American Rhetoric: Movie Speech

"The Great Santini" (1979)

 

Bull Meechum Calls for Attitude Adjustment from Meechum Kids

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Bull Meechum: Okay, hogs, I've listened to you bellyache about moving to this new town. This said bellyaching will end as of 15:30 hours -- will not affect the morale of this squadron henceforth. Do I make myself clear?

Meechum Kids [in unison]: Yes, sir!

 
Bull Meechum: I know it's rough to leave your friends and move every year. But you are Marine kids and can chew nails while other kids are sucking cotton candy -- and you're Meechums. A Meechum's a thoroughbred, a winner all the way -- gets the best grades, wins the most awards, and excels in sports. A Meechum never gives up. I want you hogs to let this burg know you're here. I want these crackers to wake up and wonder what the hell blew into town. Okay, hogs, by nightfall I want this camp in inspection order. Do you read me loud and clear?

Meechum Kids [in unison]: Yes, sir!

Bull Meechum: I said, do you read me loud and clear?

Meechum Kids (and Family Dog): Yes, sir!

 
Bull Meechum: Outstanding.

Sergeant, dismiss the troops.

[to eldest son, Ben Meechum]

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