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Plot: In this dramatic courtroom thriller, LT Daniel Kaffee, a Navy lawyer who has never seen the inside of the courtroom, defends two stubborn Marines who have been accused of murdering a colleague. Kaffee is known as being lazy and had arranged for a plea bargain. Downey's Aunt Ginny appoints Cmdr. Galloway to represent him. Also on the legal staff is LTJG Sam Weinberg. The team rounds up many facts and Kaffee is discovering that he is really cut out for trial work. The defense is originally based upon the fact that PFC Santiago, the victim, was given a "CODE RED". Santiago was basically a screw-up. At Gitmo, screw-ups aren't tolerated. Especially by Col. Nathan Jessup. In Cuba, Jessup and two senior officers try to give all the help they can, but Kaffee knows something's fishy. In the conclusion of the film, the fireworks are set off by a confrontation between Jessup and Kaffee. Runtime: 138 mins Release Date: 10 Dec 1992
This is my all-time favorite movie. I've probably watched it 300 times and I can recite it line by line. I once wrote the script during the course of one semester in a class I hated. I still have the notebook.Demi Moore definitely is the film's weakest link, but the acting is superb and Aaron Sorkin's story sucks you in from the opening minute. There is so much great dialogue, headlined by Tom Cruise's courtroom battle with Jack Nicholson at the movie's climax.Too many people say the movie is average because it's "too slow," but I really believe anyone who <more>
appreciates good acting and good stories has to put this one near the top of their list.
Thought Provoking Drama From Rob Reiner (by jhclues)
In one of the most telling scenes in this movie, Navy Lieutenant Commander Jo Galloway Demi Moore , a lawyer who is helping to defend two Marines on trial for murder, is asked why she likes these guys so much. And she replies, `Because they stand on a wall, and they say nothing is going to hurt you tonight, not on my watch'.' Which veritably sums up the sense of duty and honor which underscores the conflict of `A Few Good Men,' directed by Rob Reiner, and starring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. There is a code by which a good Marine must live and die, and it is: Unit, Corps, <more>
God, Country. But to be valid, that code must also include truth and justice; and if they are not present, can the code stand? Which is the question asked by director Reiner, who examines the parameters of that code with this film, which centers on the murder of a young Private First Class named William Santiago, who was killed while stationed at the Marine Corps base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The case draws the attention of Commander Galloway, Special Counsel for Internal Affairs in the Judge Advocate General's Corps in Washington, D.C. Galloway, taking into consideration the impeccable service records of the two Marines charged with the crime, convinces her superiors that a thorough investigation is warranted in this case, though there are those in high places who would rather see this one plea bargained and put to rest. Galloway persists, however, believing that Santiago's death may have resulted from a `Code Red,' a method of disciplinary hazing employed in certain circles of the Corps, though illegal. And if this was a Code Red, the real question is, who gave the order? Ultimately, her tenacity prevails, but though Galloway is a seasoned lawyer, she has little actual courtroom experience, so Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee Cruise is assigned to the case, along with Lieutenant Sam Weinberg Kevin Pollak , with Galloway, as ranking officer, to assist. Kaffee, the son of a legendary lawyer, has skated through the first nine months of his Naval career, successfully plea bargaining forty-four cases. Outwardly upbeat and personable, Kaffee seems more concerned with his softball game than he does with the time he has to spend on the job. But underneath, he's coping with living his life in the shadow of his late father's reputation, which is an issue with which he must come to terms if he is to successfully effect the outcome of this case. And on this one he will have a formidable opponent: Colonel Nathan R. Jessup Nicholson , who commands the base at Guantanamo. As Jessup, Nicholson gives a commanding performance, and once he enters the film you can sense the tension he brings to it, which begins to swell immediately, and which Reiner does a great job of maintaining right up to the end. Jessup is a soldier of the old guard, a man of narrow vision and a particular sense of duty; to Jessup there's two ways of doing things: His way and the wrong way. He's a man who-- as he says-- eats breakfast three hundred yards away from the enemy, and he's not about to let a couple of lawyers in dress whites intimidate him. And that's exactly the attitude Nicholson brings to this role. When he speaks, you not only hear him loud and