Best Film Speeches
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Best Film Speeches and Monologues
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Film Title/Year and Description of Film Speech/Monologue

Ali (2001)
Screenwriter(s): Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson, Eric Roth, Michael Mann

Draft Resistance - "You My Opposer"

Play clip (excerpt): Ali

As a conscientious objector, Cassius Clay / Muhammed Ali (Will Smith) defiantly refused to be drafted and serve in Vietnam:

I ain't draft dodging. I ain't burning no flag, and I ain't runnin' to Canada. I'm stayin' right here. You want to send me to jail? Fine, you go right ahead. I've been in jail for 400 years. I could be there for four or five more, but I ain't goin' no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people. If I want to die, I'll die right here, right now, fightin' you, if I want to die. You my enemy, not no Chinese, no Vietcong, no Japanese. You my opposer - when I want freedom. You my opposer - when I want justice. You my opposer - when I want equality. Want me to go somewhere and fight for you? You won't even stand up for me right here in America, for my rights and my religious beliefs. You won't even stand up for my right here at home.

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Screenwriter(s): Akiva Goldsman

"The Most Important Discovery of My Life"

Play clip (excerpt): A Beautiful Mind

John Nash (Russell Crowe) gave a speech to accept his Nobel Prize in December 1994 in Stockholm, Sweden, in which he professed his love for his wife Alicia in the audience:

I've always believed in numbers and the equations and logics that lead to reason. But after a lifetime of such pursuits, I ask: 'What truly is logic?' 'Who decides reason?' My quest has taken me through the physical, the metaphysical, the delusional -- and back. And I have made the most important discovery of my career, the most important discovery of my life: It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logic or reasons can be found.

I'm only here tonight because of you [referring to his wife, Alicia]. You are the reason I am. You are all my reasons. Thank you.

The Believer (2001)
Screenwriter(s): Henry Bean

A Jew Obsessed With the Jews - An Espousal of Anti-Semitic Ideology ("Nothingness Without End")

In a coffee shop in Queens, NY, intense, intolerant and conflicted 22 year-old Neo-Nazi skinhead Daniel Balint (Ryan Gosling), an avowed Anti-Semite, agreed to an interview by tweedy Guy Danielsen (A.D. Miles) of the New York Times, who asked for Danny to elaborate on his statement that "the modern world was a Jewish disease." He began his answer with the statement that "in the movement -- this racialist movement -- we believe there's a hierarchy of races. You know, whites at the top, blacks at the bottom, Asians, Arabs, Latins somewhere in-between."

He felt that Judaism was "like a sickness" - and specifically targeted the Jews as poisonous, especially in regards to their sexuality:

Take sexuality...You ever f--k a Jewish girl?...Did you ever f--k one?...And? What did you notice?...Jewish girls like to give head, right?...And Jewish men love to get it....Yes. It's very pleasurable. But Jews are obsessed with it. You want to know why?...Because the Jew is essentially female....Yeah, real men - white, Christian men - we f--k a woman. We make her come with our cocks. But the Jew doesn't like to penetrate and thrust - he can't assert himself in that way, so he resorts to these perversions. Oral sex is technically a perversion, you know that, right?...So right after a woman's been with a Jewish man, she's ruined. She doesn't want to be with a normal partner again... He's not better. That's not what I said. I said he gives pleasure. That's actually a weakness...

The Jews clearly control the media and the banks. Investment banks, not the commercial ones. But the point is, they carry out in those realms the exact same principles that they display in sexuality. They undermine traditional life - and they deracinate society. Deracinate - tear out the roots. A real people derives its genius from the land: from the sun, from the sea, from the soil, you know. This is how they know themselves. But like, Jews don't even have soil...

Notice the Israelis: it's a fundamentally secular society. They no longer need Judaism because they have soil, 'cause the real Jew is a wanderer. He's a nomad. He's got no roots and no attachments. So he 'universalizes' everything. He can't hammer a nail, or plow a field. All he can do is buy and sell, and invest capital, manipulate markets, and you know, it's all mental. He takes a life of a people that's rooted in soil and then he turns it into this cosmopolitan culture based on books and numbers and ideas. And you know, this is his strength.

