Michael 'Beau' Geste
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Michael 'Beau' Geste (Character)
from Beau Geste (1939)

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Beau Geste (1939)
[Schwartz is shouting at the legionnaires to mutiny against Markoff]
Michael 'Beau' Geste: Wait a minute. I don't know much about mutinies, but I do know it isn't good form to plan them at the top of your voice.

John Geste: Charming fellow, our sergeant.
Michael 'Beau' Geste: A trifle uncouth, but the best soldier we'll ever see.

John Geste: Well, isn't anybody going to say a word?
Michael 'Beau' Geste: You young pup, we're both so disgusted with you we're speechless.
John Geste: I'm no worse than either of you.
Digby Geste: There's something in what he says.
Michael 'Beau' Geste: I insist I'm worse than he is. He didn't steal the Blue Water.
John Geste: Neither did you.
Digby Geste: No. As a matter of fact, I've got it.
Michael 'Beau' Geste: I'll be frank with you, gentlemen. I've got it. I intend to sell it for 30,000 pounds sometime in the future, and live a life of ease in Paris surrounded by whiskey, ladies, and laughter.
Digby Geste: Well that's funny. I'm going to sell it and go to Paris, too. Only I don't' want any laughter.
Michael 'Beau' Geste: One thing I counted on was my younger brother leading an upright life while I spent my ill-gotten gains.
Digby Geste: Yes, I was counting on him, too.
John Geste: If you don't mind my saying so, the great sapphire is in my possession. And as soon as I can arrange to sell it, I'm going to the South Seas, buy a plantation, and start trading in copra.
Digby Geste: He puts us both to shame, doesn't he, Beau?
Michael 'Beau' Geste: Let's put him to death and keep his share.

Michael 'Beau' Geste: There'll be a flag flying out there in the morning that I swore to uphold. Armies of good men have died for it gladly. It's a battle flag and it's a flag of victory. I'm rather proud to be under it. And I wouldn't want to go out in the morning like you and know that I was going to be a traitor to it!

Markoff: The jewel you stole. I want it.
Michael 'Beau' Geste: I have no jewel.
Markoff: I know you have.
Michael 'Beau' Geste: I haven't.
Markoff: Are you sure?
Michael 'Beau' Geste: Quite sure.
Markoff: I advise you to change your mind. Otherwise, when this is over, I may have to shoot you to make sure.
Michael 'Beau' Geste: I understand, Sergeant.
Markoff: You mean you'd rather not hand it over now and save your life?
Michael 'Beau' Geste: No, Sergeant.
Markoff: That's very unfortunate... for you.

[the boys watch the burning model ship in the "Viking funeral"]
Beau at age 12: There. That's what I want when my turn comes. I'd give anything to have a Viking's funeral... with a dog at my feet and 'last post' blown for me. If it weren't too much trouble.
Digby at age 12: Beau, it isn't too much trouble. I'll give you one whenever you like.


The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)
Sir Hector: She just lost her seventh husband.
Beau Geste: Lost or mislaid?

Beau Geste: Medals are like hemorrhoids, Dig. Sooner or later every asshole gets one.

Beau Geste (age 12): A Viking funeral... Digby, will you set fire to me and bury me at sea?
Digby Geste (age 12): Well, alright... but not until you're dead.