40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes

So way back in April, I first had the idea of editing together inspirational speeches. Since then, the Dow has dropped 3,000 points and one million jobs have been lost. The people of the United States are now a ragtag bunch of scruffy underdogs, down by three touchdowns at halftime, with a whole horde of orcs waiting for us right outside those locker room doors. Inspiration has become something we need. (By the way, you couldn’t tell because it started the sentence, but “Inspiration” was capitalized.)

What I’m trying to say is, I may have just single-handedly saved the economy with this montage:

TRANSCRIPT:

Shame on you. This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you’re going to let it be the worst. And I guarantee a week won’t go by in your life you won’t regret walking out, letting them get the best of you. Well, I’m not going home. We’ve come too far! And I’m going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause. A day may come when the courage of men fails… but it is not THIS day. The line must be drawn HERE. This far, no further! I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. You’re going to work harder than you ever worked before. But that’s fine, we’ll just get tougher with it! If a person grits his teeth and shows real determination, failure is not an option. That’s how winning is done! Believe me when I say we can break this army here, and win just one for the Gipper. But I say to you what every warrior has known since the beginning of time: you’ve got to get mad. I mean plum mad dog mean. If you would be free men, then you must fight to fulfill that promise! Let us cut out their living guts one inch at a time, and they will know what we can do! Let no man forget how menacing we are. We are lions! You’re like a big bear, man! This is YOUR time! Seize the day, never surrender, victory or death… that’s the Chicago Way! Who’s with me? Clap! Clap! Don’t let Tink die! Clap! Alright! Let’s fly! And gentlemen in England now abed shall know my name is the Lord when I tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our Independence Day!

Some behind-the-scenes notes for editing nerds only.

  • Obviously, there was some fudging to get it all in one aspect ratio. Some clips were 4:3, so I had to blow them up to fill a 16:9 frame. Other clips were 2.35:1, and I had to blow those up too. You don’t really notice, because you’re watching the finished product in a little box.
  • The music sort of picked itself. A problem I always run into doing these videos is that you can’t just push a button and make a movie’s soundtrack magically disappear. I actually discarded certain clips because they had loud music I couldn’t cover up (Starship Troopers: “Everyone fights, no one quits.”) But there were two clips I felt like I needed that had really loud music – Animal House and Henry V. So I got those mp3s, synced them up with those two clips, and then dragged the audio out to underscore the entire piece.
  • For a while, I was going to end it with Henry V to ID4, like this: “… and hold their manhoods cheap, while any speaks who fought with us upon OUR INDEPENDENCE DAY!” But I like going back to Braveheart, because it’s sort of a subtle, subconscious fakeout. The video began with the Braveheart speech, and when William Wallace pops back up, you think it’s going to end there. You don’t expect that last cut to Bill Pullman.
  • I’m grateful to Mr. Stokes, who suggested that I use longer clips at the beginning. At the time I had even more movies packed in there, with more cuts. But Jordan is usually right, and it definitely works better with more of a build.
  • My favorite cut: Chaplin as a Hitler-esque dictator, to George C. Scott as Patton. Not an accident.
  • The clips at the end aren’t exactly in random order. It’s seven shots of characters with arms raised in triumph: the boy from Neverending Story, Rudy, Andy Dufresne, the Grinch, Ferris Bueller, Lincoln, and Rocky.
  • My favorite speech? Animal House, actually. Maybe it’s the positive associations we all have with that movie, or the positive associations we all have with Belushi. But by jingo, it works.

So what’s your favorite inspirational speech?

143 Comments on “40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes”

  1. fenzel #

    I love the “peace with/by inches” speech from _Any Given Sunday_, which of course you included in this excellent piece.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rFx6OFooCs

    I used to keep an mp3 of that speech on my desktop in college, and when I hit the wall late nights writing a paper or working on a project and couldn’t go any further, I’d play it and recharge.

    I remember I played it for the YPMB scriptwriting committee once, I think before we wrote our Harvard script. It seemed to have a pretty powerful effect on everybody.

     
  2. mlawski #

    I haven’t been the annoying feminist in a long while, so here it is: Isn’t it sad that there are only 2.5 women in that video? (The .5 is for Peter Pan.)

    What, we’re not allowed to be epic and inspirational? We’re not important enough to make the big, final speeches to rouse up the team or the country or the Ancient Roman armies? Where’s the video for us? Because, I’ll tell you, where would the movie Troy be without Helen? Where would Rocky be without Adrian? Where would Bastian be without that weird princess girl? Where would William Wallace be without that dead wife of his? Where would the president of Independence Day be without that dead wife of HIS?

