Few Good Men

Few Good Men

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Director: Rob Reiner
     
 

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In this military courtroom drama based on the play by Aaron Sorkin, Navy lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is assigned to defend two Marines, Pfc. Louden Downey (James Marshall) and Lance Cpl. Harold Dawson (Wolfgang Bodison), who are accused of the murder of fellow leatherneck Pfc. William Santiago (Michael de Lorenzo) at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay,…  See more details below

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In this military courtroom drama based on the play by Aaron Sorkin, Navy lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is assigned to defend two Marines, Pfc. Louden Downey (James Marshall) and Lance Cpl. Harold Dawson (Wolfgang Bodison), who are accused of the murder of fellow leatherneck Pfc. William Santiago (Michael de Lorenzo) at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Kaffee generally plea bargains for his clients rather than bring them to trial, which is probably why he was assigned this potentially embarassing case, but when Lt. Commander JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) is assigned to assist Kaffee, she is convinced that there's more to the matter than they've been led to believe and convinces her colleague that the case should go to court. Under questioning, Downey and Dawson reveal that Santiago died in the midst of a hazing ritual known as "Code Red" after he threatened to inform higher authorities that Dawson opened fire on a Cuban watchtower. They also state that the "Code Red" was performed under the orders of Lt. Jonathan Kendrick (Kiefer Sutherland). Kendrick's superior, tough-as-nails Col. Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson), denies any knowledge of the order to torture Santiago, but when Lt. Col. Matthew Markinson (J.T. Walsh) confides to Kaffee that Jessup demanded the "Code Red" for violating his order of silence, Kaffee and Galloway have to find a way to prove this in court. A Few Good Men also features Kevin Bacon as prosecuting attorney Capt. Jack Ross and Kevin Pollak as Kaffee and Galloway's research assistant, Lt. Sam Weinberg.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A taut script and bravura performances distinguish Rob Reiner's masterfully directed adaptation of the award-winning play written by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin. Tom Cruise heads the powerhouse cast, portraying a callow Navy lawyer who defends two young Marines accused of murdering a fellow Leatherneck on their Guantánamo Bay base. Although he's got only three major scenes, Jack Nicholson sparkles as the stern commanding officer, a much-decorated veteran who resents Cruise's intimation that the accidental death resulted from the misinterpretation of orders from higher-ups. Nicholson's fiery courtroom confrontation with Cruise precipitates a shattering climax, and it has come to rank among the most memorable sequences in any Hollywood movie. The direction by Reiner (The American President) is assured but unobtrusive, relying more on the forcefulness of Sorkin's screenplay and the skill of a stellar ensemble cast (which also includes Demi Moore, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, and J. T. Walsh) than on flashy camera moves. Solid and unpretentious, albeit somewhat floridly melodramatic in spots, A Few Good Men certainly makes riveting entertainment, but it also reminds us that courage, honor, and integrity are virtues worth defending -- even when the defenders themselves are the ones making mistakes. The Special Edition DVD includes a feature-length commentary by Reiner and a documentary entitled "Code of Conduct."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2001
UPC:
0043396055926
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Cruise Lieutenant J.G. Daniel Kaffe
Jack Nicholson Col. Nathan R. Jessep
Demi Moore Lieutenant Commander JoAnne Galloway
Kevin Bacon Capt. Jack Ross
Kiefer Sutherland Lieutenant Jonathan Kendrick
Kevin Pollak Lt. Sam Weinberg
James Marshall PFC Louden Downey
J.T. Walsh Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Markinson
Christopher Guest Dr. Stone
J.A. Preston Judge Randolph
Matt Craven Lt. Dave Sprading
Wolfgang Bodison Lance Corporal Harold W. Dawson
Association of Former Fish Drill Team Drill Team
Xander Berkeley Captain Whitaker
Janet Hirshenson Actor
Jane Jenkins Actor
Geoffrey Nauffts Lieutenant Sherby
Cameron Thor Commander Lawrence
John M. Jackson Captain West
Noah Wyle Corporal Jeffrey Barnes
Cuba Gooding Corporal Carl Hammaker
Lawrence Lowe Bailiff
Joshua Malina Orderly
Oscar Jordan Steward
John M. Mathews Guard #1
Aaron Sorkin Man in Bar
Al Wexo Guard #2
Frank Cavestani Agent #1
Jan Munroe Jury Forman
Ron Ostrow M. P.
Mathew Saks David
Harry Caesar Luther
Michael de Lorenzo Private First Class William T. Santiago
Arthur Senzy Robert C. McGuire
David Bowe Commander Gibbs
Gene Whittington Mr. Dawson
Maud Winchester Aunt Ginny

Technical Credits
Rob Reiner Director,Producer
Darrel Brown Producer
David Brown Producer
Robert Eber Sound/Sound Designer
William S. Gilmore Executive Producer
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Janet Hirshenson Casting
John Horton Consultant/advisor
Jane Jenkins Casting
David F. Klassen Art Director
Rick Kline Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Leighton Editor
Steve Nevius Editor
Steve Nicolaides Co-producer,Production Manager
Kevin O'Connell Sound/Sound Designer
Rachel Pfeffer Executive Producer
Virginia Randolph Set Decoration/Design
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Andrew Scheinman Producer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer
Aaron Sorkin Screenwriter
Jeffrey Stott Co-producer
Michael Taylor Set Decoration/Design

