MOVIE MONOLOGUES I LOVE
I wouldn’t go so far as to call these the greatest monologues of all time but they are 5 I LOVE. I could have put up audio clips but I think it’s better to see them as they appeared in the script, the way the actor first saw them. Check them out:
“Well, I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.” – CRASH DAVIS (KEVIN COSTNER)
I think this one is great because the manner in which it’s delivered. He doesn’t hesitate… he’s knows who he is. Plus, he manages to sound manly and romantic in the same breath.
” Ezekiel 25:17… The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.” – JULES WINFIELD (SAMUEL L. JACKSON)
It’s amazing that a Bible verse could fit so right in a film like this. The speech is given twice in the film and manages to be relevant and poignant both times!
“Hello? Hello. I’m looking for my wife. Wait. Okay… okay… okay. If this is where it has to happen, then this is where it has to happen. I’m not letting you get rid of me. How about that? This used to be my specialty. You know, I was good in a living room. They’d send me in there, and I’d do it alone. And now I just… but tonight, our little project, our company had a very big night — a very, very big night. But it wasn’t complete, wasn’t nearly close to being in the same vicinity as complete, because I couldn’t share it with you. I couldn’t hear your voice or laugh about it with you. I miss my — I miss my wife. We live in a cynical world, a cynical world, and we work in a business of tough competitors. I love you. You — complete me.” – JERRY MAGUIRE (TOM CRUISE)
The final words in this speech have been bastardized as much as any quote from Napolean Dynamite or an Austin Powers film. Still, the sentiment remains. This is one of most beautiful admissions of love ever written for the screen… as cheesy as it may be!
“Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.” – TYLER DURDEN (BRAD PITT)
I don’t think I’ve ever heard a better summary of my generation and it’s delivered so eloquently.
CLEAN AND SOBER.
“You know, um, I was waiting for a ride here tonight. Watching the headlights go by and I got thinking how different it was back in the old days. Standing in front of a burger stand and waiting. Yeah, those were the days of the really important headlights. Is that him? No, too narrow. Is that him? No… is that him? So, you think after 7 or 800 hundred cars, you’d lose interest. But, that’s the one thing about waiting for drugs, you never lose interest.” – RICHARD DIRKS (M. EMMET WALSH)
These are the opening words of the film. The ending is juxtaposed by a street full of blurred headlights. I love this film and this opening is so great because it just sums up what it’s like to be addicted so well.
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