    No. We’re going to fight! We’re gonna live on! Today, my friends, is our Women’s History Month!

     
  3. Siwi #

    I need a name for something. It’s that line that marks where irony and earnestness sort of collide. I can’t be sure how much you intended the earnest side of it, but speaking as someone who has loved and been moved by many of these, I can’t experience it just as irony, and it’s much too smart (Oh my God, Superman with the flag) to experience just as earnest (yes, stating the obvious, sorry). I’m fairly certain that is what you were going for. Good freaking job. For the record, the way I’d refer to that line right now, lacking a name, would be “that space OverthinkingIt occupies most of the time.”

    First little gasp/laugh of delight: appearance of Newsies. Another favorite moment: Jimmy Stewart to Return of the King. To Patrick Stewart. Stewart sandwich! (That’s not why, just funny). Keira Knightley, moment I never would’ve remembered, totally working. Maybe that was more inspirational than I realized?

    (rewatching)

    Jesus, this thing is like bottled happiness. And I don’t even want to keep watching it because I hate knowing climactic scenes from movies I haven’t seen (of which there are a few in here). But I can’t stop! So… thanks?

    Letting the sentiment go for a second, it never until now occurred to me how heavily the gender balance of these things is skewed (It’s just Keira and Peter Pan on the other side, right? Heh. Half the female representation is Peter Pan). It’s not surprising, I guess–these speeches are generally given by people at the confluence of leader, authority figure and older, experienced one, all of which are categories we’ve usually associated with men. And there is of course the whole “Henry V was a dude, of course it’s a dude” angle. But, you know, interesting.

    So, if anyone else cares, how are inspirational speeches gendered, and why? When I think back to “Strong Female Characters,” there have to be some great ass-kicking lines from, say, Aliens and Terminator 2, but in those cases the women were defending very specific things. Is it easier, culturally, to let women stand up for themselves or specific others like their own children, before we let them crusade for ideas like Jimmy Stewart or lead groups of people like Braveheart? Is there a speech in, say, Norma Rae that totally belongs here?

    That’s quite enough for a comment, so I’m going to stop myself. Much food for thought, and very good job!

     
  4. Siwi #

    Mlawski says it better, as I would expect. And doesn’t forget Kirsten Dunst.

     
  5. Paul Nicholson #

    @mlawski Good point. Obviously the fact that most of these movies are sports and historically set war/battle movies means mostly men. Valid point though.

     
  6. mlawski #

    I mostly just wanted to make an inspirational speech :)

    @Siwi: I love that you said that OTI is where irony and earnestness collide. That is SO AWESOME!*

    *Was that irony or earnestness? I’ll never tell.

     
  7. Siwi #

    I’m not sure you even know yourself, I think that’s the secret. The AWESOME secret.

     
  8. Gab #

    It’s even in sing-along format in the clip I found:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUhwA-C-ACg

    This one is one of my favorite political drama ones:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44R5BapEdYY

    This one, too:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw5wetGMCrA

    But that makes me realize something along the lines of the already-discussed gender disparity. In the two speeches by men I thought of, the man giving the speech was, in some way, defending a woman. Both women are what I would argue “strong female characters,” yet still are under fire in their movies because of “scandal” and such. Sigh.

     
  9. Ned Y #

    Nice job Matt! That is pretty outstanding.

     
  10. sarielthrawn #

    I love that you threw Swingers in there. “You’re a bad man.”

    Well done Mr Belinke. Perhaps this falls into one of those ‘on shoulders of giants’ categories.

     
  11. fenzel #

    One big reason Hollywood inspirational speeches are gendered is that they appear primarily in sports movies, war movies, science fiction movies and fantasy movies, which overwhelmingly feature male actors and are overwhelmingly for male audiences.

    I guess you could have an inspirational montage of everyone’s wives dying or getting kidnapped (Helen of Troy, Independence Day, etc.), but I suspect it would have the opposite effect of what you’d like. You might be better off making a montage of Stephen Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Brian Bosworth just saying “NOOOOO!!!!” over and over again.

    Yes, they could do a lot more movies about women’s sports – so I guess _Stick It_ is the bold vanguard you’re looking for. They could even get ahead of reality a bit and make more than 45% of the coaches in those movies women.

