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Colonel Dax:
Gentlemen of the court, there are times when I'm ashamed to be a member of the human race and this is one such occasion. It's impossible for me to summarise the case for the defence since the Court never allowed me a reasonable opportunity to present that case.
General Mireau:
Are you protesting the authenticity of this court?
Colonel Dax:
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Yes, sir. I protest against being prevented from introducing evidence which I considered vital to the defence; the prosecution presented no witnesses; there has never been a written indictment of charges made against the defendants, and lastly, I protest against the fact that no stenographic records of this trial have been kept.
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Colonel Dax:
The attack yesterday morning was no stain on the honour of France, and certainly no disgrace to the fighting men of this nation. But this Court Martial is such a stain, and such a disgrace. The case made against these men is a mockery of all human justice. Gentlemen of the court, to find these men guilty would be a crime, to haunt each of you till the day you die. I can't believe that the noblest impulse for man - his compassion for another - can be completely dead here. Therefore, I humbly beg you... show mercy to these men.

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Gentlemen of the court...
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this case speaks for itself.
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All of us witnessed the regrettable attack yesterday morning.
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And I submit that that attack...
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was a stain on the flag of France...
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a blot on the honor...
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of every man, woman and child in the French nation.
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It is to us that the sad, distressing...
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repellant duty falls, gentlemen.
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I ask this court to find the accused guilty...
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and impose the penalties prescribed by the Code of Military Justice.
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Thank you, Mr. Prosecutor.
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Colonel, would you like to make your plea?
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Gentlemen of the court, there are times when I'm ashamed...
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to be a member of the human race...
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and this is one such occasion.
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It's impossible for me to summarize the case for the defense...
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since the court never allowed me a reasonable opportunity to present my case.
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Are you protesting the authenticity of this court?
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Yes, sir.
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I protest against being prevented from introducing evidence...
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that I consider vital to the defense.
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The prosecution presented no witnesses.
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There has never been a written indictment of charges made against the defendants.
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And lastly, I protest against the fact...
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that no stenographic records of this trial have been kept.
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The attack yesterday morning was no stain on the honor of France...
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and certainly no disgrace to the fighting men of this nation.
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But this court-martial is such a stain and such a disgrace.
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The case made against these men is a mockery of all human justice.
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Gentlemen of the court...
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to find these men guilty...
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would be a crime to haunt each of you...
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till the day you die.
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I can't believe that the noblest impulse of man -
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his compassion for another- can be completely dead here.
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Therefore, I humbly beg you...
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show mercy to these men.
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The accused will be escorted back to the guardroom.
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The hearing is closed.
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The court will now retire to deliberate.
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There will be a guard of six men under arms -
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rifles loaded, bayonets fixed - two men to each prisoner.
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Any sign of trouble, the prisoners will be instantly covered.
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And if the trouble doesn't subside at once, the prisoner will be shot on the spot.
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Everything must go off without a hitch with the least possible delay...
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but it shouldn't be hurried.
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There must be no fumbling around.
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I've been put in charge and made personally responsible...
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for any lack of order or for any mistakes.
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But you can take it from me that I shall pass on any blame - and with interest -
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to any one of you who fails in his duties.
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Execution will take place at 7:00 according to the verdict of the court-martial.

Clip duration: 234 seconds
Views: 191
Timestamp in movie: 00:52:50
Uploaded: 16 October, 2021
Genres: drama, war
Summary: After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.


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