Male Monologues

Thursday, July 28 by George Root

Some of the best male monologues have come at the most important moments of the biggest films ever made. When you think of male monologues, you think of the valiant hero standing in front of a crowd that he is trying to inspire. Here is a list of the very best male monologues ever put on film.

  1. "Jaws" When Quint (Robert Shaw) and Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) are comparing scars from their various run-ins with sea life, Hooper happens upon an area on Quint's arm. Quint explains that it was a tattoo representing the U.S.S. Indianapolis and then gives one of the best male monologues ever about the sinking of the Indianapolis and how it felt to wade in the water waiting for the sharks.
  2. "A Few Good Men" While cross examining Colonel Jessep (Jack Nicholson) on the witness stand, Navy attorney Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) demands the truth. That is when Jessep delivers the famous line "You can't handle the truth!" and then goes off into one of the most famous male monologues of all time.
  3. "2001: A Space Odyssey" When it becomes apparent to the computer named HAL (Douglas Rain) that astronaut Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) is about to shut the computer down, HAL starts to give one of the creepiest male monologues of all time. In a controlled but frantic voice, set against the vacuum of space, HAL pleads with Dave not to shut him down.
  4. "Network" Many people are familiar with the image of Howard Beale (Peter Finch) dripping wet, telling everyone to stick their heads out their windows and yell, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore." But there is an entire frantic but intelligent male monologue that goes with that quote that people sometimes do not remember. It was expertly delivered by Finch and is a classic moment in cinema history.
  5. "Any Given Sunday" Moments before Miami's big football game, coach Tony D'Amato (Al Pacino) says that he is not big on pre-game speeches. Then he proceeds to launch into a male monologue that even real professional football coaches have called one of the greatest pre-game speeches they had ever heard.
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