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Nancy Thompson (Character)
from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Nancy Thompson: [iconic line] Whatever you do... don't fall asleep.

Nancy Thompson: [talking on the phone with her dad] Hi, daddy. I know what happened.
[appealing to Glen]
Lt. Donald Thompson: I haven't been upstairs yet.
Nancy Thompson: Yeah, but you know he's dead, right?
Lt. Donald Thompson: Yeah, apparently he's dead.
Nancy Thompson: Listen, Daddy, I've got a proposition for you. Listen very carefully, please.
Lt. Donald Thompson: Nancy.
Nancy Thompson: I'm going to go and get the guy who did it, and I want you to be there to arrest him when I bring him out. Okay?
Lt. Donald Thompson: Just tell me who did it, I'll go get him, baby.
Nancy Thompson: Fred Krueger did it, Daddy. And only I can get him. It's my nightmare he comes to.

Nancy Thompson: I'm into survival.

Hallguard: Where's your pass?
Nancy Thompson: Screw your pass.

Nancy Thompson: Come on, Freddy. Can't you catch me?
Fred Krueger: I'm going to split you in two.

Nancy Thompson: It's only a dream!
Fred Krueger: Come to Freddy.
Nancy Thompson: GOD DAMN YOU!

Nancy Thompson: Ok, here's what we're going to do.
Glen Lantz: It's dark in here.
Nancy Thompson: But it's not what you're thinking.

Glen Lantz: What did you do to your arm?
Nancy Thompson: I burned it in English class

Nancy Thompson: Oh, God. I look 20 years old!

Nancy Thompson: And now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the lord my soul to keep. And if I die before I wake, I pray the lord my soul to take.

Nancy Thompson: [after Glen failed to wake her up as she fell asleep and dreamed about Freddy] GLEN, YOU BASTARD!
Glen Lantz: What did I do?
Nancy Thompson: I just asked you to do one thing, to stay awake and watch me and to wake me up if it looked like I was having a bad dream, and what did you do, YOU SHIT?
[Nancy then slaps him on the knee]
Nancy Thompson: You fell asleep!

Tina Gray: All day long I've been seeing that guy's weird face and hearing those fingernails.
Nancy Thompson: Fingernails? That's amazing you saying that. That made me remember the dream I had last night.
Tina Gray: What'd you dream?
Nancy Thompson: I dreamed about a guy in a dirty red and green sweater.
[Glen looks up, curious]
Tina Gray: Well what about the fingernails?
Nancy Thompson: Well he scraped his fingernails along things. Actually they were more like fingerknives or something. Something he'd made himself. They made a horrible sound
[Imitating nails on a chalkboard]
Nancy Thompson: screeech.

Nancy Thompson: [At the police station] You know Tina, she dreamed this was gonna happen.
Lt. Donald Thompson: What?
Nancy Thompson: She had a nightmare, that someone was trying to kill her.
[to her mother, sobbing]
Nancy Thompson: That's why we were there mom. She just didn't wanna sleep alone.

Nancy Thompson: What I learned in the dream clinic. That's what I'm trying to prove mother. Rod didn't kill Tina and he didn't hang himself. There's this guy. He's after us in our dreams.
Marge Thompson: But that's just not reality Nancy.
Nancy Thompson: [Pulling Krueger's hat out of a drawer] It's real momma, feel it.
Marge Thompson: Give me that damn thing!
Nancy Thompson: It even has his name written in it. Fred Krueger mom. Fred Krueger.
[Realizing her mother knows about him]
Nancy Thompson: Do you know who that is mother? Because if you do you better tell me cause he's after me now.

Rod Lane: [after tackling Glen on the lawn] It's Rod Lane, bringing Lantz down, just three yards from the goal line! What a brilliant tackle and the crowd goes wild!
Tina Gray: What the hell are you doing here?
Rod Lane: Came to make up. No big deal. Your mom home?
Tina Gray: Of course.
[looking at the tool Rod used to make the screeching noise]
Tina Gray: Oh, what's that?
Rod Lane: Intense, huh?
[slowly reveals it and imitates a screeching noise]
Rod Lane: So what's going on here? An orgy or somethin'?
Glen Lantz: Maybe your funeral, dickhead.
[Rod pulls out a switchblade and holds it up to Glen's face]
Nancy: [Putting Rod's flashing switchblade back in and giving it to him] It's just a sleepover, Rod. Tina and me. Glen was JUST leaving.
Rod Lane: [to Tina, with a smile] Did you see his face?
Glen Lantz: [Mimicking Rod with a face] Did you see his face?

