Can You Match the Quote to the Military Movie?

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“I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”

In "Apocalypse Now," Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore emphasizes that most people like the smell of coffee or bacon at daybreak. Not him. He says, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”

“Good morning, Vietnam!”

In “Good Morning, Vietnam," actor Robin Williams shrieks one of the most famous lines of his career: “Good Morning Vietnam!" Only he draws it out for maximum effect.

"While everybody is taking life I'm going to be saving it."

In the true story of "Hacksaw Ridge," conscientious objector Desmond Doss says, "While everybody is taking life I'm going to be saving it." He did just that, saving perhaps 100 men in the most incredible circumstances possible.

"Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty… For tonight, we dine in hell!"

In "300," King Leonidas steels his men for a suicidal last stand. "Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty… for tonight, we dine in hell!"

"I feel the need… the need for speed."

It's one of the most famous lines from "Top Gun." Reckless pilot Maverick says, "I feel the need… the need for speed."

"We who have seen war, will never stop seeing it. In the silence of the night, we will always hear the screams."

So that's a cheery thought for your day. In "We Were Soldiers," Joe Galloway says, "We who have seen war, will never stop seeing it. In the silence of the night, we will always hear the screams."

"They all want to be better Nazis than Hitler."

It was a confirmation that the Nazi mindset was contagious even among good men. In "The Pianist," Wladyslaw Szpilman says, "They all want to be better Nazis than Hitler."

"Keep the sand out of your weapons, keep those actions clear. I'll see you on the beach."

Everyone already understood the bitter truth - not everyone was going to make it to the beach. In spite of Captain John Miller's brave words, the horrors of D-Day unfolded in graphic detail in "Saving Private Ryan."

"A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory."

Angelina Jolie directed 2014's "Unbroken," a WWII epic. In it, Pete Zamperini says, "A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory."

"Only the dead have seen the end of war."

"Only the dead have seen the end of war." It's a chilling screen caption that tells you "Black Hawk Down" is not for the faint of heart.

"Out here, due process is a bullet!"

It was one of John Wayne's iconic lines. In "The Green Berets," the killing mounts and Colonel Mike Kirby defends his actions by saying, "Out here, due process is a bullet!"

"Nobody asks to be a hero, it just sometimes turns out that way."

"Black Hawk Down" is full of ominous lines, and this is one of them. "Nobody asks to be a hero, it just sometimes turns out that way."

"War is young men dying and old men talking."

In "Troy," Odysseus utters a timeless - and sad - truth to Achilles. "War is young men dying and old men talking."

"The Marine Corps does not want robots. The Marine Corps wants killers. The Marine Corps wants to build indestructible men, men without fear.”

“Full Metal Jacket” is full of disturbing and brutal moments. It's Private Joker who says this one: "Graduation is only a few days away, and the recruits of Platoon 3092 are salty. They are ready to eat their own guts and ask for seconds. The drill instructors are proud to see that we are growing beyond their control. The Marine Corps does not want robots. The Marine Corps wants killers. The Marine Corps wants to build indestructible men, men without fear."

"Sir, I got lost on the way to college, sir."

It's a brief moment of levity in the hard movie called "Jarhead." When his CO asks him why he's even there, Anthony Swofford replies, "sir, I got lost on the way to college, sir."

"We're airborne. We don't start fights. We finish them."

In Vietnam, U.S. troops were ordered into a direct frontal assault on "Hamburger Hill." Pvt Paul Galvan says, "We're airborne. We don't start fights. We finish them."

"War don’t ennoble men. It turns them into dogs… poisons the soul."

If ever you think war sounds like fun, in "The Thin Red Line," one soldier begs to differ. Private Witt says, "War don’t ennoble men. It turns them into dogs… poisons the soul."

"Each and every man under my command owes me one hundred Nazi scalps... And I want my scalps!"

In "Inglourious Basterds," Lt. Aldo Raine insists that his men will be cruel to the German troops. "Each and every man under my command owes me one hundred Nazi scalps. And I want my scalps! And all y'all will get me one hundred Nazi scalps taken from the heads of one hundred dead Nazis, or you will die tryin'!"

"I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That’s my dream; that’s my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor… and surviving."