    But yeah, you’re going to have problems finding female field generals to give big inspirational speeches in historical epics.

    And sure, you could make _The Mists of Avalon_ over and over and over again, but I suspect it would get tiresome.

    Mainly – it’s not that Matt didn’t pick those scenes from those movies, it’s that those scenes disproportionately don’t exist or aren’t interesting, either because of the requirements of the genre, the precedent on which they are based, the audience they are looking for, or that fighting against type just for feministic reasons can be pretty counterproductive, since these speeches are all about “TYPE, TYPE, TYPE.”

    Only a few movies and shows have really done this well, and certainly not enough to make a quality montage. This is a fight worth waging going forward, but it is not worth diminishing the brilliant work of Bill Pullman or Charles S. Dutton, who have done nothing wrong (except perhaps _Mr. Wrong_).

    If you want big inspirational speeches from women who are in the shit, I’d recommend getting as excited as I am about the new season of _Battlestar Galactica_.

     
  12. gwhiz #

    my favorites are henry v, network, and rudy. can you give a list of all the films i would like to see some of them.

     
  13. Gab #

    _Babylon 5_ has some good speeches by women, too, if we’re talking series, now. I can’t find it, but Delen gives a great speech about the awesomeness of humans in the first season. Here’s a clip of the President of the Earth that is a little depressing, but still rings with the ones ^up there^. (It’s sort of a spoiler, too, just in case anyone cares…)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbBRrK9Q-rw

     
  14. mlawski #

    @Fenzel: The funny thing about that clip is the one guy working in the background who seems to be completely ignoring her awesome speech but once or twice looks over his shoulder. So it’s not that he doesn’t hear her; it’s that he heard her, shrugged it off, and went back to work. “‘God sent me’? That’s interesting. Oh, well. Back to pushing buttons. Push the button. Push the button. Look over my shoulder again. Push the button.”

     
  15. fenzel #

    @Shana: Yeah, that’s sort of how the financial crisis happened ;-)

     
  16. Siwi #

    “and are overwhelmingly for male audiences.”

    I’m going to pick on this bit, not because I disagree that they are thought of and marketed that way, but because I wish there were a better way to refer to this–there’s not some even split between movies for guys and movies for girls. What I mean is, I think the proportion of girls who see movies like Mighty Ducks versus the proportion of boys who see movies like, say, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is very different. The reason, I think, that the focus has tended to be on “guy’s” genres like sports, war, sci-fi and fantasy is that, for those successful among them, it’s really not just guys going. Had the audience for Lord of the Rings been as gendered in either direction as Sex and the City, it could never have been the hit it was.

    The upshot seems to be that girls see guy movies, more than guys see girl movies. This means guy movies are more profitable and tend to dominate the marketplace, because they’re playing to more quadrants or whatever. This also means that I’m not sure we should still be thinking of them as guy movies. I think it plays to a false divide and perhaps limits them from being as good as they can be, as movies. (And I’d say excellent examples are given by series you bring up like BSG… as far as I know, no guys refuse to watch the show because it has kickass women or women in positions of leadership, so why should it follow that putting them there is in opposition to the genre or audience? I’m not saying the traditional association was groundless, just… perhaps unnecessary).

    Attempting to be brief: I never had any intention of slamming the montage for this. I just saw it as a jumping off point and excellent gathering of evidence to overthink inspirational speeches in movies and gender. I would never mean that to read as a condemnation of Belinkie, Bill Pullman, or anybody, except the faceless “institutions” that are of course at fault for everything. I only starting looking for suggestions of female speeches because that would tend to weaken my argument that they are disproportionately not there.

     
  17. Siwi #

    Heh. Button-pushing man.

     
  18. Weaz #

    Love the piece. If you ever do one again, throw in something from the speech in Boondock Saints, the speech they give when they kill someone.

     
  19. Matthew Belinkie #

    @Siwi – Thanks so much for your comment. There are definitely times when you’re tediously ripping DVDs and you think, “Why exactly is this worth it?” But then you read a comment like that, and you remember, “Oh yeah, I heart making cool things and sharing them with thousands of like-minded strangers.” So thanks.

    I also think you touch on something very true, about the intersection between irony and earnestness. I once performed a rousing rendition of “Proud to Be an American” in a karaoke bar. After it was done, a guy asked me if the performance had been sincere or ironic, and I sort of shrugged at him. The song is very cheesy, but it’s also kind of awesome. It really does hit this sort of weird sweet spot where I enjoy it simultaneously on two levels.

