- One of the finest examples of this trope is found in Sir Kenneth Branagh's 1989 live-action adaptation of Henry V. The music and cinematography blend together fantastically. See for yourself.
''...And gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves acursed they were not here! and hold their manhoods cheap whilst any speaks! that fought with us! upon St. Crispin's day!
- Newsies has a pretty epic one at the point when everything has fallen and the Newboys felt they had been betrayed by Cowboy and abandoned by Denton. You can watch it here. It is delivered as a pamphlet rather than a speech.
- Aguirre, the Wrath of God ends with Aguirre giving one of these, combined with his mad vision to conquer the Spanish Empire, to his crew - who are either dead or insane - himself, and a swarm of tiny monkeys. There is also a Rousing Speech (or at least one intendend to be rousing) in the first phase of the movie, when Aguirre goads the soldiers to mutiny. But both speeches are subversions of the trope, because 1. Aguirre is the evil guy, 2. his speeches make no effort to hide or euphemize his and his listeners' selfish and non-sublime motives (they all are only out for money and fame), and 3. many of the soldiers are not actually "roused", but only follow Aguirre out of fear of him and his accomplices. The last "speech" is actually partly an inner monologue, partly an address to monkeys instead of people, which leads the trope to absurdity.
- Played straight in Airplane! and subverted in Airplane II: The Sequel.
- In Animal House:
- Bluto's (John Belushi's) speech leading to the sabotage of the parade, is an almost perfect parody of this trope, laced with fiery rhetoric, cliches that were already hackneyed by the 1960's, and garbled historical references.
Bluto: Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell No!
Boon: Forget it, he's rolling.
- And then when the other Delta members are less than roused:
Bluto: What the fuck happened to the Delta I used to know? Where's the spirit? Where's the guts, huh?! This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you're gonna let it be the worst! [mockingly] "Oh, we're afraid to go with you, Bluto! We might get in trouble!" Well, just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I'm not gonna take this! Wormer - he's a dead man! Marmalard - dead! Neidermeyer-
Boon: Dead! Bluto's right! Psychotic, but absolutely right. We've gotta take these bastards! Now, we could fight 'em with conventional weaponry, but that would take years and cost millions of lives. No. No, in this case, I think we have to go all out. I think this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part!
Bluto: We're just the guys to do it.
- A less-famous example from the same movie is Otter's address to the disciplinary council, which inspires the entire gang to walk out of the proceedings, ignore the closure of their fraternity, and hum the Star Spangled Banner:
Otter: Ladies and gentlemen, I'll be brief. The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules, or took a few liberties with our female party guests. We did. But you can't hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals. For if you do, then shouldn't we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn't this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? I put it to you, Greg - isn't this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. Gentlemen!
- Back to School has Rodney Dangerfield reciting the Dylan Thomas poem "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" from memory after almost giving up during his oral exams. He then goes on to (barely) pass.
- Dan Aykroyd, in Blues Brothers 2000, launches into a semi-inspiring speech (mostly about the many reasons that the Russian Mafia was not, in fact, going to blow up Willy's Strip Club) — but it consisted almost entirely of a history lecture on Russian politics that left everyone else entirely perplexed.
- Another one after they've run out of gas in the middle of nowhere, and all but the main three are thinking of just giving up -
: [addressing the rest if the band]
You may go if you wish. But remember this...walk away now and you walk away from your crafts, your skills, your vocations; leaving the next generation with nothing but recycled, digitally-sampled techno-grooves, quasi-synth rhythms, pseudo-songs of violence-laden gangsta-rap, acid pop, and simpering, saccharine, soulless slush. Depart now and you forever separate yourselves from the vital American legacies of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, Memphis Slim, Blind Boy Fuller, Louie Jordon, Little Walter, Big Walter, Sonnyboy Williamson I and II, Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Elvis Presley, Lieber and Stoller, and Robert K. Weiss. Donald "Duck" Dunn
: Who is Robert K. Weiss?
