Good Reader, if you’ve read my previous Great Scenes or Speeches posts you know I have a tendency to pick them from 1990 and before. Apologies… I promise the next version of Great Speeches will have nothing pre-Millennium. Meanwhile, I hope some of these killer monologues enlighten your own screenplay process.
The first one is likely unknown to those of you born post Star Wars, or who didn’t deal dice in Atlantic City for Donald Trump in the 80’s. Yeah, that would be me and believe me, there’s nothing like Atlantic City. And for all the films shot down there, there’s no movie like King Of Marvin Gardens. Susan Sarandon applying fresh squeezed lemons while 70 year-old Burt Lancaster stares in ecstasy sounds creepy but it’s one of the great scenes ever. But the monologue that opens the movie is a punch in the face from Jack Nicholson. In explaining why he doesn’t eat fish he sets up the relationship with his brother (Bruce Dern) that defines the entire movie in a page one, six minute monologue.
Also included are great speeches from Fight Club, Devil’s Advocate, and 25th Hour. As usual, when available I’ll include the script. Compare it with the film clip to see the changes. Enjoy!
- KING OF MARVIN GARDENS: WHY I DON’T EAT FISH
- THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE: GOD’S A SADIST
- 25th HOUR: FUCK YOU!
- FIGHT CLUB: 8 RULES OF FIGHT CLUB
INT. TAVERN BASEMENT - SAME A BOMB-SHELTER. Concrete walls. One BARE BULB above, Tyler standing directly beneath it. TYLER Welcome to fight club. The guys mill around, finding partners. Everyone brims with eagerness, but tries to act cool. CHATTER gets LOUDER. Everyone spreads out, forming a circle, Tyler at center. JACK (V.O.) Every week, Tyler gave the rules that he and I decided. PEAKING CHATTER, till Tyler raises his arms and the CHATTER DIES. A couple of COUGHS, FEET SHUFFLING, then, SILENCE. TYLER The first rule of fight club is -- you don't talk about fight club. The second rule of fight club is -- you don't talk about fight club. The third rule of fight club is -- when someone says "stop" or goes limp, the fight is over. Fourth rule is -- only two guys to a fight. Fifth rule -- one fight at a time. Sixth rule -- no shirts, no shoes. Seventh rule -- fights go on as long as they have to. And the eighth and final rule -- if this is your first night at fight club, you have to fight.