History Film / AFewGoodMen

17th May '17 2:11:17 AM marcoasalazarm
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* DirtyCoward: Jessup, who despite his claims of toughness, was willing to throw two Marines under a bus to protect himself.

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Jessup, who despite his claims of toughness, was willing to throw two Marines under a bus to protect himself.himself.
** Markinson believes so strongly that Jessup do anything to win the case and has connections powerful enough to do so (even if it doesn't makes sense--see ArtisticLicenseMilitary above) that he goes on the lam, provides his info to Kaffee Deep Throat-style, prefers to blow his brains out rather than testify when the latter subpoenas him, and his suicide note (to Santiago's mother) literally reads "the only truth that you need to know is that I was too weak-willed to prevent your kid's death".
8th May '17 7:41:19 AM Boggs
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* AssholeVictim: Santiago was basically TheLoad for his unit, and it's implied he tried to sell Dawson out for a transfer even though Dawson was basically his only ally.
8th May '17 7:37:22 AM Boggs
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* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Possibly on Dawson's end, as he was the only guy who protected Santiago from the wrath of their fellow marines only for Santiago to try to sell him down the river for an incident that was implied to have not even been Dawson's fault [[UngratefulBastard just so he could get his transfer out of Guantanamo.]] It certainly adds a whole new layer to why Dawson doesn't seem all that contrite, and it's certainly hard to blame him.
5th May '17 2:05:40 AM marcoasalazarm
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** His "you can't handle the truth!" speech is essentially him making one of these about how the armed forces (and especially him) are a NecessaryEvil.
25th Apr '17 8:38:29 PM kquinn0830
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* AmbiguousSituation: It's never made explicitly clear whether Dawson's fence-line shooting was illegal or not. Dawson tells Kaffee that a Cuban soldier engaged and he was simply returning fire. Santiago claims in his letter that it was illegal, though he may have been lying about it just so he could get a transfer. Dawson is never charged with anything because, as the [=NIS=] agent says during the trial, the only evidence that could support the shooting being illegal would be testimony from Santiago and his death prevented the agent from questioning him.
24th Apr '17 2:03:24 PM Gregzilla
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-->'''Capt. West:''' Commander Galloway, why don't you get yourself a cup of coffee?
-->'''Lt. Cmdr. Galloway:''' Thank you, sir, I'm fine.
-->'''Capt. West:''' Commander, I'd like you to leave the room so we can talk about you behind your back.
-->'''Lt. Cmdr. Galloway:''' Certainly, sir.

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-->'''Capt. West:''' Commander Galloway, why don't you get yourself a cup of coffee?
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Cmdr. Galloway:''' Thank you, sir, I'm fine. \n-->'''Capt. \\
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West:''' [[BrutalHonesty Commander, I'd like you to leave the room so we can talk about you behind your back.
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Cmdr. Galloway:''' Certainly, sir.
10th Apr '17 12:59:44 AM pratchettgaiman
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** He is also shown to be ''very'' good at plea bargaining, which is not an insignificant skill for a lawyer.
9th Apr '17 10:46:04 PM dbdude01
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** Jo has shades of this as well. She is so hell bent on exposing the abusive practices at Guantanamo Bay that when Jack Ross offers a plea to involuntary manslaughter (which the defendants are actually guilty of) she immediately rejects it and insists on going to trial, risking her clients getting the death penalty. This is another example of {{Hollywood Law}}, in real life, rejecting a plea bargain without consulting the client would get an attorney disbarred.
8th Apr '17 12:54:38 PM dbdude01
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Kendrick says Santiago is dead because "he had no code, he had no honor, and God was watching." Kendrick is a jerk, but Dawson was the one person who stopped the other marines from beating up Santiago, and Santiago tried to get a transfer in exchange for testimony against Dawson for an illegal shooting Dawson didn't commit.
8th Apr '17 11:32:30 AM dbdude01
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** Related to that, there is Jo's infamous "I strenuously object" scene, which she justifies by saying that she got their objection to the doctor's testimony noted for the record. Objections are always noted for the record. Everything (with certain particular exceptions) said in the trial is supposed to be noted for the record; that's what the record is for. Of course, it has been long established by then that Jo's understanding of the law is limited, which is why she works in Internal Affairs in the first place.

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** Related to that, there is Jo's infamous "I strenuously object" scene, which she justifies by saying that she got their objection to the doctor's testimony noted for the record. Objections are always noted for the record. Everything (with certain particular exceptions) said in the trial is supposed to be noted for the record; that's what the record is for. Of course, it has been long established by then that Jo's understanding of the law is limited, which is why she works in Internal Affairs in the first place. Indeed, from the very beginning Jo looks down on Kaffee because he resolves all of his cases with plea bargains, while she is so opposed to plea bargaining that as a trial lawyer, she only resolved three cases in two years. In real life, Jo would be considered too inefficient to be employable as a lawyer and too many lawyers like her would cause the justice system to collapse. Of course, plea bargains don't make for compelling stories, trials make for better drama so Hollywood writers love them. In the movie, it is made to appear that Jo showed Kaffee the true meaning of justice by getting him to do a trial, but she's actually looking down on him for being good at his job, while she is not.
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