Nancy Thompson: [she notices Glen standing outside her window with mud-caked soles] Sometimes I wish you didn't live right across the street.
Glen Lantz: [holds one of his muddy feet up to her] Will you shut up and let me in? Did you ever stand on a rose trellis in your bare feet?

Nancy Thompson: Help! I've got him! Hey, Daddy! I've got him trapped! Help! Where are you?
Sgt. Parker: Everything's gonna be all right! Everything's under control!
Nancy Thompson: Get my dad, you asshole!

Marge Thompson: You want to know who Fred Krueger was? He was a filthy child murderer who killed at least 20 kids in the neighborhood. Kids we all knew.
Nancy Thompson: [taken aback] Oh, mom.
Marge Thompson: It drove us crazy when we didn't know who it was, but it was even worse after they caught him.
Nancy Thompson: Did they put him away?
Marge Thompson: Well, the lawyers got fat and the judge got famous, but somebody forgot to sign the search warrant in the right place and Krueger was free, just like that.
Nancy Thompson: What did you do, mother?

Nancy Thompson: [screaming in the boiler room] Come out and show yourself, you bastard!
[fixing her watch, and Krueger comes from behind]
Nancy Thompson: [screaming and jumping from the boiler room and landing in front of her house on a rose bush] Dammit! Where are you? Where are you Krueger?
[laughing uncomfortably]
Nancy Thompson: I know your here!
Fred Krueger: [whispering] Hey, Nancy.
[pops out from under the rose bush]
Nancy Thompson: [jumps towards and grabs him] I've got you now!
[wrestles with him as her alarm wakes her]
Nancy Thompson: [screaming and waking in her room alone]
Nancy Thompson: Oh.
[holds her face in despair]
Nancy Thompson: I'm crazy after all!
[Freddy pops out from the other side of her bed]

Nancy Thompson: [At the sleep clinic] I don't see why you can't just give me a pill to keep me from dreaming.
Dr. King: Everybody's got to dream, young girl. If you don't dream...
[Pointing to his head]
Dr. King: You go.

Dr. King: [At the sleep clinic, referring to the monitor's brainwave display] A nightmare now would be plus or minus five or six. She's about three.
Nancy Thompson: [Nancy begins twitching, as you hear Freddy's knives] Doctor, what's she doing now? Is she asleep or awake?
Dr. King: [the monitor's number quickly increases to 30]
[Shaking his head in disbelief]
Dr. King: Something's wrong. It never gets this high.

Nancy Thompson: [to her father] The killer's still loose, you know.
Lt. Donald Thompson: You're saying somebody else killed Tina? Who?
Nancy Thompson: I don't know who he is, but he's burned and he wears a weird hat and a red and green sweater, really dirty. And he uses these knives, like giant fingernails...
Lt. Donald Thompson: [Cuts her off and guides her into the car]
Lt. Donald Thompson: [to Marge] You better keep her home, for a few days, until she really gets over the shock of this.
Marge Thompson: I've got something better. I'm going to get her some help.

Nancy Thompson: [Referring to the Balinese way of dreaming] But what if they meet a monster in their dreams, then what?
Glen Lantz: They turn their back on it. Take away its energy and it disappears.
Nancy Thompson: But what happens if they don't do that?
Glen Lantz: Well I guess those people don't wake up to tell what happens.
Nancy Thompson: [sighing] Great.

