Great Monologues


What are some great monologues from film, TV or theatre that really strike a chord with you?

The one from Paris, Texas gets me every time.

The one from the soundtrack:

The scene from the film:


No matter where; of comfort no man speak:
Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs;
Make dust our paper and with rainy eyes
Write sorrow on the bosom of the earth,
Let’s choose executors and talk of wills:
And yet not so, for what can we bequeath
Save our deposed bodies to the ground?
Our lands, our lives and all are Bolingbroke’s,
And nothing can we call our own but death
And that small model of the barren earth
Which serves as paste and cover to our bones.
For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings;
How some have been deposed; some slain in war,
Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed;
Some poison’d by their wives: some sleeping kill’d;
All murder’d: for within the hollow crown
That rounds the mortal temples of a king
Keeps Death his court and there the antic sits,
Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp,
Allowing him a breath, a little scene,
To monarchize, be fear’d and kill with looks,
Infusing him with self and vain conceit,
As if this flesh which walls about our life,
Were brass impregnable, and humour’d thus
Comes at the last and with a little pin
Bores through his castle wall, and farewell king!
Cover your heads and mock not flesh and blood
With solemn reverence: throw away respect,
Tradition, form and ceremonious duty,
For you have but mistook me all this while:
I live with bread like you, feel want,
Taste grief, need friends: subjected thus,
How can you say to me, I am a king

Always liked this from Richard II


hahahahahaha classic Shakespeare hahahahahaha :stuck_out_tongue: :stuck_out_tongue: :stuck_out_tongue:




I just had to explain the joke to Mrs CCB. She appreciated it!


(The DiS injoke, not Shakespeare’s hilarity)


“basically a lot of people who struggle with words took umbrage with someone comfortable with his enjoyment of one of the greatest writers in human history, mainly as a way of masking their ignorance.”



@safetywink BACK OFF



god, I love the stath. what a fucking hero


Good thread, here are the first three that spring to mind.

The ferris wheel scene from my favourite film The Third Man:

The end of Huston’s adaptation of Joyce’s The Dead:

This mesmerisingly sexual scene from Bergman’s Persona. Gonna watch this today after digging this clip out:


(what is the DiS injoke?)


I’ll find the thread when I get a chance. It’s a bit unfair on xylo if I’m honest but it still tickles me.


i know, it’s very original


that people who laugh out loud at any jokes in shakespeare can’t possibly find it that funny :expressionless:


it doesnt get much better than this


woah i found the thread and i forgot how het up people other than me got in that one. There was some proper snark. It wasn’t even fidel either!


where were you when i needed you?


Good morning. Good morning.
In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world, and you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind.
Mankind, that word should have new meaning for all of us today.
We can’t be consumed by our petty differences any more.
We will be united in our common interest.
Perhaps it’s fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom.
Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation.
We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist and should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice,
'We will not go quietly into the night!
We will not vanish without a fight!
We’re going to live on, we’re going to survive.'
Today we celebrate our independence day!"


Probably this.