Multiple Characters quotes

Pvt. Reiben: What's that saying? "If God's with us, who the hell's on their side"?

Pvt. Reiben: [after seeing the person they were suppose to save] Told you he was an asshole.

Pvt. Caparzo: [after being shot] It-it's a letter to my dad. I-it's got blood on it, Fish.

Pvt. Caparzo: [after rescuing a little girl] Sorry sir, she reminds me of my niece.

Pvt. Mellish: [after Upham taps Mellish on the shoulder] You want your head blown off, you fancy little ****? Don't ever touch me with those ****in' rat claws.

Medic Wade: Just give us a ****ing chance, you son-of-a-bitch! you son-of-a-****ing ****!

Medic Wade: Hey Reiben, do me a favor. Smell that leg wound, find out if it's south of cheese.

Medic Wade: I could use a little more morphine...

German POW/Steamboat Willie: [to Upham after being offered a cigarette] American? I like America. Steamboat Willie, toot toot!

German POW/Steamboat Willie: I like America! Fancy Shmancy, go fly a kite, Cat got your tongue, cool beans! Betty Boop, what a dish! Betty Gable, nice gams..."I say can you see, I say can you see, I say"....**** Hitler...**** HITLER!

Corporal Henderson: [to Mellish, referring to the gum he's chewing] Got anymore of that stuff?

Corporal Henderson: Parker, job opportunity!

Soldier: Where's the rally point?!
Capt. Miller: Anywhere but here!

[after Miller uses himself as a target to lure enemy fire away from Jackson]
Sgt. Horvath: Captain, if your mother saw you do that, she'd be very upset!
Capt. Miller: I thought you were my mother!

Capt. Miller: I don't gripe to you. I don't gripe in front of you. You should know that.
Pvt. Reiben: Sorry, sir, but let's say you weren't a Captain, or maybe I was a Major. What would you say then?
Capt. Miller: In that case, 'd say this is an excellent mission, sir, with an extremely valuable objective, sir. Worthy of my best efforts, sir. Moreover, I feel heartfelt sorrow for the mother of Private James Ryan and am willing to lay down the lives of me and my men--especially you, Reiben--to ease her suffering.

Capt. Miller: Caparzo, get that kid back up there!
Pvt. Caparzo: Captain, the decent thing to do would be take her over to the next town.
Capt. Miller: We're not here to do the decent thing, we're here to follow ****ing orders!

Pvt. Reiben: You want to explain the math of this to me? I mean, where's the sense in risking the lives of the eight of us to save one guy?
Capt. Miller: Anyone wanna answer that?
Medic Wade: Hey Reiben, think about the poor bastard's mother.
Pvt. Reiben: Hey, Wade, I got a mother, you got a mother, the sarge has got a mother. Shit, 'll bet that even the Captain's got a mother. [Reiben looks questioningly at Captain Miller] Well, maybe not the Captain, but the rest of us have got mothers.

Corp. Upham: "There's not a reason why, there's but to do and die."
Pvt. Mellish: La-la-la-la-la-la. What the **** is that supposed to mean, Corperal? We're all supposed to die, is that it?
Capt. Miller: Upham's talking about our duties as soldiers. We all have orders and we are to follow those orders and that supercedes everything, including your mothers.
Corp. Upham: Yes, sir. Thank you, sir.
Pvt. Reiben: Even if you think the misson's FUBAR, Captain?
Capt. Miller: *Especially* if you think the mission's FUBAR.
Corp. Upham: What's FUBAR?
Pvt. Mellish: Oh, it's German.
Corp. Upham: [Who is fluent in German] Never heard of it.

Capt. Miller: James... 'm here to tell you your brothers were killed in combat.
Pvt. Ryan: Which... Which ones, sir?
Capt. Miller: All of them.

Pvt. Jackson: Captain, I have an opinion on this matter.
Capt. Miller: By all means, share it with the squad.
Pvt. Jackson: Well, the way I see it, this entire mission is a serious misallocation of valuable military resources.
Capt. Miller: Yeah, go on.
Pvt. Jackson: Sir, I always believed God gave me a special gift, to make me a fine instrument of warfare.
Capt. Miller: Reiben, pay attention. This is the way to gripe.