    So Siwi, let me suggest the word “earony,” to mean something which is enjoyed partially earnestly, partially ironically. Let me try and use it. “The South Park movie is an earonic take on musicals.” That is, the movie both mocks musicals and celebrates them.

     
  20. Matthew Belinkie #

    The disproportionate gender balance is an interesting issue. But I think if you look at how many of these speeches come either from coaches or generals, and then think about how many women have had those jobs historically, it’s not surprising.

    Gab – not sure I’d hold Sister Suffragette up as pro-woman. The mom in Mary Poppins pretty much just exists to give feminists a bad name.

    The Babylon 5 speech is indeed cool. But for this montage, I had a loose rule to use only movies, no TV shows (I cheated a little with Charlie Brown and Peter Pan). Otherwise, there definitely would have been Buffy in there.

    So people, what are the great inspirational movie quotes by women? IS there anything from T2 or Aliens? I actually watched G.I. Jane recently, and didn’t see anything that jumped out at me as an uplifting speech.

     
  21. fmkg #

    cool vid….what’s the music playing in the background? (could only identify the music from ID4 in the end)

     
  22. JimBob #

    is there anyway to download a copy of the movie?

     
  23. lee #

    Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the masters of “earony.” See also _Team America: World Police_ for another outstanding example of such.

     
  24. ozhand #

    what is the music during the clip? the high strings part. what score is that?

     
  25. Jeff Hentosz #

    The music is from Branagh’s “Henry V,” composed by Patrick Doyle. The soundtrack is full of stirring, inspirational stuff like that.

     
  26. Ricar #

    awesome!

     
  27. Gab #

    Fenzel: Ivonovah is probably my favorite character in the series.

    Belinkie: I think “Sister Suffrogate” is pro-woman in a comical way. I find it refreshing. “[a]s a group/ They’re rather stupid.” Kills me. And really, the lyrics are pretty tongue-in-cheek. The crazy feminists like her in the suffrage movements both in Europe and here helped drive the men in power holding back their right to vote over the edge. THIS “daughters’ daughter” surely “adores” them for it. Thus, and in answer to your last question, check out _Iron Jawed Angels_ about Alice Paul and the women involved in the American movement for women’s suffrage under Wilson, the wave of feminism that finally got us the vote. No, it’s not an action flick, but it’s a great movie, imo.

    Another strong Joan Allen performance, her portrayal of Goodie Proctor in _The Crucible_. I haven’t seen it in a while, but I do remember her having a number of really big/heavy scenes. Hm, and she was also in _Mists of Avalon_ too… Now that I think about it/ IMDB her, she seems to play awesome women fairly frequently. I mean, c’mon, I haven’t seen _Death Race_ yet, but I’m sure she’s scary-cool in it. Patty Nixon, Betty Parker, Pamela Landy… Maybe a Joan Allen montage of some sort would be fun, if I was able. Alas, I’m clueless as to how to make a YouTube video.

     
  28. fenzel #

    I heart Joan Allen.

     
  29. Thomas #

    I’ll admit it, this made me cry.

     
  30. Ray #

    Spectacular! The only improvement I have found would be to let the music complete or fade more gracefully at the end. Right now, it’s rather abrupt.

     
  31. Del DeVries #

    Powerful – but just too short! These are awesome clips that because most are familiar leave me wanting about 20 seconds more of each one! It is interesting how some of these story lines become a part of our lives. I’ve used Mel Gibson in Braveheart as a metaphor at least twice this week.

    Nice compilation job. I liked how you built the story line clip by clip. Your efforts are appreciated! And your site name gives me a good smile as well!

     
  32. Trav #

    Linked from Lifehacker. I agree-it’s a great way to end the week.

    FWIW, you could also put Natalie Portman with her arms up in the rain in V for Vendetta.

     
  33. nomad #

    Hey that is cool. what program do you use to edit that? i need a editing program close to that. free or for a coupe of bucks,lol. any help here,thanks.

     
  34. Rex Hammock #

    Brilliant. Just, brilliant.

     
  35. Gab #

    Ok, here’s an inspirational line from a woman:

    “Imagine, in the midst of all this slaughter, to die in a way that means something.”

