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The Finest Hour (1992)

R | | Drama, War | 29 April 1992 (Japan)
Macho Lawrence 'Larry' Hammer and frailer Dean Mazzoli initially rival as U.S. Navy SEAL trainees, but become buddies in instructor chief petty officer Bosco's merciless training class. The... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lawrence Hammer
Gale Hansen ...
Dean Mazzoli
Eb Lottimer ...
Baruch Dror ...
Daniel Dieker ...
Michael Fountain ...
Evyatar Lazar ...
Tae-joon Lee ...
T.J. (as Henry Taejoon Lee)
Ari Sorko-Ram ...
Erik Degn ...
Natan Sgan-Cohen ...
Jonathan Herson ...
(as Jon J. Herson)
John Phillips


Macho Lawrence 'Larry' Hammer and frailer Dean Mazzoli initially rival as U.S. Navy SEAL trainees, but become buddies in instructor chief petty officer Bosco's merciless training class. The friends date two girls, but both love Barbara, who chooses to marry Larry, as ideal father for her pre-teen son. After graduation from Basic UDT/SEAL training, they choose opposite oceans for further training. However Sadam Husein's invasion of Kuwait gets both mobilized in the same unit, with Bosco, who gets captured and tortured. Dean learns Barbara has left adulterer Larry. They mount a rescue together, taking risks even on their own side. Written by KGF Vissers

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29 April 1992 (Japan)  »

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Desert Shield  »

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Navy SEAL buff or not, great flick...
10 March 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I think the last Aussie reviewer hit the nail on the head. This movie despite being based on the experiences of an elite US naval frog team at war is surprisingly value-neutral when it comes to extolling the virtues of the US military, or even the reasons for going to war. This may have to do with the fact that the writer/director, Shimon Dotan, is an Israeli. In short, I enjoyed this movie, because it introduces some character development in a genre where it is often conspicuously absent. The casting of Rob Lowe as the career jackass was a stroke of genius! That said, there are aspects of honour and sacrifice inherent in his role, which he does bring out. However, like others I felt Gale Hansen stole the show with his role as the strong-willed and dependable leader contrasting with Lowe's as the antithesis. I like the fact that everything didn't work out at the end, and the monologue delivered at the end summed up the whole experience nicely. Go see it.

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