Favorite Movie Soliloquy

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006 6:48 AM


The art of cinematography is often different things to different people. For some it is the visual effects that capture our imagination, for others the plot twists and dialogue are more important. Whatever it is that you love about a movie, you must acknowledge that at some point in the film, someone will give a speech.

And while this speech may be in strict accordance with the script of the movie, often it will be more of a commentary on society or an overview of life itself.

I remember one such speech from that little movie Serenity… something about needing a “glove” to fly the ship….

Anyway, if you have a favorite speech from a favorite movie, let’s hear it. Here is mine. It’s from a movie I can barely remember. I couldn’t tell you how it ended, but I will always remember this soliloquy from Chief Dan George and the movie “The Outlaw Josie Wales”

"I'm an Indian alright but here in The Nations they call us the civilized tribes.

They call us civilized because we are easy to sneak up on.

White men have been sneaking up on us for years.

They sneaked up on us and they told us we wouldn't be happy.

They told us we would be happy in The Nations.

So they took away our tribal lands and sent us here.

I had a fine woman and two sons but they all died on the Trail of Tears.

I wore a frock coat to Washington before The War.

We wore them because we belonged to the five civilized tribes.

We dressed ourselves up like Abraham Lincoln.

We got to see the secretary of the interior.

He said, "Boy, you boys sure look civilized."

He congratulated us and he gave us medals for looking so civilized.

We told him about how our tribal lands had been stolen and how our humans were dying.

When we finished he shook our hands and said "Endeavor to preserver!!"

They stood us in a line John Jumper, Chili McIntosh, Buffalo Hump, Jim Buckmark, and me, I am Lone Waite.

The newspapers took our picture and said, "Indians vow to endeavor to preserver."

We thought about for a long time, endeavor to preserver, and when we had thought about it long enough, we declared war on the Union."

Lone Waite, Indian chief - from "The Outlaw Jose Wales"

Chief Dan George in "Outlaw Jose Wales"


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 7:21 AM


Dayve, great idea for a thread. Not a social or political one just very funny. Actually, it's from a TV show not a movie. I think it was in the pilot for "Brisco County Jr.". And I don't have it verbatim, but it goes something like this.

After the stage coach drivers get drunk and fall off. Brisco is in a runaway stage coach with Dixie. She looks at Brisco and says...

Dix.."What are we going to do now?"

Brisco.." Well..I could swing out, Get a good foot hold and climb my way to the top of the stage. Then, if I'm real careful, and god is on my side, I could Leap onto the back of the rear horse and work my way to the lead two horses...Taking care not to fall beneath their thundering hooves... Then, I'll reach out, grab the bridle on the lead horse, and reign them in to a safe and steady stop!"

Dix.."Oh mmmyyyy!"

Brisco.."Or we could jump."

*opens stage door and throws both out*


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 8:14 AM




Tuesday, August 15, 2006 8:36 AM



I remember one such speech from that little movie Serenity… something about needing a “glove” to fly the ship….

I'm a little confused.. did you mean you need "love" to fly a ship? Or is glove some inside joke?

"Am I a lion?"


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 8:38 AM


well, i did wink....


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 8:39 AM


and of course there was that fabulous recording "Smell The Glove" by Spinal Tap.....


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 8:41 AM


....a wink is as good as a nod to a blind man......


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 8:48 AM


still woulda been kinda funny if someone really thought he said glove this whole time...

"Am I a lion?"