Sgt. Horvath: Stars.
Lt. DeWindt: Yeah, Brigadier General Amend, deputy commander, 101st. Some ****ing genius had the great idea of welding a couple of steel plates onto our deck to keep the general safe from ground fire. Unfortunately, they forgot to tell me about it until we were just getting airborne. Well, that's like trying to fly a freight train. OK? Gross overload. Trim characteristics all shot to hell. I nearly broke both my arms trying to keep her level. And when- and when we released, you know I cut as hard as I could, tried to gain some altitude and still keep her from stalling. We came down like a ****ing meteor. And that is how we ended up. And the others, they stopped easy enough OK, though, you know? We were just-we were just too damn heavy, you know? The grass was wet, downward slope and all. 22 guys dead.
Capt. Miller: All that for a general?
Lt. DeWindt: One man.
Pvt. Reiben: Lot of that going around.

Pvt. Reiben: I got a bad feeling about this one.
Capt. Miller: When was the last time you felt good about anything?

Capt. Miller: Well when I think of home, I... I think of something specific. I think of my, my hammock in the backyard or my wife pruning the rosebushes in a pair of my old work gloves.
Pvt. Ryan: This, this one night, two of my brothers came and woke me up in the middle of the night. And they said they had a surprise for me. So they took me to the barn up in the loft and there was my oldest brother, Dan, with Alice, Alice Jardine. I mean, picture a girl who just took a nosedive from the ugly tree and hit every branch coming down. And... and Dan's got his shirt off and he's working on this bra and he's tryin to get it off and all of a sudden, Sean just screams out, “Danny, you're a young man! Don't do it!” And so Alice Jardine hears this and she screams and she jumps up and she tries to get running out of the barn but she's still got this shirt over her head. She goes running right into the wall and knocks herself out. So now Dan's just so mad at us. He, he starts coming after us, but... but at the same time Alice is over there unconscious. He's gotta wa... , wake her up. So he grabs her by a leg and he's drag, dragging her. At the same time he picks up a shovel. And he's going after Sean, and Sean's saying, “What are you trying to hit me for? I just did you a favor!” And so this makes Dan more angry. He tries to swing this thing, he looses the shovel, goes outta his grasp and hits a kerosene lantern. The thing explodes, the whole barn almost goes up because of this thing. That was it. That was the last, that was, Dan went off to basic the next day. That was the last night the four of us were together. That was two years ago. Tell me about your wife and those rosebushes?
Capt. Miller: No, no that one I save just for me.

Capt. 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?
Sgt. Horvath: How many?
Capt. Miller: Ninety-four. But that means '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 on making the choice between the mission and the man.

Pvt. Ryan: It doesn't made sense, sir. I mean, why me? Why not any of us? Hell, these guys deserve to go home as much as I do. They've fought just as hard.
Capt. Miller: Is that what they're supposed to tell your mother when they send her another folded American flag?
Pvt. Ryan: You can tell her that when you found me, I was with the only brothers I had left. And that there was no way I was deserting them. I think she'd understand that.

Capt. Miller: Well, we could make a sticky bomb.
Corp. Henderson: Are, are you making that up, sir?
Capt. Miller: No, it's in the field manual.
Pvt. Ryan: Well, we seem to be out of field manuals, sir. Perhaps you can "enlighten" us.
Capt. Miller: You take a standard G.I. sock, cram it with as much Comp[osition] B as it can hold, rig up a simple fuse, then coat the whole thing with axle grease. Now when you throw it, it should stick. It's a bomb that sticks, a "sticky bomb." Think of a better way to knock out the tracks off a tank, 'm all ears.
Pvt. Reiben: This is great. Now we've gotta to surrender our socks.

Pvt. Mellish: [Arguing about taking a machine gun nest] 'm just saying, this seems like an unnecessary risk considering our objective, sir.
Capt. Miller: Our objective is to win the war.

Capt. Miller: [After the fight to take the radio nest has left Medic Wade dead] Get your gear. Let's go.
[Reiben doesn't move]
Sgt. Horvath: You heard him, gear up. Your captain just gave you an order.
Pvt. Reiben: Yeah, like the one he gave to take this machine gun. That was a real doozie, wasn't it?
Sgt. Horvath: Soldier, you are way out of line!
Pvt. Reiben: Yes, sir, that was one hell of a call, coming to take this nest, but hell, we only lost one of our guys going for it. That's right, I hope Mama Ryan's real ****in' happy knowing that Little Jimmy's life is a little bit more important than two of our guys! But then again, we haven't found him yet, have we? Have we?

Lt. Dewindt: FUBAR.
Pvt. Reiben: FUBAR.
Sgt. Horvath: FUBAR.
Capt. Miller: FUBAR.
Pvt. Jackson: Y'all got that right.
Corp. Upham: Hey, I looked up “fubar” in the German dictionary. There's no “fubar” in there.

