Whenever you watch a movie, there will always be a part of the movie that will leave a lasting impression on you as the audience. That memorable scene might be the part wherein the villain finally meets his match, or where the villain finally goes to the slammer, the good guy or the oppressed finally gets his just reward or simply anything that you will remember after seeing the movie and linger on your mind.
Welcome once more to Dateline Movies, and today we'll be counting down our Top 5 Movie Monologues. So come, monologue with me and let's start our countdown.
5. The Trial of Clay Shaw - JFK (1991)
Writer/s You Should Thank: Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar
This political drama stars Kevin Costner as real-life ex-attorney Jim Garrison who attempts to uncover a conspiracy regarding the assassination of then-President John F. Kennedy. After a string of plot twists and dead ends, Jim Garrison and company puts Tommy Lee Jones's Clay Shaw on trial. While in the courtroom, Jim gives an inspiring speech about truth and justice, and thought-provokingly tells the people in the room what justice truly means. This is one of Kevin Costner's best performance, but unfortunately he wasn't nominated for the best actor category in the Academy Awards in this role.
4. Breaking News! - V For Vendetta (2006)
Writer/s You Should Thank: Alan Moore and The Wachowski Siblings
Although the Wachowskis did wrote the script for this film, it is worth noting that Alan Moore deserved the same credit since he did wrote the graphic novel in which this film was based on. This movie had a lot of monologues, especially since the character enjoys monologues. However, this particular scene took the cake.
Hijacking the British Airways, V (Hugo Weaving) sends out a message to the citizens to fight back against the tyrannical and corrupt Adam Sutler (John Hurt) and his Norsefire. In his speech, V tells us that the people responsible for the dystopia is none other than ourselves, and we must unite against a common threat in order to restore freedom.
3. One Last Time - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Writer/s You Should Thank: J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Stephen Sinclair
Of course what list of movie monologues would be complete without one from the original Lord of the Rings Trilogy. These films are abundant in monologues, but the one that truly stood out, I think was with King Theoden's (Bernard Hill) speech before the Battle of Helm's Deep in Part 2 of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy - The Two Towers. Also, kindly give J.R.R. Tolkien some love since he did wrote this epic.
With Saruman's (Christopher Lee) Uruk-Hai heading straight for Helm's Deep, the remaining Rohirrim, alongside Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Éowyn (Miranda Otto), Theoden with the some help from the Elves of Lorien prepare for the impending onslaught. Fearing loss or death, Theoden recollects his memories of Rohan's glory days. After a brief reflection, Theoden battles with his friends, until Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Éomer (Karl Urban) arrive with much needed reinforcements.
2. "For Freedom!" - Braveheart (1995)
Writer/s: You Should Thank: Randall Wallace
Mel Gibson's classic war drama gave us the second most memorable monologue of all time. In his second directorial feature, Mel Gibson plays William Wallace, a Scotsman fighting for freedom, since you may know what he said, "They make take our lives, but they may never take our freedom!". Also, be sure not to think that Randall Wallace is a descendant of William Wallace.
In this scene, William Wallace assembles all of the remaining brave souls in his homeland to fight against the tyranny. Some were skeptic because of either his height or appearance or weapon on hand, but he proved to them that he is a force to be reckoned with by making one of the greatest monologues of all time. This film may not have won the Best Actor award for Mel Gibson, but he surely shines in this film for it is the winner in the Best Director category at the 68th Academy Award, he being its director.
1. Ezekiel 25:17 - Pulp Fiction (1994)
1. Ezekiel 25:17 - Pulp Fiction (1994)
You should probably have seen this coming. One of Quentin Tarantino's masterpieces, Pulp Fiction wins Number 1 in our Top 5 Movie Monologues. Come on, it's short, religious and it is said with such great conviction by Samuel L. Jackson.
In the second act of the interweaving flick, hitmen Jules Vernes (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) catches two gangsters (Phil LaMarr and Frank Whaley) working for Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames), who apparently did something bad to their aforementioned boss. Before executing one of them and having a few bites at a burger, Jules decides to read him a passage and then executes him.
With so many speeches, monologues and famous sayings in the film universe, it is possible that we might have missed a few of them, especially for the villainous characters. You really can't get enough of villain monologues. I guess this is where we conclude our countdown. Goodbye for now!