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Quotes for
Adm. James Greer (Character)
from The Hunt for Red October (1990)

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The Hunt for Red October (1990)
[after Jack has just arrived at the Central Intelligence Agency]
Admiral James Greer: Jesus! You look like hell!

Admiral James Greer: Now, understand, Commander, that torpedo did not self-destruct. You heard it hit the hull. And I...
[showing him his identification]
Admiral James Greer: ... was never here.

Admiral James Greer: [after the meeting where Jack Ryan has just explained - quite boldly - his theory that Capt. Raimus is defecting] I told you to speak your mind Jack, but Jesus
[laughing a little]
Admiral James Greer: ...!

Jack Ryan: Where are we going, anyway?
Admiral James Greer: Briefing for Jeffrey Pelt, the President's National Security Advisor. Most of the Joint Chiefs will be there, along with a few other people.
Jack Ryan: Who's giving the briefing?
Admiral James Greer: You are.

Lieutenant Commander Mike Hewitt: Red October has just turned into the torpedo's path.
Admiral James Greer: Mother of God!

Admiral James Greer: [Concerning a briefing about the Red October and what she is capable of] You're going to be asked some very direct questions. Give them *direct* answers. Tell them what you think.


Patriot Games (1992)
Admiral Greer: Excuse me, Jack, tell me one thing in life that is absolutely for certain.
Jack Ryan: My daughter's love.

Marty Cantor: They were moving him to Albany Prison in the Isle of Wight while it happened. We think he's left the country.
Admiral Greer: Marty, excuse me. Let's deal in what we know and not what we don't. We know he's escaped. We know it happened in Kent near the Channel. If he's left the country... Jack, listening? The chances he'd come here, that he'd try, that he could come here are so remote, I have trouble even saying it.
Jack Ryan: And yet your first instinct was to come all the way here and tell me.

Admiral Greer: SAS could take out any one of these camps in under two minutes. Kill everybody there and be gone before the echo fades. Are you sure this is the same woman?
[Jack has a vacant look on his face]
Admiral Greer: Keep at it, then.

Admiral Greer: It's over.


Clear and Present Danger (1994)
[On whether Jack should investigate the growing scandal]
Admiral Greer: You took an oath, if you recall, when you first came to work for me. And I don't mean to the National Security Advisor of the United States, I mean to his boss... and I don't mean the President. You gave your word to his boss: you gave your word to the people of the United States. Your word is who you are.

Admiral Greer: [speaking to Jack Ryan] You want to know about politics in Washington? Four words. Watch your back, Jack.