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Colonel Nathan Roy Jessup is the fundamental antagonist of Aaron Sorkin’s stage play A Few Good Men just as its 1992 film adjustment. He was depicted by Jack Nicholson, who likewise played Jack Torrance in the 1980 film The Shining, Daryl Van Horne in The Witches of Eastwick, The Joker in the 1989 Batman film, Jimmy Hoffa in the 1992 film Hoffa, and Frank Costello in the 2006 film The Departed.
Jessup was the leader of the ground powers positioned in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. His Marines filled in as a machine with loads of assistance from his two right-hand men named Lt. Col. Matthew Markinson and Lt. Kendrick.
When one of the men committed an error, it was the activity of different men to never give that one Marine a chance to overlook it. Utilizing a rite of passage procedure known as a “Code Red”, two or three Marines were requested to let one of their own realize he committed an error one night. The mix-up, it turns out, was theirs, as the youthful Marine injury up dead.
Looked with amazing shame, Jessup did all that he could to conceal the subtleties of the request given to the two youthful Marines now on preliminary for homicide. They were forgotten about to dry, realities were concealed, and authority reports were adulterated.
The straightforward reality was that if word got out a request was surrendered to unpleasant the expired child, Jessup’s rear end and the remainder of officials would be on the square. Leave it to one youthful upstart lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee, a man procured to supplication can anticipate the two Marines and accidentally clear the case under a mat, to really explore and reveal a scheme.
Significantly called to the stand, Col. Jessup would voice his absence of regard for the individuals like Kaffee who got things done to tear individuals down as opposed to understanding what he was attempting to do. Jessup made his moves to ensure his Marines and his nation, and it’s simply too damn awful that one shoddy Marine fell got hauled under the wheels of his ascent to political power.
His dedication to the Marine lifestyle is praiseworthy, yet Jessup disapproves of being examined concerning the way wherein he secures his nation. At last, he demonstrates his real nature and confesses to giving the request that cost in any event two Marines their lives and two honest Marines their professions. He is later captured in court.
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“Ever put your life in another man’s hands, ask him to put his life in yours?”
“I’m gonna get on a plane and go on back to my base.”
“Get me the President on the phone. We’re surrendering our position in Cuba!”
“Have you ever spent time in an infantry unit, son?”
“I don’t know what the hell kind of unit you’re running here.”
“We’re in the business of saving lives, Matthew. That is a responsibility that I think we have to take pretty seriously. And I believe that taking a Marine
who’s not quite up to the job and shipping him off to some other assignment puts lives in danger. [Markinson rises to leave] Sit down, Matthew. We go back a
while. We went to the Academy together, we were commissioned together, we did our tours in Vietnam together. But I’ve been promoted up the chain with greater
speed and success than you have. Now, if that’s a source of tension or embarrassment for you, I don’t give a shit. We’re in the business of saving lives, Lt.
Col. Markinson. Don’t ever question my orders in front of another officer.”
“I run my unit how I run my unit. You want to investigate me, roll the dice and take your chances. I eat breakfast 300 yards from 4000 Cubans who are trained
to kill me, so don’t think for one second that you can come down here, flash a badge, and make me nervous.”
“There is nothing on this earth sexier, believe me, gentlemen, than a woman you have to salute in the morning. Promote ’em all, I say, because this is true:
if you haven’t gotten a blow-job from a superior officer, well, you’re just letting the best in life pass you by. ‘Course, my problem is, I’m a colonel, so I
guess I’ll just have to keep taking cold showers until they elect some gal president.”
“[to Galloway] Take caution in your tone, Commander. I’m a fair guy, but this fucking heat is making me absolutely crazy.”
“I’ll answer the question!”
“You want answers?”
“YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!”
“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. Weinberg? 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!”
“I did the job I…”
“*You’re God damn right I did!*”
“[after Danny casually and dispectfully requests Santigo’s transfer order during lunch in Cuba] 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 faggoty white uniform and with your Harvard mouth extend me some fucking courtesy. You gotta ask me nicely.”
