There are times when you want to give up and just let go. But then, someone gives you that much needed pep talk, that tiny little push that makes you feel like you can conquer the world. Whether it’s a coach at half time, or a captain during a huddle, we’re all suckers for an epic speech. Here’s 5 of the best speeches from films that had us feeling the intensity and tension of a locker room before game night.
Any Given Sunday- Al Pacino
Al Pacino’s ‘inch by inch’ speech made that sweaty, dimly-lit locker room a place of glory, fortitude and bravery. Pacino’s role as Tony D’Amato is truly one of his best performances till date. We can climb out of hell. One inch, at a time. Inch by inch, boys.
Miracle- Kurt Russell
The best part about this speech by the American Olympic hockey coach, played by Kurt Russell, is how soft he is. No screaming, no yelling, no cussing. All he does is tell his team that they’re winners. And that is how you win an Olympic final. You were born to be hockey players. This is your time. Now go out there and take it.
Remember the Titans- Denzel Washington
Now even though this scene didn’t take place in a locker room, it managed to really rile us up- it had us raring to hit the field and score some touchdowns. Washington’s performance as Coach Boone and how he manages to get a divided side to go out there, and score some touchdowns is something that stays with you for a long time. You will respect each other. And maybe — I don’t know — maybe we’ll learn to play this game like men.
Moneyball- Brad Pitt
You know you’re doing something wrong when Brad Pitt is mad at you. When he finds his team making light after a bad loss, his reaction is something that will send a shiver down your spine. That’s what losing sounds like.
Coach Carter- Samuel L. Jackson
When you’ve impressed Samuel L. Jackson, you’ve done your bit. This scene is the one time Jackson isn’t scowling, and turns into your best friend who comes and helps you when you’re down. I came to teach boys, and you became men.
So there you have it, some of the best locker room speeches that made us hopeful and feel like we could take on the world!
By Karan Raikar