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Quotes for
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson (Character)
from A Few Good Men (1992)

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A Few Good Men (1992)
Kaffee: [seeing Markinson in the back seat of his car] Jesus Christ!
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: You left the door unlocked.
Kaffee: You scared the shit out of me.
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: Just keep driving.
Kaffee: Are you aware that you're under subpoena?
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: Yes. I'm also aware that the lives of two Marines are in your hands. If there were something I could do about that I would but since I can't all I can do is help you, Lieutenant.
Kaffee: Was it a code red?
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: Yes.
Kaffee: Did Kendrick give the order?
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: Yes.
Kaffee: Did you witness it?
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: I didn't need to...
Kaffee: Did you witness it!
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: No.
Kaffee: Then how do you know?
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: I know.
Kaffee: Yeah, you know shit.
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: He was never going to be transferred off that base.
[Kaffee turns the corner and stops the car]
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: Jessep was going to keep him on the base. He said he wanted him trained.
Kaffee: [turns around in his seat to face him] We've got the transfer order its got your signature.
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: I know. I signed that the morning you arrived in Cuba five days after Santiago died.
Kaffee: I'm going to get you a deal some kind of immunity with the prosecutor and in about 4 days you're going to appear as a witness for the defense and you're going to tell the court exactly what you just told me. Right now I'm going to get you into a motel room and we're going to start from the beginning.
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: I don't want a deal and I don't want immunity. I want you to know that I am proud neither of what I have done nor what I am doing.

Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: [voice over, as we see Markinson putting on his full class A dress uniform. It is his suicide note] Dear Mr. and Mrs. Santiago, I was William's executive officer. I knew your son vaguely, which is to say I knew his name. In a matter of time, the trial of the two men charged with your son's death will be concluded, and seven men and two women whom you've never met will try to offer you an explanation as to why William is dead. For my part, I've done as much as I can to bring the truth to light. And the truth is this: Your son is dead for only one reason. I wasn't strong enough to stop it. Always, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Andrew Markinson, United States Marine Corps.
[puts pistol in his mouth, we hear a gunshot as the scene changes back to the courtroom]

Col. Jessep: [in Jessup's office after Kendrick was asked to leave] Matthew, sit down, please.
[Lt. Col. Markinson sits]
Col. Jessep: What do you think of Kendrick?
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: Nathan, I don't think that my opinion of Kendrick has any...
Col. Jessep: I think he's kind of a weasel, myself. But he's an awfully good officer, and in the end we see eye to eye on the best way to run a Marine Corps unit. We're in the business of saving lives, Matthew. That's a responsibility we have to take pretty seriously. And I believe that taking a Marine who's not quite up to the job and shipping him off to another assignment, puts lives in danger.
[Markinson begins to stand]
Col. Jessep: Matthew, siddown.
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: [sits]
Col. Jessep: We go back a while. We went to the Academy together, we were commissioned together, we did our tours in Vietnam together. But I've been promoted up through the chain of command with greater speed and success than you have. Now if that's a source of tension or embarrassment for you, well, I don't give a shit. We're in the business of saving lives, Lieutenant Colonel Markinson. Don't ever question my orders in front of another officer.

Lt. Kendrick: Private Santiago was a member of second platoon bravo
Col. Jessep: Apparently his not very happy down here because his written letters to everyone but Santa Clause is asking for a transfer and now his telling tales about a fence line shooting Matthew?
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: I'm appalled sir
Col. Jessep: [in his office] You're appalled, this kid broke the chain of command and ratted on a member of his unit. To say nothing of the fact that he is a US marine, that would appear that he can't run from here to there without collapsing from heat exhaustion. What the fuck is going on in Bravo Company?
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: I think it's better to hold this discussion in private
Lt. Kendrick: [to Jessep] that won't be necessary I can handle the situation
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: The same way you handled the Curtis Bell incident? Don't interrupt me lieutenant, I'm still your superior officer
Col. Jessep: [to Markinson] And I am yours, I want to know what we're going to do about this
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: I think Santiago should be transferred off the base immediately
Col. Jessep: Maybe I'm just spitballing here, maybe we have a responsibility as officers to train Santiago, maybe we as officers have a responsibility to this county to see that the men and women charged with its security are trained professionals. I'm certain I've read that somewhere once, and now I'm thinking your suggestion of "transferring Santiago" while expeditious and painless might not be in the manner of speaking, the "American way". Santiago stays where he is, we're going to train the lad