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 8:56 AM


what about it AVFC?... got a favorite quote?...

here's a couple from another movie - Bull Durham

[Opening narration]
Annie Savoy: I believe in the Church of Baseball. I've tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I've worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I heard that, I gave Jesus a chance. But it just didn't work out between us. The Lord laid too much guilt on me. I prefer metaphysics to theology. You see, there's no guilt in baseball, and it's never boring... which makes it like sex. There's never been a ballplayer slept with me who didn't have the best year of his career. Making love is like hitting a baseball: you just gotta relax and concentrate. Besides, I'd never sleep with a player hitting under .250... not unless he had a lot of RBIs and was a great glove man up the middle. You see, there's a certain amount of life wisdom I give these boys. I can expand their minds. Sometimes when I've got a ballplayer alone, I'll just read Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman to him, and the guys are so sweet, they always stay and listen. 'Course, a guy'll listen to anything if he thinks it's foreplay. I make them feel confident, and they make me feel safe, and pretty. 'Course, what I give them lasts a lifetime; what they give me lasts 142 games. Sometimes it seems like a bad trade. But bad trades are part of baseball - now who can forget Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas, for God's sake? It's a long season and you gotta trust. I've tried 'em all, I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball.


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 8:58 AM


and who can forget this one??

Annie Savoy: What do you believe in, then?

Crash Davis: 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.

(Bull Durham - 1988)


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 9:07 AM


George Patton:
I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.

Men, all this stuff you've heard about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war is a lot of horse dung. Americans, traditionally, love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.

When you were kids you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, big league ball player, the toughest boxer. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war, because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.

Now, an army is a team. It lives, eats, sleeps, fights as a team. This individuality stuff is a bunch of crap. The bilious bastards who wrote that stuff about individuality for the Saturday Evening Post don't know anything more about real battle than they do about fornicating.

Now, we have the finest food, equipment, the best spirit, and the best men in the world. You know, by God I, I actually pity those poor bastards we're going up against, by God, I do. We're not just going to shoot the bastards; we're going to cut out their living guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We're going to murder those lousy Hun bastards by the bushel.

Now, some of you boys, I know, are wondering whether or not you'll chicken out under fire. Don't worry about it. I can assure you that you will all do your duty.

The Nazis are the enemy. Wade into them. Spill their blood. Shoot them in the belly. When you put your hand into a bunch of goo that a moment before was your best friend's face, you'll know what to do.

Now there's another thing I want you to remember: I don't want to get any messages saying that we are holding our position. We're not holding anything. Let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly and we're not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy. We're going to hold onto him by the nose and we're going to kick him in the ass. We're going to kick the hell out of him all the time and we're going to go through him like crap through a goose.

Now, there's one thing that you men will be able to say when you get back home. And you may thank God for it. Thirty years from now when you’re sitting around your fireside with your grandson on your knee, and he asks you: "What did you do in the great World War II?" You won't have to say, "Well, I shoveled shit in Louisiana."

Alright, now you sons-of-bitches, you know how I feel. Oh... I will be proud to lead you wonderful guys into battle anytime, anywhere.

That's all.
(Patton (1970))


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 9:32 AM


Deckard: [voice-over] I don't know why he saved my life. Maybe in those last moments he loved life more than he ever had before. Not just his life, anybody's life, my life. All he'd wanted were the same answers the rest of us want. Where did I come from? Where am I going? How long have I got? All I could do was sit there and watch him die.

(Blade Runner - 1982)


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 9:37 AM


Not really a soliloquy, but I have a favorite quote (technically from a book but also movie).

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities"

As you can guess, it's harry potter.

Yea, I know I'm a dork...

"Am I a lion?"


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 9:39 AM


"Where there is fire, there is smoke. And in that smoke from this day foward my people will crouch and conspire and plot and plan, for the inevitable day of man's downfall. The day when he finally and self-destructivly turns his weapons against his own kind. The day of the writing in the sky, when your cities lie burried under radio-active rubble. When the sea is a dead sea, and the land is a wasteland out of which I will lead my people from their captivity, and we will build our own cities, in which there will be no place for humans, except to serve our ends! We will build our own cities, our own armies, our own DINASTY!
And that day is upon you, NOW!"

