Take a look at a castle, any castle.
Now, break down the key elements that make it a castle.
They haven't changed in a thousand years.
One, location. A site on high ground that commands the territory... as far as the eye can see.
Two, protection. big walls. Walls strong enough to withstand a frontal attack.
Three, a garrison. Men who are trained and willing to kill.
Four, a flag. You tell your men, "You're soldiers and that's our flag."
You tell them, "Nobody takes our flag."
One step forward. Forward!
And you raise that flag so it flies high where everyone can see it.
Now you've got yourself a castle.
The only difference between this castle and all the rest, is that they were built to keep people out.
This castle is built to keep people in.
Come on. Give me the ball. Give me the ball, man.
Come on. Give me the fucking ball. Fuck you!
Sir? A movement order just came in.
Give it to Captain Peretz.
I'll take that, Sheila. It's a Category "A" transfer.
Let me see it.
Fallout! Fallout! Fallout! Play ball, man. Come on.
N- No, no, we're prepared.
Well, it's just really fast. Okay.
All right. You're sure you're positive about this.
It's the real deal.
He is coming in at 1700 hours.
Seventeen hundred hours today?
That's what they said, sir.
I don't understand. The trial began today.
Apparently, he pled guilty and got ten years.
They're expediting his transfer as a courtesy.
Oh, as a courtesy?
They should be naming a base after the man. Not sending him here.
My God, Eugene Irwin.
Well, we have verdict. We have a sentence. We have a prisoner.
We do our job... whether we like it or not.
Puts us on our toes, though, doesn't it?
Escort detail report to Gate 18. Prisoner.
Escort detail meet the prisoner on Gate "A. "
I give him a week.
'Til what? 'Til he "scrags" himself.
The court-martial didn't put him over the edge, I guarantee you the shithouse will. A week?
Six bundles. Six? Let's make it ten.
All right. Make it ten then. Ah, there we go.
Ten bundles, Mr. Dellwo. Very specific, man.
Anybody else? You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.
Come on. We'll make it like the Final Four. Ten bundles a square. Who's in?
I'm not going to bet on whether or not a man's going to kill himself.
That's some creepy shit, pilot.
Besides, look at him. One week? He's tougher than that.
How much tougher? Eight, ten, what?
Eight. Anyone else?
You're an ice-cold motherfucker, Yates. Hey, I'm not betting... he's going to off himself. I'm just playing the books.
What about you, Cutbush? I know you're in. Put me in for a week and a half.
A week and a half?. Wallace?
Go ahead. I have the transfer "A" to the P.R.U. now.
Copy that. P.R.U. One wallet. Leather.
Family photos? My daughter.
Grandson. Would you like to keep these?
Um, that's an authorized item.
I'd appreciate that.
One set of keys. Glasses.
I'm going to need your ring.
Oh. Actually, you can keep that. Academy rings are authorized.
Three stars, two sets. Looks like that's everything.
Sir? Prisoner Irwin is outside. Five minutes.
Five minutes. You can put that down if you want.
You talking to me? Yes.
I know what you're thinking. Do I salute you, or do you salute me?
Well, the answer is neither.
My men salute me, of course, and each other according to rank.
But there is no saluting by the general prison population.
Well, first things first. Are you hungry?
No. Are you sure? Mondays are our Salisbury steak night.
Always a cause for celebration. Indeed.
Indeed. May I offer you some lemonade?
Thankyou. Just be a minute, sir.
Prisoner Aguilar- If you'll step over here, I'll give you... a basic layout of the facility.
The building we're in now is the administration building.
That building there houses the tiers.
That's where you and the other inmates will live.
The building next to it is the laundry, where I've had you assigned.
Oh, that is the old blockhouse wall.
It's all that's left of the original prison from the 1870s.
I could've removed it, but I thought it was important to keep a sense of history, so I asked the men to rebuild it.
They seem to enjoy it. It's a matter of some pride now.
Sir? Yes? Please, on the table there.
Come on. Let's go.
I personally meet with every new inmate here at the prison.
And I ask them a question.
What do you expect from your time here at the castle?
Nothing. Just to do my time and go home.
Perfect. That is the perfect answer.
And now I have what may seem under the circumstances, a bizarre request.
I have a collection of most of the seminal books on warfare, including The Burden of Command.
And I was wondering if you would do me the honor of signing it?
Certainly. Thank you.
Captain Peretz. Yes, sir?
That's impressive. Yeah. It's a great collection, isn't it?
That's a mini-ball from Shiloh, used in battle.
Grant lost 13,000 men at Shiloh.
Suppose this got one of' em?
Never know. Do you?
I mean, do you collect anything?
Just a few coins from some of the countries I've traveled to.
My father didn't care for military collections. I guess it stuck with me.
Any man with a collection like this is a man who's never set foot on a battlefield.
To him, a mini-ball from Shiloh is just an artifact.
And to a combat vet, it's a hunk of metal... that caused some poor bastard a world of pain.
I must have misshelved it... your book.
We'll do it another time. No, please, please. Allow me.
Sir, lights out in five. Do I hold the lock?
No. No. We are- We're through here.
Prisoner Aguilar, what are you doing? You do not salute this man.
This man has no rank. Saluting amongst prisoners is prohibited.
Y- Yes, sir. Bu-But I was saluting you.
Take the prisoners to their cells, Captain. Yes, sir.
Thankyou for your hospitality, Colonel.
Inmates, one step to the rear... halt!
Shut the doors!
You're gonna be in cell 345.
You get to shower every other day.
Okay, hold up. You fuck! I'm going to kill you!
Shut up, Beaupre.
Do not cross the yellow line while in formation.
During the day, you're free to be in this area we're walking in right now.
Showers on both sides. Those stars don't mean shit now, do they?
You're allowed one book in your cell, in addition to the Bible.
Go up here, then make a right.
I've got eight bundles on you, General! Let's see-
No, no, no. You got to hold out for five weeks, then kill yourself!.
Three-four-five. Crash 345.
All right, General!
First call, 0600.
What'd you do, man? What are you here for, man?
Close 345. How many did you kill?
Welcome to the castle, baby!
Prisoner Irwin's in his cell.
He's really something, isn't he? Mmm.
Would you like the end-of-day report, sir?
Is everyone where they're supposed to be? Yes, sir.
Then skip it.
Very good, Colonel. Is there anything else?
Tomorrow, put out only one basketball.
What you doing?
You just hit a brick wall. Nigga, why you doin' that shit?
