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Over recent years there has been a lack of really good court room dramas. There is nothing more inspiring than seeing the underdog inexperienced lawyer win the war of words with the Fat Cat Barrister. Although A few good men is not set in a conventional court it ticks all the boxes above. Tom Cruise looks about 12 in this movie yet he plays then role of Lt Daniel Kaffee really well. Demi Moore is not quite as convincing but the star of the show is without doubt , Jack Nicholson. He's cocky , short tempered portrayal of Col. Nathan R. Jessep is fantastic and he's not even on screen for very long. It's interesting looking at this nearly twenty years after i last saw it and the the fact that is is set in Guantanamo Bay considering what has gone on there in the last 8 years. This also stars one of the most underrated yet prolific actors of the last 50 years and that is J.T.Walsh. A few good men , stands the test of time and is still pretty good all these years later.
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A Few Good Men is a courtroom drama based around a court martial of two
servicemen based at Guantanamo Bay (pre 9/11) who appear to be
responsible for the death of a third.
Cocky naval lawyer Tom Cruise is defending, having a good record through pleading cases out but little courtroom experience. He is effectively up against commanding officer Jack Nicholson.
The events behind the case are interesting and thought provoking, the script is fiery, and both Cruise and Nicholson are excellent. Nicholson, in particular, is pyrotechnic without indulging in his customary scenery-chewing.
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Excellent film dealing with the military code of ethics put to the
test. No one, other than military people, ever heard of the red code
here until it's thoroughly discussed in this absorbing film.
Tom Cruise is almost perfect as the cocky know-it-all young attorney asked to defend 2 marines accused of murder. The movie doesn't really say anything nice about marine life, especially when our murdered soldier was unable to adjust to it, due to health concerns. There are some very terrible cover-ups made in the course of a soldier who should have been transferred to begin with.
Jack Nicholson, as always, steals the picture with a terrific supporting Oscar nominated performance, as an over-the-top colonel, who is in the thick of the situation. Arrogant beyond belief, Nicholson is absolutely mesmerizing in the scenes that he appears in.
Demi Moore, as Cruise's boss, adds plenty to the fireworks of the film as well. Kiefer Sutherland is excellent as a Calley-Vietnam like character.
A young, inexperienced Navy lawyer is charged with defending two Marines accused of murder. The story is contrived but it's also quite entertaining, thanks to an engaging script by Sorkin (adapting his own play) that crackles with good dialog, including the famous exchange between Nicholson and Cruise in the courtroom scene. Cruise is surprisingly effective as the cocky young lawyer. Nicholson is ideally cast as the macho general who disdains punks like Cruise (and who doesn't?). Moore holds her own against the two male stars. The supporting cast is solid, including the two young actors playing the accused. Reiner's direction has rarely been as effective as here.
"Unit. Corps. God. Country."
Legal dramas aren't usually too high up on my "must see" list, but A Few Good Men intrigued me with it's great cast and completely won me over with some fantastic performances.
The story is a pretty standard tale of military misconduct and those in power protecting themselves at the expense of others, but it's the great interactions between the characters and the riveting courtroom exchanges that made this such an enjoyable flick. Tom Cruise stars in the kind of rakish, devil-may-care type of role that he excels at, but does a great job of getting across the fact that under his boyish charm, Kaffee is a damn good lawyer. His camaraderie with Demi Moore and Kevin Pollack, his respectful rivalry with Kevin Bacon, his explosive confrontations with Nicholas and Sutherland, and his complicated relationship with two defendants, all ring true. And that's all testament to how good Cruise was in this role.
I'd recommend this to fans of legal drama, as well as those who don't really get excited at the prospect of courtroom showdowns. A Few Good men is the kind of movie that you don't have to be a genre fan to enjoy.
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i never understood the meaning of the word 'pyrrhic victory' till i saw
this movie. at the end of the movie, everybody loses something. colonel
loses his job and is arrested, country loses a high ranking official.
if i was in kaffee's position i'd not have been manipulated by joanne
into questioning the colonel. kaffee won't be given any more chances by
putting a colonel in jail and thats the reality. if he wasn't able to
see it before all this court room drama then its his fault.
some open questions remain.
1. if santiago was a weak link, there r 2 ways to solve the problem. either by making him tough or by letting him go and ensuring he is not the weak link in protecting "the wall" as they say. why didn't the second option never occur to anybody? 2. how santiago eventually died is never discussed. they put a sock in his mouth and he spurts blood and dies? was it poison or not? open question
Nothing can emulate the courtroom drama of Witness for the Prosecution, but for me,A few good man stands out as the best courtroom drama you will ever see.The movie revolves around two marines who are guilty of killing a fellow marine due to the order given to them by their superior.Tom Cruise and Demi Moore have to defend these marines.Jack Nicholson comes from nowhere as Col. Nathan R. Jessep,giving a fantastic performance.Every dialog of him feels like gold in the movie.He has a tremendous impact on the movie.The best part about the courtroom drama is that it has everything.You can feel the love for your country,you can feel the allegiance of the marines,you can feel the arrogance of the colonel,you can feel the cleverness of the lawyers.Tom Cruise gives a terrific performance here.He steals the limelight in the courtroom.All in all,a terrific plot,with terrific performances and terrific dialogs.This movie is terrific.Just try to feel the courtroom drama,then you will see why this is the best courtroom drama.
