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Starring: Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Olivia Wilde, Tobey Maguire, Spike Jonze, Jean Smart, Samara Weaving, Max Minghella, Katherine Waterston, Flea, Phoebe Tonkin, Rory Scovel, Lukas Haas, Eric Roberts. P.J. Byrne, Damon Gupton, Diego Calva, Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Period comedy drama written and directed by Damien Chazelle. Set in 1920s Los Angeles, Babylon (2022) takes place during Hollywood’s transition from silent film to talkies. A tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, it traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood.
Our Favorite Quotes:'You don't become a star. You either are one, or you ain't. I am.' - Nellie LaRoy (Babylon) Click To Tweet
Truck Driver: Holy s**t! Is that a F***ing elephant?
Manny Torres: Señor, señor, señor. Probablemente it was some kind of bad communication.
Truck Driver: Bad communication? This is a truck for F***ing horses, man! What do I look like, a goddamn maharaja?
Police Officer: So, we’re talking an elephant, plus Garbo, plus others tonight at Don Wallach’s house, is that right?
Manny Torres: That’s right.
Police Officer: Sounds like the best party in town.
Jimmy: [to Manny] Elinor St. John. Never speak to her. If she ever talks to you again, pretend like you don’t understand English.
Guest: The chicken stole my f***ing coke!
Nellie LaRoy: [as she crashes the car into the statue] Well, that came out of f***ing nowhere.
Nellie LaRoy: Who are you?
Dale: I’m security.
Nellie LaRoy: You’re kind of s**tty at your job. You have statues coming out of nowhere, everywhere you f***ing turn.
Manny Torres: Billie Dove?
Nellie LaRoy: Why not?
Manny Torres: She’s kind of a big star.
Nellie LaRoy: Well, in thirty years she won’t be a big star anymore and she can tell her grandkids Nellie LaRoy once used her name. Besides, I’m already a star.
Manny Torres: I think you want to become a star.
Nellie LaRoy: Honey, you don’t become a star. You either are one, or you ain’t. I am.
'We've got to innovate. We've got to inspire. We got to dream beyond these pesky shells of flesh and bone. Map those dreams onto celluloid and print them into history.' - Jack Conrad (Babylon) Click To Tweet
Manny Torres: Morphine, opium, ether, heroin, coke. And Louis XIV sat on that.
Ina Conrad: [to Jack as he’s speaking in Italian] Stop it! You are not f***ing Italian! You are from f***ing Shawnee, you goddamn fraud!
Female Guest: [to Jack] Hey, I have your face tattooed on my back!
Jack Conrad: Hey, Charlie. How’s the missus?
Charlie: I think she left me.
Jack Conrad: Hey, me too! Congrats!
Driver: [to Jack] Sir, George won’t come out of the car. He’s insisting I drive him off the nearest cliff.
'How do you do it? Just tear up over and over like it's nothing?' - Ruth Adler, 'I just think of home.' - Nellie LaRoy (Babylon) Click To Tweet
Nellie LaRoy: You know, “Roy”, actually, in French, means “king”. And I added the “La”, so it’s “Nellie the King”. I made that up.
Manny Torres: [after telling her he always wanted to go on a movie set] I just want to be part of something bigger, I guess.
Nellie LaRoy: Bigger than what?
Manny Torres: Bigger than this. I don’t know. Bigger than my life. Bigger than scooping elephant s**t. Bigger. Better. Important. Something important. To be part of something important. Something that lasts, that means something.
Nellie LaRoy: I love that answer!
Manny Torres: I just love watching movies, you know?
Nellie LaRoy: I love watching movies too.
Manny Torres: You sit there. And you’re watching the movie.
Nellie LaRoy: And you escape. You don’t have to be in your own s**tty f***ing life.
Manny Torres: Exactly!
Manny Torres: [referring to movies] And nothing happened, for real, but at the same time, it’s something even more important than life. You can feel it. Like, I don’t know. Movies are sad sometimes. Movies are f***ing happy.
Nellie LaRoy: They make you feel something. One day, you and me, we’re going to be on a movie set.
'I like making them squirm. Let them know that I got here on my terms, not theirs. And when I'm done, I'm going to dance my a** off into the night.' - Nellie LaRoy (Babylon) Click To Tweet
Jack Conrad: I’m stuck doing another costume picture, and my wife’s divorcing me. Want to trade?
Lady Fay Zhu: No.
Nellie LaRoy: Oh, if they could see me now! All the c***s in Lafayette called me the ugliest mutt in the neighborhood. Well, let them see me now! Can you believe this, Manny? Hey, Josie! Hey, Nana! Why don’t you kiss my royal Angeleno hooch?
Jack Conrad: We got to redefine the form. The man who puts gasoline in your tank goes to the movies, why? Why? Why? Because he feels less alone there. Don’t we owe him more than the same old s**t?
Jack Conrad: There’s so much more to be done. We’ve got to innovate. We’ve got to inspire. We got to dream beyond these pesky shells of flesh and bone. Map those dreams onto celluloid and print them into history. Turn today into tomorrow, so that tomorrow’s lonely man may look up at that flickering screen, and say for the very first time, “Eureka! I am not alone!”
Jack Conrad: [after he falls over the balcony and into his pool] And, I’m going to bed.
'You held the spotlight. It's those of us in the dark, the ones who just watch, who survive.' - Elinor St. John (Babylon) Click To Tweet
Jack Conrad: You ever been on a movie set before?
Manny Torres: No.
Jack Conrad: You’ll see. It’s the most magical place in the world.
Ruth Adler: Who the f*** is this? I asked for the girl with the tits.
PA: This is who they found.
Ruth Adler: What happened to the tits part?
PA: She OD’d.
George Munn: You have experience with strikes?
Manny Torres: Yes.
George Munn: Okay, good. Well, these are all junkies from Skid Row, so they’re pretty violent.
Extra: That’s the c**ks**ker they sent to screw us!
Manny Torres: Gentlemen, I believe you all agreed to a day’s work.
Extra: And I believe I agreed to ram this knife up the a**hole of the first f***ot they sent over!
'I know it hurts. No one asks to be left behind. But in a hundred years, when you and I are both long gone, any time someone threads a frame of yours through a sprocket, you will be alive again.' - Elinor St. John (Babylon) Click To Tweet
Manny Torres: [to the extras] Any of you don’t work gets a bullet in the f***ing skull! Get back to work!
Ruth Adler: You. What’s your name?
Ruth Adler: Tim, you’re fired!
Max: You heard her! Get the f*** off this set!
Elinor St. John: “Marbled meadows metamorphose into the medieval plains of Iberia. Soldiers swarm the fields like flecks of paint from a madman’s brush as your humble servant bears witness to the latest of the moving picture’s magic tricks.” Oh, why do I bother? Look at these idiots! I knew Proust, you know.
'You've been given a gift. Be grateful. Your time today is through, but you'll spend eternity with angels and ghosts.' - Elinor St. John (Babylon) Click To Tweet
George Munn: [referring to the impaled actor] He’s dead.
Otto’s Assistant Director: He did have a drinking problem.
George Munn: That’s true. Probably ran into it himself, huh?
Otto’s Assistant Director: It’s a disease.
George Munn: Joey has a flag sticking through his chest, Larry.
Irving Thalberg: A flag?
George Munn: He ran into it himself.