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"In case I don't see ya: good afternoon, good evening, and good night."
— Truman's Catchphrase

"We've become bored with watching actors give us phony emotions. We're tired of pyrotechnics and special effects. While the world he inhabits is, in some respects, counterfeit, there's nothing fake about Truman himself. No scripts. No cue cards. It isn't always Shakespeare, but it's genuine. It's a life."
— Christof

"It's all true. It's all real. Nothing here is fake; nothing you see on the show is fake. It's merely controlled."
—Louis Coltrane, aka "Marlon"

Cristof: Truman. (Truman flinches.) You can speak. I can hear you.
Truman: ...Who are you?
Cristof: I am the creator of a television show that gives hope and joy and inspiration to millions.
Truman: ...Then who am I?
Cristof: You're the star.
Truman: (Nods thoughtfully.) ...Was nothing real?
Cristof: You were real. That's what made you so good to watch.
(Truman immediately turns to leave.)
Cristof: Listen to me, Truman! There's no more truth out there than there in the world I created for you. The same lies, the same deceit; but in my world, you have nothing to fear.
(Truman hesitates.)
Cristof: I know you better than you know yourself-
Truman: You never had a camera in my head!
Cristof: You're afraid. That's why you can't leave. It's okay, Truman: I understand. I have been watching you your whole life. I was watching when you were born. I was watching when you took your first steps. I watched you on your first day of school. Heh, the episode when you lost your first tooth! (Chuckles.) You can't leave, Truman. You belong here, with me.
Truman: (Long silence.)
Cristof: Talk to me. Say something. Well say something, goddammit! You're on television! You're live to the whole world!
(Long pause)
Truman: In case I don't see ya: good afternoon, good evening, and good night.

Security Guard 1: What else is on?
Security Guard 2: Yeah, let's see what else is on.
Security Guard 1: Where's the TV guide?
—Last lines of the film

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