Take the greatest Jewish minds: Marx, Freud, Einstein. What have they given us? Communism, infantile sexuality and the atom bomb. In the mere three centuries it's taken these people to emerge from the ghettos of Europe, they've ripped us out a world of order and reason, they've thrown us into a chaos of class warfare, irrational urges, relativity, into a world where now the very existence of matter and meaning is in question. Why? Because it's the deepest impulse of a Jewish soul to pull at the very fabric of life 'til there's nothing left but a thread. They want nothing but nothingness. Nothingness without end.

At the end of the interview, Guy dropped a bombshell when he outed him as a Jew, asking: "How can you believe all of this when, when you're a Jew yourself?" He revealed that he knew that Danny had been bar mitzvahed at Congregation Ohab Zedek by Rabbi Stanley Nadelman in March, 1988. Objecting to the alleged discredited and reckless "slander," Danny pulled out a gun, stuck it in Guy's face, and threatened: "You put that in the New York Times, Guy, I'm gonna kill myself."

The Believer (2001)
Screenwriter(s): Henry Bean

An Anti-Semitic Rant ("Suffering, It Seems, Is the Very Crucible of Their Genius")

In front of a small lecture hall, Jewish Neo-Nazi Daniel Balint (Ryan Gosling) first chanted a Jewish prayer ("Shema yisroel adonai elohenu adonai echod"), and then began his incendiary talk about how the Jews were willing victims as the Chosen People:

Let me put it this way: Who wants to destroy the Jews? Who wants to grind their bones into the dust? And who wants to see them rise again? Wealthier, more successful, powerful, cultured, more intelligent than ever? Then you know what we have to do? We have to love 'em. What? Did he say 'Love the Jews'? It's strange, I know. But with these people, nothing is simple.

The Jew says all he wants is to be left alone to study his Torah, do a little business, fornicate with his over-sexed wife, but it's not true. He wants to be hated. He longs for our scorn. He clings to it, as if it were the very core of his being. If Hitler had not existed, the Jews would've invented him. For without such hatred, the so-called Chosen People would vanish from the earth. And this reveals a terrible truth and really the crux of our problem as Nazis. The worse the Jews are treated, the stronger they become. Egyptian slavery made them a nation. The pogroms hardened them. Auschwitz gave birth to the state of Israel. Suffering, it seems, is the very crucible of their genius.

So, if the Jews are, as one of their own has said, a people who will not take 'yes' for an answer, let us say 'yes' to them. They thrive on opposition. Let us cease to oppose them. The only way to annihilate this insidious people once and for all is to open our arms, invite them into our homes, and embrace them. Only then will they vanish into assimilation, normality and love. But we cannot pretend. The Jew is nothing if not clever. He will see through hypocrisy and condescension. To destroy him, we must love him sincerely.

From the audience, Guy Danielsen (A.D. Miles) of the Times asked:

If the Jews are strengthened by hate, then wouldn't this destruction that you speak of - whether it's by love or any other means - wouldn't that make them more powerful than they are already?

Daniel responded:

Yes, infinitely more. They would become as God. It's the Jews' destiny to be annihilated so they can be deified. Jesus understood this perfectly. And look what was accomplished there with the death of just one enlightened Jew. Imagine what would happen if we killed them all. So, let us say together... Shema yisroel...

Donnie Darko (2001)
Screenwriter(s): Richard Kelly

The Asexuality of Smurfs

Disturbed, but intelligent teenager Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhall) vigorously and drunkenly discussed the sex habits of animated Smurf characters, correcting his friends' wrong facts about them:

Smurfette doesn't f--k...First of all, Papa Smurf didn't create Smurfette. Gargamel did. She was sent in as Gargamel's evil spy with the intention of destroying the Smurf village. But the overwhelming goodness of the Smurf way of life transformed her. And as for the whole gang-bang scenario, it just couldn't happen. Smurfs are asexual. They don't even have reproductive organs under those little white pants. It's just so illogical, you know, about being a Smurf. You know, what's the point of living if you don't have a dick?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Screenwriter(s): Steve Kloves

"I Can Tell You How to Bottle Fame, Brew Glory, and Even Put a Stopper in Death"

Devious Professor Severus Snape (Alan Rickman), during his first Potions class, ominously instructed his Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry students. He picked on 'the boy who lived' Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), calling him "our new celebrity," and then provokingly questioned him to embarrass and belittle him:

There will be no foolish wand-waving or silly incantations in this class. As such, I don't expect many of you to appreciate the subtle science and exact art that is potion-making. However, for those select few who possess the predisposition, I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses. I can tell you how to bottle fame, brew glory, and even put a stopper in death. Then again, maybe some of you have come to Hogwarts in possession of abilities so formidable that you feel confident enough to not pay attention! Mr. Potter. Our new celebrity.

