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Starring: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Chris Messina, Marlon Wayans, Chris Tucker, Viola Davis, Matthew Maher, Tom Papa, Jay Mohr, Julius Tennon
Amazon Prime Video bio-comedy drama directed by Ben Affleck. Air (2023) centers on Sonny Vaccaro (Matt Damon), a sports marketing executive at Nike, and Nike co-founder Phil Knight (Ben Affleck), as they pursue with then-rising NBA star Michael Jordan, in order to sign a deal with him to wear their shoes, and in doing so creating a partnership that revolutionizes the world of sports and contemporary culture.
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Rob Strasser: 1984 has been a tough year. Our sales are down. Our growth is down.
Phil Knight: Sonny, I brought you in here to grow the basketball business.
Howard White: People don’t know what the hell a Nike is.
Sonny Vaccaro: What’s a Converse?
Howard White: NBA All-Star shoe.
George Raveling: There’s nothing cool about Nike.
Rob Strasser: You would have to have a pretty compelling pitch.
Sonny Vaccaro: I can tell them the one thing the other companies can’t compete with. Our basketball division is terrible.
Rob Strasser: I do not love it.
Rob Strasser: This is where you come up with a brilliant idea that no one else can see. Let’s hear it.
Sonny Vaccaro: I got it!
Sonny Vaccaro: I found him.
Rob Strasser: Who’s that, Jesus? Can’t afford him.
Rob Strasser: We can’t get Michael Jordan.
Sonny Vaccaro: I’m thinking of reaching out to the parents.
George Raveling: You talk directly to the family, you’re going to lose your job.
Rob Strasser: Hey, where the hell are you?
Sonny Vaccaro: North Carolina.
Rob Strasser: Goddamit, Sonny! What happened to a phone call?
Sonny Vaccaro: I’m calling you now. I’m in the car. The rental car has a phone in it.
Rob Strasser: Not me. The parents.
Sonny Vaccaro: It would have been unprofessional for me to just call them up.
Rob Strasser: Right. So you just thought you’d show up at their front door.
Sonny Vaccaro: Look, if anybody back there asks where I am, just tell them I’m sick.
Rob Strasser: You got it. Sick in the head.
Sonny Vaccaro: My name’s Sonny Vaccaro. I’m with Nike.
Deloris Jordan: Do you typically make it a habit of showing up at people’s front doors unannounced?
Sonny Vaccaro: I was told not to call. I don’t like to take no for an answer.
James Jordan: Oh, man. Here we go.
Deloris Jordan: You have our attention.
Deloris Jordan: Why should I ask you?
Sonny Vaccaro: Ask my why I’m in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Deloris Jordan: Why are you in Wilmington, North Carolina?
Sonny Vaccaro: Because I believe in your son. I believe he’s different. And I believe you might be the only person on Earth who knows it. That’s why I’m in North Carolina.
Deloris Jordan: Well, Mr. Vaccaro, thank you for coming.
Sonny Vaccaro: I’m willing to bet my career on Michael Jordan.
Phil Knight: Oh, come on, man.
Sonny Vaccaro: [to Knight] You asked me what I do here. This is what I do. I find you players, and I f***ing feel it this time. Yeah. Okay, it’s risky. When you were selling sneakers out of the back of your Plymouth, that was risky. It took balls. I mean, that’s why we’re all here. Don’t change that now.
Sonny Vaccaro: I mean, if you look at him, if you really look at Jordan, like I did, you’re going to see exactly what I see.
Phil Knight: Which is what?
Sonny Vaccaro: The most competitive guy I have ever seen. He is a f***ing killer.
Phil Knight: For a rookie?
Sonny Vaccaro: Yes!
Phil Knight: Who’s never set foot on an NBA court?
Sonny Vaccaro: That’s the literal definition of rookie. Yeah.
Rob Strasser: What’s the plan?
Sonny Vaccaro: We build a shoe line around just him.
Sonny Vaccaro: I need the greatest basketball shoe that’s ever been made.
Peter Moore: Who’s the player?
Sonny Vaccaro: Michael Jordan.
David Falk: You show up at the house!
Sonny Vaccaro: I believe in your son. I believe he’s the future. And his story is going to make us want to fly. But a shoe is just a shoe.
Deloris Jordan: Until my son steps into it.
Deloris Jordan: Every once in a while, someone comes along that’s so extraordinary that it forces change because they are so very special.
Howard White: You made be believe, man. You started the Dapper Dan tournament. You got them all there. The greatest high school players in the country. You might have forgot about this, but I was invited. Best day of my life. Then I blew out my damn knee. Now, it don’t matter about what Phil is thinking, or anybody is thinking. All that matter is, how much do you believe? I believe in you.
Sonny Vaccaro: You know, I was actually expecting you to try to talk me out of it.
Howard White: You weren’t going to listen anyway. But if you get fired, I got a one bedroom apartment. I ain’t got no more room for nobody. I’m sorry. I got two rags. One towel. That’s all I got.
Phil Knight: You got a name for it?
Sonny Vaccaro: Air Jordan.
Phil Knight: I don’t know.
Sonny Vaccaro: Seriously?
Phil Knight: Maybe it’ll grow on me.