A Few Good Men (1992) Poster

Noah Wyle: Cpl. Jeffrey Barnes


  • Capt. Ross : Corporal Barnes, I hold here the Marine Outline for Recruit Training. You're familiar with this book?

    Cpl. Barnes : Yes, sir.

    Capt. Ross : Have you read it?

    Cpl. Barnes : Yes, sir.

    Capt. Ross : [hands him the book]  Good. Would you turn to the chapter that deals with code reds, please?

    Cpl. Barnes : [confused]  Sir?

    Capt. Ross : Just flip to the page of the book that discusses code reds.

    Cpl. Barnes : Well, well, you see, sir code red is a term that we use. I mean, just down at Gitmo. I don't know if it's actually...

    Capt. Ross : Ah, we're in luck then. Standard Operating Procedures, Rifle Security Company, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Now, I assume we'll find the term code red and its definition in that book. Am I correct?

    Cpl. Barnes : No, sir.

    Capt. Ross : No? Corporal Barnes, I'm a Marine. Is there no book, no manual or pamphlet, no set of orders or regulations that lets me know that, as a Marine, one of my duties is to perform code reds?

    Cpl. Barnes : No, sir. No book, sir.

    Capt. Ross : No further questions.

    [as Ross walks back to his table Kaffee takes the book out of his hand] 

    Kaffee : Corporal, would you turn to the page in this book that says where the mess hall is, please?

    Cpl. Barnes : Well, Lt. Kaffee, that's not in the book, sir.

    Kaffee : You mean to say in all your time at Gitmo, you've never had a meal?

    Cpl. Barnes : No, sir. Three squares a day, sir.

    Kaffee : I don't understand. How did you know where the mess hall was if it's not in this book?

    Cpl. Barnes : Well, I guess I just followed the crowd at chow time, sir.

    Kaffee : No more questions.

  • Kaffee : [in Barnes' Humvee]  Whoa. Hold it. We gotta take a boat?

    Barnes : Yes, sir. To get to the other side of the bay.

    Kaffee : Nobody said anything about a boat.

    Barnes : Is there a problem, sir?

    Kaffee : No, no problem. I'm just not that crazy about boats, that's all.

    Galloway : Jesus Christ, Kaffee, you're in the Navy for crying out loud.

    Kaffee : Nobody likes her very much.

    Barnes : Yes, sir!

  • Barnes : [in Barnes'humvee]  I've got some camouflage jackets in the Jeep, sirs, I suggest you both put them on.

    Kaffee : Camouflage jackets?

    Barnes : Yes sir, we'll be riding pretty close to the fence line. The Cubans see an officer wearing white, they think it might be someone they'd wanna take a shot at.

    Kaffee : [sarcastically]  Good call, Sam.

  • Kaffee : name some reasons why a Marine would relieve a code red?

    Cpl. Barnes : [while on the witness stand]  being late for platoon or company meetings, keeping his barracks in disorder, falling back on a run.

    Kaffee : have you ever received a code red?

    Cpl. Barnes : yes sir, we were doing seven man assault drills and my weapon slipped. It was just so it was over a hundred degrees and my palms were sweaty and I forgot to use the resin like we were taught

    Kaffee : what happened?

    Cpl. Barnes : that night the guys in my squad threw a blanket over me, took turns punching me in the arm for five minutes, then they poured glue in my hands and it worked too because I ain't dropped my weapon since

    Kaffee : was Private Santiago late for platoon meetings?

    Cpl. Barnes : yes sir

    Kaffee : were his barracks ever in disorder?

    Cpl. Barnes : yes sir

    Kaffee : did he ever fall back on a run?

    Cpl. Barnes : all the time sir

    Kaffee : did "ever" prior to the night of September sixth ever receive a code red?

    Cpl. Barnes : no sir

    Kaffee : never?

    Cpl. Barnes : no sir

    Kaffee : you got a code red because your palms are sweaty

    Kaffee : why didn't Santiago, this burden to his unit, ever get one?

    Cpl. Barnes : Dawson wouldn't allow it sir

    Kaffee : [looking at the jury]  Dawson wouldn't allow it

    Cpl. Barnes : the guys talked tough about Santiago but they wouldn't go near him, they were too afraid of Dawson sir

    Capt. Ross : object, the witness is speculating

    Kaffee : I'll rephrase, Jeffery did you ever want to give Santiago a code red?

    Cpl. Barnes : yes sir

    Kaffee : why didn't you

  • Barnes : [when asked on the witness stand why he didn't give Private Santiago a code red]  because Dawson would kick my butt sir

    Kaffee : fair enough

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