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The Fast & The Furious (2001): The 10 Best Quotes

More than 20 years since it hit theaters, The Fast & The Furious is still held in high regard by franchise fans. The movie had a fairly simple plot, with Dom and his crew only focusing on racing and stealing DVD players, compared to the current installments that have veered off into espionage territory.

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Apart from the colorful cars and expert drifting, another thing that makes the Rob Cohen project such a memorable installment, is the dialogue. Even the minor characters have a cool line or two. But which quotes truly stand out in the movie? A few can be singled out as not only superior in the movie but in the franchise as a whole.

When Dom Learns Brian Has Fallen For Mia:
“You Break Her Heart, I’ll Break Your Neck.”
Dom warns Brian to not break Mia's heart in The Fast And The Furious (2001)

Brian and Mia have one of the best relationships in the Fast & Furious franchise and their romance blossoms in the first movie. Brian falls for Mia as soon as he befriends Dom and when Dom notices, he issues him a warning.

There’s no doubt that Dom means what he says because, at that particular moment, Mia is the only blood relative he has. His relationship with her has always been a deep one too. She supports him and tries her best to be part of the life he has chosen, even though she is generally laid-back. In future installments, she is seen revealing her secrets to Dom before she does to Brian.

When Letty Spots Two Women Trying To Flirt With Dom:
“Why Don’t You Girls Pack It Up Before I Leave Tread Marks On Your Face?”
Letty warns girls to stay away from Dom in Fast and Furious (2001) - I Smell Skanks Scene

In the early stages of the movie, Letty arrives at a nighttime racing event and spots two women flirting with Dom. Without hesitating, she lets them know that it would be in their best interest to walk away.

Dom is just as impressed as the viewers when he sees Letty warning them off since he understands that she is doing it out of love. She isn’t just making an empty threat either. She can kick a** when she wants to. In every movie she has appeared in, Letty has continued to establish herself as one of the best Fast & Furious fighters.

When Brian Professes His Love To Mia:
“The Only Thing That Pulled Me In Is You, Being Friends With Your Brother Is Just A Bonus.”
MIa flirts with Brian in The Fast And The Furious (2001)

While alone with Brian, Mia goes on to praise Dom, claiming that everyone is always pulled to him. Brian disagrees, arguing that it isn’t Dom that attracted him to the crew but her.

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Brian isn’t being truthful because what actually pulled him in is his desire to take down the crew. But as for what made him change his mind, that’s his love for Mia. If she wasn’t in the picture, he probably would have gone ahead and finished the job instead of warning Mia that the police were after Dom.

When Dom Explains To Brian How He Stays Happy And Focused:
“I Live My Life A Quarter-Mile At A Time. Nothing Else Matters… Not The Mortgage, Not The Store.”
Dom explains hiss life policies to Brian in The Fast & The Furious (2001)

Dom has a heart-to-heart conversation with Brian in the garage where he explains his life principles. He states that driving is all that matters to him. With every quarter mile he covers on the road, he forgets all his problems.

Dom does indeed have plenty of tribulations to deal with. He is short on cash, and that’s why he keeps conducting heists on trucks. Additionally, he has plenty of enemies, chief among them, Johnny Tran. However, all that doesn’t bother him. So long as he is able to step on the gas each day, he is happy. It’s such a philosophy that makes him one of the best movie drivers of all time.

When Agent Bilkins Refuses To Give Brian More Time:
“If You Want Time, Buy The Magazine.”
Bilkins orders Brian to hurry up with the investigation in The Fast & The Furious (2001)

The FBI’s Agent Bilkins soon starts pestering Brian for taking too long to take down the Toretto crew. Brian insists he needs time but Bilkins sarcastically advises him to buy Time Magazine if he needs time.

It’s a cheesy joke but one that still works. Bilkins is right to pester Brian because the sooner the job gets done, the better it will be for everyone. A part of him also suspects that Brian is stalling. Since he has fallen in love with Mia, he is having doubts about participating in the arrest of Dom and his crew.

