Line(s) of the day #AFewGoodMen

A Few Good Men

Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee: Colonel Jessep, did you order the Code Red?
Judge Randolph: You don’t have to answer that question.
Colonel Jessep: I’ll answer the question! (to Kaffee) You want answers?
Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee: I think I’m entitled to.
Colonel Jessep: You want answers?
Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee: I want the truth!
Colonel Jessep: You can’t handle the truth!

Tom Cruise, J.A. Preston and Jack Nicholson in the legal and military drama A few Good Men (1992).

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18 thoughts on “Line(s) of the day #AFewGoodMen

  1. Those are the more iconic lines. I always like the speech before it better…

    “Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.” – Col. Jessep.

    • I really liked that speech too. And the delivery is superb. The line near the end when the soldier says they had a responsibility to look after the weakest in their group was a nice touch too.

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