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We Follow Orders or People Die – A Few Good Men (6/8) Movie CLIP (1992) HD

We Follow Orders or People Die – A Few Good Men (6/8) Movie CLIP (1992) HD

Sir… A moment ago, you said that you ordered
Lieutenant Kendrick to tell his men… …that Santiago wasn’t to be touched. That’s right. And Lt. Kendrick was clear on what you wanted? Crystal. Any chance Lt. Kendrick ignored the order? Ignored the order? [Kaffee] Any chance he… forgot about it? No. Any chance Lt. Kendrick left your office
and said, “The old man is wrong”? No. When Lt. Kendrick spoke to the platoon, and ordered *them*
not to touch Santiago, any chance they ignored him? You ever served in an infantry unit, son? No sir. [Jessup] Ever served in a forward area? No sir. Ever put your life in another man’s hands?
Asked him to put his life in yours? No sir. We follow orders, son. We follow orders or people die. It’s that simple. Are we clear? Yessir. *Are we clear*? Crystal. Colonel, I have just one more question before
I call Airman O’Malley and Airman Rodriguez: If you gave an order, that Santiago wasn’t to be touched… and your orders are always followed… …then why would Santiago be in danger? Why would it be necessary to transfer him off the base? Santiago was a substandard Marine. He was being transferred– That’s not what you said. You said he was
being transferred because he was in grave danger. [Jessup] That’s correct. You said he was in danger; I said, “Grave danger?”;
you said “Is there any other kind?” [Jessup] I recall what I said!
You said he was in danger; I said, “Grave danger?”;
you said “Is there any other kind?” I can have the court reporter read back to you– I know what I said! I don’t have to
have it read back to me like I’m– Why the two orders? Colonel? Sometimes, men take matters into their own hands. No sir; you made it clear just a moment ago that
your men never take matters in their own hands. Your men follow orders or people die. So Santiago shouldn’t have been in any danger at all…

Reader Comments

  1. "You ever served in an infantry unit son?"   In that one sentence the Kernel spells out the bravery, anger, sadness and valor of a warriors life experience. That pretty much mitigates all of Cruise's prior bullshit.


  3. When you think about it, he's exactly right: He disobeyed his own orders, and a Marine died because of it.

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  5. I never understood why Jessup didn't just say that Dawson and Downey didn't follow orders and that's why Santiago died. Movies, man.

  6. My god…Nicholson is so fucking epic. I miss him! How did the Academy not give him an oscar for this epic performance? Mafia!

  7. "You ever served in an infantry unit, son?"
    "Ever served in a forward area?"
    " Ever put your life in another man's hands and asked him to put his life in yours?"

    I'm trying to imagine how "Edge Of Tomorrow"-Tom Cruise would've responded to this…

  8. Follow orders or people die !!
    My Senior Drill Instructor seemed to enjoy telling us we were going to die if we didn't do this or that.

  9. Why is a mere Colonel charge of a position as important as Gitmo? Plus, Jessup talks about 'the security that I provide'… that is a bit self-important, isn't it? I think only a 3-star general can use 'I' in terms of the security that the US military provides (even then, the Marines are just one of four branches).

  10. And in this situation
    the sacrifice you make to unquestionably follow the orders of a company isn't your life
    It's a personal debt owed
    to an innocent man
    who was and is totally fckd
    currently homeless
    living in poverty
    fckd up in the head
    because of your bs.
    But please

  11. Ever been in a cockpit of an airplane?' … 'No, sir'… 'Ever seen a grown man naked? … 'No, sir.' 'Ever been in a Turkish Prison?' … 'No, sir'… ''Ever hang around the Gymnasium?' … 'No, sir.' … '

  12. Despite all his arrogant posturing and bluster, the colonel was perfectly willing to let two enlisted men take the rap for his crime.

  13. I had a C.O. just like the one Jack Nicholson played.
    Col. A. T. Marshall, USMC. Toughest, meanest, deadliest Marine I've had the pleasure of serving under. Rest easy, Devil Dog!!!

  14. Some people miss the point of all this.

    We(at least most of us) are not really debating whether Jessup should or should not have ordered the "Code Red". It was his unit, he chose the best way to discipline it. He is right when he say that most of us don't really care how this is done, as long as it's done. ( I'd argue that, in this case, we're talking about USA, which has never been in an actual danger of being invaded by anyone, while they have invaded plenty, but I digress. Let's pretend we're talking about a country whose army is mainly there to defend its soil).

    What's dishonorable about him is that, when he did gave the order and things went south, he didn't stand up and said "Yeah, I gave the order, those men were simply following my commands". He instead setup an elaborate conspiracy explicitly in order to throw those 2 privates under the bus and save his skin.

    He probably knew very well that was dishonorable of him, but I guess in his own mind he's "too important" for the country, while those 2 privates' fate, while sad, isn't such a big loss – an acceptable sacrifice if it means the country will not be made "weaker" by losing *him*. Of course, this is acting based on pure political expedience, not on some immutable "code of honor".

    (Oh, and yeah, I have served in a forward area, though it was artillery unit, not infantry. Of course it was the mandatory year every male in my country must serve, and I probably would have avoided it if was not mandatory…just saying).

  15. When I first saw this movie I thought Tom Cruise was the hero and Jack Nicholson the villain!

    Years later I realize Tom Cruise is the villain Jack Nicholson is the hero!!!!

  16. Is that not the attitude of Organized Religion ? : "we follow orders or people die". ….

    So, is he God, or the Son of God ? If a son is first born, before being acknowledged as such, how can there be a son before he is born ? That which is spirit is spirit and not flesh, nor bone. If he is the father, then where is the son ? If he is the son, then is the father yet around, or in spirit only ? Two in one ? Or one in two , like a Matroyska doll ? …. which is it ? For you said…. r2d2 ?

  17. "Why was Santiago in Danger. That moment just reminded me of the Star Trek movie…
    "Excuse me why does GOD need a Starship". You could see all the internal gears start grinding.

  18. "Any chance when Lt. Kendrick spoke to the men they ignored him", how is Jessup supposed to be able to testify to that?

  19. This is such a terrible movie. Smarmy, condescending, arrogant Cruise with zero experience in anything, but talking, somehow tricks smart and capable man of decades experienced as a marine officer to admit to ordering the code red. This is the leftist Hollywood fantasy that some DC know nothing ruins the career of a man who, literally, defends the nation.

  20. "We follow orders or people die. It's that simple." I'm pretty sure that people die even if the orders are followed. And then there are orders where people won't die, even if the orders are not carried out. It's never that simple.

  21. If this was Ace Attorney, you'd have caught the contradiction as soon as he said Santiago was in danger :O

  22. 0:16 Nicholson could of railroaded him hard with I don't speculate. That line of questioning was his downfall.

  23. Another guiltywood take on destroying US Army!!And the sooo called actors! Yeah that’s all they are lol actors! Doing nothing and participating in destroying life’s of good Americans!!

  24. I always felt this was easy to get out of:

    Jessep – "He was in grave danger BECAUSE he was substandard. Those are not incompatible claims, the latter is just the reason for the former."


  25. This has to be Tom's greatest performance and best looking year not to mention. Demi Mooee was also simply gorgeous in this movie.

  26. He’s not wrong. We can’t even fathom what he’s seen. We don’t want to. He provides us freedom, then we question the way he provides it… and most are not willing to pick up a weapon to do the same. And it did save lives.

  27. My wife came downstairs one day, she asked if It was me who left the toilet seat up. I replied …


  28. It's always the well off liberals who tell the hardworking men who got their position form working what to do

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