Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down quotes

75 total quotes (ID: 78)

Captain Mike Steele
General William Garrison
Hoot
Lieutenant Colonel Danny McKnight
Multiple Characters
Sergeant Matt Eversmann


MSG. Gary Gordon: (Final montage before credits) "My love: You are strong and you will do well in life. I love you and my children deeply. Today and tomorrow let each day grow and grow. Keep smiling and never give up, even when things get you down. So in closing my love, tonight tuck my children in bed warmly, tell them I love them, then hug them for me and give them both a kiss goodnight for daddy."


[Grimes is making coffee]
SP4 Grimes: It's all in the grind, Sizemore. Can't be too fine, can't be too coarse. This, my friend, is a science. I mean, you're looking at the guy who believed the commercials, you know, about "Be all you can be." I made coffee through Desert Storm. I made coffee through Panama while everyone else got to fight, got to be a Ranger. Now it's "Grimesy, black, one sugar" or "Grimesy, got a powdered anywhere?" (he indicates Sizemore's cast) So, what happened to you?
Sizemore: Ping-pong accident. So guess what? Your wish has been granted. you're going out today.
Grimes: You're ****ing me!
Sizemore: You're taking my place assisting the sixty gunner. Sergeant Eversmann said to get your stuff and get ready. It's what you wanted, isn't it?
Grimes: (suddenly uncertain) Oh, yeah. Hell yeah.

Sgt Struecker: All right, gather around! Durant's 6-4 is down. We're going back in to get him.
SP4 Thomas: That's crazy! Is there even anyone alive on that?
Struecker: Doesn't matter. No one gets left behind, you know that. All right, refit, max out ammo and grenades. You got five.
Struecker (sees Sizemore suited up): Sizemore, where are you going?
Sizemore: With you guys.
Struecker: Not with that cast on, you're not. (Sizemore tries to cut cast with knife) okay-okay-okay, go get your K-pot.
Struecker: Hey - talk to me.
Thomas: I can't go back out there.
Struecker: Thomas, everyone feels the same way you do, all right? It's what you do right now that makes a difference. It's your call. Hoo-ah?
Thomas (after long pause): Hoo-ah.

(Troops are having an impromptu barbecue with a wild boar killed by Hoot.)
Captain Steele: Sergeant, what's going on here?
Hoot: Oh, just some aerial target practice, sir. Didn't want to leave it behind.
Steele: I'm talking about your weapon. Delta or no Delta, that's a hot weapon. You know better than that. Your safety should be on at all times on base.
Hoot (holding up his index finger): Well, this is my safety, sir.

"Hey, we started a whole new week! It's Monday!"

(The Rangers make last-minute preparations for the mission; Grimes is filling a canteen.)
Nelson: You're not gonna need that, dude. We're not out there long enough.
(Grimes sets aside the canteen and starts to pack his NOD night vision goggles.)
Twombly: You're not gonna need that, either. Might as well take dope and beer instead.
Grimes: What?
Twombly: Ammo, dude. Take ammo.
Eversmann: Grimes, the most important thing: if everybody else starts shooting, try and shoot in the same direction.
[...]
Eversmann: Blackburn, you okay?
Blackburn: Excited... in-in a good way. I've been training my whole life for this.
Eversmann: You ever shot at anybody before?
Blackburn: No, sir.
Eversmann: Me neither.

Sgt. Sanderson: Captain Steele, we gotta move or we're gonna get pinned down!
Capt. Steele: We are moving just as fast as we can. Now you do your job and let me do mine. Over.
[...]
Capt. Steele: What the **** are you doing out there?
Sgt. Sanderson: I'm doing my job. Now we gotta get to that crash site. We gotta get out on that street, and we gotta move. And you have got to keep up, sir!
Steele: Don't you ever give me orders, Sergeant! We are combat ineffective, you understand me? We got too many damn wounded to move!
Sanderson: Then give me some of your shooters and I'll circle us to the bird.
Steele: Grimes, you're with Chalk Four? (Grimes nods) All right, hook up with Delta and link up with Sergeant Eversmann. The rest of you men secure this position and treat the wounded. We'll wait for the convoy. Then we'll rally at the crash site. Roger?
Sanderson: My guys, let's go!

"Nothing takes five minutes!"

(New arival Private Todd Blackburn reports in to HQ clerk.)
Private Blackburn: So, what's it like?
Specialist Grimes: What's what like?
Blackburn: Mogadishu. The fighting.
Grimes: Firstly, it's "the Mog" or simply "Mog". No one calls it "Mogadishu" here. Secondly, I wouldn't know about the fighting, so don't ask.
Blackburn: Why not?
Grimes: Didn't I just say, "Don't ask"? Look, kid, you look like you're about twelve, so let me explain something to you. I have a rare and mysterious skill that precludes me from going on any missions.
Blackburn: Typing.
Grimes: Can you type?

"Don't even think about it, all right? I'm better on my own."

"All right, listen up. We're gonna hold the perimeter and we're gonna hold the strongpoint. Conserve your ammo. Only shoot at what you can hit. The convoy is gonna come. We're gonna get home."

General Garrison: Same mission template as before. At 1545 Assault Force Delta will infiltrate the target building and seize all suspects within. Security force, Rangers. Four Ranger chalks under command of Captain Steele will rope in at 1546 and hold a four-corner perimeter around the target building. No one gets in or out. Extraction force, Lieutenant Colonel McKnight's humvee column, will drive in at 1547 on Hawlwadig Road and hold just short of the Olympic Hotel, here, and wait for the green light. Now, once Delta gives the word, McKnight's column will move to the target building and load the prisoners on flatbed trucks. Immediately after the trucks are loaded the four Ranger chalks will collapse back to the target building, load up on humvees, and the entire ground force will exfil the three miles back to base. Mission time from incursion to extraction, no longer than thirty minutes.
[...]
[Cut to Matthews, McKnight and Harrell having a conversation on Garrison's briefing]
Colonel Matthews: What's the matter, Danny? Something you don't like?
Lt.Col. McKnight: No Spectre gunships, daylight instead of night, mid-afternoon when they're all ****ed up on khat, only part of the city where Aidid can mount a serious counterattack on short notice... what's not to like?
Colonel Harrell: Life's imperfect.
McKnight: Yeah, for you two, circling above it at five hundred feet, it's imperfect. Down in the street... it's unforgiving.

Col. Harrell: You see where those tires are burning, all that black smoke?
Sgt Streucker: Roger, I can see it, but I can't get there, over.
Harrell: Go a hundred meters past it. That's the crash.
Struecker: Negative. You don't understand. It's roadblock afer roadblock. You have to find us another route. Over.
Harrel: There ain't one. The only other route is all the way around the city.
Struecker: Roger that.
Hoot: Kilo 6-4, this is Kilo 1-1. Request permission to move to crash site number two on foot. Over.
Unidentified voice: Green light, Kilo 1-1. Green light.
Hoot: Stop the vehicle. Let me out.

"Look, these people... they have no jobs, no food, no education, no future. I just figure that you know, I mean, we have two things we can do. We can help, or we can sit back and watch a country destroy itself on CNN. Right?"

"When I get home and people ask me,'Hey, Hoot, why do you do it, man? What are you? Some kind of war junkie? I won't say a goddamn word. Why? They won't understand. They won't understand why we do it. They won't understand that it's about the men next to you. And that's it. That's all it is."