A remarkably quotable movie, An Officer and a Gentleman has some dialogue that is more widely known than the movie itself. Certain lines—particularly Sgt Foley's—are also lifted from other military films, more as an homage than plagiarism.
- "Oklahoma? Only TWO THINGS come outta Oklahoma, steers and queers. Which one are you boy? I don't see any horns!Sgt Foley"I GOT NOWHERE ELSE TO GO!"Zack, Chewing the Scenery a bit."You know something, you ain't nothing special. You got no manners, you treat woman like whores and if you ask me you got no chance of being no officer!"Paula to Zack"Look over there... look at her. She decided to stay, instead of taking liberty on this weekend. She may not make it through the program, but she's got more heart and character than you will ever have!"Foley to Zack, about Casey Seeger"You one of those girls didn't get enough of daddy's attention cos he really wanted a son, Seeger? [Seeger starts to cry] Thaaaat's it. That's what'll beat you every time, Seeger—your mental attitude is that of a female. Deep down under all that bullshit you're still thinking like a second! class! citizen! Aren't you? You can never give orders to men! Walk around. Walk around, sugar britches!Foley to Seeger