Saving Private Ryan (1998) Poster

Jeremy Davies: Corporal Upham



  • Mellish : Fucked up beyond all recognition.

    Upham : FUBAR.

  • Lieutenant Dewindt : FUBAR.

    Private Reiben : FUBAR.

    Sergeant Horvath : FUBAR.

    Captain Miller : FUBAR

    Private Jackson : Y'all got that right.

    Corporal Upham : I looked up "fubar" in the German dictionary and there's no fubar in here.

  • Private Reiben : What's the saying? "If God's on our side, who the hell could be on theirs?"

    Upham : "If God is for us, who could be against us?"

    Private Reiben : Yeah, what'd I say?

  • Private Reiben : You wanna explain the math of this to me? I mean, where's the sense of riskin' the lives of the eight of us to save one guy?

    Captain Miller : Twenty degrees. Anybody wanna answer that?

    Medic Wade : Reiben, think about the poor bastard's mother.

    Private Reiben : Hey, Doc, I got a mother, all right? I mean, you got a mother. Sarge's got a mother. I mean, shit, I bet even the captain's got a mother.

    [he turns and looks at Miller, who has a bemused expression on his face] 

    Private Reiben : Well, maybe not the captain, but the rest of us got mothers.

    Upham : "Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die."

    Mellish : La-la, la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la. What the fuck is that supposed to mean, Corporal, huh? We're all supposed to die, is that it?

    Captain Miller : Upham's talking about our duty as soldiers.

    Upham : Yes, sir.

    Captain Miller : We all have orders, and we have to follow 'em. That supersedes everything, including your mothers.

    Upham : Yes, sir. Thank you sir.

    Private Reiben : Even if you think the mission's FUBAR, sir?

    Captain Miller : *Especially* if you think the mission's FUBAR.

  • Upham : What's FUBAR?

    Mellish : Oh, it's German.

    [He chuckles derisively] 

    Mellish : Yeah.

    Upham : Never heard of that.

  • [talking about Capt. Miller] 

    Corporal Upham : Reiben, so you even know where he went to school?

    Private Reiben : Cap'n didn't go to school, they assembled him at OSC outta spare body parts of dead GIs.

    Private Caparzo : You gotta pay attention to detail, I know exactly where he's from and I know exactly what he did 'cuz I pay attention to detail.

    Private Jackson : Hey, Upham, careful you don't step in the bullshit!

  • Corporal Upham : "War educates the senses, calls into action the will, perfects the physical constitution, brings men into such swift and close collision in critical moments that man measures man."

    Captain Miller : I guess that's Emerson's way of finding the bright side.

  • Corporal Upham : [Wade lying down, shivering with pain and anguish, after being shot through the stomach]  Tell us what to do... tell us how to fix you.

    Captain Miller : What can we do Wade? Tell us what to do.

    Medic Wade : [Wade still shivering]  I could use some... I could use a little Morphine.

    Captain Miller : [Capt. Miller to Sergeant Horvath]  Okay... Give it to him... Give it him!

  • Corporal Upham : Caparzo, is it?

    Private Caparzo : Hey Corporal, drop dead!

    Corporal Upham : Got you.

    Private Caparzo : And another thing, every time you salute the Captain, you make him a target for the Germans. Do us a favor. Don't do it. Especially when I'm standing next to him, capisci?

    Corporal Upham : Uh, capisci.

  • Upham : So where are you from, Captain? What'd you do before the war?

    Captain Miller : What's the pool up to?

    Upham : [chuckles]  Uh... up over three hundred, sir.

    Captain Miller : Well, when it gets up to five hundred, I'll give you the answers and we'll split the money. How about that?

    Upham : Well, if that's the way you feel sir, then I feel it's my duty and your command to suggest that we wait until it gets up to a thousand, sir.

    Captain Miller : [pause]  What if we don't live that long?

    Upham : [makes a show of considering]  Five hundred?

    Captain Miller : Five hundred would be good, yeah. Get some sleep Corporal.

    Upham : Yes, sir.

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