It's about fairness, Curtis! It's about people paying their dues. Ain't that what you keep telling me? "Get in line, Effie. Wait your turn". So why am I sitting here without so much as a B-side on a 45, when an amateur like Martin Luther King, Jr., gets his own freakin' album? I mean, can he even sing?

Effie Melody White

'Cause this time, Effie White's gonna win!

Effie Melody White

Deena Jones: You got the same wig I got?
Effie Melody White: Yeah.
Deena Jones: You got same the same dress I got?
Effie Melody White: Yeah.
Deena Jones: Then shut up!

That's right Curtis. You stopped me once, but you'll never stop me again!

Effie Melody White

Deena, you know why I chose you to sing lead? Because your voice... has no personality. No depth. Except for what I put in there.

Curtis Taylor Jr.

[singing] Jimmy want a rib! Jimmy want a steak! Jimmy want piece of yo chocolate cake!

James 'Thunder' Early

And I am telling you I'm not going. You're the best man I'll ever know. There's no way I can ever go. No, no, no, no way, No, no, no, no way I'm living without you. I'm not living without you. I don't want to be free. I'm staying, I'm staying, And you, and you, you're gonna love me. Ooh, you're gonna love me.

Effie Melody White

Effie Melody White: So... Deena's going to sing the lead 'cause you like the way she looks? Am I ugly to you, Curtis?
Curtis Taylor Jr.: Baby, come on! You know how I feel about you, come on. Don't make it personal.
Effie Melody White: Well, what am I supposed to do? Deena's beautiful, and she's always been beautiful... but I've got the voice, Curtis! I've got the voice! You can't put me in back; you just can't!

Effie Melody White: Tell me something, Curtis: do you think it's right to promote an amateur performer over a professional?
Curtis Taylor Jr.: Um, I don't know what this is about...

Music is supposed to sell.

Curtis Taylor Jr.

James 'Thunder' Early: Hey, where you going? You can't leave me, girl. I love you.
Lorrell Robinson: [sings] And Lorrell loves Jimmy. Lorrell loves Jimmy. Lorrell loves Jimmy, it's true. But Lorrell and Jimmy are through! [speaks] I got a show to do, remember, baby? [sings] Oh, baby, I got a show to do.

Lorrell Robinson: [as Early is kissing her] That feels nice... I mean it feels funny! You're married, aren't you?
James 'Thunder' Early: Everybody knows Jimmy's married, baby.
Lorrell Robinson: Well, then, you get your married hands off!

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Dreamgirls Quotes

Effie Melody White: So... Deena's going to sing the lead 'cause you like the way she looks? Am I ugly to you, Curtis?
Curtis Taylor Jr.: Baby, come on! You know how I feel about you, come on. Don't make it personal.
Effie Melody White: Well, what am I supposed to do? Deena's beautiful, and she's always been beautiful... but I've got the voice, Curtis! I've got the voice! You can't put me in back; you just can't!

Lorrell Robinson: [as Early is kissing her] That feels nice... I mean it feels funny! You're married, aren't you?
James 'Thunder' Early: Everybody knows Jimmy's married, baby.
Lorrell Robinson: Well, then, you get your married hands off!