Heartbreak Ridge

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Heartbreak Ridge is a 1986 film, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. It is about the 1983 U.S. invasion of Grenada, West Indies. A portion of the movie was filmed on the island itself.

Gunnery Sergeant Highway[edit]

  • "Improvise, Adapt, Overcome"
  • Just because we're holding hands doesn't mean we'll be taking warm showers together until the wee hours of the morning.
  • [introducing himself to his new platoon] My name is Gunnery Sergeant Highway and I've drunk more beer and pissed more blood, banged more quiff and busted more ass, than all you numbnuts put together.
  • Sir, with all due respect, you're beginning to bore the hell out of me.
  • This is the AK-47 assault rifle, the preferred weapon of your enemy, and it makes a very distinctive sound when fired at you, so remember it.


Col. Meyers: [during a readiness exercise]: What's your assessment of this situation, Gunny?
Highway: It's a cluster fuck, sir.
Col. Meyers: Say again?m
Highway: Marines are fighting men. They shouldn't be sitting around on their sorry asses filling out request forms for equipment they should already have, sir.

Stitch Jones: [explaining that a training exercise is rigged]: Major Powers wants us to die in a loud, grotesque, military manner.
Highway: I don't give a fuck about Major Powers. My job is to keep you men alive!

Swede Johanson: [Before he attacks Highway]: I'm gonna rip your head off and shit down your neck.
[Gunnery Sergeant Highway swiftly defeats and subdues Swede.]
Highway: Stick your chin up. Higher. [Punches Swede, knocking him to the floor.] Now get your ass out in that street, ladies. Right this second.
Stitch Jones: [Hastily] Uh, I'll catch you later, Swede!
[The platoon rushes outside; Swede gets up and faces Highway]
Swede Johanson: Sir, I'll wait outside for the MPs to come.
Thomas Highway: Negative, Johanson. You're going to become a Marine, right now. Fall out.
Swede Johanson: Yes, sir.

Judge: [reading the charges] Sergeant Highway. Drunk and disorderly, assault on an officer, [Looking up as he reads] urinating on a police vehicle?
Highway: Well, it seemed like the thing to do, sir.

Sergeant Major Choozoo: [finding newly-arrived Highway drinking his coffee] Hey, crotch rot, you gonna slurp my lifer's juice out of my own cup?
Gunnery Sergeant Highway: Yeah, I should've gotten shots beforehand.
Choozoo: If your brain was half as quick as your mouth, skunk stool, you'd be a friggin' twenty-star general by now.
Highway: And if I was half as ugly as you, Sergeant Major, I'd be a poster boy for a prophylactic.
Choozoo: Still a mean and nasty bastard. God-damn good to see you, Tom!

[Choozoo tells Jones about the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge]
Choozoo: It ain't in any of the history books. Just a little piece of war. Stony Jackson took one look up and said, "Ladies, if it don't kill us, it will surely break our hearts." ... He was our platoon sergeant. He was the one recommended Highway for his Congressional Medal of Honor.
Stitch Jones: Gunny Highway won the CMH?
Choozoo: He charged two machine gun nests by himself. Didn't sleep for three days. The final human wave, he held off almost singlehandedly. When it was over, there's me, Stony Jackson, Tom Highway. We're the only ones still alive.

Highway: [when told by Choozoo that he has to go back up the hill] Well, you're full of all kinds of good news.
Choozoo: You're too ugly to live forever.

Webster: Highway, I heard you was back.
Highway: Webster...
Webster: These retards couldn't fight their way out of a shithouse.
Highway: Is that where you've been keeping yourself lately?
Webster: Me and Major Powers are building an elite company of fightin' men.
Highway: The only thing you could build, Webster, is a good case of hemorrhoids.

Aggie: Goddamn it!
Thomas Highway: What's the matter?
Aggie: How could I be so stupid?
Thomas Highway: What the hell were you talking about?
Aggie: You bastard! You son of a bitch, you changed tactics on me, didn't you?
Thomas Highway: What the fuck were you talking about?
Aggie: Gave up the old frontal assault, you tried to out-goddamn-flank me. Well, I am onto you, Highway and I want you out of here, right now!
Thomas Highway: Oh, Jesus Christ, you're not acting very dignified for a mature woman.
Aggie: What, you old fucking Marine warhorse, I'll show you dignified! Go on! Get out of here! Now go on! Get the fuck out of here! You better get your tail out of here and I'm gonna get mad! Shit, get your tail out of here! Take that, you old fuck! I may never wanna see your craggy, old face again, do you hear me? Don't ever come back. Ever, ever, ever! How dare you...
[Highway leaves and stands outside; Aggie continues yelling and throwing things around inside]
Thomas Highway: She's as crazy as she's always been, for Christ's sake.
Aggie: You asshole!
Thomas Highway: Shit. Fuck. Damn it!
Aggie: I love you, Highway! Fuck you!

Stitch Jones: Yeah, yeah, I can't do that, man. I forgot my suntan oil.
Thomas Highway: Come on, it's time to earn your pay. Let's go.
1st Lieutenant Ring: Come on, pick it up. Let's go.
(Equipment Packing)
PA Announcer: Now hear this. Now hear this. Flight deck, prepare to launch helo. Prepare to launch helo.
(Helicopter Whirring)
(Band Playing "The Marines Hymn (Part III)")
(Military Drumming)
Stitch Jones: Over there!
Thomas Highway: Your glasses. Get ready.

Thomas Highway: Oh, well, I figured as much. But if she's looking for real alimony, she's in real trouble this time. Becuase I got myself so broke, I couldn't leave myself out of sight if it took a quarter to go around the world.
Little Mary Jackson: (smiling) She's cocktailing over at the Palace.

Aggie: Bad whiskey, bad sex and bad men. I never forget.
Thomas Highway: (smiling) You didn't talk dirty like that when we were married.

Highway: We may have lost the war, but we won the battles. Well I'm not gonna lose the next one because my men aren't ready.
Choozoo: What are you gonna do?
Highway: Make 'em Marines.
Choozoo: Stoney Jackson. Best God damn platoon sergeant two mewling short-pricked piss-ant baby soldier little fuckers ever went to war with.
Highway: Yep. Heartbreak Ridge.
Choozoo: Heartbreak Ridge.

Colonel Meyers: Are you new to the Infantry, Major?
Major Powers: Yes, sir. Come over from Supply.
Colonel Meyers: Were you good at that?
Major Powers: Yes, sir!
Colonel Meyers: Well then stick to it, cause you're a walking clusterfuck as an infantry officer! This is a Marine amphibious unit, Major! My men are hard chargers! Lieutenant Ring and Gunnery Sergeant Highway took a bunch of young fire pissers, exercised some personal initiative, and KICKED ASS! [to Lieutenant Ring] Good work, Lieutenant!
Lieutenant Ring: Thank you, sir!
Colonel Meyers: Lieutenant, see that some of those students are escorted back to Cherry Point.
Lieutenant Ring: Aye, aye, sir. [and runs off]
Colonel Meyers: [to Major Powers] Well, you're dismissed! [Powers and Webster leave in disgrace; Meyers notices Choozoo and Highway standing nearby] What the hell are you two staring at? Get outta my LZ.
Highway, Choozoo: [Grinning and heading out] Semper Fi, sir.
Colonel Meyers: Ooh-rah...

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