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The following line is from the movie The Bucket List.
Hallelujah brother .... and pass the mustardWhat does this refer to? I understand 'Hallelujah brother' but I don't understand the reference to 'pass the mustard'. If necessary, I will add the lines that lead up to this line.
Edward: It's indescribably beautiful. I love flying over the polar cap. Above the desolation.
Carter: The stars......it's really one of God's good ones.
Edward: So you think a being of some sort did all this?
Carter: You don't?
Edward: You mean, do I believe if I look up in the sky......and promise this or that......the Biggie will make all this go away? No.
Carter: Then 95 percent of the people on Earth are wrong?
Edward: If life has taught me anything......it's that 95 percent of the people
are always wrong.
Carter: It's called faith.
Edward: I honestly envy people who have faith. I just can't get my head around it.
Carter: Maybe your head's in the way.
Edward: Carter, we've all had hundreds of these discussions......and every one of them always hits the same wall. Is there a sugarplum fairy or not? And nobody has ever gotten over that wall.
Carter: So,what do you believe?
Edward: I resist all beliefs.
Carter: No big bang? Random universe?
Edward: We live. We die. And the wheels on the bus go round and round.
Carter: What if you're wrong?
Edward: I'd love to be wrong. If I'm wrong, I win.
Carter: I'm not sure it works that way.
Edward: Well, you're not claiming you know something I don't.
Carter: Mm-mm. I just have faith.
Edward: Hallelujah, brother... ...and pass the mustard.
Change of scene after this
I don't suppose they were eating, or preparing to eat, at the time?
Edward is an Existentialist. He lives his life and enjoys the things he sees, but he has decided that looking for 'answers' to Life's questions is pointless, so he just wants to sit back and eat his hotdog without thinking about where it came from. If you know anything about where hotdogs do come from, you'll think him a wise man!
He says "Hallelujah" to indicate he has no objection to others having religious beliefs, and then he adds, "Pass the mustard" to place his own philosophy (basically none) at the same level.
It's also a reference to a song- Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition. You can pray to God for protection from all kinds of dangers but, if someone is shooting at you, you'll want to have a gun (and ammunition) to shoot back, meaning that faith alone is not enough. "God helps those who help themselves", etc...
It's also possible that 'Hallelujah brother' is a reference to a hypocritical use of the expression by a confidence trickster in Cat Ballou. This trailer doesn't show it, but it shows the character (the drunk on a train about 20 seconds in).
PS (included later) http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi1522336025/
Last edited by BobK; 31-Oct-2011 at 16:16. Reason: Added PS