Come on, little brother. Get your hands off me!
Come on, bitch!
Three-to-one on the little man.
Come on, Thumper. Kill 'im!
Come on, bitch!
What are you doing?
Man, you don't like it, Doc, take a walk. You're fuckin' sick, Yates.
You see how easy it is to manipulate men?
Someone should write a paper on it.
Come on! Come on, bitch!
End it. Sound the horn.
On the ground now!
All inmates remain on the ground in a prone position.
Get the hell down now!
Thumper, get down! I didn't mean it!
Get down, Thumper! Get down!
Get down, Thumper! Yes, sir.
All inmates remain on the ground in a prone position.
No! I didn't do anything!
Thumper, get down!
Watch where you're going. Kiss my ass!
Don't worry about it. We'll do it later.
Damn nigger! What?
You heard me! Say it to my face, white bitch!
I'm gonna kick your white ass through the air! Shut the fuck up!
What the fuck you doing, beano? Hey!
I said what the fuck are you doing?
The mortar's weak, Beaupre. Don't worry about it.
Mind your own business. Cool out, man.
Shut the fuck up, or I'll stick this in your neck.
They'll throw you back in the hole.
It's all w-weak. Don't worry about the mortar.
M-My daddy's- My daddy's a mason. Spit it out.
I don't give a fuck if your dad built the pyramids. Whites work the wall, period.
Get back on Spic duty and bring me some rocks before I give you a slap.
They won't set, Beaupre. What did I just tell you?
What'd I just tell you? We're only doing this... to keep Johnny-fucking-eyeballs off our back.
Don't make me tell you again. Back the fuck off!.
Beaupre! Knock it off.
What? Big hero.
Don't worry about me going back to the hole.
How you doing?
You probably don't remember me, but I served under you in the Gulf.
Dr. Thomas Bernard, 33rd Medical Unit.
That's right. Actually, it's Lee Bernard, but close enough.
You were arrested for hashish- possession of hashish- as I remember.
That's right. It was a small amount, as I recall.
You don't get sent here for that. No, no. You don't.
There's more to it than that. Hey, Thumper!
I was able to get you an aspirin. Thanks.
I got shot with a real bullet once, Doc.
Didn't hurt this much.
That's the upside of real bullets, they cut through the flesh, hit fewer nerve endings.
Downside is they kill you.
Of course, so do the rubber ones sometimes.
Hell of a downside.
Hey, Doc, you think I might get one of them Purple Hearts?
Absolutely, Thumper. You take it easy. I'll try to get you some more.
You know Winter played us with that one basketball shit? Come on, man.
General, sir. Don't call me sir. I'm not a general anymore.
Can we at least talk to you? About what?
You still got friends in the Pentagon, right? You could talk to them.
I'm a little hazy on the subject matter.
Look, what happened here today happens all the time, sir.
Let me get this straight. You mean there's violence? Yeah.
In a prison packed with violent criminals. That's not what we're saying.
No. There's been- How many this year, Doc?
Um, 13 men down, 11 of them were critical injuries-
Stop your fucking whining. Listen to yourselves.
Then he only gives us the most basic medical treatment.
Completely substandard services.
Substandard services? Yes. Substandard services.
It's fucked-up shit, man.
I had a friend in Hanoi who had to repair his own fractured tibia.
You cannot begin to compare what went on in a foreign POW camp 30 years ago-
No, you can't compare.
I've led real soldiers in more difficult situations than this.
But you're not real soldiers anymore, and neither am I.
There've been murders.
Do you know what happens when you take a rubber bullet to the head?
The lights go out.
Twice in the last year there've been accidents... where men have been hit in the head and killed. Nothing can be proven.
We're talking about expert marksmen shooting from minimal distances.
The guards just say the guy turned his head and boom.
It's not a random thing. You get on Winter's bad side, you're done.
When you're doing combat duty, after awhile, life just becomes snapshots.
Most of them horrible. But not all ofthem.
Three years ago in Bosnia, I was driving a small unit through an I FOR town.
And I saw something pretty interesting.
I saw an old man sitting on a bombed-out porch, playing a game of Dominos with what I presume is his grandson.
When I saw that I thought, "you know, it's my turn. "
I didn't retire after that, as I should have. I took one last assignment.
It was a mistake.
So, gentlemen, I'm done.
I'm not fighting anyone or anything anymore.
I'm doing my time here, I'm going home, and God willing, I'm going to sit on the porch and play a game of Dominos... with my grandson, who I've never met.
What'd I fucking tell you, Doc?
You call a three-star General "man"? Why don't you call him "dude"?
Attention, inmates, the library will close early at 1700 hours.
The library will close early tonight at 1700 hours.
Watch yourself, snitch. Hey, Yates, everything all right?
Okay. My boys say you got a nice ass.
I got a guy in 129 who's way behind, telling me stories.
How late is he? Three weeks.
Why didn't you tell me? I'm telling you now.
Yates, no way that was a touchdown, baby. That was a fucked-up call.
Keep that shit on the down-low. They're all fucked-up calls.
How you doing?
So we lost: 22 to 20.
Class of '92.
I met you once when I was a kid.
1981. It was a welcome-back celebration at the White House for the POWs.
My father was with you in Hanoi. What's your name?
Yates. Yates? Sam Yates?
Good man. Nah, he wasn't.
After 30 years, everyone's a good man. It's the law.
Mmm. How is he? How's your dad?
He's not too good. He's dead.
I'm sorry. What happened?
Billingworth, Irwin, Jacobson-
You're late. You have five minutes left on your visitor.
Five minutes left.
It's good of you to come. Thank you.
Was it hard getting here?
Um, I missed a turn.
It's just good to see you.
How's Ben? Good? Fine. Uh-huh.
School okay? Grades? Um, well he's in first grade.
Well, do you have a picture of him? No.
The one I have is two years old. He must have changed a lot since- since then.
And how are you, Rosalie?
Look, Dad- Uh-oh. "Look, Dad."
I just- I can't do this.
I can't do this small-talk thing with you.
The whole drive over here, I was trying to think what-
What am I going to say? What can we talk about beyond the weather... and how's Ben, and I just went blank.
Do I- Do I intimidate you?
Intimidate me? I guess that's the downside... of having a "Yes, sir" "No, sir" military father, but I tried not to-
You weren't a father at all.
God, I'm sorry. I don't want to whine. I'm not here to be cruel.
You're a great man.
And you've done so much for this country.
But? No. No but. No but.
Just this isn't the place.