Caesar Chrisisall


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 10:26 AM


This was a cool idea for a thread. Okay, here it goes. One of my favorite quotes or speeches.
D-Day: War's over, man. Wormer dropped the big one.
Bluto: Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
Boon: Forget it, he's rolling.
Bluto: And it ain't over now. 'Cause when the goin' gets tough.....
[thinks hard]
Bluto: the tough get goin'! Who's with me? Let's go!
[runs out, alone; then returns]
Bluto: What the fuck happened to the Delta I used to know? Where's the spirit? Where's the guts, huh? "Ooh, we're afraid to go with you Bluto, we might get in trouble." Well just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I'm not gonna take this. Wormer, he's a dead man!Marmalard, dead! Niedermeyer.....
Otter: Dead! Bluto's right. Psychotic, but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part.
Bluto: We're just the guys to do it.
D-Day: Let's do it.
Bluto: LET'S DO IT!

Animal House (1978)


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 10:45 AM


Great thread!

Hmmmm. So many good ones to choose from (Duval and the napalm in Apocalypse Now , the precious bodily fluids in Dr. Strangelove , Freeman on rehabilitation in The Shawshank Redemption and Tomei on the witness stand in My Cousin Vinny are what first pop into my head).

For soliloquy I'd probably go with Gregory Peck's closing argument in To Kill a Mockingbird .

For favorite side of a conversation I'm torn between two that Bacall did (with Bogie, naturally ). The horse conversation in The Big Sleep and the whistle one from To Have and Have Not .

from To Have and Have Not and copied from
Slim: (She pulls a wad of bills from beneath the lapel of her dress.) Here. Can you use this?
Steve: I thought you said you were broke. (He snickers harshly at her.) You're good. You're awful good. [He quotes her own words about her desire to return to the United States.] 'I'd walk home if it wasn't for all that water.'
Slim: Who was the girl, Steve?
Steve: Who was what girl?
Slim: The one who left you with such a high opinion of women? She must have been quite a gal. (She holds out the money.) You think I lied to you about this, don't you? Well, it just happens there's thirty-odd dollars here, not enough for boat fare or any other kind of fare. Just enough to be able to say no if I feel like it. And you can have it if you want it.
Steve: I'm sorry, Slim. But I still say you're awful good. And I wouldn't...
Slim: You wouldn't take anything from anybody, would you?
Steve: That's right.
Slim: You know, Steve, you're not very hard to figure. Only at times. Sometimes I know exactly what you're going to say - most of the time. The other times (She sits in his lap), the other times you're just a stinker. (She plants a kiss on his lips.)
Steve: What'd you do that for?
Slim: Been wondering whether I'd like it.
Steve: What's the decision?
Slim: I don't know yet.
(She kisses him again. Stands up)
Slim: It's even better when you help.
(She starts walking towards the door)
Slim: (She holds up the bills again.) Uh, sure you won't change your mind about this?
Steve: (affirmatively) Uh-huh.
Slim: This belongs to me and so do my lips. I don't see any difference.
Steve: Well, I do.
Slim: Okay. You know you don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to say anything and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. (She opens his door and pauses.) You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together - and blow.


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 11:30 AM


You guys have some really good ones - Soupcatcher, the Duval napalm speech in Apocalypse Now is a great one and of course To Kill A Mockingbird is classic. I keep thinking of good movie lines and this one from Cool Hand Luke always made me laugh. Boss Carr is laying down the law.....

Carr: Them clothes got laundry numbers on them. You remember your number and always wear the ones that has your number. Any man forgets his number spends a night in the box. These here spoons you keep with you. Any man loses his spoon spends a night in the box. There's no playing grab-ass or fighting in the building. You got a grudge against another man, you fight him Saturday afternoon. Any man playing grab-ass or fighting in the building spends a night in the box. First bell's at five minutes of eight when you will get in your bunk. Last bell is at eight. Any man not in his bunk at eight spends the night in the box. There is no smoking in the prone position in bed. To smoke you must have both legs over the side of your bunk. Any man caught smoking in the prone position in bed... spends a night in the box. You get two sheets. Every Saturday, you put the clean sheet on the top... the top sheet on the bottom... and the bottom sheet you turn in to the laundry boy. Any man turns in the wrong sheet spends a night in the box. No one'll sit in the bunks with dirty pants on. Any man with dirty pants on sitting on the bunks spends a night in the box. Any man don't bring back his empty pop bottle spends a night in the box. Any man loud talking spends a night in the box. You got questions, you come to me. I'm Carr, the floor walker. I'm responsible for order in here. Any man don't keep order spends a night in...