[the rest of the band shrug] Elwood Blues
: Turn your backs now and you snuff out the fragile candles of Blues, R&B and Soul, and when those flames flicker and expire, the light of the world is extinguished because the music which has moved mankind through seven decades leading to the millennium will whither and die on the vine of abandonment and neglect.
- They eventually follow, except for the saxophonist (Blue Lou Marini) who wanders off to get gas.
- As a whole, Mr. Aykroyd seems to like these kinds of speeches. Spies Like Us also features a rousing speech given by Karen Boyer (played by Donna Dixon) to Austin Millbarge (Dan) and Emmett Fitz-Hume (Chevy Chase) just as they're prepared to pack up and go home rather than face the Russians and their Fantastic Nuke. Karen busts their chops, and tells them she's been preparing for this mission for months and even had to bury her partner that day, after the Russians killed him, and she's not about to let it all be for nothing.
- Parodied in the Norm MacDonald movie Dirty Work: after screwing over the residents of an apartment block by trashing their building, Norm's character and his accomplice are themselves screwed over by the slimy businessman who hired them to do so. Norm appeals to the residents to join him in a scheme that will enable everyone to get their revenge on the businessman with a stirring speech that climaxes with him yelling "Are you with me?"... and the response is a stony, hostile silence. He then tries "Okay, are you with me on the assumption that if we fail, you get to kick my ass?" — and the crowd goes wild.
- Parodied in Dr. Strangelove. To the crew of a B-52 on a nuclear bombing run into Soviet territory:
Major Kong: "(... ) [T]his thing turns out to be half as important as I figure it just might be, I'd say that you're all in line for some important promotions an' personal citations when this thing's over with. That goes for every last one of ya, regardless of your race, color, or your creed. Now, let's get this thing on the hump. We got some flyin' to do."
- Subverted in Glengarry Glen Ross. "Coffee's for closers only."
- Subverted in High Noon, in the church.
- In Independence Day, President Whitmore gives such a speech before he and the other pilots get into their planes for their battle. His speech ends like this:
: Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will be joining 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 anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, or oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation. We're fighting for our right to live - to exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared with one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!" We are going to live on! We are going to survive! Today! We celebrate! Our Independence Day
- Bill Murray's terrific "it just doesn't matter" rant in Meatballs roused the entire camp to victory, even while emphasizing the superiority of their opponents and underscoring the pointlessness of the game.
- Subverted in Muppet Treasure Island, when the rat with the toothpick-sized sword tries to put his life on the line and stand up to Long John Silver, but fails miserably:
Jim Hawkins: "Kill Captain Smollett and you'll have to kill me."
Gonzo: "Kill Jim and you'll have to kill me!"
Squire Trelawney: "Kill Gonzo and you'll have to kill me! (to his imaginary friend) Oh, and you too, Mr. Bimbo!"
Rizzo the Rat: "Kill Mr. Bimbo and the bear, and you'll have to, um... negotiate strenuously!"
- Played almost completely straight in The Great Muppet Caper in Fozzie's speech to the residents of the Happiness Hotel.
- Played nearly straight in Mystery Men. "Or will I eat this sandwich?"
- Pirates of the Caribbean:
"Then what shall we die for? Now you will listen to me... LISTEN! The Brethren will still be looking here, to us, to the Black Pearl to lead. And what will they see? Frightened bilge rats aboard a derelict ship? No. No, they will see free men! And freedom! And what the enemy will see, they will see the flash of our cannons, they will hear the ring of our swords, and they will know what we can do! By the sweat of our brows, and the strength of our backs, and the courage of our hearts! Gentlemen...hoist the colors."
- Barbossa gets one in On Stranger Tides, acknowledging the very real danger of where they're going (Whitecap Bay), but gets the men rallied by saying:
"Are we not King's Men? I did not notice any fear in the hearts of the Spanish as they passed us by. So I ask you: are we not King's Men?!"
- Subverted and played straight (in that order) in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, where a Rousing Speech by Robin (done in the style of Winston Churchill) bores the villagers to tears, by a Rousing Speech done by Achoo (bless you!) in the style of Malcolm X succeeds.
