Friday, January 02, 2004

The smell of napalm tops poll 

Robert Duvall's lines from Apocalypse Now -- I love the smell of napalm in the morning -- has beenvoted the best speech in the movies in a movie fans poll.

Duvall's memorable speech was made as Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam epic co-starring Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen. It begins: "You smell that? Do you smell that? Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning."

Other film fans' favourites included Samuel L Jackson's "God's fury" speech in Pulp Fiction, Michael Douglas' "Greed is good" line from Wall Street, and the "Choose life" monologue by Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting.

I am amazed that the wisdom of Gunnery Sergeant "Do you maggots understand that" Hartman has been left out of the top 10. Sure, some of the others are utterly brilliant lines, but surely that amazing boot-camp speech from Full Metal Jacket belongs in there too?