A Few Good Men (Court Scene) – Duologue – 14+ Yrs


A Few Good Men (Court Scene)

Lt. Daniel Kaffee is a military lawyer defending two U.S. Marines charged with killing a fellow Marine at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Although Kaffee is known for seeking plea bargains, a fellow lawyer, Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway, convinces him that the accused marines were most likely carrying out an order from a commanding officer. Kaffee takes a risk by calling Col. Nathan R. Jessep to the stand in an effort to uncover the conspiracy.

A Few Good Men (Court Scene)

KAFFEE:           I’d like an answer to the question, Judge. (beat) If Kendrick told his men that Santiago wasn’t to be touched, then why did he have to be transferred? Jessup is looking at DAWSON and DOWNEY (continuing) Colonel? JESSUP says nothing. (continuing) Kendrick ordered the code red, didn’t he? Because that’s what you told Kendrick to do. And when it went bad, you cut these guys loose. You had Markinson sign a phony transfer order– You doctored the log books. I’ll ask for the fourth time. You ordered the code red didn’t you?

JESSUP:           You want answers?

KAFFEE:           I think I’m entitled to them.

JESSUP:           You want answers?!

KAFFEE:           I want the truth.

JESSUP:           You can’t handle the truth! (And nobody moves) …  (continuing) Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it?



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