Gettysburg (1993) Poster

(1993)

Kevin Conway: Sgt. 'Buster' Kilrain

Quotes 

  • Sergeant 'Buster' Kilrain : What I'm fighting for is to prove I'm a better man than the others. There's many a man worse than me, and some better. But I don't think race or country matters a damn. What matters is justice. And that's why I'm here. I'll be treated as I deserve, not as my father deserved.

  • Sergeant 'Buster' Kilrain : There's only one aristocracy, and that

    [he taps his temple] 

    Sergeant 'Buster' Kilrain : is right here.

  • Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain : [quoting Hamlet]  "What a piece of work is man, in form and movement how express and admirable. In action how like an angel."

    Sergeant 'Buster' Kilrain : Well, if he's an angel, all right then. But he damn well must be a killer angel.

  • Sergeant 'Buster' Kilrain : I'm Kilrain, and I damn all gentlemen.

  • Sergeant 'Buster' Kilrain : Some of them, they load and load, they never fire. They just keep right on loading. Some of them come home with seven, eight bullets rammed up in the barrel, never fired a shot.

  • Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain : Tell me something, Buster... What do you think of Negroes?

    Sergeant 'Buster' Kilrain : Well, if you mean the race, I don't really know. This is not a thing to be ashamed of. The thing is, you cannot judge a race. Any man who judges by the group is a pea-wit. You take men one at a time.

    Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain : You see to me there was never any difference.

    Sergeant 'Buster' Kilrain : None at all?

    Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain : None at all. Of course, I haven't known that many freed men... But those I knew in Bangor, Portland... You look in the eye, there was a man. There was a "divine spark," as my mother used to call it. That is all there is to it. Races are men. "What a piece of work is man. How infinite in faculties and form, and movement... How express and admirable. In action how like an angel.

    Sergeant 'Buster' Kilrain : Well, if he's an angel, all right then... But he damn well must be a killer angel. Colonel, darling, you're a lovely man. I see a vast great difference between us, yet I admire you, lad. You're an idealist, praise be. The truth is, Colonel... There is no "divine spark". There's many a man alive no more of value than a dead dog. Believe me. When you've seen them hang each other the way I have back in the Old Country. Equality? What I'm fighting for is to prove I'm a better man than many of them. Where have you seen this "divine spark" in operation, Colonel? Where have you noted this magnificent equality? No two things on Earth are equal or have an equal chance. Not a leaf, not a tree. There's many a man worse than me, and some better... But I don't think race or country matters a damn. What matters, Colonel... Is justice. Which is why I'm here. I'll be treated as I deserve, not as my father deserved. I'm Kilrain... And I damn all gentlemen. There is only one aristocracy... And that is right here.

    [points to his head] 

    Sergeant 'Buster' Kilrain : And that's why we've got to win this war.

  • [Chamberlain is not feeling well and doesn't want to ride the horse] 

    Sergeant 'Buster' Kilrain : Colonel, darlin', could you do us all a favor and get on the damn horse?

  • Sergeant 'Buster' Kilrain : Colonel, you're a lovely man. I see a great difference between us, yet I admire you. You're an idealist, praise be.

  • Sergeant 'Buster' Kilrain : There's many a man alive of no more value than a dead dog.

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