Errors and other Notes
The quote about "standing on my face" is NOT Willard.
If you are going to include the "Who is in charge here, soldier? -- Ain't you?" quote, you should also include (and pair it with) the OTHER quote immediately following, where Willard asks the grenade launcher dude the same question. "Do you know who is in charge here?" -- "Yep."
Note (lacks attribution)
I added a brief quote where Willard asks the soldiers who's in charge. I think this is an important contribution as it adds to the fray, to the impossibility of authority in Vietnam. How can soldiers be responsible for their actions when they don't know who is issuing the orders? Further, I think the fact that Roach replies only with the answer "yeah" brings up a whole slew of ideas and questions. Asking Roach who he thinks is in charge is important: does he think it is the enemy who is in charge here? Is it Sheen's character Willard or Brando's character Kurtz that he thinks is in charge? Or is it God (that is, if we think there is a place for God in Coppola's film)? Who do we think is in charge? This moment in the movie is also the most clearly impressionistic and hypnotizing: light flickers on and off Sheen's face, his voice has the measure of a slow and even breath, while underneath all this seeming tranquility the soldiers in the bunker are in danger of dying. This is very much the eye of the storm, the climax of the movie.
- You're quite right, and indeed it has been flagged for copyright review for over two years. If you'd like to try your hand at pruning it, that would be much appreciated.--Collingwood (talk) 07:34, 8 July 2012 (UTC)
they were stronger than me because they could stand it
Most sources list the quote as "And then I realized they were stronger than we. Because they could stand that these were not monsters. These were men… trained cadres."
But "they could stand that" makes no sense, unless it reads "could stand that." - "that" referring to the act of cutting off arms.
Then I came across this:
02:54:12 And then I realized...
02:54:14 they were stronger than me because they could stand it.
02:54:18 These were not monsters. These were men--
02:54:21 trained cadres.
02:54:23 These men who fought with their hearts...
188.8.131.52 22:47, 19 February 2013 (UTC)