“[to Galloway during lunch in Cuba with Kaffee, Weinberg, Kendrick, and Msrkinson present] I run my unit how I run my unit. You want to investigate me, roll the dice and take your chances. I eat breakfast 300 yards from 4000 Cubans who are trained to kill me, so don’t think for one second that you can come down here, flash a badge, and make me nervous.”
“[in Jessup’s office with Markinson, Kendrick, Weinberg and Galloway present] How the hell is your dad, Danny?”
“Don’t I feel like the fucking asshole?”
“No, it isn’t. It’s tragic.”
“Absolutely. My answer is I don’t have the first damn clue. Maybe he was an early riser and liked to pack in the morning. And maybe he didn’t have any friends. I’m an educated man, but I’m afraid I can’t speak intelligently about the travel habits of William Santiago. What I do know is that he was set to leave the base at 0600. Now, are these really the questions I was called here to answer? Phone calls and foot lockers? Please tell me that you have something more, Lieutenant. These two Marines are on trial for their lives. Please tell me their lawyer hasn’t pinned their hopes to a phone bill.”
“Do you have any more questions for me, Counselor?”
“[standing to leave] Thanks, Danny. I love Washington.”
“I beg your pardon?”
“I would appreciate it if you would address me as “Colonel” or “Sir.” I believe I’ve earned it.”
“And the witness will address this court as “Judge” or “Your Honor.” I’m quite certain I’ve earned it. Take your seat, Colonel.”
“[Judge dismisses the jury after Jessep’s revelation on the stand about the Code Red] What is this? What’s going on? I did my job, I’d do it again!”
“What the hell is this?”
“I’m being charged with a crime? Is that what this is? I’m being charged with a crime? This is funny. That’s what this is. This is…”
“I’m gonna rip the eyes out of your head and piss into your dead skull! You fucked with the wrong Marine!”
“[contemptuously] You fuckin’ 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.”
“[during lunch in Cuba with Markinson, Kaffee, Galloway, Weinberg, Kendrick present] Take caution in your tone, Commander. I’m a fair guy, but this fucking heat is making me absolutely crazy.”
“Ever served in a forward area?”
“We follow orders, son. We follow orders or people die. It’s that simple. Are we clear?”
“[slower and louder] Are we clear?”
“[during lunch in Cuba with Markinson, Kaffee, Galloway, Weinberg, Kendrick present] There is nothing on this earth sexier, believe me, gentlemen, than a woman you have to salute in the morning. Promote ’em all, I say, ’cause this is true: if you haven’t gotten a blowjob from a superior officer, well, you’re just letting the best in life pass you by.”
“[refering to Santiago] I felt his life might be in danger.”
“[sarcastically] Is there another kind?”
“[sarcastically to Danny after he asked him what he packed and who he called before his trip to Washington D.C] What do you wanna discuss now? My favorite color?”
“John, you’re in charge. Santiago doesn’t make 4646 on his next Proficiency and Conduct Report, and I’m going to blame you. And then, I’m going to kill you.”
“[in Jessup’s office] Hmmmm… 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. Let’s transfer the whole squad off the base. Let’s… On second thought, Windward! Let’s transfer the whole Windward Division off the base. John, go on out there and get those boys down off the fence, they’re packing their bags. Tom!”
“Wait a minute, Tom, don’t get the President just yet. Maybe we should consider this for a second. Dismissed, Tom. Maybe, and I’m just spit balling here, maybe, we have a responsibility as officers to traing 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!”
“[in Jessup’s office after Kendrick was asked to leave] Matthew, sit down, please.”
What do you think of Kendrick?”
“I think he’s kind of a weasel, myself. But he’s an awfully good officer, and in the end we see eye to eye on the best way to run a Marine Corps unit. We’re in the business of saving lives, Matthew. That’s a responsibility we have to take pretty seriously. And I believe that taking a Marine who’s not quite up to the job and shipping him off to another assignment, puts lives in danger.”
