“Beasts of No Nation” quotes

Movie Beasts of No Nation
Cary Fukunaga directed this movie in 2015
Title Beasts of No Nation
Year 2015
Director Cary Joji Fukunaga
Genre Drama, War
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Plot – Africa. Young Agu spends his time playing with his older brother and friends in a refugee camp where he lives with his family. His happy everyday life, however, is interrupted by the arrival of army troops called to choke a rebellion against the corrupt regime of the country. Agu's mother and sister manage to flee to a nearby town, but Agu, who stays behind with his father and brother, is soon left alone. Terrified, Agu flees into the forest where he discovers a company of young rebels led by a charismatic leader. He joins them; the child goes through tough training, finds a kindred spirit in his mute companion Strika and soon begins to fight and to win a series of promotions on the field. Becoming a child soldier, Agu will thus lose the innocence of childhood.
All actors – Abraham Attah, Emmanuel Affadzi, Ricky Adelayitor, Andrew Adote, Vera Nyarkoah Antwi, Ama K. Abebrese, Kobina Amissah-Sam, Francis Weddey, Fred Nii Amugi, John Arthur, Grace Nortey, Emmary Brown
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  • “- Agu: Are you liking war?
    - Strika: [Shakes his head].
    - Agu: Hey, I'm asking you a question and you are not talking. Are you having family?
    - Strika: [Shakes his head again].
    - Agu: I am thinking about my mom... and brother... and my little sister.”

    Abraham Attah - Agu
    [Tag:death, family, war]
  • “Sun, why are you shining at this world? I am wanting to catch you in my hands, to squeeze you until you can not shine no more. That way, everything is always dark and nobody's ever having to see all the terrible things that are happening here.”
    Abraham Attah - Agu
    [Tag:darkness, sadness, sun]
  • “- Commandant: And you, Agu? You wanna kill Commandant? Hey, Agu, I want you to kill Commandant. Come. Push it.
    - Preacher: [Whispers] Do It.
    - Commandant: Come, Agu, come. Put It here. Here! A-ha! Aha! Wanna Kill Commandant?”

    Idris Elba - Commandant
    Teibu Owusu Achcampong - Preacher
  • “It has put the weapons of this war back in your hands of you, the young, the powerful.”
    Idris Elba - Commandant
  • “I will always protect you because you are my son. And a son always protects his father.”
    Idris Elba - Commandant
  • “I saw terrible things... and I did terrible things. So if I'm talking to you, it will make me sad and it will make you too sad. In this life... I just want to be happy in this life.”
    Abraham Attah - Agu
    [Tag:children, sadness, war]
  • “- Commandant: You wanna take that brige?
    - Young Soldiers: Yes sir!
    - Commandant: We're gonna take that fucking bridge?
    - Young Soldiers: Yes sir!”

    Idris Elba - Commandant
    Abraham Attah - Young Soldiers
  • “Bullet is just eating everything, leaves, trees, ground, person. Eating them. Just making person to bleed everywhere.”
    Abraham Attah - Agu
    [Tag:war, weapons]
  • “Remember, I will call for you again... and you'll come. Remember.”

    Idris Elba - Commandant
  • “We are just like wild animals now, with no place to be going.”
    Abraham Attah - Agu
    [Tag:animals, sadness, war]
  • “All of you that have never been listened to before and have seen your family killed, huh, you now have something that stands for you. You now have something that stands for you!”
    Idris Elba - Commandant
    [Tag:army, helping, war]
  • “- Commandant: Hey, Agu. Just get out. Just Remember, when you are all poor and hungry, you'll remember me! You'll remember your commandant. Just go! Just go!
    - Preacher: Come on. Everybody, let's move!
    - Commandant: And know that I will be calling for you one day.”

    Idris Elba - Commandant
    Teibu Owusu Achcampong - Preacher
    [Tag:army, pain, promises]