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Great Santini
     

The Great Santini

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Director: Lewis John Carlino, Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Michael O'Keefe

Cast: Lewis John Carlino, Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Michael O'Keefe

 

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The Great Santini, Lewis John Carlino's adaptation of a Pat Conroy novel, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English and French subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials on this release. Warner Bros. could and should have done better with this title. The Great

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The Great Santini, Lewis John Carlino's adaptation of a Pat Conroy novel, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English and French subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials on this release. Warner Bros. could and should have done better with this title. The Great Santini contains one of Robert Duvall's finest performances and deserves better than this by-the-numbers release.

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All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Lewis John Carlino brings Pat Conroy's novel about a top Marine pilot who terrorizes his family vibrantly to life. Robert Duvall stars as the tyrannical Bull Meechum, a cocky fighter pilot who has trouble adjusting to a desk job and domestic life. He runs the family with the same military precision he has always brought to his job, and is unable to express his love for them in any normal way. While making the negative effects of the pilot's behavior on the entire family clear, the film concentrates on his competitive relationship with his sensitive teenaged son, Ben (Michael O'Keefe). The two play an ongoing sequence of emotion-laden games of one-on-one basketball, which reach an ugly climax when the boy defeats the father for the first time, a rite of passage. The film later tries to back away from Bull's near-psychotic reaction to this experience, and his attempt to humiliate his son, couching his behavior in good-old-boy clichés which are now difficult to swallow, and it simply trails off into a series of vignettes and sentimentality.Duvall resists all attempts to make this character attractive in one of the best outings of his career. Blythe Danner as his wife and O'Keefe are also superb.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/1999
UPC:
0085391637424
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:56:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene access; Subtitles: English & Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Duvall Bull Meecham
Blythe Danner Lillian Meechum
Michael O'Keefe Ben Meechum
Lisa Jane Persky Mary Anne Meechum
Julie Anne Haddock Karen Meechum
Brian Andrews Matthew Meechum
Theresa Merritt Arrabelle Smalls
Stan Shaw Toomer Smalls
David Keith Red Pettus
Paul Mantee Col. Virgil Hedgepath
Nancy Black Cheerleader
Lisa Collins Cheerleader
Ronnie Cross Honor Guard Sergeant
Joe Dorsey Coach Spinks
David Frankham Captain Weber
Garcia Pedro
Paul Gleason Lieutenant Sammy
Lew Horn Captain Brookout
Bennett Liss Corporal Atcherly
Bill Nelson 1st Cousin
Michael Rougas Colonel Muillnax
David Simmons Basket Ball Player
Jan Stratton Mrs. Weber
Michael Strong Colonel Varney

Technical Credits
Lewis John Carlino Director,Screenwriter
Bing Crosby Producer
Houseley Stevenson Editor
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
George Folsey Editor
Jeff Haley Set Decoration/Design
John S. Poplin Production Designer
Ralph A. Woolsey Cinematographer
Herman Raucher Screenwriter
Charles A. Pratt Producer
Edward D. Markley Asst. Director
Jack Poplin Production Designer
Lee Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Don Sullivan Set Decoration/Design
Pat Conroy Source Author

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Marines vs. Navy. [4:14]
2. Unruly farewell. [4:39]
3. Homecoming Colonel. [2:45]
4. "A lot of catching up." [2:01]
5. Singing Dixie. [2:53]
6. Welcome to Tara. [1:54]
7. Laying down the law. [1:45]
8. Embarassments. [4:57]
9. "The cube is hot." [1:32]
10. Morning glories. [2:46]
11. "Hack it or pack it." [1:25]
12. Sore loser. [3:55]
13. Strange love. [4:39]
14. Meechum wings it. [1:05]
15. "Just prejudice." [4:24]
16. "One fine night." [1:42]
17. School days. [:48]
18. Morning memories. [3:15]
19. Letter from Mom. [1:25]
20. "Fit to drink." [4:01]
21. Thanks on Dad's behalf. [1:09]
22. Meechum's gift. [:41]
23. Nature's poetry. [1:25]
24. Enigmas. [2:51]
25. Pep talks. [1:35]
26. The big game. [6:10]
27. A fair exchange. [1:18]
28. Toomer fights back. [2:46]
29. "'Goin for Toomer." [3:34]
30. "Gonna hurt you." [2:54]
31. "Dead men don't make good fishermen." [2:41]
32. "What you would've done." [3:00]
33. Warrior without a war. [1:13]
34. Family feud. [1:27]
35. Bull's breakdown. [6:40]
36. Decked out. [2:34]
37. Night maneuvers. [4:30]
38. Bad news. [3:24]
39. Persecuting prayer. [2:15]
40. Farewell to arms. [2:18]
41. Goodbye, Beauford; End Credits. [4:29]

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The Great Santini 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest Marine Corps themed movies ever made. If you are a former Marine you will relate. Feel the pride in our Corps, get this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was thinking about picking up this disc until I found out that it was presented in pan and scan and that the transfer was bad. I'll wait until this movie that I've heard great things about is released in a format in which we can see the entire picture, as the director intended. Having mono sound doesn't help either. Also, don't read the All Movie Guide review below, as it gives away HUGE plot spoilers to the movie. Heck, I don't even need to watch the movie now, thanks to All Movie Guide. *sigh*
Guest More than 1 year ago
More than just a memorable character study, THE GREAT SANTINI is a touching and realistic portrait of the American family of the JFK 1960's: Before Dallas, before Vietnam, before LBJ. Fueled by Oscar nominated performances of Robert Duvall and Michael O'Keefe, this is a seering and sensitive film. Not to be missed.