Well, it's the only place I've got right now, Rose.
Why did you call me, Dad? Why? I don't know you. You don't know me.
I mean, what did you think asking me here?
That I'd come every Sunday and maybe I'd bring Ben... and he would sit and color while we talked?
There was a time. When I was about 20, I had a whole list of things I was going to say to you.
Those days are gone.
The visitation session is over. Please conclude your visits.
This isn't enough time, man. Let's go, folks. Let's go.
I'm sorry you're in this place. And I wish you the best.
I wish you the best.
I guess you figured out what to say after all.
I guess I did. Be all right if I wrote? Is that okay?
There's some things I'd like to tell you.
When I was in first grade, I got straight "As."
Come on. Let's go.
Afternoon, sir. Don't call me that. I'm not-
Put your hand down.
Permission to speak, sir. What?
I just wanted to say welcome to the castle, sir.
It's good to have you aboard, sir. Aboard?
You Navy puke, son? No, no, sir. I was in the Corps.
What rank were you when you were arrested?
I was a C-C-C- It was either Colonel or Corporal.
I'm guessing Corporal. Yes, sir.
Why are you here? What did you do?
Well, that's just it. I di-didn't do nothing.
It was a mistake.
Medication call is in five minutes.
I h-hurt someone real bad.
How long you been here?
Two years. And how long do you have? How much longer?
Four years, eight months, eleven days.
And this mistake, you've just the one?
Just one day in your life? Ju-Ju-Ju-
No. Take your time. Got plenty of that.
Just five seconds, sir.
And you're a marine for what, one or two years?
And you're a violent criminal for five seconds?
Yes, sir. Well, according to my calculations, that makes you mostly Marine. About 98 percent, I'd say.
Yes, sir. Then why not act like one? Stand tall.
This thing that you're doing with your hand, grabbing your hair, what's that?
That was a salute. A sa- Oh, no.
I don't think so. You know where saluting comes from? No, sir.
It comes from medieval times. Two knights would approach each other on horseback.
They would raise their visors and show their faces.
It's like they're saying, "This is who I am.
I'm not the enemy and I'm not afraid."
A salute's about respect, son. Respect for yourself, the service and the flag.
If you're going to do this-
Sir, you wanted to see me? Sir?
Look at that.
Oh, man. No, no, no.
At the War College, his very name was spoken... with a reverence.
As if the syllables themselves conveyed what it meant to be a soldier.
Now here he is commanding an army of one- the stuttering monkey.
Can't even watch.
I discussed the regulations on saluting with Aguilar, did I not?
Yes, sir. Remind him again- effectively.
Put your hand down.
Put it down.
You don't have to do this. Prisoner Irwin, what are you doing?
He doesn't have to do this. Look, just step back in the prison-
Son, I know a thing or two about the disciplining of soldiers.
Prisoner Aguilar, resume your punishment. Punishment is over.
Aguilar, I'm warning you-
Men down! Men down!
You're better than this.
Okay, okay. That's enough.
All inmates remain on the ground in the prone position.
All inmates remain on the ground in the prone position.
Stay down! Everybody stay down!
What is happening here?
This prisoner was interfering with the corporal punishment of prisoner Aguilar.
Prisoner Irwin, I understand your coming here must be a big adjustment for you.
To go from commanding thousands of troops in battle, having no war to fight and no one to follow you must not be easy.
However, I do ask that you learn how things are done around here... and try to set an example for the other men.
Saluting is prohibited. Aguilar was saluting.
He is being disciplined. Surely you understand that.
Captain, take the prisoner back to his cell. Yes, sir.
Sir? May the prisoner speak, sir?
Yes. According to the Manual of Conduct, the corporal punishment for a prisoner begun on the day shift... cannot exceed the following morning's horn.
Prisoner Irwin, you are absolutely right.
Thank you for bringing that to my attention.
Captain. Captain. Yes, sir.
Prisoner Irwin, under no circumstances... is an inmate allowed to make physical contact with an officer.
You have violated the U.S.M.C.F. Manual of Conduct.
And this violation requires discipline.
What's going on?
Winter's got him on rock-and-roll detail. - Is he not going to make it?
No way. Three-two against.
Come on, you guys. Those stones weigh 25lbs a piece.
It's gonna be 85 degrees by noon.
We have 2,000 percent humidity. The guy's not going to make the day.
Everyone paid up this week? Yeah, we're good.
Put mine in, double or nothing against. No way he's gonna make it.
Beaupre, 12. Double or nothing, against.
Hey, hey, hey.
Who's down for ten?
At least take some water. If you're dehydrated, you're gonna drop.
Can he take it off, boss? Captain?
You can take off your shirt if you want.
Hey! What the fuck is that?
Electrical burn scars. What do you mean? How long was he in there?
Six years. Could've got out in four.
They offered him a full release, but he stayed six.
He said he wouldn't leave without his men.
Come on, baby! Drop that rock!
Come on, General. You can do it.
Come on, baby! Push that rock, soldier!
Kind of tired, sir. Why don't you call it quits?
Don't listen to him, sir. It's not that hot.
Why don't you call it quits, sir?
Go, General! Come on, baby!
Come on. One more rock! You got it, sir!
That's it. It's over. Somebody pushed me. That's it. He's down.
He can't go on like that. It's all over. Stay down. Look at me.
Follow it. It's all done. All over.
It's all over. Yates, 36 packs you owe me.
How many? Four.
What day is it? Saturday.
Yeah! Go! Go! Go!
The discipline order was horn-to-horn labor.
Doesn't matter where the stones are. You have to continue.
What's he supposed to do, Captain? He just moved the whole goddamn pile.
Well, he can move 'em back.
Bets are still on.
Seven-two, against. You're a fuckin' snake, man.
Don't bet if you don't want to. Yates, four in favor.
Four in favor, Aguilar. Four in favor!
Who's down for ten?
The horn. They're holding the horn.
Winter's holding the horn. That ain't right.
Son of a bitch.
All right, everybody to the tiers for count!
Let's go! Move it! Inmates will move to tiers... for face-to-badge count.
Inmates will report to the tiers for face-to-badge count.
Why would you kill yourself to help him with his wall?
It's not his wall. It's your wall.
Prisoner Irwin, let's go.
The commandant would like to see you.
They clean you up okay? Yes.
The cut above your eye, it's not too serious I hope.
Well, I am sorry about this.
It's the standard cooling-off period after a punishment detail.
I hope you understand... I did this for the men.