“We go back a while. We went to the Academy together, we were commissioned together, we did our tours in Vietnam together. But I’ve been promoted up through the chain of command with greater speed and success than you have. Now if that’s a source of tension or embarrassment for you, well, I don’t give a shit. We’re in the business of saving lives, Lieutenant Colonel Markinson. Don’t ever question my orders in front of another officer.”
“What the hell is this? Colonel, what’s going on? I did my job. I’d do it again. I’m gonna get on a plane and go on back to my base.”
“What the hell is these?”
“I’m being charged with a crime? Is that what this is? I’m being charged with a crime? This is funny. That’s what this is…”
“I’m gonna rip the eyes out of your head and puke into your dead skull, you messed with the wrong marine!”
“You friggin’ people. You have no idea how to defend the 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,”
“[punchline for a joke to Kaffee, Markin, Kendrick, Galloway and Weinberg] Walk softly and carry an armored tank division, I always say.”
“Apparently his not very happy down here because his written letters to everyone but Santa Clause is asking for a transfer and now his telling tales about a fence line shooting Matthew?”
“[in his office] You’re appalled, this kid broke the chain of command and ratted on a member of his unit. To say nothing of the fact that he is a US marine, that would appear that he can’t run from here to there without collapsing from heat exhaustion. What the fuck is going on in Bravo Company?”
“[to Markinson] And I am yours, I want to know what we’re going to do about this”
“Maybe I’m just spitballing here, maybe we have a responsibility as officers to train Santiago, maybe we as officers have a responsibility to this county to see that the men and women charged with its security are trained professionals. I’m certain I’ve read that somewhere once, and now I’m thinking your suggestion of “transferring Santiago” while expeditious and painless might not be in the manner of speaking, the “American way”. Santiago stays where he is, we’re going to train the lad”
“[to Danny as he, Sam, and Jo enters Jessup’s office for the for the first time] Nathan Jessup, come on in”
“[as they shake hands] pleasure meeting you Commander.”
“[gestures to Markinson and Kendrick] this is my XO Colonel Markinson and platoon leader Lieutenant Kendrick, I’ve asked them to join us, sit down, please
“[to Danny] Lionel Kaffee?”
“[to Kendrick] well what’d you know? This man’s dad once made a lot of enemies in your neck of the woods. Jefferson versus Madison County School District. Folks down there said a little black girl couldn’t go to an all white school. Lionel Kaffee said “well, we’ll just see about that.”
“[reading Pfc. Santiago’s letter to the NIS] information about an illegal fence-line shooting that took place the night of August 2nd…”
“[while in his office, to Kendrick and Markinson] Who the fuck is Pfc. William T. Santiago?”
“[in his office, meeting for the first time] what could we do for you Danny?”
“[motions to Kendrick] John will take you out to show you what you want to see. After that we can all hook up for lunch, how does that sound?”
“Jessep: You can’t handle the truth. 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, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom.”
“Jessep: You ever served in an infantry unit son?
Kaffee: No Sir.
Jessep: You ever served in a forward area unit?
Kaffee: No Sir.
Jessep: You ever put your life in another mans hands, and in return, asked him to put his life in yours?
Kaffee: No Sir.
Jessep: We follow orders, we follow orders or people die, it’s that simple. Are we clear?
Kaffee: Yes, Sir.
Jessep: Are we clear!
“Jessep: Maybe we as officers have a responsibility to this country to see that the men and women charged with its security are trained professionals. Yes. I’m certain I once read that somewhere. And now I’m thinking that your suggestion of transferring Santiago, while expeditious, and certainly painless, might not be in a manner of speaking, the American way. Santiago stays where he is. We’re gonna train the lad. You’re in charge, Jon. Santiago doesn’t make 4,6 – 4,6 on his next fitness report, I’m gonna blame you. Then I’m going to kill you.”