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The Best 'Get on Up' Movie Quotes

Updated August 31, 2020 151 votes 59 voters 18.7k views12 items

"Get On Up" movie quotes tell the amazing true story of Godfather of Soul James Brown. The musical biopic was directed by Tate Taylor using a screenplay penned by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth. Produced by Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer, among others, opened on August 1, 2014.

In "Get On Up," the story of how funk musician James Brown (Chadwick Boseman) went from being an aimless Augusta, Georgia, child to finding music while in prison for burglary to changing music as we all know it today is chronicled.

The ensemble cast includes Nelsan Ellis as good friend and bandmate Bobby Byrd, Brandon Smith as Little Richard, Jill Scott as Dee-Dee Jenkins, Tika Sumpter as Yvonne Fair, Dan Aykroyd as manager Ben Bart, Octavia Spencer as Aunt Honey and Viola Davis and Lennie James as James's absent parents, Susie and Joe.

"Get On Up" joins a roaring 2014 movie season already buzzing with other movies such as "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Hercules," "Lucy," "Magic in the Moonlight," "A Most Wanted Man," "Happy Christmas," "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "Sex Tape," "Wish I Was Here, "And So It Goes, "Dawn of Planet of the Apes," "A Long Way Down," "Tammy," "Earth to Echo," "Deliver Us from Evil," "Transformers: Age of Extinction," "Snowpiercer," and "Begin Again,".
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    Everybody Going to Know Your Name

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    Aunt Honey: "You special. You mama's a no account fool, your daddy too, but you ain't going to be. You gonna be okay. One day, everybody going to know your name."

    Aunt Honey speaks to a very young James Brown. As she predicts, despite his unfortunate childhood and family situation, he will be something special someday.
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    People Better Be Ready

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    James Brown: "When I hit the stage, people better be ready, especially the white folk."

    A lack of confidence is something James Brown never had. He wasn't worried that he wouldn't be welcomed, more of issued an order that people should be ready for what he was about to share with them.
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    I Want to Go to Vietnam

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    James Brown: "Mr. President, I want to go to Vietnam. We've got to bring the super heavy funk to the cats over there."

    James Brown: "Are they shooting at us? They trying to kill James Brown today. You want to go down in history as the man who killed the funk?"

    James Brown approaches the President to request a chance to visit troops in Vietnam. His trip there, however, is scarier than he anticipated.
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    If It Sound Good and It Feel Good

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    James Brown: "What's wrong, Maceo?"
    Maceo Parker: "We can't play that like you told us. It doesn't work musically."
    James Brown: "Does it sound good?"
    Everyone: "Yeah"
    James Brown: "Does it feel good?"
    Everyone: "Yeah"
    James Brown: "If it sound good and it feel good, then it's musical."

    James Brown receives some static from his bandmates regarding his choice of music. Maceo doesn't think his funk is musically sound, but James isn't interested in being restricted by any norms.
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