When Jesse Says Grace:
“Spirit. Thank You. Thank You For Providing Us With Direct-Port Nitrous Injection And Four-Core Intercoolers. Thank You.”
Jesse prays for dinner in Fast and Furious (2001)

As the crew is about to have a meal, Jesse rushes to grab a piece of chicken so Dom asks him to say grace first. Instead of praying for the meal, Jesse thanks ‘Spirit’ for the cool cars they have.

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Prayers shouldn’t qualify as jokes but Jesse’s words have everyone laughing. Throughout the movie, it’s hinted that knowledge only lies in cars and computers. When tasked with doing anything else, he fumbles. He is undoubtedly the first version of Tej. Sadly, he gets killed at the end of the movie.

When Dom Checks Brian’s Fake License:
“Brian Earl Spilner? Sounds Like A Serial Killer Name. Is That What You Are?”
Dom makes fun of Brian's name in The Fast & The Furious (2001)

The first-ever conversation Dom has with Brian happens when he stops a fight between the undercover cop and Vince. Dom checks his license to see who he really is and when he reads his name, he goes on to throw shade at him.

Obviously, Brian’s superiors didn’t give him the best sounding undercover name but it works because Dom dismisses him as nothing but a troublemaker. It isn’t until Brian has gotten way too deep into the crew that everyone discovers he is a law enforcement officer. Luckily, they still come to an understanding.

When Letty Tells Off A Racer Trying To Flirt With Her:
“You Want A Piece Of A**, Go To Hollywood Boulevard. You Want An Adrenaline Rush, That’ll Be Two Large.”
Letty threatens a fellow race in Fast & Furious (2001)

A random racer tries to hit on Letty during the Race Wars event but she shuts him down. She advises him to either look for someone on Hollywood Boulevard if he’s interested in something other than placing a bet with her.

Letty is justified in shutting down the race because he makes it clear that he only wants to sleep with her. Flirting with other men is something she’d never consider either since the only person she has ever cared about is Dom. Her remarks also highlight her confidence in her racing abilities. When the man places a bet, Letty goes on to win easily.

When Brian Checks Out An Expensive Apartment With Sgt. Tanner:
“Even The Cops In Hollywood Are Hollywood.”
Brian is amused at Sgt. Tanner's knowledge about Hollywood in The Fast & The Furious (2001)

As Sgt. Tanner is showing Brian a new apartment, he explains to him that it was built by singer and actor Eddie Fisher in the ’50s for his spouse Elizabeth Taylor. Brian is impressed by how much LA lawmen know about Hollywood.

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Sgt. Tanner’s short monologue about Eddie Fisher is indeed a cool brief history lesson that serves as a welcome break from the constant adrenaline rush of the movie. Since  Sgt. Tanner is an elderly police officer, it isn’t so weird for him to know so much about what happened in his jurisdiction back in the day.

When Edwin Explains What Being A True Racer Really Means:
“It’s Not How You Stand By Your Car, It’s How You Race Your Car.”
Edwin gives Brian some advice in The Fast And The Furious

When Brian decides to participate in the races for the first time Edwin notices how he is just standing by his car. He, therefore, offers him a piece of advice.

Musicians turned actors, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, have made their mark in the franchise as Roman and Tej but before them, there was Ja Rule, who played Edwin. The racer is shown to be extremely confident in his abilities, which explains why he feels qualified to offer Brian advice. Interestingly, he ends up losing his own race.

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Fast & Furious 11 Needs Hobbs Vs. Dom (To End The Rock & Vin Diesel’s Feud)


Fast and Furious 11 needs to feature an epic fight between The Rock and Vin Diesel to resolve the real-life feud and bring closure to their characters’ relationship. The clash between Dom and Hobbs in Fast Five was a game-changer, and revisiting that epic confrontation in Fast 11 would elevate the action and add nostalgia. A showdown between Dom and Hobbs in Fast 11 could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation, reaffirming the underlying themes of family and unity in the franchise.

Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has returned to the Fast Saga, Fast and Furious 11 needs to include an epic fight between Johnson and Vin Diesel. In the high-octane world of the Fast and Furious franchise, the thrill of fast cars and heart-stopping action has always been amplified by the magnetic on-screen chemistry between its stars. However, a real-life feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel has been brewing since 2016. Director Louis Leterrier achieved the impossible by bringing The Rock back into the fold. Now, he must find a way to reunite Luke Hobbs and Dominic Toretto on-screen.

Ever since Fate of the Furious, the void left by The Rock’s absence has grown more conspicuous. The actor’s feud with Vin Diesel has cast a shadow over the franchise, making it increasingly difficult for the writers and directors to craft a cohesive narrative. As Fast Saga fans await the next installment, all eyes are on Leterrier to weave a compelling story that not only showcases jaw-dropping action but also offers a chance for Hobbs and Dom to partake in an epic showdown.

Hobbs & Dom Fighting In Fast & Furious 11 Would Bring Their Arc Full Circle
Vin Diesel's Dom confronts Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Fast X and Fast and Furious 11 act as sequels to Fast Five in many ways, so it makes perfect sense for the upcoming installment to build on the fight scene between Dom and Hobbs from Fast Five. The clash between the two powerhouse characters left an indelible mark on fans. Revisiting that epic confrontation could elevate the adrenaline-fueled action and add a layer of nostalgia to Fast and Furious 11. Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a change of heart and returned to the Fast Saga, the anticipation for a rematch between his and Vin Diesel’s characters has reached a fever pitch.

Dom and Hobbs’ showdown in Fast Five was a game-changer for the franchise, propelling it to new heights with its intensity and raw energy. Given the unresolved tension between the two stars in real life, a meticulously crafted fight scene in Fast 11 has the potential to invigorate the climax of the series and provide a cathartic experience for the actors and fans alike. As Fast 11 may be the final chapter in the Fast and Furious universe, all eyes are on this anticipated clash. Hopefully, a brotherly fight will be the defining moment that brings harmony back to the Fast Saga family.

The Rock & Vin Diesel Can Put Their Feud To Rest On Screen
Hobbs holding on to Dom in Fast and Furious 5

Vin Diesel and The Rock’s personal history adds a layer of complexity to any potential fight between their characters in Fast and Furious 11. Given their real-life feud, it’s unlikely either actor would be portrayed as the clear winner or loser. Moreover, from a storytelling perspective, it would be counterproductive to have Dom excessively harm or kill Hobbs or vice versa. However, as the series approaches its potential end, a showdown between Dom and Hobbs could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation. After all, throughout the Fast and Furious films, audiences have witnessed a recurring pattern of men engaging in physical conflicts before eventually forming unbreakable bonds.

For instance, Fast and Furious sees Dom and Brian’s tumultuous relationship evolve into a deep brotherly connection after a series of knock-down, drag-out fights. This same sort of understanding between Dom and Hobbs would reaffirm the underlying themes of reconciliation and family that have contributed to the franchise’s enduring popularity. By embracing the notion that they are, in a sense, brothers, Dom and Hobbs could mend their on-screen relationship and deliver a broader message of unity. This would ultimately give fans a satisfying conclusion to their relationship in Fast and Furious 11.

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Vin Diesel Posts Paul Walker Tribute On 10th Anniversary Of His Death


Vin Diesel shares a touching tribute to Paul Walker 10 years after the actor’s tragic death on November 30, 2013. Diesel expresses that “more smiles manage to break through the tears” as years pass because he knows his bond with Walker will be stronger than ever when they eventually reunite. Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, remains alive in the world of Fast and Furious, and Diesel has previously teased that the franchise won’t end without a proper farewell to Brian and Walker.

Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel takes to social media to share a touching tribute to Paul Walker, 10 years after the actor’s death. First released in 2001, the debut installment in the long-running Fast and Furious franchise introduces Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Walker as Brian O’Connor. Both characters would return for a number of sequels, but Walker tragically passed away on November 30, 2013, during the production of Furious 7.

Now, on the 10th anniversary of Walker’s passing, Diesel has shared a touching tribute post on Instagram to honor his late Fast and Furious costar. Check out the actor’s emotional post below:

Accompanying an image of Walker with one of his daughters, Diesel reminisces about an important lesson learned from the late actor and how his legacy still lives on today. Diesel’s full caption is included below:

I was listening to a song this morning…‘That Lucky Old Sun’… thought of you, racing around Heaven all day. Hahaha…
The family of the Mourning, feels like it has grown since a decade ago… feel’s like that experience of losing someone is far too common today. Leaving more and more of us in search for meaning, trying to make sense of this complex existence…
Oh, I have finally understood what you use to do with the phone, “phone Fasting”… you had the insight to turn off your phone for long stretches of time. I started this year to do just that. You used to say, Vin and I can go years without talking, and our brotherhood will always be stronger than we left it, the ones who truly love you will always be there.
Amen to that.
This is one of my favorite images ever taken… You knew how proud I was when my daughter, the Alpha Angel, your niece would play the piano… well last night she was playing Moonlight Sonata… it took me back to the night before she was born. Me and you were working late… you were telling me that the best moment in life would be witnessing my child being born. That priceless smile you had when I told you the next day that I had cut the umbilical cord…
The next song she started playing on the piano is by an artist you would have loved, named Billie Eilish, ‘What was I made for’… when she started to play, the other angels all came and joined her at the piano and they started singing… wow…emotions… angels, I know you were listening.
After ten years… I know these days of beautiful remembrance will be filled with tears. But as time rolls on, with each year that passes… more smiles manage to break through the tears. Cause I know, when I see you again… our brotherhood will be stronger than we left it.
Miss you.

Will Brian Be Seen Again In Fast & Furious?
Furious 7 Reveals How Paul Walker’s Character Can Return
CGI Paul Walker in Furious 7.

Walker’s death in November 2013 came with a great deal of sadness, but it also created problems for the Furious 7 production, which was about halfway done. It was ultimately decided that Walker’s remaining scenes would be completed with a digital recreation of the actor, with his two brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker, serving as body doubles. Although Walker may have passed away, Brian remains alive and well within the world of the films, though he has not been seen in the flesh since Furious 7’s emotional ending.

The closet audiences have come to seeing Brian again (outside of the flashbacks featured in Fast X) is at the end of F9: The Fast Saga, when the character’s iconic Nissan Skyline pulls up at Dom’s house. This summer’s Fast X supposedly sets up the conclusion of the franchise in an 11th and potentially 12th installment (in addition to the announced Dwayne Johnson Luke Hobbs spinoff movie), and it’s very likely that the final movie will see Brian return in some capacity.

Diesel has also essentially teased as much, telling Total Film (via GamesRadar) earlier this year: “I couldn’t imagine this saga ending without truly saying goodbye to Brian O’Conner.” It’s unclear if this will mean a substantial digital recreation of the actor for extended portions of the film or a quick cameo at the very end, but it seems like audiences haven’t seen the last of Brian just yet. Even in death, Walker remains a key pillar of Fast and Furious, and it’s fitting that the final film will feature another heartfelt goodbye to further honor the late actor.

Source: Vin Diesel/ Instagram

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster

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All 4 Fast & Furious Heroes Who Stayed Dead (& Which One Is Most Likely To Return)


Fast & Furious franchise is known for bringing back dead characters, but there are a few heroes who have remained dead. Jack Toretto, Dom’s father, died in a racing accident and his death should not be undone in the franchise. Jesse, a member of Dom’s crew, was killed in a drive-by shooting, while Vince was killed during an ambush. Elena, Dom’s love interest, was killed by the villain Cipher.

