(May 12-16, 2008) This video is a brilliant spoof from the movie "A Few Good Men" (1992) which starred Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore. In this particular scene, Lieutenant Kaffee (Cruise) is questioning Colonel Jessep (Nicholson) in court, which leads to the famous "You can't handle the truth" speech. This outstanding production adapts the speech toward an incident wherein a bowman had to cut the spinnaker halyard on a douse, and is later being confronted regarding the decision in the bar when the high cost of the replacement halyard is learned. Really funny! As a bonus, see below the original Cruise-Nicholson scene along with that section of the script.
From the movie "A Few Good Man" (1992), when Col. Jessep (Jack Nicholson) delivers his 'You Can't Handle the Truth' speech:
Colonel Jessep, did you order the Code Red?
You want answers?
I think I'm entitled to them.
You want answers?!
I want the truth.
You can't handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls.
And those walls have to be guarded by men
with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You,
Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater
responsibility than you can possibly
fathom. You weep for Santiago and you
curse the marines. You have that luxury.
You have the luxury of not knowing what I
know: That Santiago's death, while tragic,
probably saved lives. And my existence,
while grotesque and incomprehensible to
you, saves lives.
You don't want the truth. Because deep
down, in places you don't talk about at
parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.
We use words like honor, code,
loyalty...we use these words as the
backbone to a life spent defending
something. You use 'em as a punchline.
I have neither the time nor the
inclination to explain myself to a man who
rises and sleeps under the blanket of the
very freedom I provide, then questions the
manner in which I provide it. I'd prefer
you just said thank you and went on your
way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a
weapon and stand a post. Either way, I
don't give a damn what you think you're