Every year on Memorial Day weekend, CrossFitters across the world perform the Hero workout, ‘Murph’. It is a workout that has become synonymous with CrossFit, not just for its brutal toughness, but for what it represents. ‘Murph’ is not simply another workout we do in a class to increase our fitness before moving on to whatever else we have going on in the day. It is a workout designed to honor and remember the men and women of the armed forces that have lost their lives in defense of our freedom. And as is the case with every Hero workout, it has a story of courage and sacrifice behind it.
‘Murph’ is named after Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.
Justice Dan Snow (Walter Matthau): "Who slaps the labels on? Me? You?...I think, it's unconstitutional to set myself up as a censor!....Censorship is an outrage!....Watch out! You can't turn the law into a straight jacket....."
The First Monday in October (1981) Directed by Ronald Neame
Wendy (Maria Aitkin): "If it's a secret, then why are you telling everyone?"
Otto (Kevin Kline): "It's a smoke screen..."
Wendy (Maria Aitkin): "What?!"
Otto (Kevin Kline): "A double bluff. Look! You obviously don't know anything about intelligence work, lady. It's an XK red 27 technique. "
Wendy (Maria Aitkin): "My father was in the secret service, Mr. Munfredshedsen and I know perfectly well that you don't keep the general public informed, when you are debriefing KGB defectors in a safe house."
Otto (Kevin Kline): "Oh, you don't, huh?"
Wendy (Maria Aitkin): "Not unless you are congenitally insane or irretrievably stupid; no!"
Otto (Kevin Kline): "Don't call me stupid!"
A Fish Called Wanda (1988) Directed by John Cleese and Charles Crichton
David Ferrie (Joe Pesci): "Check out something called Mongoose, Operation Mongoose - government Pentagon stuff. They're in charge. Who pulls who's fucking chain? Who the fuck knows!! Oh what a deadly web we weave, when we practice to deceive."
D.A. Jim Garrison (Kevin Cosner): "Then, who killed the President?"
David Ferrie (Joe Pesci): "Oh man, why don't you fucking stop it! Shit!! This is too fucking big for you! 'Who killed the President?' 'Who killed Kennedy?' Fuck, man! It's a mystery! It's a mystery, wrapped in a riddle, inside an enigma!! The fucking shooters don't even know!! Don't you get?! They're going to shoot me! I'm gonna fucking die! (breaks down)......"
Shaun's Mom (Catherine O' Hara): "So, now, I'm a bad mother?!?!"
Shaun (Colin Hanks): "Mom, I'm not saying that.....Mom, this is the most decisive day of my life and I'll I'm asking for is one hour. One hour with no big scenes, and no nervous breakdown, and no Meryl Streep impressions - just one hour where you act like a normal loving parent. Can you do this for me?"
Shaun's Mom (Catherine O' Hara): "Yes; I can."
Shaun (Colin Hanks): "Thank you, Mom!"
Shaun's Mom (Catherine O' Hara): " but I'll need a glass of wine. There's some Chardonnay in the fridge."
Our topic today is “Negotiation” and the film segment is from “The Patriot” a movie produced in 2000 which depicts the story of an American Colonist, Benjamin Martin, played by Mel Gibson, who was a volunteer officer for the revolutionary army. He leads a band of local South Carolina militia against the British forces of General Cornwallis, played brilliantly by Tom Wilkinson.
In this scene, Benjamin Martin is taking a great risk to negotiate directly with his enemy, General Cornwallis, for the release of his men being interned as prisoners of war. In an earlier militia raid, Benjamin had acquired a wagon full of personal possessions and effects of the General along with two Great Danes, that were given to General Cornwallis by King George himself. Benjamin knew could use them in trade for his imprisoned militia soldiers.
We join them as the negotiation for the release of the militia prisoners commences.