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Old 25-05-2013, 08:40
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Alec Baldwin's in Glengarry Glen Ross (too sweary to post here).

Followed by Al Pacino's in the same movie, towards the end, at Kevin Spacey.
I was gonna say this, for cringe factor you can't beat Stallone at the end of Rambo 2
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Old 25-05-2013, 09:24
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I was really, really, REALLY hoping no-one would quote this. For my money, the most jaw droppingly, cheesy, cornball, jingoistic piece of nonsense ever committed to celluloid. Makes me want to vomit.
Agreed, if this thread was about the worst movie speech ever then I would nominate that horrible jingoistic American speech from Independence Day.

Samwise Gamgee's speech in 'The Two Towers' LotR:

Frodo: I can't do this, Sam.

Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.
This I think is my favourite speech ever
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Old 25-05-2013, 09:28
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Why, The Kings Speech, of course!
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Old 25-05-2013, 09:33
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I was really, really, REALLY hoping no-one would quote this. For my money, the most jaw droppingly, cheesy, cornball, jingoistic piece of nonsense ever committed to celluloid. Makes me want to vomit.
Dreadful, isn't it? It's not even memorable. I actually saw that film (God forgive me) and I have no memory whatsoever of that speech. The twunt even misquotes Dylan Thomas FFS.
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Old 25-05-2013, 09:35
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Alec Baldwin's in Glengarry Glen Ross (too sweary to post here).

Followed by Al Pacino's in the same movie, towards the end, at Kevin Spacey.
Great film and Baldwin almost steals it with that single speech.

Coffee's for closers...
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Old 25-05-2013, 09:36
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I forgot the "Stories that really mattered" speech from LOTR. Love it.

Also like the "But it is not this day" speech from Aragorn in RotK.
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Old 25-05-2013, 09:39
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USS Indianapolis speech in Jaws.

Utter perfection.
I read somewhere that John Milius improvised that bit of script because they needed something to explain Quint's hatred of sharks. Easily the best bit of dialogue in an otherwise mediocre film.
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Old 25-05-2013, 09:44
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Gordon Gekko: [at the Teldar Paper stockholder's meeting] Well, I appreciate the opportunity you're giving me Mr. Cromwell as the single largest shareholder in Teldar Paper, to speak. Well, ladies and gentlemen we're not here to indulge in fantasy but in political and economic reality. America, America has become a second-rate power. Its trade deficit and its fiscal deficit are at nightmare proportions. Now, in the days of the free market when our country was a top industrial power, there was accountability to the stockholder. The Carnegies, the Mellons, the men that built this great industrial empire, made sure of it because it was their money at stake. Today, management has no stake in the company! All together, these men sitting up here own less than three percent of the company. And where does Mr. Cromwell put his million-dollar salary? Not in Teldar stock; he owns less than one percent. You own the company. That's right, you, the stockholder. And you are all being royally screwed over by these, these bureaucrats, with their luncheons, their hunting and fishing trips, their corporate jets and golden parachutes.

Cromwell: This is an outrage! You're out of line Gekko!

Gordon Gekko: Teldar Paper, Mr. Cromwell, Teldar Paper has 33 different vice presidents each earning over 200 thousand dollars a year. Now, I have spent the last two months analyzing what all these guys do, and I still can't figure it out. One thing I do know is that our paper company lost 110 million dollars last year, and I'll bet that half of that was spent in all the paperwork going back and forth between all these vice presidents. The new law of evolution in corporate America seems to be survival of the unfittest. Well, in my book you either do it right or you get eliminated. In the last seven deals that I've been involved with, there were 2.5 million stockholders who have made a pretax profit of 12 billion dollars. Thank you. I am not a destroyer of companies. I am a liberator of them! The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very much.

Wall Street of course.
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Old 25-05-2013, 09:53
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From Braveheart. I love the whole scene this comes from, but the last line of Wallace's speech is particularly stirring

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 willin' to trade all of that from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take away our lives, but they'll never take our freeeedoooomm!

Tarantino is a master writer, but this is particularly brilliant, from Kill Bill II.

