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Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair (Character)
from Iron Eagle (1986)

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Iron Eagle (1986)
Chappy Sinclair: And shut down that music!
Doug Masters: It'll screw up my rhythm.
Chappy Sinclair: If you don't shut it down, I'll screw up somethin' else!

[trying to convince Chappy to help him]
Doug Masters: Jesus, Chappy, he's only got...
Chappy Sinclair: Three days, and if you keep talking you're gonna waste one of 'em.

Doug Masters: How can you think with that music on?
Chappy Sinclair: Aw come on, let's see what you got.

Chappy Sinclair: You like Italian?
Doug Masters: Italian?
Chappy Sinclair: Uh-huh. You can eat while you read.

[Doug is showing off his piloting skills to Chappy]
Doug Masters: How was that?
Chappy Sinclair: I thought you was a pilot, not an astronaut!

Doug Masters: Anyone ever tell you that you talk too much?
Chappy Sinclair: Yeah, my ex-wife.

Doug Masters: Chappy, I got 'em, I got all three of the guns!
Chappy Sinclair: Yeah, but one of them got me.

Chappy Sinclair: [after hearing Doug say that he didn't give a shit enough to help his father] Now look, let me clue you in on something right now. I've given this country 22 damn, fucking years of my life. Twenty two years! I've seen young boys blown out of the air, over the Pacific. I've seen their guts sprawled all over the rice paddies in Vietnam, so whenever somebody dies for this country, believe me boy,
Chappy Sinclair: I give a shit! Goddamnit, nobody talks to me like this and I'm not about to start now! You want to do something for your father, hmm? You be strong for your family, you stay *right here*!

Chappy Sinclair: Now, what do you do when one of them is flying straight at you?
Reggie: You eject and start doing the backstroke.

Chappy Sinclair: [finding Doug watching TV instead of sleeping the night before the mission] I thought I told you to get some sleep.
Doug Masters: I'm just relaxing a little, watching some TV, I don't need much sleep for this anyway.
Chappy Sinclair: Now how the hell do you know what you need?
Doug Masters: I'm just saying I'm ready for this. You're ready aren't you Chap?
Chappy Sinclair: You think it's gonna be so easy don't you?
Doug Masters: No I don't think it's gonna be all that easy. I'm just saying I'm ready for it that's all
Chappy Sinclair: You ain't ready for shit, boy!
[goes over to a bookstand and pulls out a book and gives it to Doug]
Chappy Sinclair: Open it. Go ahead, open it.
Doug Masters: [opens it to pictures of some kids] Who are these guys?
Chappy Sinclair: A bunch of kids that thought that they were ready too.
Doug Masters: Pilots?
Chappy Sinclair: All of them.
Doug Masters: They look about 15, 16 years old.
Chappy Sinclair: That's right. All of them.
Doug Masters: So I don't know why you're so upset, Chappy. What makes them different than me?
Chappy Sinclair: Because they're dead, all of them! I had laid awake at night thinking about how fast and how brutal they died. Parts of them burning on the land, parts of them landing in the sea, some part of them burning just into nothing in the middle of the air and all of them thought that they were ready for it. When it was all over, I promised myself I'd never be part of killing kids again. That's why it took me so long to come around to helping you. Now it looks like I have us both trapped into something...
Doug Masters: [finishing Chappy's sentence] That could kill us? I know that Chappy, and those kids, I don't know what you think anymore but they knew it too. Maybe I'm not all that ready for it but who in the hell is ever ready for it? You didn't get me into this I went to you, remember? I know what we're risking here and I'm proud to be able to fly with you. Maybe I'm not all that ready but I'm damn proud.
Chappy Sinclair: [smiling] Aww enough of this nonsense, I got some work to do where, did you put that tape recorder?
Doug Masters: Ah it's in there with my stuff.
Chappy Sinclair: Hey where are you going?
Doug Masters: I just wanted to know what you're doing.
Chappy Sinclair: Why don't you see what your pillow in bed is doing I want you to be in bed in five minutes, ok? Whoa whoa hold on a minute, I almost forgot.
[pulls out a small case and Doug opens it to find a pair of wings]
Chappy Sinclair: It's my first pair I wanna loan them to you.
Doug Masters: I'll bring them back, I promise.
Chappy Sinclair: You better, now get to bed
Doug Masters: Yes sir, colonel sir!
Chappy Sinclair: [into the tape recorder] It sure is strange making you this tape. I just got done talking to you. Look at that smile on your face, the look you had the first time I told you I'd help you with your father. I never told you this before. I always have a hard time talking about my feelings. But I want you to know now that you've got more courage than anyone I've ever met and you're gonna need every ounce of it to get through this thing. Now listen I'm proud to have been by your side, and whatever happens just remember we tried and no one can take that away from us!

Chappy Sinclair: [Chappy's plane is damaged and is low on fuel] Doug, I ain't gonna make it.
Doug Masters: [Chappy's plane crashes] CHAPPY!

Chappy Sinclair: God doesn't give people talents that he doesn't want people to use. And he gave you The Touch. It's a power inside of you, down there where you keep your guts boy. It's all you need to blast your way in and get back what they took from you.

Iron Eagle II (1988)
Sinclair: Man, if we get outta this thing, I want you to come to the States. I'll show you some stuff that you'll never believe.
Vodovsky: No way, my friend. I'm told in the States they shoot Communists in the streets.
Sinclair: Hell, man. In Detroit, my hometown, they shoot EVERYBODY in the streets!

Sinclair: Those fools in the tower know exactly what they're doing which is more than I can say for you bunch of idiots.

Sinclair: They brought you all here to fail!

