God bless the USA! Most jingoistic moments in American cinema
Flagging hell... Sly Stallone in Rocky 4 (Copyright: REX)
With a song in our heart and a bald eagle perched on our shoulder, we're celebrating our brash transatlantic cousins by singling out the cheesiest, most jingoistic scenes in American cinema.
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Rocky IV (1985) – Eat canvas, Russia!
Rocky Balboa wasn't just fighting Ivan Drago in 'Rocky IV'. He was fighting PREJUDICE. He was fighting INJUSTICE. He was fighting the entire nation of the USSR. Thankfully, because Sylvester Stallone wrote and directed the film, Rocky kicked all of their asses. The Cold War comparisons are hardly subtle – Stallone, wearing his red, white and blue shorts, faces off against the cold, steely behemoth of Dolph Lundgren – but come the final fight, you're left in no doubt who comes out on top, when Rocky emerges the champ and is immediately draped in a giant American flag. Even his lunkheaded victory speech ("If I can change... YOU can change!") brings the Russian Politburo to their feet. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
Team America: World Police (2004) – America: F*** Yeah!
South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone turned to puppets to parody the kind of Hollywood action movies they hated – ones with flag-waving heroes who'd happily destroy the rest of the world to save 'Murrica. The brilliant theme tune, 'America (F*** Yeah)', is the highlight of the movie, with Parker and Stone singing the virtues of the greatest country in the world: "NFL! (F*** yeah!) Rock 'n' roll! (F*** yeah!) Internet! (F*** yeah!) Slavery! (F*** yeah!)". Tongue-in-cheek though it obviously is, the theme has since been co-opted by many American sports fans, who enjoy the sentiment but maybe don't quite get the joke.
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Independence Day (1996) – "Today we celebrate... our independence day!"
Nothing brings a nation together like an alien invasion – finally, an opposing force we can ALL agree to kill! – and ‘Independence Day’ sees the American people club together to rally against the largest onslaught of CGI special effects known to man. The turning point is President Bill Pullman's chest-thumping speech: "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate... our Independence Day!" It certainly was nice of the aliens to invade on the fourth of July – if they'd have popped round on Thanksgiving the US would have been too stuffed full of turkey to fight back.
Independence lame... Bill Pullman's speech (Copyright: YouTube)
Street Fighter: The Movie (1994) – Guile wins!
Of the many reasons 'Street Fighter: The Movie' sucked harder than a black hole, the casting of famous Belgian Jean-Claude Van Damme as all-American soldier William F. Guile was the most confusing. Commander of the AN (that's the UN for thickos) and leader of the fight against Raul Julia's villain M. Bison, Van Damme's Guile gave the most inspiring speech it's possible to give in broken English: "I'm going to get on my boat, I'm going to go upriver and I'm going to kick that sonofabitch Bison's ass so hard that the next Bison wannabe is gonna feel it!" When the two came to blows in the final fight, Guile flexed his muscles just long enough to show off the star-spangled banner he had tattooed on his bicep. K.O.!