We’ve all seen the locker room speech. It’s in many a movie.
The team, usually with no reason to be there, or having the talent but recently saddled with some heavy baggage, is hanging it’s heads. Then the coach storms in and whispers or shouts, or massages their egos in just the right way so that the end result is fist pumping, hand-clapping, table-flipping, and running out of the locker room by the players.
Well that is what Al Pacino does in Any Given Sunday.
During this scene, you will be fired up, you will re-live certain past glories in your head, and you will believe Pacino’s coach Tony D’Amato when he says, “I don’t know what to say, really. Three minutes to the biggest battle of our professional lives. All comes down to today, and either, we heal as a team, or we’re gonna crumble. Inch by inch, play by play. Until we’re finished…”