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  • Beau S.
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    Somebody created a thread for favorite TV monologues, so I thought we should have one for film too.

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    Beau S.
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    For me, it will be nearly impossible to top Ellen Burstyn’s red dress monologue from Requiem for a Dream:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaX_8iKSBsQ

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    Scottferguson
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    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 Washington 

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    Malick
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    Quick one off the top of my head is – Robert Duvall in The Road (5 STARS)

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    Halo_Insider
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    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. 
     

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    OnTheAisle
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    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.

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    Aunt Peg
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    Piper Laurie’s speech towards the end of Carrie.

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    james alexander clim
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    Kathy Bates talking about cliffhangers in Misery! 

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    For me, it will be nearly impossible to top Ellen Burstyn’s red dress monologue from Requiem for a Dream:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaX_8iKSBsQ

    One of my favorite monologues of all time. Chills all over mah body.

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    Bill Buchanan
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    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.

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    Gabriel
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    This bizzare monologue performed by Laura Dern in David Lynch’s Inland Empire:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sSSBnuqDYU

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    Macbeth
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    All of the above are amazing, but I don’t think they get much better than this – Boris Karloff in Targets

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu9ZIRB79xk

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    ETPhoneHome
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    There are many in the film, but the “Mad as Hell” Speech from Network is fantastic, and probably my favourite.

    Runners-up:
    Kirk Douglas’ court speech in Paths of Glory 
    The bible passage from Pulp Fiction
    Alec Baldwin’s opening speech in Glengarry GlenRoss.

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    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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    Scottferguson
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    Luise Rainer won her Oscar for Great Ziegfeld pretty much solely from her phone call monologue.

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