American Rhetoric: Movie Speech

"My Cousin Vinny" (1992)


Defense Counsel John Gibbons Stutters His Way Through Opening Statement

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Gibbons: Well, now, uhhhhhhh, ladies and gentlemen of the jjj - of, of, of, of the jjjj - um, jury! Um, on, on, on, on January ffffffffffffffourth of this year my client did indeed, uh, visit the Sack-o-Suds....convenience store. But - But, he didn't, um, kill anyone. He - He, uh, um, uh --


We - We intend to prove that the pppppppppppp -prosecution's case is circumstantial and, and, and, and, and, oh, uh, coincidental.

Thank you.


Rothenstein: That's it? What about everything we talked about?

Gibbons: Well, I get a little nervous.

Rothenstein: A little nervous?

Gibbons: I'm gettin' better.

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