The men? Yes, to show them-
To show them that you are no different than they are.
Your new friend, Aguilar, he took a claw hammer to his platoon leader.
He maimed him in a quote, unquote fit of rage.
Whenever I am... filled with doubt- whenever sentiment creeps in-
I just have to open an inmate's file and see what he's done.
I see what he's capable of. I see the worst in him.
And that makes my job easier.
It crystallizes my mission.
Take him back to the tiers. Yes, sir.
Sergeant, taking him back to cell345. Very well, Private.
Your winnings. My winnings?
Aguilar placed a bet for you.
Four bundles at seven-to-two, two bundles at eleven to one. That's 36 bundles.
You could get yourself thrown out of the Hall of Fame for betting on yourself.
Would you pass these out to the men? I don't smoke.
Thank you, sir.
So you're the gambler. Nah, I don't gamble. I'm just the bookkeeper.
Yeah? I hear you're running a suicide pool on me. That's right.
Any squares left? Yeah, there's one.
How much to enter? No way, man.
Knowing you, you'd off yourself just to win the bet.
Oh-ho, not me. I bet on myself, it's to win.
Yeah, you don't always win.
No. Clearly not.
You know, my father said you kept him alive in Hanoi.
He said you kept all those guys alive. Nah.
When you're tortured, the first thing they do is try to break down your sense of self.
And I broke in Hanoi.
For weeks, the last thing in my mind was self-preservation.
In fact, I prayed for death every night.
And the only thing that kept me from answering those prayers, were the voices of the men in the other rooms- your father among them.
I don't care what you've heard, Yates. They kept me alive.
Not the other way around.
You cost me my whole stash of smokes.
Oh. Well, I'm sorry about that.
Well, you win some, you lose some.
So what did you mean earlier about it being our wall?
I mean, it's Winter's wall. That fuck just makes us work it to keep us occupied.
It's like we're a bunch of little kids or something.
In 1870, there was nothing here.
The original prison was built by prisoners. I want to show-
I want to show you something I found the other day.
Oh, here it is.
You see this?
"Private A.J. Beck, 1912-1923."
Now why do you suppose Private Beck-
What do you think he was doing, building his own prison?
How the fuck do I know? Well, I don't know either, but I can make a guess.
My guess is he wasn't building a prison.
My guess is he was building something else.
They may have told him to build a prison, but, in his own mind, he was raising walls to protect himself.
My guess is he was building a castle.
That's a castle?
Yeah, it could be. Could be.
If somebody rebuilt it. How we supposed to do that, sir?
How are you supposed to do that? I don't know anything about walls.
Why don't you ask pri- Ask Aguilar.
His dad's a mason.
Good morning, sir.
What happened here? The prisoners, they knocked it down, sir.
Why? Irwin, he told them to.
What's up, Aguilar?
Th- That's not the right rock.
Cutbush, you believe this kid?
Yeah, he seems to know his shit, you know?
All right, Aguilar. I'll bite.
Bring me the right rock. O-Okay.
You need a rock with a flat edge, because-because that one's jagged.
Th-The jagged ones go in the middle. The middle? All right.
Bring me another one.
If I keep getting you the flat rocks, you'll never learn-
I'll get you one more, okay, Beaupre?
Mr. Aguilar? It looks good.
Morning, Chief. Molly be damned Smote Jimmy the Harp with a horrid little pistol and a lariat She's goin' to the bottom She's goin' down the drain Said she wasn't big enough to carry it She said, "Get behind the mule"
Gotta get behind the mule Pu-Put that on the outside.
You gotta get behind the mule In the morning and plow You gotta get behind the mule In the morning and plow
I'm impressed. Pretty handy with a trowel.
Good work, you guys. You know it, Chief.
Nice work. Thanks, Chief.
What do you think? I think she's beautiful.
That's the word. Eighteen courses in one week.
I'm proud of you. You should be proud.
Men did good, huh? They did.
Now, listen. Be sure to leave a window, a portal. Every castle has one.
Aguilar? Excuse me, Chief. Aguilar, come here a minute.
Go ahead. Guys, hold up a minute.
Hold up the work.
Maybe you should go first.
Put your name in the wall. Hey, hold up on the work.
Come on. Put your name right in here.
Spell it out. A- G-G-G.
Scumbags are having at it, sir. Yes, sir. Really?
They're calling Irwin "Chief." That's the word they got for General.
They got substitute names for the other ranks, too, sir.
Anybody who was a captain is "Boss." Sergeants are "Sport," Privates are "Pal."
Playing soldier, sir.
Hearts and minds. Sir?
He's building a structure of loyalty. He's offering them self-respect, in exchange for obedience.
The general is building himself an army.
He can have their hearts and minds, sir. As long as we got 'em by the balls.
Well put, Corporal. Thank you, sir.
Bring him to my office. Who, sir?
The prince of Venezuela. Who do you think? General Irwin?
When you first arrived, I asked you a question. I need to ask again.
What do you want from your time here at the castle, Mr. Irwin?
And my answer is the same as it was then.
Do my time. Go home.
So you say, but everything you have done has contradicted that.
These men are not here for unpaid parking fines and traffic-
I'm under no illusion why the men are here, Colonel.
I just think they might be reminded... about some of the good things they've done, rather than only the worst.
Yes, that is- that is something my predecessor used to say.
In his last two years here there were seven escape attempts, twelve injury assaults on officers and N.C.O.s, including one killed.
Since I've assumed command, there have been zero escape attempts, zero injury assaults, zero fatalities.
Some may question my methods, but they do work.
No soldier has ever died needlessly under my command, Mr. Irwin.
See, I, too, share the burden of command.
You may not think that I've ever set foot on a battlefield, but that's because you've never sat behind this desk- this desk.
My men and I are vastly outnumbered.
We spend every day behind enemy lines.
Because, make no mistake about it, Mr. Irwin, they are the enemy.
But I don't need to justify myself to you, do I?
I don't know.
This wall... that has become the focus of so much... tension... and turmoil-
Well... in about two minutes, there will be no more wall.
Back away from the wall-
Back away from the wall.
Aguilar! Aguilar, damn it!
What is he doing?
Sound the horn.
Agui- Get down!
All inmates remain on the ground- Aguilar, get down!
What the hell are you doing? Get down, Aguilar.
No! Get down!
Hey, what are you doing, Ramon? Get down! Aguilar, get down!
Aguilar, get the hell down! - Zamorro. - Yes, sir.
You bet, sir. What the hell are you doing?
