30 'If Beale Street Could Talk' Quotes from the Acclaimed Romantic Drama
"If Beale Street Could Talk" is a romantic drama movie that emphasizes issues of race and injustice. The quotes from the film also display strong family support and love that keeps one of them going even at moments of near giving up.
"If Beale Street Could Talk" is about Clementine "Tish" Rivers, a young woman seeking to clear the name of her wrongly accused boyfriend, Alonzo "Fonny" Hunt, before the birth of their child. Tish receives massive support from her family during her difficult period.
Therefore, from the description, one can expect dialogues and quotes of support, resilience, and the fight against injustice. Here are some of the best.
Poetic 'If Beale Street Could Talk' Quotes
"Unbow your head, sister." — Ernestine Rivers
“I think you'll find it's still pumpin', but I wouldn't call it no heart.” — Frank Hunt
"But I know about suffering, and I know that it ends." — Sharon Rivers
“This is a sacrament. And no, I ain't lost my mind. We are drinking to new life.” — Sharon Rivers
“I guess you call your lustful action love. I don't. I always knew you'd be the destruction of my son. The Bible says, "Put to death therefore all that is earthly in you. Sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, covetousness." That child was born of sin, and the Holy Ghost is gon' cause it to shrivel in your womb.” — Mrs. Hunt
“I know some hustles, and you know some hustles. And these are our children. We gotta set them free. So let's drink on up, man, and let's go on in. We got a whole lot of shit to deal with in a hurry.” — Joseph Rivers
“I hope that nobody has ever had to look at anybody they love through glass.” — Tish Rivers
“Adrienne, baby. Can I tell you something, sweetie? Ever since the first day I laid eyes on your very fine person, I got caught up in your Adam's apple. Oh, I've been dreaming about it. And I can't tell whether I want to tear it out with my fingers or my teeth. And if you touch my baby sister I'm going to have to make up my mind real quick.” — Ernestine Rivers
“I'm just my mother's son. Sometimes that's all that makes the difference between us and them.” — Levy
"It was in the dark. You saw Alonzo in the light." — Sharon Rivers
"Daughter, I was a woman long before you was a woman." — Sharon Rivers
"... if you trusted love this far, don't panic now. Trust it all the way." — Sharon Rivers
Tish and Sharon Rivers 'If Beale Street Could Talk' Quotes
“There aren't enough hours in the day or judges on the bench to try all the cases brought against these men. The game has been rigged and the courts see it through. The trial is their right. But to bury you beneath the prison for forcin' the judge and the DA to do their jobs is the court's right, too.” — Sharon Rivers
I don't want to sound foolish, but remember love is what brought you here. And if you've trusted love this far, don't panic now. Trust it all the way. — Sharon Rivers
“You ready for this?” — Tish Rivers
“Why not? It's Saturday night. Can't tell what folks won't do if they get bored enough. Maybe we just invited you over to liven things up.” — Tish Rivers
“Sheila Hunt: She's got a weak heart.
Sharon Rivers: She's got a weak head.” — Sharon Rivers
“That child that's coming, that's your grandchild. I don't understand you. It's your grandchild. What difference does it make how it gets here. The child ain't got nothin' to do with that. Ain't none of us got nothing to do with that!” — Sharon Rivers
"... it was no surprise to me when I finally understood that he was the most beautiful person I had ever seen in my life." — Tish Rivers
Fonny 'If Beale Street Could Talk' Quotes
“ I'm really gonna have to figure out a way of getting some bread together and getting the (expletive) out of this country.” — Fonny
“I don't know yet. Tish can't swim.” — Fonny
“Do you like me? I mean, when I make love to you? Did you like it?” — Fonny
“I've never been more ready for anything in my whole life.” — Fonny
“Me? I'm not the one who just got punched by a (expletive) inside the belly.” — Fonny
“It don't seem to me like there's a reason to treat two Negroes so nicely. I mean, clearly, we ain't got a pot nor much of a drink to make (expletive) with. Pardon my French.” — Fonny
Noteworthy 'If Beale Street Could Talk' Quotes
“Maybe I'd feel different if I had done something and got caught, but I ain't do nothing. They was playin' with me because they knew they could. And look, I'm lucky that I only got two years because... when you in there they can do with you whatever they want. You hear me? What... ever... they want.” — Daniel Carty
“Mr. Rivers, what exactly is the purpose of this meeting? You didn't call us all the way over here just to watch my father insult my mother?” — Adrienne Hunt
“I hope you're proud how you raised your daughters. My girls ain't gon' be bringing no bastards home to feed. I can tell you that!” —Mrs. Hunt
“I can believe you're that malicious, but I cannot believe you're that stupid.” — Adrienne Hunt
“Look, man, with me it's pretty simple. I dig people who love each other. Black, white. Green, purple. It doesn't even matter to me. Just spread the love, you know?” — Levy
Although "If Beale Street Could Talk," which features the talented Pedro Pascal, is dubbed a romantic drama, its impact goes past romance and intimacy into something an eye opener of everyday African American family strives. It also shows how much family support can help individuals in their lives.