Tell me, what would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood? You don't know? Well, let's try again. Where, Mr. Potter, would you look if I asked you to find me a bezoar?...And what is the difference between monkshood and wolfsbane?...Pity. Clearly, fame isn't everything, is it, Mr. Potter?

Iris (2001)
Screenwriter(s): Richard Eyre, Charles Wood

The Importance of Education

In the film's opening, Irish novelist Dame Iris Murdoch (Judi Dench), a distinguished graduate and Honorary Fellow of Oxford University, delivered a dinner speech on the importance of education, after being introduced and compared to a "fine vintage claret":

Education doesn't make you happy. And nor does freedom? We don't become happy just because we're free, if we are. Or because we've been educated, if we have. But because education may be the means by which we realize we are happy. It opens our eyes, our ears. Tells us where delights are lurking. Convinces us that there is only one freedom of any importance whatsoever: that of the mind. And gives us the assurance, the confidence, to walk the path our mind, our educated mind, offers.

Legally Blonde (2001)
Screenwriter(s): Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith

"Have Faith in Yourself"

Play clip (excerpt): Legally Blonde

In the film's epilogue, Harvard Law School's 2004 graduation ceremony was capped by the delivery of a short speech by class-elected speaker and blonde high-honors graduate Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon):

On our very first day at Harvard, a very wise Professor quoted Aristotle: 'The law is reason free from passion.' Well, no offense to Aristotle, but in my three years at Harvard, I have come to find that passion is a key ingredient to the study and practice of law - and of life. It is with passion, courage of conviction, and strong sense of self that we take our next steps into the world, remembering that first impressions are not always correct. You must always have faith in people. And most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself. Congratulations Class of 2004, we did it!

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Screenwriter(s): Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson

"One Ring To Rule Them All"

Play clip (excerpt): The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

In the opening voice-over prologue, elf Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) explained the legend of the Ring, created by Dark Lord Sauron, who lost the "One Ring" during the battles of Middle-Earth. The Ring was claimed by the creature Gollum for a long while, until it then "abandoned" him and came into the possession of hobbit Bilbo Baggins' (Ian Holm) in the Shire:

The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it. It began with the forging of the Great Rings. Three were given to the Elves; immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings. Seven to the Dwarf Lords, great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls. And nine, nine rings were gifted to the race of Men, who above all else desire power. For within these rings was bound the strength and will to govern each race. But they were all of them deceived, for another ring was made. In the land of Mordor, in the fires of Mount Doom, the Dark Lord Sauron forged, in secret, a master ring to control all others. And into this ring he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life. One ring to rule them all.

One by one, the Free Lands of Middle-Earth fell to the power of the Ring. But there were some who resisted. A last alliance of men and elves marched against the armies of Mordor. And on the slopes of Mount Doom, they fought for the freedom of Middle-Earth. Victory was near, but the power of the ring could not be undone. It was in this moment, when all hope had faded, that Isildur, son of the king, took up his father's sword. And Sauron, enemy of the free peoples of Middle-Earth, was defeated. The Ring passed to Isildur, who had this one chance to destroy evil forever, but the hearts of men are easily corrupted. And the ring of power has a will of its own. It betrayed Isildur, to his death.

And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years, the ring passed out of all knowledge. Until, when chance came, it ensnared a new bearer. The ring came to the creature Gollum, who took it deep into the tunnels of the Misty Mountains. And there it consumed him. The ring brought to Gollum unnatural long life. For 500 years, it poisoned his mind. And in the gloom of Gollum's cave, it waited. Darkness crept back into the forests of the world. Rumor grew of a shadow in the East - whispers of a nameless fear. And the Ring of Power perceived its time had now come. It abandoned Gollum. But something happened then the Ring did not intend. It was picked up by the most unlikely creature imaginable. A hobbit, Bilbo Baggins of the Shire. For the time will soon come when hobbits will shape the fortunes of all...

