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A Few Good Men (1992)

Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder. They contend they were acting under orders.

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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. Written by Matt Curtolo <curt@epix.net>

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11 December 1992 (USA)  »

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Cuestión de honor  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$141,340,178

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$243,240,178
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Trivia

The single military ribbon worn by Lieutenant (jg) Daniel Kaffee is the National Defense Service Medal, which is awarded to any member of the United States military who served honorably during a designated time period of which a "national emergency" had been declared. The movie takes place during the time period August 2, 1990 to November 30, 1995 for service during the Gulf War. See more »

Goofs

Col. Jessup mockingly envies Lt. Kaffee for being able to have oral sex with a female superior officer (indicating Lt. Cdr. Galloway), saying that he himself, being a colonel, would have to wait until a woman is elected president. Technically, a woman promoted to brigadier general would suffice, and at the time the movie is set, there were several female general officers in the U.S. military, albeit none serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. See more »

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[first lines]
Drill Master: Forward, march!
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Referenced in The Critic: All the Duke's Men (1995) See more »

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Next Time You See Me
Written by Earl Forest & William G. Harvey
Performed by Jimmy Cotton
Courtesy of Vanguard Records/a Welk Music Group Co.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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you can't handle the truth
19 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

this movie kicks. it's one of my favorites. i like courtroom drama, and in my opinion, this is the best courtroom movie ever. i love the part when tom cruise, during his redirect, asks noah wyle how he knows where the mess hall is if it isn't in the marine guidebooks. is that a great scene or what? and of course the climax, when cruise has JACK on the stand, is exhilarating to watch, even after repeated viewings. nichalson may be slightly over the top as colonel jessup, but that's why he's so good in this movie. kieffer sutherland is perfect as kendrick. and of course i have to mention jt walsh as markinson, just because i think walsh was a great character actor, and he'll always be one of my favorites. my score-10.


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