Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Smell of Napalm, Simply Unforgettable

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Smell of Napalm, Simply Unforgettable

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What's the most memorable movie monologue? A new survey puts swivel-eyed Robert Duvall top of the pile.

Some films are memorable for their plots, some for their landscapes and some for their stars - but there's something about a great movie speech that stirs the blood like nothing else. Blockbuster UK surveyed 6,500 movie fans to compile a list of the most memorable movie speeches of all time.

In at number one came Robert Duvall's chilling, 75-word monologue from the classic war film Apocalypse Now.

The address, delivered by Duvall in his role as gung-ho Lt Col Bill Kilgore, features the unforgettable line: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning".

Another military movie, A Few Good Men, provided the runner-up - Jack Nicholson's explosive courtroom outburst in which he tells military lawyer Tom Cruise: "You can't handle the truth."

Marlon Brando's "I could'a been a contender" spiel in the 1954 film On The Waterfront was voted third most memorable speech.

Perhaps Laurence Olivier's stirring speech from Shakespeare's Henry V, released to stiffen the British backbone in 1944, might have made the frame, but sadly, those who remember it are probably the least likely to be video and DVD watchers.

The results prompted a heartfelt cry from Blockbuster UK marketing director Sarah Baxter: "If you were about to start the ultimate DVD collection, some of these titles would definitely have to be among your first purchases.

"But where are all the great speeches made by women? I think it's definitely time for the world's great actresses to be given an equal chance!"

Can it be right that actresses have been served a bum hand in the script department?

Here is the full Top 20 list of most memorable monologues:

* 1. `Napalm' monologue by Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now (1979)

* 2. Jack Nicholson addresses the court in A Few Good Men (1992)

* 3. …

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