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The Great Santini (1979)

 -  Drama  -  26 October 1979 (USA)
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As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated marine pilot.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Col. 'Bull' Meechum
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Lillian Meechum
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Mary Anne Meechum
Julie Anne Haddock ...
Karen Meechum
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Matthew Meechum
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Toomer Smalls
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Arrabella Smalls
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Red Petus
Paul Mantee ...
Col. Virgil Hedgepath
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Col. Varney
Bennett Liss ...
Cpl. Atcherly
Joe Dorsey ...
Coach Spinks
David Frankham ...
Capt. Weber
Jan Stratton ...
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In 1962, the Marine Corps family, the Meechums - parents Lieutenant Colonel Wilbur "Bull" Meechum and Lillian Meechum, and their four children Ben Meechum, Mary Anne Meechum, Karen Meechum and Matthew Meechum - are moving like they do most years, this time to Beaufort, South Carolina. Bull - nicknamed "the Great Santini" - is known as a great pilot, but has gotten into much trouble in the past for his sophomoric behavior. He runs his family much as a military commander, where they are all to obey his orders without question. Everything he does within the family context he reasons is to build character, but in reality everything ends up being about him. The oldest Ben, approaching manhood, is the one of his offspring who has the greatest issue with his father. Ben wants his respect, but isn't sure if he really loves him. As Ben goes through his senior year in high school, his attempts to play varsity basketball and an incident between black Toomer Smalls - his friend and their cook ... Written by Huggo

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The bravest thing he would ever do was let his family love him.

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Trivia

On the morning of the Academy Award nominations in 1981, when the movie got nods for actor and supporting actor, author Pat Conroy received a phone call from him father who told him "You and me got nominated for Academy Awards, your mother didn't get squat". See more »

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When Santini and his wife Lillian are in bed together, her right hand in some shots, is up by his head/neck area and in other shots it isn't. See more »

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Mary Anne Meechum: He does remind me someone from the movies, but it's not Rhett Butler.
Karen Meechum: Who's that?
Mary Anne Meechum: Godzilla!
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This IS the "way it was"!!!!!!!!!
8 November 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

More common than not, even though it looks rather mean in these "politically correct" times, this is the way many families were back in the 50s.

The racial conflicts shown were very realistic and I'm sad to say did happen in the southern state in which I grew up. This movie does a good job of showing how the head of a family, the Dad, was "expected" to act.

Even though we are lead to believe he was a monster, we never found out that his son grew up to be a doctor of highest esteem.


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