Well, Memorial Day is upon us: a time to reflect on all those who fought for our country. Try to fit some time for that into your three-day weekend… maybe in between screenings of Terminator Salvation and Star Trek.
After all, war is, as the saying goes, hell… but war movie dialogue totally blows us away! (Oh yes we did!!) Yeah…watching guys get shot up into less grotesque versions of the "Real Housewives of New York City" is awesome, but some of the high caliber conversation from war flicks sticks with you longer than a Vietnam flashback.
Here are some of our favorite lines from war flicks that have left the biggest scars on our memories…
Robert Duvall as Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore, expressing his enchanting fondness for the adorable chemical that turns terrain into toast and human flesh into kebob to surfing superstar Pvt. Lance B. Johnson during a pitched firefight and just before he orders him into the water to shred some awesome waves!
Tom Berenger as scary Sgt. Barnes who burst into a bigass hash party in a GI camp on frontlines back in the ‘NAM, man!!!
Robert DeNiro as “Michael,” one of the war buddies set to ship off to Vietnam while on a hunting trip with their pals. The recipient of this enduring piece of knowledge is “Stanley” played by the late John Casale…who could have used it when he was “weak and stupid” brother Fredo in The Godfather. Not so fun fact! He died shortly after this film was released.
Sterling Hayden as psycho General Jack D. Ripper as he regales the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Presidential War room about the obvious merits of nuking the Soviet Union into a puddle of borscht.
R. Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman doing his best to offer a warm welcome to his newest beloved troops on the first day of boot camp where he will break them down…to break them down some more.
Robert Mitchum as Brigadier Gen. Norman Cota as he addresses his men as they are about hit the shore at Normandy on D-Day…and walk into a beach blanket made out of bullets.
Tom Hanks as Captain Miller, artfully explaining to his corporal why he doesn’t have the time to take a lost kid to the next town to find her family and get out of harm’s way.
Eric Bana as Norman "Hoot" Hooten, loads up his weapon to go on the rescue mission to help pull a squad of Army Rangers out of a huge pile of shit in Somalia. Thanks for the help, President Clinton!
Morgan Freeman as Sgt. Major John Rawlins as he tries to motivate the former slave troops to fight side-by-side with guys that would crap their pants if they found out The United States would have a black President.
– MIKE HAMMER
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