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You think too much and act too little

Maj. Malcolm A. Powers:
This man has usurped authority and ignored my personal directives for over a week. Why, Lieutenant?
Lieutenant M.R. Ring:
Sir, I thought the training exercise was...
Maj. Malcolm A. Powers:
You think too much and act too little. You are supposed to be an officer. Now look that word up in your platoon leader's handbook.
[to Highway]

Maj. Malcolm A. Powers:
Who gave you permission to deviate from the training schedule?
Highway:
I needed to evaluate my men, sir.
Maj. Malcolm A. Powers:
They're not your men, you self-centered, egocentric, son-of-a-bitch! They're the United States Marine Corps men! The Second Division's men! The Eighth Marine Regiment's men! In other words, they're MY men and SO ARE YOU, GET IT?
Highway:
The only thing I'll get is my head shot off if I go into a hot landing zone with a platoon that doesn't know it's job.
Maj. Malcolm A. Powers:
You will follow my training program to the letter. No questions asked.
Highway:
You go into combat tomorrow and you'll plant half those men.
Maj. Malcolm A. Powers:
You did it on your own, didn't you?
Highway:
I can't fix it if I don't know what's broken.
Maj. Malcolm A. Powers:
Well, you make it easy.
[pick up the phone]

Lieutenant M.R. Ring:
Sir, I gave the Gunny permission to freelance his, I mean, the men, sir.
Maj. Malcolm A. Powers:
[slams down the phone]
Wait outside, Ring.
[to Highway]

Maj. Malcolm A. Powers:
I'm going to run you out of the corps, Highway. And you know what's funny? You're going to do all the work. Sooner or later you'll disregard procedure, disobey an order, or just get drunk. You can't help it. You're too old, too prideful, too stupid to change. I'm going to enjoy seeing you fall, Highway. Now get out and send in that idiot, Ring.
Highway:
[leaves office and speaks to Lt Ring]
He wants to see you, Lieutenant.
Lieutenant M.R. Ring:
Sorry.
Highway:
No reason to be. Lieutenant? Recon!

Transcript:
This man usurped authority,
disregarded procedures...
... and ignored my personal directives
all week. Why, Lieutenant?
- Sir, I thought the training...
- You think too much and act too little.
You're supposed to be an officer.
Look it up in your leader's handbook.
Who gave you permission to deviate
from the training schedule?
I needed to evaluate my men, sir.
They're not your men, you son of a bitch.
They're the U.S. Marine Corps' men.
The 2nd Division's men.
The 8th Marine Regiment's men.
In other words, they're my men.
And so are you. Get it?
I'll get my ass shot off if I'm in a hot
landing zone with an untrained platoon.
You will follow my program to the letter.
No questions asked.
We go into combat tomorrow,
you'll plant half those men.
You did it on your own, didn't you?
I can't fix it if I don't know what's broken.
You make it easy.
Sir...
...I gave Gunney permission
to freelance his...
... I mean, the men, sir.
Wait outside, Ring.
Aye, aye, sir.
I'm going to run you
out of the Corps, Highway.
The funny thing is, you'll do all the work.
Sooner or later, you'll disobey orders...
... circumvent procedures again,
or just get drunk.
You can't help it.
You're too old, too stupid and
too prideful to change.
I'll enjoy watching you fall.
Get out and send in that idiot, Ring.
He wants to see you, Lieutenant.
- I'm sorry.
- No need to be.
Lieutenant?
Recon.
You'll let anybody in here. Won't you?
Have one on the house to ease your pain.
Want to get drunk and howl at the moon...
... get us both busted back to low-ass,
no-rank, mud-rolling PFC?
I'm your man.
What are we, Chooz?
We're short-haired bastards with meat
cleavers for pricks and kerosene for blood.
Yes. We're all of that. That's for sure.
We're 0-1-1.
Say again?
Major Powers, one dark cloudy morning,
said to me, "Sergeant Major...
"...you're 0-1-1.
"No wins. One tie, Korea...
"...and one loss, Vietnam."
Maybe we lost the war,
but we won the battles.
I'm not going to lose the next one
because my men aren't ready.
What are you going to do?
Make them Marines.
Stoney Jackson...
... best goddamned platoon sergeant
two short-pricked, piss-ant...
... baby soldier, little fuckers
ever went to war with.
- Yes. Heartbreak Ridge.
- Heartbreak Ridge.
Your CO called.
Your battalion just went on full alert.
God bless.
- I can't find my tent.
- Where's my poncho liner?
Damn it, who's got my web gear?
Profile, that's my canteen.

Clip duration: 248 seconds
Views: 6
Movie: Heartbreak Ridge
Year: 1986
Genres: drama, war
Summary: Hard-nosed, hard-living Marine Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway (Clint Eastwood) clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.


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