It's one of the eeriest lines of any war movie, ever. The crazed and murderous Colonel Walter E. Kurtz says, "I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That’s my dream; that’s my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor… and surviving."

“Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”

In real life and in his biographical movie, George Patton was profane - and sometimes inspiring. “Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”

"You remember it. Remember every bit of it, ’cause we are on the eve of a day that people are going to talk about long after we are dead and gone."

"The Longest Day" tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. One Allied commander says to his men: "You remember it. Remember every bit of it, ’cause we are on the eve of a day that people are going to talk about long after we are dead and gone."

"You have to think about one shot. One shot is what it's all about."

In "The Deer Hunter," Michael and Nick chat about deer hunting. But when Michael says, "You have to think about one shot. One shot is what it's all about," you know the writers weren't simply talking about sport shooting.

“A brilliant man will find a way not to fight a war.”

Japanese Admiral Yamamoto was renowned for his smarts. So that's why he got a great line in "Pearl Harbor." He says, “A brilliant man will find a way not to fight a war.”

"Only two kinds of people are gonna stay on this beach: those that are already dead and those that are gonna die. Now get off your butts. You guys are the Fighting 29th."

In "The Longest Day," Allied troops must fight their way up the beaches of Normandy. Brigadier General Norman Cota says, "Only two kinds of people are gonna stay on this beach: those that are already dead and those that are gonna die. Now get off your butts. You guys are the Fighting 29th."

"Best job I ever had."

In "Fury," Grady Travis, ever the hard-nosed G.I., says his tank gig is, "the best job I ever had." But things don't end well for his military gig.

“I just know that every man I kill the farther away from home I feel.”

In "Saving Private Ryan," Tom Hanks had a number of memorable lines. "You wanna leave? You wanna go off and fight the war? All right. All right, I won't stop you. I'll even put in the paperwork. I just know that every man I kill the farther away from home I feel."

"So we’re all dogfaces, we’re all very, very different, but there is one thing that we all have in common: we were all stupid enough to enlist in the Army.”

In this (actually funny) military movie, Bill Murray is John Winger, who is not exactly fond of Army life. "So we're all dogfaces. We're all very, very different, but there is one thing that we all have in common: we were all stupid enough to enlist in the Army. We're mutants. There's something wrong with us, something very, very wrong with us. Something seriously wrong with us!"

"They won’t understand. They won’t understand why we do it. They won’t understand that it’s about the men next to you, and that’s it. That’s all it is.”

"Black Hawk Down" emphasizes time and again that it's not politics that drives seasoned soldiers. "They won’t understand. They won’t understand why we do it. They won’t understand that it’s about the men next to you, and that’s it. That’s all it is.”

“At the next war let all the Kaisers, presidents and generals and diplomats go into a big field and fight it out first among themselves.”

"All Quiet on the Western Front" is another film that sucks all of the romance right out of warfare, as men die pointless deaths by the millions. “At the next war let all the Kaisers, presidents and generals and diplomats go into a big field and fight it out first among themselves.”

"Ideals are peaceful. History is violent."

Brad Pitt's career is filled with amazing performances, and his role as a tank commander in "Fury" is one of his finest. You know the blood is coming when he utters the words, "Ideals are peaceful. History is violent."

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About This Quiz

For generations, movie makers have used stories about war to tell stories about the human condition. Sometimes those stories are full of glory, like "Pearl Harbor" and "The Longest Day." Other times, as in "Schindler's List" and "Apocalypse Now," the terrors are almost unimaginable. In this quiz, if we offer some of the most famous movie quotes, can you match them to the correct movie?

In 1970's "Cromwell," we get right to the gist of the matter. "Every man who wages war believes God is on his side. I'll warrant God should often wonder who is on his."

In the Grim 2005 "Lord of War," we hear another cutting truth. "You know who's going to inherit the Earth? Arms dealers. Because everyone else is too busy killing each other. That's the secret to survival. Never go to war, especially with yourself." 

And of course, sometimes military movies can be funny. In 1980's "Private Benjamin," green recruit Goldie Hawn complains about the barracks. "To be truthful with you, I can't sleep in a room with 20 strangers ... and I mean, look at this place. The Army couldn't afford drapes? I'll be up at the crack of dawn here!"

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