The Wind and the Lion (1975)
Geoffrey Lewis: Gummere
Capt. Jerome, USMC : It seems quite obvious, I would think, sir - we must seize the government and make our own negotiations.
Gummere : [incredulous] Seize the government?
Capt. Jerome, USMC : At BAYONET point!
Gummere : [snidely; to Dreighton] Well, I certainly would like to see that old son-of-a-bitch at bayonet point, huh?
Gummere : But it's ridiculous; it's outrageous, it's lunatic!
Adm. Chadwick : Yes, isn't it though? I think Teddy should love it!
Gummere : But, what about the French, the Germans - the British? Why we're in the shadow of Gibraltar!
Adm. Chadwick : [slams his hand on table and stands up] DAMN THE LEGATIONS!
Gummere : [uneasily] You realize, of course, that if we fail in even the slightest way, we'll all be killed?
Adm. Chadwick : Yes, and the whole world will probably go to war.
Capt. Jerome, USMC : Gentlemen, if we fail and are killed, I certainly hope the world DOES go to war!
[raises glass as a toast]
Adm. Chadwick : The world at war!
Gummere : A world war? Now THAT would be something to go out on...
Gummere : Have you ever heard of the "Big Stick", Bashaw?
The Bashaw of Tangier : Do not threaten me, Mr. Gummere. I have been threatened by the French, the Germans, the English... I have been threatened by..."experts", Mr. Gummere! And yet Morocco is still the only sovereign Muslim throne west of Constantinople.
Gummere : Yes, but it is shaky.
The Bashaw of Tangier : Yes, we have French infantry and German cavalry. Our currency is Spanish. But my nephew is the Sultan of Morocco; and it is, as it shall be.
Gummere : You and I are both old men and we've seen these disasters come and go. And our job is to make this one go - and make it look good!
Adm. Chadwick : I must remind you, sir, that I was at Santiago Bay when this President was running up San Juan Hill. And I'm afraid we'll have to do more than just "look good" this time!
Gummere : Well, what did you, uh, have in mind exactly?
Capt. Jerome, USMC : [stands, smiling] Military intervention!
Gummere : [watching the Marines marching through Tangier] I don't think the French and Germans are gonna like this. Too early in the morning for rattling sabers.