|Age Range(s)||Young Adult (20-35), Adult (36-50)|
|Type of monologue / Character is||Persuasive, Descriptive, Speech, Reminiscing life story/Telling a story|
|Description||Lawyer Joe Miller's opening statement to the jury|
|Location||End of movie|
Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) is a gay lawyer who has contracted AIDS. He is fired by his law firm and decides to sue his employers for discrimination. At first he can't find anybody to represent him but then is helped by homophobic lawyer Joe Miller (Denzel Washington). This is the opening speech Joe Miller gives to the jury.
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|Joe Miller: "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury. Forget everything you've seen on television. There's not going to be any surprise, last minute witnesses. Nobody's going to break down on the stand with a tearful confession..."|