American Rhetoric: Movie Speech

"Gladiator" (2000)

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Proximo Addresses his New Crop of Gladiators

Audio mp3 delivered by Oliver Reed

I am Proximo.

I shall be closer to you for the next few days -- which will be the last of your miserable lives -- than that bitch of a mother that brought you screaming into this world.


I did not pay good money for you for your company!

I paid it so that I could profit from your death.


And as your mother was there at your beginning,

so I shall be be there at your end.


And when you die

 -- and die you shall! --

your transition shall be to

the sound of [clapping]



I salute you.


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