Sentences from the movie:
from memory and from
Note: These may not be in
the correct chronological order.
1. Homer: [jumps into Roy Lee's car to go to football tryouts] Let's go,
Roy Lee! It's almost nine.
Roy Lee: You sure are in a hurry to get yourself
killed, huh, kid?
O'Dell: There are easier ways to commit suicide,
Homer: Would you just step on it, Roy Lee?
Roy Lee: [frustrated with his old car] I am
stepping on it.
2. Jim Hickam: [at football practice] Hey, Lenny; take it easy on my kid
brother, but make it look good, all right? [Then Homer is tackled hard.] I
thought I told you to take it easy on him!
Lenny: I did take it easy on him
Homer: [playing against Lenny] I'm gonna run
right over you, you son of a bitch! You hear me?
[Homer is tackled several times more]
Coach Gainer: [helping Homer up] Well, Homer,
you've sure got guts; but ya gotta [you’ve got to] know when to quit.
3. Homer: Why are the jocks the only ones who get to go to college?
Roy Lee: What burns my ass is that they're also
the only ones who get the girls.
4. John: [after a cave in] Come on. Come on, Jensen. Come on back.
Jensen: What happened?
Jake Mosby: Whole damn mountain about fell on
your head. And John here, he saved your life.
Homer [proudly]: That's my dad.
John [angry]: I want you out of this mine, and
don't you ever come back, you stupid son of a bitch. Didn't I tell you to
watch those pillars? Now we could’ve all been killed today, because you
didn't have the sense to look up!
Homer [ashamed]: That's my dad.
5. [A visiting coach gives Homer’s brother Jim a football scholarship;
then he tells Homer that if he studies hard he might get to go to college
Jim Hickam [sarcastically]: Yeah, on a science
fiction scholarship, maybe.
6. Jake Mosby: Buck up, Homer. You're a Coalwood boy! You get down there,
get that shovel in your hands, coal dust on your neck, feel just as
natural as a tick on a dog.
7. [Someone says that the government needs to pay more attention to
Russian activity in space, or ‘they’ll soon be dropping bombs on us from
Roy Lee: I don't know why they'd drop a bomb on
this place, be a heck of a waste of a bomb. …Let them have outer space. We
8. Quentin: What do you want to know about rockets?
Quentin: Well, actually, they were invented by
the Chinese ...
9. Homer: [gunshot in background] Hey Quentin! [another gunshot] That
rocket had to have gone up at least 100 feet didn't it?
Quentin: More like two hundred. [another gunshot]
Homer: [another gunshot] Will you cut it out, Roy
Roy Lee: Die you son of a bitch! [fires another
round into the grill of his broken down car]
Homer: Man, we should be trying to get into that
science fair instead of sitting around here like a bunch of hillbillies.
Roy Lee: Well, I got some real sad news for you
Homer. We are a bunch of hillbillies .
10. O'Dell: Besides, didn't your dad say no more rockets?
Homer: No, he said no more rockets on company
O'Dell: Do you realize how far we'd have to go to
be off company property?
Homer: Yeah, we'd have to go to Snakeroot.
Quentin: Snakeroot? That's eight miles!
Homer: It's not that far. I mean we could walk if
we had to...
O'Dell [sarcastically]: Hey! Walk! That's a great
Homer: Come on let's go!
Roy Lee: Wake the hell up, will you Homer? Now, I
got about as much chance of winning that science fair as you do winning a
football scholarship. I know I'm gonna be a miner. I've known my entire
life. What the hell's so bad about mining coal anyway?
Homer: Nothing Roy Lee. It's great. That's why
your step-daddy is the biggest drunk in West Virginia! I mean, come on
guys! You know the mine will kill you! [to Quentin] (Did) You ever hear
the story about how O'Dell's dad died?
Roy Lee: Homer. .. will you forget it, man?
O'Dell: Shut up Homer.
Homer: Piece of slate caught him right in the
neck ...and it cut his head clear off.
O'Dell: [tackles Homer] You son of a bitch!
11. O'Dell: (Tell us the) God's honest truth, Homer. What are the chances
... a bunch of kids from Coalwood ... actually winning the national
Homer: A million to one, O'Dell.
O'Dell: (The odds are) That good? Well, why
didn't you say so? Here, let me help you ...
12. Roy Lee: Are you sure we need this nozzle thing?
Quentin: Are you kidding? The nozzle is the most important part - it
directs the flow of the hot gases!
Roy Lee: Hey, cool it, Quentin! Man, talk about
your 'hot gases' ...
13. O'Dell: [after hearing train whistle coming towards wrecked track]
It’s…It's abandoned. Uh, look at the rust. Caretta number two shut down in
'51. [whistle blows again]
14. [Homer names his rocket “Auk”, which Quentin calls “a stroke of
Roy Lee: What's an auk?
O'Dell: It's a bird that don't fly.
Roy Lee: You mean like a parakeet?
15. O'Dell [sarcastically]: Gasoline? That's a
good idea. [Sarcastically, to himself, as if reading a newspaper headline]
“Four unidentifiable high school students lost their lives early this
morning when their toy rocket exploded.
(continued in other column)