American Rhetoric: Movie Speech

"The Family Man" (2000)


Jack: 'I Choose Us' Address to Kate at JFK International Airport

Audio mp3 delivered by Nicholas Cage and Tea Leoni


Jack: Kate! You can't go. Don't get on that plane. Please. Let's just go have a cup of coffee. That's all I'm asking for. I'm sure there's another flight to Paris tonight.

Kate: Jack -- What are you doing here? Do you need closure? Because if you do after all these years, you got it. I'm ok. I'm fine. I, I was heartbroken, Jack. But I got over it. I moved on. And, you should move on, too. Ok? I'm sorry. I just can't -- I've gotta go. I'm sorry, Jack.

Jack: We have a house in Jersey! We have two kids, Annie and Josh. Annieís not much of a violin player, but she tries real hard. Sheís a little precocious, but thatís only because she says whatís on her mind. And when she smiles --

And Josh -- he has your eyes. He doesnít say much, but we know heís smart. Heís always got his eyes open. You know, he's always watching us. Sometimes you can look at him and you just know heís learning something new. Itís like witnessing a miracle.

The house is a mess, but itís ours -- after a 122 more payments it's gonna be ours.

And you -- youíre a non-profit lawyer. Thatís right, you're completely non-profit. But that doesnít seem to bother you.

And weíre in love. After 13 years of marriage weíre still unbelievably in love. You wonít even let me touch you 'til Iíve said it. I sing to you. Not all the time but definitely on special occasions. And we've dealt with our share of surprises and made a lot of sacrifices, but we stayed together. You see, youíre a better person than I am. And it made me a better person to be around you.

I don't know, maybe, maybe it was all just a dream. Maybe I went to bed one lonely night in December and I imagined it all. But I swear, nothingís ever felt more real. And if you get on that plane right now, itíll disappear forever.

I know we could both go on with our lives, and weíd both be fine. But Iíve seen what we can be like together.

And I choose us.

Please, Kate, one cup of coffee. You can always go to Paris.

Just, please, not tonight.

Kate: Okay, Jack.

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