Nancy Thompson: Glenn? Where are you? Are you there?
Fred Krueger: [whispers] I'm here.
[jumps out from behind a bush. Nancy screams and takes off running]

Nancy Thompson: [looking in the mirror] This is just a dream, this isn't real. This is just a dream, he isn't real. He isn't...
Nancy Thompson: [Freddy smashes through the mirror and grabs her]

Nancy Thompson: [after seeing that the house is now fully secured] Mother! What's with the bars?
Marge Thompson: Security.
Nancy Thompson: Security? Security from what?
Marge Thompson: Not from what, from whom.

Nancy Thompson: I know you're there Freddy.
Fred Krueger: You think you was gonna get away from me?
Nancy Thompson: I know you too well, Freddy.
Fred Krueger: Now you die.
Nancy Thompson: It's too late, Krueger. I know the secret now. This is just a dream. You're not alive. This whole thing is just a dream.
[she turns around and faces him]
Nancy Thompson: I want my mother and friends again.
Fred Krueger: You what?
Nancy Thompson: I take back every bit of energy I gave you. You're nothing. You're shit.

Glen Lantz: You believe this fog?
Nancy Thompson: Oh, I believe anything is possible.

Nancy Thompson: I grab the guy in my dream. You see me struggling so you wake me up. We both come out, you whack the fucker and we got him.
Glen Lantz: Are you crazy, hit him with what?
Nancy Thompson: You're the jock. You have a baseball bat or something.

Nancy Thompson: [Before going to sleep to find Freddy] Okay Krueger, we play in your court.

Nancy Thompson: MOTHER! What's with the bars?
Marge Thompson: Security.
Nancy Thompson: Security? SECURITY FROM WHAT?
Marge Thompson: Not from what: From whom. Come down to the cellar. You wanna know who Fred Krueger was? He was a filthy child murderer, who killed at least 20 kids in the neighborhood... kids we all knew.
Nancy Thompson: Oh, Mom.
Marge Thompson: It drove us crazy when we didn't know who it was, but it was even worse after they caught him.
Nancy Thompson: Did they put him away?
Marge Thompson: Well all the lawyers got fat and the Judge got famous, but someone forgot to sign the search warrant in the right place and Krueger was free just like that.
Nancy Thompson: What did you do?
Marge Thompson: A bunch of us parents got together and tracked him down. We found him in old abandoned boiler room, where he used to take his kids.
Nancy Thompson: Go on.
Marge Thompson: We took gasoline and poured it all around the place and made a trail of it out the door. We lit the whole thing up and watched it burn. He's dead now. He's dead because Mommy killed him. I even took his knives.

Nancy Thompson: Maybe I should just pick up that bottle and veg out with you, ignore everything going on around me by getting good and loaded.
[Marge slaps her]

Glen Lantz: We have reason to believe there may be something very strange going on.
Lt. Donald Thompson: You got that right.
Nancy Thompson: What are you doing here?
Lt. Donald Thompson: There's an unsolved murder and I hate unsolved murders, especially ones that my daughter is mixed up in, what are *you* doing here?
Nancy Thompson: Look I just gotta see that he's okay.
Sgt. Garcia: I just checked on him ten minutes ago, he's sleeping like a baby, he's not going anywhere.

Marge Thompson: Nancy?
Nancy Thompson: What, Mother?
Marge Thompson: Don't fall asleep in there. You could drown, you know.
Nancy Thompson: Oh, for Pete's sakes.
Marge Thompson: It happens all the time. I've heated up some warm milk for you, honey.
Nancy Thompson: Warm milk? Gross.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Nancy Holbrook: [Cuts off Freddy's hand] It hurts now, doesn't it? That because you're in my world now, bitch!

Quentin Smith: We were wrong. He's not after us because we lied. He's after us because we told the truth.
Nancy Holbrook: He brought us here so we could remember what he did to us.

Quentin Smith: Look, we're running out of time.
Nancy Holbrook: What do you mean?
Quentin Smith: [Reading a book] But then it says at the 70-hour mark the insomniac will begin to experience micro-naps. "His brain will begin to shut down its functions for several seconds in an attempt to recharge itself." Which basically means you're dreaming, but you don't know it. Like, even if you're awake. And then it says that after that, your brain will shut down, inducing a coma. Which is permanent sleep.

