Posted by: daveed | January 6, 2009

Caught monologuing

Great list from MM on 25 classic film monologues. Merely reading the famous U.S.S. Indianapolis speech from Jaws—written by the ever-colorful John Milius—was enough to give me shivers.

Of course there are notable omissions. Such as any of a half dozen outstanding speeches from Network:

Or groundkeeper Carl’s close encounter with a holy man:

“So I jump ship in Hong Kong and I make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over there in the Himalayas… A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell ’em I’m a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald, striking. So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one — big hitter, the Lama — long, into a ten-thousand foot crevice, right at the base of this glacier. And do you know what the Lama says?… Gunga galunga… gunga — gunga galunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say: ‘Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little somethin’, you know, for the effort, you know.’ And he says: ‘Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.’ So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.”

More great movie speechifying here.


  1. As I recall that USS Indianapolis speech in <> was ad libber by Robert Shaw- still gives me chills watching it!

  2. I can’t recall specifically how Shaw delivered the speech, but the dialogue does appear in the final draft of the script.

  3. Here we go: starts at about 3:00 into this clip.

    And you can read the speech in the script here, scene 189.

    Shaw delivers an abbreviated version of the dialogue, prob for pacing reasons. The speech as written is damn long…

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