Great Movie Speeches: Inch-by-inch From Any Given Sunday
Any given Sunday is a 1999 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone depicting a fictional professional American football team. The film’s cast includes apart from Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Charlton Heston, Ann-Margaret, the legendary NFL players Jim Brown and Lawrence Taylor. Further more, cameo roles also featured many former Americal football players including Dick Butkus, A. Tttle, Pat Toomay, Warren Moon, Johnny Unitas, Ricky Watters, Emmit Smith and Terrel Owens, as well as coach Barry Switzer.
Al Pacino gives a stellar performance in the movie and also delivers one of the most inspiring movie speeches ever to inspire his team in the final game shown. Click here to watch the famous ‘inch-by-inch’ speech by the veteran coach Tony D’Amato (played by Al Pacino). The speech stirred his team and propelled them to a winning performance in the final seconds of the game.
I don’t know what to say really.
Three minutes to the biggest battle of our professional lives all comes down to today.
Either we heal as a team or we are going to crumble.
Inch by inch
Play by play
till we are finished.
We are in hell right now, gentlemen, believe me and we can stay here and get the shit kicked out of us or
we can fight our way back into the light.
We can climb out of hell. One inch, at a time.
Now I can’t do it for you. I’m too old.
I look around and I see these young faces and
I made every wrong choice a middle age man could make. I uh…
I pissed away all my money believe it or not.
I chased off anyone who has ever loved me.
And lately I can’t even stand the face I see in the mirror.
You know when you get old in life things get taken from you.
That’s part of life. But, you only learn that when you start losing stuff.
You find out that life is just a game of inches. So is football.
Because, in either game, life or football the margin for error is so small.
I mean, one half step too late or early you don’t quite make it.
One half second too slow or too fast and you don’t quite catch it.
The inches we need are everywhere around us.
They are in ever break of the game – every minute, every second.
On this team, we fight for that inch
On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us to pieces for that inch.
We CLAW with our finger nails for that inch.
Cause we know when we add up all those inches that’s going to make the f***ing difference
between WINNING and LOSING
between LIVING and DYING.
I’ll tell you this – in any fight, it is the guy who is willing to die
who is going to win that inch.
And I know If I am going to have any life anymore
it is because, I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch because that is what LIVING is.
The six inches in front of your face.
Now I can’t make you do it. You gotta look at the guy next to you.
Look into his eyes. Now I think you are going to see a guy who will go that inch with you.
You are going to see a guy who will sacrifice himself for this team
because he knows when it comes down to it, you are gonna do the same thing for him.
That’s a team, gentleman
and either we heal now, as a team,
or we will die as individuals.
That’s football guys. That’s all it is.
Now, Whattaya gonna do?
Can you think of creating and delivering a communication as motivating as the one here to rally your troops to achieve whatever you have set to achieve?