Nancy Holbrook: [off screen] Krueger!
Freddy Krueger: [to Quentin] Your girlfriend's here. Be right back.

Freddy Krueger: [Nancy is screaming] Oh, that's music to my ears.
Nancy Holbrook: [struggling] I wanna wake up!
Freddy Krueger: You can't wake up. I had to keep you awake long enough so when you finally slept, you'd never wake up again. We're gonna be in here a long time. Did you really think your boyfriend could wake you up?
[puts claw on chest]
Freddy Krueger: I'm your boyfriend now.

Freddy Krueger: Little Nancy. Now that you caught me, what game do you wanna play next?
Nancy Holbrook: Fuck you!
Freddy Krueger: Ooh, sounds like fun. It's a little fast for me. How about we hang, first?
[Freddy grabs Nancy and makes her turn to face the bodies of her friends]
Nancy Holbrook: No. It's not real.
Freddy Krueger: It's real. I'm real.

Resident: I'm gonna give you a little something for the pain. It'll put you right out.
Nancy Holbrook: No, mom, I don't want it. I don't want it, mom, I don't want it.
Dr. Gwen Holbrook: Shh, it's okay. It's okay.
Nancy Holbrook: No, mom, no. I don't want it. I don't want it. Don't let her do it.
Resident: This might sting a bit.
[Her hand becomes Freddy's glove]
Nancy Holbrook: [Shrieks] NO!

Nancy Holbrook: [after Quentin storms out of his father's office] Quentin! Quentin, wait!
[Quentin punches the lockers]
Nancy Holbrook: Wait! 
Quentin Smith: WHAT?
Nancy Holbrook: Slow down!
[Nancy grabs his arm]
Nancy Holbrook: Stop!
Quentin Smith: We got him killed. Our stories... Our lies.
Nancy Holbrook: What if we can make him stop?
Quentin Smith: What if we can't?

Quentin Smith: You can't just take that. You have no idea what it's gonna do to you.
Quentin Smith: You know what? That is kind of the least of my concerns right now, so, do you want some?
Nancy Holbrook: No.
[Quentin sticks himself in the leg]

Quentin Smith: Look, if you really wanna talk, how come over the last couple of years, whenever I've invited you out, you've just never shown up?
Nancy Holbrook: I don't know if you've noticed, but I don't exactly fit in.
Quentin Smith: Ok, look. If we survive the next 24 hours, then I'll take you out on a real date.
Nancy Holbrook: And what if I say no?
Quentin Smith: Why don't you sleep on it?

Nancy Holbrook: [Quentin has found pictures] What are those? What are those pictures of?
Quentin Smith: They're all of you.

Nancy Holbrook: He brought us here so that we would remember what he did to us.
Quentin Smith: [Slams his hands against the bed he's sitting on] *Fuck!*

Quentin Smith: Nancy, I can't let you go to sleep, you're not gonna wake up.
Nancy Holbrook: I know you won't let that happen.

Nancy Holbrook: Hey, Quentin. Nightmare's over.

Nancy Holbrook: Can I get you guys anything else?
Quentin Smith: Uh, no. I think we're good. If we could just get the check.
Jesse Braun: Is that the only thing you wanna ask her, Quentin?
[Nancy leaves]
Quentin Smith: Asshole.

Quentin Smith: Don't you ever get tired of working here every weekend?
Nancy Holbrook: Don't you ever get tired of coming here every weekend?
[Quentin smiles]

Nancy Holbrook: [Sees his cross necklace] I didn't take you for the religious type.
Quentin Smith: [Hides it] Yeah, well, you gotta believe in something, you know?

Nancy Holbrook: [Sees a book in their pile] What's this one doing here?
Quentin Smith: It's The Pied Piper of Hamelin. I saw it in one of my dreams. It's about a guy who's betrayed by a town and gets his revenge by taking away their children.
Nancy Holbrook: I keep dreaming about children, too. And then there's also a school.
Quentin Smith: Well, it's gotta mean something.
Nancy Holbrook: Yeah, but, I mean, what? We didn't go to school together until, like, 6th grade.

