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The General's Daughter (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  18 June 1999 (USA)
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When the daughter of a well-known and well-respected base commander is murdered, an undercover detective is summoned to look into the matter and finds a slew of cover-ups at West Point.



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The naked corpse of Captain Elisabeth Campbell, daughter of Lieutenant General "Fighting Joe" Campbell, is found staked out on the urban warfare range of Fort MacCallum. Army CID detectives and ex-lovers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill are called in to investigate, and find themselves wrapped up in a maelstrom of sexual impropriety and misguided face-saving. Written by Jeff Cross <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic images relating to sexual violence including a strong rape scene, some perverse sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 June 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La hija del general  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,332,053 (USA) (18 June 1999)


SGD 426,496 (Singapore) (26 November 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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John Cusack was, at one time, the lead candidate for Paul Brenner. But it was agreed that he was too young for the role. See more »


When James Woods' character is found dead in his house, the music playing in the house is "O Fortuna" from Orff's "Carmina Burana". This music appears to be coming from a 33 RPM record playing on a turntable. The record appears to be playing in the middle of the disc; "O Fortuna" is at the beginning and the end of "Carmina Burana", and would thus be at the beginning or the end of a 33 RPM vinyl disc, not in the middle. See more »


[Going through Campbell's highly organized closet]
Warrant Officer Paul Brenner, C.I.D.: This was one squared-away soldier. Equally prepared for a military ball or the next war in the jungle.
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Great movie unfairly savaged by critics.
30 March 2005 | by (nashville) – See all my reviews

THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER is movie that has been done before. But it knows this and is able to look past it's cliché's and have fun with the genre. A cop(Travolta) is called to an army base to investigate the death of a general's daughter after she has been raped and beat to death and left naked and tied to the ground with tent stakes. It's a ghastly sight and everyone wants him to get to the bottom of it as soon as possible. The problem is that EVERYONE has something to hide or is hiding someone who has something to hide. This has an all-star cast and they are terrific. The story is well written and the cast has some fun with it along the way. Director Simon West knows how to tell the story with a slight tongue and cheek flavor and still maintain the very serious nature of the subject matter. The action sequences are very well choreographed and the climax is pretty intense. So if you are looking for a familiar but really good, intense, and exciting action murder mystery THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER is well worth seeing. No matter if the critics thumbed their elitist nose's at it. They're loss is our average Joe's gain. ***1/2 out of 4.

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