Get down! Get down! Get down!
Aguilar, get down! Get down!
Aguilar? Permission to examine the prisoner, sir.
Doc! Come on! Sir.
You're a sergeant-major? I was.
Prisoners! Fall in!
I said, fall in!
Let's go, ladies! Now! Now! Now!
All right! Let's fall in!
Fall in! We don't got all day!
Come on. Fall in!
You look like a bunch of old women!
Fall in, goddamn it! Fall in!
Now! Now! Now!
Scumbags runnin' the asylum? Maybe.
Some may think to be remembered in this way... would be a disgrace to a soldier.
But this is not a disgrace.
The greatest monuments to fallen men... are not made in marble.
They're deep in the sea, deep in the jungles, on foreign battlefields, a rifle driven into the ground, with a helmet on top... and some tags.
And that is the tribute that this man has earned.
Gentlemen, Corporal Ramon Aguilar, United States Marine Corps.
From the halls of Montezuma To the shores of Tripoli We fight our country's battles In the air on land and sea First to fight for right and freedom And to keep our honor clean We are proud to claim the title Of United States Marines Duh-duh, da, da, da, da Da, duh-duh La, la-la, la La-la, la Sir, do you-
Da-da da Da-da da da Da-da da Da-da da da Da-da da da-da Sound the chow horn.
Sir, you still have about ten minutes.
Sound it. Yes, sir.
Da da-da da...
Chow call. All inmates report to the mess hall.
Chow call. All inmates report to the mess hall.
So, tell me again.
Why is it Aguilar had to die?
Believe us now? I believe you now.
You have checkmate in five moves.
Looks that way, sir.
Why you movin' if I have checkmate in five moves?
'Cause I have checkmate in three.
Shall we, uh, call it a draw?
If you'll excuse us, Mister, uh-
Enriquez. Let's go. Move it out.
Your, uh, grandson.
Five? Four, when that picture was taken.
Oh. Six now.
It was unfortunate about...
But tough decisions do go with the job.
Burden of command, correct?
These salutes, I've given them some thought.
Technically, they are not a violation of regulations.
So, if the inmates can confine themselves to a simple... hand movement through the hair, I see no problem with it.
And if the men want to call you chief, well, that's fine.
Free speech and all that.
Okay, then. No, not okay.
It's too late, Colonel.
It's too late for what? For your offer.
The men don't want to salute.
They don't want to use rank.
They don't want better food. They don't want more TV.
They just want your resignation. So do I.
My resignation? You're a disgrace, Colonel.
A disgrace to the uniform.
You should not be allowed to retain your command.
Well, then I'd better go pack.
I think you should. Oh?
Tell me, Mr. Irwin, what's to stop me from just... placing you in the hole... for, say, six months?
If that's the way you want to win.
Sir, if I can make a suggestion, maybe we should isolate prisoner Irwin- - Get me General Wheeler.
Two weeks ago, I watched as he marched a man up and down the yard.
A minor eccentricity. Fine.
Since then, he's been acting as though... he still has a command in some fantasy army.
And yesterday- - I don't think you'd want to make general.
Now, you wouldn't want to give up all these perks, would you?
Sorry. Go on.
Yesterday, Mr. Irwin... told me he required my resignation.
Frankly, I think he's started to lose the plot.
You saying he's delusional?
I'm saying he needs professional psychiatric help.
He's sick and becoming pathetic.
Uh, you might want to be a little more careful in your word choice.
That sick, pathetic man put this star on my shoulder.
Yes, sir. I know.
And I also know that you sat in on his court-martial.
And don't talk about things that are above your pay grade.
Hmm? Yes, sir.
General Wheeler, I admire the man as much as you do.
So I want to see that he gets the best care possible.
And I'm not sure that this is the right place for that.
All right. Well, let me see him.
Do we read the rules, sir?
Well, sir, normally for a contact visit, folks are limited to one embrace in the beginning and one at the end.
And, uh, hands must be visible at all times, also.
I guess that rules out the hand-job.
Thank you, gentlemen.
Permission to be seated, sir. Permission granted.
What are you doing here, Jim? I'm here to see if you've lost your mind.
Uh, he should be available later.
I can take a mes- Just a second. Good morning, Miss Kelly.
Jim-Jim, yeah- Hold on- Miss Kelly?
Miss Kelly, I got everything here but... the athletic gear. I found that-
I found that top one laying on the floor out in the hallway.
Hold on one second. What, Danny? I found that top one... laying on the floor in the hallway. Fine. Thanks, Danny.
Uh, yeah. We just needed you to send him up here as soon as possible.
He's saying you're delusional, that you're acting as if you're still in command of an army.
He's saying I'm delusional because he wants me gone.
Now, if you had iron-clad evidence... of Winter killing a man in cold blood for no good reason, then I could do something, maybe.
Outside of that, the man's been investigated three times.
He's been exonerated three times.
And as far as Washington is concerned, he's doin' a superb job.
Yeah, and you're a convicted criminal.
You could get another investigation. Yes, I could.
But without any new evidence, what would be the point?
And besides that, Gene, honestly, I don't give a rat's ass.
I don't care.
What I care about is you and getting you out of here.
Now, haven't you punished yourself enough?
What I did was wrong, Jim. All teams.
All teams, this is a full S.O.R.T. alert.
Repeat, all teams, this is a full S. O.R. T. alert.
I cannot let this continue.
Now, you will get out of here, and you will go spend some time... with your daughter and your grandson.
I can have my staff write up a compassionate release on medical grounds.
It can say whatever you want it to say. There's nothing wrong with me.
For Christ's sake, will you work with me?
There is nothing wrong with me. I see no indication of anything, sir.
Of course not. He'll keep it hidden until the last possible second.
Red Team, go.
Go, go, go!
Gene, what the hell is this about? Is this about control?
Because, you know, no castle can have two kings. Go, go, go, go, go!
Get down! On the floor, now!
General, you must come with us. What are you doing?
All inmates remain on the ground in the prone position.
All inmates remain on the ground-
Let's go! What is this!
What is this for Christ's sake?
Go! Let's go! Go, go, go, go!
Sir? Tear gas?
Return to hangar. Nothing is happening.
It was a bluff.
You can take her home. Return to hangar.
You thought he was gonna try to take me hostage?
Yes, it was a precautionary move. What the hell kind of... grab-ass unit are you running here, Colonel?
Sir, at 11:58 this morning, I received a letter... stating a group of inmates were planning on taking you hostage at 12:10.
