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A Few Good Men (1992)

Neo military lawyer 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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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$141,340,178 (USA)
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In the baseball game that Lt. Kaffee is watching when Lt. Cdr. Galloway came to inform him that Lt. Col. Markinson had went UA, is between the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves. In the scene David Justice hits a 3 run home run on a full count to tie the game. See more »

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When Joanna refuses Ross's plea bargain deal of six months to two years she should've known the judge wouldn't sentence Dawson and Downey any less than that. Six months to two years is more than fair for the charge of manslaughter. See more »

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Slam dunk
10 January 2005 | by (Milford, MA) – 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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