The Terminator
Arnold Schwarzenegger as "The Terminator" in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991):
[One-armed and battered after confronting the T-1000] I need a vacation.
Lt. Jonathan Kendrick
Lt. Jonathan Kendrick
Actor: Kiefer Sutherland (age 25 in this movie)
Lt. Jonathan Kendrick's Memorable Quotes:
Kaffee
Lt. Kendrick
Judge Randolph
Lieutenant Kendrick, in your opinion was Private Santiago a good Marine?I would say he was about average.Lieutenant, you signed three Proficiency and Conduct reports on Santiago and in all three reports you indicate a rating of below average.Yes, Private Santiago was below average. I did not see the need to trample on a man's grave.Well, we appreciate that but you are under oath now and I think as unpleasant as it may be we'd all just as soon hear the truth.I am aware of my oath.Lieutenant, these are the last three Pro-Con reports you signed for Lance Corporal Dawson. Dawson received two marks of exceptional, but on this most recent report dated June 9th of this year he received a rating of below average. It's this last report I'd like to discuss for a moment.That would be fine.Lance Corporal Dawson's ranking after the school of infantry was perfect. Records indicate that more than half that class has since been promoted to full Corporal while Dawson has remained a Lance Corporal. Was Dawson's promotion held up because of this last report?I'm sure it was.Do you recall why Dawson was given such a poor grade on this last report?I'm sure I don't. I have many men in my charge, Lieutenant. I write many reports.Lieutenant, do you recall an incident involving a PFC Curtis Bell who had been found stealing liquor from the Officer's Club?Yes, I do.Did you report Private Bell to the proper authorities?I have two books at my bedside, Lieutenant, the Marine Corps Code of Conduct and the King James Bible. The only proper authorities I am aware of are my commanding officer Colonel Nathan R. Jessup and the Lord our God.At your request, Lieutenant, I can have the record reflect your lack of acknowledgment of this court as a proper authority.[1618]:Objection. Argumentative.Sustained. Watch yourself, Counselor.Did you report Private Bell to your superiors?I remember thinking very highly of Private Bell, of not wanted to see his record tarnished by a formal charge.You preferred that it be handled within the unit.Yes, I most certainly did.Lieutenant, do you know what a Code Red is?Yes, I do.
Kaffee
Capt. Ross
Judge Randolph
Lt. Kendrick
Lt. Kendrick, was Lance Corporal Dawson given a below average rating on this last report because you learned he had been sneaking food to Private Bell?Object!Not so fast. Lieutenant?Lance Corporal Dawson was given a below average rating because he had committed a crime.A crime? What crime did he commit? Lieutenant Kendrick? Dawson brought a hungry guy some food... what crime did he commit?He disobeyed an order!And because he did. Because he exercised his own set of values. Because he made a decision about the welfare of another Marine which was in conflict with an order of yours he was punished. Isn't that right.Lance Corporal Dawson disobeyed an order!Yeah, but it wasn't a real order, was it? After all, it's peace time. He wasn't being asked to secure a hill or advance on a beach head. I mean, surely a Marine of Dawson's intelligence can be trusted to determine, on his own, which are the really important orders and which orders might, say, be morally questionable? Lieutenant Kendrick? Can he? Can Dawson determine on his own which orders he's going to follow?No, he cannot.A lesson he learned after the Curtis Bell incident, am I right?I would think so.You know so don't you, Lieutenant.Object!Sustained.Lieutenant Kendrick, one final question. If you had ordered Dawson to give Santiago a code red...[Interrupting, exasperated] I SPECIFICALLY ORDERED THOSE MEN NOT TO TOUCH SANTIAGO!...would it be reasonable to think he would have disobeyed you again?Lieutenant, don't answer that!You don't have to, I'm through.Lieutenant Kendrick, did you order Lance Corporal Dawson and Private Downey to give Willie Santiago a code red?

[Kendrick initially refuses to answer, sensing he's been caught lying]

Lieutenant Kendrick! Did you...No, I did not!
Kaffee
Lt. Kendrick
Lt. Kendrick... can I call you John?No, you may not.Have I done something to offend you?No, I like all you Navy boys. Every time we've gotta go someplace to fight, you fellas always give us a ride.
Lt. Kendrick
Private Santiago is dead, and that is a tragedy. But he is dead because he had no code. He is dead because he had no honor, and God was watching.
Kaffee
Lt. Kendrick
Judge Randolph
Capt. Ross
Lieutenant, do you know what a code red is?Yes, I do.Have you ever ordered a code red?No, I have not.Lieutenant, did you order Dawson and two other men to make sure that Private Bell receive no food or drink except water for a period of seven days?That is a distortion of the truth, Lieutenant, Private Bell was placed on barracks restriction, he was given water and vitamin supplements and I can assure you that at no time was his health in danger.I'm sure it was lovely for Private Bell. But you did order the barracks restriction, didn't you? You did order the denial of food.Yes, I did.Wouldn't this form of discipline be considered a code red?No.If I called the other 478 Marines from Guantanamo Bay to testify would they consider it a code red?If it please the court, the witness can't possibly testify as to what 478 other men would say. Now we object to this entire line of questioning as argumentative and irrelevant badgering of the witness.The government's objection is sustained, Lieutenant Kaffee, and I would remind you that you are now questioning a Marine officer with an impeccable service record.Thank you, Your Honor.
User Comments:
More Memorable Characters from A Few Good Men: