Monologues For Young Actors

Sunday, September 9 by Gregory Wakeman

 

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Movie fervour that he can muster is what cinema is all about. Of course, there have been plenty of doozies over the years and young actors who are looking to perfect their craft have a veritable feast of scenes to choose from. Here are the best ever movie monologues for young actors.

Tom Joad, “Grapes of Wrath”

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It’s safe to say that we are currently facing a period of economic despair. But don’t fret, America has seen all of this before and John Ford’s 1940 adaptation of John Steinbeck’s seminal novel shows the human repercussions of the depression perfectly. Henry Fonda’s (Joad) closing speech is wonderfully fraught with emotion and pathos and won’t leave a dry eye in the house.

Terry Malloy, “On The Waterfront”

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Marlon Brando defined an acting generation with his performance in Elia Kazan’s 1954 depiction of crime and union violence amongst New York’s longshoreman. His “I could have been a contender” speech has been ripped off countless times, but still packs an almighty wallop because of the great man’s talents.

Rick Blaine, “Casablanca”

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	Imagine a world without “Casablanca," it’s impossible isn’t it! Bogie’s quotable quips have been a part of pop culture for over 70 years now but it’s his closing <span data-scayt_word=monologue to Ingrid Bergman that really stands the test of time.

Jefferson Smith, “Mr Smith Goes To Washington”

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Jimmy Stewart’s naïve idealist would probably die of a heart attack if he ventured in modern day Washington! But his impassioned speech at the end of Frank Capra’s classic just about manages to maintain your belief in democracy, even if politicians don’t.