Major Bennett Marco
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Major Bennett Marco (Character)
from The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Marco: Intelligence officer. Stupidity officer is more like it. Pentagon wants to open a Stupidity Division, they know who they can get to lead it.

[Shaw has been conditioned to obey when seeing the queen of diamonds; Marco has brought a special deck of all queens of diamonds]
Raymond Shaw: They can make me do anything, Ben, can't they? Anything.
Bennett Marco: We'll see, kid. We'll see what they can do and we'll see what we can do. So the red queen is our baby. Well, take a look at this, kid...
[fans deck and keeps holding up the cards]
Bennett Marco: 52 of them! Take a good look at 'em, Raymond, look at 'em, and while you're looking, listen. This is me, Marco, talking. 52 red queens and me are telling you... you know what we're telling you? It's over! The links, the beautifully conditioned links are smashed. They're smashed as of now because we say so, because we say they are to be smashed. We're busting up the joint, we're tearing out all the wires. We're busting it up so good all the queen's horses and all the queen's men will never put old Raymond back together again. You don't work any more! That's an order. Anybody invites you to a game of solitaire, you tell 'em sorry, buster, the ball game is over.

Bennett Marco: Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.

Marco: It's not that Raymond Shaw is hard to like. He's IMPOSSIBLE to like!

[last lines]
Bennett Marco: Poor Raymond. Poor friendless, friendless Raymond. He was wearing his medal when he died.
[reads from a book of U.S Army citations]
Bennett Marco: You should read some of the citations sometime. Just read them. Taken, eight prisoners, killing four enemy in the process while one leg and one arm was shattered and he could only crawl because the other leg had been blown off - Edwards. Wounded five times, dragged himself across the direct fire of three enemy machine guns to pull two of his wounded men to safety amid sixty-nine dead and two hundred and three casualties - Holderman.
[Puts the book down]
Bennett Marco: Made to commit acts too unspeakable to be cited here by an enemy who had captured his mind and his soul. He freed himself at last and in the end, heroically and unhesitatingly gave his life to save his country. Raymond Shaw... Hell... Hell.

Col. Milt: [gesturing towards a pile of books] You read them all?
Marco: Yeah, they also make great insulation against an enemy attack! But the, uh, truth of the matter is that I'm just interested, you know, in, uh, Principles of Modern Banking and, History of Piracy.
[picking up books]
Marco: Paintings of Orozco. Modern French Theater. The... Jurisprudential Factor of Mafia Administration. Diseases of Horses and novels of Joyce Cary and... Ethnic Choices of the Arabs. Things like that.

Eugenie Rose Chaney: Maryland is a beautiful state.
Bennett Marco: This is Delaware.
Eugenie Rose Chaney: I know, I was one of the orginal Chinese workmen who laid the track on this straight.
Eugenie Rose Chaney: But, em... nonetheless, Maryland is a beautiful state.
Eugenie Rose Chaney: So is Ohio for that matter.
Bennett Marco: I guess so, Columbus is a tremendous football town.

Bennett Marco: You in the railroad business?
Eugenie Rose Chaney: Not anymore. However if you will permit me to point out, when you ask that question, you really should say: Are you in the railroad line?

Bennett Marco: What's your name?
Eugenie Rose Chaney: Eugenie.
Bennett Marco: Pardon?
Eugenie Rose Chaney: No kidding, I really meant it. Crazy French pronounciation and all.
Bennett Marco: It's pretty.
Eugenie Rose Chaney: Thank you.
Bennett Marco: I guess your friends call you Ginny.
Eugenie Rose Chaney: Not yet they haven't, for which I am deeply gratefull... but you may call me Ginny
Bennett Marco: What do your friends call you?
Eugenie Rose Chaney: Rosie.
Bennett Marco: Why?
Eugenie Rose Chaney: My full name is Eugenie Rose. Of the two names I've always favored Rose, 'cause it smells of brown soap and beer. Eugenie is somehow more fragile.
Bennett Marco: Still, when I asked you what your name was, you said it was Eugenie.
Eugenie Rose Chaney: Quite possible I was feeling more or less fragile at that instant.

Marco: I could never figure out what that phrase meant, "more or less."

Bennett Marco: You arabic?
Eugenie Rose Chaney: No.

Eugenie Rose Chaney: Are you arabic?
Bennett Marco: No.
Eugenie Rose Chaney: Let me put it another way: are you married?

Marco: [During the Kung Fu fight with Chunjin] What was Raymond doing with his hands?

Marco: [During the Kung Fu fight with Chunjin] How did the old ladies turn into Russians?

Marco: [during the Kung Fu fight with Chunjin] What were you doing there?

Bennett Marco: I've been having this nightmare. A real swinger of a nightmare, too

Bennett Marco: I remember... I remember. I can see that Chinese cat standing there and smiling like Fu Manchu saying: The Queen of Diamonds is reminiscent in many ways of Raymond's dearly loved and hated mother... and is the second key to clear the mechanism for any other assignment.

