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: Why're the jocks the only ones who get to go to college? Roy Lee
: They're also the only ones who get the girls.
: God's honest truth, Homer. What are the chances... a bunch of kids from Coalwood... actually winning the national science fair? Homer
: A million to one, O'Dell. O'Dell
: That good? Well, why didn't you say so?
: What do you want to know about rockets? Homer
: You know, it, uh, won't fly unless somebody pushes the button. It's yours, if you want it.
: [jumps into Roy Lee's car to go to football tryouts
] Let's go, Roy Lee! It's almost nine. Roy Lee
: You sure are in a hurry to get yourself killed, huh, kid? O'Dell
: There are easier ways to commit suicide, Homer. Homer
: Would you just step on it, Roy Lee? Roy Lee
: [frustrated with his car
] I *am* stepping on it.
: No. Coal mining may be your life, but it's not mine. I'm never going down there again. I wanna go into space.
: Did you ever see Frankenstein and the wolf man?
: [to his dad
] Sure Dr. Von Braun is a great scientist, but he isn't my hero.
: [to John
] Dad, I may not be the best, but I come to believe that I got it in me to be somebody in this world. And it's not because I'm so different from you either, it's because I'm the same. I mean, I can be just as hard-headed, and just as tough. I only hope I can be as good a man as you. Sure, Wernher von Braun is a great scientist? but he isn't my hero.
: [at football practice
] Hey, Lenny; take it easy on my kid brother, but make it look good, all right? Jim Hickam
: [Homer is tackled hard
] I thought I told you to take it easy on him. Lenny
: I *did* take it easy on him Homer
: [playing against Lenny
] I'm gonna run right over you, you son of a bitch! You hear me?
[is tackled several times more
] Coach Gainer
: [helping Homer up
] Well, Homer, you've sure got guts; but ya gotta know when to quit.
: Man, we should be trying to get into that science fair instead of sitting around here like a bunch of hillbillies. Roy Lee
: Well, I got some real sad news for you Homer. We *are* a bunch of hillbillies.
: Listen, I'm sorry about what's going on around here, but it isn't my fault! What do you want from me anyway? John
: You better watch yourself, Homer. Homer
: If I go on to win at Indianapolis, I can go to college, maybe even get a job at Cape Canaveral. There's nothing here for me. The town is dying! The mine is dying! Everybody here knows that but you! John
: You want to get out so bad, then go. Go! Homer
: Yeah, I'll go! Yeah, I'll go! John
: GO! GO! Homer
: And I'll be gone forever! I won't even look back!
: [after a cave in
] Come on. Come on, Jensen. Come on back. Jensen
: What happened? Jake Mosby
: Whole damn mountain about fell on your head. And John here, he saved your life. Homer
: That's my dad. John
: I want you out of this mine, and don't you ever come back, you stupid son of a bitch. Didn't I tell you to watch those pillars? Now we coulda all been killed today, because you didn't have the sense to look up! Homer
] That's my dad.
: [gunshot in background
] Hey Quentin!
: That rocket had to have gone up at least 100 feet didn't it? Quentin
: More like two hundred.
: Goddammit. Homer
: [another gunshot
] Will you cut it out, Roy Lee? Roy Lee
: Die you son of a bitch!
[fires another round into the grill of his broken down car
: Besides, didn't your dad say no more rockets? Homer
: No, he said no more rockets on company property. O'Dell
: Do you realize how far we'd have to go to be off company property? Homer
: Yeah, we'd have to go to Snakeroot. Quentin
: Snakeroot? That's eight miles! Homer
: It's not *that* far. I mean we could walk if we had to... O'Dell
: Hey, walk! Heh! That's a great idea! Homer
: Come on let's go! Roy Lee
: Wait the hell up, will you Homer? Now I got about as much chance of winning that science fair as you do winning a football scholarship. I know I'm gonna be a miner. I've known my entire life. What the hell's so bad about mining coal anyway? Homer
: Nothing Roy Lee. It's great. That's why your stepdaddy is the biggest drunk in West Virginia! I mean, come on guys! You know the mine'll kill you!
: You ever hear the story about how O'Dell's dad died? Roy Lee
: Homer... will you forget it, man? O'Dell
: Shutup Homer. Homer
: Piece of slate caught him right in the neck... and it cut his head clear off. O'Dell
: [tackles Homer
] You son of a bitch!
: [after Homer sees the tiny shack that Quentin lives in with his family
] Quentin, I wouldn't care if you lived in the Governor's mansion. I'd still think you're weird!
, Roy Lee
: [after lighting their first rocket
] Ten, nine, eight... Roy Lee
: Should we get behind something?
[it blows up and they fly back
: [Reading the newspaper aloud
] "The silvery cylinder burst forth in a fiery column of smoke and flame, racing the very wind as it soared into the sky, a messenger of these Rocket Boys of Big Creek.
: These boys use their brains, not brawn, who play not football, but with Apollo's fire." O'Dell
] Dorothy Platt
: [Walks up to Homer, elated
] Hi Homer. Homer
] Hi Dorothy. Dorothy Platt
: Would you please sign my newspaper? Homer
: Sure. Dorothy Platt
: I just know you're going to be really famous someday. Homer
: [Stares at Dorothy, mesmerized
] Roy Lee
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