The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Screenwriter(s): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

The Uncertainty Principle

Sharply-dressed, expensive Sacramento defense attorney Freddy Riedenschneider (Tony Shalhoub) proposed to his clients, Ed and Doris Crane (Billy Bob Thornton and Frances McDormand) a winning strategy, Heisenberg's "the uncertainty principle":

They got this guy, in Germany. Fritz Something-or-other. Or is it? Maybe it's Werner. Anyway. He's got this theory. You wanna test something, you know, scientifically. How the planets go around the sun, what sunspots are made of, why the water comes out of the tap - well, you gotta look at it. But sometimes you look at it, your looking changes it. You can't know the reality of what happened, or what would've happened if you hadn't a stuck in your own goddamn schnozz. So there is no 'what happened'? Looking at something changes it. They call it the 'Uncertainty Principle'. I'm sure it sounds screwy, but even Einstein says the guy's on to something. Science, perception, reality, doubt. Reasonable doubt. I'm sayin' that sometimes the more you look, the less you really know. It's a fact, true fact. In a way, it's the only fact there is. This heinie even wrote it out in numbers.

Training Day (2001)
Screenwriter(s): David Ayer

"King Kong Ain't Got S--t on Me!"

Hardened and corrupt Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington) claimed to neighborhood gang members while surrounded in the street:

Awwww, you motherf--kers. Okay. Alright. I'm putting cases on all of you bitches! Huh. You think you can do this s--t. Jake! You think you can do this to me?! You motherf--kers will be playin' basketball in Pelican Bay when I get finished with you! SHU program, nigga. 23 hour lockdown! I'm the man up in this piece! You'll never see the light of - who the f--k do you think you're f--kin' with? I'm the police, I run s--t here. You just live here! Yeah, that's right, you better walk away! Go on and walk away, 'cause I'm gonna burn this motherf--ker down. King Kong ain't got s--t on me!

That's right, that's right. S--t, I don't f--k. I'm winnin' anyway, I'm winnin.' I'm winnin' any motherf--kin' way, I can't lose. S--t, you can shoot me, but you can't kill me.

When shot in the ass and then deserted by his wised-up partner Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke), Alonzo delivered his final words in the film while lighting up a smoke: "Oh, what a day. What a motherf--kin' day" - shortly afterwards, his car was surrounded by hooded members of the Russian Mafia with machine guns - who pulverized his flailing body up against his car with an incredible volley of gunfire.

Waking Life (2001)
Screenwriter(s): Richard Linklater

In this contemplative, existential experimental film, The Dreamer (Wiley Wiggins) encountered various individuals during a dream state, and listened to their philosophies of life.

"You Want to Go With the Flow"

He was given a ride by a Boat Car Guy (Bill Wise), driving a boat/car combination, who explained:

Anchors aweigh! So what do you think of my little vessel? She's what we call a see-worthy. S-E-E, see with your eyes. I feel like my transport should be an extension of my personality. Voila. And this, this is like my little window to the world, and every minute's a different show. Now I may not understand it. I may not even necessarily agree with it. But I'll tell you what, I accept it and just sort of glide along. You want to keep things on an even keel, I guess is what I'm saying. You want to go with the flow. The sea refuses no river. The idea is to remain in a state of constant departure while always arriving. It saves on introductions and goodbyes.

The ride does not require an explanation - just occupants. That's where you guys come in. It's like you come onto this planet with a crayon box. Now you may get the eight-pack, you may get the sixteen-pack, but it's all in what you do with the crayons, the colors, that you're given. And don't worry about drawing within the lines or coloring outside the lines. I say color outside the lines, you know what I mean? Color right off the page. Don't box me in! We're in motion to the ocean. We are not land-locked, I'll tell you that. So where do you want out?