Luke: ...the box.

Carr: I hope you ain't going to be a hard case.


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 11:55 AM


Many good choices already. I'll add this from The Fellowship of the Ring:

Gandalf: Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo's hand. Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends. My heart tells me that Gollum has some part to play yet, for good or ill before this is over. The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many.

I'm pointin' right at it!


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 12:08 PM


Here's one of my favs.

"We got sonic, electronic ball breakers... Hey check this out. Hey, Ripley, me and my squad of ultimate badasses will protect you.
Check it out. Indepentantly targetable particle cannon phalanx gun. FWAP!!! Fry half a city with this puppy.
We got pulse rifles, we got smartguns, RPGs. We got nukes, knives, sharp sticks..."

"Hudson" Aliens

For every battle honour, a thousand heroes die along, unremembered and unsung...


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 1:02 PM


My all-time favorite:

The President: Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in this history of mankind.

Mankind -- that word should have new meaning for all of us today.We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore.We will be united in our common interests.
Perhaps its fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom, not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution -- but from annihilation. We're fighting for our right to live, to exist.
And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice:

"We will not go quietly into the night!

We will not vanish without a fight!

We're going to live on!

We're going to survive!"

Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!

Sex and violence on the big screen, where it belongs.


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 1:16 PM


Got to have this from Big Trouble in Little China:
Jack Burton: When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, looks you crooked in the eye and asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 1:23 PM



Originally posted by chrisisall:
"Where there is fire, there is smoke. And in that smoke from this day foward my people will crouch and conspire and plot and plan, for the inevitable day of man's downfall. The day when he finally and self-destructivly turns his weapons against his own kind. The day of the writing in the sky, when your cities lie burried under radio-active rubble. When the sea is a dead sea, and the land is a wasteland out of which I will lead my people from their captivity, and we will build our own cities, in which there will be no place for humans, except to serve our ends! We will build our own cities, our own armies, our own DINASTY!
And that day is upon you, NOW!"

Caesar Chrisisall

OK. I give. What's that from?


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 1:36 PM


Conquest of The Planet Of The Apes.

How could you not know?

Ape has killed Chrisisall


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 2:17 PM



Originally posted by chrisisall:
Conquest of The Planet Of The Apes.

How could you not know?

Ape has killed Chrisisall

My youthful aversion to sequels forced me to stop watching after the second flick.


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 3:36 PM


Have you ever heard Paul Gross give a soliloquy? The man is magic! If you don't know who he is, he was the lead actor of another of my favorite long ago canceled shows called Due South. I think my favorite one he gives though is from a little known movie he did called "Men With Brooms", and for all of you who haven't seen it, if you can some how get you hands on it watch it cause I laugh my butt off every time I see it!

The only one I could find all the words to is from an episode of Due South called "An Eye for an Eye", it was so good they even put it on the soundtrack!:

"Where I come from, the challenges are quite different. There are no drug
dealers or pimps, and few thieves to bother with. There is only the
environment. And surviving in the face of it is the challenge of the Inuit.

A mother gives birth somewhere out on a glacier field....hundreds of miles
from the nearest outpost. And she nows that the odds are stacked against
her son even living to see the spring......disease, or a lack of food....the
elements..... and - even if they should survive, and if he should grow to be
a boy - she knows very well....that all he has to do is lose his footing on the
smooth surface of the glacier and that'll be that. In other words, she should
know that her son cannot live. So.....why should she try?

