Few Good Men

Few Good Men

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Director: Rob Reiner

Cast: Rob Reiner, Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore

     
 

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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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Editorial Reviews

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:
10/07/1997
UPC:
0043396278998
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
2:18:00

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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Scene Index

Side #1-- Standard
0. Chapter Selections
1. Introduction [:13]
2. Start [2:06]
3. United States Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay: private and corporal punishment [2:50]
4. Opening credits [3:00]
5. Advocate General's corps, Washington, D.C.: Case facts [1:39]
6. The right man for the job [2:04]
7. Division assigns Kaffee [3:52]
8. Galloway meets Kaffee [5:51]
9. Flashback: "Dear Sir..."; Col. Jessep [3:39]
10. The prisoners arrive; discussing the Cuba thing [4:26]
11. Kaffee meets his clients; "Unit, Corps, God, Country." [1:19]
12. Jack and Daniel: off the record [1:49]
13. Making peace?; dueling catchphrases [2:08]
14. ."..take the 12 years. It's a gift." [2:58]
15. Counsel arrives; meeting the officers in charge [2:14]
16. Kendrick and the scene of the crime [6:04]
17. Lunch with Jessep; ."..roll the dice and take your chances." [1:30]
18. After hours visit: "Col. Markinson's gone U.A." [1:25]
19. "Kendrick order the Code Red?" [1:52]
20. Interrupting Jack's game [3:37]
21. Deal offered...and rejected; a word alone [1:55]
22. "It doesn't matter what I believe. It only matters what I can prove." [2:59]
23. Thinking it through; the arraignment [1:43]
24. Convincing Sam to stay [3:05]
25. Defense intent; preparing their case [3:59]
26. The trial begins: opening statements [1:54]
27. Robert C. McGuire [1:24]
28. Cpl. Carl Hammaker [:43]
29. Concession for concession [5:26]
30. "The doctor's not telling the truth"; Dr. Stone [2:13]
31. The government rests; likes and dislikes [2:47]
32. Are you asking me out on a date?"; what Kaffee really thinks|00:03:27|}|}|
33. Cpl. Jeffrey Barnes [1:59]
34. A surprise passenger: "I know everything." [:40]
35. A flight that never exsisted [2:10]
36. "Markinson's not gonna hold up, Danny. He's a crazy man." [5:14]
37. Lt. Jonathan Kendrick [1:52]
38. "Jessep's tellin' the truth."; making an entire flight disappear [1:35]
39. Rehearsing the witness; "Dear Mr. and Mrs. Santiago..." [2:41]
40. Pfc. Downey testifies [4:45]
41. Double setback; gameshow host [2:58]
42. "What would you do?" [1:48]
43. His second wind [:39]
44. Outgoing phone calls [1:51]
45. A private word of advice [7:18]
46. Jessep takes the stand [4:33]
47. "I'm not through with my examination. Sit down." [2:06]
48. The Colonel, not going anywhere [1:48]
49. The verdict [4:07]
50. End credits [3:26]
Side #2 -- Widescreen
0. Chapter Selection
1. Introduction [:13]
2. Start [2:06]
3. United States Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay; private and corporal punishment [2:50]
4. Opening credits [3:00]
5. Advocate Gerneral's Corps, Washington, D.C.: case facts [1:39]
6. The right man for the job [2:04]
7. Division assigns Kaffee [3:52]
8. Galloway meets Kaffee [5:51]
9. Flashback: "Dear Sir..."; Col. Jessep [3:39]
10. The prisoners arrive; discussing the Cuba thing [4:26]
11. Kaffee meets his clients; "Unit, Corps, God, Country" [1:19]
12. Jack and Daniel: off the record [1:49]
13. Making peace?; dueling catchphrases [2:08]
14. ."..take the 12 years. It's a gift|00:02:58|}|}|
15. Counsel arrives; meeting the officers in charge [2:14]
16. Kendrick and the scene of the crime [6:04]
17. Lunch with Jessep; ."..roll the dice and take your chances" [1:30]
18. After hours visit: "col. Markinson's gone U.A" [1:25]
19. "Kendrick order the Code Red?" [1:52]
20. Interrupting Jack's game [3:37]
21. Deal offered... and rejected; a word alone [1:55]
22. "It doesn't matter what I believe. It only matters what I can prove" [2:59]
23. Thinking it through; the arraignment [1:43]
24. convincing Sam to stay [3:05]
25. Defense intent; preparing their case [3:59]
26. The trial begins: opening statements [1:54]
27. Robert C. McGuire [1:24]
28. Cpl. Carl Hammaker [:43]
29. Concession for concession [5:26]
30. "The doctor's not telling the truth"; Dr. Stone [2:13]
31. The Government rests; likes and dislikes [2:47]
32. "Are you asking me out on a date?"; what Kaffee really thinks [3:27]
33. Cpl. Jeffrey Barnes [1:59]
34. A surprise passenger: "I know everything" [:40]
35. A flight that never existed [2:10]
36. "Markinson's not gonna hold up, Danny. He's a crazy man" [5:14]
37. Lt. Jonathan kendrick [1:52]
38. "Jessep's tellin the truth"; making an entire flight disappear [1:35]
39. Rehearsing the witness; "Dear Mr. and Mrs. Santiago..." [2:41]

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