Al Pacino starred in the leading role as coach of the “Sharks” in Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday. It is in my mind the best speech in the movies and draws on the most important elements of teamwork, believing in yourself, and giving your ALL. For every coach and player who ever wanted to inspire his team, for all the “comrades in pads”…..enjoy this clip. It encapsulates the best of Lombardy, the best of Knute Rockne, and the best of every coach who understood the value of inspiration in motivating his players to DO MORE THAN THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD DO!
This film had great roles for former players like Jim Brown, and Lawrence Taylor – and minor roles for many others who comprised the team…. actors who enjoyed the game and played with heart. There is no doubt Oliver Stone, Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, Mathew Modine, James Woods and even Cameron Diaz have a love for the game…but the writers Oliver Stone, Daniel Pyne and John Logan made it REAL.
If you are a football fan – Prepare – to feel the hairs on your neck stand on end. This is the greatest speech in the history of movies and football. Enjoy!