American Rhetoric: Movie Speech

"Malice" (1993)


Dr. Jed Hill on the question of a 'God Complex'

Audio mp3 delivered by Alec Baldwin


Mr. Adams: Don't you address my client, Mr. Riley.

Mr. Riley: Do you have a God complex?


Mr. Adams: This is not acceptable.

Dr. Hill: No, no, let him address me.

Mr. Adams: Jed!

Dr. Hill: No, no, it's about time I got to give some answers here.


Mr. Adams: Stop typing. This is off the record.


Dr. Hill: The question is, "Do I have a 'God Complex'?

Mr. Riley: Dr. Kessler says, "yes."

Dr. Hill: Which makes me wonder if this lawyer has any idea as to the kind of grades one has to receive in college to be accepted at a top medical school.

Dr. Hill: Or if you have the vaguest clue as to how talented someone has to be to lead a surgical team.

  Dr. Hill: I have an M.D. from Harvard. I am board certified in cardiothoracic medicine and trauma surgery. I have been awarded citations from seven different medical boards in New England; and I am never, ever sick at sea.

Dr. Hill: So I ask you, when someone goes into that chapel and they fall on their knees and they pray to God that their wife doesn't miscarry, or that their daughter doesn't bleed to death, or that their mother doesn't suffer acute neural trauma from postoperative shock, who do you think they're praying to? Now, you go ahead and read your Bible, Dennis, and you go to your church and with any luck you might win the annual raffle. But if you're looking for God, he was in operating room number two on November 17th, and he doesn't like to be second guessed.



Dr. Hill: You ask me if I have a God complex?

      Let me tell you something:




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