Sen. John Yerkes Iselin: No evasions, Mister Secretary, no evasions if you please.
Secretary of Defense: Evasions? What the hell are you talking about?
Secretary of Defense: [whispering to Marco] What the hell is this nonsense?
Marco: [covering the microphones] Mister Secretary, I'm kind of new at this job, but I don't think it's good public relations to speak that way to a US Senator, even if he is an idiot.
Sen. John Yerkes Iselin: I am United States Senator John Yerkes Iselin, and I have here a list of two hundred seven persons who are known by the Secretary of Defense as being members of the Communist Party!
Secretary of Defense: [amid shocked reaction from the crowd] What?
Sen. John Yerkes Iselin: Who nevertheless are still shaping the policy of the Defense Department!
Secretary of Defense: Senator who?
Sen. John Yerkes Iselin: I demand an answer, Mister Secretary! There will be no covering up, sir! No covering up!
Secretary of Defense: How did you get in here in the first place?


The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Raymond Shaw: Are we friends, Ben? I wanna believe we were friends.
Ben Marco: We are connected and that's something nobody can take from us. You coulda had me locked up, but you didn't. That's proof that there's something deep inside. There's a part that they can't get to. And it's deep inside of us. And that's where the truth is.

Delp: I thought you said you lost this.
Ben Marco: I bit a guy. I found another one.

[last lines]
Noyle: [voiceover] Now, when you're rescued and returned with your patrol to command headquarters, what will be among the first of your duties that you'll undertake?
Ben Marco: I'll recommend Sergeant Shaw for the Medal of Honor, sir. He saved our lives. He terminated the enemy. Led us across the desert to safety.
Noyle: Excellent. And there were casualties?
Ben Marco: There's always casualties in war, sir.

Ben Marco: Somebody got into our heads with big steel-toe boots, cable cutters and a chainsaw and they went to town. Neurons got got got exposed and circuits got rewired. Our brain cells got obliterated, Raymond.

Ben Marco: This isn't an election, this is a coup.

Ben Marco: [being brainwashed over the phone] Yes, senator?
Eleanor Shaw: Is this Captain Marco?
Ben Marco: Yep.
Eleanor Shaw: Captain Bennet Marco?
Ben Marco: Yes.
Eleanor Shaw: Bennet Ezikiel Marco?
Ben Marco: ...yes.
Eleanor Shaw: ...Listen.

Senator Thomas Jordan: And you bring me rumors and conjecture.
Ben Marco: I started with nightmares. Rumors, conjectures, that's a giant leap forward.

Ben Marco: What about my dreams?
Delp: What if all this is your dream and you are really still back in Kuwait?

Ben Marco: You said the army implants, they were for emergency medical data, right?
Delp: The ones they publicized were. There was a parallel project of all kinds of scary implantables. The Clinton watch dogs finally freaked out about it, closed down.
Ben Marco: Parallel project? How'd you know about that?
Delp: Manchurian Global funded me to make some of this scary shit. Heard of them? Imagine not just a corporation, Marco, but a goddamn geopolitical extension of policy for every President since Nixon.

[first lines]
Ben Marco: So why don't we just go directly right up in this route, straight in...
Laurent Tokar: Yes, I see the Captain enjoys the road less-traveled.
Ben Marco: No, the Captain enjoys not going down the highway, draggin' his ass so every Tom, Dick, Gaddafi can take a whack at it.

Ben Marco: This is rich people, Manchurian Global, funding bad science, to put a sleeper in the White House, and that's what's going on Rosie. That's what's going on.
Rosie: [holding gun on him] I want to believe you.
Ben Marco: Well, then believe me. Help me.
Rosie: Uh, uh, uh, uh.
Ben Marco: Shoot me then. Help me or shoot me, make a decision. Make a decision.

Al Melvin: [disturbingly] I have these dreams, Sir.
Ben Marco: [puzzled] Dreams?
Al Melvin: [continues] Yes, Sir. Kuwait. It's you and me, Ingram and Baker and...
[pause]
Al Melvin: Raymond Shaw.
Ben Marco: Okay.
Al Melvin: See, I remember it happened...
[pause]
Al Melvin: Like you just said and then...
[pause]
Al Melvin: I don't...
Ben Marco: Well, we had it pretty rough over there, Melvin. That was a long time ago. Memories shift...
Al Melvin: [cutting Ben off] Do you have dreams, Sir?
Ben Marco: [smiles] Everybody has dreams, Corporal...
Al Melvin: [frustratingly] No, not these!

Al Melvin: [trying to explain his dreams] I write it all down. You know, like, every night...
[he shows Marco a notebook with strange notes scribbled in it]
Al Melvin: Right when I wake up, I try to get it down. It doesn't always come together, you know? Not everything that I can remember...
Ben Marco: Maybe you should go to the V.A. Hospital. Talk to one of the doctors...
Al Melvin: [angrily throws his notebook on the floor] I've *BEEN* to doctors, man!

Al Melvin: I'm just! I'm just... I'm just a little stuck, Sir.
[pause]
Al Melvin: Because I remember, okay, Shaw...
[pause]
Al Melvin: Shaw, okay... Shaw saving us, right?
[another pause]
Al Melvin: But that doesn't make sense, because... that should've been you. Okay, if Shaw is in the Hummer...
[pause]
Al Melvin: The Toyota is here...
[breaks down to the floor and sobs]
Ben Marco: [Marco grabs him and holds him up to his feet] All right. Just get up, get up!
[pause]
Ben Marco: Listen, it's... That's over with. That's done. Okay? You gotta move on...
Al Melvin: [stutters] What I was hoping is that, you know, maybe...
Ben Marco: You need some money or something?
Al Melvin: No. No, Sir...
Ben Marco: Wait a minute...
Al Melvin: I don't need your money, man!
Ben Marco: All right. Well, it was great to see you...
[Melvin walks away]