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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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In the heart of the nation's capital, in a courthouse of the U.S. government, one man will stop at nothing to keep his honor, and one will stop at nothing to find the truth. See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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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

Lieutenant Kaffee is watching a baseball game at his home after returning from Cuba. The sports announcer that can be heard on the television, is that of legendary San Diego Padres radio announcer Jerry Coleman, himself a former Marine officer and aviator who served in World War II and Korea. The ballgame shown was played on May 23, 1991 in Atlanta. The home run shown, hit by David Justice off Padre pitcher Steve Rosenberg, tied the game in the bottom of the tenth inning. The Padres won the game 11-10 in twelve innings (info from Baseball-Reference). See more »

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Throughout the movie, 7 or 8 marines are seen in dress uniforms. All wear expert rifleman badges - a statistical improbability since only about 1/3 of marines earn that rating. See more »

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Drill Master: Forward, march!
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Slam dunk
10 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

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 appreciates good acting and good stories has to put this one near the top of their list.


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