Cue Card Sample

A character from a story/film/TV programme - Cue Card # 697

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a character from a story/film/TV programme.

You should say:

  • who this character is
  • when you first saw/read about him/her
  • what kind of person this character is

and explain how much you like this character.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

I like to watch all kinds of movies just for the fun of it, but I don’t necessarily remember any particular movie characters or care to consider them any more special than the others. However, there is one character, which deserves special attention from some unworthy critiques like me, because of its very distinct appeal and universal acclamation.

The name of this character is “Vito Corleone” from one of the best movies, ever made in the history of films, called “The Godfather”.  After watching “The Godfather” about 8 years ago for the first time, I wanted to watch the movie again after a few weeks. Later, I watched the movie once again after a month or so. It was that there was just something mysterious and unexplainable about that movie which drew me to watch it again and again.

Then, a few months later, I realized that it was the special character of “Vito Corleone”, played by one of the best actors ever in Hollywood called Marlon Brando. Anyway, Vito Corleone's character was inspired by a real-life mafia boss “Frank Costello”, who is presented as a very cunning and intelligent mafia boss at the same time that made him to this day a very quotable character – a character which has become a quintessential part of popular American culture.

However even though Vito Corleone is portrayed to be a very ruthless and cunning mafia boss, he also seems to be a very caring father, who wants to keep his family and sons safe from all kinds of dangers of the mafia world.  Vito also seems to be too soft-spoken for a mafia boss in the movie who believes in brevity as much as justice and honour.

Anyway, I really like this Vito Corleone character because he seems to be a very complex personality, who cares about his family so much, and yet, he has so much interest in all kinds of organized crimes just to keep the control of mafia underworld. Vito Corleone is essentially the “man”, every male person would like to become, who is always able to see through the best and the worst.

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