Saturday, May 22, 2010

A few good men speech

Kaffee: Colonel Jessep, did you order the Code Red?

Judge Randolph: You don’t have to answer that question!

Col. Jessep: I'll answer the question!

[to Kaffee]

Col. Jessep: You want answers?

Kaffee: I think I'm entitled.

Col. Jessep: You want answers?

Kaffee: I want the truth!

Col. Jessep: You can’t handle the truth!


Col. Jessep: Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose 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.

Kaffee: Did you order the Code Red?

Col. Jessep: I did the job I...

Kaffee: Did you order the Code Red?

Col. Jessep: You’re [gosh-darned]  right I did!


Kam said...


Christine said...

Really a great movie!

Karen, your mom said...

He's right, you know. I'm glad he admitted to the "code red" and got "put away" as a result, ('cause he used DREADFUL LANGUAGE and was extremely heartless and non-feeling when it came to anyone less tough than HE was...), but he was certainly RIGHT about how much we depend upon guys like him to keep our country free.

(Jack Nicholsen played the part marvelously well, but I don't like to think that there are REALLY mean-hearted guys like him out there running our armed forces. ... Of course, you know me--the ostrich--I like to keep my head buried in the sand and ignore the BAD of the world...)

Meanwhile--I think, Kam and I are wondering---what does this have to do with the price of rice in CHINA? (Or Cairo, Casablanca, or Abudabi for that matter?????) Love, Mom

Lhone said...

this is one of your absolute favorite lines of all time. it cracks me up to see it on your blog. good to hear from you again.