- In Blazing Saddles Gabby Johnson gives one of these which is almost completely incomprehensible, but nevertheless succeeds in rallying the townsfolk to not flee Hedley Lamarr's thugs.
"Now who can argue with that?"
- A surrealistic variant occurs in the big fight scene at the end of The Rundown, where the Scottish pilot, in the midst of a battle, sits down and puts his feet up and has one of the villagers get him a beer. While Beck is pinned down. He then recents the trope name in a weirdly fascinating tone, and adds a couple of religious allusions as well, at which point Beck breaks his "no guns" rule and goes to town.
- He's reciting a poem. "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight" by Dylan Thomas. The name speaks for itself; it's a Rousing Speech in poem format.
- It gets even more surreal than that. Imagine a guy reciting that poem in a Celtic accent so thick you could break lumber across it. Then having have him conclude that recitation with "boom shakalaka!" when the guy unleashes his guns.
- In Scent of a Woman, Al Pacino gives a speech in defense of a prep school student threatened with expulsion if he won't reveal the culprits behind a prank. You can see the whole thing here, but here's a highlight:
Headmaster Trask: Sir, you're out of order.
Lt. Col. Frank Slade: Out of order, I show you out of order. You don't know what out of order is, Mr. Trask. I'd show you, but I'm too old, I'm too tired, I'm too fuckin' blind. If I were the man I was five years ago, I'd take a FLAMETHROWER to this place! Out of order? Who the hell do you think you're talkin' to? I've been around, you know? There was a time I could see. And I have seen. Boys like these, younger than these, their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. But there isn't nothin' like the sight of an amputated spirit. There is no prosthetic for that. You think you're merely sending this splendid foot soldier back home to Oregon with his tail between his legs, but I say you are... executin' his SOUL! And why? Because he's not a Bairdman. Bairdmen. You hurt this boy, you're gonna be Baird bums, the lot of ya. And Harry, Jimmy, Trent, wherever you are out there, FUCK YOU TOO!
- Serenity contains two versions of this trope: Once after The Operative destroys the group's safe havens, and once after the secret is found out. The latter is punctuated by Mal's Catch Phrase, "I aim to misbehave".
Mal: You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all came to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. 'Cause as sure as I know anything, I know this: they will try again. Maybe on another world. Maybe on this very ground, swept clean. A year from now, ten, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people... (looks directly at River) better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave.
- Star Trek: First Contact: Picard's "The line must be drawn here!" speech (though partial subversion, as this move ultimately has more to do with Picard's personal relationship with the Borg than with the importance of doing what's right).
- Used memorably in the Street Fighter movie when Guile decides to shirk his (more weaksauce than usual) Allied Nations orders and lead his strike force against Bison as originally planned.
Guile: "Troopers! I have just received new orders. Our superiors say the war is canceled, and we can all go home. Bison is getting paid off for his crimes, and our friends who have died here... will have died for nothing. But... we can all go home. Meanwhile, ideals like peace, freedom, and justice... they get packed up. But... we can all go home. Well... I'm not going home. I'm gonna get on my boat, and I'm going up-river, and I'm going to kick that son-of-a-bitch Bison's ass so HARD... that the next Bison wanna-be is gonna FEEL it. Now who wants to go home... and who wants to go with ME?!"
- Another great Bill Murray example in Stripes. Having lost their sergeant temporarily to an artillery accident, the platoon of army privates stays up all night studying for their march display the next day. Despondent, they begin to give up until Murray launches into a speech about the stick-to-it attitude of Americans:
Cut it out! Cut it out! Cut it out! The hell's the matter with you? Stupid! We're all very different people. We're not Watusi. We're not Spartans. We're Americans, with a capital 'A', huh? You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We're the underdog. We're mutts! Here's proof: his nose is cold! But there's no animal that's more faithful, that's more loyal, more loveable than the mutt. Who saw "Old Yeller?" Who cried when Old Yeller got shot at the end? I cried my eyes out. So we're all dogfaces, we're all very, very different, but there is one thing that we all have in common: we were all stupid enough to enlist in the Army. We're mutants. There's something wrong with us, something very, very wrong with us. Something seriously wrong with us - we're soldiers. But we're American soldiers! We've been kicking ass for 200 years! We're 10 and 1! Now we don't have to worry about whether or not we practiced. We don't have to worry about whether Captain Stillman wants to have us hung. All we have to do is to be the great American fighting soldier that is inside each one of us. Now do what I do, and say what I say. And make me proud!
