American Rhetoric: Movie Speech

"Ford v Ferrari" (2019)


Henry Ford II Delivers Ultimatum to Automotive Plant Workers on the Factory Floor


Hear that? That's the sound of the Ford Motor Company out of business.

In 1899, my grandfather, Henry "by God" Ford, was walking home from Edison Illumination after working a double shift. He was ruminating.

That morning he had himself an idea that changed the world.

Sixty-five years and 47 million automobiles later, what shall be his legacy? Gettin' it in the tailpipe from a Chevy Impala!

Here's what I want you to do: Walk home. While you're walking I want you to ruminate. Man comes to my office with an idea -- that man keeps his job.

Rest of you second-best losers -- stay home. You don't belong at Ford.


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