I thought it prudent to act immediately to ensure your safety.
I've been hearing some disturbing things about what goes on in here.
And now I'm hearing it from a man I trust and whose opinion I respect.
May I speak freely, sir? Yes, you may.
With all due respect, General, I don't know what you may have been hearing.
But until you've spent some time in the yard with those animals, you have no idea what happens in there.
Point taken, Colonel.
Nevertheless, if I hear... one more story about a man dying under your command, you are through here.
Do you understand me? Yes, sir.
As far as Gene Irwin is concerned, it is my judgment he is as sane as you or I.
I wish he wasn't. He is.
Frankly, I'd like nothing more than an excuse to get him out of here.
But I see the only way that's gonna happen is if you request it.
That is true, sir.
So you just- You tell me you can't handle him. He's gone.
Oh, I think I can handle him, sir.
You watch yourself, Colonel.
"Eugene R. Irwin,
"Lieutenant General, United States Army, "in direct contravention of an order to evacuate Burundi... by his commander-in-chief-"
That is the president, for those of you who do not know.
"... selected a platoon of men to extract Jackson Ngwe, a local warlord.
"Disregarding reliable intelligence, "General Irwin's reconnaissance team entered the villa at 0300.
Eight men were captured and executed. "
Disregarding... reliable intelligence... eight men... were executed.
What I want you men to understand... is what the consequences can be... when you choose to follow a man who is motivated... solely by his pride.
A man who will do anything for one more victory notch on his belt, no matter what the cost, before he fades away.
Start the extractions.
Over here! Come here!
Let's go. Get out! Get out!
Hi, Doc. Let's go for a little walk.
Get the fuck back!
Open 355! Open it up!
Look at you. Relax, ladies.
Hold him down, men!
I had nothing to do with this!
Why don't you just execute me? No reason for that!
Turn him around.
- Don't put me in the hole!
Oh, don't- don't put me in the hole! No!
You want that? No.
Thanks, man. You bet.
What do we do now?
Jimmy, wait up! Attention, inmates.
All visitation requests must be submitted... to the S-3 by 1100 today.
All visitation requests- - So, you really did- You really did bluff Winter.
The problem is his flush beat your straight.
I don't play poker, Mr. Yates. I play chess.
And in chess, you play with somebody long enough, you come to realize that their first three moves are usually the same.
Chess, huh? What was his first move?
What was the first move? First, uh, two teams, 20 men apiece. Like I was saying, the inside teams only have batons.
Second? Second? Water cannon.
Third? What kind of chopper? Chopper.
Sir, are you sure we should be having this discussion this man standing-
You know he can't be trusted, right?
I don't know.
Is that how you use the burden of command?
To make men into- into, uh, chess pieces?
Yes. Hey, Yates.
Why don't you do yourself a favor and run along.
That prisoner walking away, who is that?
Uh, that's-That's Yates.
He was an Apache pilot, but now he's a lowlife- a hustler. He takes bets.
On what? Anything.
Fights, the weather.
He even took bets on whether Irwin was gonna kill himself.
"This highly effective officer seems to have no moral grounding whatsoever. "
Is that so?
Well, that's what men better than me seem to think, sir.
Why are you here, Yates?
I would like your version.
I was involved in a drug-smuggling operation from Juarez to El Paso... including several of my subordinates, sir.
You were "involved. "
You ran it, did you not?
Says here that you wore a wire on your men.
Is that correct?
Yeah. And how many years... did they take off your sentence for... that?
Four years, sir.
And now you're the prison bookie.
Tell me, Yates, how does a man like you... get into West Point?
My father was a winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, sir.
Well, sometimes the apple does fall far from the tree.
Your father was a POW with Mr. Irwin, was he not?
Yes, that is correct. - And yet, you haven't seen fit to join Mr. Irwin's-
Why is that? It's not my fight.
Mr. Irwin is in a fight?
It says here you have three years... left with us.
Correct? That's what it says.
That's what it says.
Does three months sound better?
I need to resolve this situation... quickly... before someone else gets hurt... or killed.
Do you agree? I guess.
And the way I need to do that is with information.
So, you might want to rethink... your joining Mr. Irwin's... crusade.
You asking me to be your snitch, sir?
Isn't it a little late in the game to be self-righteous?
Dude, why I got to get my ass kicked? How many times you gonna ask?
Stop your sniveling. I'm only gonna hit you once.
Well, when? Now!
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Sit your tray down!
Back off now! I said back off now!
On your cans!
Let's get on! Sit your asses down, now! Let's go!
You guys, we don't have much time.
We can no longer wear the uniform of a soldier.
We forfeited that right.
And that includes me.
I disobeyed an executive order.
I violated my duty as a commanding officer.
And eight men paid a catastrophic price.
It's a mistake not easy to live with.
So, here I am, just like you, a convicted criminal.
The only difference between you and me is I know I'm guilty.
So we're packed away here as prisoners.
And one thing is certain.
Our captors have the power.
They can try to humiliate us.
They can beat us. They can lock us away in a dark hole for days on end.
But there's one thing they cannot do.
They cannot take away from us who we are.
And we are soldiers. Yeah, that's right.
It is the one thing- It is the one thing that gives us a chance in here.
And that nobody can ever take away.
Yeah, that's right.
The Uniform Code of Military Justice.
"Grounds for Removal of a Stockade or Disciplinary Barracks Commander:
"One. Dereliction of Duty. " That's right. Yeah.
"Two. Criminal Malfeasance. "
"Three. Noncompliance with procedural rules. " Yeah.
"Four. Making false official statements. "
"Five. Conduct unbecoming to an officer and gentleman. "
"Six. Cruelty and maltreatment of persons under his command. "
Command failure resulting in loss of control of facility. "
Gentlemen, I propose that we seize control of this facility.
Take a look at a castle, any castle.
Now, break down the elements that make it a castle.
Location. Protection. Garrison. Flag.
The only difference between this castle and all the rest... is they were built to keep people out. Forward. Ho.
This castle was built to keep people in.
But it's still a castle.
And any castle can be taken, whether you're fighting in the 14th century or the 21st.
To succeed in a castle war, you have to overcome the garrison, take the high ground... and ultimately capture the flag.
All right. You set up a command post, okay?
And here, you have the guard- Well, here.
First of all, this is admin building, Winter's office, guards.
Okay? Phase one, neutralize Winter's guards.
Phase two, towers. Control the towers, you control the yard.