“Superman didn't become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he's Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red "S", that's the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears - the glasses, the business suit - that's the costume. That's the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent. He's weak... he's unsure of himself... he's a coward. Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race.”
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Old 25-05-2013, 09:53
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I was really, really, REALLY hoping no-one would quote this. For my money, the most jaw droppingly, cheesy, cornball, jingoistic piece of nonsense ever committed to celluloid. Makes me want to vomit.
Put your hand up and salute... You know you want to
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Old 25-05-2013, 09:55
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You will travel far, my little Kal-El. But we will never leave you... even in the face of our deaths... the richness of our lives shall be yours. All that I have, all that I've learned, everything I feel... all this, and more I... I bequeath you, my son. You will carry me inside you... all the days of your life. You will make my strength your own, and see my life through your own eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father, and the father, the son. This is all I ... all I can send you, Kal-El.

Jor-El, Superman.

Love this one, incredible score that goes so well with the speech.
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Old 25-05-2013, 10:03
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For fans of the independence day speech, there's one at the end of Olympus has fallen with cringe factor 10 too!
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Old 25-05-2013, 10:14
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Kenneth Branagh's "Henry V"

St Crispin's Day speech, with a little help from Shakespeare of course, but the delivery is exceptional
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Old 25-05-2013, 11:27
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star trek 2 wrath of khan

Kirk: Spock!
Spock: The ship... out of danger?
Kirk: Yes.
Spock: Don't grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh...
Kirk: ...the needs of the few...
Spock: ...Or the one. I never took the Kobayashi Maru test until now. What do you think of my solution?
Spock: I have been and always shall be your friend.
[Holds up his hand in the Vulcan salute]
Spock: Live long and prosper.
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Old 25-05-2013, 12:00
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"Crom, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if we were good men or bad. Why we fought, or why we died. All that matters is that two stood against many. That's what's important! Valour pleases you Crom... so grant me one request. Grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, then to HELL with you!"
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Old 25-05-2013, 12:55
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I forgot the "Stories that really mattered" speech from LOTR. Love it.

Also like the "But it is not this day" speech from Aragorn in RotK.
The stories that mattered speech was good but i did think that the "But it is not this day" one was a bit Independence Day-ish.

But LOTR did have other good speeches, not least the "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us" lines which were very well done, both moving and motivational at the same time.
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Old 25-05-2013, 12:57
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It did sound a bit Independence day-ish but Viggo Mortensen can deliver a speech so much better than Bill Pullman.
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Old 25-05-2013, 12:59
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Al Pacino in Scarface:
What you lookin' at? You all a bunch of f*****' ***holes. You know why? You don't have the guts to be what you wanna be? You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your f*****' fingers and say, "That's the bad guy." So... what that make you? Good? You're not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie. Me, I don't have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. So say good night to the bad guy! Come on. The last time you gonna see a bad guy like this again, let me tell you. Come on. Make way for the bad guy. There's a bad guy comin' through! Better get outta his way!

Liam Neeson in Taken:
I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.

The Magnificent Seven:
Chris Adams: It's only a matter of knowing how to shoot a gun. Nothing big about that.
Chico: Hey. How can you talk like this? Your gun has got you everything you have. Isn't that true? Hmm? Well, isn't that true?
Vin: Yeah, sure. Everything. After awhile you can call bartenders and faro dealers by their first name - maybe two hundred of 'em! Rented rooms you live in - five hundred! Meals you eat in hash houses - a thousand! Home - none! Wife - none! Kids... none! Prospects - zero. Suppose I left anything out?
Chris Adams: Yeah. Places you're tied down to - none. People with a hold on you - none. Men you step aside for - none.
Lee: Insults swallowed - none. Enemies - none.
Chris Adams: No enemies?
Lee: Alive.
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Old 25-05-2013, 13:08
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Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith:

The Jedi rebellion has been foiled. Any remaining Jedi will be hunted down and defeated. The attempt on my life has left me scarred and deformed, but I assure you my resolve has never been stronger. In order to obtain the security and continuing stability, the Republic will be reorganised into the first Galactic Empire for a safe and secure society
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Old 25-05-2013, 14:39
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Jack Nicholson in a few good men, YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!
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Old 25-05-2013, 15:01
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e.t phone home
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Old 25-05-2013, 16:27
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The taken phone call
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Old 25-05-2013, 16:43
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After seeing the Chaplin Great Dictator speech on YouTube I would think that does it for me, especially as it was about real life.
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Old 25-05-2013, 16:45
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Justin: Good thing you don't need a license to drive a Zord.
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Old 25-05-2013, 17:30
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Jack Nicholson in a few good men, YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!
Justin: Good thing you don't need a license to drive a Zord.
I think the OP was looking for more than one liners
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