency rooms. Period" 
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This i what REAL acting is!! Olivier says the same line 7 time sin a row - and EVERY TIME the meaning/inflection/purpose is different. From playfulness to sheer terror.
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@johnnycheck99 Don't want to spoil the film, but he was talking about a key that could access something he holds very dear...refer back to the car accident at the beginning of the movie.
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@obsidiansnake91 Dustin's big bro was a government agent in the movie.He wants to see if Dustin knows anything about the stolen diamonds.
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@heynow2111 Well Bebe (DH) doesn't know about the object....he has no idea at all what Szell is talking about. So he really cannot say what 'IT' is. So the dialogue is correct..... Have never seen the movie...read the book in my preteens....still scares me..."Is it safe?" has stuck in my brain forever.
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From what I remember it doesn't mean anything. It is all part of the torture.
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I never watched the entire movie, but I remember this scene from when I was a kid when my parents were watching it and it kind of freaked me out!
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Richard Bright made a great "heavy."
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havent seen this movie..why does he keep asking him that?
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I saw the Gremlins 2 parody of this first
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LOL. Dang it Clerks! You made me think about you when watching this scene! XD
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why did the sound cut off right at the good part?
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He does look an awful lot like Dick Cheney...
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Please don't unleash your stupid on the world again.
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I'm sorry... could you please repeat the question?
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It was like he really hurt him didn't it! OUCH!!!!
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Hes talking about going on PSN again
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One of the most horrific senes ever filmed ! Great film though !
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Just when you thought you were safe, something causes you to think you are no longer in danger.
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@mashakos If u plan to see the movie I don't want to spoil it. But basically he's a paranoid nazi.
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What's the answer to this question ? What did Szell expect to hear ?
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it safe under the blankets were the monsters cant get you
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One of the best exemplars of true acting there is. Olivier is brilliant - reading the same line 7 time sin a row - and each reading conveys a different meaning and level of menace.
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So this is why the English still do not go to the Dentist.
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It's important to avoid old Nazi dentists
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Deniro, Hopkins, and Hoffman are the 3 best actors ever!
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Zell`s face reminds me of my maths teacher in the late sixties. Hes had a face like granite with a heart to match, He once dragged my friend by his hair to the front classroom and gave him six viscious srokes of the cane.just for talking to me. The teacher is now dead, I hope he`s rotting in hell
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this makes me not want to go to my dentist appointment tomorrow
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This is not unlike many visits I had to the dentist in the 1970s.
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I don't get this scene. How come he wants to know if it's safe. And is what safe?
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the sound died 1/2 way through...lame..but i love this flick.
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Okay, do you know the name of the clinic and the date? You could contact the owner of the blog "Dentist the Menace" - she started the blog to expose those kinds of dentists
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last place i worked had bars on the window - oooo filling?? err no thanks
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I haven't seen this movie... What is it about..?
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Dr Mengele with a dentist drill.....
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Who employed him? A "small cavity" would only need a simple filling, not an all out root canal
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How different is the movie from the book?
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I can't remember, but did this question ever really mean anything in the movie. Or was it just a cruel form of mental torture.
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jesus after that scene even the sound ran away...
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@woodenedd What kind of dentist is that? The Hades without humor?
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It puts the lotion on it's skin and puts it in the basket.
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@Roberthenryii Dude, Al Pacino and Clint Eastwood?? Jack Nicholson? You really can't number them! You forgot Bogart. Don't do this!! :P
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My dentist asks me "Is it safe" everytime I get in the chair and we always laugh about it. This is a fantastic movie. Very chilling.
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Dustin Hoffman plays a baseball umpire in the movie, that ruled a player safe at home, that decided a big game, and a group of angry fans kidnapped him, and are torturing him to admit his bad call.to blackmail him.
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Szell was involved in diamond smuggling and he thought that Dustin Hoffman was working against him (really, he was clueless). He wanted to know if it was safe to retrieve the diamonds or if the cops had been tipped off and would be waiting for him.
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I think he want's to know if it's safe...
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My dentist does this before he looks at my teeth. He's a fan of the movie and was actually happy that I knew the movie and didn't think it was from CLERKS when he did it.
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this scene made my mom afraid to go to the dentist :D
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1:36. Dick Cheney. Enough said.
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Why turn the volume off after Hofman start screaming? Jeez.
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As someone who suffered a broken tooth a few weeks back, this scene holds a lot more power with me now.
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I JUST WANT SOME SMOKES! I JUST WANT SOME SMOKES!
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Dick Cheney would say this is dental work not torture.
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@StereoCherry Diamonds stolen from Jews during the holocaust. Zell risks his anonymity in Brazil and goes to New York to get his diamonds. The end of this movie is a classic as well as the dentist scene. I won't give the ending away, but just say the German word, "ESSEN"
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Nazi's are not very nice people are they? Once a Nazi always a Nazi.!....his "assitant is in ALL the GODFATHER movies btw
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Ive never even seen this film and it still scares the crap out of me. That nazi guy is utterly insane. Laurence Olivier's acting is so brilliant though. He is amazing in everything he does, makes a change from seeing things like Rebecca. Dustin hoffman is amazing too.
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@morkelsamuel i dont mean that creepy old nazi dentist im talkin about dustin his role in hook alone gets him on my list.
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Garbage video---sound cuts out at the end & this (minus the aforementioned sound issue) is the best video on YT of this scene.
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Moral of the story - Never get dental work by a Nazi.
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I asked my dentist last time who happens to be German. “Is it safe” and he replied “it is safe” LOL It’s the Gremlin dentist you have to be more worried about, in Gremlins2 LOL
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@obsidiansnake91 Because he's a nazi war criminal, and he has stolen diamonds. And the guy's (Hoffmann) brother was a secret agent who wanted to catch him, but the doctor killed him. And the doctor thinks, his brother told something about him. Anyway, look at the movie sometime. It's a very good film.
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