The Fast & Furious franchise has brought many characters back from the dead, but a handful of its heroes have remained killed off after their demise. The Fast Saga has taken its characters on a wild ride from street racing to the most outlandish adventures possible. The running theme of the Fast & Furious franchise has long been family, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) building quite a large family indeed over the course of the Fast Saga’s run.

On top of its embrace of ridiculous, superhuman feats as a staple of its action scenes, the Fast & Furious movies are also well known for bringing back seemingly dead characters for more missions. The returns of Sung Kang’s Han in F9 and Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar in Fast X would be especially noteworthy in emphasizing the notion that no Fast & Furious death is irreversible. However, that is not entirely true, as there have been a few Fast & Furious heroes who have died and never come back.

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4 Jack Toretto
An image of Jack Toretto driving a car in F9

Jack Toretto (J.D. Pardo) is the father of Dom, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Jakob Toretto (John Cena), and is first seen in a flashback to 1989 in F9. Jack is a highly skilled race car driver who instilled that talent in his children, with Dom and Jakob being part of his racing pit crew. However, Jack’s racing career took a tragic turn when his car malfunctioned and crashed, killing him. Dom later beat his father’s racing opponent, Kenny Linder (Jim Parrack), almost to death with a wrench, believing him responsible for his father’s demise.

This tragedy also led to Dom and Jakob falling out, with Dom later coming to believe that Jakob set up their father’s death since he was the last one to work on his car. However, Jack was intentionally attempting to throw the race in order to get his family out of debt. He had asked Jakob to help tinker with his car so that it would fail, with Jack’s death being unintentional on both their parts. While his return has been theorized by fans, of all the characters killed off in Fast & Furious, Jack Toretto’s death should never be retconned.

3 Jesse
Jesse in The Fast and the Furious pic

One of the early members of Dom’s family in the original The Fast and the Furious, Jesse (Chad Lindberg) was the brains of Dom’s crew in his enterprise of stealing DVD players. Jesse went on the run after losing a street race to Dom’s rival, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), having bet his MK3 Volkswagen Jetta in the race. Jesse was later killed outside of Dom’s house when Johnny Tran and his associate Lance Nguyen (Reggie Lee) arrived and performed a drive-by shooting. Dom and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) then chased down Johnny Tran and Lance Nguyen to avenge their fallen friend.

2 Vince
fast and furious 5 vince

Vince (Matt Schulze) was another member of Dom’s crew in The Fast & the Furious, and he was badly injured during a truck heist in that first movie. After his recovery, Vince fled to Rio de Janeiro where he later reunited with Dom and family in Fast Five. Despite Vince having settled down with a wife and a baby son, he agreed to join Dom’s daring heist of Rio’s most feared crime boss Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). Unfortunately, Vince was killed during an ambush by Reyes’s team. After successfully pulling off the heist, Dom left Vince’s intended share of the money with his wife and son.

1 Elena
Elena Neves walks with her gun drawn by a car

Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) worked alongside Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in apprehending Dom and his crew in Fast Five. She and Dom gradually developed feelings for each other, however, and departed for Spain with Dom at the end of the movie. After Dom learned that his wife Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) was still alive despite her apparent death in Fast & Furious, Dom and Elena had an amicable split, only for it to later be revealed that Elena is the mother of Dom’s son in The Fate of the Furious.

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After Elena was killed by the villainous Cipher (Charlize Theron), Dom and Letty raised the boy together, with the two naming him Brian after Brian O’Conner. Meanwhile, Dom later met Elena’s sister Isabel (Daniela Melchior), who joined Dom’s crew in Fast X. While Elena remains deceased as of Fast X, the arrival of her sister Isabel and Fast & Furious’s habit of not truly killing off characters makes her the most likely thought-to-be-dead hero to potentially return as the franchise speeds towards its finale.

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