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The Best A Few Good Men Quotes

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The best A Few Good Men quotes make you realize how great the movie really is, even if you haven't seen it in a while. Let's rank the greatest quotes from A Few Good Men, with the help of your votes. Starring  Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore, A Few Good Men was directed by Rob Reiner and released in 1992.

What is your favorite A Few Good Men quote? One memorable line was when Col. Jessup said, "You f*ckin' people. You have no idea how to defend a nation. All you did was weaken a country today, Kaffee. That's all you did. You put people's lives in danger. Sweet dreams, son."  Another great line from A Few Good Men is, "Don't call me son. I'm a lawyer, and an officer in the United States Navy. And you're under arrest, you son of a b*tch. The witness is excused," spoken by Kaffee.

Vote up your top A Few Good Men quotes, regardless of which character they come from.

  • 5

    Ask Me Nicely

    Jessup: The Corporal will take you by Personnel on your way back to the flight line and you can have all the transfer orders you want.
    Kaffee: Let's go.
    Jessup: But you have to ask me nicely.
    Kaffee: I beg your pardon?
    Jessup: You have to ask me nicely. You see, Danny, I can deal with the bullets and the bombs and the blood. I don't want money and I don't want medals. What I do want is for you to stand there in that f*ggoty white uniform and with your Harvard mouth extend me some f*cking courtesy! You gotta ask me nicely.
    Kaffee: Colonel Jessup, if it's not too much trouble, I'd like a copy of the transfer order, sir.
    Jessup: No problem.


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    • 6

      We're Gonna Train This Lad

      Jessup: Transfer Santiago? Yes I'm sure you're right. I'm sure that's the thing to do. Wait, I've got a better idea. Lets transfer the whole squad off the base. On second thought- lets transfer the whole Windward Division off the base. John, tell those boys to get down off the fence. They're packing their bags. Tom?
      Tom: Sir?
      Jessup: Get me the President on the phone. We're surrendering our position in Cuba.
      Tom: Yes, sir.
      Jessup: Wait a minute, Tom. Don't get the President yet. Maybe we should consider this for a second. Dismissed, Tom.
      Tom: Yes, sir.
      Col. Jessup: Maybe, and I'm just spit balling here, maybe, we have a responsibility as officers to train Santiago. Maybe we as officers have a responsibility to this country to see to that the men and women charged with its security are trained professionals. Yes, I'm certain that I read that somewhere once. And now I'm thinking, Col. Markinson, that your suggestion of transferring Santiago, while expeditious and certainly painless, might not be, in a matter of speaking, the American way. Santiago stays where he is. We're gonna train the lad!


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      • 7

        Go Home In Six Months

        Dawson: After six months we'll be dishonorably discharged. Right, sir?
        Kaffee: Probably.
        Dawson: Well, what do we do then, sir? We joined the Marines because we wanted to live our lives by a certain code and we found it in the Corps. Now you're asking us to sign a piece of paper that says we have no honor. You're asking us to say that we're not Marines. If a court decides that what we did was wrong, then I'll accept whatever punishment they give. I believe I was right. I believe I did my job. But I will not dishonormyself, my unit, or the corps so that I can go home in six months! Sir. 


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        • 8

          Watch Yourself

          Kendrick: I have two books at my bedside, Lieutenant: the Marine Corps Code of Conduct and the King James Bible. The only proper authorities I'm aware of are my commanding officer, Colonel Nathan R. Jessup, and the Lord our God.
          Kaffee: At your request, Lieutenant Kendrick, I can have the record reflect your lack of acknowledgment of this court as a proper authority.
          Captain Jack Ross: Objection: argumentative.
          Judge: Sustained. Watch yourself, counselor.


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