Pvt. Mellish: Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition. Right?
[Corp. Upham smiles]
Corp. Upham: FUBAR!

Pvt. Reiben: You know what that song reminds me of? It reminds me of Mrs. Rachel Troubowitz and what she said to me the day I left for basic.
Pvt. Mellish: What, "don't touch me"?
Pvt. Reiben: No, Mrs. Rachel Troubowitz was our super's wife. She comes into my mom's shop to try on a few things, all right? And she's easily like a uh, a forty-four double E. These things are massive. And 've got her convinced that she's like a 42D, all right. So we're in the dressing room, she's trying to squeeze into this side-cut, silk-ribbonned, triple panel girdle with the uh, shelf-lift brassiere and it's beautiful because she's just pouring outta this thing, you know? It's beautiful. And she sees me and she can tell I got a hard-on the size of the Statue of Liberty, all right? And she says to me, "Richard, calm down." And she says, "Now when you're over there, if you see anything that upsets you, if you're ever scared, I want you to close your eyes and think of these. You understand?" So I said, "Yes, ma'am!"

Sgt. Horvath: Maybe I should go up the middle, sir.
Capt. Miller: The way you run? I don't think so.
Sgt. Horvath: [insistently] Maybe I should go left, sir.
Capt. Miller: [angrily] Maybe you should shut up!

Sgt. Horvath: Good luck Reiben.
Pvt. Reiben: I don't need any luck, Sarge! I was born lucky!

Medic Wade: Actually, the trick to falling asleep is trying to stay awake.
Pvt. Mellish: How's that, Wade?
Medic Wade: Well, when my mother was an intern, she used to work late through the night... sleep through the day. So the only time we'd ever get to talk about anything is when she'd get home. So what I... I used to do, I used to lie in my bed and try to stay awake as long as I could, but it never worked, 'cause... 'cause the harder 'd try, the faster 'd fall asleep.
Pvt. Reiben: Yeah, well, that wouldn't have mattered none in my house. My ma, she would've come home, shook me awake, chatted me up 'til dawn. I swear, that woman was never too tired to talk.
Pvt. Mellish: That was probably the only time she could get a word in.

Corp. Upham: “War educates the senses, calls into action the will, perfects the physical constitution, brings men into such swift and close collision in critical moments that man measures man.”
Capt. Miller: I guess that's Emerson's way of finding the bright side.
Corp. Upham: You know Emerson, sir?

Corp. Upham: It's against the Goddamn rules!
Pvt. Reiben: Well, the "Goddamn rules" just walked off with your new friend!

Capt. Miller: Mike are you all right!?
Sgt. Horvath[After having received several shots to the back] I'm fine, I just got the wind knocked out of me.

Capt. Miller: Private, I'm afraid I have some bad news for ya. Well, there isn't any real easy way to say this, so, uh, so I'll just say it. Your brothers are dead. We have, uh, orders to come get you, 'cause you're going home.
Pvt. James Frederick Ryan: Oh, my God, my brothers are dead. I was gonna take 'em fishing when we got home. H-How did they die?
Capt. Miller: They were killed in action.
Pvt. James Frederick Ryan: No, that can't be. They're both-That...That can't be. My brothers are still in grammar school.
Capt. Miller: ..You're James Ryan?
Pvt. James Frederick Ryan: Yeah.
Capt. Miller: James Francis Ryan from Iowa?
Pvt. James Frederick Ryan: James Frederick Ryan, Minnesota.

Capt. Miller: You guys got any three star hotels around here, with clean sheets and room service?
Capt. Hamill: How about a comfy church?
Capt. Miller: That'll do.

Pvt. Reiben: Hey, asshole! Two of our guys died trying to find you.
Pvt. Ryan: What were their names?
Pvt. Mellish: Irwin Wade and Adrian Caparzo.
Pvt. Ryan: Wade and..?
Pvt. Mellish: Caparzo.

[pulls German POW to Upham]
Pvt. Mellish: Ask him if he's the guy who shot Wade!
Corp. Upham: It doesn't matter!
Pvt. Mellish: No, it does matter!

Caparzo: What are we doing?
Horvath: What are you doing? We're gonna send you back home wrapped in an American flag with a hunk of cheese up your ass, Caparzo, you smart ass.
Reiben: I though you liked it in the ass.
Horvath: What?
Reiben: I thought you liked it in the ass.

  »   More Quotes from
  »   Back to the