Tower 1, Tower 2, Tower 3, Tower 4.
Tower 4 is Zamorro- guy to watch.
Phase three, water cannon.
Helicopter's the high ground.
Takin' the helicopter's gonna be a bitch. But it's doable.
Finally, the flag.
Capture the flag. When we capture the flag, it's raised upside down.
Right. Upside down means, "Send help. The fort has fallen. "
We raise it upside down, and keep it that way until Wheeler arrives and sees it.
Then, we've won.
Yates, shut the fu- You see what I mean about him?
Hey, Yates, what are you doin' here, huh?
I don't know. Ask him. He invited me.
General, I know, uh, his father served with you in Vietnam, but do we really need him around?
Yeah. He stays.
Duffy? Are you in maintenance? Yes, sir.
Got a minute?
How am I doin'?
Five-to-two, in the colonel's favor.
Well, you don't think I can win. He knows too-
He knows too much. He's prepared. He's ready.
He may be prepared, but he's not ready.
You know, we can use you.
Hey, look, I just want to survive this and go home.
You make a deal with him? What?
That's what I would do. Go to you.
He knows what you're capable of. Listen, man.
But so do I. Oh, yeah?
Well, I know what you're capable of.
I know your type very well. Is that right?
Is that from your infinite years of experience on the battlefield?
Why do you think I should help you? Can you get me out of here?
No. Then what are you going to do for me?
Oh, you're going to make me a soldier again? Is that what you're doing?
I get to be all I can be? You gonna teach me to salute?
You know what? This is about the time I would be giving you my internal soldier speech.
But the truth is, you probably never should have been a soldier.
Your father was. That's how I saw him.
You saw him as a disappointment. Okay. Get past it.
That was then. The only thing that matters here is... what we are now and what we do now.
This man is going to you because he sees the worst in you.
He's going to play for the worst. I want to see the best.
That means there's no middle. Now, these men need you.
And I need you. Now, it's your choice.
And don't tell me you're surviving here, Yates.
How's it going this evening, sir? Fine, Sergeant. How are you?
Prisoner Yates wishes to have a word.
Give me five minutes, Captain.
Colonel Winter's office.
Yeah. Yeah, go ahead and just send it up.
You want me to do this thing for you?
This 30 days- This three months, it's not gonna cut it.
I got to get out of here immediately. I got to get out of here tomorrow.
I'm afraid that's not possible.
Look, when this thing explodes, everyone's gonna know it's me who yakked.
And then my life's worth nothing.
So, either you get me out of here immediately... or you find another guy who knows as much as I do... and who's willing to spill it.
The soonest I can get you out is one week.
Sir, I'm not gonna last-
I won't last seven seconds let alone seven days.
Well, you can ride the week out in the hole.
No one will get you there.
So what does Mr. Irwin have planned for us?
He's planning to take over the prison.
Well, that information won't get you released.
That information won't even get you extra potatoes at lunch.
I know the details.
I know how he plans to neutralize your men, how he plans to take over the tower, weapons and tools he's building.
Do you know when? Yates, I know you're in there!
Yates! Yates, I know you're in there! Cutbush!
You're a fucker, Yates! You're gonna snitch!
Cutbush, shut up! Cutbush, get down!
Shut up! Niebolt, what's he doing up here?
He brought up the laundry, and he went ape, sir. All right. Enough!
Place this man in the SHU. No one talks to him. No one sees him.
Understand me? Place a guard on his cell. Yes, sir!
Damn rat! What's the problem?
My mother's sick. I'm trying to get a furlough.
Shut up! Get him out of here!
Captain, with me.
Oh, Jesus, man.
Now you have no choice, or you're going to spend the next three years in solitary confinement.
I need more time.
I got to go back in to general.
I'll know somethin' tomorrow.
Come get me at 0500.
I need more time!
Inmates, one step to the rear. March!
Sir? Where's Yates' cell?
It's 340, sir.
You ready to play?
Morning, sir. Fall out.
So, what do you have for me?
Not much. Not much.
Then why are you here?
I thought there was something you might wanna know.
When they take over the prison, they're going to fly the flag upside down.
Upside down? It's the international sign of distress, sir.
Yes, I know what it means.
And where are they going to get a flag?
They already have it. Yours.
Peretz, who was in here yesterday? I took it, you murdering fuck.
I thought you were smarter than that.
Yes, I know you did.
You gonna tell us where that flag is?
Come on. Get up, Yates. Where's the flag?
You know, you're a real fuckin' coward, Zamorro.
And you're a big hero. Let's go. Come on.
Get your hands off me, motherfucker!
Shut up, Yates!
All inmates on the rack.
This is a shakedown.
Come on! Fall out! Let's go!
All inmates proceed to the yard through the south ports.
On the double! Move it!
Come on. Go, go!
This way, chief. Let's go! Move it!
Over there, sir.
It's crazy, huh? Let's go! Step it up!
Come on! Let's go! Move it, prisoners! Really crazy.
Go! All right!
Captain Peretz, you will find my flag.
I don't wanna hear that. You have your orders.
Find the damn thing.
Sir, they found a lot of weaponry.
But no flag. No, sir.
But at least we have all their weapons.
There's nothing much they can do now.
How many men do we have searching the tiers?
We have close to a hundred. Pretty much everybody we could get.
It's not about the flag. He wants to be in the yard.
Get our men out of the tiers and into the yard now.
Everybody into the yard!
Riot formation! Let's go! Double time!
Peretz! Get those men into the yard, now! Yes, sir!
Alert the S.O.R.T. teams. Go, go!
Chain, chain, chain.
How's it feel, huh? How's it feel?
Bring him with us.
To the hole!
Command post up, fast!
Put me down! You know what's going to happen to you?
Go, go, go! Let us out!
Hey! Hey! Beaupre, is that you? Yeah, yeah.
Is it happening? Fuckin' "A" it's happening. Yeah.
They chained the doors to the tiers.
Yes. I can see that.
It's gonna take 'em a little while to get around.
When they get here, tell them to gear up, but hold them.
They'll expect us to come hard and fast, so we won't.
Yates, you little prick. I bet against you and it cost me a whole stash of smokes.
Yeah? There's a lot of losers today.
What's the deal? Come on, Zamorro, you motherfucker!
Come on! Come on! You fucking believe this guy?
Okay, let's go. Here we go. Let's go. Let's go.
Hey, get it out right now. Later, later.
Listen to me. The colonel said to hold them, okay?
Sir, maybe we should call C.A.C. and get General Wheeler.