Waking Life (2001)
Screenwriter(s): Richard Linklater

"What You Do Makes A Difference...It's Always Our Decision Who We Are"

The Dreamer (Wiley Wiggins) then listened to a lecture from a Philosophy Professor (Robert C. Solomon), and afterwards as he continued their discussion on existentialism, they walked along and went to a coffee shop:

The reason why I refuse to take existentialism as just another French fashion or historical curiosity, is that I think it has something very important to offer us for the new century. I'm afraid we're losing the real virtues of living life passionately in the sense of taking responsibility for who you are, the ability to make something of yourself and feeling good about life. Existentialism is often discussed as if it's a philosophy of despair, but I think the truth is just the opposite. Sartre once interviewed said, he never really felt a day of despair in his life. But one thing that comes out from reading these guys is not a sense of anguish about life so much as a real kind of exuberance, a feeling on top of it. It's like your life is yours to create.

I've read the post-modernists with some interest, even admiration, but when I read them I always have this awful nagging feeling that something absolutely essential is getting left out. The more that you talk about a person as a social construction, or as a confluence of forces, or as fragmented or marginalized, what you do is you open up a whole new world of excuses. And when Sartre talks about responsibility, he's not talking about something abstract. He's not talking about the kind of self or soul that theologians would argue about. It's something very concrete. It's you and me talking, making decisions, doing things, and taking the consequences.

It might be true that there are six billion people in the world, and counting. Nevertheless - what you do makes a difference. It makes a difference, first of all, in material terms. It makes a difference to other people, and it sets an example. And in short, I think the message here is that we should never simply write ourselves off and see ourselves as the victim of various forces. It's always our decision who we are.

Waking Life (2001)
Screenwriter(s): Richard Linklater

"I Want Real Human Moments"

The Dreamer (Wiley Wiggins) literally bumped into red-haired Soap Opera Woman (Tiana Hux) when they collided on a stairway. She then explained her need for human interaction, jostling the Dreamer's thinking, who admitted he was "on zombie auto-pilot lately":

Hey, could we do that again? I know we haven't met, but, I don't wanna be an ant, ya know? I mean, it's like we go through life with our antennas bouncing off one another continuously on 'ant auto-pilot' with nothing really human required of us. 'Stop,' 'Go,' 'Walk here,' 'Drive there.' All action basically for survival. All communication simply to keep this ant colony buzzing along in an efficient, polite manner. 'Here's your change,' 'Paper or plastic?', 'Credit or debit?', 'Do you want ketchup with that?' I don't want a straw. I want real human moments. I want to see you. I want you to see me. I don't want to give that up. I don't want to be an ant. Ya know?...

Waking Life (2001)
Screenwriter(s): Richard Linklater

The Ongoing WOW - "We Are the Authors of Ourselves...Life Understood Is Life Lived"

Standing on the Brooklyn Bridge, Timothy 'Speed' Levitch (as Himself) offered rambling, excited thoughts about existence to the Dreamer (Wiley Wiggins):

On this bridge, Lorca warns: Life is not a dream. Beware, and beware, and beware. And so many think because then happened, now isn't. But didn't I mention? The ongoing WOW is happening, right now! We are all co-authors of this dancing exuberance, for even our inabilities are having a roast. We are the authors of ourselves, co-authoring a gigantic Dostoevsky novel starring clowns! This entire thing we're involved with, called the world, is an opportunity to exhibit how exciting alienation can be. Life is a matter of a miracle that is collected over time by moments flabbergasted to be in each others' presence. The world is an exam, to see if we can rise into the direct experiences. Our eyesight is here as a test, to see if we can see beyond it, matter is here as a test for our curiosity, doubt is here as an exam for our vitality. Thomas Mann wrote that he would rather participate in life than write a hundred stories. Giacometti was once run down by a car, and he recalled falling into a lucid faint, a sudden exhilaration, as he realized at last, something was happening to him.

An assumption developed that you cannot understand life and live life simultaneously. I do not agree entirely, which is to say, I do not exactly disagree. I would say that life understood is life lived. But, the paradoxes bug me, and I can learn to love and make love to the paradoxes that bug me, and on really romantic evenings of self, I go salsa dancing with my confusion. Before you drift off, don't forget, which is to say remember, because remembering is so much more a psychotic activity than forgetting. Lorca, in that same poem said that the Iguana will bite those who do not dream, and as one realizes that one is a dream-figure in another person's dream - That is self-awareness!