With a star studded cast and Reiner in charge of the Ship , A Few Good
Men succeeds in entertaining the audience quite comprehensively.
The story is decent and the usual elements of Honour, Patriotism, Integrity and Sincerity are played around with by the writer in a satisfactory manner.
Not devoid of Glamour and certain melodrama , the movie nonetheless appealed to me for it's direct approach and style.
Tom Cruise does well as the Young Navy Lawyer and is backed by Kevin Pollak who plays a quiet yet able aide to Cruise. Kiefer Sutherland fits well into his role of a no-nonsense self righteous Marine .
Demi Moore is good in parts though her character has some ambiguity in the movie , thereby leading to confusion as to her real nature in the movie.
Jack Nicholson , a remarkable actor who doesn't disappoint in this one too. Some sequences were surely overdone but then that does not overshadow the holistic picture , in which he really infuses life into his character.
A movie quite gritty and full of classic courtroom sequences , a must watch for the lovers of Court Room dramas.
I simply love this title.It has everything: great story, static but so
deep suspense, superior acting, well chosen sound theme, superb lines.
For me the script is very close of being flawless.This is a situation which may actually happen, nothing is far fetched, it's all realistic. The presence of code red in the army conduct, is likely to be real, even today.
Further more, the main character Lt. Kafee (Tom Cruise), is a very interesting individual, a plea-bargain lawyer who refuses to go on trial, scared of loss. Well, this situation is about to change because he receives the case of Dowson and Downey accused of murdering their colleague, also member of the USA army, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Their defense? They said they simply followed orders, a code red, to be more specific. From now on pushed by Lt. supervisor JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) and helped by his friend Lt. Sam Weindberg (Kevin Pollack), Kafee tries to take the case to the court.
However the case is more deep than it actually seemed, and highly respected Col. Nathan R. Jessep becomes involved in this cover up.
Col Jessep (Jack Nicholson) gives this film exactly what it lacked before his presence: a little bit of pride, ego, along with the attempt to obstruct the justice.
One of the best trial films I've ever seen. Don't miss it . I give it a **** out of ***** rating
Navy lawyer Lt. Kaffee (Cruise) attempts to defend two marines who have
committed murder at an American army base whilst overcoming personal
agendas With its collection of a list stars and provoking a strong
passionate controversial messaging Rob Reiner's courtroom drama may be
mistaken for a film bid to win fans through it stars, but thankfully
this is a thought provoking stab at rules and regulations when in war
and doing national duty, and with some splendid performances and an
array of fantastic settings, this is a very good picture.
Opening with a sensational formation of formality by soldiers in an orchestra and the mood and tone leads us into a political warfare as two soldiers are charged with conspiracy to commit murder on another solider. What follows are a heavy detailed investigation involving numerous witnesses and the big boss and this all comes together for one of the most recognized confrontations in courtroom film history.
"You can't handle the truth" and "You need me on that wall" are all perfect displays of the revolution of how America is protected and how the pressures and rules of defending a country go beyond niceties. And who better to make us all believe it than Oscar nominee Jack Nicholson? The man from New Jersey has and always will be a scene stealer a charismatic actor and once more he sweeps the board with anyone he partners on screen. The smirk, the knowledge, the sophistication he simply generates it all and from all the films I have had the pleasure of seeing him in, he delivers one of his best in the climatic courtroom scene.
Tom Cruise leads the picture, giving as good as he gets from those around him. Cruise thankfully generates a good deal of comedy which is a wonderful masterstroke given the seriousness of the plot. Demi Moore is slightly annoying as Galloway when Cruise's character could have benefited more from a stronger minded and more decisive character. It is the supporting cast who lend the story a greater perspective. Kevin Bacon, Kevin Pollack and Kiefer Sutherland lend some added drama to the grand scheme of proceedings whilst Nicholson is the most obvious stand out in a supporting role.
The plot is brilliantly intelligent, tackling all possible ways of approach to the law in regards to the operations within the army. The scripted dialogue doesn't hold back and though I'm usually against swearing some moments could have used more scripted passion. Cruise's retort against Ross when the latter gets up to leave out of the pub is ridiculous. "You're a lousy softball player!" despite never seeing him playing.
There are some problems, a major one being Galloway obvious infatuation with Kaffee though thankfully not major. Cruise's story with his father's reputation is too Top Gun for the film's own good but regardless this is a passionate exploration of the law that boasts Nicholson's talents to the full, a passion filled drama.
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