Hollywood’s Five Best Political Speeches (Thanks for the Idea, Rand Paul!)
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But before Paul, there was Thurmond. The late Strom Thurmond filibustered his way to the Senate's all-time record when he protested the 1957 Civil Rights Act for 24 hours and 18 minutes.
The following is Yahoo! Movies' review of the best political speeches on film, inspired by Sen. Paul's recent time-limited tenacity:
Jimmy Stewart filibusters so hard he faints in 1939's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." At one point, after he has talked himself hoarse, he manages to crackle, "Get up there with that lady that's up on top of this Capitol dome, that lady that stands for liberty."
Chris Rock is impassioned as he delivers his improvised "That Ain't Right" speech in the 2003 comedy "Head of State." He plainly and poignantly says, "If your child's school has old-a-- books and brand-new metal detectors, lemme hear you say, 'That ain't right!'"
In "Dave," Kevin Kline plays the U.S. president. And at the film's climax, he reveals he is guilty of wrongdoing. Scandal. He concedes to the American people, "I oughta care more about you than I do about me."
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In "The American President" (1995), Michael Douglas takes his turn playing the commander in chief. The Rob Reiner-directed, Aaron Sorkin-scribed movie is about a widowed leader of the free world who sort of accidentally falls in love.