Nancy Holbrook: Why would you lie to me?
Dr. Gwen Holbrook: I didn't lie.
Nancy Holbrook: It's right here. Why would you lie to me? Stop lying to me! Quit lying to me!
Dr. Gwen Holbrook: I am not lying to you! I am not lying to you!
Nancy Holbrook: Stop lying to me!
Dr. Gwen Holbrook: I am not lying to you! I didn't want you to have to go through your life with this memory! I didn't want you to remember! I wanted you to forget!
Nancy Holbrook: Remember what? What happened at that preschool?

Nancy Holbrook: Memories don't kill you.

Quentin Smith: [Storms into his father's office] You killed Kruger.
Alan Smith: Where'd you here that name?
Quentin Smith: You chased him, you cornered him and you burned him to death. You hunted him!
Alan Smith: We were not hunting. We were protecting you.
Quentin Smith: [shouting] From what?
Alan Smith: From *him*. From what he did to you. From what you kids said he did to you.
Quentin Smith: [shouting] We were five! We would've said anything! Why didn't you do to the police?
Alan Smith: You were so young.
Quentin Smith: [Whipspers to himself] No. God! And the things we said he did. The cave. Did you ever find it?
Alan Smith: No.
Quentin Smith: How do you know that he was guilty?
[His father looks uncertain]
Nancy Holbrook: Oh, my god!
Quentin Smith: You killed an innocent man!
Alan Smith: Mm-mm. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about that night, Quentin.
Quentin Smith: Good, you deserve at least that.
Alan Smith: Quentin, when you grow up and you have kids, I hope you never know the feeling of utterly failing to protect them.

Jesse Braun: [sees picture on Dean's grave] You knew Dean that far back?
Nancy Holbrook: Jesus, that is me. But I don't know how I'm in that picture. I didn't meet Dean until high school.

Kris Fowles: Dean said something right before he died...
Jesse Braun: Oh, please don't...
Kris Fowles: He said, "You're not real." He kept repeating it over and over again. Do you have any idea what that means?
Jesse Braun: No. I don't. Think about. What would it mean? Dean was on a truck load of medication when...
Kris Fowles: Jesse, when it happened, it was like somebody was making him do it but there was nobody there. Jesse, you have to believe me!
Jesse Braun: Kris, it was late and you were scared! Your mind was just playing tricks on you that's all...
Nancy Holbrook: [approaches Kris] I believe you.
Kris Fowles: You do?
Nancy Holbrook: I've seen, I saw...
Jesse Braun: You didn't see anything. You weren't there. Kris was. She's already fucked up, so leave her alone!
Nancy Holbrook: [Kris and Jesse leave] You have no idea what I've seen...

Nancy Holbrook: Tell me what happened to Kris, Jesse.
Jesse Braun: Someone killed her in her sleep!
Nancy Holbrook: What? What are you talking about?
Jesse Braun: Don't pretend you don't know, because you do!
Jesse Braun: You said it at the funeral. He's the one who's trying to kill us in our dreams!
Nancy Holbrook: All I keep hearing is the song!
Jesse Braun: What song?
Nancy Holbrook: [singing] One, two, Freddy's coming for you.
Jesse Braun: Freddy!
Jesse Braun: That's his name and he's all in our heads, Nancy!

Freddy Krueger: Little Nancy. All grown up.
Nancy Holbrook: [backing up] You're just a nightmare.
Freddy Krueger: [moving closer to Thompson] That's right. No one can ever prove I was ever here.
Nancy Holbrook: Who are you?
Freddy Krueger: You don't remember? You must. You're my number one. You're my... little Nancy.
[licks Thompson's cheek]
Nancy Holbrook: [moves face away] I set the alarm.
Freddy Krueger: Yes, you did. In your dream.
[sinister laugh; holds Thompson's hand in his clawed one; sniffs her hair]
Freddy Krueger: You smell different.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
Nancy Thompson: It's now or never. I'm not gonna kid you, this is as dangerous as it gets. If you die in this dream it's for real. Nobody has to go in that doesn't want to.

