Independence Day (1996) quotes

Director
Roland Emmerich.

Cast
Will Smith.
Bill Pullman.
Jeff Goldblum.

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive.

Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. “Mankind.” That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: “We will not go quietly into the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!
– President Thomas Whitmore

I ain’t heard no fat lady!
– Captain Steven Hiller
Forget the fat lady. You’re obsessed with fat lady. Just get us out of here!
– David Levinson

I don’t understand, where does all this come from? How do you get funding for something like this?
– President Thomas Whitmore
You don’t actually think they spend $20,000 on a hammer, $30,000 on a toilet seat, do you?
– Julius Levinson

If you’re so smart, tell me something, how come you go to M.I.T. for 8 years to become a cable repairman?
– Julius Levinson

THAT’S RIGHT! THAT’S RIGHT! That’s what you get! Look at you, ship all *banged* up! Who’s the man? Huh? Who’s the man? Wait till I get another plane! I’m-a line all your friends up right beside you!
– Captain Steven Hiller
Where you at, huh? Huh? Where you at?
– Captain Steven Hiller
Welcome to earth!
– Captain Steven Hiller
Now that’s what *I* call a close encounter.
– Captain Steven Hiller

I picked a hell of a day to quit drinkin’.
– Russel Casse

Hey, take a look at the Earthlings. Goodbye!
– David Levinson
Y’all take care, all right? Nothing but love for ya. Nothing but love for ya.
– Captain Steven Hiller
You think they have any idea what’s about to happen to them?
– Captain Steven Hiller
Not a chance in hell. Goodnight!
– David Levinson
PEACE!
– Captain Steven Hiller

Hey, hey, hey, don’t you tell him to shut up! You’d all be dead now if it weren’t for my David! None of you did anything to prevent this!
– Julius Levinson
There was nothing we could do! We were totally unprepared for…
– Gen. Gray
AAAHHH, don’t give me unprepared! You knew about this for years! What,with that spaceship you found in New Mexico! What was it called… Roswell, New Mexico! And that other place… uh… Area 51, Area 51! You knew then! And you did nothing!
– Julius Levinson
Mr. Levinson, contrary to what you may have read in the tabloids, there is no Area 51. There is no spaceship…
– President Thomas Whitmore
Uh… excuse me, Mr. President? That’s not entirely accurate.
– Albert Nimzicki
What, which part?
– David Levinson

Mr. President! Wow! This is… what a pleasure. As you can imagine, they… they don’t let us out much.
– Dr. Okun

You punched the President?
– Julius Levinson
He wasn’t the President *yet*!
– David Levinson

They’re chasing us!
– David Levinson
Really, YOU THINK?
– Captain Steven Hiller

You really think you can fly that thing?
– David Levinson
You really think you can do all that bullshit you just said?
– Captain Steven Hiller

Oh god, I hope they bring back Elvis.
– Elvis Fanatic

Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C. have been left in ruins…
– Reporter
Good God! I’ve been sayin’ it. I’ve been sayin’ it for ten damn years. Ain’t I been sayin’ it, Miguel? Yeah, I’ve been sayin’ it.
– Russel Casse

Y’know, this was supposed to be my weekend off, but noooo. You got me out here draggin’ your heavy ass through the burnin’ desert with your dreadlocks stickin’ out the back of my parachute. You gotta come down here with an attitude, actin’ all big and bad…
– Captain Steven Hiller
And what the hell is that smell?
– Captain Steven Hiller
I could’ve been at a barbecue!
– Captain Steven Hiller
But I ain’t mad.
– Captain Steven Hiller

Everyone’s trying to get out of Washington, and we’re the only schmucks trying to get in.
– Julius Levinson

What do you want us to do?
– President Thomas Whitmore
Die. Die.
– Captured Alien

A countdown… wait, a countdown to what David?
– Marty Gilbert
It’s like in chess: First, you strategically position your pieces and when the timing is right you strike. They’re using this signal to syncronize their efforts and in 5 hours the countdown will be over.
– David Levinson
And then what?
– Marty Gilbert
Checkmate.
– David Levinson
Oh, my God. I gotta call my brother, my housekeeper, my lawyer. Nah, forget my lawyer.
– Marty Gilbert

This could be our last night on Earth. You don’t want to die a virgin, do you?
– Philip

Is Mommy sleeping now?
– Patricia Whitmore
Yeah, Mommy is sleeping now.
– President Thomas Whitmore

They’re bringing us in.
– David Levinson
When the hell was you gonna tell me?
– Captain Steven Hiller
Oops.
– David Levinson
We’re gonna have to work on our communication.
– Captain Steven Hiller

Payback’s a bitch, ain’t it?
– Russel Casse

Time’s up.
– David Levinson

The only mistake I ever made was to appoint a sniveling little weasel like you Secretary of Defense. However, that is a mistake, I am happy to say, that I don’t have to live with. Mr. Nimzicki… you’re fired.
– President Thomas Whitmore

Look, I really don’t think they flew 90 billion light years to come down here and start a fight. Get all rowdy.
– Captain Steven Hiller

Are you all right?
– Gen. Gray
I saw… its thoughts. I saw what they’re planning to do. They’re like locusts. They’re moving from planet to planet… their whole civilization. After they’ve consumed every natural resource they move on… and we’re next. Nuke ’em. Let’s nuke the bastards.
– President Thomas Whitmore

Let’s kick the tires and light the fires, big daddy!
– Capt. Jimmy Wilder

All you need is love. John Lennon. Smart man. Shot in the back, very sad.
– Julius Levinson

Didn’t I promise you fireworks?
– Captain Steven Hiller
Yeah.
– Dylan Dubrow

Doesn’t anybody have any missiles left?
– President Thomas Whitmore

You scared, man?
– Capt. Jimmy Wilder
No. You?
– Captain Steven Hiller
No. Hold me.
– Capt. Jimmy Wilder
Hey, pay attention!
– Captain Steven Hiller
Something you want to add to this briefing, Captain Hiller?
– Lt. Colonel Watson
No, sir, just a little anxious to get up there and whoop E.T.’s ass, that’s all!
– Captain Steven Hiller

I have got to get me one of these!
– Captain Steven Hiller

I’m not Jewish.
– Albert Nimzicki
Nobody’s perfect.
– Julius Levinson