clear, you believe him. It's a powerful performance and, as you would expect from Nicholson, entirely convincing and believable. Cruise, also, gives what is arguably one of the best performances of his career as Kaffee. He perfectly captures the aloofness with which Kaffee initially regards the case, as well as the determination with which he pursues it later. Cruise is convincing in the role, and some of the best scenes in the film are the ones he plays opposite Nicholson in the courtroom, the most memorable being one in which Kaffee exclaims to Jessup, `I want the truth!' to which Jessup replies, `You can't handle the truth!' And the atmosphere fairly crackles. Moore is outstanding, as well, and she manages to hold her own and make her presence felt even in the scenes dominated by Nicholson and Cruise. It's a fine piece of acting by Moore, who deserves more than just a passing mention for it. Also turning in notable performances are Pollak, whose dry humor adds such an extra touch to the film, and Wolfgang Bodison, who makes an impressive screen debut as Lance Corporal Dawson, on of the Marines on trial for the murder of Santiago. The supporting cast includes Kiefer Sutherland Kendrick , Kevin Bacon Ross , James Marshall Downey , J.T. Walsh Markinson , Cuba Gooding Jr. Hammaker and Christopher Guest Dr. Stone . A powerful drama, superbly delivered by Reiner, `A Few Good Men' is a thought provoking, unforgettable motion picture that makes you take pause for a moment to consider some things that are for the most part out of sight and out of mind. Like who is on that wall tonight, and are we safe because of him. And it makes you reflect upon some things perhaps too often taken for granted. And that's what really makes this film so good; and it's all a part of the magic of the movies. I rate this one 10/10.
A young hotshot naval lawyer Cruise is given what seems to be an open and shut case of two marines murdering another while he slept. Cruise, who has a reputation for plea bargaining was assigned by division, to defend the accused. Could it be so it never sees the inside of a courtroom? Over seeing the defence of the accused is Demi Moore, from internal affairs, who is renowned for her attention to detail. She believes their innocence and suspects a cover up.In charge of the marine unit in question is Jack Nicholson, a hard-ass marine who commands respect and demands the best.With <more>
outstanding performances from Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, and Yes Demi Moore as well. The plot develops, and the conspiracy surrounding the case becomes apparent. And its up to Cruise to lay his career on the line to find the truth.This movie is a powerful drama, and is fantastically well made.I love it 10/10
A good film is what A Few Good Men is. It is not perfect but especially the performances take this film to a higher level. Tom Cruise and Demi Moore as the 'good guys' are good, as is Kevin Bacon. But the 'bad guys' make this movie really good. Kiefer Sutherland and most of all Jack Nicholson are masterful.The story is interesting and well told. We all know the truth from the beginning, or we think we do, but the movie is still exciting in its own way.I liked this movie very much, it was never boring, and I was real pleased that some of the cliches you normally see in a movie <more>
like this one were left out. If you like a good story, good directing and perfect performances this is your movie. 9/10.
Watch it for Jack Nicholson and his dialogues (by nskanyal)
This is one of the movies, I have watched many many times. First few times, Tom Cruise seemed to be giving an ordinary performance; probably my shortcoming that I was not able to understand his character. But, then I realized that he was playing exactly the character he was supposed to portray and he did it in a impeccable manner - wow!!!! He was just second to Jack Nicholson.I could not imagine if anyone else could have replaced Jack Nicholson - his stellar performance as always and the intensity and ferocity with which he delivered his dialogues - man, even his facial expressions at times <more>
were worth a watch.Story line and plot don't seem to be so strong and there will be many people who would not agree with its end and even with the message of the movie, which is although not so clear but definitely points towards some of the not so best practices being followed in any country's army over discipline in the name of straightening the people and getting things in order or even avoiding any further chaos or things being run by certain people just to settle their personal scores and run in a way they think is the best, even disregarding other people's reasonable opinions . However, the other things apart, movie was a treat to watch. Director Rob Reiner and writer Aaron Sorkin didn't leave any stone unturned when it came to dialogues in the movie - in fact, the dialogues delivered by each and every character not only Jack Nicholson have been simply stunning.
