If you’ve never seen this speech from Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday, then take five minutes to watch it. It’s wonderful writing and a tremendous piece of cinema.
I have just one reservation. At 2:50 Pacino says…
“In any fight, it’s the guy who’s willing to die who’s going to win..”
No no no no no no no.
It’s the guy who’s willing to kill the other guy who’s going to win.
But that doesn’t sound so noble.
General Patton got it right. If you haven’t seen this, watch it as well. The key line is at 1:16.
"Now, I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”
Hollywood has never since uttered that truth.