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Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeu, Barbie Ferreira, Brandon Perea, Michael Wincott
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Horror written and directed by Jordan Peele. Nope (2022) follows residents in a lonely isolated town in California who bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery.
Our Favorite Quotes:'This dream you're chasing, the one where you end up at the top of the mountain, all eyes on you, it's the dream you never wake up from.' - Antlers Holst (Nope) Click To Tweet
“I will cast abominable filth upon you, make you vile, and make you a spectacle.” —Nahum 3:6
Otis Haywood Sr.: [to OJ] I mean, we really put on a show. Well, you know they’re going to bring us back for the sequel.
Buster: Oh. Hi, horsie.
OJ Haywood: Hey, hey, hey. Don’t look him in the eyes, please.
Fynn Bachman: [referring to Otis Sr.] Where’s the other guy? The senior guy?
Buster: Dude, he died. About six months ago. A bunch of random s**t fell out of a plane. So I guess we’re stuck with Junior over here.
Fynn Bachman: No.
Fynn Bachman: Ant, how we looking?
Antlers Holst: Yeah, good, if we’re selling a horse’s a**.
'What's a bad miracle? They got a word for that?' - OJ Haywood, 'Nope.' - Emerald Haywood (Nope) Click To Tweet
Emerald Haywood: Now, did you know that the very first assembly of photographs in sequential order to create a motion picture was a two-second clip of a Black man on a horse? Yes, it was. Yes, it was. Look it up.
Emerald Haywood: Does anybody know the name of the Black jockey that rode the horse? Antlers Holst: No.
Emerald Haywood: Nope? I mean, the very first stuntman, animal wrangler, and movie star all rolled into one, and there is literally no record of him. That man was a Bahamian jockey that went by the name of Alistair E. Haywood. And he is my great-great-grandfather.
OJ Haywood: Great.
Emerald Haywood: There’s another “great” grandfather. That’s why back at the Haywood Ranch, as the only Black-owned horse trainers in Hollywood, we like to say, “Since the moment pictures could move, we had skin in the game.”
Emerald Haywood: I’m Emerald Haywood. I direct, write, produce, act. I do a little singing on the side. Motorcycles, baby. Look, I make a mean grilled cheese if you’re looking for crafty. Just holler at me.
Emerald Haywood: Can I get fun OJ out this b**ch? Because this wack-a** OJ is really making me feel like I’m not loved. Is that how you want your little sister to feel?
OJ Haywood: I’m developing a business relationship, and you’re a liability right now.
Emerald Haywood: How am I a liability?
OJ Haywood: Don’t promote your f***ing side s**t on the job.
Emerald Haywood: Oh, my God.
OJ Haywood: Actor, singer, dancer, seamstress, motorcycles. You want to promote something, promote this business.
'He got caught up trying to tame a predator. You can't do that. You got to enter an agreement with one.' - OJ Haywood, 'Yeah. Ask Siegfried and Roy.' - Antlers Holst (Nope) Click To Tweet
OJ Haywood: Lucky. He’s my second-best horse, you know. He lost focus. So, I mean, I did too. But I can’t fire myself.
Ricky ‘Jupe’ Park: So, Gordy’s Home is a short-lived but fabled sitcom I starred in in ’96 after Kid Sheriff blew up.
Emerald Haywood: Yeah, my pops told me about this show. The monkey went crazy or some s**t.
Ricky ‘Jupe’ Park: [referring to the photo of his younger self and Gordy] That’s the first exploding fist bump.
Emerald Haywood: What? Really? Y’all came up with that?
Ricky ‘Jupe’ Park: Then, one day, we were shooting an episode in season two entitled, Gordy’s Birthday. And, boom. One of the chimps that plays Gordy just hit his limit. And it was six minutes and thirteen seconds of havoc. Network tried to bury hit, but it was a spectacle. People are just obsessed.
OJ Haywood: [referring to Jupe] He offered to buy the ranch.