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Few Good Men 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Typical negative Hollywood depiction of the military, where decorated Veteran (Nicholson) gets his comeuppance from indifferent, wet-behind-the ears, navy lawyer (Cruise). As a 20 year USMC veteran I found the movie offensive and unrealistic. This movie obviously is more concerned with using star strength to generate revenue rather than presenting a factual story or well-written story, but lawyers will probably like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Greetings, This was a great movie whose only downside was the intolerable Demi Moore. -matt
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of courtroom dramas and this one tops them all by including the military. If you enjoy shows like Law and Order, this is a must-see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''You Can't Handle The Truth!'' is one of the most famous quotes in movie history, and ''A Few Good Men'' is one of the best movies that I have seen. Of course some of those who have actually been in the military may not like it as much, it is still a great movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite movie portraying court room drama. The actors gave phenomenal performances, especially Cruise and Nicholson. I'm a Marine myself, and in know way do I see this movie as degrading to the Corps. It's a movie, not a documentary and is supposed to be entertaining, so for you fellow Devil Dogs out there who take offense to this movie; lighten up! The actors do an excellent job portraying Marines and obviously did their research. I highly recommend it! Semper Fi!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
with this kinda film,man is liable to get a bit overexcited about the film from the beginning to the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
VERY POWERFUL FILM, THE COURT ROOM SCENES ARE EXCELLENT. CRUISE IS GOOD FOR A YOUNGER ACTOR AND JACK NICHOLSON IS CLASSIC.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'A Few Good Men' is director Rob Reiner¿s high octane murder mystery set against the backdrop of betrayal and protocol inside a military base. It pits clean cut military defense attorney, Lt. Daniel Kaffie (Tom Cruise) against an unscrupulous military strategist, Col Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson). After a cadet is hazed to death, the soldiers responsible are brought to a military tribunal for justice. But did the soldiers in question act alone, or was there a more sinister motive behind their action. Demi Moore costars as defense co-council, Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway. She¿s unimpressed by Kaffie¿s devil-may-care attitude toward the case but also realizes that Kaffie¿s skills as a legal strategist are just what¿s required for an acquittal. The film essentially boils down to 2 parts Perry Mason, 1 part melodrama with tensions taut and running higher as the case reaches its climactic showdown. Even if ¿you can¿t handle the truth¿ you¿ll become completely engrossed in the finely wrought performances and magnificent pacing of the whole affair. Columbia's original bare bones DVD release of 'A Few Good Men' was a near pristine effort with bold, rich colors, exceptional contrast and shadow delineation, smooth deep and solid black levels and an amazing lack of edge enhancement and pixelization. This new collector¿s series DVD is a carbon copy of that transfer. There are a few forgivable exceptions. The original DVD contained nearly 60 chapter stops, an ample selection by any standard. On this DVD we get less than 30 chapters, presumably so that the extra added features could be squeezed onto the same side of the disc. Extras included several featurettes, theatrical trailers, audio commentaries and an isolated music track. All in all this is a nicely packaged DVD with nothing really to complain about. If any complaint can be lodged it is that Columbia ought to have provided consumers with a special edition from the start and forgo any plans to revisit this title as a remastered Superbit. The studio's theory behind multiple copies is pure profit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This packs power. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's extremely interesting with no slow spots. I only wish more movies like this one will be producted in the future. One of my favorites of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have watched this movie numerous times and am spell bound by this "Classic film" The characters were so realistic and believeable it sends chills up-and-down my spine. Every time I see Colonel Jessup speak his mind I am instantly transported back to some of the Jessups' I have had to serve under, and it wasn't always a lot of fun! I am a highly decorated Army Major who has seen many of these different types of leaders in the U.S. military. I can honestly say I have served with soldiers who had similiarities to all of the characters portrayed in this film. This film does not portray any branch of the U.S. military in a negative light but I think rather it shows how important honor, loyalty and dedication to duty are. Something that often is lost on the general public. This film also shows that "Absolute power corrupts absolutely" Good thing we have safeguards in place to protect, convict and bring to justice those who fail to use sound judgement and end up harming others.
ajunatnyc More than 1 year ago
This is my all-time favorite - Aaron Sorkin knocked it out of the park with his debut screenplay debut. Taut writing, stirring performances and fantastic direction make this a must for any movie-lover. The special features are totally worth it because it includes an interview with the director - who talks about how Jack Nicholson raised the bar when he stepped on set. Please watch this film!!!! Any anything else written by Aaron Sorkin!
Tidalwave3 More than 1 year ago
Read the other reviews ....they are spot on. Marine Sgt 1970-3
Azra More than 1 year ago
I liked the story of the movie and Jack was amazing as usual.
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