- In one of the Transformers films, Optimus gives a speech on their obligation to help the humans, before they do the car equivalent of the Power Walk. The Decepticons have a team-up montage at the same time, so you know it's on.
- Selections from the Lord of the Rings trilogy:
- From Return of the King, when Théoden, prior to the charge of the Rohirrim, effectively tells his men, "You wanna live forever? I thought not! Let's go kill some bad guys and get our throats cut!" See Northern Heroism under Mythology below.
Théoden: Forth, and fear no darkness! Arise! Arise, riders of Théoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered - a sword day, a red day, ere the sun rises! Ride now! Ride now! Ride! Ride to ruin, and the world's ending! Death! Death! DEATH! FORTH ÉORLINGAS!
- And from that same scene, a very short but very powerful speech from Éowyn to Merry.
Éowyn: "Courage, Merry. Courage for our friends.
- And from Aragorn at the final battle:
Aragorn: Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day! An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the Age of Men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand! Men! of the West!
- Arguably, he says all of that again, with greater eloquence and impact, just a moment after he's done with the speech above; when he quietly says to the Hobbits "For Frodo."
- Likewise from The Two Towers:
Théoden: Let this be the hour when we draw swords together. Fell deeds awake. Now for wrath! Now for ruin! And a red dawn! FORTH ÉORLINGAS!
- Sean Astin from Two Towers on is an absolute master of these speeches.
Frodo: "I can't do this, Sam."
Sam: "I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand! I know now! Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't! They kept going! Because they were holding on to something."
Frodo: "What are we holding onto, Sam?"
Sam: "That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for!"
- Subverted in 300, as Leonidas does not seek to lead his men to victory, knowing full well that their defeat is inevitable, but encourages them to meet it with courage. Additionally, played straight at the very end of the film, at the Battle of Platea.
- Knute Rockne, All-American:
Rockne: And the last thing he said to me, "Rock," he said, "sometime when the team is up against it and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go out there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper. I don't know where I'll be then, Rock", he said - "but I'll know about it - and I'll be happy."
Player # 12: Well, what are we waiting for?
- And the team rushes out of the locker room to win the game.
- Parodied in Airplane where Dr. Rumack gives Ted Stryker almost the exact same speech, except that it's about George Zipp so it ends "...and win just one for the Zipper."
- " 'I don't know where I'll be then, Doc,' he said, 'But I won't smell too good, that's for sure.' "
- In that vein, the locker room speech before the seniors' final game in Rudy.
Coach Dan Devine: No one—and I mean, no one—comes into our house and pushes us around.
- The "inches" speech in Any Given Sunday, spoken by the team coach (Al Pacino) just before their playoff game.
Tony D'Amato: You know when you get old in life, things get taken from you. That's part of life. But you only learn that when you start losing stuff. You find out life's this game of inches. So is football. Because in either game, life or football, the margin for error is so small. I mean...one half a step too late or too early and you don't quite make it. One half second too slow, too fast, you don't quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us. They're in every break of the game, every minute, every second. On this team, we fight for that inch. On this team, we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch. Because we know when we add up all those inches, that's gonna make the FUCKIN' DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINNING AND LOSING! BETWEEN LIVING AND DYING! I'll tell you this - in any fight, it's the guy who's willing to die who's gonna win that inch. And I know if I'm going to have any life anymore, it's because I'm still willing to fight and die for that inch. Because THAT'S WHAT LIVING IS! THE SIX INCHES IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE!
- C'mon people, no locker room speech from Miracle?
Coach Herb Brooks: If we played 'em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we are the greatest hockey team in the world. I'm sick and tired of hearing what a great hockey team the Soviets have! Screw 'em! This is your time! Now go out there and take it!
