Ray Charles: [Responding to knock] Who is it?
Ahmet Ertegun: Mr. Charles, my name is Ahmet Ertegun. May I have a moment of your time?
Ray Charles: What do you want? I'm at church.
Ahmet Ertegun: I'm sorry. I'll come back later.


Ray Charles: You see I saw Jack Lauderdale tonight and he gave me a $500.00 advance on my record. He also said he'd put me on the road with Lowell Folsum and pay me three times as much as you been paying me.
Marlene: Now, that's a lie!
Gossie McKee: Ain't no way he's gonna put some blind man on the road. Think about it! I mean, you need watchin' out for and he ain't got to time to look after you the way I been lookin' after you.
Ray Charles: Is that what you been doing, Gossie, watchin' out for me? Is that why you get paid double what I do?
Gossie McKee: Who told you that?
Ray Charles: Well, it's true, ain't it. You and Marlene been gamin' me since I got here.
Marlene: Ray, baby, listen.
Ray Charles: Ain't got to listen to you!

Marlene: Well, you don't need to be cooking anyway. We brought you take out from Oscar's.
Ray Charles: Well, get your money back. I got fried chicken right here. Come on, 7-0, try this.
Quincy Jones: Yeah, it's about time.
Ray Charles: Yeah, that's home cooked right there.

Hannibal Lecter: Why do you think he removes their skins, Agent Starling?
[sarcastically]
Hannibal Lecter: Enthrall me with your acumen.
Clarice Starling: It excites him. Most serial killers keep some sort of trophies from their victims.
Hannibal Lecter: I didn't.
Clarice Starling: No. No, you ate yours.

Marlene: Ray, what did I tell you about cooking in the dark? Are you trying to burn the house down?
Ray Charles: Think about it, Marlene, what do I need the light for?

[Listening to the trumpet playing] Ah, c'mon, Q, it's not that complicated. Now let's just play it again. That's a B-flat, C-7th, scale it up and triple off the back end.

Ray Charles

Joe Adams: [showing Ray and his wife their new mansion in L.A.] This foyer is designed to impress anybody who walks in the door. There's a big winding staircase, just like "Gone With The Wind."
Ray Charles: [to his wife] We should get our portraits painted, like Rhett and Scarlett.

Jack Lauderdale: Hey, Baby. You sound more like Nat than the King himself. What's your name?
Ray Charles: Ray Robinson.
Jack Lauderdale: Ray Robinson. I'm Jack Lauderdale, Swingtime records.
Ray Charles: Hey, Jack! How you doin'!
Jack Lauderdale: How 'bout us making a record together?
Ray Charles: Oh, hell yes! Let's do that.

Hannibal Lecter: You still wake up sometimes, don't you? You wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the lambs.
Clarice Starling: Yes.
Hannibal Lecter: And you think if you save poor Catherine, you could make them stop, don't you? You think if Catherine lives, you won't wake up in the dark ever again to that awful screaming of the lambs.

Music is supposed to sell.

Curtis Taylor Jr.

Don't jive me, man.

Ray Charles

Ray Charles: I hear like you see. Like that hummingbird outside the window, for instance.
Della Bea Robinson: Can't hear her.
Ray Charles: You have to listen.
Della Bea Robinson: [closes her eyes] Yes!
Ray Charles: Yeah. Yes, you can... Uh-oh. Did you hear that?
Della Bea Robinson: What?
Ray Charles: Her heart just skipped a beat.

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