Nancy Thompson: Daddy?
Thompson: I've crossed over, princess.
Nancy Thompson: Crossed over?
Thompson: I couldn't go without telling you how sorry I am for all the things I've done. I love you so much. I'll always love you.
Nancy Thompson: [hugs him] I'll always love you.
[Thompson turns into Freddy and stabs Nancy in her stomach]
Freddy Krueger: DIE.

Kristen Parker: Five, six, grab a crucifix. Seven, eight, better stay up late. Nine, ten, never... never...
Nancy Thompson: Never sleep again. Where did you learn that rhyme?

Nancy Thompson: I used to live in this house.
Kristen Parker: That's just a house I dream about.

Kristen Parker: The man in my dreams... he's real, isn't he?
Nancy Thompson: He's real.

[Freddy lifts Kincaid by the throat]
Nancy Thompson: He's strong. He's never been this strong.
Freddy Krueger: Yes. The souls of the children...
[rips open his sweater revealing faces of children on his chest]
Freddy Krueger: ...give me strength.
Nancy Thompson: Oh, God.
Freddy Krueger: Always room for more.

Freddy Krueger: Joey... look. All the little PIGGIES come home.
Nancy Thompson: Let him go, Krueger.
Freddy Krueger: Your wish... is my command.

Taryn White: Who is he?
Nancy Thompson: His name is Freddy Krueger. He was a child murderer before he died, and after he died... well, he became something worse.

Sister Mary Helena/Amanda Krueger: [talking to Neil] Only one thing can save the children now. The unquiet spirit must be laid to rest...
Nancy Thompson: [walking up to Neil] Neil? What are you doing up here?
Dr. Neil Gordon: Oh, I was just talking to...
[turns around and Mary Helena is gone]
Nancy Thompson: To who?

Kristen Parker: Well just go ahead and fight. 'Cause that what he wants.
Will Stanton: Who?
Jennifer Caulfield: Who do you think? What does he want?
Kristen Parker: To turn us against each other other so we'll be be weak. Easy pray.
Roland Kincaid: Horseshit.
Nancy Thompson: No, she's right.

Phillip Anderson: Can I interject something just to save us all some time?
Dr. Neil Gordon: Sure, Phillip. Go ahead.
Phillip Anderson: Well, according to our kind hosts, our dreams are a group psychosis. Sort of a mellow mass hysteria. The fact that we all dreamt about this guy before we ever met doesn't impress anybody. So we go in circles making minimal progress with maximum effort.
Dr. Elizabeth Simms: You won't make any progress until you recognize your dreams for what they are.
Nancy Thompson: And what are they?
Dr. Elizabeth Simms: The by-products of guilt. Psychological scars stemming from moral conflicts and overt sexuality.
Roland Kincaid: Oh, great. Now it's my dick that's killing me.

Dr. Neil Gordon: What was that nursery rhyme all about?
Nancy Thompson: It was just something that that the kids say to keep the... Boogieman away.

Roland Kincaid: Yo, Freddy! Where you hiding at, you burnt-faced pussy?
Nancy Thompson: Hey! We should, find the others first.
Roland Kincaid: You think you're hot shit with the little mute kid, don't ya? Well let me see you come get a piece of me! Krueger! Pussy! Yeah, I knew he was a little chicken.
[Door appears behind them]
Roland Kincaid: Shit.
Nancy Thompson: It's a door.
Roland Kincaid: But, it doesn't go anywhere.
Kristen Parker: Yes, it does.
Nancy Thompson: This is it. Are you ready?
Roland Kincaid: Let's snuff, the sucka!

Thompson: Fred Kreuger is dead. You've always had such a hard time understanding that.
Nancy Thompson: You know what he did. He's doing it again.
Dr. Neil Gordon: She's telling the truth, sir.
Thompson: I don't think we've ever met, friend. This doesn't concern you.
Nancy Thompson: I think we can stop him. Stop him for good this time, but we need to know where his bones were hidden.
Thompson: It was good seeing you again, princess. Next time, don't stay away so long.

Don't Fall Asleep (2016)
Nancy Thompson: Do you think this means that people have powers in their dreams?
Joel Murphy: I don't know. If it does, I can be Superman and you can be Lois Lane.