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When you end up killing one of your men

Captain Miller:
You see, when... when you end up killing one of your men, you see, you tell yourself it happened so you could save the lives of two or three or ten others. Maybe a hundred others. Do you know how many men I've lost under my command?
Sergeant Horvath:
How many?
Captain Miller:
Ninety-four. But that means I've saved the lives of ten times that many, doesn't it? Maybe even 20, right? Twenty times as many? And that's how simple it is. That's how you... that's how you rationalize making the choice between the mission and the man.

Transcript:
You see, when you end up
killing one of your men,
you tell yourself it happened
so you could save the lives
of two or three or 10 others.
Maybe 100 others.
Do you know how many men
I’ve lost under my command?
- How many?
- Ninety-four.
But that means I’ve saved the lives
of 10 times that many, doesn't it?
Maybe even 20, right?
Twenty times as many?
And that's how simple it is.
That's how you...
That's how you rationalize
making the choice
between the mission and the men.
Except this time, the mission is a man.
This Ryan better be worth it.
He'd better go home,
cure some disease,
or invent a longer-lasting
light bulb or something.
'Cause the truth is
I wouldn't trade 10 Ryans
for one Vecchio or one Caparzo.
Amen.
Look. There it goes again.
Sir, are you all right?

Clip duration: 95 seconds
Views: 25
Movie: Saving Private Ryan
Year: 1998
Genres: drama, war
Summary: Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.


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Actors

Captain Miller - Tom Hanks
Sergeant Horvath - Tom Sizemore