Al Pacino Delivers His Greatest Speech In This Hit Movie Leaving Netflix
Al Pacino's best speech was given in Any Given Sunday, which is leaving Netflix on December 31st.
Al Pacino has delivered plenty of impassioned speeches in his films, but there is one that reigns supreme over the rest. Pacino took on the role of Tony D’Mato in the drama sports film, Any Given Sunday, which is set to leave Netflix on December 31st. While D’Mato’s Miami Sharks team is fighting to stay relevant, he delivers a speech before the big championship game that has been used by many would-be actors during their own auditions.
Despite having a magnanimous cast that includes Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, LL Cool J, and more, Any Given Sunday was one of the more divisive Oliver Stone-directed movies. The film was made with a $55 million budget and secured $100.2 million at the box office, making it a financial success. However, it currently holds a 52% critic and 73% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, dividing everyone on whether it is considered a “good” film.
Any Given Sunday follows Al Pacino as Tony D’Mato, the head coach of the Miami Sharks. When a new and younger owner, Christina Pagniacci (Diaz), starts to shake things up, D’Mato must lean into his 30 years of coaching to keep his team relevant and in the playoff hunt. He does so by starting a new and inexperienced player at quarterback, Willie Beaman (Foxx) when the first-string and second-string quarterbacks are hit with injuries.
Willie begins to gain confidence and starts to steal the spotlight away from players that band together against him. Without ruining the rest of the film, everyone can go see it right now on Netflix. Al Pacino is spectacular in this film, especially during the previously mentioned speech, which may have given up a small part of the movie.
Any Given Sunday is directed by Oliver Stone, who is known for dramas like JFK, Platoon, Natural Born Killers, and many more. Stone has been one of the best dramatic directors for decades, and his football-based film was one that seemed to divide fans and critics alike. Al Pacino led this all-star cast that also included professional NFL players like Lawrence Taylor, Jim Brown, Dick Butkus, Terrell Owens, Warren Moon, and more.
When writing Any Given Sunday, Oliver Stone combined three scripts into what would become the Al Pacino-led Any Given Sunday. Stone developed a script called Monday Night, which was written by former NFL player, Jamie Williams and a sports journalist named Richard Weiner. Stone also acquired the spec script On Any Given Sunday by John Logan and used the Playing Hurt script by Daniel Pyne to perfect Any Given Sunday.
All in all, Any Given Sunday is definitely a different kind of sports movie, as it was not so much about the team overcoming adversity to win the big championship. The movie is centered around the passing of the guard from Al Pacino’s Tony D’Mato to the next coach of the Miami Sharks, and the drama between new and old players attempting to keep themselves relevant in an ever-growing landscape.
Any Given Sunday is currently streaming on Netflix, though the movie is set to leave on December 31st. This is everyone’s last chance to see one of the best performances by Al Pacino.