It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Aaron Sorkin’s screenwriting. It occurred to me today that one of the things he’s good at is memorable speechmaking. Each of his movies has a scene that has, at least for a time, entered the public consciousness and became recognizable on its own. These scenes are all pretty much monologues, spoken with force and drama by one of the movies’ main characters. But my favorite speeches from each of Sorkin’s movies have been other scenes. In each case, they’re scenes of dialogue, with lines spoken by other characters than the ones who speak the more famous lines.
I found this sort of interesting, if somewhat trivial. So without further ado, here’s my guide to scenes in Aaron Sorkin’s three movies, complete with chapter numbers for the DVDs:
A Few Good Men
- Famous scene: Chapter 26 (“You want answers? / I want the truth! / You can’t handle the truth.”)
- My favorite: Chapter 24 (“I’m sorry, I keep forgetting. You were sick the day they taught law at law school.”)
- Famous scene: Chapter 16 (“You ask me if I have a God complex? Let me tell you something: I am God.”)
- My favorite: Chapter 24 (“What does anybody want? I want the Red Sox to win the World Series.”)
The American President
- Famous scene: Chapter 30 (“My name is Andrew Shepherd and I am the President.”)
- My favorite: Chapter 27 (“They want leadership. They’re so thirsty for it they’ll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there’s no water, they’ll drink the sand.”)
P.S. I realized this afternoon that the first two seasons of The West Wing are available on DVD and I don’t own them. Odd. I couldn’t buy Sports Night or the special edition of A Few Good Men fast enough, but The West Wing DVDs have been out for some time, and I haven’t had desire to buy them. Maybe because the show is still on the air? Or maybe I subconsciously still blame The West Wing for being part of the reason there was never a third season of Sports Night. Now that I’ve thought about it, though, I’m starting to feel a burning sensation in my pocket.