Gen. Stillmore: [watching mission slides noticing Sinclair coming in the room] Pull up a chair! This is one hell of a mess isn't it? I know you've done your best, General, but in light of this catastrophe I'm going to have to recommend that this mission be canceled. It all seemed harmless enough at the time didn't it? Russian Military General, U.S. Defense secretary they get together. They figure a small tactical force would save more lives than the plan we offered them. Hell anyone could buy that, huh? But then they decide on this joint-forces bullshit cause they think it'll get us a little further down the road to detente'. That's when I had to part company. You more than anyone Sinclair, you can see how that road leads to disaster.
Sinclair: You set us up didn't you?
Gen. Stillmore: What are you saying?
Sinclair: You know damn well what I'm saying. You had the deck stacked against us from the get go. You sent me the biggest bunch of misfits you could find. Knowing full well they couldn't get along with each other much less the Russians.
Gen. Stillmore: You're out of your mind.
Sinclair: Am I? I got proof right here.
[holding up a file]
Sinclair: It's Major Bush's file. Open it.
Gen. Stillmore: Now look here...
Sinclair: Open it!
Gen. Stillmore: What the hell am I supposed to find in here?
Sinclair: Something that's not in there. Bush's medical record. I called his former C.O., told me all about it, said Bush has acute claustrophobia in tight terrain. That's something you boys conveniently left out of his flight record. He should never have been chosen for this mission! How could you do that?
Gen. Stillmore: What would you've done you self-righteous son-of-a-bitch? Put us in bed with the Communists? Somebody's gotta do what's right for this country!
Sinclair: Yeah. Well. I'm sure Stratford is gonna want to hear that.
Gen. Stillmore: Hear about what? That you failed? Ha! He knows that. Anything else you tell him it'll be your word against ours. You really think he's gonna listen to a one star General put out to pasture?
Sinclair: May I be dismissed, sir?
Gen. Stillmore: Gladly!

Col. Vardovsky: [sitting at the bar and noticing Sinclair coming over] Mmmm! A drink General!
Sinclair: How much of this did you know, Colonel?
Col. Vardovsky: What? I have been relieved of my command just like you.
Sinclair: Oh, God you don't get it do you? They used you, man. They used me too.
Col. Vardovsky: Used us for what?
Sinclair: To fail, god damn it! God! Isn't it obvious by now? Look at this you got Yuri Lebanov, three times reprimanded by The Party. Georgi Koshkin: five years disciplinary duty in Siberia.
Col. Vardovsky: Thousands of innocent lives.
Sinclair: What?
Col. Vardovsky: Didn't they tell you?
Sinclair: No what?
Col. Vardovsky: Our military commander is flying a plane to the target with full nuclear payload. Your military is doing the same. The fallout will wipe out every village within hundreds of miles of that gorge.
Sinclair: Well I'm not in the habit of failing. Our men are due to rotate out of here in the morning? You get them on the tar-mac first thing in the morning.
Col. Vardovsky: Ohh...
Sinclair: You do it! You fill them in you tell them the story. Do it!
[slams a shot glass on the bar like a gavel]

Sinclair: [walking up to Vardovsky on the tar-mac on the morning of flying back home] Did you tell them?
Col. Vardovsky: Everything.
Sinclair: Well now you know.
Graves: Yes, sir.
Sinclair: That suits me just fine. I'm sick and tired of workin with a bunch of Commies anyway.
[Downs starts lauging and Chappy joins in]
Sinclair: Hey, here's your chance.
[holds up an Uzi 9mm]
Sinclair: Shoot one of them commie bastards.
[Downs and Chappy laughs as Chappy gives him an Uzi]
Sinclair: Shoot one of them! Ohhh I get it you don't want to shoot an unarmed man! Koshkin come here.
[gives Koshkin an Uzi, Koshkin shoots down at the ground]
Sinclair: What's the matter! Don't any of you have the guts to shoot the enemy? Hey Cooper, Lebanov come here.
[holds both Uzis for them to take]
Sinclair: Here you go. Come on! Well, come on!
[neither takes a step towards Chappy for a gun]
Sinclair: That's what I thought. Nobody has the guts! You're losers that's what they said. They sent you guys here because they knew you were gonna fail, and you know what they picked right! But I'm grateful to you, you know I'm very grateful because you taught me something today you taught me something about courage. It took a lot of courage to come over here with a bunch of people from the other side when deep down you hated what they stood for! You know I'm really grateful it took a lot of courage to hold on to that prejudice when we fought so hard to cut it out of you! Very grateful, people. But as you fly out of here today I want you to ask yourselves one thing. Where was that courage when you had the chance to stop them from killing thousands of people who had no reason to die? Ah! Well you're transports will leave here in an hour, and you'll go home a bunch of failures and a bunch of losers!
[walks away from the bunch]
Cooper: [turns to face Chappy with Zuyenko] General!
[tears the flag patch off of his flight suit and Zuyenko does as well as the rest of them]
Sinclair: All right we have less than 24 hours to prepare. We have to beat a couple bombers to the target.
[rips the flag patch off his uniform]
Sinclair: [they all look down at the ground where the U.S. and Russian flag patches lay]

Iron Eagle IV (1995)
Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair: [delivering his speech to Doug on the tape recorder during the final dogfight] Hey, Doug. Hope you're not too angry or too busy to listen now. If I had known you were alive, nothing in the world could have stopped me from getting you out. All reports said you were dead. If I didn't look farther, it was because it hurt so much to look it all. You know, I remember when you first came to me with your hair-brained scheme to rescue your father. You were a boy with a boy's contempt for the impossible. But you believed. Before long, you got me to believe, too. Well, I still believe. I believe the Doug Masters I knew then is alive and well. He just lost his contempt for the impossible. Nothing is impossible, Doug, if you believe in who you are. In who you've always been.