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Major Payne (1995)

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A recently discharged Major, finds himself commanding a group of mismatched Cadets.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Col. Stone
Scott Bigelow ...
Huge Biker
Joseph Blaire ...
Cadet Bryan (as Joda Blare-Hershman)
Peyton Chesson-Fohl ...
Stephen Coleman ...
Mark Conway ...
Police Sergeant
David DeHart ...
Wellington Cadet Captain
Joshua Todd Diveley ...
New Cadet
Robert Faraoni Jr. ...
Smart Ass Soldier
Lt. Wiseman
Ross Bickell ...
Col. Braggart


Major Benson Winifred Payne is being discharged from the Marines. Payne is a killin' machine, but the wars of the world are no longer fought on the battlefield. A career Marine, he has no idea what to do as a civilian, so his commander finds him a job - commanding officer of a local school's JROTC program, a bunch or ragtag losers with no hope. Using such teaching tools as live grenades and real bullets, Payne starts to instill the Corps with some hope. But when Payne is recalled to fight in Bosnia, will he leave the Corps that has just started to believe in him, or will he find out that killin' ain't much of a livin'? Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Welcome to the House of Payne. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some crude humor and behavior | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Майор Пейн  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,011,225, 26 March 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Michael Ironside makes a cameo as Alex Stone's abusive stepfather Lt. Col. Stone. See more »


In the scene at the obstacle course, Major Payne pulls the pin from a "live" grenade with his teeth... as anybody in the military can tell you this is impossible to do, not to mention the double safety on a grenade. See more »


[at attention]
Major Payne: Major Payne reporting for duty, SIR!
Dr. Phillips: Whaaat?
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References Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) See more »


I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
Written by Ronnie Shannon (as Roosevelt Shannon)
Performed by Aretha Franklin
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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No Payneful puns here...
27 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film is a lot better than most would expect, largely because of two factors - the screenplay and the star. The script, while not particularly original in terms of its narrative, is superb in terms of its humour which is quite dark and dry in parts. "There's a monster in my closet" complains a frightened child. Not after Payne puts five bullets into the closed door.

Payne's unconventional character is a riot and the film is balanced just right so that he doesn't become too annoying. And believe me, he has the potential to become very annoying, especially with THAT voice. Wayans delivers his dialogue in a manner almost reminiscent TV's The Nanny - nasal and grating. However, he performs with such dry sarcasm and a fantastic permanent grimace that he is a real stand-out, and ultimately the film probably wouldn't work as well with another actor in the role.

For light entertainment value, 7/10 for Major Payne.

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