    ;p

     
  36. Sinan #

    aww, sweet this is just what we need in Digital Movie Processing in college. We’re in Post Production of an ad we’re working on, and we’ve got until Wednesday to get it finished [we've only just moved into Post Production - and we've 15-30 mins of footage, where most is definitely goin to be thrown out]. We needed inspiration. And we get it in spades.
    You sir, are a legend :)

     
  37. BothTeamsPlayedHard #

    That’s amazing, but no Frank Slade is borderline unforgivable. If I was half the commenter I was six years ago, I’d take a FLAAAMEthrower to this place.

     
  38. Matthew Belinkie #

    @BothTeamsPlayedHard – Yeah, I thought about Scent of a Woman. But one of the rules I was trying to stick to is no actor appears more than once. And there was really no place for the flamethrower line.

    But of course, this is one of these projects where there’s no right or wrong answers – I’m sure if I’d started on a different day, everything would have come together differently, with different clips.

     
  39. IRP #

    Even though I had no idea what they were talking about, that was the most inspirational thing I’ve ever seen.
    Also, points for using Street Fighter.

     
  40. Hannah #

    I would like to see a list of the movies these clips are from. I recognize plenty of then (braveheart, newsies ;), etc.) but some I didn’t recognize and would like to see.

     
  41. Paulo Brabo #

    Hello,

    Amazing job! I’d love tho share this with my Brazilian friends!

    I made Portuguese subtitles for the video, but I can’t put them on Youtube because I’m not the author. They’re in the srt format; to upload them choose Captions and Subtitles on the Youtube video page.

    http://www.brabo.ppg.br/files/not-an-option.srt

    Cheers from Brazil

    PB

     
  42. kimmy #

    thanks… posted this to my facebook page… people like it.

     
  43. Gab #

    I have another line: “Dodge this.”

     
  44. Eva #

    I really love the speech in Newsies! It’s my favourite child movie, I think i’ve seen it for at least 30 times.

     
  45. phil 0 #

    clever. really unique, but i feel you are missing one crucial cinematic staple in american culture… you left out star wars….. some dorks might be offended that star trek and LOTRs got in there…. give luke some love bud

     
  46. phil 0 #

    and everyone commenting on the whole feminist argument really knows how to ruin a funny thing. way to be a downer and spoil a good time.

    love,

    someone who actually knows how to enjoy life

     
  47. Mike G #

    What’s the freakish looking guy in a Superman shirt on a pirate ship? I don’t remember a scene like that in The Elephant Man…

     
  48. mlawski #

    @phil: I guess it’s a perspective thing. I think Overthinking Things ™ makes them more fun, but I can see how others would think it sucks the fun out. You say potato, I say potato.

     
  49. Clara #

    @phil: Can you see the problem in complaining that people who analyze things are being “downers” in the comments of a blog called *Overthinking It*? Can you?

     
  50. Gab #

    Internet high five, Clara. No, make that ten.

     
  51. Gabriela #

    @Mike G, the guy in the Superman shirt is Sloth Fratelli from “The Goonies”, love that movie.

    @Matthew you did an outstanding job, as soon as I saw the title of the video I knew I’d see Henry V, you can’t get a more inspirational speech than that. Thanks for sharing.

     
  52. christina #

    thank you so much for this! its 4 am and finals, and some inspiration was SO necessary. im sure there are 100 other clips that could have been inspirational and im not going to sit here and argue for them, but i just reallyyyy need to thank you for this extra push…

    now back to studying, or as i like to say “second star to the right, and straight on till morning!”

     
  53. chip #

    B-I-T-C-H-I-N !!!

     
  54. Dain Sinjin #

    How about the ‘life is like a mop’ speech in UHF by Stanley Spudowski (Michael Richards)…”I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more.”

     
  55. pyla33 #

    Great stuff u got there guys!! it surely overthinking of it cos i never thought bout this would be exsisted. haha honestly I’m touched by this clip. it sure lots hardwork and dedication to made this clip. really appreatiate it. my fav speech is the braveheart scenes. I still love to watch it till todays.
    Thanks again for the Inspirational Speeches.

     
  56. Lady Jaye #

    I heart Jimmy Stewart and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. I can’t watch that movie without crying.

     
  57. Frank #

    For fun I subtitle vids for the Deaf and Hard of hearing. Can I use the transcript to subtitle your vid? Would like to give it a try please.

    Thanks,
    Subtitleman

     
  58. Matthew Belinkie #

    Give it a shot, Subtitleman!