And say what, Captain?
Colonel Winter has lost control of his own prison?
Keenan! Keenan, you ready to go up, man? Yes, sir!
The trajectory is going to be there.
Where do you want me?
This is Sergeant McLaren from Fort Truman Prison.
Can I speak to General Wheeler?
Well, you're gonna have to wake the dude up, man.
This is from Colonel Winter.
We're having, like, an uprising here.
Go. Launch when ready.
Go, go, go! Come on!
Light her up. Light her up.
Sir. Colonel, he wants to talk to you.
Who does? Him.
Colonel, I'm taking command of your prison.
Like hell you are.
Come on, guys! Let's go! Stop fuckin' around! We don't got much time!
Let's go! Come on, let's go! Dellwo.
Sir? How close to ready?
Fuck! We're almost there, sir.
Sir, could-could you come here, please?
What-What is that? That thing right there tucked away in the alley.
I don't know.
Release the wave.
Come on, come on! Get it up!
Go ahead and deploy red and blue teams.
Let's go. Come on! Move!
Lock and load the fucking thing now!
Take it up, take it up. Light her!
Gun! Bring me the gun! Bring me the gun!
Bring it! Bring it! Let's go! Come on!
Load her up. Load her up. Charlie, you ready?
Set! Clear! Fire!
Fuck me! It worked, man!
Sir? Move ten feet forward.
Yes, sir. Ten feet forward!
Ten feet forward!
Zamorro, target the man loading rocks into the trebuchet. McLaren?
Do not let him put another one in.
Dellwo, you gonna make it this time?
You betcha, sir. Then now is the time.
All the way, sir! Airborne! Hey, Jack!
What? This is the one! Get it!
Come on. No, no, no, no. This one in the middle.
Come on, baby. Fire!
Come on! Come on! Hold it there! Let's go! Get it in there! Last one!
Make it count! Make it-
Be still! Put it out! Put it out!
Hey, hey! It's out! You never can tell about these flames, man.
Told you I was gonna get your ass back, motherfucker.
Watch the window.
Get that water cannon now.
Duffy. Duffy? Uh, just a few more minutes, sir.
Fall back! Fall back!
All personnel, fall back! Come on! Faster!
Come on, Duffy. What are you doing? Cut it off.
Keep it going!
Let's shift to the C.P.! Shift to the C.P.! Now! Go!
Duffy, what are you doing?
Whoo! You coward motherfucker, Winter!
Colonel, it's your private line.
Get it. U.S.M.C.F. Colonel Winter's office.
Uh, yes, sir. Yes, sir. Please hold.
It's General Wheeler.
We're on our way, Colonel. There in 20 minutes.
I don't understand, sir.
You have a prison uprising. You sent for help.
No, no. I nev-
We have the situation under control, sir.
We're just... mopping up now. Good.
Glad to hear it. We'll see you in 20 then.
Very good, sir.
I want this over. Now. Get them airborne.
Load the water cannon. Go, go! Come on, man!
All right, give me the grapple!
Hurry up! Hook it on!
Where's the fuckin' water?
Sir, I think that's Yates. Yes, I know.
Where is he?
Hey! What are you doing? Hey!
Get this guy out! Clear out. I'm going up.
Zamorro, take him out. Stop him! Stop him!
To hell with this rubber-bullet shit.
Come on! Come on!
I never wrecked one before.
Don't talk. Go. Move. Go!
Get out! Go!
You okay, Yates?
Fall in! Let's go, men!
In formation, now! On the double!
Let's go, soldiers! Now!
Dress right! Dress!
The men are assembled, sir.
First and second squad, move out.
Third and fourth squad, move out.
I have authorized the use of lethal ammunition at this facility.
Any prisoner who refuses to obey my commands will be shot.
All prisoners down on the ground, now!
I will give that command one more time.
Then I will fire into them.
Surely, you don't want that on your conscience, do you, Prisoner Irwin?
All prisoners down on the ground, now!
We don't have to do this. We'll fight on.
No. It ends here.
Men, get down!
You, too, Yates.
That's an order.
Now, give me my flag.
It's not your flag.
What are you doing, Mr. Irwin?
You have lost.
I will not let you do this. You will not raise that flag upside down!
Get down on the ground or you will be fired upon.
This is my command! You will not raise that flag upside down!
Designated marksman, open fire.
Selected marksman, open fire.
Open fire on that man! That's an order!
What are they- What are they doing?
What are you doing? Do it now! Open fire!
Do not let him desecrate that flag! Open fire on that man!
What are they doing?
McLaren, Niebolt, with me! Niebolt, stay where you are.
Don't you defy me. Don't you see what he's doing? He's undermining my command!
Don't you see? Don't you see what he's doing?
Don't you see what he's doing?
Step away from the flag! Step away from the flag!
Colonel! Colonel, put the gun down, sir.
Please. Please, Colonel, put the gun down.
Sir, it's over now.
Just give it to me.
Prisoners stay down.
Hey, Doc! Go now!
McLaren, get 'em back in the tiers.
"A" team, "B" team, move out now.
Let's go! Hands behind your head!
All right! On your feet!
Let's go, people. Hands behind your head.
Prisoners will return to the cellblock.
Come on, Doc. He's bleeding.
We got an ambulance on the way. Get him to the hospital.
A great general once said, "You tell your men, 'You're soldiers.
"That's our flag.'
"You tell them, 'Nobody takes our flag.'
"Raise your flag so it flies high where everyone can see it.
Now you've got yourself a castle."
Where the years have gone I have years to go
Workin' for the man to pay the debt I owe
Well, the time may pass but the truth will stand
When the good Lord shakes this calloused hand
You can call my name It's time to go But I'll never be free till it's chiseled in stone
Ain't no man gonna carry my load
I gotta be a man and do it on my own
Devil's in my path and the hound's on my heel
Have to walk in my shoes just to know how I feel
The devil's callin' my name He's the one who knows That I'll never be free till it's chiseled in stone Chiseled in stone
Well, I keep on goin' though there's no way out
Every stone in my path is a brick in my house A man's life is built all along the way
By the things that he's done and the choices he's made
Someday they'll call my name I'll have a place of my own But I'll never be free till it's chiseled in stone
On the final day when the whistle blows I can rest my body I can rest my soul I built my castle in the promised land
It's made of rocks and stone and like the shifting sands When they mention my name after I'm long gone Well, they'll know I'm free 'cause it's chiseled in stone
Chiseled in stone