“We Were Soldiers” quotes

Movie We Were Soldiers
Randall Wallace directed this movie in 2002
Title We Were Soldiers
Year 2002
Director Randall Wallace
Genre Drama, History, War, Action
Plot – On November 14 of 1965, 450 American paratroopers invaded the enemy's territory in Eye Drang Valley, a Vietnam place called the "Valley of Death". They found themselves surrounded by 2.000 Vietnamese soldiers and Colonel Harold Moore, known for his eroic achievements, guided the soldiers through the battle.
All actors – Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott, Chris Klein, Keri Russell, Barry Pepper, Duong Don, Ryan Hurst, Robert Bagnell, Marc Blucas, Josh Daugherty, Jsu Garcia, Jon Hamm, Clark Gregg, Desmond Harrington, Blake Heron, Erik MacArthur, Dylan Walsh, Mark McCracken, Edwin 'EdVanz'd' Morrow, Brian Tee, Sloane Momsen, Bellamy Young, Simbi Khali, Jim Grimshaw, Forry Smith, Steven Nelson, Vincent Angell, Michael Tomlinson, Keith Szarabajka, Tim Abell, Patrick St. Esprit, Mike White, Daniel Roebuck, Maia Lien, Dan Beene, Taylor Momsen, Joshua McLaurin, Devon Werkheiser, Luke Benward, Billinjer C. Tran, Vien Hong, Joseph Tran, Joseph Hieu, Lam Nguyen, Diep Bui, Andrew Wallace, Nicholas Hosking, Michael Giordani, Shepard Koster, Kate Lombardi, Ingrid Semler, Jason Powell, Doug C. Cook, Sean Bunch, F. Lee Reynolds, Stephen Zapotoczny, Frank Kostenko Jr., Ben Allison, Brian Carpenter, Chris Cate, George Cheung, Cliff Fleming, Brendan Ford, Kelli Franklin, Christian Gibson, Justin Gordon, Shannon M. Hart, Lyndon Johnson, Derrell Keith Lester, Will Klipstine, Matthew Lang, Danny Le Boyer, Matt Mangum, Johnny Nguyen, Randy Oglesby, Jonathan Parks Jordan, John Paul Rice, Keni Thomas, Phong Atwood Vo
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  • “- Lt. Col. Hal Moore: I wonder what was going through Custer's mind when he realized that he'd led his men into a slaughter?
    - Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley: Sir, Custer was a pussy. You ain't.”

    Mel Gibson - Lt. Col. Hal Moore
    Sam Elliott - Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley
    [Tag:battle, worry]
  • “Some had families waiting. For others, their only family would be the men they bled beside. There were no bands, no flags, no Honor Guards to welcome them home. They went to war because their country ordered them to. But in the end, they fought not for their country or their flag, they fought for each other.”

    Barry Pepper - Joe Galloway
  • “I can't promise you that I will bring you all home alive. But this I swear, before you and before Almighty God, that when we go into battle, I will be the first to set foot on the field, and I will be the last to step off, and I will leave no one behind. Dead or alive, we will all come home together. So help me, God.”
    Mel Gibson - Lt. Col. Hal Moore
  • “- Sgt. Ernie Savage: Beautiful morning, Sergeant!
    - Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley: What are you a fucking weatherman now?”

    Ryan Hurst - Sgt. Ernie Savage
    Sam Elliott - Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley
  • “These are the true events of November, 1965, in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam. A place our country does not remember, in a war it does not understand.”

    Barry Pepper - Joe Galloway
  • “- Lt. Col. Hal Moore: I pray you watch over the young Jack Geoghegan. That I lead into battle. You use me as your instrument in this awful hell of war to watch over them. Especially if they're men like this one beside me, deserving of a future in your blessing and goodwill. Amen.
    - 2nd Lt. Jack Geoghegan: Amen.
    - Lt. Col. Hal Moore: Oh, yes, and...” (continue)
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    Mel Gibson - Lt. Col. Hal Moore
    Chris Klein - 2nd Lt. Jack Geoghegan
    [Tag:enemy, prayer, war]
  • “We helped build a school for orphans. They were orphans because the warlord across the border didn't like their tribe. I know that God has a plan for me, I just hope it's to help protect orphans, not make any.”
    Chris Klein - 2nd Lt. Jack Geoghegan
  • “- Lt. Col. Hal Moore: I think you oughta get yourself an M-16.
    - Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley: Sir, if the time comes I need one, there'll be plenty lying on the ground.”

    Mel Gibson - Lt. Col. Hal Moore
    Sam Elliott - Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley
  • If any of you sons of bitches calls me “grandpa”, I'll kill you.
    Sam Elliott - Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley
    [Tag:nickname, old age]
  • “We were soldiers once, and young.”
    Barry Pepper - Joe Galloway
    [Tag:past, soldiers, youth]
  • “- Lt. Col. Hal Moore: I'll never forgive myself.
    - Joe Galloway: For what, sir?
    - Lt. Col. Hal Moore: That my men died and I didn't.”

    Mel Gibson - Lt. Col. Hal Moore
    Barry Pepper - Joe Galloway
  • “We who have seen war will never stop seeing it. In the silence of the night we will always hear the screams.”
    Barry Pepper - Joe Galloway
    [Tag:memory, night, war]
  • “- Maj. Gen. Henry Kinnard: The White House anticipates a buildup and wants a victory over cavemen in black pajamas.
    - General in Hallway: We wouldn't be there if they hadn't already beaten the French Army.
    - Maj. Gen. Henry Kinnard: French Army? What's that?”

    Jim Grimshaw - Maj. Gen. Henry Kinnard
    Patrick St. Esprit - General in Hallway
    [Tag:army, france]