v for vendetta quotes

"Remember, remember the 5th of November. The gunpowder, treason, and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot." -- V in 'V for Vendetta'

Alas, we are here, Nov. 5, and it is indeed Guy Fawkes Day / Night -- a full-fledged holiday in the U.K. Fawkes is known to today's movies fans as the face of a shadowy revolutionary character (played by Hugo Weaving) from the 2006 film starring Natalie Portman. The mask is of a real person: a British revolutionary from early 1600's who fought with the Spanish.

Fawkes -- distinctive in his look with the curly mustache and long face -- played a key role in 1605's Gunpowder Plot. He attempted to blow up the English Parliament building -- with the King and all the country's nobility inside -- as a statement against Protestant rule. The plot, which was seen as a response against poor treatment of English Catholics, fell through however. He was caught in the early morning hours of Nov. 5, 1605, and was tortured and executed Jan. 31, 1606.

Guy Fawkes Night has long been celebrated in the U.K. where people burn his likeness in effigy and light fireworks, as a day of national pride. Now, he is resuscitated as a 2000's movie anti-hero and Halloween mask.

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