Dear friends…once more
The Fallon blog has an excellent post featuring rousing motivational speeches that have appeared in film.
Among them are the likes of General Patton (aka George C Scott) and the Spartan captain from 300 (which I have yet to see).
I added a suggestion in the comments - the St Crispians Day speech from Henry V by Shakespeare - performed by Richard Branagh (who ranks up there with Baz Lurhman for making The Bard bearable).
Let's make a list:
What are the most rousing speeches ever?
Martin Luther King - I have a dream
JFK - Ask not what your country can do...
...What happened to oratory?
have we become too cynical? Too postmodern?
Recommend your favourites...
We'll come back to this.