Village of the Damned (1995) Poster

Christopher Reeve: Dr. Alan Chaffee



  • Dr. Alan Chaffee : [walks into the barn where the children are]  Another man is dead. Why do you hate us so much, Mara?

    Mara Chaffee : It isn't a matter of hate. It is a biological obligation.

    [short pause] 

    Mara Chaffee : You are thinking of what happened to the others. Then our actions shouldn't surprise you. We have to survive no matter what the cost; we are the only ones left now.

    Dr. Alan Chaffee : I don't see why we can't reach an understanding. Why can't we just live together?

    Mara Chaffee : If we coexist, we shall dominate you. That is inevitable. Eventually you will try to eliminate us. We are all creatures of the life force. Now it was set us at one another to see who will survive.

    Dr. Alan Chaffee : That's a cruel sport.

    Mara Chaffee : Life is cruelty. We all feed on each other, exploit each other in some way to survive.

    Dr. Alan Chaffee : [shakes his head]  I don't agree with you.

    [walks over to where Mara is sitting] 

    Dr. Alan Chaffee : I think that adaptation is the key to survival. Cooperation and symbiosis...

    [kneels by Mara's desk] 

    Dr. Alan Chaffee : and compassion.

    Mara Chaffee : Why do you think your own survival depends upon emotion from us? Shoul we pity you? Empathize with your plight?

    Dr. Alan Chaffee : [bangs his fist on Mara's desk] 


    Dr. Alan Chaffee : You should feel! You should feel something!

    [stands up] 

    Dr. Alan Chaffee : Without feelings, you're nothing. You're just second-rate mimics of a higher organism. That's right, higher organisms. We're your superiors in our capacity to love. Without compassion you're a doomed species.

    Mara Chaffee : Emotion is irrelevant. It is not our nature.

    Dr. Alan Chaffee : [looks back at David]  Well, I'm not so sure you're right about that, Mara.

  • Dr. Alan Chaffee : [Alan finds David in the cemetery, standing over his stillborn companion's tombstone - unknown to him, the grave is empty, as the baby's corpse was taken by Verner]  David...? What are you doing here?

    David McGowan : [solemn]  Looking for the baby...

    [Alan, shocked that David even knows of the baby's existence, walks over] 

    David McGowan : The one who was born with us. The one who died.

    Dr. Alan Chaffee : How do you know about that?

    [David shrugs his shoulders] 

    Dr. Alan Chaffee : The baby's not really here. She was taken away.

    David McGowan : Where?

    Dr. Alan Chaffee : I dunno... do you have a memory of the baby?... So, it bothers you? It hurts, it hurts to lose a loved one.

    David McGowan : She was to be with me...

    [gazes off into the distance] 

    David McGowan : we were to be together.

    Dr. Alan Chaffee : [grabs David's shoulders firmly]  How do you know that?

    [getting no answer, he walks away from David, towards Barbara's grave] 

    David McGowan : [surprised]  ... You've lost someone, too...

    [David walks forward and reads the name on Barara's tombstone. He reaces out silently and holds Alan's hand, and Alan realizes that David is the first of the blackout children to display emotion or grief] 

  • Mara Chaffee : Emotion is irrelevant, it is not our nature

    Dr. Alan Chaffee : I'm not sure you're right about that, Mara.

    Mara Chaffee : Still you are aware of the others so you must be in some basic sense aware of who... what we are.

  • Dr. Alan Chaffee : I can build a wall!

    [he passionately kisses Jill and then leaves, locking her in the schoolhouse] 

    Jill McGowan : ...No! No, not David! No, he's not one of 'em!

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