August 19th, 2011
10:39 AM ET
A lot of politicians have started polishing their oratory skills, seeing that party nominations and debates are just around the corner, but few of their speeches are able to produce misty eyes from cynics.
Clearly, their staff writers could use an ounce of Hollywood in their final drafts.
Candidate hopefuls should be aiming for the passion of "Braveheart’s" William Wallace without going too far like Howard Dean in 2004. (A great speech should motivate us, inspire us, but definitely not scare us.)
Here are some excerpts that could get you on your feet. What are your favorite speeches from movies?
1. "Revenge of the Nerds" (1984): “I just wanted to say that I'm a nerd, and I'm here tonight to stand up for the rights of other nerds.” – Gilbert Lowell
2. "The Godfather" (1972): “But I'm a superstitious man. And if some unlucky accident should befall him, if he should be shot in the head by a police officer, or if should hang himself in his jail cell, or if he's struck by a bolt of lightning... *then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room*... and that, I do not forgive.” – Don Corleone
4. "The Untouchables" (1987): “You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That's* the *Chicago* way!” – Jim Malone
5. "Patton" (1970): “Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser!” – General George S. Patton Jr.
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