- Parodied (naturally) by Groucho Marx in Duck Soup: "And remember, while you're out there risking your life and limb through shot and shell, we'll be in here thinking what a sucker you are!"
- The Goonies. The Hero, Mikey, gives a speech convincing the Goonies to continue following the Treasure Map after the Jerk Jock offers them a chance to be rescued.
Mikey: Chester Copperpot! Don't you guys see? Don't you realize? He was a pro. He never made it this far. Look how far we've come. We've got a chance.
- Deep Blue Sea:
- 40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes is a Rousing Speech constructed by cutting together parts of famous monologues from many films (most of them Rousing Speeches in themselves).
- The movie The Replacements plays with this. The quarterback calls for the last huddle and specifically states that he's not good with the type of speeches they're expecting, so he just makes a one-liner. It seems to be more motivational that if he'd actually tried making the speech.
- Played straight earlier in the film with coach Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman), where he tells the players to take their fear of failure and put it into the other team.
- Master and Commander: "This Ship is England..."
- Parodied in Johnny English:
Lorna Campbell: What are you going to do, Johnny? Sit in this grotty flat feeling sorry for yourself, or are you gonna get out there and save your country?
Johnny English: I'm gonna sit in the flat.
- Charlie Chaplin's incredible speech at the end of The Great Dictator. Made even stronger in that it's Chaplin, a man not known for his verbosity. It becomes even more powerful and moving with appropriate music and context.
- Stonewall Jackson from Gods and Generals.
- Lampshaded, sort of, in Major League II. Beloved manager Lou Brown is talking to head coach Jake Taylor while lying in a hospital bed, scheduled for heart surgery first thing in the morning. Taylor promises Brown that the team will "win this one for you", referring to that night's decisive playoff game. Brown sits up and warns him "not to give one of those corny 'Let's Win It For Lou' speechs". Guess what Taylor does, with loads of Narm and not a shred of visible guilt.
- Subverted in Idle Hands when Seth Green's character said "No more Kevin Costner speeches, let's just go!"
- Apollo 13:
Gene Kranz: I want you guys to find every engineer who designed every switch, every circuit, every transistor and every light bulb that's up there. Then I want you to talk to the guy in the assembly line who actually built the thing. Find out how to squeeze every amp out of both of these goddamn machines. I want this mark all the way back to Earth with time to spare. We never lost an American in space, we're sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option!
- This is such a rousing speech that even though the real Gene Kranz didn't say "Failure is not an option" during Apollo 13, he used the line as the title of his 2000 autobiography.
- In Trading Places, Winthorpe gives a pep talk before going into the Exchange building:
Louis Winthorpe III: Think big, think positive, never show any sign of weakness. Always go for the throat. Buy low, sell high. Fear? That's the other guy's problem. Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the absolute carnage you are about to witness. Super Bowl, World Series - they don't know what pressure is. In this building, it's either kill or be killed. You make no friends in the pits and you take no prisoners. One minute you're up half a million in soybeans and the next, boom, your kids don't go to college and they've repossessed your Bentley. Are you with me?
Billy Ray Valentine: Yeah, we got to kill the motherf... - we got to kill 'em!
- Mercilessly played for laughs in Team America: World Police, when Gary convinces the audience to rise up against Kim-Jong Il by with a rousing speech about naughty bits.
Lisa: You had me at dicks fuck assholes.
- Jason has a minor one to convince his friends to solve a murder in Mystery Team.
- Avatar: Jake's speech to the Omatikaya to unite the clans, with Tsu'tey translating for those who don't speak English. The film also implies similar speeches at the other clans, although they aren't heard.
The Skypeople have sent us a message; that they can take whatever they want, and no one can stop them. But we will send them a message. You ride out as fast as the wind can carry you. You tell the other clans to come. You tell them Toruk Makto calls to them. You fly now, with me, my brothers, my sisters, and we will show the skypeople that they can not take whatever they want, and that this... THIS IS OUR LAND
- In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Neville gives a rousing speech after Voldemort's apparent victory. The speech replaces his much-beloved Pre Ass Kicking One Liner ("I'll join you when hell freezes over! Dumbledore's Army!) from the book.