Well, I know this woman............I helped deliver her son. She was weak undernourished, but the next morning she stood up and she picked
her child up into her arms, and ..... and she set out again into the blinding
snow. And I think.....I think that was the single most courageous act I have
ever seen."

It just not the same unless you hear him say it really.


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 4:15 PM


I thought I was the only one that loved Due South.

Here's one of my favorite soliolquys. It's from "Stripes". Bill Murray is trying to get the guys to work together after Sgt Hulka's been blown up. I couldn't find the whole thing but here's part.

`We're all very different people. We're not Spartans, we're not Watusi, we're Americans, with a capital ‘A.' That means our forefathers were thrown out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We're the underdog. We're mutts.'


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 5:37 PM


Although there are many memorable soliloquies from the Lord of the Rings, this one really stuck with me.

"How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart you begin to understand there is no going back? There are some things time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep that have taken hold."

- Frodo, The Return of King

Morbid and creepifying I got no problem with, so long as you do it quiet like.


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 9:16 PM


Here is another quote that I love. Its from 'V for Vendetta', where V is introducing himself to Evey. I love the way Hugo Weaving says this bit!

"Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is it vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished, as the once vital voice of the verisimilitude now venerates what they once vilified. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose vis-à-vis an introduction, and so it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V."


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 10:30 PM


Terence Mann
Ray, people will come Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only $20 per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.

You know what the problem with Hollywood is? They make shit. Unbelievable, unremarkable shit. Now I'm not some grungy wannabe filmmaker that's searching for existentialism through a haze of bong smoke or something. No, it's easy to pick apart bad acting, short-sighted directing, and a purely moronic stringing together of words that many of the studios term as "prose". No, I'm talking about the lack of realism. Realism; not a pervasive element in today's modern American cinematic vision. Take Dog Day Afternoon, for example. Arguably Pacino's best work, short of Scarface and Godfather Part 1, of course. Masterpiece of directing, easily Lumet's best. The cinematography, the acting, the screenplay, all top-notch. But... they didn't push the envelope. Now what if in Dog Day, Sonny REALLY wanted to get away with it? What if - now here's the tricky part - what if he started killing hostages right away? No mercy, no quarter. "Meet our demands or the pretty blonde in the bellbottoms gets it the back of the head." Bam, splat! What, still no bus? Come on! How many innocent victims splattered across a window would it take to have the city reverse its policy on hostage situations? And this is 1976; there's no CNN, there's no CNBC, there's no internet! Now fast forward to today, present time, same situation. How quickly would the modern media make a frenzy over this? In a matter of hours, it'd be biggest story from Boston to Budapest! Ten hostages die, twenty, thirty; bam bam, right after another, all caught in high-def, computer-enhanced, color corrected. You can practically taste the brain matter. All for what? A bus, a plane? A couple of million dollars that's federally insured? I don't think so. Just a thought. I mean, it's not within the realm of conventional cinema... but what if?


I do not kill with my hand.
He who kills with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I kill with my heart.


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 11:01 PM


{preamble} Not as loquacious as some of the above, and certainly not a passionate or funny. But somehow encompasses them all.... {/preamble}


- I didn't come on the bus either.
- So how did you get here then?

Well, basically, there was this little dot, right, and the dot went bang. And the bang expanded.
Energy formed into matter. Matter cooled, matter lived. The amoeba to fish, the fish to fowl,
the fowl to froggy, the froggy to mammal, the mammal to monkey, the monkey to man.

Amo, amas, amat. Quid pro quo.
Memento mori. Ad infinitum.

Sprinkle on a little bit of grated cheese and leave under the grill till doomsday.

From "Naked".

I swear, it was the writer/director and the lead actor what drew me to the movie, and not the title! {/yeahright}


Wednesday, August 16, 2006 12:03 AM


Blade Runner -

"I have seen things you cannot imagine. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion, c-beams sparkle in the Tannhauser Gate. All these moment will be lost in time, like tears in the rain. die."