Waking Life (2001)
Screenwriter(s): Richard Linklater

"Moving From the 'No' to the 'Yes'"

At the end of the film, the Pinball Playing Man (director Richard Linklater) gave a long description of existence to the Dreamer (Wiley Wiggins), who had asserted: "I'm starting to think that I'm dead." He described a dream he once had after he had read an essay by science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick, who had a theory that time was an illusion. Dick believed that we were all actually living in 50 A.D. - an illusion to make us forget that God was imminent:

...And that's what time is. That's what all of history is, this kind of continuous, you know, daydream or distraction. And so I read that, and I was like, 'Well, that's weird.' And then that night, I had a dream, and there was this guy in the dream who was supposed to be a psychic. But I was skeptical. I was like, 'He's not really a psychic' I was just thinking to myself. And then suddenly, I start floating, like levitating up to the ceiling. And as I almost go through the roof, I'm like, 'OK, Mr. Psychic, I believe you. You're a psychic. Put me down, please.' And I float down, and as my feet touch the ground, the psychic turns into this woman in a green dress. And this woman is Lady Gregory. Now, Lady Gregory was Yeats' patron, this, you know, Irish person. And though I'd never seen her image, I was just sure that this was the face of Lady Gregory. So we're walking along, and Lady Gregory turns to me and says, 'Let me explain to you the nature of the universe.' Now, Philip K. Dick is right about time, but he's wrong that it's 50 A.D.

Actually, there's only one instant, and it's right now, and it's eternity. And it's an instant in which God is posing a question, and that question is basically, 'Do you wanna, you know, be one with eternity, do you want to be in heaven?' And, we're all saying, 'Nooo thank you, not just yet.' And so time is actually just this constant saying 'No' to God's invitation. I mean, that's what time is. I mean, and it's no more 50 A.D. than it's 2001, you know? I mean, there's just this one instant, and that's what we're always in. And then she tells me that actually this is the narrative of everyone's life. That, you know, behind the phenomenal difference there is but one story, and that's the story of moving from the 'No' to the 'Yes.' All of life is like, 'No thank you, No thank you, No thank you.' And then, ultimately, it's, 'Yes I give in, Yes I accept, Yes I embrace.' I mean, that's the journey. Everyone gets to the 'Yes' in the end, right?

So we continued walking, and uh, my dog runs over to me. And so I'm petting him. I'm really happy to see him, you know. He's been dead for years. So I'm petting him and then I realize there's this kind of gross oozing stuff coming out of his stomach. And I look over at Lady Gregory, and she sort of coughs. She's like, 'Oh, excuse me.' And there's vomit like dribbling down her chin, and it smells really bad. And I think, 'Well, wait a second. That's not just the smell of vomit' which is, doesn't smell very good. 'That's the smell of dead person vomit. You know, it's, like, doubly foul.' And then I realized I'm actually in, you know, the land of the dead. And everyone around me was dead. My dog had been dead over ten years. Lady Gregory had been dead a lot longer than that. When I finally woke up, I was like, 'Whoa. That wasn't a dream. That was a visitation to this real place, the land of the dead.'...Oh, man. It was just like one of those, like, life-altering experiences. I mean, I could never really look at the world the same way again after that.

The Dreamer also complained about feeling trapped in his own dream:

I mean, how did you, how did you finally get out of the dream? See, that's my problem. I'm like I'm trapped. I keep, I keep thinking that I'm waking up, but I'm still in a dream. It seems like it's going on forever. I can't get out of it. I wanna wake up for real. How do you really wake up?

The film concluded with the Pinball Playing Man's final advice, the last spoken lines of the film:

I don't know. I don't know. I'm not very good at that anymore. But, um, if that's what you're thinkin', I mean, you probably should. I mean, you know, if you can wake up, you should, because, you know, some day, you know, you won't be able to, so, just, uhm, but it's easy, you know - just, just wake up.

The Dreamer woke up, walked outside, and suddenly floated into the air until he was only a tiny speck far up in the sky.

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