General Francis X. Hummel

Francis X. Hummel

General Francis X. Hummel is a General of the Marines who decides to take over Alcatraz and takes 81 tourists hostage.  Hummel threatens to launch  deadly VX gas rockets over the population of San Francisco unless they pay reparations of $1 million to each of the families of Marines who died under his control.

Played By
Ed Harris
Full Name
General Francis X. Hummel

General Francis X. Hummel Quotes

General Hummel: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson.
John Mason: "Patriotism is a virtue of the vicious," according to Oscar Wilde.

General Hummel: Do you know who I am? Did they tell you why I am doing this? Why I am out here? Or are they using you like they did everybody else?
John Mason: All I know is that you were big in Vietnam. I saw the highlights on television.
General Hummel: Then you probably have got no fucking idea what it means to lead some of the finest gentlemen on God's earth into combat and then watch their memories get betrayed by their own damn government.
John Mason: I don't quite see how you can cherrish the memory of the dead by killing another million. This is not combat, it's an act of lunacy, General Sir. Personally, I think you're a fucking idiot.

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