October 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm #115439
Somebody created a thread for favorite TV monologues, so I thought we should have one for film too.October 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm #115442
Chaplin’s closing speech in The Great Dictator
Orson Welles’ cuckoo clock speech as Harry Lime in The Third Man
Jane Darwell’s “we’re the people” monologue at the end of The Grapes of Wrath
George C Scott’s opening speech in Patton
Jimmy Stewart’s lengthy Senate speech in Mr Smith Goes to WashingtonOctober 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm #115443
Quick one off the top of my head is – Robert Duvall in The Road (5 STARS)October 19, 2013 at 9:50 pm #115444
Morgan Freeman’s monologue to the parole board at the end of The Shawshank Redemption.
Lee J. Cobb coming apart in his final scene in 12 Angry Men.
Samuel L. Jackson’s “Ezekiel 25:17” in Pulp Fiction.
Albert Brooks’ “Buried the Lead” in Broadcast News (well, this is more of a dialogue, I suppose, but I still felt the need to include it, as most of the scene relies on him guiding things). HIs “Sweating the News” scene is also a treat.
Marlon Brando’s “I could have been a contender” speech from On the Waterfront.
Alec Baldwin’s scene in “Glengarry Glen Ross”.
Nicolas Cage’s opening voiceover in “Adaptation” (or the scene opposite Tilda Swinton).
Marlon Brando’s “I’ve Seen the Horrors” in Apocalypse Now.
Robert De Niro’s “You Talkin’ to me” in Taxi Driver.
Peter Finch’s “Mad as Hell” Speech from Network.
October 19, 2013 at 11:35 pm #115445
For sheer visceral impact, Pookie Adams (Liza Minnelli) in The Sterile Cuckoo has a lengthy phone call with her lover as they near the end of their romance. It is a stunning monologue that vividly captures the overwhelming emotions of a first love.October 19, 2013 at 11:40 pm #115446
Piper Laurie’s speech towards the end of Carrie.October 20, 2013 at 1:34 am #115447
Kathy Bates talking about cliffhangers in Misery!October 20, 2013 at 6:02 am #115449
The 8+ minute monologue in the Palme d’Or winning “Paris, Texas” is one of the best scenes ever put on film. I don’t I’ll ever be able to disaccotiate “film monologue” from those long, immersive and fascinating shots.October 20, 2013 at 8:48 am #115452
There are many in the film, but the “Mad as Hell” Speech from Network is fantastic, and probably my favourite.
Kirk Douglas’ court speech in Paths of Glory
The bible passage from Pulp Fiction
Alec Baldwin’s opening speech in Glengarry GlenRoss.October 20, 2013 at 11:11 am #115453
Mo’Nique in the final scene of “Precious.”
Dianne Weist looking out into the audience and talking about the theatre being a church in “Bullets Over Broadway.”
And, what is imo the most amazingly delivered monologue in movie history:
“And I STEPPED on the ping-pong ball.” from “Auntie Mame.”
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