Men of Honor

Men of Honor

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Director: George Tillman Jr.

Cast: George Tillman Jr., Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr., Charlize Theron

     
 

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This military drama is based on the true story of Carl Brashear, who was the first African-American to serve as a diver in the United States Navy. Brashear (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) was born to a poor farming family in the deep South, and joined the Navy in hopes of bettering himself. When Brashear applies for diving school, he first encounters Master Chief Billy… See more details below

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This military drama is based on the true story of Carl Brashear, who was the first African-American to serve as a diver in the United States Navy. Brashear (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) was born to a poor farming family in the deep South, and joined the Navy in hopes of bettering himself. When Brashear applies for diving school, he first encounters Master Chief Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro), a gruff and tyrannical diving instructor who holds absolute sway over his charges. Sunday does little at first to encourage Brashear's ambitions, and the would-be diver discovers racism in the military is an ugly fact of life when his white comrades refuse to share barracks with him. But Brashear's courage and determination make an impression on Sunday, and the two men become allies as Brashear must fight prejudice, military bureaucracy, and even a crippling injury in order to realize his dreams. Originally announced under the title Navy Diver, Men of Honor also features Hal Holbrook, David Keith, Michael Rapaport, Charlize Theron, and Powers Boothe; Bill Cosby served as an executive producer for the project.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire) portrays real-life African-American hero Carl Brashear in Men of Honor, a rousing biography that celebrates virtue, courage, and integrity. Brashear, the illiterate son of a poor black sharecropper, joined the Navy soon after World War II and overcame systemic racism to become its first black man to serve as a Navy diver. Director George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food) presents the story as a duel of wits between Carl and his redneck instructor, Master Sergeant Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro), a bitter alcoholic who at first hates but eventually comes to respect the tenacious Brashear. Charlize Theron has limited screen time as Sunday's patient young wife, but she makes every second count with a skilled, subtle performance. The same can be said for Aunjanue Ellis, playing the librarian who tutors Carl in reading when he has trouble with written tests. As chronicled by Tillman, Brashear's heroism isn't flamboyant; this movie doesn't rely on action and thrills for its impact. Carl's is the quiet heroism of a man whose indomitable will drives him to surmount seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and his triumph makes Men of Honor a truly memorable and inspiring film. The DVD Special Edition includes commentary by Gooding, Tillman, and producer Robert Teitel, as well as an alternate ending, deleted scenes, documentaries on both the film's production and Brashear's life, and a music video.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
UPC:
0024543037767
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:08:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Master Chief Billy Sunday
Cuba Gooding Carl Brashear
Charlize Theron Gwen
Aunjanue Ellis Jo
Hal Holbrook Mr. Pappy
David Keith Capt. Hartigan
Michael Rapaport Snowhill
Powers Boothe Capt. Pullman
Joshua Leonard Isert
David Conrad Hanks
Glynn Turman Chief Floyd
Holt McCallany Rourke
Lonette McKee Ella, Carl's Mother
Carl Lumbly Mac, Carl's Father
Dulé Hill Red Tail
Alimi Ballard Actor

Technical Credits
George Tillman Director
Bill Badalato Producer
John Carter Editor
Bill Cosby Executive Producer
Mick Cukurs Set Decoration/Design
Leslie Dilley Production Designer
Scott Herbertson Set Decoration/Design
Lawrence Hubbs Art Director
Mark Isham Score Composer
Daniel Maltese Set Decoration/Design
David Obermeyer Sound/Sound Designer
Salvador Perez Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Richmond Cinematographer
Stanley Robertson Executive Producer
Scott Marshall Smith Screenwriter
Robert Teitel Producer
Barry Thomas Asst. Director
Jim Wallis Set Decoration/Design

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