Quotes from the Movie Footloose (1984 film)

"From the oldest of times, people danced for a number of reasons. They danced in prayer... or so that their crops would be plentiful... or so their hunt would be good. And they danced to stay physically fit... and show their community spirit. And they danced to celebrate." And that is the dancing we're talking about. Aren't we told in Psalm 149 "Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song. Let them praise His name in the dance"? And it was King David - King David, who we read about in Samuel - and what did David do? What did David do? What did David do? [reads again] "David danced before the Lord with all his might... leaping and dancing before the Lord." Leaping and dancing. Ecclesiastes assures us... that there is a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to laugh... and a time to weep. A time to mourn... and there is a time to dance. And there was a time for this law, but not anymore. See, this is our time to dance. It is our way of celebrating life. It's the way it was in the beginning. It's the way it's always been. It's the way it should be now.

Ren McCormack

Hey, hey. What's this I see? I thought this was a party! LET'S DANCE!!!

Ren McCormack

No, they're a music group.

Ren

Oh, no. What about The Police?

Ren

You ever heard them?

Ren

Where, in concert?

Ren

You figured "Where there's smoke there's fire" right?

Ren

Yeah, well, there's no chance of that!

Ren

Oh I've got an attitude problem?

Ren

Well I haven't noticed a wet T-shirt contest in town yet.

Ren

And he is testing us! Every, every day, our Lord is testing us. If he wasn't testing us, how would you account for the sorry state of our society? For the crimes that plague the big cities of this country? When he could sweep this pestilence from the face of the earth with one mighty gesture of his hand. If our Lord wasn't testing us, how would you account for the proliferation these days of this obscene rock and roll music, with its gospel of easy sexuality and relaxed morality? If our Lord wasn't testing us, why, he could take all these pornographic books and albums, and turn them into one big fiery cinder like that! But how would that make us stronger for him? One of these days, my Lord is gonna come to me and ask me for an explanation for the lives of each and every one of you. And what am I gonna tell him on that day? That I was busy? That I was tired? That I was bored?! NO!! I can never let up! I welcome his test! I welcome this challenge from my Lord so that one day I can deliver all of you unto his hands, and when that day dawns, I don't wanna have to do any explaining! I don't want to be missing from your lives!

Rev. Shaw Moore

I'm standing up here before you today... with a very troubled heart. You see, my friends... You see, my friends... I've always insisted on... taking responsibility for your lives. But, I'm really... like a first-time parent... who makes mistakes... and tries to learn from them. And like that parent... I find myself at that moment when I have to decide. Do I hold on... or do I trust you to yourselves? Let go and hope that you've understood... at least some of my lessons. If we don't start trusting our children... how will they ever become trustworthy? [pause] I'm told that the senior class at the high school... has got use of the warehouse in Bayson... for the purpose of putting on a senior dance. Please... join me to pray to the Lord... to guide them in their endeavors.

Rev. Shaw Moore

Were you drinking?

Rev. Moore

I don't want you to see him anymore.

Reverend Moore

Because I've heard he's a troublemaker.

Reverend Moore

Ariel, I don't know what I'm going to do with you.

Reverend Moore

We're losing her, Vi. Don't you see that?

Reverend Moore

She's become so willful, so obstinate.

Reverend Moore

It's not as if we don't talk. It's just that sometimes people run out of things to say.

Reverend Moore

I thought only pansies wore neckties.

Chuck

Well, what do they call themselves?

Willard

You know what it is, you've got an attitude problem.

Willard

Yes and I'm not the first one that's noticed it. I mean we're not stuck in the goddamn middle ages here. I mean we've got TV. We've got Family Feud. We're not stuck in Leave It To Beaver land here.

Willard

Yeah but I'm waiting. Patiently.

Willard

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