“Uncommon Valor” quotes

Movie Uncommon Valor
Ted Kotcheff directed this movie in 1983
Title Uncommon Valor
Year 1983
Director Ted Kotcheff
Genre Drama, Thriller, War, Action
Plot – Frank is the son of Colonel Rhodes and was fighting in Vietnam, but after ten years he's not returned home yet. He's actually a prisoner of the Viet Cong and the American government is doing nothing to free him, so Rhodes organizes a mission to free his son and the other soldiers. They attack the prison camp successfully, but a bitter surprise is waiting for Rhodes.
All actors – Gene Hackman, Robert Stack, Fred Ward, Reb Brown, Randall 'Tex' Cobb, Patrick Swayze, Harold Sylvester, Tim Thomerson, Alice Lau, Kwan Hi Lim, Kelly Junkerman, Todd Allen
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  • Ground team, you're up that trail, you've got the grid coordinates. Air team, you follow me down this creek. Well, that's it... it's game time. I had a speech prepared, but I guess I forgot it. There are some lines from Julius Caesar. "If a man were to know the end of this day's business, here it come; but it suffices that the day will end, and... (continue)(continue reading)
    Gene Hackman - Col. Jason Rhodes
  • “Most human problems can be solved by an appropriate charge of high explosives.”
    Reb Brown - Blaster
  • “Gentlemen: these are my daughters. They will accompany us into Laos. Unfortunately, I have no sons to offer you. They were killed by Laotian Red Guards during opium run. However, Colonel Rhodes, I am certain my daughters will prove themselves worthy.”

    Kwan Hi Lim - Jiang
    [Tag:daughter, loss]
  • “- Col. Cal Rhodes: For years I couldn't sleep after Korea. My nightmares all had to do with the Chosin Reservoir. The ground there was so frozen, we couldn't bury our dead. We had to pile 'em on trucks and lash them up against the tanks. For years I'd wake up with those dead, frozen faces staring at me.
    - Wilkes: Did it ever go away?
    - Col. Cal...” (continue)
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    Gene Hackman - Col. Jason Rhodes
    Fred Ward - Wilkes
  • “- Kevin Scott: I was discharged for striking a radio operator who fell asleep at his post. You're worried that I have no combat experience. You're right. There's no way of proving that I won't fail in combat. But then again, you can't prove that I will, either.
    - Sailor: This is gonna' be a whole lotta' fun with this one.”

    Patrick Swayze - Kevin Scott
    Randall 'Tex' Cobb - Sailor
  • “Man, I'm so far beyond that shit now. I get energy from the air. I talk to polar bears. I converse with paramecium. Man, I fuck nuclear waste.”
    Randall 'Tex' Cobb - Sailor
    [Tag:energy, power]
  • “They won't go over there and pick up our buddies and bring 'em back home, because there's no gain in it. You and I know that the books are still in the red. And the politicians know, too. The same politicians that never lost a single son in Vietnam - not one.”
    Gene Hackman - Col. Jason Rhodes
  • “We'll be eating nothing but Vietnamese food from now on. We don't want to be tramping through the jungles, smelling like Americans.”
    Gene Hackman - Col. Jason Rhodes
  • “- Mrs. Wilkes: You have got no right to be here. It has taken me ten years to get that goddamned war out of his head.
    - Col. Cal Rhodes: Looks to me like it's still in his head pretty strong.
    - Mrs. Wilkes: Oh, that's very deep. Gee, where were you all the days he just sat for hours, staring at the walls?”

    Jane Kaczmarek - Mrs. Wilkes
    Gene Hackman - Col. Jason Rhodes
    [Tag:memory, war]
  • “Johnson, Rhodes: You're in a shit-pile of trouble. We're confiscating your weapons. My orders are to put you in jail - a Bangkok jail. Colonel, I don't want to put an old soldier like you in jail, but damn it, this scheme of yours is crazy! Shit! You best be on the next plane to the States. And don't go back to the hotel. They're waiting for...” (continue)(continue reading)
    James Edgcomb - CIA Agent
    [Tag:prison, rescue]
  • “When there's a war, the Rhodes fight. We lost almost the whole family at Gettysburg in one day. That's all we're good at. Never been good at anything else. Haven't always been real good at the fighting, either. A lot of us been killed... but we're always there.”
    Gene Hackman - Col. Jason Rhodes
  • “You usin' that oriental martial bullshit on me's gonna get real expensive.”
    Randall 'Tex' Cobb - Sailor
  • “Your friend, Sailor, blowtorched a local kingpin biker. We're holding him on our Witness Protection Program. Silly sonofabitch come in here with a grenade hung around his neck. If you ask me, I don't think his bread's quite done.”

    Ken Farmer - Jail Guard
    [Tag:killing, prison]
  • “You come in low under his line of sight. You leap... taking him down, placing your hand over his nose, pulling his face away from your knife hand. At the base of his skull at the right of his spine - what the Chinese call the wind gate - you insert, scramble the brains... what you have is instant rag doll.”

    Fred Ward - Wilkes
    [Tag:killing, teaching]
  • “There's no bond as strong as that shared by men who have faced death in battle. You men seem to have a strong sense of loyalty, because you're thought of as criminals, because of Vietnam. You know why? Because you lost. And in this country, that's like going bankrupt. You're out of business. They want to forget about you. You cost too much, and...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Gene Hackman - Col. Jason Rhodes
  • “- Johnson: Red wine and uppers... that's why we call him Sailor. He used to take a lot of red wine and uppers, and just sail away.
    - Charts: How come he wears that goddamned grenade around his neck?
    - Blaster: Sailor always said that if life got too shitty, he'd just pull the pin and see what's next.”

    Harold Sylvester - Johnson
    Tim Thomerson - Charts
    Reb Brown - Blaster