- Subverted in Erik the Viking, where Erik thoroughly botches it. "And... we may not die HORRIBLE deaths...")
- In Deep Impact, the president gives a speech to restore hope to the world after the impact of a comet with Earth:
The President: We watched as the bombs shattered the second comet into a million pieces of ice and rock that burned harmlessly in our atmosphere and lit up the sky for an hour. Still, we were left with the devastation of the first. The waters reached as far inland as the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. It washed away farms and towns, forests and skyscrapers. But, the water receded. The wave hit Europe and Africa too. Millions were lost, and countless more left homeless. But the waters receded. Cities fall, but they are rebuilt. And heroes die, but they are remembered. We honor them with every brick we lay, with every field we sow, With every child we comfort, and then teach to rejoice in what we have been re-given. Our planet. Our home. So now, let us begin.
- Near the end of Snow White & the Huntsman, Snow White rallies the Duke's soldiers with a Rousing Speech before they attack the queen's castle.
- The movie Immortals, for all of the liberties it takes with the story of Theseus, does two things wonderfully right: make the fights more gorgeous than the scenery, and make Theseus rallying a troop of defending Greeks so epic that the audience in the theater is tempted to stomp and shout along with the front-line shieldbearers.
- In The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension - the alien leader of the Red Lectroids (inhabiting the body of Italian scientist Emilio Lizardo (John Lithgow) gives a rousing pre-invasion speech to his men, complete with the mannerism of Benito Mussolini. It ends with a rousing call to arms:
Lord John Whorfin: Where are we going?
The Red Lectroids: Planet Ten!
Lord John Whorfin: When?
The Red Lectroids: Real soon!
- Pacific Rim: Marshal Stacker Pentecost gives one at the climax, just before the final, last-ditch attempt to seal the Breach and stop all future Kaiju attacks.
"Today, at the edge of our hope, at the end of our time, we have chosen not only to believe in ourselves, but in each other. Today, there's not a man or woman in here who shall stand alone. Today, we face the monsters that are at our door and take the fight to them! Today, we are cancellin' the apocalypse
- Alexander rides before his phalanx at the Battle of Gaugamela, pointing out individual soldiers and reminding them of their past heroic deeds. Then he addresses the army as a whole.
"Some of you, perhaps myself
, will not live to see the sun set over these mountains today. But I tell you what every warrior has known since the beginning of time. Conquer your fear, and I promise you, you will conquer death!
- The movie version of On the Town has Claire, Hildy and Ivy giving speeches to the police passionately justifying their actions as just doing their patriotic duty to the Navy.
- Jordan Belfort's speech in The Wolf of Wall Street where he welshes on his deal with the SEC to leave the firm and the securities business in exchange for pleading guilty to a few violations of their regulations.
- In The Replacements, McGinty busts out one of these before the beginning of the second half of the final game of the movie.
McGinty: "Listen up! This time tomorrow, the strike will be officially over. Now, Dallas has made a big mistake out there tonight! They haven't been afraid of you. And they should be, because you have a powerful weapon working for you: there is no tomorrow for you. And that makes you all Very. Dangerous. People!"
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Star Lord gives one to the rest of his team near the movie's climax in order to motivate them to take on Ronan and stop him from destroying Xandar, even though due to him now possessing the Infinity Stone it seems like a hopeless prospect, something Rocket points out. However, one by one, they all do agree to stand and fight beside him.
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1:
- Coin gives one near the end of the film, in contrast to her concise and utilitarian pronouncements at the start. You can see Plutarch mouthing along; clearly the one who wrote it.
- Subverted by Katniss, who butchers a propaganda ad on a greenscreen. Played straight after the Capitol bombing the hospital in District 8.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Steve gives one to SHIELD at the film's climax, wherein he reveals HYDRA's infiltration and how close they are to victory, and implores the rest of the organization to stand with him, no matter the risk. It works.
"The price of freedom is high. It always has been. And it's a price I'm willing to pay."