Chokes me up every time.


Wednesday, August 16, 2006 12:44 AM


There are a million movie quotes or speeches which we can easily toss up, but a soliloquy is not just a speech or a few favorite lines snipped from a movie.

Here's one soliloquy from a Sergio Leone film.

The Good,The Bad, and The Ugly - Eli Wallach delivers a Soliliquy in the Thieves Grotto AKA The Chicken Scene (extended DVD version)

Tuco reflects on his life of thievery - if we work to live, then why do we work ourselves into the grave?


Wednesday, August 16, 2006 1:27 AM


I had to look up sololiquy in the dictionary. I vaguely remembered hearing that word in High School. I can't think of one now. I think there was a few in Ferris Beuler's Day Off that I liked though. Something about stopping and smelling the roses and not letting life pass you by.

"A government is a body of people, usually notably ungoverned."


Wednesday, August 16, 2006 4:03 AM



Originally posted by MalBadLatin:
but a soliloquy is not just a speech or a few favorite lines snipped from a movie

Malbadlatin – you’re right about the definition of soliloquy – actually it should be a speech delivered with no listeners present or monologue. I probably used the term incorrectly in my opening, but in the case of the “endeavor to preserver” speech I started with, soliloquy seemed to fit – now that I think about it – I was probably wrong about that.

I think what I was looking for was the defining moment of a movie expressed by the screenwriter or director.


Wednesday, August 16, 2006 3:32 PM


This is from the show Coupling. The episode: Lesbian Spank Inferno.

Oh, because it's got naked women in it! Look, I like naked women! I'm a bloke, we're supposed to like naked women, we're born like that! We like naked women as soon as we're pulled out of one. Halfway down the birth canal we're already enjoying the view! Look, it is the four pillars of the male heterosexual psyche. We like: Naked Women, Stockings, Lesbians, and Sean Connery best as James Bond, because that's what being a boy is. And if you don't like, darling, join a film collective. Look, I want to spend the rest of my life with the woman at the end of that table there, but that does not stop me wanting to see several thousand more naked bottoms before I die, because that's what being a bloke is. When man invented fire, he didn't say "Hey, let's cook!" He said "Great! Now we can see naked bottoms in the dark!” As soon as Caxton had invented the printing press, we were using it to make pictures of, hey hey, naked bottoms! We have turned the Internet into an enormous international database of naked bottoms. So you see, the story of male achievement through the ages, feeble though it may have been, has been a story of our struggle to get a better look at your bottoms. Quite frankly girls, I'm not sure how insulted you really ought to be.”


Wednesday, August 16, 2006 4:14 PM


Paul Gross' speech about the Robert Mankenzie from Mountie on the Bounty I'm not gonna quote it, except " The captain's last transmission read ' 32 down on the Robert Mackenzie'"


Wednesday, August 16, 2006 5:48 PM


Yes! Coupling...I love that show, and I'm sure I miss 20% of the jokes because I'm not British.

Anyways, here's one of my favorites from 25th Hour:

