From the Official www.TomCruise.com Blog:
“YOU CANT HANDLE THE TRUTH!”
This iconic movie line was immortalized in the Tom Cruise movie A Few Good Men, which made its worldwide premiere in December of 1992.
This video clip shows the iconic scene from the movie where Jack Nicholson’s character, Col. Nathan Jessup utters the movie line that went down in movie history, thanks to the Tom Cruise movie timeline:
Entertainment powerhouse magazine Variety crowned the Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson film as “a big-time, mainstream Hollywood movie par excellence.” In this movie for the ages, Tom plays a young and inexperienced military lawyer by the name of Daniel Kaffe who is tasked with defending two pigheaded navy men accused of murdering their counterpart. Col. Nathan Jessup, however, initially appears cooperative with the defense but is later suspected by Lt. Kaffe to have been involved in the murder. In an attempt to uncover the truth, Kaffe comes dangerously close to corrupting Col. Jessup’s honorable reputation. It is essentially the clashing of ideals of a superior and his military subordinate, as the movie tagline expresses:
“In the heart of the nation’s capital, in a courthouse of the U.S. government, one man will stop at nothing to keep his honor, and one will stop at nothing to find the truth.”
Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson’s conflict-laden relationship ensues from this clash, as Tom tries to deal with Nicholson’s less than democratic authority. The power struggle between Kaffee and Jessep continues in this climactic scene where Jessep addresses the court on “Code Red.” Kaffee isn’t too happy about Jessep’s bold defiance, and sets him straight with little sympathy and a lot of righteous anger.
Vincent Canby of The New York Times definitely understands the impact that this film has had in our society in saying: “A Few Good Men is a big commercial entertainment of unusually satisfying order.” The “Code Red” speech and “You can’t handle the truth” quote have definitely made a great impact in entertainment culture!
A Few Good Men Movie Trivia:
Steven Spielberg provided some of the dialogue for the film, including “You can’t HANDLE the truth!”