     
  59. Rick #

    YOU FORGOT THE BEST ONE; FAR SUPERIOR TO ALL YOU MENTIONED: THINK “GLADIATOR” DUMB ASS

     
  60. Matthew Belinkie #

    Oh Rick you charmer, I didn’t forget anything. I took a look at the ol’ “what we do in life” speech, but it’s got this driving music behind it. Like “BUH dadadadad BUH dadadada BUH.” So I had to leave it out.

    And leave my ass out of this.

     
  61. nate calloway #

    That was great. Should have been way longer and it needed the Paul Newman Slpashot speech as as well as a speech from Mick in Rocky.

     
  62. David #

    Very well done. I do wish that Warriors would have gotten in there.

    Can you dig it? Caaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnn yooooooooouuuuuuuuuu diiiiiiiiiiggggggggggg iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttt?

     
  63. Maria C #

    This is way cool and so freaking creative!!! Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone. I do believe your inspirational objective was achieved. Awesome Job!!! Happy Holidays to everyone.

     
  64. Eddie #

    Matthew- this is unbelievable. I don’t know if appreciation levels ever jump the shark for you to where “if you’ve seen one anonymous internet stranger thanking you and appreciating your work, then you’ve seen them all”, but count me in as one more to top the pile.

    Thanks again and thanks for the first free sample of my newest addiction to OTI.

     
  65. Ben #

    I think the reason this works so effectively, and why such speeches in movies work in general, is because they ARE so silly; so bombastic. From a fundamental standpoint, self-aggrandizing bombast tends to come from one of two places: either a feeling of inherent superiority or from a desire to become bigger than one’s self. The kind of movies whose speeches are collected in this 135 seconds of joy here celebrate the latter while condemning the former, in some plot related way.

    Aragorn could’ve done what Sarumon did and conceded to Sauron, but he didn’t. He stood and fought, even when hopelessly outnumbered, and never gave up.

    The boys from Old School could’ve just given up on their fraternity, but they didn’t. They worked hard and fought against the evil Jeremy Piven, and didn’t give up. And so on.

    We all know it’s silly, but at the same time it moves us, because it strikes at a central chord of what makes us human: If we didn’t believe that we could dig down deep and make it through, regardless of odds, how the hell could we get out of bed in the morning?

    And I think that, more than any innate sexism in society is why a girls will see “guy” movies, but not the other way around. When the women buy shoes in Sex and The City, it’s pretty much just women buying shoes. At best, you could argue it’s a metaphor for consumerism, but even then it’s just buying something as a metaphor for buying things in general. From a basic standpoint, women buying shoes is something that is really only interesting to women.

    Conversely, when Rocky goes the distance with Apollo in Rocky, it’s boxing as a metaphor for damn near anything you want it to be. Everyone, man or woman, can relate to needing redemption, to being an underdog, to wanting just one more shot, etc.

    I must admit, also, I’d been searching for a way to communicate what I’d described as “Loving something for it’s strengths, while knowing of it’s faults and loving those too” while trying to describe the appeal of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On a Prayer”, which I feel like is the musical equivalent of one of these speeches. I think earony is absolutely a perfect term for it. So thanks for that as well.

     
  66. Lindy #

    Baha. As a Robert Sean Leonard fangirl, I watched the entire thing just to see if Mr. Keating’s speech from Dead Poet’s Society was in there. Also, I’d like to point out that DPS and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off were the only movies in there that I recognized and have seen. I feel pathetic.

     
  67. Matthew Belinkie #

    @Ben – Living on a Prayer definitely invokes strong earony. Great example!

     
  68. PerfectHorse #

    This was just…AWESOME…I can’t quit watching it…nuff said.

     
  69. Marvin #

    What was the whole Charlie Brown speech?

     
  70. janadr13 #

    “So people, what are the great inspirational movie quotes by women?”

    The only real ‘on the verge of battle’ inspirational speech by a woman I can think of is Elizabeth I: The Golden Age (or Elizabeth I, HBO series) both scenes from Tilbury.

    From the movie with Cate Blachete:
    “My loving people. We see the sails of the enemy approaching. We hear the Spanish guns over the water. Soon now, we will meet them face-to-face. I am resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live or die amongst you all. While we stand together no invader shall pass. Let them come with the armies of Hell; they will not pass! And when this day of battle is ended, we meet again in heaven or on the field of victory.”

     
  71. Matt #

    @Janadr13 – That DOES seem like a good speech. Is the movie good? It’s got Clive Owen, who is awesome.

