From Patton to Braveheart, unforgettable moments in on-screen oratory
The oratory this past election season wasn't always inspiring, but that's what we have movies for. With the arrival of Patton on Blu-ray coming just before Barack Obama's acceptance talk last night, I felt compelled to revisit a few memorable speeches in film history. George C. Scott starred in Franklin J. Schaffner's 1970 war drama as General George S. Patton, and we first meet the actor during a stern opening address to the troops of the U.S. 3rd Army, framed by a massive American flag. It's a spare, bold moment that sets the tone for the film and introduces Patton as an uncompromising military leader ready to fight. It's also a reminder that impressive, intense dialogue can outshine even the greatest of special effects. Below, look back at some quotable, emotional, and uplifting speeches that have graced the big screen.
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