Number 15 in the '50 Films To See Before You Die Challenge.'
I'll never understand why this film got such bad reviews from the critics. I just love it.
Rafe: Alright Danny we gonna show 'em how to fly. We gonna play chicken. You ready?
Danny: This ain't the farm and these ain't no crop dusters, I'm not playin chicken with ya.
Rafe: Ah, come on, now don't be a baby.
Danny: Not doin it Rafe.
Rafe: Well, I'm comin right at ya, you can turn or you can hit me. It's up to you.
Danny: Aah, why you always bustin my ass Rafe?
Danny: Which way ya goin?
Rafe: Uh, right, no left. Left. I'll go left.
Danny: Okay, we're goin left right?
Rafe: Right, right?
Danny: Right, like we're goin left, or right like we're goin right?
Rafe: Well, now you got me all mixed up, I dunno make up your mind!
Danny: God, Rafe, we're goin right. Righty-Tighty!
Evelyn: I'm sorry, Lieutenant. I really am, but army and navy requires 20/20 vision.
Rafe: Oh, I... It's not a problem with my eyes. I mean, I can see. I mean I can hit a runnin' rabbit with a $3.00 pistol. I got a problem with letters, that's all.
Evelyn: Well, maybe after some schooling, you could come back and take the test again.
Rafe: No, I had schooling. I mean, the teachers just never knew what to make of it, I... It's just letters. I mix 'em up sometimes. That's all. I mean, I just get 'em backword sometimes. Look here. My math and spatial reasoning and my verbal scores are all excellent.
Evelyn: But you barely passed the written exam.
Danny: Yeah, but he did pass it. So it's my turn now?
Evelyn: No, you'll wait your turn.
Danny: Yes, ma'am.
Rafe: Ma'am, I'm never gonna be an English teacher. But I know why I'm here: to be a pilot. And you don't dogfight with manuals. You don't fly with gauges. I mean, it's all about feeling and speed, and lettin' that plane become like a part of your body. And that manual says that a guy who's a slow reader can't be a good pilot. That file says I'm the best pilot in this room. Ma'am, please, don't take my wings.
Rafe: You are so beautiful it hurts.
Evelyn: It's your nose that hurts.
Rafe: I think it's my heart.
Evelyn: If I had one more night to live... I'd wanna spend it with you.
Rafe: Dolittle assigned me. He wanted me to get some... some real combat training.
Danny: Well guess what? It isn't training over there, it's war. Where losers die and there aren't any winners, just guys who turn into broken-down wrecks like my father. Now if trouble awaits me, I'm ready. But why go looking for it?
Rafe: Not anxious to die sir, just anxious to matter.
Danny: Y'all pilots?
Gooz: Uh, we're working on it. There's a lot of switches and stuff. Pride of the Pacific.
Earl: Who are you?
Danny: Terrors of the Skies.
Evelyn: Do you ever wonder if this war's going to catch up with us?
Danny: You're a rotten drunk... always have been.
Rafe: Well, you're a lousy friend... that's a new development.
Danny: I think World War II just started.
Rafe: Danny, Lets play some chicken with these Jap suckers.
Danny: Alright I'm with you.
Admiral Yamamoto: A brilliant man would find a way not to fight a war.
Admiral Yamamoto: I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States Of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by Naval and Air Forces of the Empire of Japan. It is obvious that planning the attack began many weeks ago, during the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace. The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American military forces, I regret to tell you that over three thousand American lives have been lost. No matter how long it may take us to over come this pre-meditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. Because of this unprovoked, dastardly attack by Japan, I ask that the congress declare a state of War.
Evelyn: Oh Rafe, all I ever wanted was for us to have a home and grow old together, but life never asked me what I wanted.
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: You know what top secret is?"
Rafe: Yes, sir. It's the kind of mission where you get medals, but they send 'em to your relatives.
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: There's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.