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Moonlight Movie Quotes

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Moonlight movie quotes bring the dialogue to the film about the life of one young man during three important phases of his life as he grows up in a rough Miami neighborhood. The drama film was written and directed by Barry Jenkins based on the book In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney. After opening theatrically on October 21, 2016, Moonlight went on to earn eight Oscar nominations including Best Picture. 

In Moonlight, viewers are introduced to a young Chiron (then played by Alex Hibbert). Nicknamed Little due to his small personality and size, the boy is taken in by drug dealer Juan (Mahershala Ali) and his girlfriend Teresa (Janelle Monae) for a night before being returned to his abusive mother Paula (Naomie Harris). Little has just one friend, Kevin (then played by Jaden Pinter), but few else in the world. He continues to build a relationship with Juan and Teresa before a falling out when Juan sells drugs to Paula.

As a teen, Chiron (now played by Ashton Sanders) continues his friendship with Kevin (now played by Jharrel Jerome), which becomes romantic, and Teresa, though Juan has since died. His relationship with his mother is strained as she's deeply into crack cocaine. An incident with bullying involving Kevin leads Chiron to be arrested.

Some time later, Chiron (now played by Trevante Rhodes) now goes by the name Black, a nickname Kevin once gave to him. He returns to Miami to reunite with his mother, now in a drug treatment center, and Kevin, though Kevin (now played by André Holland) doesn't recognize his friend, who is now a drug dealer, as the person he once knew.

Moonlight movie quotes peek into the story portrayed in the film just like quotes from other movies do the same including for John Wick: Chapter 2, Fifty Shades Darker, The LEGO Batman Movie, and The Comedian.  

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    You Gonna Raise My Son?

    You Gonna Raise My Son? is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Moonlight Movie Quotes
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    Paula: You gonna raise my son?
    Juan: You gonna raise him?

    In these Moonlight movie quotes, Paula and Juan argue about who is the best to care for Paula's son Chiron. She claims Juan, the drug dealer, is unfit while he claims Paula, the drug addict, isn't any better.

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      You Gotta Know That I Love You

      You Gotta Know That I Love You is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Moonlight Movie Quotes
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      Paula: You ain't got to love me, but you gonna know that I love you.

      Chiron reunites with his mother, now in a residential drug treatment center, in this Moonlight movie quote. She knows she did wrong with him, and doesn't expect his love, but wants him to know she loves him.

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        All Love and Pride in This House

        All Love and Pride in This Hou is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Moonlight Movie Quotes
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        Teresa: Aright, water for me, and a little gin for you. Boy please, I know Juan used to give you that gin, but we ain't doing that up in here, Chiron. You don't think my joke was funny? What's wrong?
        Chiron: Nothing, I'm good.
        Teresa: No, I done seen good, and you ain't it. Stop putting yo' head down in my house! You know my rule. It's all love and all pride in this house! Do you feel me? I can't hear you. Do you feel me?
        Chiron: Yeah
        Teresa: Okay
        Chiron: I feel you.
        Teresa: Aright

        A teenage Chiron eats dinner with Teresa, something he frequently does even after Juan, Teresa's boyfriend, has died. She remains a positive influence in Chiron's life, something he desperately needs.

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          People Call Me Little

          People Call Me Little is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Moonlight Movie Quotes
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          Little: My name is Chiron, people call me Little.

          A young Chiron explains that people, at that time, call him Little. The name is reflective of his personality and size, which were both meager at that phase of his life.

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