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
The bravest thing he would ever do was let his family love him.
Did You Know?
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
When Bull Meechum is in bed with his wife, his arm bears a tattoo of VMFA-323. This unit was designated VMF(AW)-323 in 1962. See more
Your father is very nervous about this game. Look at me, youg lady! Look at me! You've got to interpret the signals he gives off!
Mary Anne Meechum
No problem! He always gives off the signals of a psychopathic killer, so it really doesn't matter how you interpret them !
Music by F.D. Marchetti See more