Emerald Haywood: Oh, really? That’s interesting. How much?
OJ Haywood: Why?
Emerald Haywood: Because, I’m trying to see how big of a dumb-a** you are.
OJ Haywood: Big dumb-a**, probably.
Emerald Haywood: [to OJ] For my ninth birthday, I was supposed to get to train Jean Jacket. But then Pops got some Western, and Jean Jacket wasn’t mine no more. Classic Otis Senior. I distinctly remember standing right here, at this window, watching y’all train my horse. My horse. Pops never looked up at me.
OJ Haywood: [referring to Otis Sr.] That man was hardheaded as f***. And so are you. That’s it. But at the end of the day, you got to admit, man, Pops did something when he made this place. He changed the industry. That’s real. I can’t just let that go.
OJ Haywood: What’s a bad miracle? They got a word for that?
Emerald Haywood: Nope.
OJ Haywood: They said it was a prop plane or something that killed Pops. That s**t ain’t never made sense to me. Then tonight, I heard Ghost make a sound I ain’t never heard a horse make.
Emerald Haywood: What did you see? Hmm?
OJ Haywood: It was big.
Emerald Haywood: How big?
OJ Haywood: Big.
Emerald Haywood: What did it look like?
OJ Haywood: I don’t know. It was fast. Too fast. Too quiet to be a plane.
Emerald Haywood: OJ. Are you saying what I think you’re saying?
'The word is getting out, and when it does, you know people going to come and do what they always do. Try and take it all for themselves.' - OJ Haywood (Nope) Click To Tweet
Emerald Haywood: This s**t right here is a moment, our moment. We set it up, release it the right way. Man, I’m talking rich and famous for life.
OJ Haywood: Well, I’m saying there’s plenty of videos of flying s**t online. I saw one the other day. That wasn’t on Oprah.
Emerald Haywood: N****, I didn’t say Oprah. You said Oprah. You love Oprah.
Emerald Haywood: Look, all I’m saying is all that s**t online is fake. Low quality. Ain’t nobody going to get what we going to get.
OJ Haywood: What we going to get?
Emerald Haywood: The shot.
OJ Haywood: What shot?
Emerald Haywood: The shot. The money shot. Undeniable. Singular. The Oprah shot.
'He's big, he's bad, and he's got a lot of spirit. But anything with a spirit can get broke.' - OJ Haywood (Nope) Click To Tweet
Angel Torres: Cell phones, they don’t just drop in power. Right? I mean, maybe your Wi-Fi drops out whenever your system dips. So, that’s technology. Okay, or maybe you’re in a UFO hot spot.
Emerald Haywood: No one believes in that.
Angel Torres: [to OJ and Emerald] Damn. Did not realize you guys were this far out. I don’t mind though. Smell of horse s**t and fresh air. Right?
Angel Torres: Do you know they don’t call them UFOs anymore? It’s f***ing UAPs now.
OJ Haywood: Why they got to change the name?
Angel Torres: Yeah. Exactly.
Angel Torres: I’ll tell you why they changed the name, alright? It’s because they want to keep us in the dark. Remember when they declassified all that UFO footage a couple years ago? Yeah. Well, people started paying attention. So they changed the name to UAPs. And no one knows what the f*** a UAP is, so everyone lost interest.
'We don't deserve the impossible.' - Antlers Holst (Nope) Click To Tweet
Angel Torres: It’s s**tty footage of exact proof that there’s an alien civilization out there in the universe.
OJ Haywood: So, who’s that?
Angel Torres: Come on, man. The little guys with the big eyes.
Angel Torres: There’s lots of theories. Either they’re intergalactic travelers looking for peace. Or futuristic humans coming back in time to stop us from destroying the planet. Or they’re f***ing world killers. Planetary destroyers. And that means that they’ve been f***ing watching us, and studying us, waiting for the perfect time to beam us up, and shove metal probes up our f***ing a**es.
OJ Haywood: Cool.