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Beyond the Lights Movie Quotes

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"Beyond the Lights" movie quotes tell the story of two aspiring young people who find each other at crossroads in their lives. The romantic drama movie was written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. "Beyond the Lights" opened in theaters across the U.S. on November 14, 2014.

In "Beyond the Lights," Noni Jean (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is an up-and-coming singer who just broke into the mainstream, much from the help of her mother, Macy (Minnie Driver). But as Noni gains in popularity and fame, her feelings that she's just a puppet and cannot truly express herself, only the desires of others, pushes her to jump off a balcony. She's saved by the quick thinking of young police officer Kaz Nicol (Nate Parker) and the two begin a romantic relationship.

But with Kaz under the own parental pressures of his own with father David (Danny Glover) pushing him into politics, their relationship faces some bumps in the road early on. With both Noni and Kaz facing big decisions about what they truly want in life, they find that no matter what, they need each other.

"Beyond the Lights" hits theaters in the fall of 2014 alongside other great movies including "Dumb and Dumber To," "Foxcatcher," "Interstellar," "The Theory of Everything," "Nightcrawler," "Big Hero 6," "Before I Go to Sleep," "Horns," "John Wick," "White Bird in a Blizzard," "Fury," "The Best of Me," "The Book of Life," "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," "The Judge," "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," "St. Vincent," and "Gone Girl."
  • 1. My Actions Will Speak Louder

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    Pastor Marks: "Officer Nicol, I was more than willing to break bread with you but I'm not sure I can support someone who looks like a college boy."
    Kaz Nicol: "There was a 26-year-old minister who led the civil rights movement."
    Reverend Brown: "Are you comparing yourself to Dr. King?"
    Kaz Nicol: "Not at all, reverend. What I mean to say is, progress rarely comes from those who are content and secure. It comes from those who are unsettled by what they've seen. There is a daily violence in our community and I have a front row seat to it. Nothing stops a bullet like a job. L.A. is better when our community is strong and I'm going to inspire city hall to invest in us. Now the truth is, I can't win the election in this district without your support. I hope that you become more familiar with me. I can earn your respect. In the meantime, my actions will speak louder than anything I can say tonight."
    Pastor Marks: "I look forward to your actions."

    Kaz and his father invite local religious leaders over for dinner in the hopes they will endorse Kaz in his bid for political office. They are not entirely convinced but are interested to see what Kaz an do to prove himself.
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  • 2. I See You

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    Noni Jean: "I feel like I'm suffocating and no one can see me."
    Kaz Nicol: "Can you look at me for a second? No, wait! Hey, hey, look at me. I see you. I see you. I see you."

    Noni is at the end of her rope and jumps off a balcony. In a daring rescue, Kaz grabs her and reassures her that he does see her, even if others don't.
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  • 3. When Did You Ever Tell Me?

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    Macy Jean: "When did you ever tell me that you didn't want this?"
    Noni Jean: "When I was on that balcony"

    Macy, Noni's mother, confronts Noni after Noni talks of quitting the music business. Macy argues that Noni never objected to anything she's done on her ladder to success but Noni sees it differently.
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  • 4. You Want to be a Runner Up?

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    Macy Jean: "You want to be a runner up or you want to be a winner?"

    Macy pushes daughter Noni to be better than the rest. But whether this encouragement helps or hurts Noni is up for debate.
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