Forget politicians and their empty promises - most of our favorite speeches come directly from the movies. Combine a great actor with a well-written speech and audiences end up looking at cinema gold (and actors might end up with some gold of their own in the form of various awards). A great movie speech can leave quite an impression on the audience, after all. A good speech makes you want to rise up and applaud those involved (though you probably don't because everyone else in the theatre would look at you like you'd gone insane). Still, they have the power to inspire such feelings... and are often the most memorable part of a movie. So here are 10 more examples of movie speeches that completely dominate the films that they're in whether they're full of anger, humor or heartbreak, they're all impossible to forget.
10. Can You Dig It? - The Warriors
When The Warriors was released in 1979, New York City and many other cities in the United States were facing a rise in violent crime. A movie like The Warriors, which features battles between street gangs for control of the city, spoke to a very real fear for urban Americans. In the opening scene of the cult classic movie, that fear gets taken a step further when one gang leader calls for a gang-controlled city. Cyrus (Roger Hill), the leader of a powerful gang called the Gramercy Riffs, colourfully speaks to an assembly of representatives of New York's gangs and offers a plan to dominate the city: unite the gangs as a mass army of the night and overrun the police. Though Cyrus' plan is quickly shot down (quite literally), his slang-filled speech proposing the truce is an instant classic, being both deadly serious and completely reflective of the vernacular of that era. I only hope that one day I can give a speech where I can pull off shouting "Can you dig it?" multiple times.
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Chris McKittrick is a published author of fiction and non-fiction and has spoken about film and comic books at conferences across the United States. In addition to his work at WhatCulture!, he is a regular contributor to CreativeScreenwriting.com, MovieBuzzers.com, and DailyActor.com, a website focused on acting in all media. For more information, visit his website at http://www.chrismckit.com.