Intense, meaningful and surprisingly funny (by 59977)
Many powerful dramas have been made throughout the history of motion pictures. This is one of few to combine intense meaningful drama with a funny script, full of witty dialog. The ensemble of nothing but renowned competent actors ensures excellent performances throughout the movie. This would have been an almost perfect film if it wasn't for one little consistency issue regarding Colonel Jessep. Until the very end of the film, the script portrays the events from Jessep's point of view with gruesome accuracy, but after his confession he becomes a man with no apparent sense of causal <more>
relations. The fact that the man who formerly went to such extremes as to make entire flights disappear to protect his secret, doesn't understand the consequences of him confessing that secret, in the court of law, makes me confused. Of course you could argue that the colonel lives by the rules and notions of the Marine Corps and doesn't fully comprehend the world outside. I still don't accept it completely though, but that doesn't matter much overall. This is an excellent film. Watch it, watch it again and then re-watch it. You won't be disappointed. 9/10
Highly entertaining; this film delivers (by smatysia)
A very entertaining military courtroom drama. The script is packed with witty dialog. The film seems to have an all-star cast, but I suppose some of these actors came into their own after this film, such as Noah Wyle and Cuba Gooding Jr. The main cast, Cruise, Pollak, Moore, Bacon, and Nicholson all shine. Sure, there are a few plot holes, but all movies have them. The outrageous sexual harassment that Lt. Com. Galloway Demi Moore has to endure seems a bit over the top these days, post-Tailhook, full-political-correctness. Did women officers really have to deal with that? If so, I apologize <more>
on behalf of my sex. Anyway, it was smart of Sorkin and Reiner to have that as just a sort of background and never let the movie be about that. One more thing about Demi Moore. It was interesting that there was absolutely no romantic stuff at all between her character and Cruise's. There was some speculation that the part was originally written as a man. But even though Demi Moore at no time tried to make her character hot, she was totally hot. Everyone knows she is beautiful, but when I first saw this film and realized this, I came to see how special she really is. Grade: A Oh, and to the guy from London who can't stand "flag saluting, chest pounding bloody American rubbish," well, he's lucky he isn't writing that in German. You're welcome.
Great storytelling,as well as fine performances by an excellent cast. (by SmileysWorld)
The elements that make this film a good one are very basic.You have a story focusing one on event.This event is illustrated early on,and the result is the tragic death of a young marine.What then takes place,is an excellent bringing forth of the details surrounding the young man's death,with the ultimate climax of those responsible getting what they deserve.There is even a classic "The End" placed at the story's conclusion,something rarely done in modern day films,because even though the story is raw and graphic,it otherwise has the feel of classic cinema storytelling.Throw <more>
in a top notch cast giving their all Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson are especially excellent ,and what you have is an excellent film worthy of your time,and your home video library.
A fantastic mix with the army and a courtroom drama, from Golden Globe nominated director Rob Reiner Misery . Basically two army soldiers are convicted of a crime that no-one is sure they committed. The victim had a towel or something possibly poisoned pushed down his throat, and he bled inside till death. Lt. Daniel Kaffee Golden Globe nominated Tom Cruise along with Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway Demi Moore are determined to prove their innocence. On the other side of the argument, acting as a friend Capt. Jack Ross Kevin Bacon who knows that they are short on facts, but they'll have <more>
more eventually. Kaffee discovers from one of the involved witnesses that their was a secret flight for the victim, and many phone calls arranged by Col. Nathan R. Jessep Oscar and Golden Globe nominated Jack Nicholson . Towards the end is the most gripping as to Jessep's confession, and eventually an arrest. Also starring Kiefer Sutherland as Lt. Jonathan Kendrick and Cuba Gooding Jr. as Cpl. Carl Hammaker. It was nominated the Oscars for Best Film Editing, Best Sound and Best Picture, and it was nominated the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture - Drama and Best Screenplay. Tom Cruise was number 32, and Jack Nicholson number 6 on The 100 Greatest Movie Stars, Cruise was also number 81, and Nicholson number 71 on The 100 Greatest Pop Culture Icons, Nicholson was number 63, and Cruise number 25 on The 100 Greatest Sex Symbols, and Nicholson was number 7 on The World's Greatest Actor, and the film was number 29 on 100 Years, 100 Quotes "You can't handle the truth!" . Very good!