Winter: Give me back my flag!
Irwin: It's not your flag.
(on having his hands visible all the time during Gen. Wheeler's visit)
Irwin: I guess that rules out the hand-job.
Gen. Wheeler: You thought he was going to try to take me hostage?
Winter: Yes, sir, it was a precautionary move.
Gen. Wheeler: What the hell kind of grab-ass unit are you running here, Colonel?
Irwin: We can no long wear the uniform of the soldier. We forfeited that right and that includes me. I disobeyed an executive order, I violated my duty as a commanding officer. And eight men paid a catastrophic price. It's a mistake not easy to live with. So here I am just like you, a convicted criminal. Only difference between you and me is, I know I'm guilty.
(the prisoners laugh)
Irwin: So we're packed away here as prisoners. And one thing is certain, our captor have the power. They can humiliate us, they can beat us, they can lock us away in a dark hole for days on end. But there's one thing they cannot do. They cannot take away from us, who we *are*. And we are soldiers! And it is the one thing, the ONE thing that gives us a chance in here. And that nobody can take away!
Doc: You call a three star general, "Man?" What are you going to call him next? "Dude?"
Cpl. Ramon Aguilar: That was a salute.
Irwin: A sa... Oh, no.
Irwin: I don't think so. You know where saluting comes from?
Cpl. Ramon Aguilar: No, sir.
Irwin: It comes from medieval times. Two knights would approach each other on horseback. They would raise their visors and show their faces. It's like they're saying, "This is who I am. I'm not the enemy and I'm not afraid." A salute's about respect, son. Respect for yourself, the service and the flag.
Yates: My father was with you in Hanoi.
Irwin: What's your name?
Irwin: Yates? Sam Yates?
Yates: That's right.
Irwin: Good man.
Yates: Nah, he wasn't.
Irwin: After 30 years everyone's a good man. It's the law.
Winter: See, I too share the burden of command. You may not think that I've ever set foot on a battlefield, but that's because you've never sat behind this desk. This desk! My men and I are vastly outnumbered. We spend every day behind enemy lines because, make no mistake about it, Mr. Irwin, they are the enemy! But then, I don't have to justify myself to YOU, do I, Mr. Irwin?
Irwin: I don't know. Do you?
Irwin: (Winter is trying to compromise with Irwin) No. Not OK! It's too late, Colonel.
Winter: Too late for what?
Irwin: For your offer. The men don't want to salute. They don't want to use rank. They don't want better food and they don't want more TV. They just want your resignation... and so do I.
Winter: My resignation?
Irwin: You're a disgrace, Colonel! A DISGRACE to the uniform! You should not be allowed to retain your command!
Winter: Well then, I guess I'd better go pack.
Irwin: I think you should.
Winter: Tell me, Mr. Irwin. What's to stop me from simply placing you in the HOLE for say six months?
Irwin: Nothing. If that's the way you want to win.
Yates: I've never crashed one before.
Irwin: I'm not fighting anyone or anything, anymore.
Winter: Tell me, Mr. Yates, how does a man like you get into West Point?
Yates: My father was a winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, sir.
Winter: (with disdain) Oh, right. Sometimes the apple does fall far from the tree.
Irwin: Colonel. I'm taking command of your prison.
Winter: Like hell you are!
Yates: I thought there was one thing that you should know, when they take the castle the are going to hang the flag upside down.
Winter: Upside down?
Yates: It's the international sign of distress.
Winter: Yes I know what it means. Where exactly do the plan to get a flag?
Yates: They already have one... Yours.
Winter: My Flag?...
(goes to his flag box, sees that the flag is gone)
Winter: Peretz who was in here yesterday?
Yates: I took it you murdering fuck!
Winter: I thought you were smarter than that.
Yates: Ya I know you did.
(observing Irwin "leading" the inmates in rebuilding the wall)
Winter: Bring him to my office!
Capt. Peretz: Who's that?
Winter: The Prince of Venezuela! Who do you think I mean?
Capt. Peretz: General Irwin.
Winter: *Mr* Irwin!
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