     
  72. georgia tech #

    it reminded me of my childhood(:

     
  73. Tim #

    Whats the name of that song that plays through the whole thing? I need it.

     
  74. Javi #

    GREAT VIDEO, Belinks! I love it.

     
  75. kevin #

    Hey Paul or any of you , do you know where to find the full speeches in Audio or on clips? thanks Kevin

     
  76. René #

    Way cool! You should have ended it with “Caaaaaaaan youuuuu dig iiiiiiiiiit!”

     
  77. Kim Brooks #

    Thanks so much for making this video montage (sp?)! I’ve added it to my blog (philipandfamily.blogpsot.com) after finding it on msn.com. It motivated me to “seize the day” or actually this whole new year! Wanted my friends and family to be movitated too. Kim

     
  78. Noelle #

    What an awesome compilation! At first I sort of smirked at the over-the-top cheesiness of the Big Speeches, but by the end, I was truly moved. I think that’s my own personal definition of ‘earony’ in this case – to start out feeling cynical about and almost scoffing at the “We Can Do It!” theme, but then falling under the spell of that very theme and feeling my heart swell and my eyes mist.

    I was especially tickled to see the clips from The Goonies and The Neverending Story, partly b/c you wouldn’t necessarily expect to see them in a montage like this. Matt Belinkie, you rock!

     
  79. Kenny #

    It also gives you a warm feeling about the movies, and how much uplift we can get from them when they’re at their best. Even the lesser movies represented here are exciting to see. This should be an Oscar show clip montage.

     
  80. Buddy #

    Awesome!

     
  81. Krista #

    Great video. Does anyone know the piece of music in the background??? HELP!!!!!

     
  82. joe #

    you should get that thing on i tunes

     
  83. Spider Alton #

    Is this video download-able? I would love to use this in my video class.

     
  84. Allan #

    my guesses for the clips:

    braveheart/muppets take manhattan/animal house/rudy/ dunno /dunno / dunno / lord of the rings: return of the king/startrek next generation/dunno/stand and deliver/newsies/your a good sport charlie brown/apallo 13/ rocky / kingdom of heaven/nute rockney all american/alexander/dunno/hang em high or high plains drifter/ robin hood prince of thieves/ lil dictator/patton/any given sunday/pirates : at world’s end/300/troy/dunno/miracle/dead poets society/galaxy quest/star wars/ the untouchables/dunno/peter pan/hoosiers/mighty ducks/henry v/pulp fiction/ braveheart again/independance day/free willie/angels in the outfield/cool runnings/dead poets society/animal house/spartacus/goonies/never ending story/rudy/shawshank redemption/grinch christmas/ferris bueller/bill and teds excellent adventure/rocky

    how’d i do?

    P.S. I really liked what you put together.. well done

    Allan

     
  85. jonathan katz #

    hi,

    is there a way to download to a windows machine, 40 inspirational sppeches? my wife wants to use it for a presentation.

    jonathan katz

     
  86. J Pretto #

    Hi Matthew,

    This is perfect! You did an exceptional job and the overall message is great. Is there anyway of downloading for use in a office presentation/pep talk. Appropriate credit would be given to you, Overthinkingit.com and the films included. I would really appreciate any feedback you could provide.

    Thank you!
    Judy

     
  87. xmabaitx #

    Wow, as soon as the footage for Free Willy and the Goonies came up on there I laughed out loud for nearly 2 minutes straight! Great Job!

     
  88. Alverant #

    Is there a list of the movies used and where the background music is from?
    Thank you

     
  89. Mark #

    To Matt,
    I really, really loved this.
    Just wanted to say thank you!
    Mark G.

     
  90. Anadya #

    i hate your site

     
  91. El Acordeonachi #

    Fantastic!

    Yeah, I know I’m a little late to the party, but I had to throw this out there. I was hoping to see a clip from “The Warriors” of Cyrus shouting, “CAAAAN YOOOUUUU DIIIIGGGG IIIITT!!!!” near the end.

     
  92. Busra #

    Hi,
    I want to use in my prensentation. I need to download it. Please help!!!
    How can I download?

     
  93. Darius #

    I would love a list of the movies as well and the name of the soundtrack pieces. Great compilation.

     
  94. jack #

    EPIC but whats that weird flying dog thing betweem superman and the football player? and you are amazing the movie get a 100/10 for the most EPIC scenes fomr any movie ever! MAKE MORE it;s great