We'll drive. Keep driving. Head out to the middle of nowhere, take that road as far as it takes us. You've never been west of Philly, have ya? This is a beautiful country Monty, it's beautiful out there, like a different world. Mountains, hills, cows, farms, and white churches. I drove out west with your mother one time, before you was born. Brooklyn to the Pacific in three days. Just enough money for gas, sandwiches, and coffee, but we made it. Every man, woman, and child alive should see the desert one time before they die. Nothin' at all for miles around. Nothin' but sand and rocks and cactus and blue sky. Not a soul in sight. No sirens. No car alarms. Nobody honkin' atcha. No madmen cursin' or pissin' in the streets. You find the silence out there, you find the peace. You can find God. So we drive west, keep driving till we find a nice little town. These towns out in the desert, you know why they got there? People wanted to get way from somewhere else. The desert's for startin' over. Find a bar and I'll buy us drinks. I haven't had a drink in two years, but I'll have one with you, one last whisky with my boy. Take our time with it, taste the barley, let it linger. And then I'll go. I'll tell you dont ever write me, dont ever visit, I'll tell you I believe in God's kingdom and I'll see you and your mother again, but not in this lifetime. You'll get a job somewhere, a job that pays cash, a boss who doesn't ask questions, and you make a new life and you never come back. Monty, people like you, it's a gift, you'll make friends wherever you go. You're going to work hard, you're going to keep your head down and your mouth shut. You're going to make yourself a new home out there. You're a New Yorker, that won't ever change. You got New York in your bones. Spend the rest of your life out west but you're still a New Yorker. You'll miss your friends, you'll miss your dog, but you're strong. You got your mother backbone in you, you're strong like she was. You find the right people, and you get yourself papers, a drivers license. You forget your old life, you can't come back, you can't call, you can't write. You never look back. You make a new life for yourself and you live it, you hear me? You live your live the way it should have been. But maybe, this is dangerous, but maybe after a few years you send word to Naturelle. You get yourself a new family and you raise them right, you hear me? Give them a good life Monty. Give them what they need. You have a son, maybe you name him James, it's a good strong name, and maybe one day years from now years after im dead and gone reunited with your dear ma, you gather your whole family around and tell them the truth, who you are, where you come from, you tell them the whole story. Then you ask them if they know how lucky there are to be there. It all came so close to never happening. This life came so close to never happening.

Or the one from American Psycho (I cut out the naughty bits):

Do you like Phil Collins? I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that I really didn't understand any of their work. It was too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think "Invisible Touch" is the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility, at the same time it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding
three albums. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship and sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Take the lyrics to "Land of Confusion." In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problem of abusive political authority. "In Too Deep" is the most moving pop song of the 1980s about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock. Phill Collins solo efforts seem to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying in a narrower way, especially songs like "In the Air Tonight" and "Against All Odds." But I also think that Phill Collins works better within the confines of the group than as a solo artist-and I stress the word artist. This is "Sussudio," a great, great song, a personal favorite.

"All I got is a red guitar, three chords, and the truth...the rest is up to you"


Saturday, August 26, 2006 6:24 AM


My foes will become nothing.
My friends will become nothing.
Likewise, I too will become nothing.
All will become nothing.
- said by the character of the Dalai Lama in "Kundun"

“Slither: Nathan 'Malcolm Reynolds' Fillion fights mutant slugs. I don’t really care what else the film has to offer aside from Fillion shooting slugs and being awesome. He is, after all, the captain of Serenity." - John Lichman, Washington Square News


Saturday, August 26, 2006 6:46 AM


Well, what would a thread like this be without something from BraveHeart:

"Sons of Scotland! I am William Wallace."

"William Wallace is seven feet tall."

"Yes, I've heard. And if he were here, he'd consume the English with bolts of lightning from his eyes, and fireballs from his ass.

"I *am* William Wallace. And I see a whole army of my countrymen here in the defiance of tyranny. You have come to fight as free men, and free men you are. What will you do without freedom? Will you fight?"

"Fight? Against that? No. We will run. And we will live."

"Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live, at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take OUR FREEDOM?! ALBA GU BRATH!!"

--William Wallace, from BraveHeart

You do that, and you'd best make peace with your dear and fluffy lord.


Saturday, August 26, 2006 7:10 AM


Boondock Saints had a good one. This is the prayer they always said when they were about to shoot someone in the back of the head.

"And shepherds we shall be, for thee my Lord for thee, Power hath descended forth from thy hand, that our feet may swiftly carry out thy command, we shall flow a river forth to thee, and teeming with souls shall it ever be. In nomine patris, et filii et spiritus sancti."

"We may experience some slight turbulence, and then... explode."


Saturday, August 26, 2006 7:17 AM


How about Jules' speech from Pulp Fiction:

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities 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 attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

You do that, and you'd best make peace with your dear and fluffy lord.






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