American Rhetoric: Movie Speech
"My Cousin Vinny" (1992)
Defense Counsel John Gibbons Cross Examines Witness Tipton
Gibbons: Alright, Mr. uh, TTTTTTTT, uh...Tipton! Now, when you viewed my clients, how, how, how far away were you?
Mr. Tipton: About 50 feet.
Gibbons: Oh, now, do you think that that's close enough to make an accurate, uh, i, uh, iiii-identification?
Mr. Tipton: Yes.
Gibbons: Mr. Tipton, I see you wear eye glasses.
Mr. Tipton: Sometimes.
Gibbons: Well, would you care to show those eye glasses to the jury, please, thank you. [Tipton shows glasses to jury]. Thank you. Now, Mr. Tipton, were you wearin' them that day?
Mr. Tipton: No.
Gibbons: Well! You see....you were 50 feet away. You made a positive eyewitness identification. And, and, and, and, and, and, and, yet, you were not wearing your necessary prescription eye glasses.
Mr. Tipton: They readin' glasses.
Gibbons: Uhhh. Well. Uhhhhhh...Mr.....Uhhhhhh. Could you tell the court what color eyes the de, uh, the defendants have?
Mr. Tipton: Brown. Hazel green.
Gibbons: No more questions.
Judge Haller: Mr. Gambini, your witness.
Gibbons: [to client Rothenstein] He's a tough one.